Yesterday I was all set to post pictures from my weekend when, lo and behold, my camera wasn’t in my purse. Bill had borrowed it for a press conference in Burbank yesterday. It was alright though, the pictures from it are good.

I flew to OAK Saturday morning and had lunch with Jackie and Veronica at Chevys. It was good to see V again as she’s extremely busy with her work. She’s the sole member of the marketing department at her company, so she does it all: PR schmoozing, desktop publishing, graphic design and whatever else needs to be done leaving her with ten and twelve hour days almost every day. She really like it for the time being. She knows that she’s going to burn out soon with the work load so she’s going to try and get some interns to take the busy work.

After lunch Patrick and I went to Valley Fair Mall in San Jose to get a birthday gift for Michael. We got him a nice watch from the Swatch store. We looked at wedding shoes for me and then headed home.

Because of the construction projects at Mom and Dad’s, the house was in no condition to host a party. So, we went out to dinner instead. For those who know out family’s birthday traditions, this is a rarity. Michael chose the german restaurant Speisekammer in Alameda. Joining us was Grandma, Jan (Mark was halfway bewteen Portland and Seattle on a bike ride), Arthur and Sara. Bill was exhausted from a week of traveling to and from Florida, so he stayed home to rest. It was a lot of fun with an abundance of incredible food.


The food was fabulous and since Patrick was the only one who’d been there before, he made many recommendations.

For appetizers we had a couple of assorted cheese platters (Käsebrett mit Brot und Früchten), potato pancakes with a homemade apple sauce (Reibekuchen mit hausgemachtem Apfelmus), and poached bread dumplings with a black mushroom sauce (Semmelknödel mit Pilzrahmsoße) All were delicious… so much that I forgot to take pictures. This is the best I have with the mushroom sauce:

By the time dinner arrived, I was already getting full. So I only ate about half of my entree… knowing I wanted a few bites of dessert too…

I had the
Wiener Schnitzel vom Schwein mit Bratkartoffeln. (weiner schitznel with German Potatoes) The weiner schitznel was made with veal and very tender. Even the leftovers were good.

Jan had the braised wild boar with Spätzle and green beans. I don’t have it in German because it was a daily special. The meat had a wonderful flavor! (spätzle is pronounced shpetz-le)

Dad had the
Sauerbraten mit Preiselbeerkonfitüre, serviert mit Rotkohl und Spätzle (braised tri-tip that’s marinated and aged in red wine and served with red cabbage and spätzle) It was very yummy.

Mom and Arthur had the
Jägerschnitzel in Champignonsoße mit Spätzle (sauteed pork loin in a mushroom sauce with spätzle)

Jackie had the
Falscher Hase mit Zwiebelsoße und Kartoffelbrei (meat loaf with bacon and egg served with an onion sauce and mashed potatoes). The egg was whole inside the meat loaf, very tasty.

Michael had the
Zwiebelrostbraten mit Pommes Fritz (grilled rib-eye with onion saice and fries)

Patrick had the
Gratinierte Kasespatzle mit Zwiebeln und Gurkensalat (baked spätzle with with Emmentaler cheese and caramelized onions, served with a cucumber salad) He enjoyed it very much with his Spaten Oktoberfest beer.

We all enjoyed trying new foods and tasting each other’s entrees. It felt very reminiscent of every dining experience we had in Europe trying new food and new cooking techniques.

Dessert was a lot of fun too. A couple of apple streudels were ordered. Patrick and I shared a glass of tawny port and a Linzer Torte that was heavenly.

Our server found out it was Michael’s birthday and brought him a flourless chocolate cake with a candle.

Reading his birthday cards.

It was a very enjoyable dinner and I think everyone had a good time.


About wobetxela

Artist, mom, traveler, hiker, babywearer (for as long as they'll let me) and hobbyist photographer.
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