Portland, Oregon, January 1, 2014—
TODAY IS THE BIRTHDAY of our dear Giovanna, the real reason we decided to stay on here for a week after Christmas, and we celebrated with the traditional menu at home:
and, afterward, cake, of course — a fine Bourbon-infused cake turned out of a Bundt pan and gently illuminated by the symbolic candles.
Crémant de Bougogne, L. Vitteaut Albert, nv, in magnum
EARLIER IN THE DAY, though, we found time for a light lunch. I was content with a little trip to the French alps, by way of three cheeses:
Abbaye de Tamie
all of them raw cow's-milk cheeses, all fresh and delicious, washed down with
A glass of Rosé de Provence