It has been years that I have celebrated the eve of the new year out on the town. I am guessing 15 years have elapsed since the last night out. Many years have been spent with family in the snow (so we are too tired to make it to midnight) or socializing with friends.
This year, tradition was thrown out the window. And, together we hit the town with a late dinner at Staple and Fancy (finally!). It has been on our dinner out list for months. And for New Year’s Eve, the crew at one of Ethan Stowell’s hot spots did it right (by us).
We checked out the wine list prior to arrival. We were pleasantly surprised by the low prices of several local wines that we like. So we decided to leave our bottles at home and see what they would bring us from the international scene. They conspired and took us to Spain for a delightful, fruity and full-bodied wine: Ribero Del Duero, Teofile Reyes, 2009.
- Chicken Liver Crostini with golden raisins.
- Cotechino with lentils (I may have loved the lentils most).
- Shigoku Oysters with lemon, horseradish and olive oil.
- Treviso Salad and anchovy dressing. (He had a moment with this dish).
- House Smoked Ricotta over grilled bread and driseled honey (I want smoked ricotta gnocchi).
- Hamachi Crudo with avocado, chili and lime.
- Porchetta di Testa and pear mostarda.
Mine: Potato Gnocchi :: Manila clams, mascarpone and lemon.
His: Rigatoni Amatriciana :: Guanciale, chili, tomato.
His: Muscovy Duck Breast :: Glazed root vegetables and chestnut purée
Mine: Grilled Albacore Tuna :: Tomatoes, capers and olives.
Ours: Ricotta Cheesecake :: Cranberry compote and Warm Panettone Bread Pudding :: Salted caramel gelato.
Of course, we finished our multi-course glutony about 10:30 so we had time to kill to make it to midnight to share the first kiss in the first moment of the new year. We meandored the streets of Ballard until the cold set in our bones, then headed up to Capital Hill to view the Seatlle downtown as the weather was clear and cool. The city view did not disappoint, but the firework-watching crowds were gathering so we drove the long way home and got ready slowly for sleep. We made it to bed in time to watch the ball drop, share a first kiss, and for me to fall soundly asleep at 12:01 a.m. on January 1st, 2013.
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