Dispatches from July 11
9 AM: Jeremy and Nicole treat us to a scrumptious breakfast at adorable diner Eggworks!
I order a veggie scramble, which comes with a warm homemade banana-nut muffin and a mountain of perfect breakfast potatoes. Very evenly cut into rectangles, crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and generously dusted with seasoning salt.
Jeremy likes his breakfast burrito so much that he decided to wear some of it in to work.
Noon: Driving back to California. It’s just as beautiful going the other direction.
3 PM: Recovering from the drive.
6 PM: Dinner at The Proper, a new local fine dining establishment whose collection of wood paneling and vintage accoutrements rivals an East Coast gastropub. Its particular claim to fame is the largest collection of gin in the world! With over 200 different types of gin, The Proper expects to be included in the next Guinness Book of World Records.
We’re all gin novices, and the staff were more than gracious about introducing us with a complimentary tasting of two types of gin, one on each end of the flavor spectrum.
Arthur and my dad ordered delicious gin and melon cocktails. The menu includes non-alcoholic drinks named after the local high schools’ mascots, which I found heartwarming, so I ordered my alma mater’s: ginger beer with a “bloody” raspberry syrup!
Luscious heirloom tomatoes with creamy burrata cheese, basil, and flaked sea salt
Tender turkey and chunks of carrots, peas, and onions swimming in rich gravy
9 PM: Re-watching the excellent comedy-action film RED in preparation for RED 2. Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren totin’ absurd weapons and delivering one-liners – what could be better?