Sunday, November 13, 2011

Looking back!

I've had such a whirlwind time, the past two months, and a lovely autumn season. There are several happy memories that I would like to share with you in hindsight before the Christmas season starts in earnest; so,....if you don't mind me blogging while looking in the rear view mirror....

The season started out looking like we might not have much color in the trees at all. With all of the rain we've had, there was a bacteria effecting the leaves and making them turn brown and just fall off. It was very unsettling and more than a little disappointing but, then, quite suddenly, I woke up one morning and looked out the front door and saw this! I was so genuinely surprised! Many people had a similar experience - they noticed a sudden pop of autumn color, just when we thought it was all going to be over.


Well, around about that time, my sister and husband invited me to go to one of our favorite restaurants - LA Burdick's - Boston, New York City and....Walpole. It cracks me up, every time. I mean, who's ever heard of Walpole? ;) but, here is this wonderful restaurant in our obscure "neck of the woods". There was no particular reason to go - no birthday, etc.  My husband had done a favor for the family tea room and my sis was treating him and he, in turn was treating me. How luxurious to go for no particular reason....

It wasn't until I got into the car that I found out that there was a particular reason...


(in September, no less!=])

Oktoberfest traditionally starts the third week in September and ends the first Sunday in October. It began in 1810 in Munich as a series of festivities in honor of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The decision to repeat the festival in the following years gave rise to the tradition of Oktoberfest. Today, the Oktoberfest in Munich is the largest festival in the world and is celebrated worldwide in similar events.

There was a "mostly traditional German menu with some contemporary and seasonal dishes that will focus on originality with a few creative twists... special German cakes and pastries, as well as a selection of fine German beer and wine... "

and a brass band playing German folk, drinking and dancing songs.

Polka, anyone?

There was a tremendous flow of unbelievably tasty and comforting handmade bretzels with German mustard and a soccer game - USA vs. Deutschland.

Inside, as always, there was atmosphere galore!

Beautiful bouquets....

and the food...
warm potato salad served in a crispy bacon basket with German wurst and hot mustard.

Salad of quail with fall mushrooms and hazelnut vinaigrette.

and for dinner...
Venison "Baden-Baden" with Spaetzle, pears and chanterelles

(Venison medallion served with wine-poached pears filled with lingonberry jam, chanterelles and handmade Spaetzle.

Every bite was heaven!

and as the music pumped on into the night...


and the laughter grew louder

and there were stars in our eyes from having shared such a wonderful experience with each other...

The best was yet to come...

Dessert, of course!!!

(Silly, what were you thinking the best thing would be....?)


I had the bee-sting cake.

but, of course, black forest cake abounded everywhere!

It was a wonderful, wonderful surprise!
Such a happy memory and there are

 more adventures to come....



  1. Hello Katy:
    Not having heard for a while, we were delighted to read this post and to know that not only is all well but that you have also, in between the normal, daily routine which is life, been having one or two magnificent looking treats. As for the food, it really does look positively delicious, which we are sure that it was.

    Winter is now fast approaching here and at night the temperature falls well below freezing but the autumn colour has, as always, been lovely.

  2. WOW all looks great and delicious!!.....enjoy a happy week...nice to read a post from you.........♥.. ♥... ♥....

  3. I am happy you had such a fun time out and the food looked delicious too!


  4. Mmmm, this has made me SO hungry! Of course, since this was a rainy and dreary day, I have already eaten way too much. Do dark days make you eat more, or is it just me? ;)

    I'm glad you had such a lovely time, Katy. Beautiful food photos! xoxo

  5. Hello Katy Noelle! THanks so much for stopping by my blog... I am SO SORRY to report the Christmas Carols book is gone. BUT it had been here for so long...and not too long ago it as purchased. I will keep my eye out for you for another. :0) Did you try ebay or Etsy?

    By the way, I'm so glad you found me because I love your blog! Gorgeous pics.

  6. Katy Noelle,

    It's been a delight catching up with you. Your photos are so beautiful and make me feel like I was right there with you. Do you still have snow?

    Happy Thanksgiving!


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