And on to other things now, Restaurant Week has begun, and my day one was quite good: Dovetail. My prix fixe: butternut squash soup (had pleasantly crunchy little pumpernickel cubes, and apricots, pumpkin seeds, and then some mousse-like "thing" with cloves and nutmeg), then duck confit, which was good, but in my fully honest opinion could have had a little bit more of the accoutrements, and slightly less of the confit, so that every bite could've been a "well-built" one. Finally, a semi-sweet chocolate i-don't-know-what-you-call-it soft square thing... more or less ganache, with orange bits and sauce, and a little dollop of cinnamon ice cream (which I LOVE). All in all, a beautiful meal. My tasting partner had the complimentary choices, which were a braised lamb app (very tasty indeed, probably my favorite of the entire spread), hangar steak with some amazing mushrooms (steak was just okay), and a passion fruit sorbet with passion fruit molded mousse thing, topped with little black sesame meringues. There was also a smear of "pencil" on that plate, which, upon realizing what I was tasting, caused me to burst out in unbridled laughter. Yup. I love restaurant week. 4 more reservations to go.
In fact, it was such an unexpectedly bizarre flavor, I kind of wish I could taste it again.
Here we go, Day 158: https://ia700808.us.archive.org/8/items/Improv11912/1_19_129_59Pm.mp3