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Monday, November 4, 2013


The Kauai/Oahu Bailliage of Chaine des Rotisseurs enjoyed a "family" style dinner tonight at the Pacific Club.  It all started with a Scottish welcome:

The cigars were:

  • Gran Habano #1 Rothchild
  • Gran Habano #3 Vintage 2008 Toro
With Dan, Terry and Maurice, who is the Grand Poobah, or whatever his official title (Bailli, but more than that, is a famous surgeon in town with his Gamma Knife) might be of the Kauai/Oahu Chaine Bailliage.

In tandem came four single malt scotches, led by John, Vice  Echanson (who planned this scotch tasting--they have these great French titles--mine is Chevalier, which is the lowest ranking term they can find), and Mark:
  • Glenchie 12 year Lowlands
  • Dalwhinnie 15 year Highlands
  • Aberlour 12 year  Speyside
  • Bowmore 12 year Islay

  • Interestingly enough, I have all of these scotches. 
The meal featured:
  • Maunawili Lettuce and Chef Eric's-style Vinaigrette
  • Fingerling Potato Salad with Sundried Tomato
  • Tapenade (chopped olives, capers and anchovies)
  • Quinoa Kale Bistro Salad
  • Lentils and Sicilian Fennel Sausage Herbs Vinaigrette
  • Beef Bourguignon and Fresh Fettuccini
  • Duck Leg Confit on Salardaise Potatoes (basically, potatoes cooked in duck fat)
  • Seafood Paella
Sorry, forgot to take a photo.
  • Apple Tart Tatin (upside-down tart)
  • Chocolate Mousse
  • Strawberry in Win

My table featured Mark (Bailli Honoraire) and Mirella (who is the catalyst of everything Chaine):

Also on the table were Sharon (of Punahou fame) and Bebber (Institute for Astronomy):

Note the wine glasses.  Sitting next to me were Bruce (who is the Bailli Provincial, meaning highest boss of Chaine) and Christel (my favorite dinner companion at these gatherings):

Christel also dropped me off at the end, for she does not drink as much as me, for otherwise, I might have had to walk home.

Yes, this was decadent, and I worry about our carbon footprint, but I'm off to D.C. tomorrow morning, and that is a very long trip.  I will more than make up for these extravagances by continuing to Save Planet Earth and Humanity on my next adventure.
Out of nowhere  came Typhoon Haiyan, east of the Philippines, already at 75 MPH, to become a Category 4, and overwhelm the country, but south of Manila:


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