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.

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.

 

Time keeps on ticking

It seems like the weekends fly by and the work weeks drag on and on and on…

Can’t think of anything worthwhile from the work week to report about, it seems July is a little quieter than normal, and than I’d like it to be. Quiet days at the office just make things worse.

I had a parade this past Wednesday, the last one for me for a few weeks. I will be missing a parade next week as the hubby and I and the puppies are going upstate NY for a little Wine Tour getaway. A local Greyhound Adoption group in Upstate NY does a wine tour weekend in the Finger Lakes area every July called Grapehounds. We went last year and had a fantastic time, and we are very much looking forward to going again this year.

Wednesday’s parade was one of the shortest of the seas0n clocking in at .73 miles. I have taken to keeping my iPhone in my uniform pocket to calculate the distance of each parade. It took me a little bit of time to try out and find the right app but I think I finally found a good one called Runkeeper. It calculates distance, time, and calories burned. So between the parades and the walks around the pond at lunch time, I have logged 10 miles and 1,749 calories.

This past weekend was a scorcher here, good thing the pool has been up and running. Saturday we did our normal running of the errands, then came home and relaxed in the pool for a bit before dinner. Nothing beats a nice cold drink, and floating in the pool, thewater  temperature was a cool 86 degrees.

Sunday we had a busier day as it was a joint birthday party for 2 of my older brothers children. Our nephew turns 18 next week, and our niece turned 1 last week. My younger brother (the one born just after me but before the twins) hosted the party at his place where he has access to a nice below ground pool. 8 ft deep at it’s deepest, it made for a lovely cooling off spot during the party.

All that fresh air (and alcohol and food) did a number on us as once we got home the hubby fell asleep on the couch. So off we went to bed. This morning I still wasn’t feeling it but I went to work against my better judgement. I say that because 1 pm came around and I high tailed it out of there and came home and laid down in bed.

Supposed to be another hot week here, I think the pool may get some post work pre dinner use this week.

Pretty Kitty

Well I thought there would be some excitement here but alas it was not to be.

Thursday’s parade went off without a hitch although it started late and it was hot but nothing too exciting to report from there.

Friday there was supposed to be another parade but mother nature was having none of that and the thunder, lightning, and rain kept us from that parade. Instead the hubby and I and the ex work wife ended up having some drinks at our house then went out for Korean for dinner. It was delicious yet again as this was our 3rd time going there but her first time. She is the authority on Korean as she lived there and went to Korean School while in the reserves.

Saturday was GORGEOUS out and yet another parade was canceled, this time due to the Fire Dept. that hired us no longer going to the parade. Honestly I didn’t mind at all as this parade was not a favorite of mine. So instead of parading in the afternoon the hubby and I took a nice dip in the pool before we headed out to our friends monthly game night.

Another gorgeous day on Sunday found the hubby having to go into work for a bit and laundry needing to be folded. Once we finished that excitement we headed over to my parents house for dinner. My grandmother was up visiting for the week so we all got together for dinner.

Now here is where all the excitement was. As we always do at bedtime we opened the door and let the puppies out for their last potty of the night. Not unusual to hear a bark or yelp since they decide to sometimes play instead of doing their business. The hubby stepped outside to yell at them to knock it off, when HE was almost knocked on his ass by the stench of Skunk.

Thankfully this time wasn’t as bad as the last time the pups got skunked. Only 2 of the 3 (one of ours and the foster we have). Girl (the foster pup) got a bit of it and Duncan our male got hit in the neck/face. Sandy our 11 year old knew better and ran the other way (she has no teeth this time to bite the pretty kitty with). So at 10:30 pm the hubby mixed up the de-skunking bath wash (peroxide, baking soda, dish detergent) and I hopped in the car to get more peroxide from the grocery store that is thankfully open late on sundays.

Fast forward through Monday (boring), Tuesday night the hubby worked towards evicting the Kitties from their home he saw them near in the yard. So as he goes to put the moth balls around the area he saw them in, one goes scurrying away, and the the other unfortunately is taking a dirt nap as the hubby found him sleeping with the flies.

Well that’s about it, the house doesn’t smell, the dogs don’t smell and yard doesn’t smell.