Monday, December 31, 2012

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BEHIND THE SCENES
AT ROGUE 25

A memorable feast was prepared
at the 25th Rogue Underground Dining event.
The lucky guests who signed up "fast" to
attend Rogue 25 left with their "mouths open"
and satisfied with creative combinations
of food they'd never imagined.

As much fun and amazement as these guests enjoyed,
I consider myself lucky to be behind the scenes 
throughout the day, as chefs and their staff
prep the freshest ingredients for dishes
and combinations that are truly original, 
and totally unexpected.

Everything is created "from scratch"
with the help of passionate "foodies"
who love what they do.

(Hungry yet?)

Why not celebrate the coming of the
New Year with something delicious
and bubbly.

Cheers!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

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ROGUE HOLDS #25

Rogue Underground Dining Society
held its 25th event with a milestone celebration
at Fontbonne University's Culinary/Dietary School.

Lucky attendees were treated to a 25-course
gourmet menu, prepared by two teams 
of chefs and assistants who prepared 
13 complementary courses each.

To celebrate its 25 event achievement
(each in a unique and different venue),
photos from past events were shown
throughout the evening.

Wait till you see the incredible courses
that were served at Rogue 25.
(Tomorrow's follow up post.)

Congratulations Rogue,
for creating fabulous dishes,
creatively, anonymously and totally underground.


Saturday, December 29, 2012

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BEFORE THEY TAKE
THE LIGHTS DOWN

We got enough snow 
to melt as it fell,
and reflect the final colors
of the season.

(Old Courthouse, downtown St. Louis.)

Still waiting for our first REAL snowfall . . .



Friday, December 28, 2012

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MY FAVORITE
CHRISTMAS
WINDOW DISPLAY

Can you guess which store?

(That "Tiffany blue" is a
dead give away.)


Understated good taste!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

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MY MORNING ESPRESSO

. . . starts with fresh roasted estate coffee beans
(this morning, aromatic Montserrat from Colombia),
at my favorite coffee shop next door (Kaldi's.)

My personal barista (John) fine tunes the grinder
and doses the exact amount of coffee,
tamping it down, and starting the exact pressure and time
to extract a perfect espresso from the shot.

The experienced barista knows the importance
of these variables for each shot, each cup.

This morning's espresso was perfectly balanced,
with citrus and chocolate notes,
with a creamy finish.

Mmmmm, perfect!
Thanks, John.

(Now I can start my day!)


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

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CHRISTMAS MORNING AT
CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL

A national historic landmark,
the Christ Church Cathedral is a gothic
masterpiece in downtown St. Louis.

The Christmas morning service
is always a celebration of familiar carols and music.

(It felt good to sing the traditional songs of Christmas.)



Tuesday, December 25, 2012

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MERRY CHRISTMAS
TO ALL

However you celebrate 
this festive holiday,
here's a toast to you and yours.

Raise your glasses on high,
and share the joy with friends & family.

Monday, December 24, 2012

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POINSETTIA:
THE FLOWER OF
CHRISTMAS EVE

Once thought of as a "weed",
the poinsettia is native to Mexico
and widely associated with the
Christmas season.

In Mexico and Guatemala,
the poinsettia is called
La Flor de la Nochebuena
(flower of the Holy Night,
or Christmas Eve.)

This beautiful plant is a festive symbol
of the holiday season,
with over 100 variations and colors.
(My favorites are the RED varieties.)

Here's wishing you the happiest holiday
as Christmas approaches
with friends and family.



Sunday, December 23, 2012

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FINAL FARMERS MARKET
OF THE SEASON

Our local farmers and growers
came together one last time of the year,
for a special pre-Christmas farmers market.

It was chilly (brrrrrr!), but Schlafly Bottleworks
provided a sheltered area outside their brewery
to offer a winter bounty of seasonal produce
and products for holiday shoppers and chefs.

There was a surprising bounty of late season produce:

o  Fresh cut kale, chard and spinach
o  'Purple haze" carrots
o  'Romanesco' cauliflower (it's fractal, man, fractal!)
o  Radishes, turnips and potatoes (oh my)
o  Tiny brussell sprouts (my fave!)
o  Fresh cracked Missouri pecans
o  Wood fired wheat and rye breads
o  Free range eggs 

Thank you local farmers.
(We love supporting you.)