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30 January 2008 @ 10:15 pm
The Good with the Bad  
I have to travel for work next week. Actually, I'm flying during the Super Bowl, but my care registers very low regarding this fact. Good plays and commercials, I'll be able to find on the internets later. Anyway, because I travel for work fairly frequently, Remy and I have started a tradition of going on a date someplace nice the week before I leave. Before my last trip, it was a sumptuous evening at Monterey Bay on Mt. Washington. We dressed up fancy, had a table directly in front of one of the windows framing a lovely view of downtown Pittsburgh, and ate all kinds of goodness. This evening, we went to Soba, a nice Asian restaurant in walking distance of our place. I had fried rice for dinner, and their chocolate maki for dessert, which had a very cool presentation. It looked just like a sushi roll, and was served on a sushi plate:

Sushi -> hazelnut mousse rolled in a chocolate crepe, with crushed pistachio on top to mimic the cucumber garnish
Pickled ginger -> shaved cantaloupe
Dab of wasabi -> pistachio mousse
Soy sauce -> chocolate sauce

Remy had a chocolate/green tea lava cake, and we shared some ten year-old port. Good times. Then we came home and watched Remy's favorite western, High Plains Drifter, which I hadn't seen before. Great movie.

In sad news, Remy's mom had to put down her Siamese, Mitten, whose health had been declining for months now. She was almost seventeen years old, so she lived a good long life, but she was practically a third child to Remy's mom. Mom's understandably upset, and we're sniffly about it too. Mitten was a sweet, cuddly girl, she will be missed. We're glad she's not suffering anymore, though.

Rochester and Sephie are getting extra spoilage in coming days...
sageblessing on January 31st, 2008 04:19 am (UTC)
That maki sounds divine ;)

Hope your travelling goes well. And give a hug to Remy for me... Putting down a pet is rough. My ex and I had to put her cat 16 year old cat down after her liver and kidneys started failing and she refused to take her meds. It was definitely the right thing to do but so hard. And it was definitely traumatic for my ex -- she had that cat for half of her life at that point and went through a lot of rough times with her.
Miusherimiusheri on January 31st, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Hugs will be distributed generously. =)

It's great when pets are so long-lived, but when they go- even when it's the best thing for them- it makes it that much harder. Mitten was around for most of Remy's life, and his sister was only two or three years old when Mitten was brought home, so she more or less grew up with the cat.

Ah well- I'm not sure if I have a good closing for this. I'll just send you *hugs* from here and New York when I get there next week. ;) Keep us posted about the new job!
Brandonprice on January 31st, 2008 04:22 am (UTC)
That maki is really underwhelming. The chocolate chai creme brulee, on the other hand, is _mindblowing_.
Aikidoka, dreamer, seeker, general purpose geekmanycolored on January 31st, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
Awwww Mitten was a great cat. She always used to kiss my forehead.