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Oh wow. This has been a very non-compliant food week for me in a lot of ways, but at the same time, I've focused on the compliant foods I HAVE been eating....highlighting my experiences at these key restaurants....
SOLERA! On Tuesday evening I ventured out to this wonderful Tapas joint for a special: three tapas dishes and one glass of Spanish wine for 20 bucks!! (See, already the pay cut is affecting my dining choices, haha....I'm going for the "sales")....my three dishes were
1)golden beets w/almonds and sheep's milk blue cheese sprinkled on top of a small bed of greens
2)RABBIT, yes RABBIT, with asparagus and carrots. Very tender that wittle wabbit was.....though a tad gamey but still edible.
3)Snails with mojo verde (topped with silver dollar-sized croutons). This is probably the weirdest snail recipe I've ever tried. Not better, not worse..just different. This mojo verde green stuff paired with the snails in a way I've never experienced before! Hmmmm.....
The worst part of the meal was the service. As a fellow "customer service warrior", I understand being pulled in every direction. But here I am sitting at the bar, trying to make eye contact with the bartenders....and when you waiting, somehow it seems like you wait forever when you really want to get the heck out of the smoke. Oh well....maybe it's karma baby, I'm sure I've pissed off plenty of pharmacy patients in my so far short but intense career. If only there were more of me somedays! Can't please everyone.
Later that night I strolled down to Block E and visited my favorite escapist paradise: Border's Bookstore. If not the books, the CDs....man, how addicting! If I were to die tomorrow and my family did not respect my "donate body to science" wish, they would probably bury me with books, haha!
But I did not, I repeat, did NOT buy anything! Wow, that was willpower at work!
However, I did go to Mrs. Fields and buy a peanut butter bar/brownie thing. Oh Erika....
Anyhoo....yesterday I did some Bikram yoga. Looking at my body in the mirror I sometimes can't believe I've slipped this far since college when I used to be Ms. Buff Arms and toned tummy and gorgeously sculpted calves. Looking face-to-face with my body in the mirror sobers me to the fact that those somewhat carefree school days are over and I'm in the real corporate slave/middle class taxpayers' world now. But it also reminds me how great I feel when I'm done with a session!
If you've never tried it before, now's the time, folks.....find the closest studio here:
Tonight was the highlight of my week thus far.
BARBETTE: Vegan curry lentil soup! Wow! Thick and delicately spiced, laced with tofu, zucchini, squash....I told the waiter that this should NOT be the soup du jour but instead the soup du saison (crap, French is fading....is saison masculine or feminine?). He agreed!
Red Snapper on bed of green beans, heirloom carrots, some other carrots, and a bed of greens.....
"Heaven.....I'm in heaven......." Anything heavier and I don't think I could have eaten it after that rich soup. This, also with a light beaujolais was nearly the PERFECT meal! I was tempted to stay for dessert, but I had two Mexicanos hitting on me at the bar.
"Tengo un novio!"
It was kind of flattering and fun though....I have forgotten so much espanol since working as an intern in South Omaha, not to mention those many days gone by when I used to date steadily a Texican. No other word for him, seriously. But he sparked my initial interest in learning espaniol after four years of high school French.
Barbette is quite an unusual place. I love it for that. You see, it has this Amelie vibe to it....you never know who is going to walk in...it attracts all walks of life....if I owned a restaurant, this is the type of crowd I'd want to attract: completely eclectic!
Well, that's all for now. If you have not read my previous blog (below) please do so...so far I've had one comment in my comment log about it from a reader re: my "aren't they feeding the troops" opinion. My response: point taken. These requested food items do seem to be mainly snacky and comfort foodstuffs. BUT, please, please, please, explain to me the toilet paper. Well, perhaps this is G Dub's idea of diplomacy (not supplying adequate TP)...in other words, hey, when in Rome, do like the Romans (i.e. Iraqis), wipe with your left hand, right?????
Yeah. Hope you didn't read this blog before eating.