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A belated birthday dinner for Lord Arran>

August 3 2006 at 6:44 AM

  (Login Lord_Arran)
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Actually my birthday was on July 31, but we celebrated it on August 1st, 2006.

For an adequate celebration an appropriate dinner is called for which we had at the “Bastide de St. Antoine, Grasse” above Cannes at the Côte d’Azur. The Bastide de St. Antoine is a small hotel with a breath taking view over the whole valley.

But the most important (at least for me) is the restaurant. One of the greatest in the world and run by one of the best cooks I ever met: Jacques Chibois, whom I have known for over 20 years, already when he still was in Cannes at the “Gray d’Albion” hotel, where he managed the “Royal Gray”. One time he had 19.5 points which back then was the highest the guide “Gault et Millau” ever rated.

Ever since I have patronized his restaurants and was never ever disappointed. He has a most inventive kitchen (nouvelle cuisine of course) and a wine list you can only dream off. You will find any wine in his never ending wine list, be it by name or year.

We were four: my friend Ralph Graf (who is a great watch Wis and has acquired my most complicated wristwatch some time ago), his wife Sandra, Lady Arran and I.

I apologize for the quality of the pictures; it was the first time that I worked with a new camera.

Hereunder you find a photo of Mr. Jacques Chibois flanked by Ms. Sandra and Lady Arran:

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We started with a beautiful Laurent Perrier rosé Champagne, and followed with only white wines. The one we have chosen was Puligny Montrachet:

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Now we started our 10 course menu with the “amuse bouche”. It contained a choice of small melons, ravioli with celery and ginger, a small cake of shrimps and a tomato soup with olive oil:

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Now came a soup of pumpkin (SALUTE TO MISS PUMPKIN) with mushrooms of the forests in a truffle sauce and truffles in small slices:

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Our friends however had shrimps in a sauce with a single truffle slice:

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Now my wife got a composition of Scallops, which all others did not like. Hence, the dissidents got a slice of home made goose liver:

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This was followed by so called Caviar of pasta with truffles, accompanied by a sauce of chanterelles:

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Now came a fish called “Pageot”, a kind of bass, in wonderful sauce:

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Sandra had a flounder and Ralph had a lobster, the latter cut in small pieces, all wonderful and uniquely tasty:

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Next came some “Fricassee Langoustines with rice”, giant shrimps:

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Followed by the main dish: Rabbit with truffles, accompanied by a mash of hazel nuts:

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Then the cheese platter was offered with a great variety of cheese:

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The first dessert was warm cherries with a sweet sauce:

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Whereas my friends had strawberries of the forest and normal ones too:

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Now came a platter with “friandises and petit fours”, a very nice sweet choice:

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And then as final mighty hurray we had a Panacotta of chocolate with a Mandarine sherbet:

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No coffee no digestives. We were full and happy, particularly that the driver brought us home since we all started to sleep in the car after such a wonderful meal.

My old Mercedes V12 6 liters 600 SEL:

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I made a vow to come back whenever I can, but at least once per week.

Warm regards

Lord Arran




 
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A belated birthday cheer for you Lord Arran>>>

August 3 2006, 7:38 AM 

<<<What a wonderful way to celebrate. Take yourself, your wife, and two very good friends out to your favourite restaurant. You know you'll all have a terrific time. Congratulations and thank you for sharing your evening with us.

cheers,

elliot

 
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hey, i'm not anonymous!@ it's me! so sorry. nt.

August 3 2006, 8:36 PM 


 
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Miss Pumpkin
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Absolutely stunning! Happy birthday Lord Arran!

August 3 2006, 7:41 AM 

The langoustine gets my vote.

 
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(Login JackForster)
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Thanks and Congratulations!! I. . .

August 3 2006, 12:52 PM 

. . .am glad to see your dinner was replete not only with good company, great wine and food, but also generous amounts of truffle . May you have many more, and many more peaceful post-prandial naps of the conquering trencherman as well-

Jack

 
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Amenon
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Many Happy Returns of the Day

August 3 2006, 4:43 PM 

Dear Lord Arran,

What a splendid meal! Thankyou for sharing these marvellous images - I thought I could almost smell the rich perfumes of these wonderful dishes...

With belated but best birthday wishes,
Amenon

 
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(Login MelvynTeillolFoo)
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Eat - Drink - Make Merry >>

August 3 2006, 7:48 PM 

for to savour EVERY moment surrounded by friends is to have no enemies at all!

And Mr Jack Forster may be wrong - it's truffles that one can not have too much off...not foie gras !
http://www.network54.com/Forum/131774/message/1154634441/Hey%2C+there%27s+no+such+thing+as+too+much+foie+gras.+.+.


The pink Champagne and Puligny-Montrachet were not chosen; they chose themselves!

Omedato tanjobi gozaimashita!
MTF

 
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(Login JackForster)
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LOL, let me amend my earlier comment. . .

August 4 2006, 6:09 AM 

. . .how about 'you can never have too much truffled pate de foie gras'?

Can we all live with that?

Jack

 
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(Login MelvynTeillolFoo)
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That will work and my >>

August 4 2006, 6:54 AM 

cardiologist will thank you.........

Maybe PFE will too if they have to raise my dose of Lipitor.


MTF

 
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A belated Many Happy Returns! Looked a fabulous meal and a wonderful time. nt.

August 4 2006, 10:44 AM 

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