Christmas Comes Twice

February 24, 2012
Well, that's what it is like, anyway. The most glorious week of the year is now two. That's right, restaurant week is making a spring debut, it begins on Monday. Then, it will return for its regular stint in September.

The only shame of it is that we're supposed to be sticking with a strict healthy diet while Frank competes in the Get Fit weightloss challenge. We've already cheated while we were in San Diego - it was worth every extra calorie, too. But I think we might get out for a meal or two. It benefits charity after all.

We're both walking in tomorrow's Color Run. Which also supports Three Square. It takes place downtown. I'm very much looking forward to it.

I don't suppose the 5k will erase the effects of one of these meals, would it?

30.12 Addiction
1. FIRST COURSE:
Choice of: French Onion Soup; Sherry French Onion Soup & Gruyere Croutons or Mac Bites; Deep Fried Smoked Gouda and Cheddar Mac& Cheese tossed in Parmesan Cheese and Served with Garlic Aioli
2. SECOND COURSE:
Mixed greens with Toasted Walnuts and a Citrus Vinaigrette
3. THIRD COURSE:
Choice of: Short& Sweet; Seared then Braised Short Ribs with Sweet Potato Puree, Crispy Potato Strings, Smoked Salt, and a Wild Honey Port-Burgundy Sauce ~OR~ 5 Spice Seared Tuna; Seared Rare Tuna, Spicy Tempura Crunch, Caramelized Onions and Drizzled with a Prickly Pear-Ponzu Vinaigrette
4. FOURTH COURSE:
Gossip Sundae

20.12 Lunch Due Forni
1. FIRST COURSE:
Choice of: Eggplant Caprese; Roasted Eggplant, Bufala Mozzarella, Basil Pesto ~OR~ Caesar; Romaine Hearts, Herb Croutons, Parmesan, Garlic Vinaigrette
2. SECOND COURSE:
Choice of: Panino; House Made Sausage and Pepper Panino ~OR~ Margherita; San Marzano Tomato, Bufala Mozzarella, Fresh Basil
3. THIRD COURSE:
Choice of: Dolci; Sweet Bufala Ricotta, Toasted Pistachios, Artisanal Honey ~OR~ Gelato; Choice of Vanilla, Chocolate or Strawberry

30.12 Dinner Due Forni
4. FIRST COURSE:
Choice of: Eggplant Caprese; Roasted Eggplant, Bufala Mozzarella, Basil Pesto ~OR~ Caesar; Romaine Hearts, Herb Croutons, Parmesan, Garlic Vinaigrette ~OR~ Tortellacci; Wild Mushroom, Large Tortelli, Butter, Pecorino Romano
5. SECOND COURSE:
Choice of: Pizza; Margherita San Marzano Tomato, Bufala Mozzarella, Fresh Basil ~OR~ Calzone; Turkey Meatballs, Mozzarella, Ricotta, San Marzano ~OR~ Pizza Speck---- Recla Smoked Prosciutto, Bufala Mozzarella, Roasted Mushrooms, Fresh Parsley
6. THIRD COURSE:
Choice of: Dolci; Sweet Bufala Ricotta, Toasted Pistachios, Artisanal Honey ~OR~ Gelato; Choice of Vanilla, Chocolate or Strawberry

30.12 Lunch Mozen Bistro
1. FIRST COURSE:
Courses served Bento box style: MURGH MAKHANI; Tandoori roasted marinated chicken, in creamy Indian curry; YAM NEUA- Grilled prime strip loin, tossed with cucumbers, mint, shallots and Thai sweet basil with bird’s eye chili – lime vinaigrette;
2. SECOND COURSE:
Courses served Bento box style: BULGOGI- Stir fried marinated beef tips served with Kim chee & jasmine rice; TOM YUM GOONG- Shrimp, lemongrass and kafir lime in a rich broth, flavored with chili and cilantro;
3. THIRD COURSE:
Courses served Bento box style: WASABI PRAWN - Crispy shrimp tossed in wasabi aioli, mango-chili relish and tobiko SUSHI & SASHIMI; Spicy Tempura roll, salmon & tuna sashimi
4. FOURTH COURSE:
Five Spiced Flourless Cake with Sesame Florentine

50.12 Dinner Circo
1. FIRST COURSE:
Choice of: Mozzarella di Bufala; Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella from Camapania Vine Ripe Tomatoes, Genovese Basil, Balsamic Vinegar ~OR~ Fritto Misto; Calamari, Green Beans and Zucchini “Fritti”, Cherry Tomato Sauce ~OR~ Carpaccio di Manzo; Beef Carpaccio, Pickled Vegetables, Parmigiano Reggiano, Baby Arugula, Limoncello Dressing
2. SECOND COURSE:
Choice of: Ravioli; Egi’s Ravioli of Sheep’s Milk Ricotta, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Butter Sage Sauce ~OR~ Quaglie alla Griglia; Grilled Napa Valley Quails, Semolina Gnocchi, Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta, Marsala Wine Reduction ~OR~ Il Salmone; Grilled Scottish Salmon, Baby Spinach and Citrus Salad, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
3. THIRD COURSE:
Choice of: Tiramisù Tradizionale; Traditional Tiramisù ~OR~ Panna Cotta; Vanilla Panna Cotta, Seasonal Fruit

30.12 Dinner Todd’s
1. FIRST COURSE:
Choice of: Grumpy’s Salad; Our Version of The Wedge ~OR~ Cream of Heirloom Tomato ~OR~ Sweet Corn Ravioli; Chipotle Sauce and Micro Herbs
2. SECOND COURSE:
Choice of: Roast Prime Rib of Pork; Apple Pan Sauce and Sausage Stuffing ~OR~ Grilled Steelhead; Meyer Lemon Aioli, Toasted Cous Cous ~OR~ Filet Medallions with Wild Mushroom Cabernet Sauce ~OR~ Surf and Turf with a Maine Lobster Tail ($20 supplement) ~OR~ Vegetable Risotto, Parmesan Cheese
3. THIRD COURSE:
Choice of: Flourless Chocolate Cake with Raspberry and Vanilla Sauce ~OR~ Hazelnut Crème Brûlée ~OR~ Salted Butterscotch Pudding; Fresh Cream ~OR~ Assorted Housemade Ice Creams

Yep, that's my list of those being considered. I sent it off to Frank for his thoughts... We'll see where we end up.

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