Being our wedding anniversary, we drove to the location of our daughter's wedding (because they have a gourmet restaurant and a nice setting above the Rhine River).
The menu was a bit overwhelming with the choice two set menus, one with a choice of four to six course and one with the choice of six to nine courses. Of course, we took the larger one, but "settled" for seven courses. On top of that, there were two surprise dishes from the chef and a plate to choke a horse of chocolates and pastries with coffee. Needless to say, we did not leave hungry.
I have eaten in many fine restaurants around the world, but I had a few surprises. Fortunately, they were all good (unlike the time I tried sea anemone in Barcelona). The first was a lobster course in which the bisque portion came in the shape of a praline. (See below) I have no idea how this was achieved. The green bit is lettuce, which has been frozen and then put in a blender to make granita.
I am not a big fan of chocolate (perhaps the only human that is not), but I will eat it if forced. One course, shown below, was various varieties of chocolate in different shapes and combinations. The white shape in the middle is white chocolate filled with berries, created like the lobster bit. Very tasty...and surprising.
I thought that the chocolate course was dessert, but I was wrong (poor memory made me forget what was on the menu and what we ordered). The dessert...or second dessert, was "fruit salad?, in a shape I have yet to encounter, with sherbets.
Each course had a different wine. The restaurant is surrounded by vineyards, which stretch for as far as the eye can see. This region is Germany's premiere wine growing region, but we also enjoyed wines from other regions and from France (German red wines are crap).
The setting above the Rhine River added to the experience. One reflect--if knowledgeable of history and so inclined==on Roman soldiers lugging vines from Italy over two centuries ago to make it possible for us to enjoy in this day and age.
This poor photo gives an impression of the view. The Rhine is difficult to spot (a bit of blue in the center). On the far horizon, the highest point is the Donnersberg, which sits to the east of Ramstein, the last remaining US Air Force base in Germany. Long before the NSA scandal broke, those in the know were aware of large military communications installations atop this piece of real estate. Vintners in Rhinehessen, to the east, know of its effect on vintages, because it affects the flow of the prevailing winds and rainfall/
Married women have two functions in life (besides raising children, cooking, cleaning, breaking the glass ceiling, etc.):
_ No one knows how the human mind works. I certainly do not and rarely give this any thought...which is an example of the working of the brain.
I am certain that I dream every night, but almost never recall in the morning what has murmured or raged in my mind. Occasionally, I remember bits or snatches. Whenever I do, I am surprised by the weird jumble of unrelated events, people, and memories melding into something totally unrecognizable.
Unexpectedly (see above), I awoke this morning and recalled part of a dream. I was in some hotel with my family. The location was unrecognizable, but we were having our usual discussion/disagreement about where to have dinner. There must have been a selection of restaurants/cuisines. At some point, we must have agreed, because I recall different people heading in different directions for stairs, elevator, and escalator (another family mannerism). When we came together again, one child was missing. While frantically searching, my foremost thought was that I had neglected to make any blog entries for several days. I had rarely missed a day of this valuable service to mankind.
Have you ever heard anything so dumb? Why would I dream about my dumb blog?
I tried to discover sources of such foolishness. We often travelled together for vacations and have stayed a many hotels around the world. We have been discussing where to have to have lunch this week to celebrate something. A recent Modern Family episode had a child being lost in a hotel elevator. But, missing a blog entry...
I realized that today is the one year anniversary of this Fool On The Hill seeing the sun going down and the world going ‘round and putting down in writing various opinions, observations, and thoughts for the world—if the world so chooses—to enjoy, hate, dispute, whatever. Memory of the birth must have compelled my brain to come up with such a ludicrous dream to provoke me to write. I wonder if that is a sign for me to cease.
So, there you have it. I figured out one working of my mind...perhaps...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.