Gourmet Ghetto


We went last Saturday to Chez Panisse in Berkeley, CA.  We had heard long ago that it was a delightful place to eat.  When I tried to make reservations I found that we were moving through the calendar so that we ended up just over a month out before we could dine there.  That was fine and, as I was marking my calendar, I realized that it was one day late for our 35th wedding anniversary.  We celebrated a day late.  


An Inviting Entrance Awaits

When we first arrived I found that the environment was very inviting.  It felt a bit like perhaps dining at Frank Lloyd Wright’s house.  Now, I don’t like lamb.  My husband loves it and it was what was on the menu for the evening.  It seemed more like I was eating filet mignon than lamb.  It was delicious as was everything else that was on the menu for the evening.  We can’t wait to go back and try the upstairs Cafe.


Table For Two In The Corner

We were told that the area is called The Gourmet Ghetto and we understood why once we were in the area.  So many years of not traveling, just a short distant from our home, for great food.  Where have I been?  I can assure you that I will be returning often for more culinary delights.

In the next couple of days I will be putting out two blogs that will be rather long.  I’ve written a book with thirty-two poems that were written with loss in mind.  The thought is to gift the book to friends and family when they are dealing with a stressful or grief related situation.  The blogs fill a part in the back of the book that allows the reader to see back stories of how the poems came to be if they choose to do so.  In Memory Of… written by Bonnie DiMichele, is available through Authorhouse, Amazon, and there is an e-book version of it as well.  I am working on a hard bound copy but the book is available now only in soft bound and e-book versions.  I hope you take a look at it.  It was in the making for thirty years and proceeds from the sale of the book will go to Hospice.