Friday, April 22, 2011

18th Birthday Dinner @ Mamou (Not mine, of course).


Saturday, the 16th April 2011, was my eldest's 18th birthday and, not surprisingly, he chose to have dinner at Mamou. The red I brought along was quite a bit older than he:

1964 Faustino I Tinto Gran Reserva. Before that, however...

...we had two orders each of Fuet & Grana Padano w/ Honey...

...and Mamou's Bacon (which the youngest volunteered to pay for as his brother's gift). With these we offered a...

...to the birthday boy, with some...

Freixenet Reserva Real Cava - one of the cava giant's top cuvées which was created to commemorate the royal family's visit to its winery. I've written about this creamy, rounded, complex, slightly toasty cava so many times before, there is no longer any need to elaborate further. This is my favorite locally available cava by far. Enough said.

My boys.

To ease the guilt of chowing down the coming meat, Catha and I shared a Healdsberg Farm Salad which she must always have when we are in Mamou...

...plus I got a couple of orders of Spaghetti Bottarga for all of us.

The steaks, two orders of rare Dry-Aged US Prime Grade Bone-In Rib-Eyes, followed soon after. The boys have long been at the stage for quite a few years wherein we simply cannot just have one order of anything. With e steaks, we had the...

1964 Faustino I Tinto Gran Reserva* - a wine I, together with Miguel, Aaron, Rene and Jojo, fell in love with when we first had it during Miguel's birthday lunch last year. The bouquet is of violets, cedar, mature red fruit, balsamico, slight orange peel, anise and hints of leather. Its medium body just glides on the palate silkenly. The acidity is firm, making for good cut to the rich beef's fatty goodness. Lovely, lovely old-school Rioja.

* Aaron and I import this wine, but quickly ran out of stock.

The youngest isn't all that into steak. He'll happily have some in the absence of any of his other favored dishes, but, at Mamou, he always asks for the Crispy Duck Adobo with Scrambled Egg & Fried Rice.

Such gusto, this guy.

Desserts were Pecan Pie and a couple of orders of Key Lime Pie (the latter being the second's favorite). All the orders were accompanied with sides of Schlag. The eldest also ordered a Dark Chocolate Gelato for himself.

Annie kindly sent the eldest his own little Red Velvet Birthday Cake as well.

Excellent meal, as usual. Happy Birthday again, son.

9 comments:

Chinkee said...

Happy birthday Maui!:-).

Charlie Fu said...

that adobe with scrambled eggs looks incredible!

Noel said...

Thanks on his behalf, Tita Chinkee!

Charlie,

Fancy bumping into you here! Yup, it's actually a slight twist typical Filipino full breakfast which is normally fried garlic rice, eggs (usually fried or scrambled) and some meat (local sausages [longganisa] and/or cured pork strips [tocino], dried beef (tapa), pork adobo flakes, etc.) and/or fish (smoked or fried).

The only differences in this dish is that duck is used in lieu of pork for the adobo flakes, and, the eggs are cooked with a scent of truffle).

Best to you both,

N

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