So our anniversary is January 1st. We were married on 1/1/11. Fun, right? I never would have thought of waiting to get married on that date, but I am so glad my husband did!
Since having kids, we’ve found it hard to get away on our anniversary because it is right at the end of all the holidays and quite frankly we are just always so wiped.
In recent years, it’s been even harder given my food allergies. It’s tough to plan an evening out when you are allergic to two of the most common ingredients in American cooking: gluten (wheat) and soy.
Thankfully, there are places that are trained at accommodating major food allergies. And this year we had the best anniversary getaway that made up for the last two years spent watching Netflix with food at home!
We went to the Chancellor’s House in charming Oxford, Mississippi. The whole trip felt like a total dream. The Chancellor’s House is just right off the most idyllic town square with tons of boutiques, restaurants, and the cutest bookstore I’ve ever seen.
The Chancellor’s House takes hospitality to the next level. It was literally the prettiest room I’ve ever spent the night in!
Most hotels don’t make me want to linger inside the room, but I loved this space. It even had the comfiest couch for curling up to read. I brought Little Women and had time to get lost in Jo’s funny little world for a little while. Ah I love that book!
Okay, so I am a food blogger and you guys know I love food, so I am dying to tell you all about my experience at Chancellor’s Grill. We had reservations at six and arrived to a beautiful romantic dining room complete with candles on our table.
For our appetizer we ordered the New Orleans BBQ shrimp sautéed in a spicy white wine garlic butter sauce. This was heavenly with a glass of wine. I may have gone back for a spoon of the sauce by itself. It was just so good!
I love it when something doesn’t taste like it’s allergen friendly, but stands alone as a five star dish! This appetizer absolutely did that.
Next, I ordered the Pecan Salad. And y’all if all salads could taste this good, I’d be crazy healthy. The lettuce had a tangy sherry vinaigrette and was tossed with sweet red onions, pears, cheese, and candied pecans. Yeah, I ate the whole thing.
For the main course, I was so torn on what to try! I was going to get the Chicken Marsala, but decided to ask the waiter what the Chef recommended for me. He recommend the Grand Sea Scallops. Oh, I am so glad I asked! I had never had anything like it. The grilled scallops were served on top of a sweet vegetable rice risotto topped with crispy vegetables and salty scallions. The sweet and salty flavors played perfectly together. I am all about having different textures and that’s why I *loved* the crispy fried scallions on top of the risotto. So so good!
My husband ordered the Ribeye and it was perfectly prepared and full of flavor. Just look at that picture.
For dessert, I had two gluten-free and soy-free options: Creme Brûlée or Zabaglione. We decided to order both and share bites. Coming from a family with mom that’s a French teacher, Creme Brûlée has always fallen under comfort food for me. It’s one of my top five favorite desserts! However, I’d never tried Zabaglione. After a quick google, I learned that it’s an Italian dessert with a Marsala wine creamy custard. I had to try it!
It came out beautifully presented in a Martini glass with blueberries and strawberries dispersed throughout the sweet and tangy custard. It was by far the most unusual dessert I’ve had in awhile, but it was so good that back in the room I was on Food Network trying to figure out how to make it at home.
My husband got the Creme Brulee and it was really well executed. The sugar topping was perfectly crispy and the custard like pudding was delicious and thicker than the kind I make at home. I had to steal a couple of bites!
This post was so fun to write, because this getaway was such a blessing! We had a total blast relaxing at the Chancellor’s House. I loved everything about it: the comfy slippers, cozy fire in the library. Maybe it’s the English major in me, but I didn’t want to leave this room! Both times we got back from walking around the Oxford square (it was cold!) we were drawn to the warm fire in the library.
I am already thinking about when we can get back to the Chancellor’s House. You’ve got to check out The Chancellor’s House.
Note: I worked with the Chancellor’s House and got a discount in return for my review. As always my opinions are how I really feel and 100% my own! Check out disclosure policy here.