Twice in the last two weeks the wife and I have spent close to 300$ on dinner for two. Last night it was at Providence, a highly rated and regarded LA seafood restaurant. (Seems like it maybe aspires to be the Le Bernadin of LA?) And like last week, the meal did not come close to living up to its billing. Was it good? Absolutely. Were there moments of brilliance? Yes: there were moments. But for that amount of money, I don't want moments of brilliance: I want only brilliance. I don't want dry duck or octopus that's rubbery. I want perfection. And this was not perfection. Not even close.
So, that makes me kind of grouchy. I feel like I've been suckered, slightly. But oh well. What can I do? And the service, I must say, was impeccable. As you would expect.
I want to write about the moving and fascinating This American Life I listened to yesterday while walking (4.5 miles) but I don't have energy now. If you go to their website, where you can download all their episodes to listen to, it's called something to the effect of "If Kids Ruled The World." It was put out in the last year and was absolutely first-rate. Highly highly recommended. Moving and funny and thought-provoking. Great great stuff.