The best part about the 26 hour fast of Yom Kippur is breaking it!
Best to start with some wine on a really empty stomach.
Parker 91. “Bottled the week before I visited, his 2005 Morey-St.-Denis en la Rue de Vergy displays aromas of fresh, ripe plum, black cherry, bitter herbs and toasted nuts. Ripe plum and black cherry along with deep rich meatiness mingle in the mouth with notes of mineral salt and iodine and sweet nut oil nuances. Creamy in texture and boasting remarkably fine tannins for a village wine and no hint of its 50% new wood, this finishes with a flattering persistence of crisp, subtly-bitter fresh fruit skin and fascinating mineral suggestions. It should drink fabulously over at least a 5-7 year period.”
Traditional, of course, is deli (i.e. bagels and lox etc.). We get ours from Brent’s Deli, which is my favorite for dairy and fish.
A variety of cream cheeses, old school, new whipped, veggie, and my personal favorite, honey almond (I like the whole sweet and salty thing).
The all important “monster cheese” (what my three year-old calls it).
Various bagel toppings: lettuce, tomato, onion, cucumber.
Brent’s lox is so thick 18 of us toasted 3-4 pounds of it.
Chopped marinated herring. An acquired taste, but I spent too much time in the mid east not to.
Tuna salad (this is homemade by my sister-in-law Wendy).
My personal favorite, whitefish salad. Oh so good.
Brent’s slightly sweet cucumber salad (like that) and cole slaw.
Plus a bit of homemade chinese chicken-less salad.
Parker 90. “The 2009 Rosso di Montalcino is totally beautiful and elegant in its expressive bouquet, silky fruit and understated, harmonious personality. This is a wonderful, impeccable Rosso from Le Potazzine. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2017.”
And my plate of gluttony. Four bagel halves. I even had another afterward.
The dessert spread is even more deadly.
Parker 99! “A monumental effort, the 2001 Rieussec boasts a light to medium gold color in addition to a fabulous perfume of honeysuckle, smoky oak, caramelized tropical fruits, creme brulee, and Grand Marnier. The wine is massive and full-bodied yet neither over the top nor heavy because of good acidity. With intense botrytis as well as a 70-75-second finish, this amazing Sauternes will be its apogee between 2010-2035.”
It was that good too!
Most of the desserts come from Viktor Benes, an old school Czech bakery with really good Eastern European baked goods. This is a chocolate fudge cake. My in-laws are chocoholics.
Apple pie. Halfway between American style and strudel.
And an assortment of decadent baked goodies. Cookies, macaroons, apple fritters, rugelach, almond strudel-like things etc.
Afterward I stumbled upstairs in a pleasant salt and carb coma. I still felt bloated the next morning too.