Friday, February 22, 2002
FLORENCE, ITALY -- My last meal in Italy, lunch at the Cibreo Trattoria, also happened to be the best, both food- and experience-wise. It's a popular spot for locals and tourists alike, and I was seated at the head of a long table. As the place filled up, so did the table, which I ended up sharing with two groups of Italians. What a great system and one we should employ: It uses table space efficiently (no loners wasting tables built for two) but also gives the solo diner the chance to eat with others.
Wednesday, February 20, 2002
FLORENCE, ITALY -- Tuscany has introduced me to biscotti con vin santo. It was so, so good. Regardless of which type of cuisine we settle on -- French? Chinese? Ethiopian? -- this is a dessert we must serve. It's fun and tastes good, too!
Tuesday, February 19, 2002
Someone asked me recently if Luke and I were any closer today to turning this dream into an actual restaurant than we were when we first started. I had to ponder it for a second. What I told him was this: originally, this idea was nothing more than a novelty, forever destined to be based entirely in our heads (and this blog). Now, a year later, I feel it may actually become a reality someday. I can't point to any explicit moves on our part that have put us closer to opening a restaurant, but it just feels like we're closer. Quantitatively, we're talking mere fractions of a percentage. But closer, still.
Monday, February 18, 2002
LUCCA, ITALY -- Another note on the wine here. In Italy, it's been common to have a single serving of wine served in a .37-liter bottle. This gives the solo diner the pleasure of pouring from a bottle without forcing him to drink too much. Is such a bottle available in the States? It will be at our place.
Sunday, February 17, 2002
Mary Beth wrote in recently to relate her impressions of the menu at the deli/bakery chain Panera: