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 Post subject: Re: Welcome to the Wild Arugula Cafe
PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 3:20 pm 
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I'm still here with my torches and knives! I saved the address this time, so I shouldn't get lost again!

I've roasted several varieties of peppers-- red, orange, yellow, poblano, and also some sweet onions.

I've carved pumpkins for the entrance, and now I'm working on smaller pumpkins for the individual tables. We also have sweet and spicy roasted pumpkin seeds for salads!

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Cream of Broccoli Soup please. A really big bowl. Do you have any wheat free options to dunk?

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Of course. Our cornbread is gluten-free and we also have a lovely rosemary focaccia. Why don't a bring you a piece of each?

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Excellent, thanks!

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I've finished my soup, and was wondering if I could have just a little tasting plate of the desserts. If you do tasting plates that is.

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Of course we do tasting plates! Tasting plates are the best! The best!!!! Oh, ya, here is your tasting plate of deserts QueenV.

I'm thinking maybe we should try to host a wine tasting here at some point. Not to be confused with The Whine Tasting.

Dtbk, I'm so glad you are still working here. You are great!

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 Post subject: Re: Welcome to the Wild Arugula Cafe
PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:56 am 
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Yes! Wine, local seasonal fruits, and assortment of handmade vegan cheeses.

I pressed some apples and pears to make fresh cider. I'm thinking of fermenting some as well.

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Yum, nice ideas dtbk! Shall we plan the wine tasting for next week? Monday maybe?
In the mean time, can we make hot cider with some of your fresh cider? I'm freezing!

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In the mean time, can we make hot cider with some of your fresh cider? I'm freezing!


With cinnamon infused in it? Yummmm :)

I've got a load of caramelized pumpkin left over from making pies and cupcakes, anyone want to use it for pumpkin risotto or soup?


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Mmm, this cinnamon infused hot cider is warming me right up. I'll make pumpkin soup 8ball. Can you make some sort of dessert we can serve hot today? Maybe bananas foster or those individual chocolate cakes with the melty chocolate inside? Or whatever your pastry chef creativity leads you to!

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Yes, let's do the wine and cheese tasting Monday. I can ferment over the weekend.

In addition to non-alcoholic cider, I've also done a mulled apple cider with calvados.

I'm roasting some carrots and fennel with a fresh thyme garnish. We also have maple-ginger glazed tempeh and wasabi cashew rice pilaf, served with a sriracha creme sauce.

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 Post subject: Re: Welcome to the Wild Arugula Cafe
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Welcome ppkers, to the Wild Arugula Cafe's first wine and cheese tasting! Today's event is free! I'm setting up a table with:

Reds:
California Pino Noir
Spanish Merlot
Italian Chianti
French Beaujolais
South African Shiraz
Australian Cabernet Sauvignon

Cheeses:
coconut blue
cashew cheddar
almond swiss
a smokey soy based cheese spread

Breads:
garlic bread
whole wheat sour dough baguette
gluten free rice/corn/quinoa baguette
raw sprouted spelt crackers

Fruit:
bartlett pear slices
fresh figs

I'm hopping dtbk, 8ball, or joyfulgirl will come in soon and set up a table for white wine tasting, with additional cheeses, fruits, and breads. In the mean time, if you want something I haven't mentioned, just ask!

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 Post subject: Re: Welcome to the Wild Arugula Cafe
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I would love some garlic bread, smoky spread...um a testing of everything! I'm normally a white wine person, but I'll try your favorite red.


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Here is a plate allychristine. Help yourself to whichever bread and cheese you would like. My favorite red is Cabernet Sauvignon, but that's a really big bold red. You might like the pino noir best out of the reds, it's much softer and subtler. But, what is your favorite white? There is lots of white chilled, we just don't have a table set up yet.

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I guess all my employees are coming in late today. I better put some white wines out for tasting.
White Wines:
German Riesling
French Sauvignon Blanch (my favorite white. shhh, don't tell the pinot grigio)
Italian Pino Grigio (used to be my favorite white, I still love it)
a very oaky Oregon Chardonnay (supper oaky is the only way I like Chardonnay)
Portugese Vinho Verde (very lightly effervescent)

dtbk, 8ball, and joyfulgirl, maybe you can set up some sparkling wines or dessert wines when you come in? Or some other varieties of red or white that I missed that you would like to offer?

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 Post subject: Re: Welcome to the Wild Arugula Cafe
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The Sauvignon blanc, please, with the whole wheat baguette, the blue and the cheddar, with pears and figs.

This all looks so lovely!


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All great choices Labalu! Thanks for stopping in and enjoy!

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I don't drink alcohol so may I suggest apple cider as an alternative?

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Sorry I'm late!
I was cooking up a huge rainbow cake to celebrate World Vegan Day.

I've just set up some Blanquette de Limoux, Mionetto Il Moscato and Sekt for the sparkling wines and some different varieties of Muscat and Pineau for dessert wines.

Is there any Shiraz on the premises?


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Choirqueer, dtbk pressed some apple and pear cider. They are both very good. Would you like to try one of each?
8ball, great, thanks for setting up the sparkling and dessert wines. Yes, there is a South African Shiraz. Would you like to try it?

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 Post subject: Re: Welcome to the Wild Arugula Cafe
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Oh, that sounds wonderful! I've never tried pear cider before. Yum!

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Today's theme is Tapas! All orders will be served with fresh warm house made bread.

Drink Specials:
All Spanish wines and beers
Red Sangria
White Sangria
Alcohol Free Sangria
Sparkling Minneral Water

Cold Tapas:
Herbed Mixed Olives
Ensaladilla Rusa (creamy spanish potato salad)
Red Onion and Orange Salad
Mushroom Ceviche
Herbed Cashew Cheese

Hot Tapas:
Artichoke Hearts in Garlic Lemon Sauce
Champinones Al Ajillo (sauteed mushrooms in a sherry garlic sauce)
Patatas Bravas (spicy fried potatoes in a creamy tomato sauce)
Pinchitos Morunos (spicy curry seitan kabob)
Butternut-White Bean Empandas

More dishes to be announced as we create them! If you don't see a favorite tapas dish, just ask. We can probably make it.

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I also made:

Hot:
Smoked seitan chorizo over garlicky mashed potatoes
Spinach sauteed with apples, raisins, and pine nuts
Potato tortilla with spicy red pepper sauce

Cold:
Almond Cheese in Endive cups topped with blood orange slices

There's also a pea and grilled artichoke paella!

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Is there some sort of rule about not eating Tapas on Sundays that I don't know about? This is a great menu. So since no one came in today, it will be tomorrow's menu.

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I have been traveling all day today and now I am hungry and would love some tapas. I'm so glad I made it! *munches happily* Let me brew up some spiced apple cider, too -- I'll make a non-alcohol pot, but if people want to add their own alcohol they can go right ahead.

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