28 Dec2010


Despite all the crazed entertaining, dinners, get-togethers, baking, cooking, etc., the family has had several periods of “quiet time” this holiday season, and yes, we have indulged… It’s Mrs. MM’s and my 18th wedding anniversary tomorrow and we have been eating some of our favorite things from around the globe, not just for the holidays, but to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Mrs. MM returned from New York a couple of weeks ago and part of the precious cargo in her luggage were two luxurious tins of caviar from Russ & Daughters, one a SUPERB American Osetra and the other a caviar from Adriatic sturgeon. It’s always nice to eat different caviars side by side because the nuances in quality become much more apparent. It’s the same thing when you drink several vintages of exactly the same wine, a vertical tasting, I think they call it. So one recent evening, the Teen, Mrs. MM and I settled into a “TV Dinner” that started off with some vintage Veuve Clicquot champagne (the orange bottle, an anniversary tradition), caviar on toast (nothing else to distract from the caviar), several kinds of smoked salmon and a dinner of roast beef. We were all by ourselves, and it was wonderful.


We have been very fortunate this year, and it’s nice to take stock and be grateful for all the good things, and learn from the bad ones. Spending time with family has to be the single most amazing luxury in this day and age where folks don’t seem to sit down to a meal together much anymore. We could have been eating fried sardines (fresh tawilis if it were in the MM household, heehee :) and it would have had the same effect. But there is also a time to indulge if possible, and this was one of those evenings. And to the several friends who are reading this and thinking, “what? they didn’t share?”, hahaha, no we didn’t. Maybe next time. :)



  1. joan says:

    Happy Anniversary MM and Mrs MM! You definitley deserve to indulge in the best that life has to offer, and having the luxury of time (as short as it may seem) to sit back and savor it, as you said, is the best gift you can give yourselves. Cheers!

    Dec 28, 2010 | 5:49 pm


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  3. Ley says:

    Happy anniversay MM! Here’s wishing you more happy years ahead:)

    Dec 28, 2010 | 5:58 pm

  4. Doddie Householder says:

    Happy Anniversary to Mr. & Mrs. MM. May you have decades and decades of wonderful togetherness and sumptous feasts. :)

    Dec 28, 2010 | 6:33 pm

  5. Anne :-) says:

    Happy Anniversary to Mr. & Mrs. MM. Those caviars look gorgeous! :-)

    Dec 28, 2010 | 7:38 pm

  6. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    Happy Anniversary to you both!!! I agree that sharing family time with just the 3 of you with a bottle of champagne and caviar is the best thing ever. You, the Mrs., and the Teen must be happy that she (the teen) is here with you…

    Dec 28, 2010 | 7:55 pm

  7. THELMA says:

    happy anniversary!

    Dec 28, 2010 | 8:11 pm

  8. Connie C says:

    A virtual present of a porcelain vase with roses on your 18th anniversary from me to you and Mrs. MM. Happy anniversary!

    Dec 28, 2010 | 8:21 pm

  9. Rebecca says:

    Happy Anniversary, Mr and Mrs MM! :D

    Dec 28, 2010 | 9:09 pm

  10. Mimi says:

    Wish someone would hurry up and invent smell-o-vision and web-tasting so we can virtually share your feasts. Happy Anniversary! May your marriage be blessed with more tins of caviar and chilled bottles of bubbly.

    Dec 28, 2010 | 9:23 pm

  11. natie says:

    the best kind of celebration, MM—Happy Anniversary!

    Dec 28, 2010 | 9:23 pm

  12. jannah says:

    Happy anniversay MM and Mrs MM. wishing you more years of togetherness.

    Dec 28, 2010 | 10:03 pm

  13. Botchok says:

    Happy 18th anniversary!

    Dec 28, 2010 | 11:41 pm

  14. roland says:

    Cheers to you and your family!

    Dec 28, 2010 | 11:50 pm

  15. eustressor says:

    Happy anniversary to the happy and blessed couple! =)

    Dec 28, 2010 | 11:53 pm

  16. marilen says:

    All good wishes and happy that you had a blissful family downtime!!

    Dec 29, 2010 | 12:34 am

  17. andrea says:

    happy anniversary! wishing you more blessings…

    Dec 29, 2010 | 12:35 am

  18. Gej says:

    Happy Anniversary to the Mr. and Mrs. Marketman!

    Dec 29, 2010 | 1:05 am

  19. wisdom tooth says:

    Happy Anniversary MM and Mrs MM!! Wishing you many more blissful years to come. CHEERS!!!

    Dec 29, 2010 | 1:26 am

  20. Leah says:

    A happy anniversary to you! That’s the best kind of celebration – quiet time with family and indulging in (the best) favorite food.

    Dec 29, 2010 | 5:29 am

  21. linda says:

    Wishing you and Mrs. MM all the best on your 18th anniversary and many many more years to come!

    Dec 29, 2010 | 5:40 am

  22. joyce says:

    happy anniversary to both of you!!! enjoying Veuve Clicquot champagne and caviar is an event in itself second to spending quality with the people you love of course.

    Dec 29, 2010 | 7:05 am

  23. josephine says:

    Happy Anniversary! You deserve the best.

    Dec 29, 2010 | 7:12 am

  24. bearhug0127 says:

    Happy 18th anniversary to you MM and the Mrs.

    Dec 29, 2010 | 7:12 am

  25. ami says:

    Happy anniversay MM!

    Dec 29, 2010 | 7:52 am

  26. Thel from Florida says:

    Happy Aniversary Mr. and Mrs. MM. Ang galing, major, major and handa ninyo!

    Dec 29, 2010 | 8:11 am

  27. Kaye says:

    Happy Anniversary MM and Mrs. MM!! more blissful years to come…

    Dec 29, 2010 | 8:16 am

  28. Kaye says:

    Happy Anniversary MM and Mrs. MM!! more blissful years to come…

    Dec 29, 2010 | 8:17 am

  29. millet says:

    pure BLISS! Congratulations, MM & Mrs. MM! Here’s to 50 years of more bliss!

    Dec 29, 2010 | 8:19 am

  30. Betchay says:

    Happy Anniversary MM and Mrs MM! BTW, since these caviars are in tin cans, dont they get a metallic taste? do you have to transfer them in a glass container?

    Dec 29, 2010 | 9:07 am

  31. Riyaz says:

    Happy Anniversary!! Always nice to spend quality time with your loved ones – especially if it is with the goodies you list in your post!

    Dec 29, 2010 | 10:53 am

  32. MrsKookie says:

    Happy Anniversary! Just being with loved ones and good food is a great way to celebrate the day :)

    Dec 29, 2010 | 12:32 pm

  33. whackerZ says:

    Do you let the Teen drink champagne?

    Dec 29, 2010 | 12:44 pm

  34. Xandra says:

    Happy Blessed Anniversary, MM & Mrs. MM!!!

    Dec 29, 2010 | 1:03 pm

  35. Ellen says:

    Happy Anniversary MM and Mrs MM!! Thank you for emailing back regarding my query on escargot. Much appreciated! =)

    Dec 29, 2010 | 1:04 pm

  36. tipat says:

    Happy Anniversary! Wishing you many more happy years together :-)

    Dec 29, 2010 | 1:29 pm

  37. Vicky says:

    Happy anniversary MM and Mrs MM. You deserve the best in the world! And to the Teen, you are a lucky girl!! More power MM in the coming 2011 and beyond.

    Dec 29, 2010 | 1:46 pm

  38. jhaz says:

    Happy 18th Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. MM!!!
    God bless!

    Dec 29, 2010 | 2:33 pm

  39. WeekendGourmet says:

    Happy anniversary to you MM and Mrs. MM :) And you’ve got it right: time with our loved ones
    is the best kind of luxury there is. God bless you!

    Dec 29, 2010 | 3:11 pm

  40. Marketman says:

    Thank you everyone for all those wonderful greetings! WhackerZ, yes, she can have champagne if she likes, or wine, but she still finds both to be less appealing than non-alcoholic sparkling grape juice. I think if teens are introduced to responsible drinking with meals, its better than banning the stuff till they officially turn 21, or whatever the age they legally allow it in your part of the world… :) Betchay, they always seem to come in these coated tins. They aren’t supposed to be in them for too long, and yes, you can transfer them to crystal bowls if you would like…

    Dec 29, 2010 | 6:19 pm

  41. Anything Under the Sun says:

    yummy caviar!!!

    Dec 29, 2010 | 7:06 pm

  42. lee says:

    Wow, Happy Anniversary to both of you, enjoy and congrats!

    Dec 29, 2010 | 7:11 pm

  43. sophie says:

    Happy Anniversary, MM and Mrs MM!

    Dec 29, 2010 | 7:30 pm

  44. atbnorge says:

    Happy Anniversary MM and Mrs. MM; wishing you many more years.

    Dec 29, 2010 | 10:53 pm

  45. Mom-Friday says:

    Happy 18th Anniversary! What a luxurious TV dinner and great bonding time :)
    My girl and I just snacked on lumpfish caviar (the most affordable one! hehe) on toast earlier and she loves licking off the caviar from my toast! and she’s just turning 4! :)))

    Dec 30, 2010 | 12:59 am

  46. rosedmd says:

    Happy Anniversary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Dec 30, 2010 | 8:55 am

  47. odie says:

    Happy Anniversary to you and Mrs. MM!!!

    Dec 30, 2010 | 9:42 am

  48. becky says:

    Happy Anniversary Mrs MM and MM! Wishing a prosperous new year to your family, friends and all MM readers :)

    btw, interesting survery you have there MM. What would you choose? hehe

    Dec 30, 2010 | 1:59 pm

  49. Joy says:

    Happy Anniversary!

    Dec 30, 2010 | 3:50 pm

  50. april says:

    happy anniversary to you and your wife. have been reading your blog for a while now!!! like all the reviews regarding food and stuff!!! keep it up,

    Dec 30, 2010 | 10:28 pm

  51. Mari says:

    Happy Anniversary to both of you! May the future be as bubbly as the champagne you both shared on your 18th…many, many more!!

    Dec 31, 2010 | 10:06 am

  52. Angela says:

    Happy anniversary Mr & Mrs MM!!

    Jan 1, 2011 | 12:52 am

  53. tonceq says:

    it’s a bit late but Happy Anniversary to you and Ms. MM! may there be more fruitful and happy years for both of you! :)

    Jan 3, 2011 | 10:05 pm


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