There is no more magical place to have a meal
during Christmastime in Utah than at
La Caille at Quail Run.
As you enter the gates of this
French country estate
style restaurant, you are greeted with
wondrous Christmas lights.
Tonight we even had a dusting of new fallen snow.
A larger than life pewter colored soldier
stands guard at each side of the gate.
The beautiful French Country restaurant of
La Caille looks like a lovely country home
and at this time of year it is awash with lights.
I shared this restaurant with you last year during warmer
weather and you might remember the peacocks that
roam the property. This year they have created
a peacock in lights at the front window.
In the grand entry of the estate you are greeted
by this walrus topped fireplace. It truly
feels like an elegant home that you have been
invited to for a holiday evening.
Most of the seating is up this grand staircase.
We are here tonight to celebrate another
Christmas time birth, the birth of my firstborn
who came into the world just a few days
We took her and her husband to dinner here
to celebrate both of their 30th birthdays.
(His was at the beginning of the year.)
We thought that called for a big celebration.
(I was just babysitting my son's children two
days before and his oldest who is four asked
"Grandma, do you know how to change poopie diapers?"
I told her that I had been doing that for 30 years!!)
Wow, it is hard to believe that I have a 30 year old but
we have been married for 32 years - how can that be
when I feel like I am still in my 30s!
Everything inside and out is just magical.
We started with hors d'oeuvres.
I chose this elegant crab cocktail.
The shrimp cocktail was great too, but lacked
the presentation they normally do (similar to the crab).
Then salads come with the meal and you have
a choice of four delicious ones. This one is
a warm spinach salad.
I chose this salad, a beautiful presentation of
avocado, grapefruit and crab.
Beef Tournedos with
And Chicken Piccata with a caper cream sauce
were the main dishes of choice tonight.
We all chose to indulge in their dessert sampler -
left to right - a raspberry creme brulee, warm beignets with
a cream dipping sauce and a warm chocolate cake.
(We did choose to share after since we were so full!)
When you are there for a special occasion, they
bring out this fabulous sparkler.
The sparkler was placed in a
chocolate dipped strawberry
(Wish I could get some of these sparklers!)
Afterwards we walked around the restaurant to
take in all of the wonderful decorations.
They have many fireplaces aglow at this
time of year. Each one is a jewel.
We took a peek upstairs in my favorite room.
No one was there tonight so we could wander and
take pictures. The ceiling is vaulted with a curved vault.
I love this huge "chocolate" foil wrapped horse that
topped this fireplace. He is just magnificent.
At this end of the room you can see the curve of the
At the opposite end you can look out on this
snow covered patio that is alight with twinkling
As we left the long meandering drive we had
to stop to take pictures. The trees are all wrapped in
colored lights and these beautiful ducks decided to
stroll across the drive.
A very sweet lady came running and offered to take our photo.
It was a wonderful birthday celebration of two
incredible members of our family. We feel so
blessed to be close to our family and to have
them near at this time of year.
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!
And may you have a very Happy New Year.
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