I could get used to having Tuesdays and Thursdays off! I got up this morning, ate breakfast and lounged around for a bit. I messed around on the internet for a while before doing a little research for my paper. I considered Anthony Bourdain, but I already know so much about him, then Giada de Laurentiis whose biography I found to be a little dull. Finally I settled on Alice Waters, who I find totally fascinating, I’m posting my essay in a separate post. Halfway through the paper, I got restless and went out for a 5 mile run. It was alright, but I was feeling a little sluggish and because it was later in the day, it was unbearably hot. I ended up walking about half of it. Oh well, at least I got out of the apartment for a bit. During my run, I saw a sign next to a huge tree inviting people to help themselves to the figs growing. Check them out:
I consulted the “Visual Food Encyclopedia” and determined that they are black figs. I love that book! It’s so beautifully illustrated and has so much information, definitely a great resource! I had never had figs before, and they were a tasty treat! The inside was so beautiful, it kind of reminded me of a pomegranate.
I got back to the apartment after my run to realize that the water would be shut off for maintenance for a few hours. So, I decided to head to the gym to lift weights for a bit. I came home to eat lunch and shower. Then it was off to the dentist, no cavities!!
Tonight Michael and I strolled through Little Italy and found a fantastic restaurant, Little Italy Spaghetteria. I ordered the Veal Parmesan, and Michael ordered the John Gotti pizza. I think that if people were not meant to eat baby cows, God would not have made them so tasty 😉 The food was really good and the atmosphere was really fun. There were pictures of famous Italians on the walls and there was a really good Italian band. The service was quick and very helpful. The entire staff was Italian, and so were many of the patrons (the sign of a great Italian restaurant). Afterwards, we hit a gelato shop for gelato and coffee. It was the perfect ending to the day!