Tuesday, January 12, 2010
PLUMED HORSE (Saratoga) - Happy Birthday to Me
I've been thinking a lot lately about why that is. Mulling over the ritual that is dining. Not eating for nourishment, but all the delightful sensations and experiences that can come with dining exceptionally well. What it means. Why we are willing to pay so much for the pleasure. What constitutes the perfect meal. Food, flavor, companionship, ambience --- I think it must be all these things.
Next up were my, yes, Birthday desserts. We ordered two. The I'm Your Huckleberry, which was a ginger-almond financier (a lovely cake/cookie affair), in a huckleberry & creme fraiche ice cream. The other
At this point we had finished our champagne and were on to coffees with our desserts. I had my usual cappuchino, and the BH had his usual latte. Our daugher is on a tea kick, so she had a green tea. It arrived in this lovely glass teapot. Really pretty tea it was. Another piece of the ritual. I love to eat places where even the tea is pretty. The whole process, start to finish is what makes for a memorable dining experience. The ritual, the food butterflies, the pretty, the tasty. All of it.
I have to say I had a magnificent birthday. Hope to get back to the Plumed Horse again sometime soon. Check it out for yourself, and Bon Appetit!
14555 Big Basin Way
Saratoga, CA 95070-6013
Chef Peter Armellino
Cost: if you need to ask, don't go
Michelin Rated: One Star!