Sadly, my creative energy is locked away in the same drawer as any disposable time, and the key is being jealously guarded by that Professor's Conscience that insists I mark my papers in time to hand them back at exams (at which point the process will begin again, sigh!). I can tell you that presentation was exquisite, from the rectangular small plates brought just as our wine arrived, with three delightful amuse-bouches, through my bison carpaccio starter and my succulent crab cakes, a starter dish ordered as a main, which was plenty for my appetite and left room for dessert -- crème brûlée (white chocolate & lavender, mmmmm). The crust on the crème brûlée was too thick -- if they'd thrown in a few roasted peanuts, we could have called it peanut brittle -- but otherwise the meal was perfect . . . and really, how problematic is a bit too much burnt sugar?
Company was wonderful: opera friends had included us in a table of 8 they'd put together, and we very much enjoyed getting to know our new acquaintances. Most impressive was how well the young server ensured that we were out in plenty of time to get to the theatre for a 7:30 curtain -- latecomers at the opera have to wait until intermission to be seated. Overall a lovely evening, and we'll be sure to visit Culinaria again soon. Especially since a meal that would have been $200 was closer to $100. . .
Which could be the segue I need to help me explain the photo of my new Marc Jacobs "mouse" shoes. Really, I've included them in this post because I had no food photos of our evening and I do think a picture enlivens a post. As well, there's been a dearth of lively around here, and definitely a dearth of anything style-wise, an interest of many of my readers, I know. But I thought I could make the case that the money we'd saved by eating at Culinaria rather than a pricier spot went toward buying my new shoes, paying for at least a few of those mouse-camouflaging studs.
In which case, in order to pay for a few more, perhaps we need to book several more evenings there. . . . Hmmm, like my economics?
Seriously, though, I think these shoes will go a long way to helping me "festive up" some clothes that do regular holiday duty. I wore them yesterday to feel festive while I marked, in black leggings and a black cashmere v-neck tunic. . . . tell me, what's making you feel festive these days?
And do you have a Culinary School in your 'hood? Have you checked it out yet? Is it a regular haunt?