BERNARD & CHRISTIANE
dine on Cuisine Chinoise at
THE KOI PALACE
October 30, 2003
We dragged our friends who produce delicious Muscadet wine in France's Loire
Valley to our favorite Chinese restaurant, The Koi Palace.
This is located on Gellert Boulevard in Daly City. It's wildly popular
amongst the Asian locals and westerners such as ourselves are rarely seen in
Frank and Ceil Weisl on the left, Christiane and Bernard Couillaud on the right,
standing in front of the fish tanks.
Even at 8:20 on a Thursday night, we had to wait for a table!
They have an amazing array of fresh seafood.
The seafood is sold "by the pound," as they weigh the "catch of
the day (or minute)" and charge you accordingly. Curiously the Thai
Crabs are tied up!
We always bring our own wine, since the wine list here features a lot of
"industrial" bottlings. Bernard, however, also had some bottles
and we started with his Chardonnay!
After a bowl of delicious "Hot & Sour Soup," we had their
excellent Prawns with Garlic Sauce.
The Chardonnay from the "Domaine Couillaud" was delicious in this
Christiane was certainly excited!
Bernard proved he was quite capable using the chopsticks!
Frank not only sucked down the wine, he inhaled dinner, too!
We're fans of their outstanding "Salty-Spicy" Crab. With this we
had a special La Ragotiere Muscadet called "M". This is matured
for a long time on the spent yeast and made only in exceptional vintages.
This 1999 is their second bottling of "M."
Bernard was happy with the wine and, aussi, the cuisine.
Roasted duck and Chow-Mei-Fun noodles. All delicious!
Chinese Broccoli with a Ginger Sauce.
Everyone is stunned when Bernard starts speaking Chinese to the waiter.
CHRISTIANE & BERNARD'S
HALLOWEEN IN SAN FRANCISCO
October 31, 2003
Having dined at San Francisco's Gordon Biersch Brewery many
years ago, the Couillaud's asked about having dinner there Friday evening.
So we ventured on by.
Christiane & Bernard enjoying a San Francisco beer!
We met some interesting characters who warmly welcomed the Couillaud's to San
Bernard wondered if Fried Chicken is on the menu here at the restaurant!
Bernard & Miss Guided.
"We love Muscat!" she said. "I mean, Muscadet!!
Though there are many queens in The City, Christiane and Bernard met The King.
"Thank you very much!"
Bernard had a hell of a good time, even meeting the man in charge of
writing parking tickets in San Francisco.
Bernard likes women with red hair.
"I make white wine." he told her.
We looked at the wine list, which used to be fairly interesting, but opted for
something superior to the California wines on their list.
To start we had Fried Calamari, Spicy Crab Cakes and Fried Artichoke Hearts.
With the steaks we needed some Vin Rouge, so I put a bottle of Bonny Doon's
"Cigare Volant" on the table. The server did know how to
manipulate a corkscrew and was able to find some sort of wine glass for each of
us. Bernard is explaining "It's not beer."
A rib eye steak, garlic fries and a bottle of California red wine!
The Couillaud's explained this steak for one person would be three portions at
home in France!
They were most impressed by this California version of a Chteauneuf-du-Pape.
After dinner we went back downstairs to check on the Halloween proceedings.
Bernard met some interesting and colorful San Francisco women.
This fellow is not so colorful, but meeting him was a real scream!
The man in white drinks dark beer!
Everyday in San Francisco, it's Halloween. Some days, it's Christmas, too!
And soon they depart for Nantes, a long way from the City By The Bay.
"We'll cross that bridge when we come to it!"
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