Eat + Drink
We hosted a big dinner party last night at my house celebrating the visit of my sister Eden and baby Clementine (who will one day be one of the world's great gastronomes). Many courses, many wines--a great time was had by all. But, the challenge with so many wines--and having a wife who prefers to use a separate and proper glass for each one--is the clean up in the morning. Ugggh.
Boulettes’ salmon carpaccio with salt-cured capers.
I know our Eat + Drink editor, Sara Deseran, has written about Boulettes Larder in the Ferry Building, as have others. But since it’s not exactly a restaurant—more a combination of extremely high-end gourmet shop, takeout counter and, in the evening, private dining room—I for one didn’t know what to make of it until a few nights ago, when I attended a wine-pairing dinner hosted by Blackbird Vineyards. (See Jordan Mackay’s blog for more on Blackbird’s wines.)
Playing around with a cocktail idea I got from a friend in New York, I made this gin and tonic served up by floating a shaken mixture of gin and lime juice on top of a base of tonic water.
It looks nice, but needs to be stirred up to drink--otherwise you just get a mouthful of incredibly tart, austere alcoholic lime juice and then a big mouthful of tonic water.
The Luna Azul cocktail will contain rare Penca Azul reposado tequila, blueberry nectar, lime juice and agave nectar--sort of a high-end blueberita or a blueberrytini made with tequila instead of vodka. The good news is that this drink, which is valued at $18, will be going for only $7 on Thursday. Enjoy.
At a nice dinner the other night, several friends and I decided to compare three top single-vineyard Côte Rôties from the vintage of 2001. If you don't know, Côte Rôtie is one of the top Syrah appellations in France's Rhone Valley. Actually, it’s one of the top Syrah appellations in France—okay, the world. All right, to my mind, it's the greatest place for Syrah in the world. Some might argue that Hermitage is better, but I'll take Côte Rôtie's lighter body, floral high notes and silky tannins any day.