Le Mistral

Jenny (I’m Never Full), Fulmer, my mother and I went to Le Mistral on Sunday evening, hoping to round off HRW at our favorite French restaurant.  Apparently, that wasn’t in the cards, since they’d already run out of the one menu item that we all came to try: the double pork chop with apricot chutney.  Le sigh.  The replacement menu item was the terrifically boring chicken.  Le double sigh.

We all decided just to make a meal of it and forget about HRW (sorry, End Hunger Network…).  I’m glad that we did, because the food we ended up ordering off the regular menu was wonderful.  The service (as Fulmer and Jenny have already pointed out) was severely lacking that night, but the food more than compensated for our appallingly clueless waiter.

In lieu of a full review here on she eats., I’ve posted the review and photos on Houstonist.  I figured that since it wasn’t a HRW dinner after all, I was free to review it on its own merits, which I did:

Houstonist Bites: Le Mistral

Towards the middle of our dinner, Cleverley Stone (Ms. HRW herself) came and joined us at our table.  She’d been there with another party earlier that evening, but I’m glad she chose to round out her evening with us.  Aside from being an all-around fun dinner guest, we gleaned all kinds of juicy restaurant news tidbits that we aren’t yet allowed to share.  But rest assured that as soon as Cleverley makes them officially public, I’ll let you know!

Go check out the review at Houstonist and I’ll see y’all back here tomorrow…

Music Should Be Edible

What I’m listening to today, in order to both focus on my piles of paperwork and to not think obsessively about the fact that I’m on post-HRW diet (ya rly) and am now consuming about half the calories that I was last week:

Strange Fruit

What are you listening to these days?

Tuesday Trivia: Back to Black

We’re back to the basics, folks! Motown Philly back again, and all that jazz.

Still remember the rules? Below are five trivia questions and one bonus question. Feel free to Google (a.k.a. “cheat”), but I’ve attempted to make them as Google-and-Wikipedia-proof as possible. The winner gets a big shoutout on Thursday, when the answers are revealed. Has anyone thought of a better prize yet? If so, let me know…

Tuesday Trivia Questions:

  1. Chocolate was originally known only as a beverage.  What development led to the possibility and — later — immense popularity of chocolate candy in the 18th century?
  2. True or false?  Researchers at Johns Hopkins University accidentally created artificial sweeteners in the 19th century.
  3. “Samp” and “hominy” are two alternate words for what Southern delicacy?
  4. There is a dark side to whole-grain bread!  During World War II, the city of Dublin could eat only whole-grain breads due to restricted access to refined flour, resulting in a city-wide epidemic of what disabling disease?
  5. Which two cereal grains were the first to be cultivated and domesticated?
  6. BONUS:  Around what date were these grains first domesticated?

Good luck, campers!