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Originally posted by grunhauser:
I rarely cook anymore and now with Costco in SF selling fully cooked Grimaud Farms' ducks, I can totally relax.
Had it today, warmed up in oven, with some salad, boiled French potatoes, Chambolle-Musigny and I have to say, it was pretty damn sweet.

Is it the half duck that comes with the orange sauce?
I had it and it was very good.
Ate at Thee Bungalow. Found it to be average. The salad, shrimp bisque and side dishes were good. Sent out a complimentary beet tartare that had truffle oil and it was awesome. Surprisingly the entrees were dull. They had the Chef from Blue Point, but sadly the place was inferior. I know a few people here used to really enjoy it, but maybe its glory days have passed.


Foie Gras

Roasted Crispy Duck with a Cumberland Cherry Sauce
Tonight at Jiko in Animal Kingdom:

Barbecue chicken flatbread
Taste of Africa - Kalamata Olive Hummus, Durban Tikka Masala, and Malay Spinach-Lentil Dip with Lentil Pappadam, whole wheat lavosh, and flaxseed Naan bread
Chermoula Roasted, Tanglewood Chicken with red-skin mashed potatoes, preserved lemons, kalamata olives, roasted garlic, herbs and harissa
mmm, pho...on a cold wet day that is the money, especially with some Ca Phe Sua Da (watching that coffee drip onto the only good use I know for sweetened condensed milk).

Last night, Quick meal at Bogarts (Vancouver chop house)before late meeting

Moules Frites with demi-glace for the fries. Must go back for a Steak Frites as this demi-glace was killer. Need to spend longer with that and a big Cali cab, methinks.
Originally posted by wine+art:I must admit, when I think of Navarro, I do not think of Cabernet.
Granted. They make little of it, but it's usually good QPR -- this was all of $17 when released in 1999 -- in part because they stay under the radar. The mainstream wine press only rarely reviews their wines, which AFAIK are available only by mail or at the winery.

1994 was an excellent year for Cabernet in California, and while this bottle certainly wasn't one of the stars of the vintage by any means, it developed nicely. It was a fine example of what Cali Cab is all about (or should be), and I thought it paired with the steak perfectly. My guess is that some of the super-concentrated, highly tannic 95+ pointers from the vintage haven't done as well.
Christmas Eve (big gang 30-35)

Assorted Apps


Fried Flounder
Baked Salmon with stuffing
Marinated Calamari
Fried Shrimp
Stuffed Eels (for the hard core Sicilians Smile)
Red Sauce with Clam, Calamari, Scungili
Eggplant, Baked chicken cutlets, stuffed mushrooms for the landlubbers.

Desserts: It's easier to just say we didn't have chocolate mousse.

Christmas Day (small gang of 8)

Homemade Cut Spaghetti - early course
Eye Round Roast - Main
Dessert - Grain Pie, assorted bakery cookies and other pound packing sweets Eek

Today: Slim Fast and to the gym.
Mix of cheeses, olives, charcuterie and prosciutto wrapped asparagus on parmesan crisps with Kir Royale
Honey and chili glazed prawns with Mango Salsa on Endive with Joie - A Noble blend (interesting BC white blend of gewurz, riesling, pinot blanc and kerner)
Vichyssoise (thanks Board-O!) with Chard
Sliced strip loin with creamy sauteed mushrooms and toasted baguette slices (thanks tannic bastard!) with Cab

Trying to keep happy all of the palates in the family is a tricky business but it seemed to come off very well by all reports.
Early New Year's Dinner last night with friends and relatives:

Lamb Loin "Tartelette", mediterranean ratatouille, sauteed foie gras, truffle vinaigrette mache lettuce

Asparagus in green onion olive oil emulsion

Wild boar ribeye with dry apricot, yukon gold potato, Mountain Edgehog mushroom, roasted chestnut

Gran Marnier souffle

Dinner was paired with:

2005 Dr. H. Thanisch Riesling Kabinett Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Bernkasteler Badstube.

2004 Bodegas LAN Rioja Edición Limitada.

2003 Domaine de l'Hortus Coteaux du Languedoc Pic St.-Loup Grande Cuvée.

2004 GRAMONA Cava Gran Cuvée.

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