A huge thank you to Ed & Natalie for a wonderful evening last night! Natalie invited me to a reading at Pages in Kensington, and I had a great time. The reading in this instance was by poet Kim Minkus, and I have to admit to being captivated.
9 Freight is an exploration of desire, capital, materialism and violence. Using the language of real estate and gaming, her poems are an erotic exploration of a world that has “too much of everything.”
While she was gracious enough to let me take some photos of her, she demurred at the wider acclaim of the internet and extracted a promise not to post them. Probably for the best, I don’t want too much competition on that front while I crush on her *grin*
I’ve really enjoyed going out to events like this, as it’s sparking my desire to write again. While I have yet to put anything down, I find myself exploring words and phrasing a lot more in my head and wishing I had a notebook handy.
After the poetry reading it was off to Pulcinella’s just down the block where a bit of a wait ensued. No problem with that in this crowd. With our handpicked bunch of authors and various ne’erdowells on hand some raucous conversation ensued Ordered their bruschetta and the polenta lasagna. There are actually two styles of bruschetta they bring, one the classic tomato and the other was a roasted red pepper and feta. *very* good stuff, I’d recommend both. The polenta lasagna was excellent as well, with a surprising amount of heat on it.
The pizza honestly left me a bit cold. It was juicy in a way I don’t like, and didn’t have anywhere near the spice I was expecting. I also wasn’t expecting canned mushrooms. I’m not a big fan of mushrooms in the first place, and particularly not canned mushrooms. Interestingly, from the above link, canned mushrooms are actually required – no fresh allowed on a Neopolitan pizza. Weird!
Aside from the pizza itself though, the rest of the food looked amazing and I’m glad I was introduced to Pulcinella’s. As a bit of an aside, I’d updated Facebook from my crackberry on where I was, and fairly shortly had a wall post from a striking (hah!) lass of my acquaintance that said, and I quote:
“HAVE THE SALTIMBOCCA!”
Tragically after that meal I was far too stuffed to indulge. Of course, with a return trip intended in the not distant future I may just have to invite her out to introduce me to it
The earlier part of the day was a lot of fun as well. Spent the first bit of it in the company of The Adam ™ and his Frighteningly Hot Wife ™ at the Farmer’s Market. Engaged in a bit of excess yesterday and picked up two absolutely beautiful glass bottles for the kitchen, as well as some vinegar sherry, a spicy pecan vinegar from Cuisine Perel, an absolutely wonderful looking jar of pesto, a pomegranate champagne vinegar, and a citrus/herb and truffle oil vinaigrette. Oo, and a small jar of cide confit with apple and calvados
Also grabbed some really crisp apples and a mango to try making a fruit salsa with.
Good times, and some tasty meals should result *nodnod*
After dropping off the wandering duo, it was a mad dash to get home in time to meet up with Ronya for a bit of wandering to a flea market of disrepute There was some interesting stuff there, and I actually did make a purchase. That said, the selection was somewhat limited and we just weren’t prepared for such a crowded and small venue. A relatively hasty exit was made after strolling past the various vendors.
We had half intended to grab a coffee afterwards, but I got distracted by a Home Depot and was with the perfect person to toodle around inside it with. It doesn’t take a lot of arm twisting to get Ronya inside a home improvement store *grin* Picked up a few terracotta bases for the herbs I bought last week, and a teeny greenhouse thingy that fits in the living room. I suspect my herbs will be a LOT happier in that, and will actually survive the cats.
Ok, this turned into a much bigger novel than I’d intended so I’m going to end it here