• quiche with bacon and zucchini; spinach and red onion salad
  • hamburgers & pretzel rolls; nappa and watercress salad
  • mango tofu with red peppers; jasmine rice
  • potato and sweet potato with spinach; blackened chiles and coconut milk
  • short pasta with zucchini and freezer-pesto cream sauce
  • challah for Yalda’s dinner gathering
  • whole wheat berries for breakfast


things to eat


what we’ll be eating this week

  • tea and ginger simmered chickpeas; tamarind-garlic taro
  • thai green curry with tofu, asparagus, and mushrooms; sticky rice
  • baby potatoes roasted with garlic and rosemary; black eyed peas with bacon
  • puneri dal with rice
  • moong dal with chiles and onion
  • biscuits with sausage gravy
  • quiche with zucchini and bacon


more yummy things

  • drunken spaghetti with leeks and cream (and bacon)
  • ma po tofu
  • stir fried noodles with snap peas
  • salad with roasted beets, buttermilk-mayonnaise green onion dressing; focaccia
  • more garlic-tamarind taro; black cardamom rice


chilean wines

A. Lapostolle “Casa” Chardonnay 2007
The most amusing note about this was that it tasted like “vomit and fruit.” It had an unwelcome bitterness. Most people found it unbalanced, inelegant at best.
B. Ché-vere Cabernet Sauvignon Valle Central 2007
B was for Boring, for most of us. Someone said it was like D but not as good; it was exactly as deep as the typical Che Guevara T-shirt wearer.
C. Montgras Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, Colchagua Valley 2006
This was full of cherry flavor. One person remarked that it was well balanced, inoffensive, tame. Another called it simply “red.” It would be a good party wine.
D. Santa Ema Reserve Merlot, Maipo Valley 2005
“Smooth” appears in three separate notes. Flavors of cacao, chocolate, with some bite – one person said “rubber cement, in a good way,” it has nice spice to it.
E. Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere DO Peumo 2007
Raspberry, herb, chocolate, plum. This was a well made, unmistakable Carmenere. Inky purple, full, and rich. One person did not like its lingering finish. This was my clear favorite.
F. Casa Silva Sauvignon Gris Cochagua Valley 2007
One note says “watered down martini,” another “mouthwash tang.” This had a nose of diesel on top of dirty melon rind.
G. Montes “Classic” Chardonnay, DO Curico Valle 2008
Classic indeed. Beautiful fruit, well integrated hint of oak. Nice acidity, crisp, went nicely with the crab dip. I would add that everything I have had from Montes is either very good or great.
H. “Calcu” Blend Colchagua Valley 2007
Cabernet Sauvignon .5 / Carmenere .3 / .15 Cab Franc / .05 Petit Verdot. Tart, tannic and tight. One person loved it, finding it Pinot Noir-like, peppery, spicy but light. Another way of putting this was “beef + caramel”.
S. Origin Carmenere Central Valley 2008
Well-liked, easygoing, straightforward and uncomplicated. This could tend to uninteresting depending on food pairing, but another good party wine here.
T. Peralillo “Arenal” Carmenere Central Valley 2008
Tight, tannic, leather, stone. This improved by being open and swirled around a bit. For anyone on the fence about it, I would say to try another bottle, this seemed to me slightly corked.
V/W. Root:1 Cabernet Sauvignon Central Valley 2008
No one identified these two as being the same. I said one was “full, rich, cherry, chocolate” and the other a “neat blend.” It is in fact Cab .85 / Syrah .15. Many people noted fruit flavors like cherry, pomegranate, currant, blackberry.
X. Urban Red Blend Maule Valley 2008
.41 Merlot / .29 Cab Franc / .22 Carignan / .08 Cabernet Sauvignon was two people’s favorite. Called spicy, huge, long-lasting, “lips on fire” which I think refers to its 14% alcohol content.
Y. Simone Special Reserve Carmenere Maule Valley 2008
Very fruity, well made, nice finish; one person found it bland and dry though. A good expression of the grape.
Z. Cono Sur Carmenere Colchagua Valley 2008
Very assertive coffee flavor. Gregg’s alliterative adjective works best: zealous.

My ranking: E X G D VW Y H C S Z T A B F