November is a funny time to stop writing about food, I suppose; after all it's the perfect time for both eating and entertaining, both of which I've been doing plenty. But, there's also that inevitable whoooosh of the days flying past as December - and then Christmas - and then New Year's - approaches, and well...time has gotten away from me.
But I've been doing plenty of eating, don't worry! This year for Thanksgiving Kevin and I found ourselves with no travel plans and no urban orphans to adopt at our table, so we tried something new: we went out for Thanksgiving dinner. It was a completely strange sensation to make zero runs to the store for last minute items, to have no worries about timing the bird with the side dishes, to not have to set a table. It was nice. I'm not going to lie, I'm a big fan of the Process, so not having a kitchen teeming with foodstuffs felt weird, but on the other hand, we had a great meal.
We ate at Knife and Fork, which offered a $65 four-course tasting menu starting with a goat cheese salad, then poached lobster in a tangerine-pumpkin soup, turkey and ham with chestnut cream and brussel sprouts, and then a ridiculously rich chocolate fondant dessert which consisted of, basically, chocolate and butter. The end. I splurged on a gorgeous bottle of Stags Leap "Artemis" Cabernet ($117) which was staggeringly good, and then took a cab home to a kitchen with nary a dish to be cleaned. And lo, I was thankful.