Alsatian for me

I’ll recap the rest of the day later on but I just had to post the pictures from the fabulous lunch we had today.

Before I let the pictures speak for themselves here is a little background about the place we ate Dano’s Heuriger on Seneca

What is a Heuriger?:
In Austria, heurigers are an integral part of Viennese life. Friends gather to enjoy the casual atmosphere, to drink new wine from mugs and to share hearty, satisfying heuriger food served family-style. Dano’s on Seneca recreates this atmosphere in a beautiful new building designed by architect Andrea Simitch. With spectacular views of Seneca lake, the rotating menu features Viennese spreads and artisanal breads, salads, roasted and smoked meats, vegetable dishes, homemade sausages, fresh seafood, homemade pickles and preserves as well as Viennese pastries.


So in the midst of all the wine tasting we have been doing we figured we needed some lunch too. This place sits right in the of the wineries we were visiting, and quite a few places had their menu displayed. I called ahead to be sure they would allow the dogs on their beautiful back deck, they did and actually enjoy having 4 legged visitors.

While we were eating all the luscious food you will see below, the chef himself Dano came out to chat with us and the other tables quite a few times. Thankfully it wasn’t a very busy lunch or else he would have been missed in the kitchen.

Now on to the food. The Hubby and I decided on ordering a few small things to share as is the customer of Heurigers.

The Main Menu

The Main Meat, on the top Hungarian Smoked Sausage on the Bottom Bratwurst.

I love anything pickled and the Housemade Pickle Plate on the specials menu Immediately caught my attention.

It had 2 types of pickles along with pickled Mushrooms and Pickled Scallions

Knodel. A ball of Dressing Cooked in Duck Fat and served Au Jus

Braised Sauerkraut and Bacon. By Far the BEST I have ever had.

This was what the Hubby ordered. A locally made Goat Cheese with a Blue Mold on the outside, on top of a Fig Compote

with Roasted red peppers and olive tapenade.

The place was just beautiful, the food fantastic, the waitstaff knowledgeable, dog friendly, the view of Seneca Lake from the deck is amazing. Whether for lunch or dinner, RUN don’t walk to this great place.

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Alsatian for me

I’ll recap the rest of the day later on but I just had to post the pictures from the fabulous lunch we had today.

Before I let the pictures speak for themselves here is a little background about the place we ate Dano’s Heuriger on Seneca

What is a Heuriger?:
In Austria, heurigers are an integral part of Viennese life. Friends gather to enjoy the casual atmosphere, to drink new wine from mugs and to share hearty, satisfying heuriger food served family-style. Dano’s on Seneca recreates this atmosphere in a beautiful new building designed by architect Andrea Simitch. With spectacular views of Seneca lake, the rotating menu features Viennese spreads and artisanal breads, salads, roasted and smoked meats, vegetable dishes, homemade sausages, fresh seafood, homemade pickles and preserves as well as Viennese pastries.


So in the midst of all the wine tasting we have been doing we figured we needed some lunch too. This place sits right in the of the wineries we were visiting, and quite a few places had their menu displayed. I called ahead to be sure they would allow the dogs on their beautiful back deck, they did and actually enjoy having 4 legged visitors.

While we were eating all the luscious food you will see below, the chef himself Dano came out to chat with us and the other tables quite a few times. Thankfully it wasn’t a very busy lunch or else he would have been missed in the kitchen.

Now on to the food. The Hubby and I decided on ordering a few small things to share as is the customer of Heurigers.

The Main Menu

The Main Meat, on the top Hungarian Smoked Sausage on the Bottom Bratwurst.

I love anything pickled and the Housemade Pickle Plate on the specials menu Immediately caught my attention.

It had 2 types of pickles along with pickled Mushrooms and Pickled Scallions

Knodel. A ball of Dressing Cooked in Duck Fat and served Au Jus

Braised Sauerkraut and Bacon. By Far the BEST I have ever had.

This was what the Hubby ordered. A locally made Goat Cheese with a Blue Mold on the outside, on top of a Fig Compote

with Roasted red peppers and olive tapenade.

The place was just beautiful, the food fantastic, the waitstaff knowledgeable, dog friendly, the view of Seneca Lake from the deck is amazing. Whether for lunch or dinner, RUN don’t walk to this great place.

 

It’s Wine O’clock

And the big Greyhound Wine Tour Weekend has begun.

Thursday was our travel day, and after a rocky start of changing rental cars due to low tire pressure, we finally got on the road. Fortunately we were able to trade the white Ford Flex for a Silver Ford Flex because we packed everything in there perfectly and it was just enough room for us, our stuff, and the puppies. about 4 hours later we arrived in Ithaca and thankfully were able to check into the hotel and get the pups out of the car.

We had just enough time for a quick rest for us and the puppies before we hopped back in the car to head over the hills to the welcome reception at one of the wineries. They had a nice little spread of appetizers and were selling wine and wine Slushies. I had 1 of each of the 2 flavors available, that says alot since I am not normally a fan of red wine.

This is the Brambleberry Slushie and was DELISH!

After the reception we headed back to the motel, fed the puppies, then headed out for a nice quick Thai Dinner.

Friday morning we got up and went and grabbed breakfast from this cute local place up near the Cornell Campus that we found last year and fell in love with. I had the omelet of the day, and the hubby had the Brie stuffed French Toast. The best part was the power of social networking, the Hubby and I both got a free coffee just for checking in on Foursquare.

We were slightly worried about what the day might bring as it had started raining right before we left for breakfast. Well a little rain wasn’t going to stop us so we packed up the dogs and headed out for the wineries. There are quite a few participating wineries, so we decided to start on the West Side of Seneca Lake and hit the few there we were interested in. In total we hit 3 before lunch. Once of them was one we loved last year and wanted to be sure we got back to this year.

After a quick lunch from Mr. Chicken, back into the car we went and set course for the host winery to check out the happenings and vendors there. We took a quick stroll through the vendor tent and then went in search of some wine to bring back to the room to have with some cheese. We hit 2 more wineries Friday afternoon to bring the total to 5.

Our last stop on Friday also happened to be the same winery that held the welcome reception. We did a tasting there and ended buying a few bottles to take home and 2 to enjoy Friday night before dinner. We stopped at a cute roadside produce market, grabbed some cheese and some cherries and drove on back to the motel.

A lovely glass of wine, some nice cheese in the outdoors was had and then off we went to dinner. Now we are back in the room resting in the air conditioning waiting to do it all over again on Saturday……

 

Big Gay Brunch

And other things happened this weekend.

Saturday was our usual day of house cleaning, errands, and prep for Sundays Big Gay Brunch. But first things first.

Saturday morning was a busy one, first we had to get up and get the lawn mowed before the day’s heat set upon on. After that was done, we headed over to see the barber for our haircuts. I don’t know why but in the summer it seems my hair grows faster.

After that I had a couple hours to get the cookies baked for dessert on Sunday. I promised our friend homemade Ice-Cream Sandwiches when it was our turn to host.I just squeaked by in timing to get the cookies baked before we had to head out to a local pizza joint to meet a friend for a lovely lunch date.

After lunch it was off to Costco and Shoprite to get the rest of the food we needed to get for brunch. I have been enjoying the hot weather cause it has allowed us a dip in the pool more frequently than the last few months. We went in Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

Sunday morning was more prep, and some prep, and some cooking before our guests arrived at 11. So I know you are all wondering what the hell did you serve?

The Menu was as follows:

Shrimp Ceviche  – I got the basics of this recipe from one of my favorite PBS Chefs Daisy Martinez and her show Daisy Cooks. The hardest part about making this is the juicing of the lemons limes and oranges. The easiest part is letting it sit for 2 days and “cook”

If you would like the recipe let me know.

Smoked Brisket and Salmon – The hubby is the master smoker in this house and he did  not disappoint yet again. The brisket was tender and flavorful. The Salmon came out perfectly as well and was a big hit. To go with the brisket I scrambled some eggs, put out some Queso, salsa and flour tortillas for make your own breakfast tacos.

SOS – Or as we call it round here Chipped Beef (or Shit on a Shingle).This was served on  biscuits.

Potato Latkes – these are always easy to make and go a long way. Served with some sour cream they were the perfect potato snack to have.

Bacon – no brunch is complete without a big plate of bacon, I cook bacon on a sheet pan in the oven at about 375 degrees, about halfway through the cooking I pulled it out flipped it over then sprinkled it with some coarse ground pepper. It was delicious.

Peruvian Onion Relish  – we had this a week ago at a local peruvian restaurant and it was so good we decided we needed to make it at home AND serve it at brunch.

Mascerated Peaches and Strawberries – I know there was some balsamic vinegar and black pepper, sage, and rosemary on them. I know it sounds like an odd combo but they were fantastic.

For dessert we had the infamous Homemade Ice-Cream Sandwiches, our friend brought what he called White Trash Ice-Cream Cake (made with fudge sauce, pudding, cool whip, and store bought ice-cream sandwiches). It actually wasn’t all that bad. The 3rd dessert was a Blueberry Cobbler our other friend made, which was also damn good.

Oh I almost forgot about the endless glasses of Champagne with either OJ, Pineapple Juice, or Guava Nectar.

All in all it was a great time even with the crappy weather that rolled in for part of the day.

On a side note, we also had a family coming to see our foster greyhound Girl. What we thought was a husband and wife from NY turned into the whole Italian family paying a visit. All 9 of them showed and stayed for about 30 minutes or so. One of the sons was kinda cute. On a happy note we found out on monday they loved her and will be adopting her in a couple of weeks.

That’s pretty much it for now. Short work week for the both of us as we are taking a long weekend trip with our puppies to a greyhound wine tour weekend. Watch for those updates to come too.