Now the real challenge…what have we indulged in lately? And did I manage to capture any of it with my camera? (Unfortunately, the answer to the latter is no.)
I had a very nice meal at a local restaurant named Walker’s Grille. It’s relatively new and prides itself on using as many recycled products and sustainable ingredients as possible. It also uses solar power to reduce some of its energy use. My hanger steak with a horseradish blue cheese sauce was cooked perfectly and the pommes frites with a trio of sauces (house-made ketchup, roasted garlic/truffle aioli and malt vinegar/black peppercorn) were divine. The pecan praline cheesecake was more than serviceable but nothing terribly exciting.
Friday we went into the city for lunch at the always consistent (and packed) Lauriol Plaza. After our last few times there leaving with too many doggie bags we decided it might be prudent to change our ordering strategies. To start, we had their mussels marinara, a healthy portion of mussels steamed in white wine, ginger, scallions and garlic. For our entree we normally would have each ordered our own carne asada but we opted instead to split the fajitas for two. One advantage to this is they do part of the work for you by cutting the meat as opposed to the whole steak one receives with the carne asada. Although we still left with a doggie bag, it was much less than our normal haul.
Hmmm. My dining over the last week or so seemed much more interesting at the time. Other than those two restaurants we didn’t really eat anything out of the ordinary.
Tonight we’re having bacon cheeseburgers (wahoo!) which we haven’t had in awhile. At the moment, however, it’s a bit chilly here in metro DC (a freeze warning is in effect after 80 degree weather last week) and I’m very much craving either my homemade chicken noodle soup or perhaps a nice ham with potatoes dauphinoise. I suppose I can wait until Easter for the latter. 🙂
Yes, I know when I started this blog I said I’d be more diligent in keeping it up to date than I was with my last attempt. However, it would appear that I have been neglecting my duties. Not entirely my fault though. Unfortunately, my laptop decided to die the other day and although I could have posted from my phone, I find it much simpler to use a real keyboard for such activities. In other words, I have some catching up to do. 🙂
The spring cleaning that I began came to a screeching halt after the first few days. The dish pantry still needs to be reorganized and the wine glasses are still awaiting their annual scrub.
On the other hand, we’ve had a few interesting meals since I’ve last been active here…
Of course I just thought of another thing that should get its fair share of clean-time: the glass cabinet holding our Riedel collection and other various glassware.
For parties we have 150 or so generic wineglasses we use as we don’t care if those get broken but a few years ago we started collecting Riedel. The first two Bordeaux glasses had us hooked. Our collection is from the Vinum series except for the two Sauternes glasses which are only available in the Sommelier series. (We’re waiting to crack open one of the two half bottles of 2000 Chateau d’Yquem we have hiding in the wine cellar.) And then there’s the Amadeus decanter we received when we got married (best wedding gift EVER). And then there are the 20 port glasses (not counting the Riedel port glasses). And the other decanters. The champagne flutes. Other random glassware that has sentimental value. It will be a daunting task to say the least.
I think my favorite Riedel memory, however, has to be the pre-party for D’s 55th birthday. We invited 4 very close friends to arrive an hour early and of course we broke out the Riedel for them. I believe that’s the only way we could have possibly enjoyed the 1982 Chateau Margaux we consumed.
I’ll post a picture of the cabinet tomorrow when the sun is out (hopefully) again. It’s a bit dark to get a good picture at the moment.
Good night for real this time. 🙂
Unfortunately, my after picture would look frighteningly similar to the before picture if I were to post them now. Instead of sorting through the closet with all of the servingware, etc…, I tackled another closet in that room which was probably more of a challenge anyway. Tomorrow is another day, I suppose.
And only tacos for dinner. Nothing terribly special but filling and more than edible (although hardly worth a picture). Time for some tea now before bed. Hope you all had a great day (or are having depending on your location) and I’ll talk to everyone tomorrow!
In the spirit of spring cleaning (as it’s already close to a sunny 70 degrees here today), I’ve decided I should clean and reorganize the closet where we store all of the serving dishes and some of our rarely used cookware to regroup after the holidays. I’m sure I’ll find plenty of things in different parts of the house that belong there, also. I’ll be sure and post beforfe and after pictures when I’m finishished. If I get VERY ambitious, I may tackle the pantry, also…
Today wasn’t exactly the most exciting day of eating I’ve experienced in my life. Bagel w/Cream Cheese for Breakfast with a perfectly ripe Bosc pear, a corned beef and swiss sandwich on rye for lunch (the end of the leftovers), an apple and a plum for an afternoon snack, and to top it off we had bacon, fried potatoes (from Friday’s New England Boiled Dinner) and scrambled eggs seasoned with herbes de provence. I’m now unwinding with some decaf tea preparing for tomorrow. I do believe a bit of reading will be in order once bedtime rolls around. It is only 12:30 after all…