Our Trip To "The Meat Palace"Monday, August 27, 2012
This is completely unrelated to my earlier post about eating real food because this happened the day before we watched Food, Inc.
So as you may remember from the ice cream cake post, Tom's 25th birthday was a couple of weeks ago. Jimmy, my future stepbrother, has an August birthday too, so my dad and Jane took us all out for dinner at Fogo de Chao (which my dad refers to as "The Meat Palace").
If you're unfamiliar with Fogo de Chao, it's a Brazilian steakhouse. They offer sixteen kinds of meat, and it's all served tableside. They bring you as much as you want, and you also get unlimited bread, sides, and salad bar trips. It is, as Tom says, "intense". If you're not into meat (like me), you can just get the salad bar (which will save you almost thirty bucks).
I didn't get any pictures because I forgot to bring my camera, but even if I had, I probably wouldn't have gotten any. I was too busy stuffing my face with polenta (which I had never had before, and which I think I'm now addicted to). Their salad bar is pretty extensive; not only does it have salad and vegetables, but it also has breads, meats and cheeses. I had prosciutto for the first time and really liked it. In addition to the polenta, they keep bringing you garlic mashed potatoes, these little puffy cheese rolls, and caramelized bananas. Yum.
Tom got a free dessert for his birthday, but he was too stuffed to eat it, so he let me have it. I got their specialty dessert, Papaya Cream. It's papaya blended with vanilla bean ice cream (kind of the same idea as a Dole Whip), and it's SO GOOD.
All in all, we had a really great meal. Tom was in heaven. I recommend it for a special occasion.