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With work slowing down for the holidays, my wife and I were able to sneak away for a long lunch today. We have been trying to get out to Chez Bruce in Wandsworth for awhile now and lunch was the easiest way to secure a table. We each started with a refreshing glass of the house champagne while reviewing the menu. My first course was a foie gras and chicken liver parfait with toasted brioche and it was simply wonderful. There was a nice apple jelly that provided the perfect hint of sweetness to go with the rich and creamy pate. Outstanding. For my main, I had a tender pork belly with a mustard sauce, roasted potatoes, shallots and a caramelized apple. Flavors were spot on and a great pair with the 2001 Domaine le Sang des Cailloux Vacqueyras “Cuvee Lopy”. My first experience with this wine and I was impressed. Mrs. Glennk started with a saffron and king prawn risotto and then a fancied up boeuf bourguignon. Chez Bruce lived up to expectations and some.

If it wasn’t for a couple of conference calls this afternoon, I would we napping on the couch alongside Mrs. Glennk Smile
Originally posted by MJAlbers:
Originally posted by wine+art:
Not positive what I will order for lunch today, but I know our group will be drinking DRC.
If you were to only eat the heel of a crusty baguette that would be enough. Cool

When all anticipation is exceeded, you know it has been a stellar event and experience indeed.
Originally posted by KSC02:
Cool Nice neighbor, PH

Yeah, no kidding. Most of my neighbors are either Asian or South Asian. Wonderful aromas permeate the neighborhood everytime someone's door opens around here. Cool

In this case, a group of us were collectively shoveling out our cars when my next door neighbor walked out. The aromas from his house were spectacular. I asked what was cooking, and one thing led to another.

I was back in the house around 2 wondering what to have for lunch when the doorbell rang.

Score!! Smile

Originally posted by KSC02:
NV Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne

Tapenade of green olives, jam of tomato and darphin of potatoes in fennel
(2001 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Morgeiot, Vincent Girardin)

Rond of veal stuffed with a compote of onion with truffle, muslin of parsnip and asparagus
(2001 Michele Satta Cavaliere)

Well, I sent you a text today to see if you had started your new job. I guess it is safe to say... NOPE! Wink
Down at SeaStar in my office buidling:

Mahi Mahi with Cucumber Macadamia Nut Relish
"Mahi medallions are flash-seared with Thai chili, yellow curry and lemon grass, served on sticky rice with sweet chili sauce and cucumber-macadamia nut relish."

It's an amazing dish. While Seattle has some pretty outstanding seafood spots, I think they'd be hard-pressed to top the Bellevue SeaStar. And I live in and love Seattle and generally avoid the East Side!
Originally posted by MJAlbers:
Originally posted by KSC02:
Actually, started last Monday
Congrats! Now the mid-week French and the fish bowl margaritas will have to be put on hold, yes? Wink

HA! Likely. I'll admit that, since going back to busy days, my compulsion for cooking has diminished in proportion. Still getting re-accustumed to those wall-to-wall days Smile
South American theme offline at the Ledbury in London today:

1st course – Flame Grilled Mackerel with Cucumber and Shiso. I love Mackerel when it’s cooked probably and this didn’t let me down with wonderful crispy skin.

2nd course – Poached Pigeon with Black Pudding. I usually don’t like the texture of any protein that is poached, but the flavor was great.

3rd. course – Sika Deer with Beetroot, Bone Marrow and Oxtail sauce. Really great.

4th course – Crème Brulee with dried Apricots and Cardamon. Nice.

The food out classed the wine by a long shot today.
Walked out of the house around noon to head to the grocery store to pick up something to make for lunch only to find the store was closed for Easter! Totally forgot.

Luckily the Spanish restaurant next to our flat was open so my wife and I popped in for a little lunch. We went for a tapas spread of Spanish omelets, croquettes, grilled squid, grilled prawns, lamb chops and braised veal cheeks. All washed down with the 2004 Corpus del Muni Lucia Seleccion that was really nice. Not a bad plan b. Cool

Happy Easter everyone.
Originally posted by Board-O:
Did you buy anything?
Nope. Prices weren't siginificantly better than retail, and although there were some nice to have wines, none were got to have for me. For $75,I figured it was a good way to taste some of the wines plus the food was pretty good.

Correction: Received my Zachy's statement: 12 x 2000 Antinori Solaia. See April Buying thread for comments.
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We had lunch at NYY Steak at Yankee Stadium before the game. Service and presentation were excellent, the food good, but the setting made it all worthwhile. Wine list is surprisingly fairly priced, but because of some ridiculous archaic law, you can't be served alcohol until noon on Sunday. We split the oricchiette as an appetizer and had the steak burgers. The burgers were done medium rare as ordered and they were good. The fries should hasve been better. Someone at the next table ordered the ribeye and it looked perfect. I'd go for convenience as much as anything else.
My wife’s sister is in town and wanted to do a brewer tour so we went out to Chiswick to Fullers brewery. The tour was boring but it gave us a good excuse to have lunch at a restaurant that I have wanted to try in Chiswick, La Trompette.

We started with a half bottle of 2000 Puligny-Montrachet Clavoillons from Domaine Leflaive. The wine was excellent and held up to my ravioli of middlewhite pork with a sweetcorn puree and spring cabbage.

Next a bottle of 1998 Flaccianello that was also excellent and a great pair with slow cooked veal with risotto alla Milanese, roasted carrots and topped with a gremolata.

Dessert was panna cotta with rhubarb compote and vanilla sugar beignets. Very good.

If you are in Chiswick, this is a must visit and the best value I have found near London. 3 courses for under 25 GBP’s a head. Wine prices are not bad either.

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