Holiday Vignettes

Perfect Vegetarian Holiday Brunch:

  • Champagne (NV Bereche et Fils Champagne “Extra Brut Réserve”)
  • Truffled omelet (featuring Selezioni Tartufi black summer truffle salt and Giving Nature progressively pastured organic eggs
  • Marcona almonds
  • Cave-aged Brillat-Saverin (triple cream brie)
  • Les Comtes de Provence tangerine and clementine preserves
  • Medjool dates
  • 24-month aged Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Clementine mandarins
  • Yellow tearsdrop tomato/avocado salad with a lime/Meyer lemon juice and clementine-infused olive oil vinaigrette
  • Potato chips with sea salt (one of the world’s most perfect accompaniments to Champagne!)
  • Grapefruit-flavored Perrier


Perfect Holiday Wine: Bereche Champagnes

NV Bereche et Fils Champagne “Extra Brut Réserve”

Pure, precise, dry, complex, mineral, steely, elegant; it is aged for 36 months. Did I mention dry and intense?


NV Bereche et Fils Champagne “Les Beaux Regards Chardonnay” Brut Nature is another thing of beauty from the producer; it is even more chalky and acidic (if you like that sort of thing, – I do!)

The great thing is that his wines are still relatively under the radar, and are still quite reasonably priced.


Perfect Christmas Movie: “Tampopo”

If you are a foodie, and looking for an alternative to “It’s a Wonderful Life” to watch with your sweetie over the holidays, try a Japanese food comedy “Tampopo”. It has everything a foodie’s heart desires: focus on ingredients, friendly (and not-so-friendly) competition, quest for perfection (making a perfect bowl of ramen), and even food erotica, with evocative scenes involving live crawfish, and a egg yolk.  It is a compelling tale of people’s obsession with food. Corky and grotesque, it is also joyous and triumphant. And it has a Yakuza gangster!


3 thoughts on “Holiday Vignettes

  1. “Tampopo” has some pretty nice action; you should check it out.
    To further intrigue you, there is a vignette about a woman who is obsessed with squeezing food, and a deathbed yam sausage story…

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