While a prior trip with orangecane had proved fruitless in terms of cherry blossom sightings, Mother's Day was the perfect excuse to traverse across the densely-populated grounds again in search of pretty pink petals.
Many families had taken advantage of the occassion to capture family photos and immerse themselves in spring flower-gazing. Our visit was probably shorter in duration than many other visitors, for after numerous image-capturing attempts, we grew exhausted with the constant photobombing and retreated back to the car.
The venue was positively brimming with eager dinner guests as we made our grand entrance. Several parties had taken a liking to the outdoor patio, which, despite quite nice on balmy afternoons, had become a feasting ground for mosquitoes as the sun began to settle across the horizon.
The standard basket of warm bread rolls came some moments after these requests were processed.
Pungent was the addition of onion - the bold presence of enzymes was an indication of the vegetable's freshness. Whole pecans contributed crunch, while dried cherries - that bore a suspiciously similar resemblance to Craisins - provided a jolt of fruitiness. Quite frankly, I could have done without the onions. The goat cheese, on the other hand, was unexpectedly creamy and airy, with just enough sodium to combat the slickness of the oil-based dressing.
My personal favourites were the scallop and sausage: as shellfish tend to be the dominant constituents of the Valencian dish's traditional variations, the inclusion of other types of protein was welcomed. In addition, the stringy, spinach-like greens was appreciated.
The pan consisted of at least two more meals' worth of sustenance, so we opted to take its remnants back home. Just as the napkins were set onto the table, dessert menus swooped in for the final kill.
Another recommendation from our waitress, the zesty fraction of pie was an indulgent yet invigorating way of concluding the Mother's Day meal. A thin graham crust paired with a creamy, citrusy filling, and whipped cream was a no-fail combination. The contrasting viscosities of the adjacent cream layers was well received, as was the dusting of toasted coconut flakes.