New Years' Eve dinner, Thursday, December 31, 2009. We spent the evening much like last year, with dinner at Viognier in San Mateo.
Don't you enjoy getting dressed up for an evening just as much as the evening itself?
Thanks weather, for not raining on us last night as we walked from the car and into Draeger's, the fancy market which houses Viognier on its second floor.
We started the evening with a champagne aperitif at the bar and a little reminiscing on the events of this year.
At dinnertime we were seated in a nice booth in the back. It was a different side of the dining room than we've been in before; it's fun to see an alternate point of view when you visit a place multiple times.
I think purple is going to be my color in 2010. I received two hats with purple accents and a purple pashmina for Christmas. The lighting in the restaurant amped the purplish glow.
The puree was steamy as it filled the dish. The soup was creamy with a delicate celery flavor.
On my side of the table, the slow-cooked Pacific salmon.
Oh friends, my salmon was so lovely. A well cooked piece of salmon ranks highly on my favorites list, and this one delivered. I'm not sure of the details on 'slow-cooked,' but it gave me a tender and buttery piece of fish.
We've had some delicious meals this past year. Most grand? L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon in July. Best at home? The grilled pizzas throughout the summer. Ooo those are so good. Best Saturday night date? Over and over, Barracuda Sushi. Best desserts? That one is really hard to narrow down. Yumi Yogurt froyo is always awesome. For special treats, Mom's apple pie cake, and the Christmas trifle is really up there. In a restaurant, those tarts at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, and the chocolate dome at Viognier before Christmas.
This being the first day of January and the new year, it's fitting that I have another first to mention. This post is the first written exclusively on my new Netbook. This 10-inch baby computer was one of Ray's Christmas gifts to me. It's fast, light as a feather and so portable, has 10 hours of battery, and 170 GB of storage. It also has a camera mounted on top! Here she is next to my old laptop computer.
Isn't she sweet?
Have a beautiful first day of 2010!