Thursday, January 24, 2013
Talk about lucky. Around 4:00 yesterday afternoon I felt the urge for a walk in the desert so I went out to my favorite spot, the Desert Botanical Garden. I walked around until about 5:45 and as I was leaving I noticed that the new restaurant was all lit up so I asked someone at the gate what was happening. He told me it was opening night for the brand new restaurant called Gertrude's. So I thought what the heck, I should give it a try. I'm so glad I did. Since I was by myself, I sat at the bar and proceeded to get the royal treatment.
The general manager John offered me a whiff and sip of the Ransom gin you see to the left. It was not like any gin I'd ever tasted before. It's a historically accurate revival of the predominant gin in fashion in the 1800's.
But, I didn't just drink, I had the basil risotto with pesto and mushrooms and the lemon cheesecake with a crust of mesquite and a blueberry compote.
Yum! I'll be back.
By the way, Gertrude's is named after the very first President (1936) of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Cactus and Native Flora Society, the forerunner to the Desert Botanical Garden.