Cross Town

photo-54Obamas kept following us around on Friday. As we delivered Strahl Brisket mid-town, Barack was giving a talk on the next block. Checked into our Hotel Giraffe, while Michelle and PrezO were dining down the street at Maialino. After our pre-theater supper at Bobby Van’s Grille, we took in Of Mice and Men. Around the corner, yup. First couple catching Denzel in Raisin in the Sun. Thought those crowds, sirens and security were just for us.

Of Mice and Men. Broadway debuts of both starsJames Franco as George Milton was perfectly subdued and resigned as keeper and friend. Chris O’Dowd stole the show as Lennie Small. A fine balance of sweet emotion and slow-wit. Steinbeck’s poetic words were delivered with flawless cadence. Sets and direction brilliant. Although obviously a hopeless plot, for me this play shone a little glimmer of humanity. If only we treated people as well as we do animals in the end. Tours de force. Still in previews, I predict rave reviews on Wednesday.

James Franco made a cameo visit to his KimYe bromance partner Seth Rogen on SNL last night. Cross-stalking is lots of fun!

Buona Pasqua ~ Mangia!

Easter is another excuse to eat well. While some spend the holiday doing good works, we at home try to do good food. Our family tradition was lasagna with tiny meat balls. I used veal scaloppine instead. Holy Saturday dinner, time-honored Spring lamb. Roasted Racks and asparagus. Recipe Detours.

Mixing metaphors and flavors. We were sad to miss Passover seder in New York, where prized dishes include Strahl Brisket and matzoh ball soup alla Roberto.