The Dinner Bell Has Chimed... We Are Off To The Avalon Grille
They removed the sign AFTER we all promised to behave
Herbie led the way.... We finally found it a few minutes later
We made Herbie walk behind us so he would NOT find another Avalon Grille
We sat "outside"... It was shielded from the winds... Well, the outside wind
Notice how the drinks arrived so quickly?
We heard the gurgle of wine coming form the other table,,,
They are toasting us... Donna uses a stealth glass
"Hold it... I gots an idea"
This must be Margaritaville
Fred and John served in the same Marine Unit... The Purple Foxes
When you belong to an elite unit within an elite organization such as the Marine Corps, pride shows every day within and without. The Purple Foxes of today have acquitted themselves well in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in the same excellent tradition and spirit of their Vietnam era predecessors - and the Purple Foxes continue on as one proud unit.
The food presentation was magnificent
Did You Know? - Food Presentation is the art of modifying, processing, arranging, or decorating food to enhance its aesthetic appeal.
The visual presentation of foods is often considered by chefs at many different stages of food preparation, from the manner of tying or sewing meats, to the type of cut used in chopping and slicing meats or vegetables, to the style of mold used in a poured dish. The food itself may be decorated as in elaborately iced cakes, topped with ornamental sometimes sculptural consumables, drizzled with sauces, sprinkled with seeds, powders, or other toppings, or it may be accompanied by edible or inedible garnishes.
The arrangement and overall styling of food upon bringing it to the plate is termed plating. Some common styles of plating include a 'classic' arrangement of the main item in the front of the plate with vegetables or starches in the back, a 'stacked' arrangement of the various items, or the main item leaning or 'shingled' upon a vegetable bed or side item. Item location on the plate is often referenced as for the face of a clock, with six o'clock the position closest to the diner.
Salmon was excellent
This is pretty big Irene
Dang... This is good
The Road kill was done just right
Brenda is enjoying scallops
Did You Know? - Like the true oysters (family Ostreidae), scallops have a central adductor muscle, and thus the inside of their shells has a characteristic central scar, marking the point of attachment for this muscle. The adductor muscle of scallops is larger and more developed than that of oysters, because they are active swimmers; scallops are in fact the only migratory bivalve. Their shell shape tends to be highly regular, recalling one archetypal form of a seashell, and because of this pleasing geometric shape, the scallop shell is a common decorative motif.
OK, pass the plate and no one gets hurt
The sauce was excellent... And the Ravioli, GONE
Did You Know? - The earliest mention of ravioli appear in the writings of Francesco di Marco, a merchant of Venice in the 14th century. In Venice, the mid-14th century manuscript Libro per cuoco offers ravioli of green herbs blanched and minced, mixed with beaten egg and fresh cheese, simmered in broth, a recipe that would be familiar today save for its medieval powdering of "sweet and strong spices".
In Tuscany, some of the earliest mentions of the dish come from the personal letters of Francesco di Marco Datini, a merchant of Prato in the 14th century. In Rome, ravioli were already well-known when Bartolomeo Scappi served them with boiled chicken to the papal conclave of 1549.
Ravioli were already known in 14th century England, appearing in the Anglo-Norman vellum manuscript Forme of Cury under the name of rauioles. Sicilian ravioli and Malta's ravjul may thus be older than North Italian ones. Maltese ravjul are stuffed with rikotta, the locally produced sheep's-milk ricotta, or with gbejna, the traditional fresh sheep's-milk cheese.
Bob warns the cameraman away from his plate
What an outstanding looking crowd
Fred and Paul find the flavor additive and use it NOT sparingly....
It does look funny mixed in the wine but...
After dinner cavorting must begin
Paul uses the secret laser beam
Who wants to go drinking tonight... Raise your hand!
John shows his official Marine wine glass
The salad will be going home this evening...
I need wine to wash it down
Donna and Herbie
The bottom is round on purpose
Wine tasting begins here
Nice size glasses
Hello... The cameraman escaped
One more drink for the road
Do we have to go home????
Time To Walk Home
It's getting dark out....