Rachel gave us a wonderful gift for Christmas: lunch at L'Ecole, the restaurant of the French Culinary Institute in NY. The meals are prepared by the student chefs and served in a lovely setting in the SoHo area of downtown.
Here are some photos of the food, just to make your mouth water. Jeff started with smoked salmon, Mary with a squash terrine. Main course: Jeff, a beautifully prepared pork chop, while Mary chose the monkfish with lentil side dish. Dessert was a chocolate souffle with vanilla sauce and a creme brulee made with pistachios and chocolate. Highly recommended, especially for the price. It truly was a gourmet meal.
In the evening, we had a lovely dinner at Pisticci with Rachel's dear friend Katelyn and her mom, Carla.,who had been in NYC all week. Rachel and Katelyn have been friends since they were 5! (Carla's mother also made the trip but unfortunately was a bit tired and couldn't join us for dinner.) Katelyn now attends UCSB and wants to spend her life working with animals. Carla lives in SLO and works for a company that runs 42 blood banks throughout the country. It was so wonderful to see them.
Happy New Year, everyone!