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August 12th, 2009

Memories... vague.. hazy...

of a boyfriend I think I have? Red-bearded... darkish red-blonde hair. Blue/green eyes?
...

So, Andy is suppose to fly to Houston Friday night.
I'm flying out of Austin at 6 am.

Chances of us meeting? I'm not sure. Even if he drives to Austin after flying in, he may get here at 1 am, and I have to leave for the airport at 4 am. But man, I'm starting to forget what it's like to have a boyfriend. :(

Today I'm going to the Julie and Julia fest at Alamo Drafthouse... alone! The people who would go with me were either out of town, or understandably didn't want to spend $75.

Hrmpf.

It's okay. I'm strong independent female. RaWWrrr.

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help. butter overdose.

Sorry Julia, but there is such a thing as too much butter.

So I picked up Julia's My Life in France, while at the airport going to Pennsic. Read that, then ordered "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" then booked a reservation at Ventana's a student-run restaurant at the Texas Culinary Institute, which is also part of Le Cordon Blue. Then, went to the Julie and Julia fest, which had 5 courses, and complete wine pairings.

Let me say, I am exhausted. All that eating took effort!!

Ventana's
I was warned that the food was hit or miss, but actually, I found almost every dish to be excellent, except for one. It is possible I just got a good graduating class. I had:
- Amuse bouche was chicken salad over polenta, very good. And also really good bread and butter.
- Oyster Beignets: which was very delicious, but a touch too oily, which I wrote in the comment card (yeah, it is a class after all).
- Sauteed Chicken Breast Saltambocca: which the waiter talked me into, and turned to be excellent, even though I don't like white chicken. It was tender and flavoured well.
- Gnocci with shitake mushrooms and gruyerre: This was ok and my least fav.
- Banana foster: Wow. This was excellent, and it was pretty much just butter and brown sugar (and rum) over bananas and ice-cream.
The service was excellent if a bit odd. The whole class hovering over very few diners.

I was very sleepy at work, and was actually kind of nauseous. I've had large lunches before, but I think all the butter just overwhelmed me.

Julie and Julia's Fest
There were 5 courses here, with wine so let's just focus on the really good dishes:
- Piece de' la résistance": duck inside a dough with pate in it. Oh my goodness. That was amazing, and really really good. And it was gratifying to see it being cooked on screen too.
Sole "meuniere" or however you spelled it. Fish. Really good fish. I am impressed.
Other dishes were an oyster amuse bouche, raspberry bavarian cream crepe which I didn't like, and manicotti stuffed with spicy lobster thermidore filling with braised cucumber soup.

Anyways, this was an interesting foray into French food, in one day. I think I overdosed. That's 8 entrees and 2 amuse bouches in one day and lots of wine. Yeah, I didn't realize I had scheduled it both in the same day.

And the movie? Pretty good. Julia Child is a delightful person as her book portrays her, and Julie is a self-absorbed drama queen.

 I'm just going to curl up with some matcha green tea and recover now.

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