Sunday, March 27, 2005

Chocolate Almond Midnight, and Other Blissful Things

Chocolate Almond Midnight After doing Easter things with our respective families, Antonia and I met up in San Francisco to hear They Might Be Giants playing in the Borders at Union Square. Ordinarily, I would probably write a lot more about that, but I don't really have a whole lot to say. It was short, and we couldn't see much of anything from where we were. Good music of course. But the real thing to blog about was going to the Millenium Restaurant afterwards (Antonia's favorite, but I'd never been to it).

I would go vegan in an instant if I could eat at the Millenium every day. The food there is absolutely incredible. I had Charmoula Spiced Grilled Tempeh, which doesn't photograph very well I guess, but was excellent. I can't remember the last time I spent so long just eating -- you just have to go slowly and mindfully through the entire meal so as not to miss a single tiny flavor anywhere. And then dessert... wow. The Chocolate Almond Midnight is really just the queen of all desserts ever anywhere. If you get a bite just of the white chocolate mousse on the top, it feels like your tongue is flying. After we finished it, we just sat in complete, blissful silence for a few minutes before we were able to rouse ourselves into anything so mundane as getting up and paying the bill, or even talking.

And as if that all wasn't enough, somewhere in the middle of all the generic background jazz we got to hear Ella Fitzgerald singing Blue Skies. That is a beautiful recording that I think should really be appreciated in the same was as the Millenium's food: eyes closed, letting every sensation just drip through you. Which, of course, is precisely what we did. Life just doesn't get a whole lot better than that.

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