Two years ago I had a perfect meal at Ad Hoc, Thomas Keller’s casual dining restaurant in Yountville. Tonight I had another perfect meal there, but this time with a baby. He was very good. I held him between courses, and let him lie down and kick his feet on the banquette when the food came. He got fussy during the main because he wanted to sleep and it was too loud, but Kelly cradled him until he fell asleep, and he slept fairly soundly on the seat until dessert.
We drank spiced lemonade, Kelly’s with bourbon, and it was delicious. Cheers to an impeccable restaurant.
Cool maple syrup bottle. At Cheeky’s in Palm Springs.
I found skyr! It’s a not-too-sweet, thick Icelandic yogurt, and it’s hard to find. This one was delicious, and I found it at Bristol Farms in Palm Desert, California.
Yay! VPL is I the Flickr Commons!
In celebration of this week’s Food Issue, here’s a look at fourteen contemporary food-inspired photographers and photographs: http://nyr.kr/17XVrYD
Top: Sarah Anne Ward, “Rothko Ice Cream Cake” (2013), food styling by Heather Meldrom.
Bottom-Left: Miles Aldridge, “Red Marks” (2003)/Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery.
Bottom-Right: Dinah Fried, “Fictitious Dishes: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” (2012), from “Fictitious Dishes,” to be published in April, 2014.
When I was about eight, and my sister was twelve, she became a vegetarian. And because I wanted to be just like my older sister, I followed suit. She stopped after a couple years, but to make sure my family didn’t think I was just copying her I ended up staying vegetarian for nine years. I copied a lot of what my sister was doing. She was a trend setter.
I now eat meat, and I love it I do, but I’m pretty sure I could be vegetarian 75% of the time. I love veggie dishes. I’m all about them really, but I live with a man who expects meat with every meal.
This is a totally novel idea to me, and if we’re being honest, it’s a pretty novel idea for mankind.
So I’m always making vegetarian dishes and hoping he doesn’t notice. This pretty much never works, but I try friends. For purposes of money and health, I try.
But then something amazing happened. I made this breakfast and Jordan said it was the best breakfast he had ever had. And this breakfast was essentially a thick tomato sauce, filled with peppers and spiked with cumin and coriander, that you make little hole in and cracked eggs into. It’s rich without being heavy and it’s balances the salty, spicy, tart, sweet thing perfectly. On top of that it’s super healthy, takes half an hour to make from start to finish, and it also only takes one frying pan to make, and as someone without a dishwasher, let me tell you, that is wildly important.
Since it’s full of peppers and onions and tomatoes, all things that my husband won’t eat- breakfast for one!