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A birthday

I spent my day loitering around, cosseting myself with sashimi, sushi, and a new bathrobe, not all from the same shop. It's been tranquil and pleasant, with flowers and cards, including one whose envelope was addressed to "Dr. Worthen"!

In the evening, I started to feel as if I've at last really begun to settle in London. I've known Zeenab since I was 10, C. and mirrorshard from York, haggisthesecond and fjm from Toronto, and everyone else from the past year of living in London. If only Catherine had been able to come - from my time at Smith - this would have been the best distribution of friends I've ever managed to assemble in one place. Even without her, it was wonderful to have people together from so many parts and places of my life.

Lola's very thoughtfully was celebrating its 10th anniversary, which means that those of us who ordered off of the set menu were generously given free matching wine. The salmon was smooth and fresh, good on its own in a gentle marinade, but enlivened by the crunch of accompanying beet salad. Lime cheesecake was light and friendly, with a laid-back tang to the lime. It was good in a way which comes closer to approximating my ideal of cheesecake than most I've tried in my life. It needn't be a heavy dish; I prefer it lighter. The dessert wine (not part of the deal) was smooth and restrained, grape with undercurrent of citrus.

For those that were there and wondered who the others were on LJ, here's the list, counter-clockwise from me: purplecthulhu, fjm, hairyears, ewtikins, pfy, Zeenab WINOLJ, nou, mirrorshard, Colin (colins_journal), and haggisthesecond.


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Jul. 25th, 2006 11:02 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday (if a bit late)!
Jul. 25th, 2006 11:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you! In your timezone, closer to where I've more often celebrated it, it still is my birthday.
Jul. 25th, 2006 11:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks for a lovely evening, and for introducing me to people. I can now put some more usernames to faces.

I'm not normally much of a wine drinker, but I did enjoy the complimentary complementary wines. The minestrone came with a smooth, rounded white wine that formed a pleasant background to the mixed flavours of the summer vegetables, and the steak came with a deliciously strong, peppery red that would have been a bit overpowering with any other meat.

I was surprised by how light the cheesecake was. With cheesecake, I tend to expect something rather solid that will crush any last traces of hunger, and I usually enjoy it that way. But for a meal on this hot summer evening, it was a welcome conclusion.

It was really good to see you again. I hope you had a wonderful birthday.
Jul. 26th, 2006 12:00 am (UTC)
many happy returns!
Jul. 26th, 2006 12:08 am (UTC)
Happy birthday!
Jul. 26th, 2006 12:19 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday Shansy - albeit a trifle late.
Jul. 26th, 2006 05:12 am (UTC)
Had a lovely time, thank you.

And we need to Discuss Food sometime. I've been salivating over your reports.
Jul. 26th, 2006 11:33 am (UTC)
And musicals. We need to discuss those too.

Thank you for coming!
Jul. 26th, 2006 08:50 am (UTC)
Happy Belated Birthday!
Jul. 26th, 2006 09:49 am (UTC)
glad to hear you had a fantastic time, i wish i could have been there! :)
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Jul. 26th, 2006 11:33 am (UTC)
I think you'd've gotten on well with the other end of the table. Banquettes make it challenging for social circulation during meals, however.

I always forget how picky I am about pork chops. It was succulently cooked, but not as flavorsome as the ones back home. But then, I grew up in a pork-producing state.
Jul. 26th, 2006 10:53 am (UTC)
Thank you for posting the usernames.

Do you think the beetroot was raw? (I've never tried eating it raw, for some reason.) I couldn't work out if it was actually raw, or just very lightly cooked.
Jul. 26th, 2006 11:30 am (UTC)
I don't think it was raw or cooked, but pickled, with the softness from vinegar maceration.
Jul. 26th, 2006 11:38 am (UTC)
Yes, but before the pickling? Most "pickled" beetroot is pre-cooked, isn't it?
Jul. 26th, 2006 11:52 am (UTC)
As further evidence that I'm more experienced at eating than cooking, you're absolutely right.
Jul. 26th, 2006 12:52 pm (UTC)
A quick look around cookbooks recommends between 30 and 90 minutes of boiling beets before pickling. "Until tender" is the general guideline.
Jul. 26th, 2006 12:53 pm (UTC)
It was al dente beetroot pickle!
Jul. 26th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
I think I'm going to have to experiment! I've only recently started doing Strange Things with beetroot, so I have a lot to learn. I just wish I could get raw beetroot from Surrey Street market; cooked only, unfortunately. I can get it from my tame hippies, but they inexplicably failed to come this week.
Jul. 27th, 2006 07:47 am (UTC)
I'm playing catch-up. *blush* Your birthday was obviously full of luxurious delights, and that's marvelous! Especially that lime cheesecake. Mmmm.

My very best, fullest, and happiest birthday wishes to you!
Jul. 27th, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC)
Jul. 28th, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC)
I'm really sorry I forgot to wish you a happy birthday. This week has been a mad rush of packing and trying to the movers sorted out before Monday. Complete and utter madness. But it's all good now. So happy belated birthday!
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