You’ll never hear me claim to be a food critic…. I am way too agreeable. Ask any mom who prepares bleak meals for her family for days on end…. I am overly enthusiastic about anything I didn’t have to drown in Pinterest for a recipe for, shop for (usually in multiple trips), destroy my kitchen cooking, and end up hating it anyway. Yes, a meal that I didn’t have to cook is almost always a winner in my book. So the point that I am eventually getting to is that dining out is truly one of the greatest joys of my life. Sadly, it doesn’t happen very often these days due to
young children lifestyle restrictions. BUT today, I enjoyed Christmas because the gift that my husband got for me for Christmas was a gift certificate to Bedford’s new Copper Door. Today, on March 2 we finally got to use it. Things don’t move very fast in my world. We went out for lunch because the lunch menu is very approachable and is filled with things that we would like to try.
What I am, if not a food critic, is a food photographer. And we were seated at possibly the most perfect light-filled table in the whole restaurant at that specific hour. Indirect light, table turned 45 degrees from the window….. I chose the seat maybe 90 degrees from the light as close to the shadows as I could get. I’m always dreadfully shy about taking photos in a restaurant, and I’m not sure why. I feel like I’ll get in trouble somehow (after I got called out one time by a rather salty waitress). But I do it because it’s my passion. I do it out of pure love. And hey, if I didn’t love the food and the restaurant I wouldn’t bother with the camera, so what does that tell you?
Chipotle Margarita!! I debated about several of their cocktails, but c’mon. If you know me at all you know me better than I know myself. I had to get the chipotle margarita. It was stronger than it looked for its size, and it got HOTTER as I got down to the bottom. It became downright spicy! (which I thoroughly enjoyed)
We ordered the calamari for our appetizer, and my husband is all into seafood way more than I am. But I do like a nice calamari and in this case, I went all honey badger when I discovered that the bottom of the plate was lined in RANCH. Holy God. Possibly best ranch of my life. I would have liked a whole salad of that ranch, had I known. And now I do. 😉 Oh, and that other photo is their house bread…. the loftiest brioche I have ever seen! Lovely.
Entree time! On the left you see my CDLT (Grilled Chicken, Bacon, Ranch Aioli, Bibb Lettuce, Tomato, Brioche Roll, Hand-Cut Fries). And yes, the Ranch aioli was my favorite part of the whole thing ; and on the Right you see the Exclusive Reserve Cheddar Bacon Burger (Smoked Bacon, Pineland Farms Sharp Cheddar, Lettuce, Tomato, House-made Bun, Hand-Cut Fries, Sour Pickle Spear). Love love! Fantastic all around.
And lastly, we ordered a Copper Cupcake to go because we suddenly turned into a pumpkin with our limited time allotment away from the ranch. Sigh. All good things must come to an end, and we had to fly home after being gone too long. They stuffed a red velvet cupcake into a takeout container and I was so sad, because I would have loved to get a photo of it as it was meant to be served. Cupcakes, after all, is what I do. But there was no time, so we had to fly. Would love to go back again!
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.