I never got to properly post about our spectacular dinner at mason's last week because of stupid blogger, and now the time has kind of passed, but I'd like to say thanks a bunch to our friends that work there for the special treatment which made us feel like VIPs and also to mention that I finally got sweetbreads and they were the bomb! They were not gross at all, even though I was fully aware that they were a thymus gland or pancreas. The texture was the best part, slightly mealy (in a good way) and soft on the inside and pleasantly crispy on the outside, served with a sweet sauce and morel mushrooms. The duck was unbelievable. It was two cuts, a succelent roasted breast and a crispy leg confit, which tasted and had a texture just like carnitas! My arctic char came on a bed of mushroom oyster risotto. The tiny bits of oysters had such a strong flavor that it was like tiny oyster bombs were going off in your mouth. Everything was so good! My only complaint is that five or six of the dishes on the menu contained applewood smoked bacon. That is too much! I think of bacon as a cheat that lazy chefs sometimes overuse. I'm guilty of this myself (hello, bacon fat cookies?) but I am not a chef. We also got a bottle of chenin blanc from Ehrhart Estates in Clarksburg and this is the new variety of wine that I am in love with. The Bogle one is really good too.
Speaking of wine (and do I ever speak or anything else?), 58 degrees and holding is having a sauvignon blanc tasting tomorrow from 5-7 for ten bucks. That might be a good excuse for me to try it out.
And most importantly-congratulations to Michele on taking her wine mastery test in NY!!! I know you will pass with flying colors.