Glendale, April 24—WE FIRST HEARD ABOUT this place a couple of years ago; I wrote about it here. After an afternoon at an extremely interesting presentation at Occidental College — see description at The Eastside View — we stopped in, eight or nine of us, for a drink and a bite. I began with a very nice Martini; the table shared a "portfolio" of salame and such; then I had the sea bass with clams, artichoke barigoule, Meyer lemon and olives.
What's that, I wondered: turns out it's a Provençale dish, essentially artichokes cooked in white wine and savories — I was approaching it the other night when I steamed artichokes in olive oil and white wine. There's a recipe here; I'm going to have to try it when I have time at home.
Dinner was truly delicious. I succumbed to a chocolate-coffee mousse for dessert. The table talk was lively. The place is a little noisy, but that's to be expected.
Macon, Chateau Lafon, 2008