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martedì 14 settembre 2010

birthday culinary snapshot mayhem!

A splendid september 14th, spent with good friends, between restaurants exploring new places and food...
First up, was a lunch at Nudel Restaurant, in Lenox MA.. seasonally inspired food, with magical creations supporting local farms.  This place blew me away and is just the type of place I have been looking for in the berkshires...
I will let these photos speak the rest....

beet salad with walnuts green beans pesto shavings of parmigiano reggiano dressed in olive oil and lemon juice.

braised berkshire pork, vegetable pickles and sambal aioli.

mostly all u.s.a. wines on the list, but i must say this aligote from WA paired superbly with all of the food.
celebrating a threesome of september birthdays... nico 14 jay 30 huck 16
stopping into lenox coffee for a much needed after lunch caffè.
mid burn toscano sigaro...
later that night a sushi dinner at bizen, in great barrington.
and grappa next door at allium.

for the 15th of september, i met up with big frank and family for a brunello-bistecca fiorentina dinner... which i have now made an annual happening for my birthday.. what better way to spend the day...

a first course of a ribollita i cooked earlier that day, followed by a porterhouse and some newyork strips on the grill, for juice a capanna brunello di montalcino 2004.  very reasonably priced, a traditional brunello.  this one showing classic brunello dark fruits, but very tamed tanins and approachable as shit! nice vino...
some after dinner calvados, a new obsession...this one a great pick. the ''fine'' not aged terribly long which allows the apple flavor to show more and detatch itself from the typical brandy your used to.

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