We ushered in the new year at the opera, a thoroughly pleasant rendition of The Marriage of Figaro, with a bunch of old people in glitter, Eugene patricians, and disheveled graduate students. We fit somewhat awkwardly among them, jostling. Wasn’t a big fan of the hollering of “GO DUCKS!” or the redundant supertitle with the same sentiment, since I’m a jerk like that. But the evening was really lovely otherwise. Could this be because we started off with a round of Blue Moon cocktails? Indeed, I think it was.
I saw her standing alone…unwrapping some golden Rembrandt cheese…and couldn’t resist the photo! (I love my friends for being so patient as I take pictures before anyone eats or drinks anything, and then cutting off their heads or feet. Thanks, guys.)
Married…with Dinner, one of my favorite food blogs, revisits the history of the Blue Moon, a lovely vintage cocktail now blasphemed with sugary, cheap blue curaçao. I was on the prowl for lunar recipes for my pre-opera cocktail hour when I came across her post. I knew immediately it wouldn’t contain a single drop of blue curaçao or similar villainy. I rushed down to the liquor store to buy Rothman Crème de Violette, thinking the few bottles we might have in town would be already snapped up by the few cocktail enthusiasts we have in town, but I got lucky. Thanks to “some bar” that had abandoned its stash, I scored a hidden bottle in the store archives.
And with luck like that, I knew the evening was off to a good start for our casual, pre-opera nibbles. Of many good things, I’d like to note that Oregon’s award-winning Rogue Creamery’s Brutal Blue cheese, a new offering for the creamery, is fantastic: smooth and full-bodied with a sweet finish. I couldn’t stop eating it. There doesn’t seem to be any information on the internets about it, but it’s available in town at Market of Choice on 29th.
Blue Moon Cocktail Menu
- Caviar spread with good sour rye, sour cream, minced red onion, and hardboiled egg
- Puff Pastry Full Moons stuffed with Rogue Creamery Brutal Blue cheese, brandied cherries, and chesnuts
- Anellini (little rings) with homegrown rocket, pine nuts, and golden raisins
- Pickled fig lunar landers
- Golden and blue cheeses
- Spiced pecans
If last night was any omen, the year is going to be a great one. Hope you ushered it in with the same kind of vibe.
(And oh yeah, GO DUCKS!)