Friday, October 5, 2018


so it is now October and we are in the "farewell tour" mode- but we also had a final farewell at Wiener's Circle on Clark - which has been sold to real estate developers so it is a true goodbye....

meanwhile - we began the farewell tour at Entente - even though we were just there earlier in the week LOL - we wanted to get back before we left town and as it turned out we had virtually all our "final" (for this year) meals scheduled---

but it was a very nice evening made better by the staff members who were all very welcoming and attentive...

and today I had lunch with friend Laura at Sushi Dokku- to start her birthday celebrations!

coming up on the farewell tour- Cafe Marbella. Georges Trois, the truffle season dinner at Osteria Langhe, Oriole, Kiki's, Oceanique, S.K.Y., and a lunch at Blackbird as well as dinner at Shari & Kevin's (we have hit mfk., El Ideas, Jibek Jolu,  and 2C)

and we still need to find time for a lunch or dinner at Lao Sze Chuan and Bien Me Sabe... among others-

anyway- you get the many favorites and so little time LOL

last night at Entente-

we had the wedge and carolina gold and foie and short ribs and duck as well as both desserts-

and the beloved Wiener's Circle- loved their char cheddar dogs and the fries were the best around!

and WARNING- content and trigger- do not read any further unless you want to be shocked by unusual behavior- but yes- we actually ate at home on Tuesday and Wednesday night! LOL

and I am wondering if I would have time to write a book if I gave up blogging- LOL probably not but who knows what I will do with the extra twenty minutes a few times a week.... only kidding- some take longer than others.... anyway - stay tuned because I will be posting until the 22nd for sure!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

visits and victuals

so our brother Larry came to visit from Miami- for the coldest weekend of the summer- downright awful weather...

but we had a nice visit anyway and needless to say it involved some good food as well- but before that weekend we tried a new Thai place on Kevi & Shari's recommendation- we liked it a lot!

but before we go there I want to make sure we start with some beautifully presented food - so let's skip ahead to last night's Mondiale event to start- a Kosta Brown dinner at Entente...

the most beautiful dish

the foie gras course last night!

here are the rest from last night- all excellent dishes -

of course- we knew the chef (not personally) from Schwa when he was there (i always thought he was too nice to work there LOL) and we are happy he has had such success with his own place... it has been a while since we have been there so this reminded us of how great the food is...

then since we started there we can work back in time - to the lunch from Sunday with Larry- at mfk.  which as many readers know is among our faves for lunch-

  we ate all from roman numeral I except the croquettes (which I find uninspired)

 while we loved the mussels in this dish - the combo didn't do it for us - we are not lovers of Chevre or of bell peppers - so this one won't make the cut next time we are here...

loved the chipirones last time so they were a MUST this time- still kick butt!

 a special for the day from the blackboard- escargot

 then the first three dishes from Roman numeral III

(We all liked the old albondigas recipe much better - might skip this forever favorite if it stays this way next time- 

It was far too cold to eat outdoors but the flowers haven't yet taken a hit from frost overnight-

then dinner the night before at El Ideas with Larry and our friend Jenny-

 the amazing foie course treated as smores---

and a lesser but fun dinner on Friday night at Jibek Jolu (no photos) which followed dinner at Osteria Langhe the prior evening - only the mains shown - which we followed by a quick soft serve across the street at The Freeze (not recommended- go to Lickety Split instead)

  above the incredible congligo and below the maiale- both fabulous dishes!

which leads us back to the Thai place where we dined before Larry arrived -

 shown above the thai spring rolls- the baby egg rolls - the shrimp in a blanket and the e-san sausage (too much garlic for me but Phil liked them) and also further above the Hoy Tod mussel pancake... and the udon pad thai (a nice change) and lime chicken (needs more spice) along with the nam sod (wonderful flavors and tender chicken)

all in all a winner - especially once we have honed our ordering ... so we now begin the "farewell tour" of our favorites as we come to the countdown to my leave date--- we already have Oriole, Oceanique, Georges Trois, and S.K.Y. scheduled... and I am sure we will find time for good Chinese and more Thai and a trip to the Wiener Circle (which has been sold to developers as itis prime real estate)... also we are making plans with all our friends and already have Ron & Mary, Kevin & Shari, John & Stephanie, Lee & NIck, and Todd & Evelyn, scheduled for various social time/meals... so there is still time before semifreelife goes on hiatus LOL (if it does LOL) so stay tuned.