On Thursday I took Russell out to dinner at Manresa in Los Gatos for our 25th Anniversary of moving in together. (He takes me out in the fall for our handfasting anniversary... or maybe this year we'll have a party. *grin*) We got the four course dinner and a bottle of Henriot Blanc Souverain champagne from Rheims. I note in passing that the most expensive bottle of champagne on their menu was $1,300. Eeep!
They brought us several small tastes of things to awaken our palates, a parsnip horchata, a pistaschio croquette and a soft boiled egg with maple syrup and other amendments (in the shell! I got to eat Russell's, of course). The bread was a lovely green olive bread. We both had prawns in meyer lemon sauce for our first course. Our second courses were fish with different sauces. (The posted menu has changed, bah. Perhaps I have the one I saved on my work computer. I had hoped to describe exactly this amazing meal.) My entree was duck and his poularde. For desert he had a chocolate something and I had the cheese board. They brought out seven artisan cheeses and I could pick three or four to taste. I had a roquefort, a goat cheese with black truffle and a brie with black truffle. The most amazing was called Serra da Estrella which is a Portuguese raw sheep's milk cheese. I asked about it and they gave me an info sheet to take home. It is soft and creamy with notes of almond and citrus (my assessment, the sheet just says "clean flavours"). I am so going to look for this cheese!
On Friday Sabrina came by and we did Pysanky all afternoon. I think more folks will come by on Sunday to do more. Fun!