Eastside Road, November 30, 2012—YES, THE REST of the soup, nothing more but a few sticks of celery, nothing less. We're still a bit off our feed. But we don't complain.
Red table wine, "Guadagni," Preston of Dry Creek, 2011
La Crescenta, November 4, 2012—LUNCH AT THE HOME of a couple of friends today, a friendship going back thirty years to early days at Chez Panisse. They've long since moved to southern California, but we forgive them since they're still in the business — on the supply side, farming and baking. We had a plate of sliced cheese and salumi, a delicious tossed salad, and a beet salad I actually liked — even though in principle I loathe the chthonic beet. These were roasted, peeled, sliced, and marinated in a delicious vinaigrette along with a few carrots treated similarly, and a fair amount of torn mint leaves were involved as well. Delicious.
North Hollywood, November 3, 2012—A LIGHT MIDDAY SUPPER today, since we have two plays to take in before bedtime. The lady in the box office recommended this place, calling it a tapas place. Not quite, but I see what she means.