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Friday, February 1, 2013

Feed Me

Pretty amazing 24 hours on the gastronomic front. R & D invited us over last night for southern pork chops that had been brined for a day, lightly breaded, fried and then finished off in the oven. Served with a lemon caper sauce. Superb. Luscious vegetables and papas as well. The meal was accompanied by a 2007 Papapietro Perry Pinot Noir from the Peters Vineyard. Maybe the best I have ever tasted this particular wine, especially at the magic moment we stumbled into post decantation. Girls started off with a Taittinger brut sparkler and a very fine french rosé champagne. Incredibly nice meal with dear friends. Small chocolat´ liquor digestifs later in the sitting room. Civilized.

I had a bunch of calls this morning, never found time to eat. Popped by R & L's and we went to Bull Taco for lunch. Not the funky one in Oceanside which feels a little schmutzig. The one overlooking the ocean in Cardiff in the campground. Incredible view in both directions. Surfers were gliding across the smooth surface of the Pacific on paddle boards in the distance.

Bull Taco is the gourmet taco shop. Halibut, lobster, crab, incredible mexican food done with an upscale beach fusion twist. I ordered a duck burrito for nine bucks. They had the halibut. My duck burrito was all duck, well stuffed, succulent and incredible. The perfect amount of crispy. The hot sauces at Bull Taco are epic. Sriracha, verde, rojo, habanero and more. The habanero was our favorite, smoky with a big bottom end.

Check the place in Cardiff out.

I am seriously considering scheduling a food weekend in the east bay for a very few interested couples. Dutch. Dinner at Alice's, Le Cheval, Baywolf, Ici, Wood Tavern, some of my favorite spots. New ramen place is supposed to be epic. Stay at the Clairemont. Berkeley Bowl and Berkeley Farmers Market. Could be an epic three day weekend. Let me know if you have an interest. Maybe April.

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