Indio, California: Dave and I made a quick
overnight to Los Angeles to celebrate his birthday with our family and to avoid another sand
storm here in Indio.
Lisa and Lenny really made a big-deal of Dave's Big Day and had the house
decorated with streamers, balloons and banners.
Our Girl, who still doesn't feel much like cooking (5
months along with a baby girl and is just not feeling well), still prepared a gourmet feast for her Dad.
Steaks with Melted Anchovy + Rosemary from Gwyneth Paltrow's cookbook,
and served it with roasted broccoli rabe. I contributed an avocado & tomato
salad - made with tomatoes from our little garden in Indio!
Birthday Boy just loved his dinner and opened fun and fabulous gifts -
including a card from Leo with a dancing and singing hamburger (the top bun
bounces up and down). The hamburger sings "happy birthday to all" at the end
of the verse, but it sounds like he is saying "happy birthday Miguel"...
which gave us all a huge laugh. Of course, Leo, pushed the little blue
button on the card a zillion times over the evening and squealed with
delight every time.
Click here to hear the ridiculous song... and if I could be so bold as
to suggest you turn the computer volume down if at work and... more
unsolicited advice... do
not show this to a toddler, or you will be doing nothing else for the next
hour. Or two.
Lisa Leo found it at Target.
And it wouldn't be a birthday party without a cake - the same New York-style
cheesecake I bake for My Old Husband every year.
All the cool people were at the Atwater Village Farmers Market
The really cool people were shopping with their reusable grocery
bags and sucking their thumbs.
We went to the very fun and funky little diner,
Fred62, for lunch
before driving back to Indio. I tried something new - their Pastrami Short Rib
Sandwich - slow-smoked pastrami, pecan cole slaw, jalapeno pickles, spicy
mustard on a potato roll. It was, without a doubt, one of the finest things I
have tried in a while. Wow. $11.
They cure and smoke the beef short ribs in-house. In the parking
lot actually. The short ribs melt in your mouth with a moist, smoky yumminess
and the pickles, slaw and jalapenos add a spicy-sweet-crunchy contrast. Highly
recommended, by me.
It was so sad saying goodbye to our wonderful family today - we won't see them
again for too-many weeks. We are going to miss a certain little guy very, very
Our drive back from Los Angeles was quick and we arrived to find our campsite
coated in another film of sand. Time to get out of town. Time to point the bus
out of the Coachella Valley. Time to head home.
Until my next update, I remain, your weekend correspondent.
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