Happy New Year… And A Little Culinary Tour!

Happy New Year… And A Little Culinary Tour!

With days into the new year already, it’s hard to believe we were just talking Christmas! How were your holidays? Mine were relaxing and fun, spent with family and friends… and of course, way too much delicious food!

We kicked things off with an evening of Korean grill shared with our friends…

Have you ever tried this?

On Christmas Eve Hubs served up a tasty Beef Wellington complete with bordelaise sauce.


And on Christmas Day he opened a gift of assorted vintage cocktail coups…

Vintage Champagne Cocktail Glass

So we had to try them out! Here you see a Cosmopolitan in a bamboo stemmed coup. Do you think the ladies of Mad Men would approve?

We talked, we dreamed, we planned…

And we watched the snow fall on Christmas day.

I started to read my new Nate book!

And can already tell, this book is amazing! I haven’t finished it yet, but can’t put it down!

We were introduced to Cannery Brewing Company’s Blackberry Porter…


Wow!! The flavor of blackberries is deliciously intense! Have you ever tasted this beer? Thanks, Tristan, for the introduction!

We had a fondue fiesta…

That included a classic fondue sauce Diablo

And its recipe of ingredients given to us by a connoisseur of fondue, Clemens’ mom! We had eight different homemade sauces, so labeled each one to keep them straight!

This evening was an early New Year’s celebration with a group of dear friends.

We laughed, we bantered, we tried different wines…

And traded philosophies until the clock was ticking past midnight!

Oh, and Hubs made panna cotta topped with Cowichan blackberries for dessert.

Our New Year’s Eve was a planned quiet, with just the two of us celebrating at home…

With Hubs once again at the stove! You know by now he loves to cook, right?

So I took a moment to text my girlfriend…

And check in to see if she was enjoying some bubbly!

Hubs started us off with a feast of Saltspring Island mussels in a classic white wine broth.

Served with a sourdough baguette from True Grain Bread, and Unsworth Vineyard’s Allegro wine.

And before the evening was out, a small taste of a little delicacy…


Hubs introduced me to caviar on our first New Year’s Eve together, and now it’s become our ‘thing’. When we’re ringing in the new year at home, we toast it with a bite of caviar, too!

And if we’re lucky, we leave just enough to enjoy over breakfast in the morning…

To bookend one year to the next! 🙂

I know I’ve been quiet on my blog through the Holidays, so I hope you enjoyed this little culinary catch up that shares a glimpse at where I’ve been!

And, I bet you guessed it… more exercise happens to be on my list of goals for this year! 😉

I hope you’re having a great start to 2013! I’ll be taking another course, but will be working hard to connect with you here…


…and thanks for stopping by!

All Photographs by Sheila Zeller unless otherwise stated.

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