With some sadness we donate our piano to the Pleasanton Unified School District. We are glad it is getting a new home where it will be played but sad to see it go. Neither Jon nor Sarah would like to have it so we are pleased to find somewhere that does. We receive a really nice note from the Middle School Music director thanking us profusely.
One Sunday Jon and the boys come over. Sam builds a fire truck from the birthday present we gave him.
Sam turned five years old yesterday and today is his party. We pick up Sarah and arrive a few minutes early. The main event, other than Sam, will be Auntie Leigh’s fabulous cake. This year it is the evil emperor from Star Wars sitting down in a chair onto a whoopie cushion. I ask Sam to pose by his cake but he is too shy. However, Jonathan is not.
There is the usual excitement of opening presents.
Finally it’s time for the cake to do its thing and for everyone to have a slice of Emperor Palpatine’s throne.
Since we were away on our Italy trip in December, George and I missed celebrating our birthdays. Today we are making up by going to Carmel Valley to do some wine tasting, have a fabulous dinner at Marinus, and stay over at the Bernardus Lodge. Due to some misinformation about the restaurant being open when it is actually closed in January, the nice people at Bernardus have arranged to have us sit at the chef’s table in the kitchen for a multi-course tasting menu.
We start the day doing some wine tasting. We’ve never tasted wine down here in the Carmel Valley and are pleasantly surprised. We go to Talbott, Bernardus, Boekenoogen, Joullian, and Cima Collina.
Mid-afternoon we make our way to Bernardus Lodge. All the staff are very nice. Our rooms are very attractive. After a little lie-down, we get dressed for dinner and meet Karen and George in the lobby.
We are shown to our table. It is right in the kitchen! We are greeted by the chef, the chef de cuisine, and the sommelier. We are served some amuse bouche and champagne.
The niche that the chef’s table is in is covered by graffiti. There are some famous names here!
Here is what we ate for dinner –
It is all delicious! What a great birthday dinner. Happy Birthday to George and me!