I am a proud member of the clean plate club.

particularly when chef timmy is in the house.

last night, we welcomed spring (finally!) with a lovely vegetable ragout of english peas, fava beans, baby carrots, and chanterelles. there’s some crispy-skinned arctic char on this verdant bed, some delectable braised artichokes beneath, and a garnish of baby carrot tops and tarragon. the sauce is a simple reduction of some roasted veg stock and liquid from the cooked mushrooms. the fish guys that we got the arctic char from still totally suck, as they left all the pin bones in the fish even after tim asked specifically if it had been de-pin boned. but, as you can see, it turned out not so bad in the end. with dinner, we had a dry, very green fruit white from anjou. which means chenin blanc, i think. i was motivated to get this one because of an AoE column on that region of the loire valley.

tonight’s repast: crispy duck breast with curried lentils and fresh english pea stew, and an herbed orange yogurt sauce. tim diced up some bacon and some dried apricots for the legumes, and it was a really lovely touch. delicieux! to drink: a 2001 serriger schloss saarsteiner riesling kabinett from the mosel, which paired very well.

we spent most of today wandering around east village, first taking the edge off our hunger with arepas from the caracas arepa bar at 1st ave & 7th st. the pabellon and reina pepiada varieties are my favorites. then we overdid it with a hot dog from crif dogs, the place where they deep-fry their weiners. ours, the good morning dog, was wrapped with bacon and served in a soft bun with a fried egg and melty cheese. i finally bought the streets album, “original pirate material,” and a french compilation i am now besotted with. it features a bunch of the current chanteurs/chanteuses, like the très très chouette mathieu boogaerts.

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