I can’t begin to explain my passion for good food. It is almost at the same level as my passion for working out,biking ,running. If I was to concisely debate why enjoy exercising so much I would have to conclude that is because it allows me to eat the food I like.
Like most athletes I like to have a good balanced , maybe a not so healthy meal both before my run and after.
So before my 14mile odyssey it was Kabab king And wonderful orgy of meat. Kababs have are so much more enjoyable after you have gone to a bar with some friends before.
After the run on Monday R and I decided to try a new Italian joint up the street from us. It is Al Dente in Stratford. It had gotten great reviews and since Al Paccino had eaten their several times I figured it had to have some authentic Italian nature to it. We went their straight after work , skipping my Monday swim (it’s only oct) . Ordered a good glass of wine and some bruschetta to start. The wine was good and the bruschetta was to my enjoyment, wonderfully simple. I hate it when some over ambitious, snotty chef decides to over-complicate a simple dish. Simplicity is always the bueaty in life. This was crisp fresh bread with a drizzle of evoo fresh tomatoes and basil. Simplicity and wonderful.
My salad was a bit of dissapoijtment. Being drenched in balsamic sauce I felt I was having vinegar bottle. But againt it was fresh and good pallate cleanser.
Finally to the main course. My shrimp al dente was wonderful. I could taste the “ala vodka” sauce as it had cooked with the shrimp. The pasta was perfectly cooked and then tossed with the sauce and the Shrimp making it that absoulte wholistic dish that you wish a chef would create just for you. The tiny addition of the peas and pruchitto offered the variation in texture and taste in the dish.
Rhian got the spaghetti bolognese can’t really say much about it since I was so satisfied with my own dish. Will try the leftovers tonight.