you don"t need to save the crystal for a special day, even water tastes better in a "Fancy Glass"

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Birthday At Beacon

Last night was my honey's Birthday! We both had to work during the day but for dinner we chose to celebrate at Beacon in Tokyo. The restaurant was opened by a chef-friend of mine a few years ago, and I've been meaning to go over there for ages. This seemed like a good time.

I made a reservation for two and told them it was a birthday dinner. They promised to prepare a birthday plate for dessert, candle and message included.

I know the owners, and some staff so it was fun to be at place where people know us. And they treated us really well.

The interior is chic but warm. Nice colors, great lighting. comfortable seating. Lots of dark wood and sophisticated touches.

For dinner we decided, having just gotten back from Texas- to order seafood instead of steaks.
We shared an amazing appetizer to start off the night.

Goat cheese strudel with fresh tomato sauce
The puff pastry wrapper was light and crunchy, the tomatoes both sweet and salty, and some delicious piping hot goat cheese. Totally YUM.

Hubby had
Pancetta wrapped pan-roasted scallops with seasonal vegetables. He said quite tasty, I forgot to ask for a bite as I was focused on my own dish; Local swordfish steak with lemon risotto. I found the tastes and textures to be very well balanced. My swordfish was a bit salty. But the sweet corn and zucchini I had on the side was so tasty.

For the birthday dessert we shared the
Peach crumble with vanilla ice cream.

And throughout the meal we truly enjoyed a terrific bottle of
Flowers, Sonoma Coast, California 2006.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

OMG Cobbler

So, we are at a big convention in Austin, Tx. Last night found us eating out a local sustainable amazing bbq joint called Lamberts. In addition to fantastically well prepared bbq, side dishes and their famous spicy deviled eggs-- the above was an additional gold star part of the meal.

That glorious dessert above is a PEACH-BLACKBERRY Cobbler, served warm with Honey vanilla ice cream. Words fail me.
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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Everything tastes better with BBQ Sauce

A bit of what I have been up to (see above). This collage is from our BBQ for Unity about a week and a 1/2 ago. A whole bunch of Democrats Abroad in Japan got together to eat some very tasty BBQ and talk politics. It was really a fun time. It was great seeing some new folks and getting back in touch with people I had not seen for a while. Lots of young dems were there which was really great. We have had a hard time reaching out across younger demographics, but seems to be changing.

Miki and Kathleen my two gals working on growing a Young Dems group, brought their friend Lili to help volunteer at the door/check in etc. So I had lots of help which was great.

Special thanks to the Mehta's for letting us celebrate in their snazzy garden space.
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