Eastside Road, November 26, 2012—I WON'T PRETEND we didn't lunch well: the garden salad you see here, and then a particularly nice pizzetta involving artichokes, nettles, onions, fried rosemary, and cheese. Oh: and date caramel ice cream, deep and mysterious.
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But then tonight's dinner! Sure, it was simply the Thanksgiving dinner leftovers, but every aspect of the dinner had gained in depth in the four days between. Stuffing; mashed potatoes and gravy; Brussels sprouts and chestnuts — all seemed deeper and richer. The roast chicken, eaten cold, had firmer, toothier texture; the cranberry sauce was bright and flavorful. And then another green salad…
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