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909 Press Release

Local | Aug 20, 2003 12:41 PM

With the S.O.'s relocation to the 909, we've continued our explorations in Claremont/La Verne, using 'hounds recent posts as a guide(thanks).

Sunday evening at The Press - worth a return visit. I had the Pasta Montezuma (ignore the name) - generous amounts of sauteed baby-bello mushrooms, capers,whole pieces of mild green chiles, with parmesan served over linguini. The chiles added a subtle zing to what might have initially seemed pedestrian. The S.O. had one of 5 specials available (e.g, salmon, New Zealand lamb) - his choice, after careful reflection...the grilled tofu, served with braised spinach and brown rice. It sounded too 70's-organic (and a ghastly choice, given the selection), but actually, it was quite good, and i'm damned picky about my tofu. The tofu had been marinated in soy/lemon/herbs along with the zucchini, bellpepper,tomatoes, all served au skewer with a more than punchy BBQ sauce on the side. If you closed your eyes, you could even pretend it was swordfish, steak, chicken. The specials include a timbale of cucumber-feta salad, and rhubard-strawberry compote for dessert. We each had a glass of Sauv. Blanc (with tax, license, dealer prep.= $51) and ended up sated w/substantial leftovers. Ambiance on a Sunday night was sedate, comfortable, but is likely a bit more lively Fri./Sat. when they have music (not a bad thing either way).

La Verne's Cafe Allegro will be in our future, since it's user-friendly - in walking distance. The baby greens salad/balsamic dressing was on the mark. Penne was a bit overdone, but forgiven since the sauce is always more important to me anyway- spicy eggplant was full of red pepper, oregano, CAPERS!. S.O.'s salmon was nicely finished. Note-if you want a glass of wine, you'll be restricted to indoor tables. Too bad- a glass of vino while viewing the full moon, with a nice stroll home afterward sounded so romantic.

And, of course, Walter's - after a personal 20-year hiatus, it was great to be back for Sunday breakfast. I could still feel the student angst lingering in the humidity of the outdoor patio ;-).

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