Saturday, January 14, 2006

Friday the 13th

Today I had my first $110 lunch. Not including tip.

Jen and I had three courses (almost) at Jean-Robert at Pigall's. Last month Jean-Robert started serving lunch on Thursdays and Fridays, affording people (like me) the opportunity to eat at a four-star restaurant with a little less severe price tag.

We both had wine (I'd recommend the Riesling). Jen had the rock shrimp and sea scallops while I got the warm goat cheese with dried fruit and the baked chicken. And we shared some sort of apple desert with cappuccino.

Sort of sounds like we were on a date...

But what I'll most remember from the $110 lunch had nothing to do with the food.

First, Jen found a cat hair in her rock fish, which we guessed was probably from the waiter's shirt.

Second, one of the hosts dropped a plate, shattering it by the table next to us and also shattering the illusion (as with the cat hair) that jacket required, four-star restaurants are pristine beyond reproach. I was even a little nervous going in... Unsure of what fork to use, when to tip, what to order - basically of showing my blue collar roots.

And the third was another host we met who told us that Hamburger Mary's is changing its name and won't be affiliated with the chain anymore; that Phillip Seymour Hoffman better win the Best Actor Oscar for his performance as Truman Capote; and that Brokeback Mountain isn't nearly as good as everyone keeps saying it is.

"It's all mountains and rivers and scenery," he said.

On our way out he and I discussed the differences between the book In Cold Blood and the movie Capote. Jen confessed to never having read the book.

While crossing the street on her way to get the book tonight, she got hit by a car. A minivan, of course. Thankfully she wasn't hurt, but it knocked her back and scared her. I told her to get the book and head home ASAP.

It's Friday the 13th, after all.


Jen13 said...

The wine was great. Scallops were excellent. The rock shrimp was Yum. Cat hair? Not so bad. The headwaiter was funny. The crashing plate was awesome. The girly conversation was so enjoyable. A lunch for $132 with tip on someone else's dime? Too cool. The car hitting me...I could've done without. The book so far? Very good.

All in all, it was a typical Friday...the 13th.

big bri said...

Did you have to pay extra for the cat hair or was that included? I'm guessing this one won't be appearing in the "2 for under $20" section anytime soon?? Oh, and the next Friday the 13th doesn't happen till October...

Kelly said...

Incidentally, the next Friday the 13th (Oct. 13, as you mentioned, Bri) is when the 13th and final book in A Series of Unfortunate Events comes out. Squee!

GinaTsunami said...

Wow, K-Hud. That's pretty impressive.