|Letter from Los Angeles
||Friday | 21 October 2016
Coyote + Sqirl
Los Angeles, California: Lisa had a
meeting this morning. Leo went to school. I stayed in and packed my suitcase.
Dave and Lenny dropped Lucy at her preschool and were headed out for a jog, when
they noticed the sidewalks clearing and people screaming, scurrying and fleeing.
What was up?
A coyote. Racing down the sidewalk. With half a cat in his mouth. Lenny and Dave
were pretty surprised. Dave said he was pretty sure one passerby was about to
vomit. They jogged on.
Life in the City of Angels. It's a jungle out there.
A person could be squeezed by a boa constrictor right in their own home!
And there are skeletons everywhere!
Before getting Lucy from school, the adults met at
Sqirl for lunch. If you
recall, I met the owner of this restaurant, Jessica Koslow, at FEAST Portland
last month. Ms. Koslow is known for her fruit jams and savory spreads. Sqirl
sells rice bowls, bowls of beans, sandwiches and egg dishes to LA hipsters (and
their parents). Sqirl is very popular. Most of the dishes have a vegetarian or
vegan version. Lines are long. Service is slow. Our food was really good.
At Sqirl, the baguettes are sliced LENGTHWISE! DT had a
sandwich with tomato jam, cheddar cheese and arugula. A fancy grilled
cheese. He loved it and I tried a bit and loved the taste - and that tomato
I had a big bowl of chickpeas stewed with onion, greens,
tomatoes, and topped with preserved lemon, harissa and basil. It was served
with long toast, and it was, indeed, long. Lisa had a bowl
of rice topped with sorrel pesto.
Lenny went sweet v savory by ordering the most popular dish
at Sqirl - the Ricotta Toast: lightly charred brioche toast, topped with
ricotta and your jam of choice. He went with the strawberry and let us all
have a taste. Pretty dang delicious.
Then we picked Lucy up from school and Dave and I headed to the airport,
arriving to a cold, windy, rainy, dark Portland (insert sad face here). Then
we stayed awake until nearly midnight to watch the Ducks lose in overtime(s)
to the Cal Bears on television. (Insert sad face here.)
I did not let the loss ruin my Birthday Week. I had such a great Birthday
Trip. Saw family in Denver. Saw Jimmy Buffett TWICE! Saw Cory. Was able to
spend Monday-Friday with our grandchildren (insert happy face here).
We plan to be home less than ten days - spending the entire time organizing
the house and bus for a winter away. If it is quiet on this blog next week,
you now know why.
Until my next update, I remain, your Portland correspondent.
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