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grunhauser: Are you the only one eating? Come on, man, you know me better than that! My doctor says the only problem I have is a hyperactive fork.

Went on Sunday night to Sundy's, a great place in Del Ray Beach, FL. One of the most spectacularly beautiful restaurants to which I have ever been. The food was great, the wine was fine. Didn't actually see the wine list as the 4 of us were doing the by the glass routine. I had a mixed grill of osso bucco and lamb chops after a starter of calamari in aioli. Terrific. The menu was quite clever.
I heartily recommend it, though I will warn people that it was pretty doggone expensive.
(This won't matter to CDR11 and his cash carrying crowd).
Now, back home in Baltimore.


"Life is short....start with the dessert."
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update: kangaroo came out perfect! marinated most of the day in soy sauce, honey, NZ sea salt, african cayenne pepper and a 10year old balzamic, then qickly stir-fried with 1 red and 1 green chilli peppers, ginger, garlic and young onions. served with sesame rice and just warmed through snap peas and broccolini on the side and a bottle of Pipers Brook pinot '00. a winner! no comparison to my last encounter with this beast.

Free Martha!
Ate at Due last night in Owings Mills MD.
4 of us.
I had a calamari starter and osso bucco, with spinach and asparagus sides. The others had salad and a tuna, with porcini mushrooms, olive tapanade and veggies.
We had a 2000 Phelps "La Mistral"-mostly Syrah and Granache with a few other things mixed in, and an Antinori Chianti Classico 2001.

This is the best osso bucco around, and I bring the bone home for the dog.


"Life is short....start with the dessert."
Last night:

Dry-aged rib eyes, portabello mushrooms, and creamy gorgonzola polenta

Trio of chocolate desserts

To drink:

2001 Leone de Castris Primitivo di Manduria Santera
NV Quinto de Ventozelo Porto Reserva


Mussels steamed in Chardonnay and garlic
Chilean sea bass, rapini and leftover polenta from last night.

2001 Grove Mill Marlborough Chardonnay

Haven't figured out how I'm going to prepare the sea bass yet.
As soon as enough snow melts that I can get to the BBQ, we'll probably have dinner off the grill most every night- last year our favorite was a mixed grill of scallops, shrimp and vegetables, dressed with a little olive oil, garlic, basil and fresh ground pepper. I think a sparkler should be good with it, probably the Domaine St. Michelle.

We also like blue cheese burgers with carmelized onions, a ceasar salad, sweet corn and Sebastiani Sonoma cabernet.

Can't wait to get grilling again!

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We had another couple over for dinner on Saturday for Swiss cheese fondue. It's sort of an annual tradition for us.

For appetizers we had:

- Pork chili empanadas
- Crostini served with Kalamata olive tapenade and also with sundried tomato butter.

Served with the appetizers: '00 Campus Oaks Lodi Zin and '02 Marquis Philips Shiraz. They both excellent.

With the fondue we served a '01 Saracco Moscato d'Asti and a '02 Leitz Dragonstone. Again, both wines delivered the goods.

Finally, for dessert we had a mixed fruit crostata, served with a '03 Selaks Sauv Blank Icewine. That made the success rate 5 out 5. Big Grin

Couldn't ask for anything more, except I was so stuffed I couldn't eat another bite till Sunday evening. Eek
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Pan seared Fillet Mignon with a mustard port sauce, parmesan-chive smashed potatoes, and haricot verts with sauteed red peppers and carmelized onions. For dessert, a chocolate Amoretto fondue with flaming marshmellow.

To drink- a simple 2000 Sterling Merlot Big Grin

No my wife expects me to cook like this every night.

"My friend with the best wine is my best friend"

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