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Saturday, September 18, 2010
The Antipasti were the standout -- polenta with gorgonzola, eggplant caponatina with burrata, roasted cauliflower with pangratatto, capers & sage, meatballs in spicy tomato sauce, fresh sardines in olive oil & vinegar with shaved onion. And the meat antipasti sampler was divine.
The pizza --potato, rosemary, radicchio, gorgonzola dolce -- was rich and tasted good, but needed more cooking time as the dough was a bit undercooked. Risotto with goat cheese and prosciutto I thought was so-so. Though, my fellow diners felt it was very good. Admittedly, I'm picky about risotto having learned from Joyce Goldstein the mastery of this dish.
We were fortunate as I believe we sat at one of the better tables from an acoustic point of view. Even though it was at times hard to hear our conversation, the noise was off the charts in most areas of the restaurant.
Beretta, definitely worthy of a return visit.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
I had the privilege of attending Winefest in Hambach, Germany, located in the center of the Pfalz wine region. I met up with Erwin, a friend of my Dad's from the IBM-SAP relationship days. I could not have had better hosts. His wife Christiana, greeted me in their exquisite home high on the hill above town (see picture), with a huge selection of cakes and pastry with local fresh raspberries, strawberries and plums. Washed it all down with coffee and a walk in their terraced picture book garden, I thought this place could not get anymore perfect. Then, a looped drive to the main town of Neustadt an der Weinstr in Erwin's rock star late 60's cherry red Alpha Romeo Spider was a hoot. Erwin walked me around the sites of Neustadt which I found interesting, but honestly I couldn't wait to get back to the car! Back at the house, the wine began to flow. We had a tasty 2009 Sauvingon Blanc from a local vintner (Jochim Hilldenbrecth (sp) ). Sauvingon Blanc is a new varietal where the predominant grape is Reisling. Jochim is the elder vintner with his son (UC Davis grad) as the wine maker. Next, 5 of us walked to the Hambach village where Winefest was in full party mode. The village was decked out with 'wine gartens', an antique merry-go-round with punch card music, and German flags. Immediately, we were given two large high ball glasses with mixture of dry reisling wine with sparkling water. The tradition was to share the two glasses amongst the table of friends. Ok then -- Prost! My first thought was the reisling was going to taste watered down. Surprisingly, the concoction ended up tasting more like a zippy, refined sparkling wine. The glasses were constantly replenished too. Then a wonderful hearty meal of salad, roast pork meat, and knudel (dumplings) followed. Oh yeah, more wine and great conversation too. I left Hambach later in the evening not wanting the day to end. A clear sign of a great time!
Monday, March 29, 2010
I am happy to report that last night we had the first harvest from the flat of seeds. Mustard greens that were unlike any that I've tasted before. I sauteed them in an Asian style with ginger, garlic and splash of soy. Next up for picking in the garden is a race between the purple bok choy and broccoli rabe. The rest--shelling peas, a unique spinach variety, fava beans, and small onion variety--seem to be a bit slow to get going and may not ever produce. I'm hopeful, but my patience and space constraints will be tested when it comes time to plant spring & summer vegetables.
I'll post pictures at a later time...
Friday, July 10, 2009
Into the fire
Not bad, huh?