Happy Belated New Year

Well, now that we’re not moving to Canada, I suppose we should get back to writing. Our fans (Yes, both of them!)have been clamoring for our return, so here we are.

Some of what has transpired since we last blogged has been interesting. Let’s see…

We attended the November meeting of Slow Food Memphis at Hunt-Phelan. Chef Stephen Hassinger is a wonderful host. The event was BYOB — everyone brought a bottle of wine to share. The best of the evening was the dandelion wine that Benito brought. There was also a selection of cheeses from Mississippi State.

We missed the December Slow Food Memphis meeting because we were sick. I wish we could have gone. It was a cookie exchange. Cookies cure pretty much everything.

We visited Lobster King for the first time in a while. We made a nice dent in the dim sum cart. We were pleased to discover that the food and service is better than ever.

Bon Temps Squirrel and Rouler Squirrel had us over for a pre-Christmas dinner. Everything was scrumptious, just like the hostess. Let’s just say that teh boy learned how much he liked head cheese at that meal, not to mention the best rendition of a shrimp pot pie that any of us had ever even imagined.

We had a nice simple family style Christmas dinner. Grandaddy Squirrel smoked a goose and a Neola Farms brisket. We provided the sides. It was all yummy, and we didn’t have to face five courses worth of dishes when it was done.

We had a superb New Year’s Eve dinner at Restaurant Iris. We rang in the new year there with champagne and full tummies.

Kelly English of Restaurant Iris is on the cover of the latest issue of Edible Memphis. Lori Greene wrote an excellent piece on the lamb barbacoa that Chef English cooked in a pit. The rest of the issue is excellent as always, even though we were too distracted to contribute.

That’s all I can think of for now. Mama Squirrel has a thing or two in mind to share. She will share those soon.

(We wouldn’t really move to Canada. You can see Alaska from there!)

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2 thoughts on “Happy Belated New Year

  • January 10, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Welcome back! I expect to see more exciting adventures in the world of local, sustainable, artisan food in 2009!

  • January 13, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Good to see you back. Again sorry about not being the most full of conversation on NYE. Had a few too many bourbons. I hope you have a year full of good food & wine!

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