Monday, April 1, 2013

Eat, Drink, Repeat

During our five-day Staycation there's been eating and drinking galore, culminating in the most beautiful Easter Sunday party.  It was at our friends William and Ron's Victorian home in Oakland, an oasis of civility and generosity where the champers flows, the cutlery twinkles and the napkins are embroidered. (How embarrassing, they get tired teriyaki chicken and a bit of torn-off paper towel when they come to my house...)


Ron made all these desserts. The coconut cream pie (centre) was six tiers





But there was no escaping reality and it was back to "enjoying" the kids. Fair dues we had a very nice time at Alameda's Speisekammer where we ate wild boar, wiener schnitzel and spatzle which is basically fried dough with butter. Mmmm...

Head waiter got his Easter jacket from his Grandma

Next morning Cy, nine, very sweetly offered to make me breakfast... and then presented me with the bill, "not enclouding tip."

The toast with butter and vegemite apparently qualified as "samwich with 2 toppings" 

When I asked for one more cuppa, mein host Cy "From Oakland" grumbled: "I won't be coming up these steps too many more times."  By golly, that boy must gone to the Dudemeister School of Service. 



37 comments:

  1. LOL you got a bill
    At your hill
    He knows how to work the dough
    And make it flow
    But none of your treats above that
    Sound good to the cat
    Anything named wiener
    Just needs something cleaner

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    1. He's got the skills (not really) to pay the bills

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  2. Well, the first meals sound better than the last (though one could Cy was trying — very trying).

    Yes, yes, it's sunny and warm in California while it's sunny and around freezing in the land of the Bear. Insignificant difference, right?

    We had our grandchildren with us for four days over Easter — today was our essentially uneventful staycation.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting

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    1. Ha! yes, the two topping toast was all about the PR!

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  3. Wow, those desserts look fabulous!! I love anything coconut, and this made my mouth water.

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    1. Can you believe I had to head off without having a bite? We'll have to do a recap.

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  4. Those desserts look delicious. What a nice looking party. Add the wild boar, wiener schnitzel and spatzle, and it sounds like a great food weekend. And then the breakfast, of course. Why is the Earl Grey Tea twice the price of the sandwich? Maybe it was the extra effort of adding the milk?

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  5. Wow! That dessert looks impressive! Too bad Ron's married already. :)

    Cy has some very good prices at his restaurant.

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  6. Cy's bill is adorable. If I were you I would have paid it and then the next morning (after serving him breakfast) present him with a bill.... but what do I know, my kid is only 4 1/2 months old!

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  7. That samwich with two toppings isn't too expensive :)

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  8. What a wonderful sight of gracious living (at the top).

    What was the other topping of Cy's sarnie? Two layers of Vegemite?

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  9. Haha..the bill was hysterical...kids are brilliant!! Bless him!! x

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  10. Love your cheeky waiter - very early understanding of food markups in restaurants! Your friend Ron is a miracle and I peeked in his backyard and want to go to there!

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    1. WMM - Ron is truly a bit of double threat - dessert maker extraordinaire plus ridiculously handsome.! Wish I'd taken a decent photo of him

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  11. Those desserts look wonderful. Cy's the cutest little restaurateur I've ever seen!

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  12. I have to page up and down several times to ogle the 6 tiered coconut cake. WHOA! That's impressive! As for Cy, is he available for rent? I promise a really good tip :P

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    1. Totally will do events and personal waitering, with a cut from management!

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  13. Everything looks so good! Love all your photos Jody:) We are finally back .. both kids are in apartments and things should calm down for a while. I need a cleanse after all the eating and drinking.. I published a new post but it's not coming up as refreshed.. can't stand blogger!

    xxleslie

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    1. I cannot believe how gorgeous your Maui vacay was! And how stunning you look in denim cut offs. How do you do it? Spill the beans...

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  14. 6 tiers? six? that is love on a plate. bet it tasted ace.
    we went to a friend's yesterday for Easter Monday and had a glorious time too. Love how vegemite and butter count as two toppings. Was it on Vogels?

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    1. Noo Vogels here. Jenny you could make your millions by exporting Vogels here. I miss it so much. The bread heere - even from the bakeries is so sweet.

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  15. Sun. And food.
    Apologies, I am a deprived Brit. And the kids charge a fiver for a cup of tea around these parts :-(
    Sx

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    1. Whaaa? In Dorset? Why they can just get the milk straight from the cows in those parts...

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  16. Such a cute little waiter...who knows how to mark up food prices..the boy will go far. As for the coconut cake? oh my oh my..looks gorgeous.

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    1. Hi Libby - yes think he could also work for a bank!

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  17. I will have to write a post about my journey to get milk... really quite ironic... I will include pics as well. It will make a good summer post.
    Sx

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    1. Those Devon cows from Central Casting are munching the sweetest of grasses in anticipation

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  18. Wow the deserts but it is the amazing garden that really caught my eye.

    I wonder what customer service training school cy went to. Just had to laugh at the bill.he is great.

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  19. Mhmm, pink Champagne. And samwiches. What else can you ask for?

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    1. Those meats and cheeses on your blog today look terribly tasty too!

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  20. Wow your Easter Sunday sounds wonderful, those desserts....yum! And I love that Cy can spell "Earl Grey Tea" correctly, he'll go far! (I hope you did encloud a tip?)

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    1. His last year's teacher was mad keen on tea and all their desk groups were different kids of tea - his was Earl Grey, so he had a year to study the spilling

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