Yes dear readers – we have started this year being very convivial. Indeed a sociable week for the Colmans.
First let me tell you about the amazing meal that we ate at Val+tino’s in Fort Lauderdale. It was the last night of our short trip and it was just fabulous. Many of you will remember me having banged on a lot in the past about our very favorite restaurant – they closed down during the pandemic and then never re-opened. But now with new investors they are up and running again – back in the same premises.
Quite a few of the original staff are there and we were greeted like long lost family. So now down to the nitty gritty of what we ate. Bob started with a large scallop, with sun choke , black truffle and a vermouth sauce. It was divine – so delicate and tasty – flavors perfectly balanced. I had stracciatelli with chili, pine nuts and basil served with toasted sough dough – pretty rich and filling ….. Bob had pasta with veal, prosciutto and natural jus – I didn’t taste that as I don’t eat veal. I had pasta with seafood bolognese which was absolutely delicious. Again – beautifully balanced flavors and plenty of it !! We finished off sharing a Chartreuse – puff pastry, mascarpone and milk chocolate ice cream. It was a real treat and we are so happy that they are back ……
The night we got back we went to BFF for a party with Marcie and Martin. It was a curry night – buttered chicken curry, shrimp curry, and several other dishes as well. great poppadoms and tomato, onion and cilantro salad. Yummy …
After that we went to a birthday bash for Clifford Sands – a party on a huge scale in Palmetto Point. And we didn’t get home until well after 11pm – amazing given our reputation as lightweight partygoers. Many people we knew came up to us and said how surprised they were to see us out so late !
Thankfully the next day was Saturday and we had the weekend to recuperate. We had friends come for dinner on Sunday evening – lemon lobster pasta which was delicious if I say so myself. I know I shouldn’t blow my own trumpet but the lobster, taken out of the shell, chopped and then slowly poached in butter with lots of lemon was so tender and tasty. I have cooked this quite a few times and if it is cooked too quickly you lose a lot of the tenderness – so now I am very careful.
Tuesday night we had a lovely evening with Molly and Polly – they arrived with pizza and champagne – what perfect guests and we had a very relaxed evening chatting and eating pizza on the sofa….
Lunch with Beat on Wednesday which was a holiday – National Majority Rule Day – at his house – wonderful organic salad , cheese, tuna and bread – I am exhausted just telling you all about it ! So often the first couple of weeks of the year can be very slow and quiet but certainly not this year …..
So that’s all for this week – have a great weekend and if you are in chiller climes than the Bahamas – do stay warm and well wrapped up against the winter chill.