I told you I had dined in two great restaurants here. In reality, there were more – lots more – but three of the most memorable of late are these: Market Table, Antica Pesa (more on this one soon) and Lilia.
There is a lot of hype about Lilia. Chef/owner Missy Robbins was reportedly President Obama’s favorite chef based on her work at Spiaggia* in Chicago. She could have opened her first restaurant virtually anywhere but chose my neighborhood. Lucky us.
At The Baroness, a bar in nearby Long Island City, Queens, patrons can engage in sabrage.
Property of The Baroness
“What’s sabrage?” seven out of ten of you are asking right now. Fortunately the Wall Street Journal posted this handy dandy guide to sabering back in 2010 [ignore the illustration which clearly gets several details wrong].
There’s also this very serious video complete with classical music and warning about the dangerousness of this endeavor.
I asked The Baroness for more info.
@1chicklette we only allow Sabrage with Champagne! Needs the pressure… And must be from France.
1. Charcuterie at Il Buco Vineria. Probably the best I’ve ever had.
2. Gorgonzola cremificato at Murray’s Cheese. Molly and I arrived early for our class so we went two doors down to the cheese bar. Yep, we had more cheese plus charcuterie…before a cheese class.
3. Banana tiramisu at Saranello’s outside Chicago. The chef said it was inspired by his mother’s banana pudding. Italians might scream ‘sacrilege’ but it was so delicious that I can’t make myself care.
Update: @FloridaGirlinDC is now @Tammy. What a great Twitter handle!
Tammy is another vivacious woman I regret not meeting during my years living in Washington, DC. Know that I plan to rectify that during my upcoming trip there.
Tammy’s Instagram account is a terrific way to peek in at her exciting life full of good friends, good food and one super cute dog named Ike.
OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest
@floridagirlindc: Funny Democrats with jobs that like girls who eat out a lot and have small dogs. So, clearly I’m about to fall in love with a dull Republican that hates farmers markets and loves cats.
OneChicklette: Your chief characteristic (one word)
OneChicklette: What you appreciate most in your friends
@floridagirlindc: Loyalty, laughter and lots of wine.