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Sunday, July 25, 2010


So far, I've been having a wonderful time here in Aspen...

Friday night, after arriving, I walked over to the music tents to watch David perform with ACE (Aspen Contemporary Ensemble) in the second Composition Master Class Recital, "A Concert of Six World Premieres." David (and the rest of ACE) sounded great and during their last piece, Brendan Faegre's "Variaciones sobre Piazolla," I thought smoke was going to start rising from their instruments--it was a monster of a performance! Afterward, ACE, the composers and I went to Cantina for some post-show grub and drinks.

Saturday, was the "big brunch" David had been planning...

On the menu was:

First Course:
Sausage with sweet mustard
Two kinds of cheese
Cantaloupe with prosciutto
Salmon paste with crackers, and caper berries
Fresh berries soaked in sweet vermouth, over yogurt

Main Course:
Feta and tomato frittata
Home fried potatoes
Home made oatmeal bread
More mimosas (and St. Germain cocktails)

Everything was wonderful and everyone agreed unto the point of Paul, ACE's cellist, proposing a toast to the cook (all by David, all from scratch). For me, the highlight of the brunch was the fresh berries and the oatmeal bread. I came up with my own variation of the two dishes to which no one else was willing to try: oatmeal bread, topped with yogurt and fresh berries--it was delicious!

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