Here is my quick attempt to update this blog about where Paul and I have been hiding over these past few weeks.
We got back and immediately had to move. I popped into my local wine shop, Schmidt Vinotek, to break the news that we were leaving the hood.
Turns out there was a wine tasting that night! Awesome. My man Kevin and Sammy walked us through 5 wines from German speaking countries.
This Dornfelder was delicious! And the best news is that Schmidt Vinotek just opened an outpost in Happy Valley 2 seconds from where I work which means lunch wine tastings with my girl Sherry.
Then we moved. Which sucked. Trips down 5 flights of stairs (really 6, we're on the English system of counting flights here), trips up. Trips down, up, down, up, down, up...for about 2 hours.
The greatest thing about living above two bars is moving out at 7pm on a Friday. "Ha, ha are you moving." Yes and it wouldn't hurt to help a lady out!
We looked like sweaty bums while the happy hour revelers cheered us on. And then Janet came in her van and drove us across town to Sheung Wan. Total moving costs $100. (That's $12.25 in USD).
We dropped our bags, said screw it, and went to Joey's to see Joey's Christmas present. Alicia clearly wins the best girlfriend award for this huge awesome grill. Patrick approves.
New French girl, Todd, Brad, and Derek chattering about their respective holidays.
And Paul reunited with Patrick. <3
And this is why I now live in Sheung Wan...
Slowly but surely everything found its place.
Then we were off to a pre-auction wine tasting from AAA where we ran into Syvia, Jon, and Herve.
First meal in the new apartment. Floor sushi from one of the many take away sushi places near by.
With a view of the entire city.
Then a work wine tasting of Henri Boillot and JJ Confuron.
Work wine tasting was followed by an American versus NZ BBQ at Kina's.
Kenny was on the pulled pork while Mike worked his magic on the ribs.
Ribs. Ribs, ribs, ribs. The result of many an hour of prep. Well done Mike.
America! According to all of the magazines, Southern BBQ is so in for 2014 (Round House, 85 South, and now Kina's)
Paul making fried chicken in our new fully oven equiped kitchen.
Friday night the girl's came over for a night in. Have I mentioned I love living in Sheung Wan? Hailey, Sarah, Nina, Allison, and Laura came over for wine and chit chat.
And there were 2 half bottles in the fridge....
Hit Po's Atelier on my run home for a baguette, and look what they have, scoughnuts. They had some samples out and it was pretty ridiculously delicious.
The usual suspects came out for a really fun and informative tasting. We did a vertical of JF Mugnier Chambolle Musigny 2004-2006. It's really amazing to see the effect weather and time has on a wine. The 2004 and 2007 were light, very perfumed, and ready to drink now. The 2006 was gorgeous! Elegant and yummy, and the 2005 was really complex once it opened up. We rounded the tasting off with a 2006 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru from David Durband that was also really nice.
And that catches us up! It's now Sunday am, Paul's sleeping (it's almost noon!), I've made cornbread and am about to make Paul hike the Peak with me. Another gorgeous day in the hood.