Yesterday my husband, my mother in law and I took a random drive to Havre De Grace, Maryland for lunch. We were surrounded by the spirit of fall. As we drove north on 95 we noticed the amber, red and brown earth tone colors of the leaves on the trees. When we arrived in Havre De Grace and walked to the restaurant, we zipped up our jackets when we noticed a slight chilly breeze in the air coming from the Northern point of the Chesapeake Bay.
We chose to eat at Laurrapin, a contemporary American cuisine restaurant that uses fresh ingredients from local Maryland farmers and the Chesapeake Bay. The décor of the restaurant furnished a cozy ambiance of mustard and brown painted walls, copper tabletops, hardwood floors and paintings by local artists.
We ordered the fried eggplant appetizer. The eggplant was covered with goat cheese, basil and a touch of fresh tomato marinara. My entree’ was a generous portion of baked Rockfish on a bed of succotash with kidney beans, lima beans, zucchini, brussel sprouts, and onions. My accompanying glass of white wine gave this dish a hearty, earthy taste. It reminded me of the Top Chef Boston episode where the chefs went to Plymouth Rock to cook Thanksgiving dinner using only the ingredients and utensils that the pilgrims and the Indians used to prepare their very first Thanksgiving feast in the New World. I have a tendency to inhale food when I’m enjoying it and there were moments I had to force myself to chew slowly and let all of my taste buds savor each bite before I swallowed. Dessert was a fresh apple crumble with a hint of caramel sauce and a freshly brewed cup of coffee. It was the perfect ending to a delightful seasonal dish.
Afterwards we did some window-shopping at the various shops in the historic district. We discovered there was an Oktoberfest going on so we took a gentle stroll through that, enjoying the music, people watching and inhaling the scent of various sausages and beers that the vendors were selling. As we made our way to the dock we inhaled the clean sea air and watched a few sailboats floating by allowing the beauty of the golden autumn sun shining upon us to complete a perfect fall day.