Mr. T and I just returned from a full week of celebrating the holidays. It began with a trip up to my hometown in East Aurora, NY. We did a lot of the usual fantastic eats at Rick's and Tantalus, and threw in a trip to Buffalo to check out Gabriel's Gate. This bar/restaurant feels a bit like a hunting lodge with three fireplaces, wood paneling and various hunting trophies on the wall.
The menu boasts a long list sandwiches such as the Arlington Street with roasted chicken breast, bacon and provolone cheese...
...and the Reuban with extra lean corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese and thousand island dressing on grilled rye bread. This is probably Buffalo's most popular sandwich.
But no trip is complete without trying some wings. These were nice in size with crispy skin and smothered in an excellent medium spice sauce. I wasn't a big fan of the BBQ sauce but the medium was so great I was putting it on anything I could get my hands on. Then it was off to Vermont to spend some time with Mr. T's family.
No one in his family actually lives in Vermont, it was more of a holiday getaway. We rented a house in Manchester to enjoy the breathtaking views and had Christmas Eve dinner at the Equinox Resort's new Chophouse.
My Filet Mignon was so supple and perfectly seasoned I didn't even use the accompanying Bordelaise sauce...just a few cloves of roasted garlic and I was set.