OPERA OVATIONS – August 3, 2012

D – What a great evening!  It began at a performance of the opera LITTLE WOMEN presented by SPOTLIGHT ON OPERA ( www.spotlightonopera.com ).   We were blown away by the production!  This was our first opportunity to hear Mark Adamo’s beautiful score, and all of the performers tackled the challenging music with confident singing and great storytelling.  BRAVO!

After the performance, we headed over to VINO VINO with some friends.  I’m beginning to think we should have a separate blog just for our VINO VINO adventures!  This place never disappoints.  Some of us were just in the mood for dessert, while others were needing a little more to satisfy their late night hunger.  Here is what made it to the table:

Scallops, sunchokes, haricot verts, heirloom garlic fumet  – praised by the diner who proclaimed the scallops “perfectly cooked” throughout, with a gorgeous pan seared crust on the outside.

Thomasville Tome cheese, tomato-orange marmalade, basil – one day I will remember to take a picture of this lovely plate before I start licking it.

chocolate semifreddo, port ganache, poached pear – this photo does this delicate creation no justice.

Goat cheesecake with roasted peaches – We’ve gloated over this dessert already in a previous post.  Simply the best cheesecake we’ve found in Austin.

… and the wine pairings …

“Old” friends:

* Feudo Arancio  “Dalila”  ’09, Sicily, Italy – We keep coming back to this beautiful white as our favorite on the list right now.

* Weinert   “Carrascal” ’07, Mendoza, Argentina

* Saracco Moscato D’asti ’10, piedmont, italy – the perfect pairing for the cheesecake.

“New” taste:  * Pedro Ximenez  Dry Sherry– sorry I don’t have the specs on this one (will write them down next time)

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