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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

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