So really really rich, Hungarian-hatched Seattle resident and Microsoft engineer and developer Charles Simonyi is getting blasted into space (for tourism and work it seems), and his meals have been designed by his pal Martha Stewart. Besides the “must be nice” on all counts (except the Microsoft part), I was really curious what Stewart cooked up for the wealthy leisure space tourist. WaPo has the full AP story, with this nugget:
Stewart chose the menu for a gourmet meal that Simonyi will be taking to the ISS as a treat for his comrades in space. They plan a celebratory feast for April 12, which Russia observes as Cosmonauts’ Day.
The menu includes quail roasted in Madiran wine, duck breast confit with capers, shredded chicken parmentier, apple fondant pieces, rice pudding with candied fruit, and semolina cake with dried apricots. It was to be prepared by Alain Ducasse’s consulting and training center, ADF, according to Space Adventures.
At the space travelers’ final news conference, the 58-year-old Simonyi said he had spoken with Gregory Olsen, and Anousheh Ansari – the two most recent space tourists – “and they gave me a lot of advice not to move my head and not to drink too much before the launch.”
Also: Simonyi will be blogging the entire space trip starting tomorrow on this Flash nightmare of a site.