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Thursday, December 16, 2010

DINNER AT LA MER

By the way, you might want to click on "The Challenge of China" to comment in the Huffington Post on my predictions about the future of China just published today.

Last night it was Morimoto Waikiki with the foremost microbioscientist in the world.  Tonight, La Mer at the Halekulani with Tadashi/Mayumi Matsunaga with Brandon/Nicole Yoza.  Professor Matsunaga in April will become president of his university, the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology.  

Tadashi was the first editor of the Journal of Marine Biotechnology, where the only American paper  in the charter issue was from the University of Hawaii, of which I was a co-author.  The current editor is Grant Burgess, who did his post-doctoral work under Professor Matsunaga.  This is the very same Professor Burgess who was the star of our golfing expedition to St. Andrews.  Tadashi was Brandon's major professor for his PhD:

The meal started with Heidseick Monopole Champagne, followed by a fabulous and fancy vichyssoise.  Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon was our wine of choice.  I had a Monaco Style Fish Soup Gratinee witih Rouille (olive oil sauce) and Parmesan, sort of a French Onion soup with fish instead of onion.  I then had the Crispy Skin Onaga on a Warm Potato Terrine (pate-like) with Pork Confit and Truffle Jus (beef sauce):

Then came some extraordinary desserts, on which I passed:
You can't see the plates that well, but they held:


Painter’s Palette
Almond Florentine with Five Sorbets, Fresh Cut Fruit and Puréed Coulis

Passion for Chocolate
Valrhona Chocolate Ganache Tart on Orange Segments with Chocolate Sorbet, Gianduja Hazelnut Milk Chocolate Sandwich and Crème Anglaise Foam Topped with Salted Popcorn

Symphonie “La Mer”
A Composition of La Mer’s Most Popular Desserts



Just another phenomenal feast for me this week.

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The Dow Jones Industrial had a nice 42 point uptick to 11,499, with world markets mixed.  Gold fell $6/toz to $1375 and petroleum remained at $88/barrel.  However, the Brent Crude price is $92/barrel, and two-thirds of world oil are accounted for here.  Brent, incidentally, comes from the Brent Goose, as Shell names all it's oil wells after a bird.

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