This past week or so hasn’t been all fun and games. There’s been some serious eating as well. And time spent perusing the audition streams for both the Ginn and Simeon characters. Lots of terrific performances and we’ve all been weighing in, gradually narrowing down our choices. Hoping to have both parts cast by the time we head back into the office on…Monday? Blazed through another 200 pages of Jonathan Barnes’ so-far so-fantatic The Somnambulist. Only 150 more pages to go. Will be interesting to see whether he can maintain the pace AND pull off a satisfying conclusion.
Of course, come tomorrow I’ll have plenty of time for reading as my guest, Akemi, heads back to Tokyo following a ten-day star in Vancouver. As the Japanese would say: Kanashii!
Last night, we had dinner at La Quercia where we shared a delicious savory eggplant souffle with sweet tomato jam, then split three pasta dishes: a half-moon pasta with a potato-alpine cheese filling that proved to be Akemi’s favorite, my favorite the spaghetti al’amatriciana (smoked pork cheek, chillies, and san marzano tomatoes), and an equally terrific tagliatelle with mortadella.
Then, for dessert, we had an unbelievable almond tort with homemade vanilla ice cream – and a couple of scoops of the house creamy pistachio ice cream as well. Akemi has proven a bit of a cappuccino fiend and, after sampling different versions around town, pronounced La Quercia’s “the best”. She also declared the house meringues (served complimentary with the bill) among the top ten best she’s ever had – and, hailing for Tokyo, she’s had plenty. So she was absolutely thrilled when she was gifted a tiny bag of the heavenly little confections in the way out.
If you’re thinking of checking out La Quercia, make sure to call and book in advance. It’s a small place, terrific, and extremely popular.
Mom was finally released from the rehab center and headed home last night.
P.S. Is that it for the book of the month club recommendations?