Quince…..

March 25th, 2015

As we embrace spring I felt it necessary to share one amazing dining experience this past winter.  I’m always inspired by those who create silence between notes, and this experience was one harmonious symphony displaying brilliant music throughout the night.

I shall go the distance when the talent of those who possess greatness bring forth cuisine that showcases the sublime, with flawless elegance and unparalleled symmetry – - this was my experience at Quince in San Francisco.   First and foremost many thanks to Matt Crine, General Manager and the entire team who surpassed my expectations, which can be experienced in previous posts.  From the front of the house to back of the house, including a marvelous tour of the magnificent cellar, everyone gave us five-star service which is and will always be that extra special touch that can not be quantified, only mirrored!!! YES – - Hospitality goes both ways.

Before I go any further, I must thank my wonderful source for suggesting Quince, Chef Chris Marchino of Spiaggia in Chicago.  I knew his recommendations would be outstanding and I’m so grateful I chose Quince.  Thanks Chis, see you soon now that Chicago is warming up!!!!

And now the experience!!!!!!!

 

© Quince – – Courtesy of Quince

 

The Kitchen

 

Quince

 

Amuse Bouche

 

The Menu

 

Bread (Squid Ink Pain Au Lait)

 

Amuse Bouche

 

Amuse Bouche

 

Kushi Oyster served with Passion Fruit and Puffed Buckwheat

 

Black River Siberian Caviar (Maine Scallop, Horseradish & Sorrel)

 

Black River Siberian Caviar (Maine Scallop, Horseradish & Sorrel)

 

Spiny Lobster (Sea Urchin, Persimmon, Pink Peppercorn)

 

Spiny Lobster (Sea Urchin, Persimmon, Pink Peppercorn)

 

Abalone (Matsutake Mushroom, Turnip, Finger Lime)

 

Sunchoke Tortelli (Fonduta, Savoy Cabbage, Black Trumpet Mushroom)

 

Grano Arso Tagliatelle (Phil Paine’s Squab, Pomegranate, Chestnut)

 

Grano Arso Tagliatelle (Phil Paine’s Squab, Pomegranate, Chestnut)

 

Milbrook Venison (Parsnip, Walnut, Chicken Mushroom)

 

And now a little break before dessert…….heading to the cellar.

 

Private Dining

 

Cellar

 

Cellar

 

Quince

 

Dessert Time

 

Valrhona Guanaja Cremeux (Piedmontese Hazelnut, Sightglass Coffee)

 

Valrhona Guanaja Cremeux (Piedmontese Hazelnut, Sightglass Coffee)

After what turned out to be one of the most amazing dining experiences I’ve had in San Francisco, I found it extremely difficult to leave this city without feeling somewhat torn as I didn’t travel to wine country but there’s always the next trip out.  However, the wine pairings were great reminders of how rewarding wine and food can be when “Defining and Defying” Perfection.

 

Adam & Monique….your attention to detail and unparallelled service was impeccable. We Thank You!!!!

 

Adam & Monique

 

 

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The Incomparable – - Ms. Jessye Norman: Stand Up Straight and Sing!

February 12th, 2015

There are those moments in life when being in the presence of greatness either makes you questioned your existence or make you claim who you are.  I’m still claiming who I am as my encounter with Ms. Norman has forever changed me.

Ms. Norman – - I thank you for taking a chance on life and for sharing your amazing gift through voice and spirit.  Meeting you and spending time conversing about our shared southern upbringing was life affirming and a moment in time I shall forever treasure.

I shall “Stand Up Straight and SING!!!”

 

Ms. Jessye Norman

 

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Wine & Waves – - The Ideal Way To Getaway

January 14th, 2015

2015 – - Rome to Barcelona on Silversea’s Silver Spirit!!!

 

Bon Voyage – - Silversea…….

Come join me on the high seas at: Wine & Waves — Silversea

Details on: The Silver Spirit

Heading Home…….July 18 – - Nice, France

November 30th, 2014

After a wonder getaway from Rome to Nice, it’s time to head home. I’m excited for the return as I’m working on a joint venture with Silversea and many of the wonderful restaurants and wine estates I’ve come to know and enjoy, to create a “Wine & Waves excursion series – - I do hope you can join me.  So, until my return with a few friends, these are several shots of my arriving in the port of Nice and arriving at the airport for my departure.

See you on the “High Seas.”

Arriving in the port of Nice

 

 

Port of Nice

 

Arriving at the airport

 

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Silversea – Day 10, July 17 – - Sete, France

November 29th, 2014

So today is the final stop before Nice and the airport.  Having never set foot in Sete, France I was excited to see this small picturesque town, visit Mont St-Clari and to experience Château de l’Engarran, which can best be described as old world charm and elegant wine making.

This lone fisherman was the perfect introduction to the Sete as his calmness upon the calm waters spoke volumes of the life and energy felt while in Sete as do the following photos.  This was the perfect ending to an incredible cruise as it captured my mood and inner being – - calmness.

 

Sete, France

 

Sete, France

 

Sete, France

 

Sete, France

 

Sete, France

 

Sete, France

 

Sete, France

 

Sete, France

 

Sete, France

 

Sete, France

 

Château de l’Engarran

 

 

Château de l’Engarran

 

Diane LOSFELT

 

Isabelle BELY – Sommelier

 

Entrance to the tasting room at Château de l’Engarran

 

Diane explaining the facade and history of Château de l’Engarran

 

Château de l’Engarran

 

Front Facade

 

Youth

 

Middle Age

 

Old Age

 

Back Facade

 

The Gardens

 

With Diane

 

The Gardens

 

Wine tasting

 

With Diane and Isabelle

 

This was by far one of my favorite wine excursions as Diane’s passion and sheer love of the family’s history and commitment to making exceptional wines to be enjoyed by all helped to create an atmosphere of inclusion.  And yes a bottle or two made it back to the states.

Up Next: Nice for Debarkation

 

 

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