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A six-course candlelit dinner, with the fine china and silver.
We kicked things off just before 8 with some Fleury Brut Rosé Champagne.
This was quickly joined by our appetizer, bacon-wrapped canteloupe cooked on the grill.
While the soup course was going through its final prep, I brought out some country French bread (made in our bread machine).
Course two was French onion soup ala Julia Child, with a large toasted round crafted from the aforementioned French bread, topped with a combination of gruyere and parmesan.
We had a 2008 Honig Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc with the soup, and with the salad course that followed (greens courtesy of our garden—sorry, forgot to take a picture).
At this point, we were getting pretty full, but there were still three courses to go. At least we were finally at the entree, an Italian pork stew cooked in the tagine, served over creamy polenta.
The tagine was accompanied by a 2006 Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot (if you're beginning to wonder about the wine consumption, these were all half-bottles, and while we did a better job on them than I expected, we still have wine left).
We were about done in at this point, but we forged onward, moving onto the dessert, molten mousse cups,
...and a 2007 Bonny Doon Angel Paille.
And now we were in the home stretch—tea (Peet's 2009 Holiday Blend) and shortbread cookies!
And Sigrid bought us tickets to see Joshua Bell next weekend, so Valentine's Day will continue then!
Friday, February 12, 2010
Anders has learned a new trick.
The problem is that it takes a little bit more strength to raise the blinds, and it's beyond him. So he can only close them. Which he loves to do.
Saturday, February 06, 2010
We went to see one of Dylan's basketball games (this one against Justin-Siena). The Hornets won, 51-45, and Dylan was the second-highest scorer for the Hornets with 11 points (2 baskets, one of which was a 3 pointer, and 6-8 at the foul line).
Now, before we go on to see some pics, I just want to point out that taking sports shots indoors really is a task for a camera with fantastic low-light capabilities. So your pocket digital camera isn't going to do much for you... and a DSLR with an inexpensive lens is going to be better, but will still struggle.
Before the game, I tried taking a few shots of the teams warming up. I was right next to someone with a professional kit—a huge zoom lens, and probably a very expensive one at that. We were both taking pictures in burst mode, and his camera was firing off pictures about twice as fast, because my D40 maxes out at about 2.5 pictures per second (and his was chugging along at 5 or so a second). And for each individual picture, my shutter was trying to stay open for maybe 1/30 of a second, while I assume his was probably managing a 1/250 of a second shutter speed. So he had twice as many shots to choose from, each of which did a far better job of stopping the motion.
Ok, excuses have been made. Onto the pics:
Pre-game (it was Breast Cancer Awareness Night, hence the pink tshirts).
Bringing the ball down the court (first half).
Lookin' to dish it off (second half).
At the line.
More pics available at this web album.