I am finally enjoying my entree from New Year’s Eve dinner last night, as it was quite the night of eating! First, our group came over for a pre-party around 8pm. Everyone helped with the snack spread, which included pepperoni pinwheels, winter sangria, prize-winning bacon dip from the recent “Dip Olympics” among our friends, cheese and crackers, bacon-wrapped apricots with sage, caramelized onion dip, and more.
The most exciting contribution was a honeycomb adorned by crackers, manchego, and green apples!
We snacked and sipped. We lounged and chatted. Then, it was time to head into the city for our 10:30pm dinner reservations at Oyamel. Though we prided ourselves with controlling our portions in the face of the lavish pre-dinner spread, we weren’t prepared for the feast to come.
It took awhile to be seated, which was unfortunate at the time, but maybe good for digestion in retrospect. Oyamel was serving a 5 course prix fixe dinner, including a cold antojito, hot antojito, taco, entrée, dessert, and cava toast.
Though only four of us ordered guacamole as the first course, five huge “molcajetes” were brought out! Live music by Sabor a Salsa began to play. We ordered our drinks; the selections of our group included mostly classic margaritas, but also a fun truffle-scented drink and this gangsta cocktail presented with a gold ball.
The following courses were a blur of deliciousness hitting our increasingly full stomachs. Shown here, you will see a table view of the guacamole al tomatillo con queso fresco, cayo de hacha (seared scallops), col de bruselas estilo San Quitin (very flavorful brussel sprouts with pumpkin seeds!), taco de langosta (Maine lobster taco), fideo secos con hongos cremosas (a spicy Mexican vermicelli with mushrooms), and a light chocolate cake with adornments.
It was quite the way to bring in the new year. Chris and I felt blessed to share the night with dear friends, and thoroughly enjoyed the array of foods we were able to try throughout the evening. It was fun to get dressed up, relax a bit in the calm of our apartment, and then head to Oyamel to dine our way into 2013.
Happy New Year, everyone!