Lunch at the Wimbledon Championships

Lunch at Wimbledon Menu

Watching the early rounds of Wimbledon this year, brings back the wonderful memories of our trip to England and attending the finals of the Men’s and Women’s Championships. It was twenty years ago, when my husband and I were given a business trip of a lifetime, traveling aboard the iconic luxury supersonic airliner, the Concorde. Unfortunately, British Airways and Air France terminated the service of the airliner in 2003.

In addition to being guests of Cadbury Beverages for the championship matches, we were their guests for an elegant gourmet lunch under a spacious white tent. The great British tennis player, former Wimbledon and Grand Slam champion, Virginia Wade, attended the luncheon. We had the wonderful opportunity to meet her and have a nice chat.

Lunch at Wimbledon Menu

In honor of the fabulous meal provided to us at the Wimbledon Championship Finals, I made a very simple version of the crostini appetizer that was served. I only wished that cell phones were around back then; because I would have documented the entire dining experience, taking tons of pictures. For the hors d’oeuvre , I toasted some freshly grated Parmesan cheese on thinly sliced French baguette. Then I topped the bread with a tomato, basil and garlic mixture that had marinated with olive oil and red wine vinegar for a few hours. Finally, back into the oven for 5 minutes and before serving, placed thinly sliced basil on top. What you get is a crunchy, flavorful and healthy appetizer!

Tomato Basil Crostini with Parmesan Cheese

Tomato Basil Crostini with Parmesan Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 4 organic plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil + thinly sliced basil for garnish
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons organic extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • ½ French baguette, 15 slices, cut ⅓-inch thick on the diagonal
  • Parmesan cheese, grated

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, add tomatoes, basil, garlic, oil and vinegar. Salt and pepper to taste. Cover bowl and set aside for two hours to marinate.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place bread slices on a foil-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake for 4-5 minutes, until lightly golden.
  3. Take out of oven, place tomato basil mixture on each bread slice. Bake for another 4-5 minutes. Top with slice basil and serve. Makes 15 appetizers.

Tomato Basil Crostini with Parmesan Cheese

On Saturday, we saw Steffi Graf defeat Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, 2 sets to 1, earning her sixth Wimbledon title. Then on Sunday, Pete Sampras defeated Boris Becker, 3 sets to 1, earning his third Wimbledon title. He went on to earn a total of seven Wimbledon titles! Rich and I were so fortunate to see two tennis greats play at the Centre Court at Wimbledon!

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Dining in Ann Arbor, MI | Sava’s Restaurant

Sava's on State Street

Sava’s Restaurant on State Street

Last night, Laura and I celebrated my belated birthday dinner at Sava’s Restaurant, 216 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. It is located in the heart of Ann Arbor, right next to the campus of the University of Michigan. It is a very popular place for locals, business people and students. It features contemporary American cuisine, including vegetarian and seafood dishes. Unfortunately, we don’t drink, but the drinks being served from the bar looked fabulous!

View from Upstairs

View from Upstairs

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Outdoor Dining

For dinner I selected their fish tacos, which were absolutely delicious! They are prepared with “fire roasted corn tortillas, blacked mahi mahi, apple salsa, chipotle aioli, and cilantro.” Normally, I don’t eat my entire meal at one sitting, but these tacos were worth every fattening calorie! So if you are ever fortunate enough to visit lovely Ann Arbor, please check Sava’s and have a wonderful meal and dining experience!

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Delicious Fish Tacos

Chipotle

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Chipotle will alway have special memories for me. In 1993, my husband and I moved to the Denver area from Orange County, CA. Having been born and raised in Southern California, I ate a lot of Mexican food and I mean a lot. My love for this cuisine may also be due to the fact that I was born on Cinco de Mayo. We were very desperate to find good Mexican food in our new hometown. One day, Rich took me to this restaurant near the University of Denver, it was called Chipotle. We both had the burritos and we were hooked! This was the original Chipotle founded by Steve Ells in 1993!

I am so impressed with their website that I want to share a portion of it with you. What is “Food with Integrity?” “Food with integrity is our commitment to finding the very best ingredients raised with respect for the animals, the environment and the farmers. It means serving the very best sustainably raised food possible with an eye to great taste, great nutrition and great value. It means that we support and sustain family farmers who respect the land and the animals in their care. It means that whenever possible we use meat from animals raised without the use of antibiotics or added hormones. And it means that we source organic and local produce when practical. And that we use dairy from cows raised without the use of synthetic hormones.”

We need more places like Chipotle who are committed in serving quality food, while respecting the environment, the farmers and the animals. To learn more about Steve Ells and the restaurants, please visit their website: http://www.chipotle.com/enus/chipotle_story/steves_story/steves_story.aspx