Monday, June 17, 2019

The Gathering of the Clan

Richie's brother and wife fly out from Long Island every June to celebrate:
Richie's birthday, Father's Day, and their two grandsons' birthdays respectively on June 18 and 28th and their umpty-ump anniversary.

Meanwhile, on my side, my younger sister has traditionally served my bro-in-law a steak dinner with all of the trimmings.  (She's an awesome cook) and this year it was their sons' first Father's Day after the birth of his and his bride's baby girl's arrival.  She was born April 26, 2019, and is the first grandchild. 

"Avril" is French for April so she picked out a bottle of Domaine Juliette AVRIL  chateauneuf-du-pape.  How clever is that?  

And they all (except the baby) had steak for dinner.  

Meanwhile out here, there were eight of us around a long table (it had to be) at Maria's Italian Kitchen, 13353 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks.   

I can honestly say that they serve the best Spaghetti Carbonara I've ever eaten.   Exactly creamy enough, but not thick and cloying.  Perfect balance between ingredients and seasoning.  Smoked bacon, egg yolk, cream garlic sauce, peas, Parmesan cheese on linguini.  Delicious!

When we all go back there - and we will; it's their favorite restaurant - I am going to order a Muffaletta, famous throughout New Orleans (recommend the ones at Central Market)  It could be labeled deli meats of Italy as it contains salami, pepperoni, mortadella, capicola, provolone, olive an Giardini relish on toasted focaccia bread. 

Meanwhile I can hardly wait for dinner and leftover Spaghetti Carbonara.

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