Pumpkins, Red Wine Weather and Piano and some Shabu
The annual October pumpkin sacrifice has been honored.
Cooler Fall weather was perfect for Taiwanese style hot pot at Shabu
They have three different broth selections, and a menu of sides that includes meats, vegetables and starches.
We thought the sides were a little expensive, till we saw the portions.. we ordered way too much food.
We had Red Snapper, Shiitake mushrooms, rice cakes, spinach noodles, Enoki mushrooms, tofu... it was all delicious.
Of course we got the spicy broth. It was perfect.
As the brutal heat of Summer in Central Texas leaves us, we welcome what I call "Red wine weather".
The Red Wine Season Opening Ceremony offered some prime examples of the best California wines can offer. Yes, "Ole Joe" (far right) was nice and tall (Magnum) and they were all delicious. I'm not sure if we'll be able to top this selection. Maybe when/if I make up another pot of the cassoulet.... for the French Food portion of Red Wine Season....
MUSIC! We do live in a "music city" and I do have a musical offering: the kids did perform this past week. #1 son played with some of the members of Mente Clara for his piano recital. He'd been practicing his solo, but he never really had a chance to practice the whole song with the band. It appears (to my ear) there was a slight bit of confusion as to when he was going to break off into the solo. But these guys are professionals and they all sounded great as they just kept playing and he caught on and jumped back up to speed.
(two short clips and the whole song at the bottom)