We had plenty of potatoes on this day, Jesper Jensen being a Potato Head of
the First Order.
Here's the Birthday Boy with a Swiss Rsti draped with Smoked Salmon.
Jonathan's Mom, Jane Tolmach.
She has far less hair than Jonathan.
After the nibbles and some lovely Rieslings (Domaine Weinbach's 2001 Schlossberg
and Dr. Thanisch 2001 Bernkasteler Badstube Kabinett), we sat down at the table
for some serious eating and drinking!
While in Piemonte this past winter, I was served a cool version of "Bagna
Calda," a room-temperature plate of peppers bathed in the traditional
"Bagna Calda" sauce of anchovies, garlic and olive oil. I
decided to take this a bit further and we had Tolmach Gardens baby artichokes,
celery, Brussels Sprouts, Cherry Tomatoes, and Fennel, along with a plate of
The peppers were delicious!
Lucy Tolmach gets a good sniff of the garlic that's permeating the house!
We paired a couple of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc wines with this...the Saint
Clair 2002 was superb!
The Host and Wine Steward.
Lucy likes having her "oil changed" every 3,000 miles...the Bagna did
Here's Jonathan, apparently imitating some of the more arrogant winery reps we
often see who think their wines only taste good in restaurants.
"Blackened" Steaks were served with Oven Roasted Potatoes, Baby
Spinach with Garlic, Braised Mushrooms and a couple of great red wines:
Finca Sobreo's 1999 "Toro" Especial
Domaine Laffont's 2000 Madiran "Hecate".
These were stellar steak reds!
I'm uncertain as to how to explain this photo of Amy Fitz-Jensen.
Mom and her "baby."
We had a delicious Hazelnut cake from Burlingame's outstanding bakery, The
"Happy Birthday Whisper"
Whisper shows off a package of real Danish butter, Lurpack.
Mr. & Mrs. Tolmach. Jonathan is wearing the "Daniel Boone/Davey
Crockett" Coonskin cap, but it's really difficult to discern this.
We then took a small walk in search of fresh air and,
perhaps, a coffee.
Jesper is always able to find a Danish beer, no matter where in the world he is!
Lucy and Sierra standing in front of the Lucy store in town.
Amy was instantly attracted to this new Honda, being the Mom of two little rug
rats. She's looking for a car where the kids can actually get
"lost" in the back seats.
The car salesman was wondering why we were taking his picture.
BACK TO THE FIRST FOOD, WINE &