Winter Gloom given the boot!

Winter gloom? Gone!
Longest night of the year? Dispensed with Champagne, Nog, Cider and wine!
Dreary weather? No one noticed what with the feast of Oysters, smoked Salmon, grilled Steak, Meatballs with Peaches, desserts, toasts, et. al.

So thanks to everyone who joined us last night to chase away the Winter Solstice and kick the season in to high Holiday gear!

Nothing like a full house of happy partying people to brighten the spirits of everyone!

Ever since my first visit to Paris, which took place during the coldest winter they had ever experienced there, oysters have been an important part of my holiday eating requirements. That bitterly cold winter weather in Paris forced us to spend most of our time sitting in warm cafes eating among other things lots and lots of oysters. Which are very plentiful there that time of year.

I have to say that I really enjoyed the creamy smooth Fanny Bay oysters from the Puget Sound on the Pacific coast that we served last night. Just outstanding. Pure and fresh. Sweet.

The classic Blue Point oysters from the Long Island area on the Atlantic coast were delicious in their own right -crisp, briny, with a fresh snap to them. I wanted to serve a variety of oysters to let everyone get a real feel for the differences. Makes Terroir seem as important to oysters as it is to wine!

Of the two types of oysters, the Blue Point are by far the most painful to open due to their incredibly pointy and sharp shells.

The unusual combination of beefy meatballs sautéed with fresh peaches in a sherry vinegar and cinnamon sauce was a big hit. The peaches (hard to find in the winter!) blended perfectly with the other flavors to deliver a subtlety nuanced but very satisfying result. The cinnamon gave it just a bit of a Christmas twist.

Ever since we invented the Eggplant Parmesan sandwiches, people have been raving about them. And last night was no different. They really deliver a lot of flavor in a small package. Not to mention being vegetarian and healthy. They were clearly a favorite last night.

And as a bit of a surprise, we offered up a Caramel Pudding with White Chocolate Peppermint Mousse. It just conjures up those classic Norman Rockwell holiday feelings with the super comforting Caramel Pudding and the joyously exuberant Peppermint and White Chocolate Mousse. You can practically hear Buh-Buh-Buh-Bing Crosby crooning White Christmas as you eat it!

All in all a great evening! Thanks again to everyone who joined us!

We at Sol Del Sur Bistro wish all our Friends a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year!

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