Yesterday I attended a wine tasting hosted by Andy Blue where I watched a few dozen local grape juice aficionados sample forty wines in eight blind flights of five wines each. La Belle Vie did a great job handling the technical issues and providing me with all the bubbly water I could drink, as well as a stunning cheese board. Blue is a NYC transplant to LA and one of the great wine/food/travel writers and bon vivants of our time. Small world, we went to rival local high schools and grew up around the corner form each other. Blue has spent the last few days hanging out with our mutual pal, the legendary travel guru emeritus (and one of my idols) Rudy Maxa. While I was in DC for the last few days I missed out on slogging around the local restaurants with my friends, both old and new. Blue was particularly fond of his meal at Alma and had the “best time he has had in ages” closing down Nye’s Polonaise on Tuesday evening.
The Twins . . . oy vey . . . stick a fork in them, sad to say. If we are relying on Brad Radke’s ailing shoulder to get the first win in what we all hope is our inexorable climb out of the mire, we are in bigger trouble than we think. If Liriano was healthy, I would be making plans to head home to NYC to watch the Twins take on my Yanks in the ALCS. Right now it’s looking like my set of Metrodome playoff tickets is essentially worthless.
Did you go to Cue on Tuesday for the locavoreal repast? Want to go back for lunch? If the idea of eating a three-course mid-day meal of rabbit loin, lamb, and frangiapane for dessert, all paired with a nifty wine flight sounds good to you, Cue is offering the meal as a Sunday in New York promotion . . . $50 buys you lunch at the chic Guthrie boite and a parking spot . . . oh, and did I mention you also get a ticket for a conversation in the Wurtele Theater between Joe Dowling and Neil Simon thrown in for good measure? Yes, that Neil Simon . . . check out Cue's website for details. I can hear the nattering nabobs already . . . "Two Cue mentions in one week” . . . Sure, they have some nifty opportunities for readers to attend something that is reasonably cool and I want to make sure you know about it. If you know about other slick eating events around the Twin Cities, let me know, I would be glad to pass on the info.