LAMB LAST NIGHT, and happy to have it. It was the daily special at this place, always dependable, a sort of American bistro with a full bar (the Martini wasn't bad). Roast leg of lamb with mint, very traditional; little white beans with it, and — what? Don't recall. Too much talking; we were there with a friend. We're all distracted these days; distressed and distracted.
•Monti's, 714 Village Court, Santa Rosa, California; 707-568-4404
LUNCH TODAY: sardine and onion sandwich. The fish was canned of course, and very good — it had been a Christmas present, in fact, so you know it was special. Canned sardine, thin-sliced white onion, with a bit of green fennel-frond: a fine lunch. Apple; cookie.
SUPPER: BEAN SOUP, made from fagiolini del Trasimeno : delicious, rather smoky-flavored, rich little red and varicolored beans from a Slow Food convivium, brought home last fall and neglected until now. Well, the soup, and before it a tiny bit of leftover beef stew. We'll feast tomorrow. Oh: green salad, tangerine, cookies.