I spent a long relaxing, celebratory lunch with my co-workers today at Auberge du Soleil. It is my, and Vinomaker's, favourite restaurant in the valley. Unfortunately he couldn't join me. What fantastic food. What a fantastic location with splendid views of the valley. What fantastic weather. The past week's mid 80's temps could lull one into a false sense of it still being summer. I have to remind myself that as well as the grapevines, everything else is shutting down also, even my vegetable garden.
I ate, drank and was merry. So much so that a simple dinner was in order tonight. I opted for a plain chicken salad. The Lycopersicon above did not make it into the salad because Vinomaker and I thought it too aggressive looking for consumption. How would that thing digest in my stomach? More to the point, how would I slice it? More like duel with it...where is a Samurai sword when I need one? Still, methinks it is quite magnificent in a bizarre, tomato-ey sort of way!