Simple pleasures, that’s what it’s all about.  For Christmas I had this huge box/present that I could not quite figure out (from the exterior).  It did have the very fashionable type of Crate & Barrel all over the exterior.  I finally opened it, then dug through layer upon layer of bubble wrap, then, oh, layer after layer of some kind of paper, oh, then tissue paper and tissue and tissue paper.  Inside I (finally) found a beautiful decanter.  How perfect!  Somebody must know me.  I broke it in on New Year’s Eve with a magnificent red from Washington — Eleven La Ronde.  It tasted even better than usual.  Simple pleasures.


Holiday Lunch

Today called for a holiday lunch, which also meant I got to check out a new (to me) location in DC.  Had a nice 3-course meal at Decanter at St. Regis with some colleagues.


We started with delicious focaccia and a mesclun salad.  Under all the lettuce was an amazing tapenade.  Heaven for olive lovers!



For the main course I opted for the scallops.  Pan seared with both a chickpea puree (can we say hummus?) and chickpeas, along with great seasoning.  Very nice portion size, too!


Though white would have paired a bit better with the scallops, I went for some Malbec.  The waiter said this stuff was great and I couldn’t turn it down.  The rest of the table was drinking beer or white so I had to take one for the (red) team.  I enjoyed some Siete Fincas from Argentina.  Medium body, smooth, fruity.


The other food options were a steak or pasta.  They were both inhaled/enjoyed quite a bit.



The meal closed with a nice dessert of 3 sorbets — lemon, raspberry, lime, with a little meringue on top.  Perfect ending.


I would be interested in checking this place out for dinner, as well.  Delicious food, excellent service, nice atmosphere.  Might just add it to my list.