Look! I am doing things and blogging about them! In a timely fashion!
Fran was in town this weekend, and we went to all the haunts. It was great having a good friend in town to pal all around with. We shopped for jewelry and minimalist/age-appropriate dresses and xmas presents, and then went to Aesop and had the most glorious experience with tea and cookies and creams and elixirs. Fancy ladies, we were.
Last night, we had dinner at Le Dauphin, which is basically my favorite place here. It never fails to inspire and satisfy. When we walked up, Aizpitarte was outside having a smoke and a glass of red. That guy just exudes cool. And his food ain't bad, either! We were promptly seated (!, at 9 pm on a Saturday night??!) and enjoyed such yum-yums as sea urchin over cabbage, mixed mushrooms and polenta, shrimp risotto, tandoori octopus, some "special edition" anchovies, and the biggest oyster I have ever laid eyes on.
I remember one of the waitresses back at the Oyster House in Philly telling me that they grow 'em big in France. Like, knife-and-fork big. And that's just how we ate Oyster-the-Gigantor last night.