Thank you

As Thanksgiving is quickly approaching this month, I reflect on some of the people in my life that I am truly thankful for. I am lucky. There are a lot of people in my life that inspire, encourage, and support me to be myself and follow my passion. These individuals are the reason that I have the confidence and perseverance to tackle some of the most challenging situations.

Last week, I was surprised by some of my favorite people at 55 Main in Flemington, NJ. A bunch of family and friends decided to put together a little evening in my honor – to congratulate me on my certification. Surprised, honored, flattered, touched… I can’t even find the words to express how I felt when I walked through the restaurant and saw those familiar faces clapping and “woot wooting” for me.

The menu was thoughtful, and the wine pairings made the execution even more spot on. Joe helped some of the crowd with some wine pairings (Thx JB) … so here was the menu/pairings!

Sashimi of American Red Snapper with warm sesame oil/ wakame cucumber salad/ ponzu aioli
Paired with 2008 Domaine Pinson Freres Chablis Les Clos and Parigot Rose Brut

Lobster Pot Pie with puff pastry, shellfish cream, autumn vegetables, yukon gold potatoes
Paired with 2009 Domaine Thibert Pouilly Fuisse in Magnum

Crisp Falafel Fritter with hummus, cucumber mint salsa, pita, greens
Paired with Kim Crawford SB and a lovely Greek white wine that I can’t remember the name of – forgive or please fill in the blank!

Pan Roasted Duck breast with sliced foie gras, sweet potato hash, and dried fig demi-glace
2006 Argyle Pinot Noir

Filet Mignon au Poivre with mushroom peppercorn pan sauce and glazed carrots
1999 Mas Estela Vinya Selva de mar Emporda

Pumpkin Spice Cake with apple fritter, caramel sauce, vanilla ice cream

What a fabulous evening…. Thank you (in no particular order) Shef, Umang, Jigna, Piyush, Sejal, Rick, Priti, Chirag, Meera, Karteek!!!! LOVE!

The Storm and the Calm After it

Oct 29th 2011 is a date that will go down in the history of whacky and formidable storms. For the sake of remembering, and being able to tell my grandchildren about what we “survived,” I will post pictures here. Forgive the lack of content in this post but I really do not want to re-live that week. Simply stated, it was a freak storm… Leaves still VERY intact on the trees while the heavy snow fell. Electricity was gone for days. It turned our worlds upside down. Lucky for us, we had a 7 night vacation in store for us later that week. (Hence, the “calm”) So we left these worries behind… (Click on photos to see larger format)

Our street after the storm
Our blocked street 4 days after the storm
Our backyard after the storm
Believe it or not, our car actually survived this accident!