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A Day Off

Friday was nice. During the day, I worked on the family photo web site, which hasn’t been updated in ages. Damn, there were a lot of pictures to go through. I used to use a photo page generating program under Mac OS Classic that had its quirks and hasn’t been ported to OS X, so now I’m using Image Rodeo, which is pretty cool, but has a few gotchas of its own (like not warning you about duplicate image filenames when building the site – not an issue with digital cameras, but it can be with PictureCD files). I should be able to finish it up by Sunday, though. I also had a nice bowl of pho at Viet’s Café, and tried using the free Arlington wireless service from the Starbucks in Arlington Center, but it didn’t work. So I went across the street to the Computer Café across the street, which is the local access point, and they said it was broken. Oh well.

O and I went to Cuchi-Cuchi, a decision which was driven largely by O’s desire to get a good drink. On the drive, I saw the sublime (a view of Boston from the Route 2/Park Avenue intersection) and the ridiculous (a yutz stripped to his warm-up pants, walking on the Charles River near River St. in Cambridge – not advisable after a day of above-freezing temperatures).

Cuchi-Cuchi’s menu devotes about two thirds of its space to drinks; I had a sidecar while O opted for “Getting Layered,” which looked more like a smoothy (albeit an exquisite one) than a cocktail. In true theatrical fashion, our waiter was a variation on this year’s beautiful boy, wearing a black polyester shirt unbuttoned to the fourth notch and sporting a rhinestone choker as well. Work for that tip, baby ! Cuchi-Cuchi’s fare is an eclectic variation on the tapas theme (it has connections to the locally famous Dalí), and our selections were yummy, perhaps better now than they were at the beginning of the restaurants lifetime, which I hope is long and fruitful. In these days of Ickiness At Large, a fun, rococo refuge like Cuchi-Cuchi is a welcome refuge indeed.

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(no subject) - all_askew - Mar. 1st, 2003 11:16 am (UTC) - Expand
rpkrajewski
Mar. 1st, 2003 08:10 pm (UTC)
The cause and solution of all of life's problems
I have never been drunk in my life, but I do like an occasional tipple. I like to be in control so getting soused has never appealed to me, and I've never been comfortable around others in chemically altered states of consciousness. About ten years ago I found out that my long-semi-lost uncle was an alcoholic, so I've got an uncomfortably close example of what booze can do.

From just a taste consideration, the magic of alcohol is that it's an effective organic solvent. It makes marginally interesting substances such as hops and barley a lot more tastey (I think beer started out as a way to stretch bread out), and does wonderful things to fruits and their juices. That's why cooking with alcohol has such an effect, even though there's no alcohol left when the cooking is done.
(no subject) - all_askew - Mar. 1st, 2003 08:23 pm (UTC) - Expand
marm0t
Mar. 1st, 2003 11:22 am (UTC)
rpkrajewski
Mar. 1st, 2003 08:14 pm (UTC)
mm
O says they are another Dalí-connected restaurant, although the "history" page says nothing about that (or anything else for that matter).
nessus
Mar. 1st, 2003 11:58 am (UTC)
I too liked Cuchi-Cuchi when I went a bit over a year ago. I especially like the cocktails, and the over-the-top poshness. I didn't realize beforehaand how expensive the restaurant was going to be, though, since you have to order three or four dishes to have a decent sized meal.
rpkrajewski
Mar. 1st, 2003 08:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's a little pricey, but we go out so infrequently we don't mind going to a special place. Six dishes, two drinks, and two deserts came to around $80, which actually is pretty reasonable.

"Over-the-top poshness" is a very apt way to put it !
netochka
Mar. 1st, 2003 02:02 pm (UTC)
what is this 'yutz'?

sincerely,
-linguistically curious
rpkrajewski
Mar. 1st, 2003 08:26 pm (UTC)
Dear Linguistically Curious
It's one of the many, many words in Yiddish for "jerk." I don't know how I picked it up, being a goy from suburban Massachusetts – maybe I absorbed it from Simpsons episode.
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