Friday, August 31, 2007
Recently, on my way home from the wine bar (I was working, not patronizing) I went through a sobriety check point. For flirting with the officer and not driving while under the influence, I was gifted with this parting prize....
Wind him up and watch him go.... He actually moves like he's a bit under the influence himself, but it's the thought that counts.
Have a great weekend!
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Our friends, Chef Bret and his lively wife Debora meet us at Fort Mason and away we went. For nearly 5 hours, we wound our way around, first drinking Pinot, then Chardonnay, then Cabernet. Around 6, we were half looped and in desperate need of food, so we decided to crash our dinner reservations early.
Debora and Bret had made reservations at La Folie, a charming French restaurant on Polk Street. Known for its Prix Fixe dinner offerings, it is city dining at its best. All the stress I endured that day was due to making menu decisions. First, you can go with a 3, 4 or 5 course meal. Then, there were five to seven choices within each course offering and some chef’s offerings not listed… I seriously thought about asking how much our bill would be if we ordered the entire menu…. I wanted EVERYTHING; we all did.
I finally settled on the five course meal:
Goat Cheese and Fourme D’Ambert Terrine with Baby Pickled Beets, Toasted Walnuts and Frisée Salad
The Seared Day Boat Scallop resting on Celeriac Puree finished with an orange beurre blanc
Baby lobster resting on English pea ravioli finished with a vanilla butter and toasted almonds
Seared Rib Eye with baby Chanterelle and Shitake Mushrooms resting on arugula risotto finished with shaved black truffle
Peach Melba incased in meringue with an Earl Grey Sabayon.
Craig had an amazing chocolate fondant that incased the most delicious vanilla ice cream.
We also were presented with two Chef’s amuses; one of Duck Soprasetta with a fingerling potato and Frisée salad and the other of “scrambled eggs” with fresh black truffles. They had a fabulous intermezzo of fresh cantaloupe juice and they finished off our meal with a Chef’s offering of sweet bites.
It was a great day and a wonderful way to end our evening. And with our bellies full of amazing food and wine, we made our way home and back to reality.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Friday came and I headed over to the bar after work. I was still a little tired from the late evening the night before so I picked up a four shot espresso on the way. THANK GOD!!!!! It was like a "people bomb" exploded in the bar that Friday night. We ran out of chairs, we ran out of glasses, we ran out of crostini, we ran out of patience and we ran out of steam. The worst thing was that we barely had a chance to drink our E.W. (aka employee wine). Sometime around 1:00 in the morning, Craig and I crawled home.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Damn, a Jerry Lee leg is in the background...I could photoshop it out, but I decide to continue.
This shot is NOT going to work. It's not too precious when I am forcing her headshot with my hand...
Finally, Nadine strikes a fierce pose and we get the "cover" shot..... Now, it is time to tackle my most difficult subject-Jerry Lee
Okay...so far, so good. This isn't the BEST shot, but at least he's cooperating....or so I think, so I pray.
He reverts back to his reluctant pose and now I am forced to behave in the worst "stage-mom" fashion...this little "project" is now an hour and 15 minutes in and I am 45 minutes behind in my schedule...
Why look at this, I have caught my darling in mid-sneeze... I will let the picture speak for itself.
And finally, a cover shot is capture and the project is complete. By the way, Dad (aka Craig) loved the birthday cards. I am already starting to think about what we will be doing for Dad for Christmas... Any ideas??