November 20th, 2010


Lima - Day of the Dead

It was still one day before the official start of the trip but many of us were there. We made a trip into Lima to visit two adjacent colossal cemeteries on the Day of the Dead where we were told there would be huge crowds - and there were. The cemeteries have many huge arrays of graves - a bit like Japanese compartment hotels - but even bigger. There were also lots of more elaborate monuments. There were many people there refreshing flowers and doing other decorations as well. Many vendors selling food and trinkets including some pretty fancy bread and candies. We saw/heard a choir.

The tour guides warned us to be careful and the many police who were present also warned us. It felt perfectly safe. There were huge crowds of people but the place was vast and there was lots of room to wander about. It was an interesting experience and we were all glad we went.

There were many of these structures and lots of people:

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The choir and a bit of view (47 sec)

My birthday dinner

Because of our schedules my official birthday dinner was tonight, a month late. We went to Ten Tables Cambridge which was quite delicious. I strongly recommend it.

I had:
- Potage of Winter Root Vegetables with Toasted Hazelnuts & Heirloom Cranberry Compote
- Pan Roasted Hudson Valley Duck Breast with Maine Chantenay Carrot Puree, Baby Bok Choy & Honey Gastrique

And Robert had:
- Caramelized Onion Tartlet with Bartlett Pears, Endive, Great Hill Blue & Amontillado Sherry
- Quince-Laquered Berkshire Pork Shoulder with Maitake Mushrooms, Cippolini Onions & Roasted Chestnuts

Chardonnays for the first course and a Malbec for the mains.

We split Chocolate Terrine with Sea Salt & Thai Basil Ice Cream for dessert with decaf coffee and Rooibos tea.

Ot was most excellent with very good service as well. A test for me which they succeeded on was the tea service which was in a nice metal pot and it was hot - also they warmed the cups. I've been surprised that in some fine restaurants they serve tea with lukewarm water and a tray of tea bags.

This has been the site of the Peacock, Butterfish, Celador, and Craigie (now moved to Craigie on Main). We've been to them all. It is downstairs in the basement of an apartment building - thus the name Celador. There were about 15 tables, The original one is in JP near our dance space and it presumably has 10 tables; we haven't been there yet.

The reservation was in the name: Balthazaar - our Unicorn.