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January 20, 2008

weekend roundup

eat local

saturday morning we walked to the farmer's market and talked to one of the farmers selling beef. i came close to buying some, but it's so expensive that i wanted to be sure i planned well before buying. i decided to see this as my fact-finding mission.

after, we had breakfast at piedmont, which was fabulous as usual. i would love to know where they get their bacon. it's always so amazing.

move it

we stayed out of the house all day on saturday. after walking home we went out shopping, and picked up my new eye glasses lenses. i had been very careful not to look at frames because my lenses are so expensive and i didn't want to add to the expense. my current frames will be okay for another two years.

we had lunch at one of those places that serves many odd pizzas; ours featured vast piles of roasted garlic cloves and onions. by this point in the day, it was raining, and it was cold, but i don't think it was quite snowing yet. we were sitting next to a window and i was freezing the entire time. we visited the apple store somewhere along the way, and then i think we just made a beeline for the car. it was miserable out.

like tears in rain

the main event of the day was seeing the new cut of blade runner at the Carolina. this is an all-time favorite film for both J and I. he had never seen it on the big screen. the new cut is great; in particular i enjoyed the detailed soundscape that i had never really noticed before despite having seen the movie on VHS and DVD countless times. we kept discussing it for the rest of the evening and on into sunday; every so often one of us would say, "you know, i never noticed before how something something something," and we would start again discussing the movie.

afterwards we went to city beverage for dinner; we shared the crab cake appetizer, which was just big lumps of crab, barely bound together and lightly pan fried, with a spicy homemade tartar sauce underneath. i had a fabulous steak that had been treated with a spice rub and then topped with roasted tomatoes, onions and etc; i took a gamble and ordered it medium rare, which can be too rare for me in real steak houses, but as expected was just right. J got a roasted pork loin and although the pork loin was good, i think the vegetables that were served with it were not to his liking.

one of the things i love about city beverage is the tiki drink menu. J was driving so I was free to have whatever i wanted. i started with a pink pussycat, which is still my favorite, and then i was trying to think of the name of a pina colada with no success. it was the oddest thing; i could think of all the ingredients but not the name. i described it to our waiter, who described it to the bartender and neither of them recognized it either (which is crazy, but oh well). so the bartender made me something along those lines; he used malibu rum, pineapple juice, something with banana, and a drizzle of blue Curacao. it was delicious. i don't normally like banana, but it was so just right in this drink.

so let's stay in

the snow didn't really stick, and was just a dusting anyway, but after being out all day saturday i really wanted to stay home on sunday. it was wicked cold, anyway. i decided to try a biscuit recipe that sarah had recommended in her blog; i did not forget the salt! and indeed, they turned out very well.

we just took it easy for the most part all day; we took reese out walking in forest hills park, because we'd never taken him there before. after we got home, J installed my birthday present, one of those nice chrome curved shower curtain rods like they have at fancy hotels. and bb and m stopped by while out walking. fortunately i had put the living room back in order last week and there were actually places to sit and stuff. crazy.

Posted by lisa at January 20, 2008 09:40 PM


Dammit, reading your post briefly made me thing I'd missed BR. I won't be able to hear much, but I've seen the thing so many times (and heard Vangelis's soundtrack separately so often) that it should be ok anyway. :)

Did you perhaps think of that damn song with the words "piña coladas" in the lyrics?

Posted by: Joseph H. Vilas on January 21, 2008 01:07 AM

Which farmer? Was it Steve Mobley of Meadow Lane Farm? He's a friend of mine and his beef is delicious. Buy some!

Posted by: lisa b on January 21, 2008 07:12 AM

Joe-- it's running all week.

Lisa-- I am not sure which farmer we were talking to. We spoke with a woman, but there was a man with her. Unfortunately, it'll be a month before I can get back to the farmer's market when it's open, but I would really like to buy some. Just want to be sure I know what I'm going to do with it, first.

Posted by: lisa on January 21, 2008 09:35 AM

it's possible that piedmont is curing their own bacon, in-house.

Posted by: georg on January 21, 2008 09:43 AM

Lisa: I already have the ticket for Monday night. I just had this frisson of fear after reading you that I had somehow gotten my days mixed up.

BTW, happy birthday. I'd forgotten again that you have the same b'day as my sister. I better go send her a card now.

Posted by: Joseph H. Vilas on January 21, 2008 03:28 PM

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