Just returned from a sorely needed mini-vacation to the San Francisco Bay Area. Retrogrouch was at a conference in Canada, so we had to celebrate our tenth anniversary when we returned. And what better way to do it than by sharing a meal with friends? Ah yes, sharing the meal we had catered for our wedding ten years ago, with the same wine.
La Méditerranée in Berkeley is still going strong, serving the same pomegranate chicken, fruited garbanzo pilaf, Middle Eastern dips and salads, dolmas and chicken filo fingers it did in 1998. The 2006 Husch Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley was no 1995, alas, but it was still good enough to remind us of how delicious life can be together.
I decided to pick up the food when I was driving down College Avenue, and saw the restaurant. Packed in airtight plastic containers, layered with icepacks, and carefully ensconced in the cooler I’ve started taking along with me everywhere I go in the car, it was just fine on the journey back home. The restaurant didn’t bake the filo, so I just popped it in the oven to crisp up the top, and microwaved the other items that needed heat, and we were good to go. May the next ten years be as easy as that.