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Old 01-18-2009, 08:57 PM   #31
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Cheese or White Chocolate Gelato? One of each.....

Colston Bassett Stilton, Comte Fort des Rousses and Chabichoi du Poitou





Wine Pairing: Qinta do Crasto Late Bottled Vintage Porto 2001




White Chocolate Gelato with Tableside Shavings and Micro Orchids





I thought for sure a photo with so much "white" would not turn out - and it turned out to be one of my favorites!



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Old 01-18-2009, 09:05 PM   #32
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Home stretch - dessert!

Tanzanian Chocolate Pyramid, Hawaiian Kona Chocolate Souffle and Peruvian Chocolate Ice Cream and Puff Pastry
















Grand Marnier Souffle







Caramlized Banana Gateau

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Old 01-18-2009, 09:17 PM   #33
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"Celebes Coffee, Tea and Friandise"

Friandise, anyway




What you have here are three post-dessert treats

Left: cookie - some variation on Russian tea cookie, Mexican wedding cake - almond, I think. Excellent, but for those of us of a certain age, we grew up in neighborhoods with first generation immigrants who made these from scratch every Christmas, and shared them. Excellent, familiar, but not what you would call unique (not that everything has to be unique, just observing...)

Middle: chocolate covered caramel - liquid caramel - liquid still slightly WARM caramel. Unlike anything I've had before. Buttery, rich - probably not something that can be commercially made / sold - wouldn't withstand distribution.

Right: probably has a "real" name, but to get you oriented quickly, we'll call it a "gourmet gum drop" - only soft and chewy - with fresh, tart fruit flavor. Loved it! DSs let me have them all!!


Up next (and last), a visit to the kitchen!




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Old 01-18-2009, 09:53 PM   #34
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Thank you for taking the time to share! Can't wait to take the trip to the kitchen!!
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Old 01-19-2009, 02:14 PM   #35
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We just had our 20th Anniversary dinner at Victoria & Albert's last week. We didn't take any pictures this time. (not that any of my pictures would have turned out half as good as yours!) I hope you don't mind, but when I write about our dinner in my TR, I plan on posting a link over here so everyone can see what the heck I'm talking about! Thank you so much for posting these amazing pictures! I'm glad you had a great dinner with your sons, and I hope you get to go back with your DH later this year!

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Old 01-19-2009, 02:47 PM   #36
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We love V&As and cant wait to go back. What a ray of sunshine you brought into my life with your beautiful Pics. Thank You!
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Old 01-19-2009, 04:16 PM   #37
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This is a very enjoyable review, thanks for taking the time to share it! I am especially impressed with how artistic each dish is - as you said in one post, it really is edible art! Fantastic!
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Old 01-19-2009, 06:57 PM   #38
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Would you like to see the kitchen? Yes, I would!

Chef Aimee smiling with DSs - note the series of awards on the wall!!






Pastry station






Note - the cake was a special order. The private room was in use - a former Imagineer hosts an annual dinner for 20+ - and this was their dessert.




Chefs hard at work





At this point, I was just pleased to be in the kitchen - I have NO idea what they were doing.


Why was I in the kitchen? Dunno - they asked if I was interested! Maybe they ask everyone. Maybe they thought anyone silly enough to take pictures of food might LIKE to see the kitchen. Who knows! Next time, I'll take more pictures and ask more questions.



I don't know if it was the Manager (Israel Perez) or our server Anita (formerly known as "Victoria") who mentioned that V&A has three times the staff proportionate to the number of diners (I think that was the ratio - we are talking SIX glasses of wine over 3 hours.... with at least a couple of bottles of bubble-water). Might contribute to "three times the cost". Almost certainly contributes to the number of items, complexity of each item, sheer detail composing each item into artwork available to us in this very special, delicious, creative, beautiful, unique dining experience.

I loved it.




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Old 01-19-2009, 07:51 PM   #39
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Old 01-20-2009, 03:56 AM   #40
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Thanks for the fantastic report!! I have always hesitated to think about spending that much money on a meal, but the way you describe it, I think I am getting more tempted to try it as a very special experience!
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Old 01-20-2009, 12:50 PM   #41
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All I can say is, wow, what a great report. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 01-20-2009, 01:01 PM   #42
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Thank you for sharing! Those pictures are AMAZING!!
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Old 01-20-2009, 01:52 PM   #43
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I must say, I have never been interested in V&A's.....

until now.

The food looks amazing! Great photography, as well.
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Old 01-21-2009, 04:36 PM   #44
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Beautiful report. How wonderful that you could share that experience with your sons Thank you!
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Old 01-29-2009, 06:25 PM   #45
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Awesome food porn. Been to V&A twice, just loved it and hope to go back some day. Thanks!
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