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A Tribute to Chateau Montelena

It was great to finally open a bottle we saved from a Napa trip in 2006. The 2003 Chardonnay by Chateau Montelena was the perfect pair to our seafood dinner. It was crisp, smooth and celebratory. Cheers!
Took some photos to commemorate the bottle:
In a tub of ice with the remains of a California urchin.

Posing with the shell of a Maine urchin.

The evening’s spirits.
Happy 2012!

Style Elements: Ching-i’s Place

Style Elements is a special section where I feature photos I take of objects that capture my eye in people’s homes or in public spaces. 

Style Elements at Ching-i’s Frutti de Mare Dinner

Yes, a Japanese cookbook.

Let’s start with some good luck.

And an army of well-wishers.

A santa bucket of oysters.

Some straggler scallop stowaways.

I must conclude that creative chefs drink good coffee.

A cute planter and an outgrown vice.



Just mousing around.

A guard cat.

Excuse me. Ligne Roset dining set.

Can’t have too much luck.


The demographic is obvious.
Bonus points if you can tell which one is mine.

Kinokuniya means you killed my grandfather. 😉

Never underestimate the power of tea.

Well excuse me! Villeroy & Boch!
Better not drop that shit.

A tribute to Chateau Montelena is here.
Definitely a lot of luck in this house.
Mine. All mine.
The evening winds down with citrus,
pretty things,
and tea.
Is this goodbye?

No, just a new year. :o) 
Happy 2012 to all!

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