Ohhh, I love New Year’s Eve.
A sparkly dress,
a vintage beaded bag,
and a bottle of champagne.
What’s not to love?
New Year’s is a glorious affair, even if you stay at home and watch the boats go by.
With a menu that’s up to you. NYE is a much more relaxed affair than the traditional Christmas feast with all the trimmings.
This year at our house, it’s Steak–frites
…meaning “steak [and] fries” in French, is a very common and popular dish served in brasseries throughout Europe consisting of steak paired with French fries. It is considered by some to be the national dish of Belgium and France, which both claim to be the places of its invention.
And, unusually, it’s also Dinner Aux Deux. The children ate hours ago while Jay and I sipped champagne, nibbled on hors d’oeuvres, and reflected on the year.
A few sweets and chocolate—Sam has fallen in love with British Jafa Cakes—to mind the minutes to midnight,
Wishing you the best for the new year. May health, happiness, love, and creativity be yours in 2018. Keep dreaming dear women-of-a-certain-age!
Champagne Le Mesnil NV
We don’t use the bargain word much when we review wine sold in BC but as we approach New Year’s if you are looking for Champagne and you are looking for a bargain, Champagne Le Mesnil is it. Tight classy and focused this is a lovely introduction to the pureness and minerality of the blanc de blancs. The delicate white flowers and fruits linger in the background playing a supporting role to the minerality and brioche notes, A rare grand cru at this price that easily over delivers in the Champagne category. Best served amid lit candles.
~ 91 POINTS, Anthony Gismondi, Gismondi On Wine, December 2017