Wednesday, September 22, 2010

a little Birthday Mojo

It is my turn to host over at the Sisterhood, but Dar helped me out big time since I was so last minute. I was away for work for a couple of days but I'm happy to report I'm home again =) Thanks so much, Darlene! This week's challenge is a simple one - Birthdays! We've all got many of those to celebrate each year, so what better time to stock up your collection? For me, it's my half sister's birthday on Friday, so I used the Mojo Monday 157 sketch for this cute layout. I have to mail it off, so I was hoping for a non-layer heavy sketch and this was just the key!

C'mon over to the Sisterhood of Crafters and show us your latest birthday creation!

Have a great Wednesday!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Final Major Meal of NYC

(I'm back from the Climb of Hope - did better than last year, which was my goal...and besides, I was fueled by New York City, baby!)

For our final meal in celebration of our last full day in The Big Apple, we headed  to Daniel for a six course tasting menu. The wine pairings were incredible and I so wish we could get them here. Alas, we had zero luck on the AB Liquor Guide finding anything that we had while at Daniel.

Trio of beets

Quail and Black Trumpet ballotine, Plum Mostrarda, Satur Farms Vegetable Salad
(paired with Von Heddesdorff, Riesling Kabinett “Winninger Uhlen”, Mosel, Germany 2008)

Peekytoe Crab Salad with Persian Cucumber, Black Sesame Coulis, Early Mesculin, Radishes
(paired with Domaine Bailly, Sancerre “Chavignol”, Loire 2009)

Trio of Spanish Mackerel - Warm with Cumin, Carrot Mousseline; Tartar with North Star Caviar; Poached with White Wine Gelee (paired with Domaine Bailly, Sancerre “Chavignol”, Loire 2009)

Gorgonzola Fedelino and Mesculin Tortelloni, Tomato Confit, Carmalized Walnuts, Capers, Snow Peas (paired with Domain Terrebrune, Bandol Blanc, Provence 2008)

Hazelnut and Chorizo Crusted Maine Sea Scallop, Stewed Gnoccho, Corn Fricassee, Nasturtium Salad (paired with Domain Terrebrune, Bandol Blanc, Provence 2008)

Slow Baked Nova Scotia Halibut with Chantrelles, Yukon Potato “Quiche”, Tuscan Kale, Oregano Jus (paired with Domaine de la Citadelle, Luberon Rose “Chataignier”, Rhone 2009)

Black Sea Bass with Syrah Sauce, Leek Potato “Parmentier”, Roasted and Tempura Celery
(paired with Copain “Tous Ensemble” Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley 2008)

Duo of Beef – Black Angus Short Ribs with Young Spinach; Mozzarella-Bresoala Salad Wagyu Tenderloin; Stuffed Tomato with Basil; Black Garlic Pommes “Dauphine”; Sauce “Choron”
(paired with Bosquet des Papes, Chateauneuf du Pape “Cuvee Grenache”, Rhone 2001)
(also known as "Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom" by MrP)

Sake Poached Pluot with Almond Biscuit, Vanilla Plum Gelee, Concord Grape Corbet
(paired with Heribert Boch Riesling Beerenauslese, “Trittenheimer Apotheke”, Mosel 2006)

MrP (or Chocoholic as I like to think of him)
Warm Guanaja Chocolate Coulant, Liquid Caramel, Fleur de Sel, Milk Sorbet
(paired with Rivesaltes Domain de Rancy “4 Ans”, Roussillon NV)

Petits Fours (mmmm....macaron!)

(last one - they offered us some and MrP told them "you can just leave that basket" - AND THEY DID!)

Chocolate Petits Fours

A couple of very happy customers

Our final full day...almost

Was full of shopping, walking, eating and picture taking! After a Victoria's Secret experience, we visited Serendipity 3 for lunch.

Talk about ridiculous!

Serendipity 3's second floor

Waiting for my fresh fruit & cottage cheese - so yummy!

Serendipity's Famous Frozen Hot Chocolate

Humble Pie (so delicious)

Very satiated!!

Dylan's Candy Bar

The Met

This area was a total reminder of my time in Italy & Greece when I was in high school

Roof display in African area

MrP was astounded to discover "women use modern art all the time"

Writing in a Painting

Second painting with writing & images hidden within (see below)

Very cool!

About the artist

Black Iris by Georgia O'Keefe

I loved this! (the man and the display)

Awesome stirrups

Super badass warrior helmet?!

Tested armor (dents left in as proof it worked)


Ringo Starr's Gold-Plated Snare Drum
(gift from Ludwig for all the sales they received thanks to his popularity & promoting)

A classic - Monet -1919 - Water Lilies

MrP likes the classics - Van Gogh
(I suspect he just knows the name)

Cool modern art that MrP did like




Yes - MrP does not like modern art for the most part.
He just doesn't get it.
"A trained chimp could do better with paint than Jackson Pollock.
Hell, an untrained one could do something nicer, I bet!"


Hottie gets a kiss

Still to come...supper at Daniel!
Here's a preview - the most awesome drink, a NY Sling!
The ice ball surrounds a rose pedal and is served in the glass to keep the drink cold.
Awesome until you get to the end and your top lip's a little frosty =)

Off to run!