Dinner @ Two Chefs

Saturday, June 15, 2019

I had a nice chat with Alan and his wife; it’s embarrassing that I can never remember her name, but I am so forgetful when it comes to names.

I am so tired of Two Chefs, but given the situation at Captain’s Tavern, and considering there aren’t many places near me that will let me stay for several hours, I’m kind of stuck with them. I need to call some of the restaurants in the downtown Coral Gables area to see if they’ll put up with me. I know Seasons 52 does and I need to go there more often.

Tonight was my usual appetizer night. I had baby back ribs with spiked orange glaze and house-made potato chips; the chips were soggy and the ribs were overcooked. Lump house-made crab cake with forest mushrooms, onions and chipotle mayonnaise; there were a lot of shells in the crab cake which I mentioned to Oscar. One scoop each of chocolate and vanilla ice cream with a triple espresso con leche.

Dinner @ Two Chefs

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

It was a quiet night at Two Chefs. Got to chat with the Judge and his wife Ann, but otherwise just read the Times and Post, and finished my newest book, The Heartland: An American History.

Dinner tonight was their so-called “classic” Caesar salad with sourdough crouton and Swiss cheese. Despite the misnomer it’s a good salad. Tuna steak with spätzle and pesto. Bittersweet chocolate souffle with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a triple espresso con leche.

Dinner @ Two Chefs

Thursday, June 6, 2019

The new hair salon next to Two Chefs had their grand opening tonight including an extremely loud outdoor DJ.

Mixed field greens with green beans, cherry tomatoes, lemon vinaigrette dressing, and a house-made breadstick. Cheeseburger with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and a side of house-made potato chips. One scoop each of chocolate and vanilla ice cream plus a triple espresso con leche.

When I’m 64

I turned 63 years of age today and spent most of the day in bed watching my two favorite tech shows, The Tech Guy and This Week in Technology, just like I do most Sundays.

Birthdays aren’t the special days they used to be when I was younger and that’s probably true for most of us. Still, I’m looking forward to turning 64 next year.

I think my last birthday of note was 30 when I went to Akashi Japanese Restaurant in South Miami with my sister, brother(-in-law) and two now former friends. It’s very different today than it was back then when each table featured an T Gauge miniature railroad complete with scenery under a glass top. My family and I used to go there often back when my mother’s brother was the founder and CEO of Auto Train Corporation.

Today is the era of Uber Eats and since my favorite restaurants are closed today, I blew my diet out of the water with three half-foot subs (meatball, tuna and Italian) and three oatmeal raisin cookies from a local Subway.

Happy birthday to me. Yay.

Dinner @ Two Chefs

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Saw two people I know tonight. The Judge and his wife plus my friend Alan and his wife. I hadn’t seen the latter for a few weeks because they mostly go to Captain’s Tavern and I can’t bring myself to eat there anymore because they’ve been closed by the health department three times so far this year.

Yellow Fin tuna tartare with hand-cut potato chips and yellow pepper sauce. Bacon-wrapped meatloaf with bacon-wrapped asparagus and steamed broccoli. Pistachio souffle with vanilla ice cream and a triple espresso con leche.

Dinner @ Two Chefs

Tuesday, May 29, 2019

The place was mildly busy tonight, but I didn’t see anyone I knew so I had a quiet dinner of reading the NYT.

Crab cake plated on sauteed forest mushrooms and onions, topped with chipotle sauce. Shrimp & fettuccine pasta with roasted tomatoes, basil and garlic. One scoop each of vanilla and chocolate ice cream with a triple espresso con leche.

Dinner @ Two Chefs

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Saturday nights are my appetizer nights, but I wasn’t very hungry so I only had two appetizers instead of the usual three.

I still managed to spend three hours there reading the NYT and my latest book, “The Heartland: An American History” by Kristin L. Hoganson.

Steak tartare with french fries. Fried pork rinds with chipotle sauce. Pistachio souffle with vanilla ice cream and a triple espresso con lechce.

Dinner @ Two Chefs

Friday, May 24, 2019

“Classic” Caesar salad with Swiss cheese. It’s not classic, but it is very good.

New York strip steak with escargot Bolognese and steak fries. Asked for a rare-plus steak and got medium-well instead. The fries were and always are amazing.

My “classic” dessert of a triple espresso con leche and a scoop each of vanilla and chocolate ice cream.

Sat at the bar after dinner playing Wordscapes for 20 minutes, all to help someone else rack-up some points and ever higher levels. It’s a fun game, but I’m only on level 104 while they’re at 195.

Did I mention that screaming babies at a fancy restaurant are annoying? They are.