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Rest in Peace Cory

It’s 3:30 in the morning and a ferret has been trying to get into my sleeping bag so I can’t sleep. Instead I am lying here thinking about, what else, life. That and that I am going to pay for this in an hour when I have to get up. I am headed to RYLA, a leadership camp for high school teens.

Late last night I found out my friend Cory died on Monday. I will write a tribute later but could not bear the thought of not putting some ink to paper, sort to speak, ASAP.

You will be missed dearly. Thank you for all the life lessons.

Chez Panisse

Note: This meal took place on August 16, 2008.

A date to visit Prakash was quickly set which is par for him and I. We don’t dabble in dates and scenarios. We just set a date and work at planning for the trip. And what planning I did! I had the obligatory Google Map laid out with key shops and restaurants I had to eat at. The best part? Prakash was up for anything! Love that guy!

Dave and Jessica met us out in Berkeley for lunch. I had to try Chez Panisse, Alice Waters famed restaurant. I was not expecting much other than dependable (possibly boring, but) delicious food. One person I spoke to described it as a restaurant that really pushed San Francisco into the culinary spotlight but really never moved on. So it’s important in that it inspired many other chefs and restaurants but now it’s sort of aged, like Citronelle in D.C. Anyway, this description was spot on.

We had reservations for a slightly later lunch. The Barcelonas came from Alameda and we came from Sunnyvale. We met up within 15 minutes of each other. We ate upstairs. The service was nice, perfect for the price and atmosphere. The decor was nice, not modern but not rustic either.

I had the squid because what I really wanted, the duck, was sold out. It was good, though some pieces were kind of pasty tasting. The citrus note really saved the day.

Monterey Bay squid roasted in the wood oven with shell beans, peppers, and salsa verde

Dave had the chicken which he confessed to not liking later on. In fact, he seemed to have diner’s remorse after, saying he didn’t think it was worth it. I sort of agree, and would definitely agree if the prices were only $5 more.

I think Chez Panisse is a very important restaurant in SF culinary history and still is a wonderful place to dine at when you want a nice meal without having to spend too much or dress up too much. I am glad I was able to check it off my list. I doubt I’ll be back.

Hello Mr. President

We spent the entire day around the mall checking out the museums and monuments. We even caught part of the Duke Ellington jazz festival which just happened to be on the Washington Monument lawn. Damn! We ate at Cafe Atlantico for lunch and had pizza at Pizza Paradisio for dinner. I got some imitation Pinkberry for dessert. It was OK but the west has it on lock.

Hello Bill Cosby

After the wedding we headed back north and returned the car to Regan airport. This turned out to be a great idea because it saved us the hassle of having to find parking or pay nearly thirty dollars to park at the hotel overnight. We took the train back to the hotel, took a break then I was able to convince Liz to walk to U street to get a late night snack at the infamous Ben’s Chili Bowl. It was well worth the walk and the long line inside. The place reminded me of The Hat back home; a great local joint. The walk back was much quicker. It’s amazing how the landscape and people change depending on where you walk. Tip: don’t stay near your hotel. To out and explore!

Hello Wedding Vows

We are waiting for Josh and Jaime’s wedding to start. It is a beautiful site. The reception is conveniently located across the parking lot. Lots of fall colors abound.