It occurs to be that we have a surplus of awesomeness lined up for the rest of this month:
tonight: possibly our last Fieramosca dinner with CBGB, as they’re about to move to another city;
next week: a visit to Midfield Wine Bar with our buddy Kaylea, a Zinfandel tasting with T-Bone & The Sof, and the kick-off to a six-day trip to Arizona (including Phoenix, Sedona and the Grand Canyon);
Last night we had friends over for dinner, mainly to celebrate CB’s birthday, but also just to get caught up and have a few laughs. We covered a trajillion topics, as is our custom, and ate a great meal courtesy of Nellie:
Benjamin Bridge Nova 7
Charcuterie (Niagara prosciutto, salami, hot csabai)
Hidden Bench 2008 Terroir Cache Meritage
Hidden Bench 2009 Nuit Blanche
Roasted red pepper, fennel, garlic and corn with grilled scallops on arugula
Stratus White 2006
Stratus White 2007
Apple cider beef short ribs
Garlic mashed potatoes, sauteed greens and roasted beets
Southbrook 2008 Triomphe Cabernet Sauvignon
Southbrook 2009 Triomphe Syrah
Marietta Old Vines Lot 56
Hazelnut birthday cake
Veuve Clicquot champagne
Dessert and champagne were courtesy of GB, but everything else was prepared by Nellie, and nearly everything was from Ontario.
The evening ended on a high note. And by high note, I mean it got hilariously inappropriate.
Last night we had dinner with the esteemed CBGB. When it came time to pick a venue we provided a (rather long) list of restaurants we’ve been meaning to try, and they picked one: Lucien. It’s practically down the street from us but we’d never tried it for some reason.
It was good. Not great. Not bad either, by any stretch, but we weren’t blown away. My pork belly starter wasn’t the best I’ve had. Everyone else seemed to have the same reaction to theirs. My bison was pretty decent, but again, I’ve had better. The others all had fish, generally not something that interests me. The chocolate complex (five international chocolates) we shared for dessert was great in concept, but only good in execution. GB’s brownie was better. The wine list was pretty disappointing too…maybe three or four reds by the glass and as many whites. A single Ontario red in the bottle list.
I would never tell anyone not to go to Lucien if they wanted to try it out, but at about $250 per couple I’m not sure I’d recommend it either. Especially since GB and I were still kinda hungry when we left…we all went around the corner to Wine Bar for a cheese plate (CB), Miami short ribs (GB) and scallops (moi) along with their wine pairings. Nellie didn’t eat, she just samples all the Colaneri wine on the menu. We finished the evening back at our place with more wine: a bottle of the Shypoke Petit Sirah.