Spain, Mexico, and Desserts for New Years Eve

We are so glad you are enjoying our Wednesday three-course international dinners. We have been getting rave reviews. The $15 price tag doesn’t hurt either, does it?

And we are really sorry, but we sold out for our Italian dinner this past Wednesday before we opened the doors. We’re aiming a bit higher this time, and we’ll have dinners available for the first 40 people who reserve. And by the way, we have reservations already, so don’t dawdle Amaryllis.

Here is the menu for the dinner from Spain for this Wednesday, December 19:
• Espinacas Empanadillas: Little half-moon pies with spinach, white anchovies, pine nuts and figs
• Sopa de Mariscos: Hearty Spanish-style seafood stew with prawns, Oregon butter clams, mussels, cuttlefish, with grilled bread and romesco sauce
• Helado con ron y passas y guirlache: Rum and raisin ice cream, with almond hazelnut brittle
And if you want to think ahead, about how pooped you’ll be the day after Christmas, let us treat you on Wednesday, December 26 to a delightful three-course dinner from Mexico:

• Queso fundito with house-made chorizo, fresh flour and corn tortilla chips
• Rockfish in escabeche, sweet potato tamale
• Churos and hot chocolate

Give the gift that moans

How many presents can you give the ones you love that make them moan with pleasure? Uh, well, don’t answer that.

Here’s one though: our gift card. Load it up with any amount you want. We have nice cards and envelopes to give with, and if you’re reading this e-mail from afar, call us and we can mail a card to anyone you wish. And since we’re open 7 nights a week for dinner, and Fri-Sat-Sun for breakfast, your friends and family get lots of opportunities to use it.

When’s the best time to come in and buy cards? Probably better if you wait until 4:00 in the afternoon, any day of the week, but heck, try the side door any time during the day, and if we’re there, we’ll help you. Just remember that we are closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. So your last chance to purchase is Sunday, December 23.

Last piece of the New Year’s puzzle falls into place

OK, put on your New Year’s Eve thinking cap for a minute. If you’re reasonably sure you’ll still be alive after December 21, you really should be making dinner reservations NOW. You can go check out our dinner menu here.

We promised you recently that we’d have our New Year’s dessert menu for you this week. And our lovely and talented and ever so pregnant Sous and Pastry Chef Rainbow Trosper has a fabulous one-two punch for you: Here’s how she described them:

One: “I think the 12 layer cake is the best dessert to enjoy before wishing 2012 goodbye. Twelve months of the year, 12 delicious layers of cake, crisp hazelnut meringue, chocolate souffle and mocha buttercream.”
Two: “Clementine creme brulee with chocolate dipped ambrosia macaroons and candied blood orange.”

Those desserts are the things you want to be thinking about while you’re missing us for two weeks. Because we will be closed January 1-15, reopening Wednesday, January 16, when we’ll have another fabulous three-course international dinner from Russia, to celebrate the 1895 premier of Tchaikovsky’s ballet “Swan Lake” in St Petersburg.

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