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MarineEngineer's picture

Marine Engineer here, sitting with CookieMonster, EhBeth, and ShyWoodlandCreature, enjoying some french press coffee and a fine breakfast.

ShyWoodlandCreature:

I'm feeling sleep deprived at the moment, and I'm not really up to making a lot of sense. Coherent lucid thoughts are eluding me. Pass the coffee, please

CookieMonster:

All of you other guys are heading up to St. Johns the Divine and Central Park, but I'm getting more Chocolate

EhBeth:

from the hot chocolate side of the table, I have to let everybody know that MarineEngineer has been a FABULOUS host, and has not misled us with directions, restaurant recommendations, or samples. So we're giving him one more chance.

MarineEngineer:

a great weekend with great people. I'm full, but still eating.

Wish the rest of you could have been here with us, except for certain unnamed people that we secretly don't like. If you're wondering whether or not we're talking about you, yes we are.

Cheers. Enjoy your Sunday. Go Jets! and Mets!

Marine Engineer

fair winds and following seas
MarineEngineer's picture

(post #56848, reply #1 of 121)

a couple of pics from today

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MadMom's picture

(post #56848, reply #2 of 121)

Looks like y'all are having a grand time!  And of course, I wonder if you're talking about me, but I'll assume you aren't, LOL.



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Nightrider's picture

(post #56848, reply #3 of 121)

Oh, I'm jealous!  DH and I had a fantastic breakfast at Cafe Mozart while in NYC this summer.  That french press coffee was very good.


Looking forward to seeing the full report soon!

wisekaren's picture

(post #56848, reply #95 of 121)

Who's who, please?
Karen

MarineEngineer's picture

(post #56848, reply #96 of 121)

From left to right:

CookiM0nster, EhBeth, Marine Engineer, ShyWoodlandCreature

Marine Engineer

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wisekaren's picture

(post #56848, reply #97 of 121)

Thanks!

Hi, everyone!
Karen

ehBeth's picture

(post #56848, reply #98 of 121)

<waving back>

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PeterDurand's picture

(post #56848, reply #4 of 121)

Thanks for the update.

"ShyWoodlandCreature:

I'm feeling sleep deprived at the moment,".....ahh time zones and breakfast

 

SallyBR1's picture

(post #56848, reply #5 of 121)

I am amazed that you all agreed on who to dislike!

Could it be me???? Could it POSSIBLY be me????

the doubt is killing me!

:-)

Well, I am green with envy. Please post more photos if you have them, ok?

 


 


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madnoodle's picture

(post #56848, reply #6 of 121)

Looks like fun.  I'm assuming the person I don't "know" in the first picture with Cooki is ehBeth?  Who was the mystery guest?

Saskatchewan:  our mountain-removal project is nearly complete.

What if there were no hypothetical questions?

 

doyenne's picture

(post #56848, reply #7 of 121)

I asked the same question at dinner at Craft. Actually there were two----Sarah and Li. Sarah is  charming and pretty.  (Can I hate her? <G>)  Li showed us a picture of the twins and they are absolutely darling. 


It was fun seeing the screen names come to life.I think we all enjoyed our dinners. I had roasted wild sturgeon, Jerusalem artichokes and quince sorbet. The food was presented beautifully and the portions were not humongous. Some of the group seemed to be under the influence of chocolate and a lot of vows were made not to have chocolate again but I think that attitude vanished within the hour. From what I heard this group was a serious bunch of shoppers. I think some of them were planning to go foraging again today.


 I had a really good time. This was my second fest and I still marvel at what a wacko bunch we are.


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Where is Monica Lewinski when you need her?

Jean's picture

(post #56848, reply #8 of 121)

Lucky you! Glad you could make it. I'm so jealous!



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Marcia's picture

(post #56848, reply #9 of 121)

I'm delighted that you were able to make it. Color me green, too.

JaneRose's picture

(post #56848, reply #10 of 121)

I would have given a lot to be at a fest and see you again! Couldn't get my ducks in line this time. Looks as if everyone was having a grand time. I can only hope for another opportunity to festER with everyone.
Looks as if a grand time was had by all!!!!! Hurray!!!!


Edited 10/15/2006 8:17 pm ET by JaneRose

KarenP's picture

(post #56848, reply #13 of 121)

  This is great news that you were able to be there!  I'm sure that you explained to Sarah how to deal with us while Li nod knowingly. 
   Hopefully, this means that you are well over the worst of your ordeals of the past many months.

Adele's picture

(post #56848, reply #11 of 121)

I'm glad y'all are having a good time.  So Charlotte is the only one who actually had a meal?  And a lovely one at that, as she DESCRIBED it.  Hint, Hint! 


Li- first time away from the twins?  Hope you did okay.


I'd like to hear more about the chocolate tour when everyone gets home.   


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Jean's picture

(post #56848, reply #12 of 121)

In the picture posted by MarineEngineer, it looks to me as though dear Susan was the only one with a plate on the table. Maybe she's just a slow eater, eh?



"Friends are like melons; shall I tell you why? To find one good you must one hundred try." -Claude Mermet
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
Adele's picture

(post #56848, reply #14 of 121)

Maybe she's having seconds?  LOL

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

MarineEngineer's picture

(post #56848, reply #15 of 121)

OK, my meal at Craft, or rather, our meal, as I brought a date, the smart, lovely, beautiful and charming Ruth.

We started with cocktails. Ruth had a glass of sparkling cider, while I had a beafeater martini, a little dirty.

Craft has a new menu each night, and they just list the main ingredient, not a description of how it is prepared, so you have to trust the chef.

Complements of the restaurant, we got a tiny taste of a cauliflower lobster puree with a crouton and a single peppercorn. Very nice, and about 45 seconds after you were finished, all of a sudden you tasted the pepper. The puree had the texture of pudding.

Appetizer: I ordered the roasted foie gras, which was perfect, with a reduction sauce and roasted peanuts. Ruth had a mixed lettuce salad, which had some sort of vinegrette dressing that was amazing.

Entre: Ruth ordered the beef short ribs, as did 3 others, while I had the Wood Pigeon, which was pan seared with some sort of sauce, and rosemary garnish. Very nice. The beef was tender and yummy.

Sides: Ruth and I shared the sweet potato fingers, roasted hen of the woods mushrooms (WOW!), and a parsnip puree, which was like parsnip coolwhip, outstanding.

The chef then sent out a complementary grape spritzer, while we pondered desert. Ruth and I both just had coffee, while others had a variety of deserts. I'll leave it to them to describe.

The service was excellent, the music in the background was right up my alley: Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, etc.

And I came out of the evening under budget, which was a nice surprise.

Marine Engineer

fair winds and following seas
MarineEngineer's picture

(post #56848, reply #16 of 121)

Brunch this morning was delicious. French roast french press coffee made up for the fact that after Craft last night, myself, Ruth and Frankie went to a pub for beer and conversation, Frankies chef cousin joining us.

Popped back to my apartment to drop off my laptop, then EhBeth, ShyWoodlandCreature and I went up to Morningside Heights and saw St. John the Divine Cathedral, then worked our way across the top of Central Park, the Harlem Meer, and to the Conservatory Garden. We then spilled out onto 5th Ave and took a bus to 86th street, SWC went to the subway and back to get ready to attend an afternoon dance performance, while EhBeth and I continued through the park.

Walked through the Ramble, and out to the fountain on the east side, around 70th street where we encountered a hard rock cello band. Yes, you heard me, a hard rock cello band, www.breakofreality.com which was so intriguing that I bought their CD.

Continuing past the bandshell, we encountered an actor troupe perfoming an incredibly entertaining version of Faust. then to Colombus circle, where I went home and EhBeth went on with her exploration of the city.

A great weekend, wish more of you could have shared it with us.

Marine Engineer

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ehBeth's picture

(post #56848, reply #38 of 121)

Thanks again for your very fine organization and hosting.

Break of Reality - they were fabulous. I'm regretting not following your lead to buy their c.d's.

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If you can't play a sport, be one.
Adele's picture

(post #56848, reply #17 of 121)

Wood Pigeon?  That sounds interesting, never had pigeon.  Do remember a story my Mom told of biting into one and breaking a tooth on the shot. 


Foie Gras & peanuts?  Wouldn't think of peanuts with it, bet it was good.


Thank you for describing your meals, lets me know what I really missed.  LOL


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Marcia's picture

(post #56848, reply #18 of 121)

I wonder if wood pigeon is different from squab? Will have to google.

shoechick's picture

(post #56848, reply #19 of 121)

Yes, Wood Pigeon...I gave him a strange look when he had that too :)


I started with a Craft Cocktail, which was Pomegranite and Champagne..Yum


My appetizer was "Crisp Fresh Bacon"..that's all they tell you, the rest is a surprise.  It was big chunks of wonderful bacon served with toasted almonds and pickled sliced onions and cucumbers.  There was also some type of Lemon mayo.sauce on the plate which was heavenly.


I ordered the short ribs, same as Ruth, they were very good.  Cookie and I shared by the Craft Onions, Oh So Good.... and shared the Sweet Potato Fingerlings.


For Dessert I had the Apple Sorbet which was served with the most delightful piece of shortbread.  And as others had alluded to, If I had even seen a piece of chocolate at that time, I might have been ill :)  But I'll leave the chocolate tour to Cookie as my memory is focusing on those lovely pair of Prada Shoes in a shop window by the second chocolate store :)


I didn't make breakfast, after touring the Union Square Market on Saturday I started a sneezing fit which came back with a vengence on Saturday night so after a sleep in on Sunday morning, I took myself off to the Guggenheim.


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The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

MarineEngineer's picture

(post #56848, reply #20 of 121)

Yes, Wood Pigeon...I gave him a strange look when he had that too :)

so that's what that look meant ....

Marine Engineer

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Jean's picture

(post #56848, reply #21 of 121)

Patiently awaiting more pictures. Sounds like you all ate very very well, she said enviously.



"Friends are like melons; shall I tell you why? To find one good you must one hundred try." -Claude Mermet
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
shoechick's picture

(post #56848, reply #23 of 121)

I think Sandra's got a lot of Pics, but is travelling back home today, so we'll probably have to wait until later.

Cinderella is proof that shoes can change your life....

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

MarineEngineer's picture

(post #56848, reply #24 of 121)

my digital camera is old and bulky, so I didn't bring it to Craft. So no more fest pics from me.

But here's the party favor that Sara brought

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RuthWells's picture

(post #56848, reply #25 of 121)

Oooh, now I'm triply-sorry I couldn't make it. Sounds like you all had a wonderful time!

Ruth Wells


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 - G.B. Shaw

Ruth Wells

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 - G.B. Shaw

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Adele's picture

(post #56848, reply #26 of 121)

Aha!  Sarah's the new moderator!  (I'm swift sometimes, can ya tell?)

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!