One word describes dinner last night at the Curious Kumquat. M-M-M-M-M-M… Is that a word?
Wow, it was fabulous. Every Wednesday, they serve Chef’s choice – one dish of Rob’s choosing – for $10. Yesterday was Chef Rob’s birthday, so he prepared his favorite meal – Portuguese fish stew, and an amazing, decadent four-tier chocolate cake for dessert. The fish stew was served steaming hot in big white bowls, its gorgeous golden broth filled with fresh local trout, potatoes, chorizo, and mussels. Accompanied by hot sourdough bread made in house, it was a delicious meal for a blustery, cloudy-almost-about-to-rain early evening. We ordered a bottle of Pinot Grigio to share, which was a good complement to this hearty meal.
Ellen and her friends Susie and Elizabeth get together on a regular basis for dinner – with one picking up the check for the table. I was the grateful guest, included in their intimate dinner club. We had a leisurely hour-and-a-half dinner, filled with nourishing food, good stories, laughter, and ending with that luscious chocolate cake – too rich for me to finish, and a great little breakfast snack with Greek yogurt this morning!
The cake was dense and moist, with a soft chocolate buttercream frosting. Between the two top layers: a fig conserve with what tasted like Cointreau (orange liqueur). Add it to my last meal on earth menu!
When we got home about 7:30, it was really gusty, and we did actually have some rain – along with that amazing, fresh, just-after-the-first-raindrops smell. Summer… and you haven’t even had spring yet!
Today, we woke to a cooler morning, with beautiful fair weather clouds in that amazing blue sky. After breakfast, we headed downtown to get the clothes washing at the laundramat, then walked over to you-know-where for our latté. (Three Dogs Coffeehouse, for any newbie readers)
Post-latté, we walked through Big Ditch Park to see how it’s changed in the past two weeks. The answer? A LOT! Thanks to last evening’s rain, water was actually rolling over the rocks at the bottom of the Big Ditch. Check out the one “before” photo here, and the ones from today that follow to see how things have burst into leaf here in the past two weeks.
While sitting and sipping at Three Dogs, one of the regulars was giving Max some good guy attention and I said it was too bad there was no dog park in town. Oh yes there is! he replied. Not fenced, I answered. Yes to that too… He gave me vague directions that sounded like I’d end up at the same children’s park I found last week, but I was determined to try and find “the dog park” today.
After the laundry was done, folded, and on the front seat, we headed off in search of the mysterious, elusive dog park. Eureka! After one false stop, and some assistance from a nice woman who lived nearby, we were finally on the right track. Two blocks up College Ave to West Street; two blocks right… and there it was. Surrounded by a 10-foot cyclone fence, totally grassy and clean, plus there were four dogs inside playing!
Jeremy, Suzie, and Franky all belonged to Jane – who turns out to be from Portland, Maine! Small world, small town, here we go again… Max and Jeremy – who looks like a beautiful Great Dane / mix – are about the same age, and have the same energy and size, really hit it off. They played well together, romping, leaping, body checking, leg-grabbing, and racing around the whole park.
The fourth dog, a small Beagle named Lily, kept to herself mostly, except when he took off baying at the other four. Soon, a tennis ball was found and that became the game for Max and Suzie – with Jeremy giving chase just so he could grab onto his new best friend, Max!
It was wonderful to finally find the dog park – I only wish I found it two weeks ago, and not the last full day we are here in town! I think we’ll go back around 4 for another romp, even though Mr. Curly is zonked out in the middle of the living room right now!
Tomorrow, we are packing up and heading over to Placitas to visit with my friend Jude, and her friend, Craig, at his place. Then, it’s on to Albuquerque for Saturday night and part of Sunday, and up to Santa Fe. Monday morning, Max goes back to see Nicole for another haircut.