Sunday brunch with a croque madame.

You guys, I’m pretty stoked about a plate, and I swear there’s a good reason for it. If the design rings a bell for you, it’s probably because it’s based on a fairly famous wallpaper print by the company Scalamandre. If you ever went to the New York restaurant Gino’s in Midtown you would have…

08.06.11: dinner and a movie (tapas and Talk to Her/Hable con ella)

I’ve been slowly making my way through the Pedro Almodóvar library, and one thing I’ve found that even in his most straightforward of films is that he always manages to include at least one good WTF moment that changes the whole path of the narrative. There’s always this element of the unbelievable, but to spin an…

06.18.11: dinner and a movie (quasi-bouillabaisse and Day for Night).

People used to stare at fires. Now they watch TV. We need to see moving images, especially after dinner. –Francois Truffaut, Day for Night. Day for Night, simply put, is an amazing film. It’s joyous, hilarious, sad, and absurd. It’s a triumph of love and dedication and personal expression, and true to its tagline,  it…

10.02.10: anniversary dinner and a film (steak frites)

[Ed.–And here’s part 2 of our epic steakhouse dinner and a movie anniversary dinner. Michael elaborates on how things got…interesting.] I love my wife. I know I do because I put up with this ass-ache of a meal to celebrate our second wedding anniversary. We began planning the feast with the noblest of intentions, and…

04.02.10: dinner and a movie (rather, antojitos with Weeds)

My company follows the holiday schedule of the NYSE, which meant that I had Good Friday off for the first time since college.  Normally, a day off like this would mean that we’d be spending it in transit to visit our parents, but because Easter falls on a Sunday and therefore requires our presence at one…

03.06.10 (la cena y una película, or: Volver and tapas).

It’s funny–neither of us are really serious Movie or Film people likely because we’re obsessed with too many television shows like Mad Men and 30 Rock. That said, I do enjoy a good-in-that-it’s-mockably-bad romantic comedy or watching a favorite Judd Apatow flick to make me smile, and I would be lying if I said that…