Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Pancakes in the Age of Enlightenment: Culinary Contours of the Mysterious Multiverse
Remember that line in Swingers where Mikey (Jon Favreau) tries, and fails, to impress the waitress in the Treasure Island Casino coffee shop?
Mikey (referring to the menu's "Breakfast Anytime" claim):
I'll have pancakes in the Age of Enlightenment
I'm pretty sure Steven Wright told that joke first, only it was "French toast during the Renaissance" back then.
That joke set me thinking... if I was unencumbered by the tiresome constraints of space & time and I could experience lunch, dinner and supper in three disparate locations during a single day, where and when would I choose to eat?
After further deliberation, I decided to leave "when" out of the equation, for now at least, and concentrate on contemporary cuisine and existing (rather than past, future or imagined) establishments.
There are so many potential combinations to choose from, but here's my choix du jour:
Déjeuner: cappucinno, crab chowder and an afternoon of conversation & people-watching as the sun streams in the massive French doors at the chic café Sonsie on Newbury Street, Boston’s version of Rodeo Drive.
Dîner: the finest steak de atún the Iberian peninsula has to offer at Senyor Parellada's charming little Barcelonetta bistro.
Après Dîner: vin rouge and a selection of fromage Au Petit Moulin, due de Thoroze, Montmartre.