Dazed and confused? Not me. I’m just Lost in the Cheese Aisle.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Here he is,
Your Komodo dragon...

- Bert Parks, in The Freshman (1990)

This evening’s Sommelier Guild dinner will be at the Thorn Tree Restaurant in Norcross. According to Denny, the Grouchy Old Cripple and Guild Secretary, the restaurant is named for the semi-legendary Thorn Tree Café in Nairobi, Kenya. The décor, I am given to understand, features plenty of defunct animals, something our friend Keesie would no doubt appreciate.

Bear with us
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! (Well, lions and bears, anyway.) This little fellow stands guard over the North American Game Room while guests enjoy their dinners.

The wines will all be 2007 California cabernet sauvignons from the Napa valley. As for the food, I do not expect to see Komodo dragon on the menu. What do I expect? This:

Speaker’s Wine:
2007 Roots Run Deep - Educated Guess**

First Flight
Sterling Vineyards

Pan seared Atlantic salmon. Serious yum.

Pan Seared Atlantic Salmon
Grilled Broccolini, Whipped Idaho Potatoes, Beurre Rouge, Micro Basil

Second Flight
Hess “Allomi”
Mount Veeder*
Antica (Antinori California)**

Smoke Braised Pork Shank
Parmesan Chive Risotto, Natural Jus, Orange Gremolata

Third Flight:
Faust (by Quintessa)
Shafer One Point Five**
Stanton Cellars**

Grilled Eye of Rib
Thyme and Caramelized Onion Hash Browns, Port Demi Glâce

Amarula Cream Liqueur (Product of South Africa)

Cabrales Cheese Soufflé

If I said I didn’t like the food here, I’d be “Lion.”

Alas, no Filet of Lion’s Arse here. (The owner is cheeky, but not that cheeky.)

I’m expecting Houston Steve to join us this evening, so the political repartée should be particularly tasty as well.

Update: The food was uniformly excellent, with the possible exception of dessert. My favorite wines are indicated by asterisks, as usual... and just for shits ’n’ grins, I added a few photos.

Moose, no squirrel.
Choose your caption: (1) Moose, no squirrel. (2) Me so horny.

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