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Julia Child’s 100th Birthday Party at Hexagone, San Diego!

Thursday, August 16th, 2012 No comments

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Julia Child 100 BD Party at Hexagone, San Diego


Last night we attended a 100th birthday party for Julia Child. It was our second visit to Hexagone in San Diego, a wonderful French restaurant that has been flying under the radar. The menu developed for a full house last night was wonderful and the Chef shared the salad dressing recipe for his Tarragon Vinaigrette, a favorite for all. Of course I had to convert this to regular home usage quantities as the recipe he shared was for 8 cups of olive oil.
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Bibb Lettuce with Goat Cheese Gratinee and Tarragon Vinaigrette


Tarragon Vinaigrette
4 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon white vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 1/8 teaspoons finely chopped tarragon
1 cup olive oil

This was delicious served over Bibb lettuce.

The entrées also received rave reviews. The sea bass had just a light flavor of pickled ginger. You almost had to know it was there to detect it. It was devine.

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Sea Bass Mediterranean with Pickled Ginger

There were many participants at the dinner with our AIWF (American Institute of Wine and Food) group who knew Julia personally and told some great stories about her. Apparently when she was last in San Diego in 2000, she addressed a group of up and coming chefs at the Marine Room and her bit of advice to them was
“Don’t get too fancy…food is food.” Another birthday party guest shared her account of the three worst meals she ever had:
#3 American Airlines #2 McDonalds #1 Beth Israel Hospital

My favorite Julia quote of all time is, “I love to cook with wine. And sometimes I even put some in the food.”
Happy Birthday, Julia. Wish you could have been at the party!!

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Searsucker: Fun for the Young, But Not the Fabric of Fine Dining

Friday, May 20th, 2011 2 comments
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shrimp "spicy" + bacon bits

We recently celebrated Kristina’s 26th birthday at Searsucker. This was our first visit.

We have long been Brian Malarkey fans, both through his cookbooks and his success at Oceanaire, a favorite seafood destination for the our family and site of Kristina’s  25th birthday celebration. Our visit to Searsucker started with some great drinks, like the “Dirty Girl”, a gin and cucumber cocktail with a spicy twist, and incredible cheese popovers. Our appetizers included the octopus with saffron aioli, brie with blackberry preserves, shrimp with bacon grits, artichoke hearts prepared as a dip with greyere cheese: all fascinating presentations and flavorful palate teasers.

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chicken whole "peas & carrots" smoked corn

Our entrees included the local halibut; whole chicken with “peas and carrots” smoked corn; filet with lobster butter and cognac; tuna with proscuitto, basil and a balsamic glaze and the scallops “baja”.  Kristina had to send back the scallops as they were very “rubbery” and were a huge disappointment to the birthday girl. The entrees were generally good, but each arrived at our table individually. Entree prices ranged from $22 to $35, but sides added another $7 to $9 each, which made the entire main course somewhat pricey. The atmosphere, best described as a Hotel “W” clone, was cold and noisy – interesting in theory, but not in the reality of supporting a cozy dining experience that cushions conversation and provides soft lighting. The younger members of our party are ready to return for the “hip” atmosphere, but Gary and I value ambiance as much as the food when we treat ourselves to fine dining and we need a softer, quieter environment with enough lighting to read the menu.

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Birthday Dessert

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