Happy Birthday [livejournal.com profile] debmats!

Sep. 3rd, 2005 08:21 am
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Knowing [livejournal.com profile] debmats was going to have a full couple of weeks, I wanted to celebrate her birthday early. Last year was goofy because I put her birthday announcement in a newsletter during the Boston Worldcon (hee!). Oh, and at later time we dined at Chez Panisse.

We went to Farallon in San Francisco. Here's Deb's view of our dinner on Wednesday. The main reason I suggested this place was for the ambience and figured she'd like the underwater theme of the place. While the food is excellent, there are other places in San Francisco that serve equally good seafood, but the venue is fun.

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Black Bass Carpaccio

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Sea Scallops

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Soft Shell Crab

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Squab Breast

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Striped Bass

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Debbie with Chocolate Walnut Brownie Cake

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Happy Birthday Deb!

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Summer Berry Pudding

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"Small Endings" aka dessert sampler

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"Small Endings" aka dessert sampler, view of other side

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Deb and pretty sconce

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Jellyfish chandelier

Service was terrific, as it should be at a place like this. The soft shell crabs dish was an entree we shared (like everything else), but since we made it a middle course, it was plated for two. Bread -- Acme from Berkeley -- was refilled regularly. Amuse bouche was a delicious cold heirloom tomato soup with a dot of basil-and-something oil.

Wine was yum: Deb's interest in pinot noir (and not the movie "Sideways") was the directing factor and I wanted one from a newer California appellation, Santa Lucia Highlands. Although I was leaning toward the Siduri Gary's Vineyard because I'd had another winery's version of that vineyard's pinot noir, after consultation with the sommelier we chose the August West Rosella's Vineyard 2003. In retrospect it was a very good drink-by-itself wine, but probably didn't go with everything, but I felt it matched well with the crab, striped bass and squab. Deb enjoyed it, so that was the most important thing.

Love love love dessert samplers. Since we were too full, I took home most of the one-bite delights, but Deb left with a few items, like the fruit gelees of strawberry and apricot, the beautiful little butterfly marshmallow, and the rosewater/almond cookie. I had the chocolate bonbon filled with butterscotch ice cream there, then last night I indulged in the rest: a palmier, a bitty sarsparilla cupcake, a financier topped with milk chocolate/peanut ganache, a peanut cluster and an almond cluster (both w/dark chocolate), a lemon tartlet w/a single blueberry, and a white chocolate truffle w/thyme-raspberry white chocolate ganache.

Date: 2005-09-03 03:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rabbijeffty.livejournal.com
a financier topped with milk chocolate/peanut ganache

You ate a capitalist?!?


Date: 2005-09-03 08:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hofdave.livejournal.com

Food looks great...

Date: 2005-09-04 12:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] trektone.livejournal.com
Sure, if there's excellent chocolate involved. :)

Date: 2005-09-03 11:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] folkmew.livejournal.com
YUM! You are the divine god of food introductions. I just hope someday I get to take you to the Farmer's Diner. ;-)


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