I KNOW, I KNOW, we're supposed to have Hopping John tonight to ensure good fortune throughout this year. But we've been on the road almost without a break since December 20, and today was another drive though not a long one, and Cook was in no mood for Hopping John.
We'd breakfasted late, of course, in a Berkeley restaurant we favor for little more than its typically quiet dining room, high-ceilinged and spacious and good for conversation, since we were there with another couple, our hosts the previous evening. Two eggs over easy, potatoes and bacon, toast and coffee.
•Five, Hotel Shattuck Plaza, 2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, California; (510) 225-6034
THEN WE DROVE HOME, stopping to do a little shopping on the way, and Cook got out a jar of her delicious tomato sauce, and cooked up some penne, and I made my first vinaigrette in a number of days for the green salad, and we ate in front of the fire, just the two of us. A fine start.
Happy New Year!