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Old 10-09-2009, 09:31 PM   #46
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What's taters, precious?

Happy Birthday from one Libra to another!!! I'm assuming today was your birthday based on the comment you made about your son giving you some Godiva.
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Old 10-09-2009, 09:48 PM   #47
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Wow, I felt bad reading about the awful food other than the gouda at breakfast and chocolate when you got home.

In between....incredible food!
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Old 10-10-2009, 10:39 AM   #48
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What's taters, precious?
LotR (Lord of the Rings) reference.... something my kids (in Gollum's voice) say every time they have potatoes
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Happy Birthday from one Libra to another!!! I'm assuming today was your birthday based on the comment you made about your son giving you some Godiva.
Let's just say I am working my way through the box, one day at a time - and that I'll share the actual date when I see you!!!
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Wow, I felt bad reading about the awful food other than the gouda at breakfast and chocolate when you got home. In between....incredible food!
Fortunately, I don't do these events very often. At work, there are goodies available most days - reminds me of Seinfeld episode with the daily cake. They think I choose to "eat healthy" because I rarely partake - even for my own birthday - but I just can't see ingesting something with such a low flavor-per-calorie ratio.
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Old 10-10-2009, 10:53 AM   #49
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Cheese Plate

Colston Bassett Stilton, Coach Form's Goat, Gouda Beemster XO
36 Month Aged Parmigiano-Peffiano and Thomasville Tomme
White Chocolate Gelta with Tableside Shavings and Micro Orchids

Wine Pairing: Delaforce Colheita 1965





Close-ups


Stilton (looks like date / walnut)






Chocolate Gelato with edible orchid






Goat Cheese, poached pear, date bread, Parmesan with honey






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Old 10-10-2009, 10:56 AM   #50
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I loved the Gollum reference ... Jay and I like to use it when we have any kind of potato, as well.

The cheese plate looks yummy as does the gelato ... I love the edible orchid!
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Old 10-10-2009, 10:58 AM   #51
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Grain Bread & Butter

My sequencing is a little out of order - this was served before the beef and veal.




We must have scarfed this down with relish, because Mike brought us another serving.....




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Old 10-10-2009, 11:18 AM   #52
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Dessert

Tanzanian Chocolate Pyramid, Hawaiian Kona Chocolate Souffle
and Peruvian Chocolate Ice Cream and Puff Pastry

Wine Pairing: None listed on menu, but pretty sure we had a Port







Ice Cream (with eyelashes)




I couldn't help but marvel at the physics behind assembling just this particular item. The pastry at the bottom was crisp (which means the ice cream can't sit on it too long). The ice cream was frozen, retaining shape without being rock hard, or dripping - probably a finite window of opportunity. The eyelashes could be made ahead of time, but would suffer / wilt at room temperature. The whipped cream has a narrow window to retain its shape on top of the mound. And here it sits, just perfect, sharing a plate with two other items. Talent and teamwork, I guess!!




Souffle



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Pyramid



Topped with edible gold, side of strawberries and cookie-crisp-thingy




A word on chocolate and me......
I like chocolate, but don't consider myself a chocolaholic. I hand over my free Ghiradelli sample at DTD to my sons, I pass up birthday cake at parties, I give away candy left on my desk, and I rarely buy chocolate.

I do like my own homemade hot fudge sauce, but I usually give 90% away to friends and family. DH eats 9 of the remaining 10%.

I distinctly remember saying to myself, while eating this dessert, "well Chef Erich is making a chocolate convert out of me". Within an hour, I returned to the real world - outside the V&A bubble.

These were all outstanding - again, both as individual desserts, and as a collection. The things they do here with quality ingredients, recipes, skill and care continue to astound me.


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Coffee, After Dessert Treats

"Celebes" Coffee, Tea and Friandise



Love these treats - left to right
  • Gourmet Gum Drops (Jellies, Fancy Fruit Squares) - very vibrant fruit flavor
  • Cookie - forget exactly which, but yummy
  • Chocolate Covered Caramels - warm caramel center, specialty salt (sea? Hawaiian?) on top




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A visit to the kitchen.....

Amuse Bouche Prep (visually more engaging than some modern art)






The camera turned on me (my preference is to hide BEHIND the camera)






Chef Tom, Tom & Israel






Chef Tom (he was in charge this evening)






The Truffle Chef (shaving truffles at the moment, anyway)







Stock "in the works"






Wall Hanging







All together now - THANK YOU!!!!







Finale - Hallowishes from the GF dock






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Old 10-10-2009, 11:37 AM   #55
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Conclusion

I suspect there will be more commentary, but there are no more pictures. Normally, I liked to take my time, but I have a personal goal not to return to V&A before I've completed the prior picture report - and since I am hoping to return a week from tonight - and I will not be able to post much between now and then - well, it was a race to the finish line. Now, to get out the suitcase, pack, go to my Mom's 80th birthday party tonight and be at the airport at 6:00 am tomorrow.
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Old 10-10-2009, 11:45 AM   #56
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Excellent photos & review, as usual! I really do appreciate your attention to detail. Happy early B-day! Hope your dinner next week is even more amazing than this dinner. (if that's even possible!)

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Old 10-10-2009, 12:34 PM   #57
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Wow, wow and wow again. Superlative review to accompany the food! I hope you have a fantastic birthday
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Old 10-10-2009, 12:54 PM   #58
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Was this at the chef's table, or in the regular dining room?
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Old 10-10-2009, 06:49 PM   #59
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I just starting reading through your trip report links in your signature - sounds like you will be leaving today - didn't see CaliGrill in hubby's report - did your change you mind?
I'm leaving soon. We skipped Cali Grill in August but will be going there next week.


After reading your review, I'm sure when we go in June, we will put the girls in the kids club (trying to decide if we should leave then at AKV or somewhere else).
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Old 10-10-2009, 06:54 PM   #60
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THANK YOU for doing the review and pictures! Jason and I are now MORE excited then ever for our dinner with friends next week (next week???!!!) Have a wonderful time and you should be in front of the camera way more - you are beautiful!

HAVE A GREAT TRIP!
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