Something I came across in our recent purging spell was a little notebook in which I noted memorable foods. Yes, of course it should be thrown away. Anyone in his right mind would toss it without a second thought. If I share my jottings with you, that will help me release the pages to the round file.
In Amsterdam I discovered
≈French fries served with mayonnaise
(much better than ketchup, methinks)
In France I still remember
≈a seedless raspberry tart. How, I
wonder, was that produced?
≈Icky cheese.....I'm not fond of smelly
cheeses. When I was asked if I
would like some Stilton, I politely
said, "No, thank you" and the lady
misunderstood and put a sizable
slice of it on my plate.
≈Rising before dawn to get to a
famous antique sale, we ate at an
obscure cafe. A basket of fresh
croissants on the table made even the
scrambled eggs memorable.
≈Fish and chips lived up to their
≈Breakfasts in the B&Bs....always
including tomatoes and limp bacon
≈In one pub after dinner, dessert was
served.......cheesecake under a
mound of real whipped cream.
≈The prices will prohibit another
visit, but I'll always remember the
sizzling ribeye steak, served with
a pat of butter on top.
≈In a little cafe on the river road, we
were served hot pulled pork sand-
witches long before they became
≈Seeking out real Hawaiian food, we
ate at an unpretentious cafe that
served pork, swimming in its own fat,
greens and poi. I don't remember it
for the food, but for the huge male
customers that ate there.
Los Angeles, CA, Philippe's
≈The double dipped pork sandwiches
drew us across town. We added
hot, hot mustard and a scoop of
cole slaw and moaned with pleasure.
One time when I suggested having
supper there, we hopped in the car,
drove to Philippe's and on returning
home found that in our haste we'd
neglected to close the front door.
Claremont, CA, Walter's
≈I could never order anything other
than the lamb burrito.
Fabulous! Lamb cooked
with sauce, baked beans and cheese
inside a flour tortilla topped with
sour cream and alfalfa sprouts,
served with Afghan potatoes.
≈In my experience, no waffle can
compare to the one served by Ole's
in Alameda, California. Crisp,
Oakland, CA, The Lighthouse
≈Garlicky chicken wings...bleu
cheese is the traditional thing to
serve with them, but I prefer the
Culinary Institute of New Orleans
≈With an Elderhostel group we
went here for a cooking demon-
stration and discovered how much
I liked gumbo. It was there that
the chef said, "If you are cooking
with electricity, there's only one
thing to do. Move."
Arcadia, CA, Moffats
≈THE place to go for chicken pies
if you like them filled with
gravy and chicken, no peas.
my opinion, the healthy stuff
should be served on the side.
Glendale, CA, Café du Monde
≈Alas, this restaurant closed years
ago, but I remember so well
their garlic soup and steak au
poivre vert (a dish I learned to
make at home.)
Glendale, CA, Jax
≈Baby back ribs are always our
choice here.......when am I going
to learn that it's no longer "we",
Montrose, CA, Town Deli
≈Another restaurant of the past.
Love their version of Chinese
Chicken Salad, even if the owner
Bar Harbor, ME
≈It was in a restaurant
here that I ate the only
lobster roll I've ever had.
It was utterly delicious.
≈On the same trip, it was
here that I ate a lemon
ice box dessert that was so
good that I ordered a
second one (and I was
much smaller then)
Eagle Rock, CA, Casa Bianca
≈If you time it just right
and arrive at opening time
you can be seated at
to wait. I'm sure all the
dishes are good here, but
we always ordered pizza.