Saturday, December 24, 2011

Winter Solstice

The "reason for the season" is of course the Winter Solstice. We've turned the corner from the days getting shorter in the Northern Hemisphere, and hence forth we will get more sunshine (for a time). Celebrations lasting a few weeks help us get through the darkest of times (literally speaking) and different religions find various reasons to celebrate, but basically they do so, I believe, at this time of year to help us all get through the lack of sunlight. For me, vitamin D supplementation and a dose of wide spectrum artificial light each day does the trick.


One celebration we partake in around the Winter Solstice each year is a special dinner at Wordsworth Restaurant. This year it was extra special, as the restaurant was damaged by the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami, but has survived, as have we. (Life goes on, despite the odds.)

This year's menu included Bagna Calda, Parma ham with mozzarella and tomato in pumpkin sauce, foie gras, seafood salad, soybean soup, baked stuffed Homard lobster, pasta with greens, and for desert, apple compote with cookies and chocolate.

PandaB does not eat foie gras (click here for why) and a very special thing happened this year. The waitress came to our table before we began our meal and asked if I would like a substitute instead of foie gras. They had remembered my preferences! So while they served K the foie gras, they brought me a special dish of baked turban sea snail in olive oil with chopped greens, covered with tiny croutons. It was a delicious alternative and I was very impressed by the thoughtfulness of Wordsworth in offering it to me.


After dinner we went down to Kashima Jingu train station to see the light display.


All the best from Pandabonium and K this Winter Solstice season - no matter how you celebrate it - and may 2012 bring us all peace and understanding.

May all beings be happy.
May they be joyous and live in safety.
All living beings, whether weak or strong,
in high or middle, or low realms of existence,
small or great, visible or invisible, near or far,
born or to be born.
May all beings be happy.

-A Buddhist Metta

Until next, sweet sailing.


Doc Häagen-Dazs said...

All the best to P. & K. for 2012 from Me and T.W.! Spring is coming!

Pandabonium said...

Thank you Doc. All the best to you, Trophy Wife and of course, Doberwoman.

O Docker said...

Vitamin D supplements? I find a better antidote for lack of sunlight is the fermented juice of grapes. It's widely available here at reasonable prices and comes in a variety of flavors.

Baydog said...

Hey O Docker, you took the words right out of my mouth. Oh tannin bomb, oh tannin bomb.

You're still young Panda, and my hope is that some day you'll be able to appreciate what the noble goose or duck gives us in the way of fatty liver.

Merry Christmas

Pandabonium said...

O Docker - that does work temporarily (note the glass in front of me). Let there be light! I'd rather go to Fiji for a month.

Baydog - now if were to follow O Docker's advice as well as your own, it would be me with the fatty liver - more than it already is.

Be kind to our web footed friends, for a duck could be somebody's mother...

Merry Christmas

Sandscraper said...

A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine, except that on a day without sunshine you can still get drunk

Lee Entrekin

Happy New Year P & K, your 2012 sailing season can't befar away.

Pandabonium said...

Sandscraper - thanks for the advice. I'll try some cabernet sauvignon on my oatmeal tomorrow morning. :)

Happy New Year.

Don Snabulus said...

Overtime and house guests have limited my on-line time this year. I am glad to see that the solstice treated you well. My best for the new year!