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Friday night we were at the Carlysle Club. Fantastic. I had Duck in a pomegranate pepper sauce that was outstanding. Pumpkin soup to start.
Last night were were at Crepe du Jour, and I had a trout with tomatos, mozzarella, garlic, over spinach.
Tonight, I had veal and vegetables from the local Kosher Chinese carryout.


"Outside of a dog, a book is probably man's best friend; inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
-Groucho Marx
malpeque oysters with '02 Muscadet Ragotiere VV, salmon and forbidden rice with '01 Dom de Galluches Bourgeil last nite. veal chops and polenta with some tiny funky asian mushrooms and '01 Beaune Charriere Vignes Franches. manana - coronas on the beach! a whole week without wine. i'm looking forward to trying some wines on return with rejuvenated palate. cheerios! Smile

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Made a wonderful pumpkin squash soup with ginger. Not a lot of ginger but enough to off set the natural sweetnes of the pumpkin. It was well received especially in chilly Chicago.

Also, made a very rich beef stew with peas, shallots, carrots, potatoes, mushrooms and a delicious sherry/demi-based thickened sauce. I went full force and kicked in a small piece of Aztec chocolate to round it all out. My g/f loved it and I loved the Greek calzone that she brought over (spinach and onions layered in pita). Sometimes the most basic comfort food can chase the winter blues away!
Dinner last night at the Black Bear Lodge and Saloon- wonderful chicken wild rice soup, house salad tossed tableside with mixed greens, cauliflower, bacon, onions, parmasan (spelling?)cheese and a sweet dressing, fresh baked black bread, and prime rib cooked just right. Wine- white burgundy, no idea of the vineyard/vintage.

We always have a wonderul meal there.

tonight, homemade beef stew, the meat was simmered with some garlic for about an hour and has been in water since about 9 this morning... red, white, & yellow onions, potato's, baby carrots, matsutaki Big Grin mushrooms & some bread from Belwood Bakery on Ventura. will probably eat around 7-7:30 tonight. my neighbor's wife & kids are gone, we're going to pop a few 00' Cali Cab's Wink
Last night was a steak au poivre, with baked potato and veggies, after a caesar salad. 2001 Penfolds Cab/Shiraz Bin 389.
Then to a wine tasting which was interesting.
(I shall post tasting notes shortly)

Tonight we are going to an Afghani restaurant called "The Helmand" in Baltimore. It is owned by the brother of Mr. Karzai, current head guy in Afghanistan.


"Outside of a dog, a book is probably man's best friend; inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
-Groucho Marx

well, the stew wasn't planned because of him, but the wines are Wink his better half and the little terrors are gone until tuesday because the holiday and we both aren't going to work tomorrow.

optional cigars & hottub around 1-2 a.m. Razz

FYI - wines are:

00' Clos du Val
00' Estancia
00' Carmenet

also, try Midori Mushi for sushi sometime, i don't know where they are in relation to you in the Bay Area though. a friend of mine named Gerard Dumuk opened it about a year ago, he was a sushi chef in N. Lake Tahoe for a few years - he'll treat you right.

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Grunhauser: The Helmand is really a popular restaurant. Opened at 5PM on Sunday, and every table (about 40) was instantly occupied. When we left to go to the theatre, there was a line out the door.
I actually look alot like Karzai, the head of Afghanistan. Same shaped nose and head. We each have the same kind of beard. We have the same hair style. (Huge part in the middle--the Phil Silvers look).


"Outside of a dog, a book is probably man's best friend; inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
-Groucho Marx
los pibes and some brasilian place near the gay quarter. we were in nuevo this time and only went to town three times, but...if you ever get a chance to visit Bucerias, don't hesitate, it's lovely village with very few gringos and many beachside restaurants and superb churros!

btw, to stay in line, we are eating supremes of pintade with grey minnesotan wild rice and cranberries with 1998 Jadot Corton-Pougets, and it is so, so good Big Grin

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seasoned pork roast, quick fried w/ garlic to brown, baked with portobello mushrooms, potato's, baby carrots, zuchinni, yellow onions. paired with 00' Estancia Cabernet.

the Estancia is still sitting on my kitchen counter. a TN into it, we switched to a 01' Concannon PS Wink

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WIML was over for dinner tonight since he's off to Pittsburgh in the morning. We had:

Duck prosciutto crostini with arugala and shaved pecorino

Peppered veal tenderloin wrapped in prosciutto with creamy gorgonzola polenta, chanterelle and black trumpet mushrooms, and a veal stock reduction sauce

Creme brulee

Served with dinnner:

2001 Antonin Rodet Syrah
1998 Podere Poggio Scalette 'Il Carbonaione'
1999 Barone Ricasoli Casalferro (Sangiovese/Merlot blend)
2002 Brian Loring Gary's Vineyard Pinot Noir
NV R.L. Buller Fine Muscat

A wonderful dinner, and a fine ending to WIML's trip to Toronto. It was great meeting you, and I hope you had a good time while you were here, man! Smile

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Wednesday night had St. Peter's Fish at the Eilat Cafe in Boca Raton. Not all that bad.

Thursday night had some nice lamb chops at the Kee Grille in Del Ray (or maybe it is Boca Raton) with a Raymonds Cabernet 2001.

(Shot a 93 Thursday morning. 3 mental mistakes cost me around 6 strokes. Rented clubs.)


"Life is short....start with the dessert."
am i the only one eating all the time? Confused
just had lobster sandwich for lunch which had steamed lobster, and she was big, avocado, tomatoes, my own mayo, lettuce and crisp bacon in it with West Slope chardy. dinner is in the oven and has been there for almost three hours, it's a lamb stew night! with fresh porcini risotto, gremolata and 1999 Mordoree Lirac.

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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.

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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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