Saturday, November 29, 2008


Judy, Susanna, Jessica and I walked up Riverside Drive and then up Claremont to Pisticci a little Italian restaurant on LaSalle St. We worked up good appetites walking in the chill night air. I had meatballs and polenta, the girls had artichoke ravioli, Judy had lamb ragout and we all shared carafe of the house red wine, tiramisu and whipped cream and fruit. It was our little birthday party for Susanna. The door caught my eye on the way home.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Amsterdam Loop

After a rainy night, there had been a damp cold morning, but when we went for a walk in the early afternoon the sun was beginning to break through. We made our Amsterdam loop. Book Culture, [I found a book by Mark Micale on The Hysterical Man]; St. John the Divine, where we asked about their New Years Program and I got a picture of the glass stained light on the columns; Peace park, which Judy thought kids would love; the Hungarian Pastry Shop, where we had an apple strudel and Russian Coffee and overheard a stranger talking about our Super [a good man, but gone]; the 104th st fish market, for some shrimp and back along Broadway picking up wine, bread and vegetables for dinner.

Monday, November 24, 2008


A cold Sunday in November. What to do. We found a concert by a group called An die Musik at Merkin Hall. We got there early and enjoyed walking around the block. Who knew: a public library specializing in audio, the Julliard bookstore and Balducci's market, where I got an espresso and Judy got a fruitnut bar. The concert had Beethoven and Musto [who also played the piano] and a chamber version of Goldilocks. Afterwards we went to Le Monde and had duck sausage and sweet potato soup…ending the evening seeing Adam Venieteri winning a game for the Colts with a last second [what else] field goal.