Some days you just let things get away from you, and this was one of them. I should have been diligently testing the perfume I got a sample of on Friday, but I had something happen to me that rarely does; I was socially in demand. So I’ll have to actually save the review of Lubin Black Jade until next time.
I will write that this unexpected burst of friends asking to eat lead to a Sunday of retro food. First was eggs benedict at the fountain coffee room at The Beverly Hills Hotel, which was one of the few things about the hotel that was basically left alone during the hotel’s refurbishing in the 90’s. That’s a good thing, since it’s a slice of 1949. The prices aren’t even bad. considering that it’s a luxury hotel; breakfast and coffee for two was a shade over $40. Not every-day for me, but if you’re in town it’s worth it for the experience, and the eggs benedict is really delicious: simple, classic and not screwed with.
The friend who suggested it (and paid, thank goodness) was a little annoyed that his new Porsche Cayenne didn’t get the beauty spot space in the Valet. Poor bunny. He freely admits that it’s his mid-life crisis with 4-wheel drive, so good on him. Were I in his income bracket I’d have gone for a Boxster, but what do I know? I take the bus.
The afternoon was a movie with my new movie pal, a wonderful, funny new friend who has a partner who doesn’t care for the kind of movies she likes. He likes things that explode, makes noise and are generally in the Bey/Bruckheimer oeuvre. She’s more of a rom-com kind of gal, and so am I. So off to “Friends With Benefits” we went. It was a cute movie. Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake are enormously charismatic and while the flick was so formulaic you could see the cogs turning it was still very enjoyable. We stopped for a bite after at The Capital Grille, which opened up in the Beverly Center where the Hard Rock used to be. I had French onion soup, which I don’t think I’ve had since maybe 1977 when I was a kid. It was absolutely delicious. Again, a classic recipe done with the best ingredients and not “updated” or “deconstructed” or “rethought”. Just great stock, onions, real pumpernickel and a hearty layer of gruyere blasted under the broiler. Yum.
Next time, back to the subject at hand. If you have a classic recipe that you thing should be brought back, please say so in the comments.