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Monday, December 3, 2012

~Lunch with Adriano Zumbo at Rick Stein at Bannisters~~

We are back at Rick Stein at Bannister's again this year...
we were there earlier this year to celebrate Mr Armchair's special birthday....
(read about it over here)
This time for Lunch and a Book Signing with none other than the one and only Adriano Zumbo

The table

The Menu

The view

The wine

A Salad of Lobster, Avocado, Green Beans and Foie-Gras

Grilled Fillet of Barramundi with Clams, Peas, Asparagus and Parsley
Nothing is too much trouble at this version is a gluten free one......the difference between this and others is the Sauce
Often I have experienced gluten free version meals at other places......yep, all without the sauce
I even had gluten free bread as opposed to other places......they just leave you with an empty plate

The Macaron Master himself......Zumbo giving us Question and Answer time

Signing his books 

Even got a pic of him and me

Amaretto Creme Brulee with New Season's Berries

The Macarons for our table

and here they are with his book as a backdrop

Turning the yellow one over it was all beautiful I thought

We had a lovely lunch......met other Zumbo fans......JoJo was cared for by Respite Care......what a great  day to kick back and be fussed over
Thank you so much Rick Stein at Bannister''ve done it again
Howcome everytime we go there I get addicted to seafood all over again!!!
Bon Appetit......Dzintra


Sacha said...

A n'en pas douter tu as passé une très belle journée ( le menu très gourmand et ses vins sont très tentants ) merci pour ce délicieux billet
Bonne journée

Maree: said...

What a Great Day and even a Piccie..Lucky You.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning dearest one! You have the most beautiful restaurants out there! That golden macaroon is so stunning and look at the backdrop of your weather! FANTASTIC! Happy holidays to you precious! Anita

Susan said...

Oh you lucky girl. I love Adriano and his macarons.....hope I get his book for Christmas. It looks like it was a very special lunch. Were you starstruck?

Jeni said...

What a great day you all had ...table looks so inviting
Happy Birthday to Mr ArmChair

Fiona said...

oh wow... it all looks fantastic.... I think I need to spend some time with you!!!!

Sandi said...

The perfect day out! It all looks so inviting, lucky you!

Nat Palaskas said...

What a great day and life by the sea! Love the look of those macaroons...

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

Yummy food in this post and to die for quilts in the last.
Hope you're staying cool, I see Sydney's having a heatwave!
Susan x

Chookyblue...... said...

what a great day out..........

Palomasea said...

How wonderful...what a fabulous experience, dearest Dzintra!
Beautiful photo of the two of you...the view, the food...and that gilded macaron...perfection!
- Irina

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...


It is warm and breezy out your way? Ahhhhh....what a lovely Christmas indeed! And yes, your lovely dinners and outings are so lovely and I live vicariously through them!!!!

We are counting down the days for the big celebration but I am working a lot these days on my paper commissions and I am enjoying it very much. I am so thankful for a year of developing more and more ideas and finding new doors to walk through, hopefully leading to more exciting places to develop my creativity. I hope you have many more THEATRICAL experiences this new year!

Now to get started on the day! LOVE TO YOU! Anita

Palomasea said...

Hugs to dear friends here....
I think your warm breezes are working, sweet Dzintra...we are balmy and sunny here! :))
- Irina

Bev C said...

Hello Dzintra,

Now is that photo of you and the Macaroon King going to be your Christmas Card photo??? Oh my goodness you must have had the best day. You deserve it.

Happy days.

Anita said...

What a treat! Looks like a gorgeous place.

Joolz said...

I've just popped over from Rhonda Jean's blog - we share a love of food and food photography I think! I am always taking pics of meals when we go out - it drives my hubby mad!
My sister has a daughter (32) who has Cerebral Palsy and they care for her in their home. It is a very hard job and is certainly getting harder for them as they get older (mid 50's) with lifting etc.

You have a lovely blog, I'm so pleased I found you.

Cheers - Joolz

Lucy Mathieson said...

Oh my god!! Yum, yum, yum! We actually stayed right near there a few weeks ago! Adriano Zumbo is a bit of alright, isn't he! And those macarons look absolutely to die for! Feeling very jealous! :-) Lucy from Bake Play Smile

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