The first course of dinner - Cream of Cauliflower Soup with Truffled Croutons . . . to be followed by house-made pate with pickled pomegranate seeds, pickled and spiced cantaloupe and escarole salad with a maple syrup-mustard dressing and champagne . . . to be followed by a palate-cleansing cranberry sorbet (courtesy of Mother) . . . to be followed by roast quail with chestnut and pear stuffing, braised escarole and parsnip-potato-leek gratin . . . to be followed by manchego cheese and raisin chutney and an aged port wine . . . to be followed by homemade pine nut ice cream (again, courtesy of Mother and the hit of the meal!) and cookies and digestifs.
Mother and Miki enjoy a Christmas dinner at Cafe Drake. The multi-course meal included a Shepherd's Pie of lamb and fluffy mustard mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts with chestnuts and a special, raw-milk aged bleu cheese.
At Columbia County's Michelin-starred Le Bouchon, where we indulged in a decadent mid-day meal of Steak Tartare and iron skillet Cassoulet.
(for some reason we can't remove the double photo of Gougeres and a cocktail made from fresh Mandarin orange juice, vodka and bay leaf syrup)
A New Leaf Cafe in Ft. Tryon Park - housed in a 1930's WPA-sponsored stone cottage, this gem of an eatery stirs up gorgeous Pumpkin Martinis as well as delicious and elegant lunch fare. Full review to follow soon.
Cold and windy and beautiful Cold Spring, NY, nestled on the Hudson River at the foot of the Catskills Mountains.
At Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay, Long Island. The estate belonged to President Teddy Roosevelt and is now a fascinating house museum.