Ever since Fish School opened, all my friends seemed to want me to take them there... so it's not surprising that I find myself away from Neighborhood for the last couple of months. When a previously arranged dinner with My Favorite Cousin kinda fell through, she
And... hours before dinner, I found out that ILove Lubutin had also booked herself a table here. We greeted each other and, in the middle of dinner, I went to offer her some of our Barolo. And you what Mini ILL said to me when I went over to say hello? "You stole my food!" Geeeeez... IT WAS FREAKIN' EIGHT YEARS AGO!!! And she's STILL holding a grudge! When you're a one-and-a-half-year-old baby and you haven't touched any food on the table for the last 30 minutes, me spooning some stir-fried de-shelled shrimp from the half-finished plate in the middle of the table does not constitute me stealing your food! Ah well, I guess I shouldn't expect her to forgive me in this lifetime...
This was a different breed from my old favorite Rubia Galega, and at 8 years or older, the animal is a few years younger than the 12-year-olds that I used to love. But the beef still had that chewy texture to it to show that it wasn't from just any 2- or 3-year old youngster. There was also a lot of flavor here, although maybe not as much as the Rubia Galega that was aged for 120 days.
My Favorite Cousin complained about the amount of effort she spent trying to slice the beef, and also told me that her jaws hurt from trying to chew the meat. Well, yes, this beef did require extra effort, but I loved it. Oh and the crunchy, cheesy macaroni at the bottom was damn good, too.
We brought along two bottles to go with our dinner, figuring that we can pop open the cheap-and-cheerful Aussie while we wait for the Barolo to open up and accompany the white truffle.
2006 Mollydooker Cabernet Sauvignon The Maitre D' - a little bit alcoholic, sweet on the palate. Almost a little oaky on the nose. Very easy to drink.