Dinner at Manka's.
Everything was perfectly delicious.
Creamy, satisfying pumpkin soup topped with chestnuts and black truffle butter. Alluringly aromatic.
Fire grilled Dungeness crab with tangy Meyer lemon aioli. Maybe the most delicious, savory crab I've ever tasted -- including those I make at home. The fire, I am told, is the key.
Endive and celery root salad crowned with lively jewels of deep red pomegranate.
A second helping of fatty, hearty, soulful cassoulet.
Bloomy, perfectly ripe triple creme (especially made for Manka's) cheese with local honey and meaty walnuts.
English toffee, peanut brittle, and powdery "snowball" (Mexican wedding cakes) cookies along with a creamy, nutmeg flavored, egg nog.
Back at our cabin, cookies for "Santa."
Merry Christmas one and all.