The stopover to Geneva was brief and magical. I had never been to Switzerland before, so I was completely unprepared for its pre-industrial, shambling ski chalet vibe that felt like a total anachronism, like a fairy tale kingdom surrounded by reality. Of course I ate a lot of Swiss chocolate. But also we were served a magnificent four-course meal the night we were there, the best part being these little biscuits shaped like nickels and dipped in dark chocolate, served post meal with wine, and the other best part being staying up until 4am eating clementines and cookies. Geneva was so sweet and kind and benevolent and like I said, magical.
Lately I have been obsessed with sandwiches for lunch. So weird… I’m like that with food. Emphasis on repetition and patterns. Beans for a week, sandwiches for a week, chocolate cake after every meal for 4 days, glasses of orange juice compulsively for 20 minutes and then avoid it studiously for 2 years. Etc.
Anyway I think right now my favorite sandwich is deeply toasted whole wheat bread with sharp cheddar, avocado, tons of salt and pepper, sprouts and cucumber, thinly sliced on the mandoline. Essential crunch. The perfect sandwich is a delicate balance of oppositionals: Sweet/salty, crunchy/creamy, burnt/tender, fresh/rich. And so on and so forth. So most variations on avocado/cheese/greens/mustard formula is pretty much amazing but I distilled it into perfection this morning when I had an open faced sandwich with only two ingredients: smoked turkey and avocado. Not technically a sandwich, perhaps, but tasty alternating bites.
Yesterday, even little Joni couldn’t resist the humble sandwich…
i adore cooking. whether it’s the first bbq of the summer at a dear friend’s backyard
(yes, these were as good as they looked)
whether it’s making fresh pico de gallo from a friend’s enormous garden bounty (yes, i’m aware it’s early for tomato season; this photo is from last august),
or whether it’s simply dinner for one (i cooked myself spicy salmon with navy beans & whole wheat penne).
but i equally love eating out (this was a particularly epic chocolate cake – it’s the best thing wegman’s sells. trust.)
especially when it’s chicken teriyaki at a cheap hawaiian diner in lanai,
or a divine cheese plate and bottle of mellow bordeaux at my favorite french bistro on the lower east side. i still have dreams about their brie and frisee salad.
it is lunch time yet?
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