- green chile potatoes with mint and cilantro, yogurt rice
- tamarind garlic taro (wanted this for a while), lime-chana dal rice
- red-braised beancurd sticks, pan fried noodles, lao sze chuan style chile cabbage
- ma po tofu with kale (unmade from last week)
- indonesian stir-fried carrots
- salad with roasted potatoes, green goddess dressing
Posted by Michael Malecki at 3:29 PM
We finally had malbec-and-steak wine club, and managed to all go to delicious Tango Sur with lots of great wine. A great night overall I have to say.
- A. Pélisse Croix du Mayne Cahors 07
- Very full bodied with tons of fruit, my note for this simply read, “yum, but needs steak.” This is what I drank mostly with my meal.
- B. NQN Malma 07
- The lower tier from my favorite Argentine producer – I could not get the reserva or the “colección” from NQN, but still recommend them highly. Yael and I loved it but some others found it overly acidic and alcoholic.
- C. Clos de los Siete 07
- Interesting oak, forest-floor-like for me, on top of heavy fruit. Bitter and watery for some.
- D. Pulenta La Flor 08
- Smoke, heavy, “tastes like a 2×4.” One person found it interesting, another “smooth” but too oaky.
- F. Urban Uco 08
- Although in Cahors malbec/côt is often blended with Merlot, this one from Argentina is not. Surprising, since it tastes more like bad merlot than X below (which was boring, but not offensive). The most positive note was "lightly sweet and peppery", one "meh", and one "ew"
- G. Bodega Septima 08
- “Good” or “great” according to two. This tasted more like good high-cacao dark chocolate than anything else we drank. Very well integrated tannins and oak, with hints of vanilla and lots of fruit.
- H. Árido 08
- This is what I think of when I think Argentine malbec. One called it rounded and tingly, two noted the bitter grip of its tannins.
- S. Doña Paula Estate 08
- I called this restrained and elegant, some people found it overly oaky and several noted “bitter.”
- T. Cèdre Hermitage Cahors 07
- I enjoyed the lightly vanilla oak and very firm tannins here. Two said “bleh” and that they didn’t want to try it again, but I think they just hate tannin.
- W. Caminade La Commandery Cahors 06
- Though some found it “flat,” another wrote “:) the most interesting so far!” with licorice and earthy flavors. Some things online call it “textbook Cahors.”
- X. El Colectivo 09
- For me just unforgivably boring. Others said flat and uninteresting, generically fruity. “Nice, but not outstanding.”
- Y. Clos Triguedina Cahors 05
- Very tight, tannic, but light bodied. One person hated it though.
- Z. Alamos 09
- Charred barrel, overly oaked, “California style” wrote one. Not great.
Posted by Michael Malecki at 3:21 PM
- creamy turnip soup (needs stock) with caesar salad
- black beans & rice (glee night)
- spaghetti with kale
- polenta with braised collard greens
- burnt caramel ice cream (with colombian panela from sebastian)
- biscuits and sausage gravy
- ma po tofu with some kale
- chicken breast filets al ajillo, potato-turnip purée
- zaletti: polenta cookies with currants
Posted by Michael Malecki at 1:49 PM
- saag paneer variation (radish greens, mexican cheese)
- szechuan carrot soup plus miso; bekana and radish salad with thai dressing
- braised turnips with mustard sauce; salad of spinach, goat cheese, beets, pepitas
- steamed bok choy with oyster sauce; tofu and mushrooms with black bean sauce
- tamarind garlic taro, cucumber salad
Posted by Michael Malecki at 5:51 PM