The First Leg:

A few drinks last night made this morning’s 4:30AM wakeup call a little harder than expected, but everything went as planned, including them announcing my name just as I arrived to board the plane last call for – John Hall, New York

Landed in NYC at 7:00AM, shorter commute then most day driving to the office.  I am set up in the AA lounge having breakfast and plan on spending the next 4 hours working.

Last night Alice and I had dinner at a new restaurant on Commonwealth Ave called Deuxave –

My review of Deauxave

The restaurant is a very nice Top-10 want-to-be, serving up American Nouveau Cuisine (for the Tennessee followers; Nouvelle cuisine or “new cuisine” is an approach to cooking and food presentation used in French food, but lighter and with an increased emphasis on presentation – kind of like a 98% single patty hamburger with a pickle and parsley on the side as a garnish – Yes with bacon on the burger Brian).
Alice had the wining appetizer a fall vegetable salad ($13), The visual was simply stunning.  It was serve it in what looked like a small Chinese steamer basket, but is actually a cylinder of potato chip filled with young field greens, and tossed with pickled cauliflower bits, radishes and some apple both sliced thin, along with some squash, and a great balsamic dressing.
I, like a knucklehead, did not have a jacket so after the walk from the hotel I was frozen and therefore did not, object to paying $10 for “nine-hour French onion soup”. The broth was the star of the dish, everything else average.
Next up was Alice’s entrée; seared local scallops ($28), 6 large-size sea scallops all kinds of things going on around them on the plate,   As for me, I had the Tagliatelle Bolognese ($21) the pasta was homemade and a near-great meat (only near because I can still remember what we had in Italy this summer), cream, and tomato ragu.

About JSH

There are more than 195 countries in the world by my count and I want to see them all before they all start to look the same – The United Nations has 192 members, but they do not recognized two independent countries, the Vatican City and Kosovo. U.S. Department of State recognizes 194 independent countries around the world, but their list has a political agenda and is missing Taiwan. All of this is without getting into the dozens of territories and colonies that are sometimes called “countries” such as Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Greenland, Palestine, Western Sahara, and even the components of the United Kingdom (such as Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England) and without counting states and provinces like Texas and Montréal that think they are independent countries. No madder how you count or tag them they are changing, starting to look the same and losing a little bit of themself every day. I do not want to see the world through the eyes of Las Vegas or Disney, like reading the Cliff Notes of a Hemingway novel; you get the idea but miss the point! Life is short, but how long live is up to you…
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