lummi island wine tasting dec 21 ’18

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Bread Friday

Pain aux Noix- The noix in this bread are hazelnuts. This is a delicious bread made with bread flour and fresh milled white whole wheat, with milk and butter for a tender crumb and some honey for sweetness. Then it is loaded up with toasted hazelnuts. a traditional holiday bread. -$5/loaf

Cranberry Walnut Braid – This is a yeast bread enriched with buttermilk, eggs, sugar, butter and lemon, and stuffed with dried cranberries and toasted walnuts. This bread has a soft, tender crumb, is bursting with flavor and is a great addition to your Christmas table -or Christmas morning french toast! – $5/loaf

and pastry this week…

Stollen – A rich and delicious traditional Christmas bread, loaded with dried and candied fruit, fresh orange and lemon peel, almonds, almond paste, and plenty of spices. Brushed with butter and powdered sugar after baking. Rich and decadent – $5/loaf.

 

Fourteenth Annual “East Coast New Year’s Eve” Gala Extravaganza!

Please join us for our annual “East Coast New Year’s Eve Party” from 7-9pm on New Year’s Eve! We provide the wine, and You bring something delicious to share! When the ball drops in Times Square three hours East, we will all hoist our glasses, toast our good fortune to live in this wonderful community, belt out Auld Lang Syne, and toast our Best Hopes that 2019 unfolds well for our Country and our Planet.

This event is our annual opportunity to thank all of you for your support during past year, and toast to even more good times in Aught-Nineteen!

Arrrr, lads and lassies, mark yer calendars ‘n’ start plannin’ yer finger foods, cuz we will again be circulatin’ a Secret Operative to sample the dishes and select the Yummiest  (wins a $25 credit!), and Yummiest-Looking, which wins a $15-dollar credit! So make ’em Tasty an’ make ’em Purty, eh…?!

 

Holiday Hours

Bread Friday, Dec 21,  4-6:30pm
Saturday, Dec 22, 2-6 pm

Bread Friday, Dec 28, 4-6:30pm
Saturday, Dec 29, 2-6 pm

Monday, Dec 31, 7-9 pm New Year’s party 7-9pm

 

 

 

 

Solstice Thoughts

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On the left above is a photo (tampered with) from our front yard around December 18, 2013, and another from 2012 of the actual Solstice sunset, about where the arrow is on the first photo. Considering all of the present day evidence of ancient solar observation (Stonehenge, Chaco Canyon, e.g.), this “Sun in Everyday Life” stuff has been around for a long time and is part of our inquisitive nature. Or as I have been putting it for some years now, at least several times a day, “Okay…who are we and what are we doing?” Or, as Suzuki Roshi put it, “before you chew your food there is rice, pickle, and soup. When you have chewed your food there is no rice, pickle, or soup. Otherwise the food will not serve its purpose.” Whichever way you look at it, infinity is still infinity, even if we can’t understand it, but there is still some comfort in knowing that the days will start getting longer on Saturday!

 

Chocolate Stocking Stuffers


 

 

 

 

 

In case you haven’t noticed, we have recently stocked up on our favorite chocolate bars from Theo’s in Seattle and from Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate in Eureka. Both are made from “bean to bar” from fair trade beans, and both are Delicious! Yes we will have some for tasting this weekend, and both make Great Stocking Stuffers!

 

Mar a Lago Update: Uh-oh, Even the Marines are Leaving the Ship

There was an Op-ed some months ago suggesting that a bunch of Administration appointees were in ongoing disagreement with the Tweetster’s policies and were working on Continuous Damage Control to minimize his ongoing Penchant for Chaos. The apparent Takeaway was that we should all be Grateful they were keeping Things On a “Sane” Track.  A lot of public opinion suggested we would be More Grateful if they would stop covering up for him and just, you know, sew him into a bag and throw him Overboard. Or, for the more Squeamish among them, maybe just drop him off on a Desert Island in a Galaxy Far, Far Away.

Fast forwarding to Today, we have just learned that two of the most Grounded-in-Reality Players on the Tweetster’s Team, Marine Corps Generals John Kelly and Jim Mattis, will soon be leaving. Mattis’ resignation letter seems to have been precipitated by the Tweetster’s sudden new policy of removing troops from Syria; his tactful resignation letter paints a picture of a serious and responsible leader with intact values of duty, honor, and loyalty that he is unwilling to compromise. While it remains to be seen how General Kelly will handle his own transition, by all appearances he has done the thankless task of maintaining some semblance of Order in an Administration prone to Chaos. Both men have been Swimming Upstream against a Torrent of Vain Stupidity, and regardless of their personal politics, it appears they have been bulwarks against things being even Worse than they are.

These personnel changes are part of the Tweetster’s ongoing need to surround himself with Sycophants who will not Question his motives, his intelligence, or his sanity by being Real with him. In that environment, the loss of Mattis and Kelly is akin to an anchored ship going adrift in heavy weather with no one on Watch and a Madman in his cabin watching Fox News. Scary stuff…

Washington Post Tweetster Lie Count to date: 6,420 as of 11/2/18

 

This week’s wine tasting — six wines

La Bella Prosecco NV   Italy     $11
Italy’s refreshing, festive and crisp sparkling wine; aromatic, fresh and lively with a distinctive taste; fine, persistent perlage, good minerality and notes of apple and peach.

Schloss Lieser Mosel Riesling ’14. Germany  $15
Light gold hue, with lively acidity and notes of lime and Citrus blossoms. Great pairing with Christmas turkey!

Amalaya Malbec ’16 Argentina $15
From high in the Andes, notes of crushed currents, plums, fig, and raisins.

Giuseppe Lonardi  “Bepi” Rosso Veronese  ’16   Italy    
Something of a ripasso, but with very bright black cherry flavors, high tannins, good acidity, and amazing structure.

3 Rings Shiraz ’15     Australia    $17  
Rich and full-bodied with attractive aromas and flavours of fleshy ripe black plum and blackberry liqueur;  squid-ink black with expressive and powerful aromas of dark and exotic berries and palate of chocolates, tar, leather and spice.

Juggernaut Hillside Cabernet ’15 California   $17
Huge, rich, and opulent, with complex flavors of chocolate, coffee, blackberries, cassis, mint, and velvety tannins. New French oak adds notes of vanilla and toast; concentrated, rich, and smooth on the palate.

Wine Tasting

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