Last Minute Details before Departing on our Next Trip

Jim’s 80th birthday is on November 9 (Yeah!) but we will be in Auckland, NZ at that time. So, I offered to make him a special Jim-designed dinner tomorrow, November 4. Some of the foods he requested are not readily available here. Looks like a challenge but I am making several of the foods he craves.

What are these foods? Here is the menu: Appetizer is Chicken Liver Pate with Triskets (shockingly at $11/box), New York strip steak and Lobster Tail (surf and turf), Au Gratin Potatoes, Broccoli, Cream Puffs with Whipped Cream and Panna Cotta with fresh Berries. To go with this yummy menu will be wine and a Sparkling Rose Dessert Wine from Estramancia, the amazing winery on the south side of Lake Chapala.

I know he will really enjoy the dinner because he selected the menu. He is in charge of grilling the steaks and preparing the lobster tails. I am not a lobster devotee so he will have his fill of this seafood.

On Monday, we will be finalizing what to pack, get ready for our housesitters, have Lola groomed, and relax before many hours in the air and in airports. I hope to keep on top of this blog as we travel. It will be fun!

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