Although it is a relatively new tradition that we have just started, one of the things I will definitely miss is our weekly climb, wine, and dumplings night. On Wednesday, eight of us convened at my place after having spent a couple hours scaling the outdoor walls of LPAC where Roger was on duty. Julian and Sandra brought along their bag of dumplings this time, since I had used up mine and Miguel’s bag the last couple of times and hadn’t had the chance to return to Katy’s to replenish my supply. They also brought along a bottle of Tozai Sake, which was super sweet and smooth – yummilicious (not so much of a nose, unlike the cedar sake they brought along last week, but oh so incredibly smooth)! I opened a couple bottles of wine as well, a Barossa Elderton Shiraz 2004, $30 (beautiful bouquet of berries, herb and some smoke flavors; young tannins, but not unpleasantly tight on the mouth; very nice), and a Veramonte Pinot Noir Chile, 2004, $15 (liked the toasty and slightly oaky nose; some strawberries; soft tannins), and had out the El Tosoro tequila and Sheridan. Hehe, yes, we had quite a selection available. While we waited to sample the dumplings cook-off between Sandra and Jeff, I supplemented the meal with my instant noodles from Singapore, hehe.
We had a blast, as usual, and the party only broke up past 1am – boo for work the next day.
Sandra prepping for Round 1
Jim and Gretchen
Tracey and Roger
Sandra loses Round 1 to Jeff but wins in Round 3