I don't think I've eaten in a restaurant for quite a while. Any fun evenings with friends recently were at someone's house, and I haven't done a lot of the work where one eats something at midday with colleagues.
Tomorrow I'm invited to a film ending a festival I'm working for though I doubt I'll go as it is at 8 pm and the cocktail afterwards at 10:30... I'd love to schmooze a bit with business card at hand, but I'm interpreting the following morning. That would have been no problem at 20... I'm not talking about gross excess but simply staying up too late.
last one was sushi, a small sushi place nearby that i sometimes go to with agnes, it's kind of "our thing", as mr. r. doesn't like sushi.
before that, we went to a steak house by the baltic sea and had fish there (in the town we were looking in, there were no fish restaurants, but that steak house had a lot of fish on the menu, too, so i suppose they were on the one hand for locals wanting steak, and on the other hand for tourists wanting fish) ... i had fried herring and it was quite nice ...
and before that in romania we went to restaurants every day, some better some not so good, one with a 75 minute wait, one with a live representation of folcloric dances, etc. i had salata de vinete a few times, and ciorba de burta, and tochita, and mamaliga etc.
I was a good sport today as my closest friend is leaving for a month tomorrow & wanted to eat pizza. We went to a place she likes called Mezzaluna (imaginative! ). It was pleasant, with nice tableware & real napkins & attentive service & the pizza was nice enough, but you know -- pizza.
no restaurants in the last few days, as we got to save money now, after spending a bit more than planned on vacation. there of course we went to restaurants all the time. the last one was a fast food place at the airport though, where i had a very pricy "tagine in bread" sandwhich which did not really taste like tagine and wasn't all that good ... should have gotten a burger after all ... and before that was another fast food place in the morocco mall in casablanca, where we had sushi ... but before that i hada very nice tagine in rabat ...
Had an excellent steak tartare on rue Jean Pierre Timbaud last night, fringe of the Oberkampf area. Completely unplanned because my friend and I had planned on eating Thai, but the restaurant was closed for the holidays... until today.
I don't often eat out, but on Monday a friend and I went out to a Lao-Thai restaurant (from a region on the Lao-Thai border. A mango salad with dried shrimp; very good but I'd have liked the shrimp soaked a bit more, some very unusually-spiced sausages with rice, and a good version of pad thai (not the sweet westernized stuff). It was a byow, and we had some good douro white from Portugal. A tiny hole-in-the-wall, very bright and clean; filled up quickly.
Last was on Pampelone beach - Tiki beach. As expected, nice from outside, service corret, no more, spectacular view and edible food - the spaghetti bolo that my duaghter ordered was just - not good at all... how can one miss a spaghetti ? My wife liked her meal. We didn't pay :-)
My most recent meal was Saturday night in San Antonio, when I gorged on sushi. Nice but very popular Japanese restaurant. We had a fun waiter & my California sister knows about sake, so I got to try a couple of types.
There was an anime convention in town and all those kids felt compelled to have Japanese food, so we were also entertained by how the waiting guests were dressed.
This weekend we were in Lissewege, which is a very charming village between Brugge (also called Bruges) and the seaside. The reason for this visit was a very extensive exhibition of sculptures of various artists throughout the village. Very, very interesting. Dinner at our little hotel was WOW, with excellent pairing wines.
Indeed, I've had some excellent food in Belgium, even in small places. And not just mussels and frites, though those are excellent too.
I had Belgian friends (Flemish, but also perfectly fluent in French, as well as English and German) who were living in Amsterdam when I was there, and while they weren't at all complainy types (they had also worked as coopérants in very poor countries), they did joke about the poor quality of Dutch food (with the same weather and ingredients, and if Flemish, pretty much the same culture). "Calvinist food"...
They (semi) retired to a village in southwestern France, but it was becoming too expensive, so now they are back in Belgium in Gent, also known as Ghent and Gand. Of course the weather isn't as nice as it is near Albi, but it is a lively university town.