Welcome, 2011!

Time flies when you’re living in two countries and raising three kids under the age of 6, not to mention working at a small company and trying to fit in things like wine, cooking, and motorcycles into any spare cycles.  That said, I can’t believe it’s been nearly 11 months since I last posted something … [Read more…]

Allocation time

This is one of the most expensive periods of the year, when allocations seem to come in droves.  In the last few weeks, I’ve been hit by Aubert, Marcassin, Kosta Browne, Turley, Linne Calodo, Saxum, Carlisle, Rivers Marie, and Outpost.  Sine Qua Non is probably right around the corner.  It usually evens out for the … [Read more…]

Time flies

I’ve consumed 64 bottles since the last post–something that my non-drinking friends would likely consider excessive, but consider it has been over 100 days, that means there have been way too many days without wine in the last three months!  I have some good excuses (for not posting and not drinking).  I’ve made three trans-Atlantic … [Read more…]

Marcus and Marcassin

Made an awesome dish from Marcus Wareing’s “Nutmeg and Custard“–Scallops with Pistachios, Parsnip Crème, and Crispy Prosciutto.  This was one of those “big name chef” recipes that turned out better than expected–which rarely happens for us.  Honey and curry in the parsnip crème were a great combination of sweet and savory, and the scallops themselves … [Read more…]

Superlative wines

I vacillate between wishing I could drink wine like this every night, and being glad that I don’t.  I’m afraid that drinking wines of this quality on a daily basis would eventually leave me desensitized to their brilliance.  And it was kind of fun sharing this with a friend who enjoys wine, although he knew … [Read more…]

Breakfast out

Carolynn loves eating breakfast at restaurants–it is one of her favorite things.  This morning we went to Côte, a little bistro just over the bridge.  We’ve been there for dinner several times and it is always just okay, but they know how to do breakfast well.  Their croissants in particular are amazing–just the right blend … [Read more…]

Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley

Celebrating our first date night in many weeks, Carolynn and I went to the restaurant formerly known as Petrus.  Head chef Marcus Wareing was the man in the kitchen when Petrus was awarded its second Michelin star, and when the lease with the hotel expired, they chose to give it to Wareing.  The new restaurant, … [Read more…]

Back in London

We’ve been here a week, and I think we’re about adapted to the time.  We’ve had some decent meals and wine so far, too. Tonight we had chicken breasts stuffed with basil, mozzarella, and sun-dried tomatoes.  Opened a 2003 Aubert Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard.  This recipe has a lot of potential, although I totally underseasoned it, … [Read more…]

Trying to be a chef

Okay, that might be a bit of an ambitious title.  But knowing that Carolynn was going to be gone tonight, I invited my buddy Steve Williams up for some Bryan Flannery meat (filet tails and hangers).  We got a little geeked up and made a “constructed caprese” which turned out pretty darned good.  Small diced … [Read more…]