I've gone around the world several times to experience the ultimate in cuisine, but it turns out that Hawaii can be as good as it gets. I had dinner last night at the Halekulani on an invitation from Chaine des Rotisseurs, more specifically, courtesy of Chambellan Provincial Bruce Liebert (above with Judith), a colleague from the College of Engineering at the University of Hawaii. The champagne flowed at their induction ceremony (top photo). I had at least five glasses of Marc Hebrart Blanc de Blancs, a chardonnay dominated champagne, and I'm sure there were others who had a lot more. Ample samples of melon cannelloni with king crab and hearts of palm, foie gras with dates on sauterne jelly, opakapaka with cured lemon and aquitaine caviar, and brie/cranberry turnovers were offered. This ensemble would have been more than sufficient for my evening meal, especially with my monthly quota of champagne.
Nevertheless, after the official proceedings, and all that food and alcohol, the dinner began. We had a charged table with Bruce and his wife, Judith Kellogg, Chargee de Presse Provinciale, Professor of English at the UH.
Dr. Christel Yount, Vice Chargee de Presse for the Kauai/Honolulu Chapter, wife of former Vice President of Research at the University of Hawaii, and my boss a couple of decades ago. Also sitting with us was Dr. Mark Stithem (next to Christel), a psychiatrist, who was heralded to be a Jeopardy champion.
Judith and Christel provide input to Gastronome. If you had scrolled down after clicking on the Chaine link above, you would have seen the smiling faces of Judith, Bruce and the local officers.
So what if the world is careening towards the inevitable dual hammer of Peak Oil and Global Heating. All the good reason, actually, to party now before the ultimate doom, just in case it ever comes. Hmm...if this sounds like ancient Rome, so what. I just returned from that city, and they still serve the best Italian food with a contento lifestyle.
The Dow Jones Industrials slipped 20 to 11,362, while world markets were mixed. Gold jumped to $1427.55, ho hum, another record high. Gold futures for February 2011 are at $1429.40/toz. Oil is steady at $89/barrel.