That up there is my FAVORITE course of the night. It's really more of an intermezzo than a course, but let me just tell you how incredibly cool and sensual and, well, eye-popping it was.
An orb of curry-infused cocoa butter is filled with the purest, sweetest pear juice you can imagine. It's hanging out in a specially-designed glass, along with a small pool of celery "nectar". The instructions are to "do it as a shot -- and keep your mouth closed, otherwise the juice with squirt out."
The orb explodes in your mouth, with this incredible play of flavors - the fresh greenness of the celery, the nearly tropical fragrance of the pear, the exotic spiciness of the curry. It's a moment, nothing more. But the flavors linger, and three weeks later, you're still thinking about it.
On another note:
Happy Anniversary to my love, best friend, and partner in crime.
I have come to appreciate the analogy of marriage as roller coaster: After three years, the view from the top has never been more breathtaking. And those scary drops? They aren't nearly so scary when you're holding my hand.