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Monday, December 12, 2011

LA MER AND SURF LANAI

I first laid Pearl's ashes at the foot of the Kiawe Tree at House Without a Key, her favorite place for a late afternoon drink.


Then on the other side of this tree to La Mer, her #1 restaurant, with Professor Kiryun Choi of Ajou University, petroleum engineer and foremost energy economist for South Korea.  While he did create Green Enertopia more than a decade ago when he worked for their Federal government and signed off on all the energy research projects, we have almost 180 degree opposite views on Peak Oil and Global Warming.  We might have some common ground on the Blue Revolution, for Korean shipbuilders can become involved. He is in town to explore prospects for creating a Korean living village in Honolulu for families who send their young children to school here, while being cared for by their grandparents.  They hope to link with Punahou and other institutions.  Interesting concept.


We had their Menu Degustation, a Gastronomical Tour with:

1.  Free Heidsieck-Monopole "Blue Top" Brut Champagne.
2.  Domiane les Pallieres, Gigondas (14.5%).
3.  Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon (14.5%).
4.  Fonseca Port (20%).

featuring:
A.  Carpaccio of Tuna with Lemond Curd and Marcona (from Spain) Almonds, Aquitaine (a French region) Caviar, Beetroot Mostarda (Italian condiment).

B.  Duo Foie Gras with Rice Flake, Candied Rhubarb, Maraschino Cherries and Pistachio.

C.  Kiryun had a Poached Lobster Tail with Watercress Veloute (a sauce) and Fine Herbs, while I had another Grilled Foie Gras (goose liver).

D.  Filet of Opakapaka with Heirloom tomato and Basil tartare (uncooked chopped spread), Black Olives and Artichoke a la Barigoule (stewed in olive oil and herbs).

E.  Veal Cheek Braised in Red Wine with Sweet Bread, Mushroom Duxelles (chopped mushroom and onion, sauteed) and Ravioli Nicoise (means prepared like in Nice, and generally includes tomatoes, black olives, garlic and anchovies).

F.  Lime Gelee with Roquette (arugula) Grape Must (juice) and Olive Oil.

G.  Assortment of French cheeses.


H.  Ending with a Cappuccino, Chocolate and Wild Hibiscus with Hot Cocoa Butter and Champagne Sauce, plus the finishing Mignardises (you know, those tiny finger desserts and cookies at the end).

My free lunch the following day at the Royal Hawaiian Surf Lanai:


A Wagyu Beef hamburger with Waikiki Beach Plantation Tea (1.5 oz vodka) and a decadent creme brulee coconut tart.

I then spent some time under an umbrella on Waikiki Beach with a perfect view of Diamond Head, smoking a Romeo & Juliet Churchill and drank the remainder of the Kenwood sparkling wine...then went swimming.  I don't remember the last time I swam off Waikiki Beach.  Waikiki Beach was the site of Pearl's Ashes #30.

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The Dow Jones Industrials fell 163 to 12,021(-1.5%), with the world mostly down, especially Germany (-3.4%).  Gold sunk $45/toz to $1667, while the WTI edged down below $98/barrel and the Brent Spot to $107/barrel.

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