Friday, Lunch - 'Za at the office
We ordered up 2 large Hot Lips pizzas (one was cheese, for the vegetarians, the other was their tasty housmade pepperoni for the meat eaters). For wines, we had:
- 1990 Bert Simon Serrig Wurtzberg Riesling Auslese
- 1992 Araujo Cabernet Sauvignon "Eisele Vineyard"
- 1997 Rocca di Castagnoli Chianti Classico
- 1998 V. Girardin Pommard "Clos des Lambots"
- 1998 V. Girardin Gevrey-Chambertin "Les Champeaux" (corked)
- 1998 Cantina del Pino Barbaresco "Ovello"
- 1999 McKinlay Pinot Noir "Special Selection"
- 2001 Anne Gros Vosne-Romanee "Les Barreaux" (corked)
New place in town. I'd been hearing good things. Old sous chef at Gotham. Etc etc. Let's just cut to the chase, this was one of the best meals I'd had out in some time. Here's the rundown of what my dining companions and I shared...
- Mixed green salad with a lovely buttermilk dressing
- Foie Gras
- Flat Iron Steak with Marrow Crostini
- Squab with duck fat potatoes
- Burger (w/ pickled onions and slaw), also with duck fat potatoes
- Chocolate sea salt tart with mint pesto
- Grilled peach with goat cheese ice cream
- Cornbread "cake" with apricots, bacon, and maple ice cream
Friday, drinks - Gilt Club
Faithful readers know if my love for the Moscow mule. Gilt Club has it on their menu. We go for drinks after dinner. Mmm.
Saturday, breakfast - Di Prima Dolce
Lucky for me, Di Prima's once-a-month Zeppoli Saturday is the day after my birthday. I go, accompanied by a number of friends. We eat lots of Zeppoli. I'd say, in total, we had to have eaten close to 15 orders (3 zeppoli per order). Coffee, too, of course.
Saturday, dinner - Lemongrass beef
We cook at home in Saturday. We make a few alterations to Guilty Carnivore's recipe for lemongrass beef (minor alterations, like extra garlic). We have Moscow mules, because they seem like they'd be a good match. On the side, M served up a little cucumber salad. All served with jasmine rice. Mmm, this is tasty. We'll be making this again, without a doubt.
Sunday, breakfast - Le Pigeon
We head back to what has become my new favorite restaurant, Le Pigeon. We get breakfast sandwiches (egg, cheese, and some heavenly bacon) with salad and potatoes. Although we like dinner better, the brunch totally rocks. Stumptown French press and '05 Perrone Moscato d'Asti. Lovely.
Sunday, dinner - Chicken
Sounds simple, and that was the idea. It's hot out. We invite CC and Porkchop over for dinner. Basic chicken breast grilled over mesquite (Porkchop was grill master for the night). Salt and pepper only, no real marinate. Mango cilantro salsa on the side. Corn on the cob, green leaf lettuce salad with heirloom tomatoes and housemade vinaigrette (by CC). Baguette with homemade butter. A little wine. Nice night out on the back patio, under the stars, with friends. A good and fitting end to my birthday weekend.
Unfortunately, I was too busy enjoying myself to take any photos, so you'll have to let your imagination run wild.
One last thing, if you haven't yet been to Le Pigeon, you should go already. If you have, you should go back. So good!