Every year at our Birthday, we have the choice of where we want to eat; what restaurant. Mickey D’s doesn’t count! This year, I chose Le Café de Paris because they were having a special wine dinner with Michel-Schlumberger Winery from the Dry Creek area of California. As usual, it was a good choice. What a great dinner and some super wines.

Here Robin and I are with Jacques Schlumberger. Such an interesting person and great to talk to. He brought some awesome wines that went quite well with dinner. Oh yes, the dinner! See the photos below …. That’s all there is left!

2007 Schlumberger Chardonnay
(Front label)
This was a great chardonnay and went extremely well with all courses of our dinner. Long finish. Jasmine flowers. “Notes of dried flower, tarragon, quince and dried apricot. Expresses minerality and crisp freshness. Light on oak or buttery flavors.”

Back label explaining about the wine.

First Course
Plateau Apéritif
Cheese and Chicken Croquets
Potato and Fish Salad on Croustine, Crudite

Second Course
Brandade Stuffed Salmon
Roasted Tuna Filet
marinara sauce
Rice Timbale
small shrimp rice, leek, potato
(This was an awesome rice dish)

Main Course
Roulade de Bœuf
spinach-crème filling
xeres-bay leaf sauce
Gâteau de Canard
potato purée, zucchini flan, duck egg
(Such an amazing Main Course)

Delice au Chocolat
chilled Spanish chocolate dessert
similar to a mousse

So what does this have to do with dinner? Probably nothing. But when we left for dinner, this was not in bloom. However, when we got home, it was as you see it here. One of the first signs of Spring. What a delightful way to end a perfect dinner. Thank-You to Robin and to all the folks at Le Café de Paris for this wonderful Birthday Dinner! (Anyone have a magnum of TBA? It’s my 70th next year.) Cheers!