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New Years Eve & Day  2015 Meals. 
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Christmas Eve Menu.

Starter:
Baccala Mantecato (Creamy Cod Crostini)
Main:
Risotto di Pesce (Risotto with Mussels, Clams, Calamari, & Dungeness Crab with shaved truffles. 
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So here's my Christmas game-plan:
Venetian Inspired Christmas Menu 2014
Christmas Eve:
Starter:
Baccala Mantecato (Creamy Cod Crostini)
Main:
Risotto di Pesce (Risotto with Mussels, Clams, Calamari, & Dungeness Crab)
Christmas Day:
Starters:
Mortadella, Walnut, & Gorgonzola Wrap
Carta Di Musica (thin-bread) served with Rosemary infused dipping oil
Main:
Cavolo Nero, Gnocchi, & Pecorino Romano (Gnocchi in Kale sauce)
Side:
Radicchio al Forno (Roasted Radicchio with Piave Cheese)
Dessert:
Sgroppino Corretto (Sorbet, Prosecco, & Liqueur)
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More Thanksgiving 2014. 
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Pre-Thanksgiving Treat. Spanish ham wrapped oysters then baked in shallots, fennel, zucchini, chili flakes,orange zest, and oregano leaves butter and topped with browned Marcona almonds and a thin slice of Parmesan cheese.
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Working on 2014 Thanksgiving plans. Here's past efforts

2013: The meal was a remix of recipes from the cookbook The Way We Eat. So menu was Whiskey Sour – 1940, Pickled Shrimps in Mint Vanilla Pea Soup- 1920, Chinese Five-Spice Duck Blintzes with Tart Cherry Sauce and Bourbon Bacon Marmalade -1940, Skinny Pinny Sweet Potato Dumplings with Fried Brussels Sprout Leaves - 1920 (not pictured) Piccolo Cotto Ham & Truffled Mortadella Stuffed Mushrooms – 1960 Kale, Cranberries and Honey Almonds

2012: This year was doing a Vietnam based Thanksgiving. From left to right Sides, homemade pickled jalapeño chilies, cranberry chili dipping sauce for the roll, and fried shallots for the pho. Mini Bahn Mi starter - Butternut squash & Pate with pickled root veg and holiday scented pickled jalapeño chilies Sides: Rice Paper Rolls - Brussels sprouts cooked in goose fat & roasted green beans, pickled carrots, shrimp, glass noodles, Asian spices with a fish sauce, cranberry, & chili dipping sauce. Fried Taro Cakes Served with 2008 Vouvary Demi Sec Clos Naudin. The toppings for the Turkey Pho. The Turkey Pho with all the sides. Served with 2009 Cote de Brouilly Chateau Thivin. Coconut Milk, Star Anise, & Nutmeg Ice Cream with Chestnut Swirl. Served with 2006 Klien Constantia, Vin de Constance, Dessert wine

2011: This year was Indian based Thanksgiving. Spicy Sweet Potatoes & Yam starter ( a mix of ginger & lemon juice mixed with spices & topped with green chili & cilantro). Dipping sauce dressed and under the lemon. The entire spread. Perfect amount of food after a 72 hour marathon of cooking and set-up. I lightly roasted some peanuts, cashews, and pistachios. Nan bread on the right. Chutneys on the left. Methi Lobhia - Fenugreek perfumed Black eyed peas, Green Beans with Onion Paste, and Butter Turkey Curry.Mixed Rice (Saffron Basmati Rice + Wild Rice cooked in Turkey broth mixed with pistachios, cashews, pomegranate seeds, chana & urad dal, and coriander leafs). Two types Cranberry Chutney & Cilantro Chutney

2010: The South East Asia & Italian Mash up Thanksgiving. The main course is Massaman Curry Turkey Osso Buco, which is rich with fresh made Turkey stock flush with Asian flavors such as lemon grass, ginger, lime leaf, and much more. Then enriched that stock with coconut milk, fish sauce, palm sugar, star anise, cinnamon bark, and more. I served with two salads. One was Beet, Pickled Cherry and Crispy Shallot salad. The other was Roasted Red Onions with Pomegranate, Orange, and Parsley Gremolata. A light and interesting take to the normal T-day.
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Happy New Year to all my friends around the globe. Just hours from now 2015 will start for many of you and I wish all of you happiness, health, and all the best for your family as well.
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Christmas Day Menu:

Starters:
Mortadella, Walnut, & Gorgonzola Wrap
Dungeness crab, Creamy Cod, and Caviar Crostini

Main:
Cavolo Nero, Gnocchi, & Pecorino Romano (Gnocchi in Kale sauce)

Side:
Radicchio al Forno (Roasted Radicchio with Piave Cheese)

Dessert:
Sgroppino Corretto (Sorbet, Prosecco, & Liqueur)
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Got sick over the holiday. So keeping this post short :(
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Sorry under the weather so slowly adding the Thanksgiving food images. Here was the Roasted Artichokes stuffed with dried Jamon and served with fried brussels sprout leaves and walnut oil confit garlic which is then folded into a homemade aioli as the dipping sauce for the artichoke leaves. Served with 2011 Bodegas El Nido 'Clio', Jumilla, Spain
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Thanks to Dustin McCartney and his kind gift of the Spain cookbook - http://amzn.to/1vfLiqr. I have decided to use it to inspire this upcoming holiday. Still a draft, but thinking this will be the menu.

Spanish Inspired Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving Eve:

Starter:
Jamon Wrapped & Baked Oysters with fennel chili butter

Main:
Turkey Croquettes with a cranberry dipping sauce

Thanksgiving:

Starter:
Catalan Flatbread with roasted peppers, anchovies stuffed olives, and sweet potato crisps

Garlicky Shrimp in Olive Oil

Main:
Turkey Braised in Saffron , Almond, and Egg Yolk Sauce

Roasted Artichokes stuffed with dried Jamon and brussels sprout - garlic - walnut infused aioli

Dessert:
Menorcan Gin Sorbet with winter berries
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Throwback Thursday. This is the rare version of the blue eyed version of mini-me. Of course that lady behind me is my favorite person in the world, my Mom. She just found out that my estranged Dad passed away last month. I was lucky she was double the parent and then some. Given my eye color has a massive hazel range I can do grey and even light purple but these were the last blue eyes I could do unless I haven't figured out what triggers that color.
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Game Maker, Traveler, Foodie, Gadet-Lover and Buddhist. Maybe more?
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I'm a world traveler, practicing Buddhist, avid reader, confirmed gadget geek, massive foodie, and most of all a person with a mind that is always asking questions, willing to learn, and open to new ideas and adventures. I'm defined by a never ending wanderlust.
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Lares is a great family ran restaurant. The food is some of the best Mexican food in Los Angeles. Just the salsa makes it worth the visit but don't forget the margaritas which are excellent and strong! Go off the well known dishes and try the birria, lengua and their delicious mole. I prefer the lunch service to the dinner if you want the service Lares can give.
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Next Door is a really a great gastro-pub experience. The food is so much better than other similar choices. The Duck Bahn Mi is mind-blowing. Check out their cocktail list, all of the choices are excellent. The only area of improvement is service seems understaffed making it hard to visit as a lunch choice during work hours.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Very Good
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Josie's is a Santa Monica institution. Josie was doing farm to table before that became a trendy thing. Using the great farmers markets and local growers their food always explodes with fresh flavor. Their wine list is a nice balance of choices for the type of menu they serve. Make sure and try one of their cocktails as they share a bar with Next Door which makes a mean drink. Relaxed and tasty.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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