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Page 67

Claudia's 9/11
Dinner
Featuring Symbols of Love


Claudia Temby invited a trio of diverse guests for a lovely dinner in the Oakland Hills at Villa Temby.


Prosciutto e melone, along with some crackers topped with an olive tapenade.


We sat outside on a warm evening and enjoyed an unusually good bottle of Mumm's Brut Champagne brought by Lesley.


Claudia proposed a toast and we were off and running!
That's famous sound-man Ludger Solbach who's an expert in things such as partial parameter extraction and partial resynthesis from single channel recordings in nonstationary, noisy environments.
We were moderately noisy on this evening.




A delicious soup of Zucchinis and peas was paired with a glass of Soave.


The next bit of comfort cuisine featured a salad Claudia's family served regularly when they lived in Spain.

 

The next plate offered by La Chef was a wonderful "bruschetta" sort of duo, one dominated by tomatoes and the other by basil.

Both were a delight.


A nice white Bordeaux was on the table at this point, along with a Stevenot Syrah which Claudia praised.


The "soulman" was not Dressed in China this evening.  Or Dresden China.
Casual dress.  Yes.

More food!

Claudia prepared her famous Provenal-styled beans & potato 'stew'.

Next, in keeping with the theme of "symbols of love," Lesley sat down at the Temby grand piano and played a wonderful Waltzette.
 
Most enchanting by candle light!

 

I had been requested (more like "ordered") to not bring my usual bag of tricks (wine, food, etc.).  We were only supposed to bring "symbols of love."
So I brought this delicious little box:



I figured the baker lovingly prepared these delicious Macadamia Nut-Kona Coffee cakes.





Lesley then revealed to one and all how she landed on some U.S. government list of potentially suspicious persons and how she may be asked to undergo rigorous inspections at airports since she arrived at a U.S. Customs office by boat an hour or so after they were closed.  In possession of a couple of oranges, no less!

Dessert and Discussion then continued back outside under the stars.


 

It was now the "wee" hours of the morning and we finally adjourned the "meeting."  It was a lovely and wonderful evening!!!


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