Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tough Old Birds and Butter-Tender Beef Short Ribs

Betty White is celebrating (one assumes) her 95th birthday today.  In a world (Hollywood) when a female actor is a write-off around her 35th birthday, if not sooner, White has triumphed and good for her. 

She may be most familiar to most of us as a member of "The Golden Girls" a sit-com that ran for seven years that was wildly popular.  Her cast mates were nearly as durable as she, but this struck me as interesting:  Estelle Getty was first to leave, departing age 85 on July 22, 2008.  Next up to the batting cage was Bea Arthur, who died April 25, 2009, age 87.  Rue McLanahan said "Goodbah, y'awl" June  3, 2010, at 76.

2008, 2009, 2010 - bing, bing, bing.  Hang in there, Betty - you're lookin' great!


If you can get there between 4 and 6 p.m., you can rob Dominque's Kitchen, Redondo Beach, blind of their excellent appetizers.  During those hours, there is a menu of their very good apps, all priced at $3 each!  Four of us - old friends Mouton and "D" and we did just that.  Here's what we had (and which filled me sufficiently to make an entrée superfluous):   

Chicken liver pate with cornichons, arugula, red onion chutney and baguette chunks - $3
Two orders of escargot (3 each) again, $3 per.
A plate of cured meats and more bread  $3. 
A grand total of $12.

Entrees - "D" ordered that night's special - barundi with sautéed spinach; Mouton went for the beef short ribs and at the first bite a look of bliss crossed his face.  Richie ordered the roast half chicken which comes with a huge pile of very good French fries - we all poached - and I a very decent Caesar salad.

Okay, a relatively wide choice of dinners, but the one thing we all agreed upon was dessert.  Four orders of Dark Belgium chocolate mousse.  At first I thought it was Hershey chocolate because of the color, but the white pouf on the top was whipped cream and melted white chocolate.  Four very clean bowls went back to the kitchen.

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