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…]

Foie gras–mmmmm!

If you like foie gras, there’s something incredibly decadent about searing your own at home.  In part, you are not limited to the invariably tiny pieces that you get for eighteen bucks at a restaurant.  We got a whole lobe, wacked off about a third of it, cut slices about about 3/8-inch, and then seared … [Read more…]