dimanche, avril 27, 2008

In Amsterdam with Renee.

No that's not my kid. That's her nephew.

mercredi, avril 23, 2008

It's about 2am now in Nice.

I've got le télévision on but you can still hear the waves crashing against the beach. The water's black right now, and there was a bloody moon earlier.

It's really gorgeous out here. I had thought to find sandy beaches but it's all smooth little pebbles.

Half work, half watching some weird French rock movie-musical called Filles Perdue, Cheveux Gras.

It's not very good.

mardi, avril 22, 2008

dimanche, avril 20, 2008

Tomorrow, I leave for a week of meetings in Nice on the Côte d'Azur.

I'd like to say that I'm excited for the trip but right now I'm just exhausted and somewhat overwhelmed by work and little random slices of life.

From my window I can see a few people in distant apartments typing away at laptops or hunched over reading. It's strange but somehow it's comforting - I feel like we're keeping each other company.

( m83 - graveyard girl )

We're having a Marathon Monday party tomorrow but I don't know how much I'll get to participate.

mercredi, avril 16, 2008

Incredible dinner last night. We spent about 3 1/2 hours at O Ya, and went through maybe 15 courses.

Little explosive bites. Then sitting for a minute enjoying the aftertaste. One of the best meals I've ever had in Boston really.

( some highlights )

Hamachi belly with yuzu soy marinated uni
- We argued for a bit about our favorite dish and this was up there but so were half a dozen others. It was decided when we went for round 2 near the end of the meal.

Fried Kumamoto oyster with squid ink bubbles
- This just rocked. This is about texture and temperature.

Chilled cappelini noodles with charred lobster sashimi, and sake wasabi dressing
- The charred lobster had a beautiful smoky aftertaste that strangely complimented the creamy summery noodles.

Foie gras with balsamic chocolate kabayaki, raisin cocoa pulp, and a sip of aged sake
- Oh my, this was a great finisher. A beautiful slide into dessert.

Also, I loved the chilled Maine lobster salad, with avacado and cucumber gelee
- Not what you'd expect, but way surprising amazing. And we attacked it so quickly that I forgot about the photo.

In any event, I am going back.

"I could see this as a great place for drinks and talking and little snacks. Except that you'd probably want to sit here forever and go through everything on the menu."

mardi, avril 15, 2008

Party on Saturday. The one you always wanted to go to.