-Boeuf Bourgignon (bacon free, gluten free) for 20;
-Coq au Vin (ditto) for 16;
-4 Quiches (9″, mushroom, onion, shallots, and bacon and shallots) for 16;
-Uzbeki lamb pilaf for 8;
-Basmati rice side dish for 60;
-Hand roasted, freshly ground Colombian coffee for 60.
It’s a long story.
For the past two years since my wife Beth died, my one live entertainment has been to listen to these guys, Simon and James, when they play the local pub at Pedro, about twice a year, in the summer and the winter. It’s about a mile from where I live, so I usually get a reservation at the bar, tip the bartender a ten at the beginning of the affair, with the promise of another if the service is any good. It always is, for some reason.
So, between the food, which is okay, the beer, which is better but more expensive, the cover charge, and the tips to the musicians, it comes to quite a bit. As I am rather impecunious, I doubt that I could afford such more than twice a year. But Simon and James play a variety of trad music that I seldom hear in LaLa Land, so I find it to be worth it.
I’ve gotten to know Simon somewhat these last two years, and I wanted to buy some of his CDs before he performed the next time. So, I messaged him on Facebook to ask how I could do that. He told me that he would be in LA in early August, and we could meet at a mutual friend’s house to do the deal.
“Why can’t we do it when you’re at the local pub?” sez I.
“Because the pub hasn’t picked up my gig for this summer,” sez he. Read the rest of this entry »