February 20, 2011 by Darlene McC
As I mentioned in my extension of the bucket list, my hubbers convinced me yesterday that not only should I do the Something New project; I should start today. No delay. But how to kick off a year of documenting my life experiment? I was torn between the impulse for grand gesture and simple experience. Luckily, fate intervened.
Two of our most lovely friends, who we rarely see, happened to visit NYC today: Mike & Sandra. Mike is, among other things, the Production Manager for Generous Company and Sandra is a 3rd year grad student in the most respected program in her field. Not simpletons, let me assure you. At some point in the afternoon I mentioned this project in passing; not that it is self-imposed or more lasting than just today, just that something new was necessary; and Mike took it upon himself to ensure the success of my mission. The results:
Day 1’s New Things are:
I already knew I liked bourbon and whiskey, so scotch wasn’t too far of a stretch; but Mike picked a solid introduction with Johnnie Walker Green Label. I’ve been told that I should not try Dooers as my next scotch as I’ll be really disappointed.
But Mike wasn’t going to stop at alcohol, oh no. He took me and our pals over to Jules on St. Marks, a jazz spot/french bistro and his favorite restaurant in NYC. In addition to the amazing brazed pork loin I had for my entrée I also had some of his foie gras ~ goose liver made into a paste with other things added to enhance flavor. While I wouldn’t order it for myself any time soon it was delicious (a bit too rich to eat all by myself) and almost all who tried it were pleased (the hubster was not).
So that’s day 1: Scotch and fois gras. I didn’t grow up in a family that drinks expensive alcohol or eats organ meat; so both these things are oddly taboo and have been on the idea list for awhile.
Good job Mike.