A thousand years ago……or rather, three weeks ago, my husband and I went out to dinner at the Mile Away Restaurant in Milford. Was it really only 3 weeks ago? I swear every week that goes by is like a century. Life is crazy, and monotonous all at once and occasions like going out to eat, just the two of us, are rare and much appreciated. We had this meal on May 12, according to my time stamp from my camera, and it was my belated Mother’s Day gift.
The reason that I know about the Mile Away is because I was the second shooter for a wedding by Sarah Swan here last fall…… and when they started serving the dinner at the wedding and I smelled the amazing aromas coming out of the dishes….. I was convinced that I needed to come here for an evening meal. Between the food and the ambiance, I knew this was a place I wanted to get to know better. The decor is amazing and looks like it’s straight out of Country Living Magazine. In other words–completely inspiring!
I love the menu structure at the Mile Away. For one price, you choose an appetizer, a salad, and entrée, and a dessert. It’s amazing! And it really encourages you to try all kinds of things. I didn’t know before this visit, that they have such a strong German influence. I ate pate for the first time and it was awesome. And pickled beets! Ironically, ME, who generally avoids most any vegetable in the world…. I love beets. Sliced and cold. And that is exactly how they served them at the Mile Away. Bears, Beets, Battlestar Gallactica. Yes. Schrute Farms would be proud (and my mom).
But let’s get to the photos…… first up is a shot of the cobalt blue bottles in the windowsill above the table where we were sitting. You feel like you’re in a a renovated barn (and I don’t know for sure, but would not be surprised if this was exactly the case) and there is all kinds of lovely old-school European decorations on the walls around us. Not to mention a grand fireplace and mantle and fantastic chandeliers. Also, my Caesar salad.
Next: the majority of my meal. My Chicken Liver Pate, Chicken Oscar (I cannot resist anything with Hollandaise sauce), and strawberry shortcake for dessert. I love how the plates are all kinda mismatched, like they raided Grandma’s attic.
And lastly, a shot of my red wine flight which was delicious (a cab sav, a merlot, and a malbec) ….. and then Dave’s meal of stuffed clams and Baked Stuffed Shrimp. Seafood much?
It was a fantastic meal. At the end, our server who at first suspiciously asked me what I was taking pictures of and if I was working for a food magazine (ha ha! I wish….), took a shot of Dave and me, but I will spare you from viewing it. Totally blurry. Oh well. ONE DAY Dave and I will have a decent picture taken of the two of us together. Some day.
Erika Follansbee is a natural light food photographer in Goffstown, NH. She specializes in inviting, ambient photos of real menu items in a restaurant’s own unique environment. The result is distinctive, compelling, and mouth watering.