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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I think I overdosed...on Steely Dan

Yeah, I know it has been awhile. Where shall I start? Let's go backwards. Today is kinda heavy although, I have decided to take 2 Tylenol to aid the aftermath of "Sausage Tuesday" at Schmidts which turned into "Porn Tuesday" at TRUCK. My morning bike ride needed a stop at the ever expanding donut shop Dynamo Donuts. When I say expanding, I mean by variety. Today, for instance, I had the Monte Christo. All I have to say is, Jam and Ham combined is divine. That donut along with a Gibraltar was supposed to aid my headache. It was a start.

The past weekend was 3 nights of Steely Dan at Nob Hill Masonic. Looking back maybe it was a little much. I mean Friday was lunch at Boulettes Larder offering a tremendous salad. And when I say tremendous, I mean probably one the most delicious tossed selections of produce available. You can tell who the farmers like in this town based on the production BL does daily. The brownie cookies make me drool just thinking about them. And I am not even going to mention their breakfast because we would need a whole entry for that.

Friday night pre-Aja in it's entirety by the legendary Steely Dan was back at an old stomping ground, Beretta. The usual order of brussels, eggplant, pizza and gelato were in affect. In terms of cocktails, an enhanced OLD FASHIONED and a new KENTUCKY MULE were spot on. I was all blazed for the show. There is not a bad seat in the Masonic Auditorium and the sound was great. We continued to cocktail throughout the set. And late night, post show Castro action went on till about last call before I turned in for the night.

Saturday morning haircut by and Gibraltar by Blue Bottle at Mint Plaza was my bike route starting at 9am. Then by 1:30pm I was over in the East Bay at CAMINO for my very first brunch. Blown away, I was, by my buddy Carlo's duck dish and the egg dish my friend had. Turns out that egg dish was from Paula Wolfert's latest cookbook where she poaches eggs with yogurt and the result is pure poetry. Jennifer my barista from CENTO also works the coffee bar at CAMINO. Since her shift was through, she joined us for cocktails like their Brandy, vermouth, house-made angostura-style bitters and Tequila reposado, lime, house-made cura├žao.

Jennifer then took us on a bit of a field trip for after-brunch coffee. We headed to subrosa on 40th at Webster also in Oakland. This small 10X12 space recently sprouted up and serves Four Barrel coffee so you know it's got to be good. I was so pleased by their Gibraltar, that I decided to try their mocha which was equally delightful. Although the interior space is tiny, there is a patio that looks very manicured and appealing. There is a cool Bike shop and record store next door as well. Seems like Oakland is becoming the new San Francisco.

My friend Laura accompanied me to Saturday's Steely show. We had started the evening off at a fundraiser my friend Chrissie and Dave were hosting at Sothebys in the Embarcadero. It was for a public elementary school called THINK COLLEGE NOW. I encourage folks to donate their time or their money to this great school. The kids we met and talked to were very sweet and inspiring. Laura and I ducked out and headed up to 15 Romolo for some pre-concert libations. The bartender created 3 bourbon cocktails just for me. After a quick stop at the corner liquor store for a wee bottle of Makers, we were off to the Masonic for night 2.

By night 3, looking out at many vacant seats, I realized, 3 shows was pushing it. They did Rikki, Don't Lose That Number and Do It Again which we hadn't heard in previous nights. But to sum up the experience, I have to say that the band was super tight. The man-about-town, Donald Fagan, still has his funk. I was drunk with love amongst many other things. Big Surprise!


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