My husband Lenny and I recently had a surprisingly lovely evening celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary. The next day he sent an email to some family and friends telling them about the great food (and wine) experience we had. So I thought I’d just steal his text and make it into a post (then Maria and Shana will fall over in disbelief since it looks like I posted twice in one day).
Just thought I’d apprise you all of our great anniversary dinner. After I mowed the lawn and we were sitting on the deck our new neighbor Stefan and his daughter Yo-Yo brought us some very freshly made authentic egg rolls (they’re from Taiwan) that his wife had just cooked. They were AMAZING and we thanked them profusely– those were our ‘appetizers’!
Then we went to Vinology (for which Anuj had given us a gift card at Christmas – thanks Anuj!) and sat outside and had two very nice glasses of wine. Mine was Paoletti, Piccolo Cru and Anne had a crisp Setzer Gruner Veltliner (from Austria).
We went in for dinner where our talented waiter Alec (Russian Jew from Moscow) guided us through our choices of ‘small plates. We had some pan fried chick peas with herbs that were fantastic (now I’m mad I left the rest there), we had a lovely garden salad w/red wine vinaigrette, hazelnuts and goat cheese toast, also a savory white bean bruschetta with garden tomatoes, parmesan that was perfectly garlicky! In addition to these plates we also had a wonderful gnocchi (potato pasta) that was pan-fried with shallots and asparagus – it was
crispy brown around the edges and melted in your mouth!
We accompanied this with a very nice (very tannic) 2005 Bordeaux that was (remarkably) only $31. Alec said it was very good and we should invest in the 2005s because they were only going to get better!
We finished off the dinner with a Blue Franc Lemburge – another very nice, pretty full-bodied.
Just thought I’d make everyone jealous — it was a wonderful night!
Thanks Lenny for the text (and the nice night) – feel free to comment!