The Distinguished Gourmand: Odys + Penelope
I survived my trip to Vegas last week. Barely. I had hoped to spend a day relaxing in my king-sized bed overlooking the Strip, blogging about my (mis)adventures while snacking on some room service. Such is Vegas. One day’s pipe dream is the next day’s “Oh my God I’m still drunk and I have all these obligations, oh well no sleep!” I might have come away from this trip ahead a hundred or two hundred dollars, but I also came away very much behind on sleep, sobriety, and dietary restraint. Thank God I walked 11 miles on Wendesday, because I pretty much ate my body weight while in town. Secret Pizza is still the best New York-style slice on the west(ish) coast. Mario Batali’s burger joint in the Venetian is really, really good. The restaurants at the new “The Park” between Monte Carlo and New York, New York are disappointing. The “Beerhaus,” though, has the highest concentration of stunningly attractive servers and bartenders I’ve ever encountered in Vegas. The bathrooms pretty much everywhere I ate up and down the strip were not optimized for germaphobes.
My birthday was this past week, and I have spent it celebrating with friends and family. Mom was in town for the weekend and we dined and shopped for kitchen supplies for my apartment. I guess some people who’ve been to my place within the past year thought I was living in squalor because I have no pyrex dishes, or a salad mixing bowl, or even a slow cooker. Happy birthday to me. Now I pretty much have a new kitchen in which to play.
Last night was the latest meeting of the Dinner Club for Day People (also known as Dinner Club, also known as #DTE). I took the opportunity to choose this month’s location using my birthday as an excuse. I chose Odys + Penelope, which has been on my Restaurants To-Try list for quite some time. We had almost a full crew last night (Maryn didn’t show but she had a valid excuse) and I invited special guest Erin along as my +1. Erin was an original member of Dinner Club when it started in 2011, but she bailed us three or four times in a row right from the get-go. Then she complained about how we only chose expensive restaurants. Finally, she asked to be removed from the e-mail chain. Four years later, I convinced her to join us and she surprised everyone by attending her first meeting since the group started. Here’s the low-down on Odys + Penelope.
Burning Sensations – Pablo Picasso [The Modern Lovers]
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