Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Before you begin reading, I feel compelled to warn you that I am constantly prone to bad puns and geeky math jokes.  And having eaten last night at a restaurant called Pi, here they come, irrational or not.

Now that we have the disclaimers out of the way...

As we cozied up in a (square) table alongside the wall, the first thing I noticed was a stellar beer selection up on the board featuring many of my favorite local brews:  Moonlight Death & Taxes, a Trumer Pils, and some Russian River selections including Blind Pig, my choice for the evening.  No Pliny the Elder, though, or I surely would have indulged. 

The menu actually pleased me with a simple typeface and a simple selection, including a couple of apps, a couple of salads, and the ability to craft a pizza out of a limited but thoughtful selection of meat and veggie toppings.   We ordered a spinach salad, which came with Belfiore feta (props to Pi Bar for supporting a local cheese producer), red and yellow toybox tomatoes, and ground Italian sausage ... the perfect way to get your date on board with the salad!  We also ordered a pizza with pepperoni, kalamata olive, and mushroom which arrived as pepperoni, olive and onion.  No worries as my love for pizza is infinite!

Also noteworthy, the classic pies at Pi r still round (not squared).

Groan.  And with that, I will leave you with my favorite geeky math cartoon.  Happy Wednesday!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Le Garage

Oohh, Le Garage, what delight you brought me on a meandering Monday afternoon!

We sailed up for a quick glass of wine to celebrate Rachel's engagement. (Congrats, Rachel and John!)  After a bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape and a hello from Chef Gaby (our French cuisine instructor from Kitchen on Fire) we decided to linger a while longer. 

Gaby brought us out a special treat, a smoked salmon tartine with creme fraiche, delicately nuanced with lemon verbena.   Merci, Gaby!

I could have remained all day savoring the second bottle of Chateaneuf, the gentle sunlight, and the flavor of anticipation. 

We ordered also a smattering of snacks, including Dungeness crab stuffed squash blossoms, a beet salad, and PEI mussels with merguez sausage, shallots, white wine and pastis. 

And then we ate happily ever after ...

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Lunch at the Rotunda

The weekend really began over a bubbly lunch at the Rotunda. 

Of course we sampled the popovers with strawberry butter (which tasted like a warm and spreadable version of Haagen Daaz strawberry ice cream).  I warmed up with a split of Moet rose and nibbled on a shrimp and quinoa salad.  We finished the meal with a shared dessert ... a chocolate bombe that was a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.  Well, most of you reading this probably know I didn't exactly eat the chocolate, but my friends seemed quite delighted.

I was feeling spoiled, spirited, and a little bit sassy!