29 came in with a slew of surprises and good eats. Thank the good Lord for all the blessings that I have received. Thank you to my thoughtful husband, my parents, my brothers Harry and Sung and Tammy for the great birthday weekend. You are some extraordinary people. :)
I could sit here and chatter on like a bird at length of the whole weekend, but to sum it up, there were quite a few surprises, coincidental running-intos, academy award winning performances, some longings fulfilled and some good food.
|SQUAB AND FOIE GRAS TERRINE|
baby chiogga beets, sicilian pistachio and mango
marble rye toast
|BLACK TRUMPET MUSHROOM AND CHESTNUT RISOTTO|
smoked bacon, dry sherry and fine herb crème fraîche
|MISO MARINATED BLACK COD |
bok choy, shiitake mushrooms and sticky rice
soy lemongrass ginger sauce
|ROASTED MUSCOVY DUCK|
coco blanc cassoulet, duck saucisson d'ail, acorn squash and quince
It's very nice service of them to do, but very embarrassing!
|My thoughtful and academy-awarding winning, main squeeze|
|GOTHAM CHOCOLATE CAKE|
with seasonal ice cream
The man himself, ALFRED PORTALE.
(his significant other took the picture for us)
|Oui, too much sun.|
Hubs was at work, but the guys planned that I would catch up with my brother for the morning and when it came to lunchtime, he would take me to Grainne Cafe where we would wait for Kee. It was a homey French Cafe with seats outside and cafe doors swung wide open and we were akwardly sat next to... a fighting couple. They ended up kissing when they're plates came out either a) because they made up or b) they were famished and were so happy to have food in front of them. World peace restored. *hushed cheering*
I told my brother that there must be a reason why Kee planned this cafe since he's usually very intentional about his finds. I looked down the menu..... and aha.
Hubs planned to bring me here because they serve escargot! A few weeks back, we were talking about the best thing we ever ate, and I shared that it was the escargot we had on your honeymoon. It was my brother's first time trying escargot, which turned out to be a treat for him too because it was favorable to him. We had two orders of the buttery goodness followed by some crepes and pasta.
Then after we hung out during the day, it was onto dinner at Mario Batali's restaurant, Luppa. I've been trying to learn more about Italian food these days and the chef of the hour has been Mario Batali. With his opening of Eataly, his new book Molto Gusto coming out and his restaurants going strong in New York, I was in for a pleasant surprise as a treat from Sung and Tammy. Dinner at Luppa!