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Goodbye 2012… A May-December Recap

Posted in Dinners, Food, Wine on December 31st, 2012 by nita – Be the first to comment

I lied. I promised to be more diligent about updating my blog and posting several times a month. And I didn’t adhere to that promise.

For the 3 followers that I may still have, I apologize. But I do have some very noteworthy experiences to document… So here is a very quick recap of some of my favorites from the months of May through December…

We traveled quite a bit in these few months – local family getaways and overseasadventures! Some of my favorite shots…

Watching the Sunset from our backyard in Greensboro, Vermont

Being part of a close friend's very special WHITE party in Michigan

Hiking in the Poconos with family

A gorgeous view in Getarria, Spain - at Bodega Ameztoi overlooking Bodega Txomin Extaniz

A unique shot of "Maman" at the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain

We ate a lot too! Visited the likes of Il Buco in NYC, Ryland Inn in Whitehouse, NJ, Claire’s in Hardwick, VT, A Toute Huerre in Cranford, NJ, and La Vara in Brooklyn… Here are a few photos that made the cut – most of these are taken in Spain…

Nantucket Bay Scallops with Sunchokes three ways and a green coconut sauce at Ryland Inn

Mixed Heirloom Beet Salad with Goat cheese and Chocolate at Ryland Inn

A "risotto" style dish where you start with this structured rice encased in a dried tomato strip, with a poached egg (yolk taken out and pumpkin puree magically took its place) all mixed together... YUM! At Al Fuego Negro in San Sebastian, Spain

Very fresh fish in Getarria - this is Anglar fish at Asador Astillero, Getarria, Spain

A very surprisingly refreshing "pre dessert" - avocado mousse, coconut ice cream, and liquid nitrogen frozen grapefruit "kernels" at Nerua at Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain

Sometimes simple is the most extravagant thing on the plate... This was dessert at the Guggenheim - a chocolate slab (notice the granule of grey salt on the corners :)

Foie at Al Fuego - it was as delicious as it is beautiful

Can’t forget about all of the wonderful libations and pairings… everything from hand crafted Gin from a Beekeeper I now call a friend, to some fabulously oxidative styles of vino that I have grown to love… Here are some favorites!

Amazing Sherry - nutty, oxidative, all the while possessing fresh citrus qualities too... Fabulous!

Lopez de Heredia's whites - when tasted blind, it's been said that most people think they are drinking red...

Todd Hardie of Caledonia Spirits is the creator of these fabulous spirits – all made from or with his raw honey! -Caledonia Spirits, Hardwick, VT

1989 Vina Rionda - Oddero Barolo - Consumed at my birthday celebration at Il Buco thanks to JB!

We were one of the lucky people to be at dinner with friends of friends that brought this! Absolutely divine. We tasted much newer vintages in Spain.

One of my favorite additions to our Italian wall at the shop - The Ruche is full of geranium leaves on the nose, and spiced red fruit on the palate. I love it!

Sherry Tasting at Murray's Cheese - Kerin's a great teacher!

Lopez's reds