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Foie Farewell

Xanthie and Scott hosted a lovely farewell to foie just before the California ban took effect.

The weather was lovely and the foie even lovelier.

Of course, we started with cocktails.

X made a torchon. And as with all foie dishes, this took 3-4 days prep before the unveiling. But, my what a lovely unveiling it was.

She topped slices of foie gras with Muscato d’Asti gelee and served with brioche toasts, caramelized onions a swirl of balsamic creme and various salts.

Lucky, lucky us.

After our grand parting to foie was over, we mourned it’s loss with steak and sautéed tomatoes, salad, a cheese course, and finally a sabayon for dessert. It was a lovely fête and proper sendoff indeed.



At Comstock Saloon

For Andy’s Birthday dinner…

Fun with the Fujifilm Instax 210 Instant Camera.

Dinner with Friends at Limon Rotisserie

Dinner with Friends

Cocktail Hour Wednesdays

We found out recently that the movers will not allow us to bring much of our liquor back to the US.

Which is sad.

But, presented us with an opportunity.

So, we have started these Wednesday night cocktail hours.

The first and second weeks, only a couple of people came.

But word got out.

Or, rather, we continued inviting people.

And last Wednesday, by 8:30, we had eleven friends drop by. All thirsty for pre-prohibition cocktails.

It was fantastic!
Perhaps we’ll see you for the next one. After all, we won’t be here too much longer.


A while back, our friends Kate and Bolte had a yard sale.

In Germany, they call this a flohmarkt.

They held it in the courtyard of their apartment building in the weststadt, here in Heidelberg.

Kate and Bolte are moving to London in a couple months…which makes me sad.

Nevertheless, they need to downsize.

They used to own a gallery and shop in town, the Bourgeois Pig. So, that, and the fact that they both have incredible taste–in music, in clothing, in art–made for a better-than-your-average flohmarkt.

And have a bunch of cool stuff to sell over the next few weeks. There was even a gramophone!

But alas, it is sold.

If you are in the Heidelberg area, you should stop by for the next one.  I’ll post the flyer here on my blog.

I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

The Brooklyn Flea has nothing on these two.

As you can see many friends came by, from far and near, babies in tow, not only to support and shop…

…but to hang out, catch up, and just enjoy the day.

It was such a lovely way to wile away the time.

And the weather was perfect.

Even Andy and I didn’t walk away empty-handed. No siree.

You’re looking at the chair I’m sitting on right this very minute.

.  .  .  .  .

And that minute is late. So I’ll head to bed.

Crete, part 2: Almyrida Beach and Plaka

A seaside lunch, and  toasts all around …a cold beer to wash down a nap on the beach …a dinner game containing a basket full of stories …a setting sun and a stolen kiss …a perfect first day in Crete.