Monday, May 30, 2011

My Vegan Mondays

This week, it will be a Vegan Tuesday. Please forgive me. But after three+ weeks of alkalizing and non-stop writing, reading, editing, revising, I needed a break. I was actually going along so well today. Green juice… avocado toast… carrots and hummus… But when my dear friends from LA asked if I wanted to join them for dinner at Balthazar, all bets were off. There was no way I wasn’t getting that goat cheese and caramelized onion tart.

Needless to say, dinner was over-the-top delicious. Balthazar remains my favorite restaurant in the city, especially when shared with great friends. Chris and Butch got the three-tiered Balthazar seafood platter: king crabs, lobster, oysters, shrimp, clams, ceviche.... I nibbled some of that, had my tart and chicken pallaird and butter on my bread. Plus champagne and chocolate cake for dessert. Pourquoi pas? I’m celebrating. The book goes in on Wednesday, the article on Friday, and I am a free woman come Saturday. Hallelujah!


  1. Congrats -- belatedly -- on the book. (And the light at the end of the tunnel!) I can't wait to indulge in an entire volume of your writing. I don't think I ever even stood a chance at filling your shoes in the Paris office, despite all your helpfulness to a stranger. But I must ask one very important question: is avocado toast just what it sounds like? Toast + avocado? That sounds divine. But then, avocado plus anything sounds divine. And I don't think anyone would blame you for splurging at Balthazar with friends. Not splurging would lead to some questions, though.

  2. So I actually live only a few blocks from balthazar but have never been... methinks I need to get ON IT. Sounds like a marvelous dinner :)

  3. Perfect reason for skipping a Vegan Monday- today is just as good. I am so happy for you that the Book is coming to a conclusion, the next phase will be so great !!
    besos.. C

  4. the three-tiered Balthazar seafood platter'
    I LOVE those plateaux of seafood...sigh
    Remembrances of Brasserie Bofinger...
    boy are you busy!!
    Bonne travaille

  5. Laura, oui, avocado toast is just that. Good whole grain bread, drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice, topped with sliced (or mashed) avocado, plus salt and pepper. Ridiculously delicious!

    Carol, the three-tiered platter was so much fun. It's one of those splurges that's worth it for the fanfare and insanity.

    Helen, get yerself in there! What are you waiting for??

    Candice, as always, thank you for all of your support!

  6. Oh my, that does sound like an amazing treat. I must try that soon.

  7. Champagne and chocolate cake= YUM! :D

  8. And that avocado toast sounds interesting..I'll look it up and see how I can find some to try out... :)