Other than the earlier mentioned unbloggable, life has been pretty good the last couple of weeks.  In addition to my short list prospects, I also managed to get hooked up with yet another part-time job (working as a Unitarian congregation secretary).  Now that our financial situation is looking up quite a bit, we decided to take a trip again this summer.  For three weeks in May we’ll be in…..España!  We took a trip to Spain in December 2007, but concentrated only on Andalucía.  This time, we’re going to be in Madrid and environs, Salamanca, San Sebastian/Basque Country, and Barcelona.  I’m super excited about visiting these new places and revisiting a couple of places I really loved in Madrid.

In other travel news, we took a trip to New Orleans this weekend to celebrate Valentine’s Day and to commemorate our first date 6 years ago.  We stayed at our usual guesthouse (clean, cozy, and very cheap), and ate some amazing meals.  Saturday’s lunch was at Green Goddess, Saturday dinner was at Three Muses and Pho King (awesome Vietnamese in a dive bar called the Lost Love Lounge) , Sunday brunch was at Satsuma Cafe, and the capstone meal was Sunday night dinner at John Besh’s flagship, Restaurant August.  We did the vegetarian tasting menu with wine pairings, and it was epic.  I’ll do my best to reconstruct what we had.

  • Amuse-bouche: A fruit “ceviche” with citrus
  • First course:  Truffled celery root custard with apple/pear salad, walnuts, and microgreens paired with a bubbly Asti.
  • Second course: Butternut squash soup with butternut squash tortelli paired with a nice unoaked Chardonnay
  • Main course: Cauliflower “steak” cooked in a sous-vide with tarragon and other herbs, and accompanied by wild mushrooms and carrots in a wild mushroom vinaigrette. All of this was paired with a pinot meunier.
  • Dessert: A lemon dessert that had a lemon sherbet on top of a date and pine nut mixture and a lemon merengue on top of a fennel shortbread, paired with an amazing dessert wine

The service was also exquisite, and the atmosphere was lovely (save for the jerks at the table near ours with constantly chiming cell phones).  It was no doubt a pricey meal, but worth every penny.  We don’t do things like this often, so it’s nice to treat ourselves here and there.

Sadly, I’ve been nursing a cold since last Thursday, and it became full-blown bronchitis on our trip.  I went to the doctor this morning to get antibiotics, and I’m hoping to see substantial improvement soon.  If I didn’t get sick another day this year, I’d be completely happy.

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