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12 hours ago, Anthony Bonner said:

No not since we figured out the mask/social distancing thing they aren't.  Look at the data by month. 

I actually think we agree, as I'm being facetious or snide with the whole winning thing.

Cali is much worse than NY.

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you aren't telling strangers you are "Vaxxed and Waxed and ready for action?"

Normalcy is measured by the reaction to seeing a wolf but also in the reaction to not seeing it.

I don't like eating outdoors now any more than I did before, and I'm very happy not to have to do it again. Of course there are some exceptions with very nice settings and food that's not that time an

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First meal out in 15 months.   Cabeza tacos at Morenita Taco truck, Lodi, CA.    Heaven!   Huge and juicy.  Needed a bath afterwards. 


Then a couple of miles down hiway 12 for a "dessert" of Bing Cherries..   Both worth the wait.


2 lbs/$5.    Half an hour off the tree.

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This is our fourth batch from these people, and the last.    They told me there were only 4 days left to picking.   Really nice people and superb fruit.    Next apricots, and after that peaches.

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I went to a Michelin-starred restaurant last night.  (I'm not identifying the restaurant cuz I want to make clear that this isn't a complaint, but rather an observation that something that many of us feared would happen has actually happened.)

The wine list was a joke.  It wasn't that there was nothing you'd want to drink; it was that there was nothing to drink, period.  There were one, maybe two, maybe three, at most four options in each category -- and many categories were simply absent.

Like, would you believe that a French-oriented restaurant known for a duck dish had no Burgundies at all on its main list -- and only one Burgundy on its "reserve" list, for $400?  And only three or four (all relatively expensive) American Pinot Noirs?

I didn't ask -- I couldn't think of a non-awkward way to do so -- but I'm fairly certain that what happened is that they sold off their wine cellar to make it through the Lockdown, and haven't yet restocked.

I was afraid we'd be seeing this.

Has anyone else?

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I've seen some wine list shrinkage, but more obviously the labor intensive places have seriously reduced the number of markings. Sometimes the result is not enough food (e.g. Aska, at least some months ago) and others it just means fewer, larger dishes. For example, our recent excellent meal at Manresa had 11 courses vs 15 pre-Covid and I think about the same amount of food. 

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I hate it when my fellow Commies are so stupidly wrongheaded.  From Eater:

Robert Sietsema, senior food critic, Eater NY: I pray the city will truly realize the contribution of classic restaurants to our culture, on par with museums, libraries, churches, and parks, and take appropriate action. The idea that a greedy landlord can shut down an important restaurant and anchor of the community like Casa Adela with a single stroke of the pen is abhorrent. Real estate interests do not deserve to exercise complete control over every property in all circumstances, especially when contrary to the public interests.

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