The Distinguished Gourmand: Good Measure
After a brief hiatus, Dinner Club is back!
When last we caught up with Dinner Club (according to this blog), we were joined by Ben at Rosaline. Following that meal, we were joined by Nate and Maryn’s parents at Union in Pasadena. I didn’t review that meal because we were a larger group than normal, it was really hard to get any photos, and really hard to carry on a conversation. That was in September. In October we headed to The Venue in Koreatown. I don’t believe anyone enjoyed that meal, so I chose not to write about it. We skipped November and December because of the holidays, even though I finally got Mark, David, and Nate to eat at Cassia with me. January kind of came and went without us noticing, so Mark took it upon himself to make a reservation for us at Journeyman in Atwater Village in an attempt to get us back on the rails.
Oh, wait. That’s right. We didn’t eat at Journeyman because they told our group of seven people that in order to dine there we could only choose six items total from their menu, for a fixed price of $70 per person. In a stunning, unprecedented move never before seen in the history of Dinner Club, we made a reservation across the street at Good Measure instead. Some of us who will not be named spent a majority of the meal badmouthing Journeyman. One person who will not be named (NATE! IT WAS ALL NATE!) said we should go so far as to “Pretty Woman” Journeyman…which I think…wait, what does that even mean? Are we supposed to throw escargot at them? What the hell scene was he referring to? The shopping scene? Nate, dammit, why can’t I remember what you said?!
Oh, that’s right. I don’t remember because Good Measure is a very #wineforward restaurant. Or, at least, that’s what Mark said…I don’t know, twenty times throughout the meal? We drank a good amount of wine at this dinner club. As usual, I showed up 15 minutes early. So I sat at the bar with a glass of Sangiovese (Podere la Berta, 2014). This marked the first Dinner Club I can remember where everyone showed up early! We were all seated at the table 3 minutes before our reservation. And then the parade of food and wine began. Here we go!
Note: I just want to take a second at the end of today’s post to note the passing of Jóhann Jóhannsson, whose music I’ve discovered and really come to love to in recent years. I think his scores for Prisoners, Sicario, and Arrival are among the best in their respective classes (read: years released), and his original music, notably Orphée) was equally brilliant. The world lost an incredibly talented artist today.
The Bats – Steeley Gaze [MP3]
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