Abel and I spent our first New Year's Eve together ringing in 2001 in Las Vegas. We partied with about a dozen of his Sigma Chi frat brothers and a few of their wives/girlfriends/girls-they-met-that-night. It was so much fun! A little too much fun, actually. We quickly learned that one can only handle Vegas for a few days.
Seven years later, what a difference! This year we were in bed (asleep!) at the stroke of midnight.
It was still a great NYE, though. While I put Lucas to bed, Abel picked up carry-out from Capitol Grille. We popped a bottle of champagne and laughed hysterically at Blades of Glory.
Just in case you're curious, here's what we ordered. All our favorites!
Pan Friend Calamari with Hot Chili Peppers
Calamari sautéed in garlic butter until golden crisp.Then tossed with a house blend of peppers and scallions for a nice, fiery finish.
Refreshing Hearts of Romaine lettuce is tossed with our own version of distinctive Caesar dressing. Golden, baked croutons, anchovy filets (should you wish -- we did not)and a generous dusting of Reggiano Parmesan top everything off.
A perennial favorite, cooked to your wishes (that would be medium) and served au jus.
Sam's Mashed Potatoes
We blend Red Bliss potatoes with sweet cream, butter and salt for a blissfully good side dish.
Unfortunately this was sold out:
Chocolate Hazelnut Cake
We pull out all the chocolate stops in this wondrous concoction of moist chocolate cake layered with dark chocolate mousse and coated with a hazelnut chocolate ganache. Creme Anglaise, chopped toasted hazelnuts and a Pirouline cookie provide the perfect balance.
So, Abel ordered this...I don't like the taste of coffee at all, so it was all his to enjoy...
Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake
Chocolate lovers will rhapsodize over this rich, dense dream of a cake. A hint of espresso, fresh raspberries, whipped cream and Melba sauce make for an unforgettable finish to any meal.
The best part is that we shared everything--saving money and ensuring that we were only comfortably stuffed at the end of the meal!
How did you ring in 2008?