When my pal proposed that we have a "girlie night" I didn't know quite what was in store. Granted, I was super tired - having just come back from an amazing sailing trip around the Whitsundays - so if she was proposing some wine, cheese and doing our nails on this particular evening, I was all for it. But when she suggested dinner and a movie, I mustered the energy to look presentable and head out for a nice tapas meal and a good chick flick.
We ended up at Cabiria, a lovely little resto at The Barracks in Brisbane. I think one of the reasons that M and I get along so well is because we have such similar taste in food; a good wine and a few snacks are all we need to have a pleasant evening - plus good company too! We got to Cabiria at about 7ish and set about deciding on our tapas. Once that priority had been actioned, we decided on some vino; I chose a French Rhone blend while M went for a cool climate Aussie Pinot Noir. Both wines were nice choices for the array of flavours; rich, salty, meaty and sweet.
When our snacks arrived, we had quite the spread: a lovely meat and vegetable terrine, some 'devils on horseback' and a big chunk of Manchego cheese.
The Country Terrine was fantastic! Wow. One meat that I really do enjoy is rabbit, especially when said meat is in the luscious rillette-type consistency. Merged with earthy, meaty mushrooms, creamy white beans and wrapped in salty bacon, a bite of terrine atop a crunchy toast was divine - especially when said toast was slathered in date puree.
Country Terrine ($16)
Rabbit, Porcinni Mushrooms & White Beans
Wrapped in Bacon w/ Date Puree & Toasts
Devils on Horseback ($5)
Egyptian Dates wrapped in Speck
These 'devils on horseback' were delicious - and a great snack to make at home too. The sweet, meaty dates were wrapped in paper-thin sheets of salty Speck; a salt-cured, smoked ham originating in Italy.
w/ crisps & Quince Paste
How can you go wrong with cheese? When our original order of Truffled Pecorino from Italy wasn't available, we opted for this hunk of Manchego; a Parmeseanesque sheep's milk cheese from Spain, which share's Parm's nutty, salty bite. This was served with some quince paste, and crisp pita-type bread.
And on to the movie theatre, where there is more than just popcorn and M&Ms. At the theatre in The Barracks, one can order a deluxe cheese plate w/ crisps, bread and jams (bottom) or baguette served with a trio of dips..(Top)
What a treat! Once in the theatre, we sat back in our seats; cracked open our bottle of shiraz, and relaxed for a couple hours. Movies and wine? It was almost as though we had stayed in after all.