There will be many a story to exchange over the where were you, did you eat, then what, moments that have sculpted our last day and a half - my power came on around 9pm tonight so the strange times have gotten a bit stale to tie this back to chow.....BUT! Last night was a blast, little food offered in some places but much beer and wine. Trolling my neighborhood with friends and strangers, we were treated to olives & beers at Kitchen 22, went across the street to Tamarind and extracted a bottle of tokay from their very great wine list and were offered papadum and an onion kulcha like bread with a great spicy sauce on top, etc. Went on to the Mr Softy truck - who was doing astounding business,(nothing like a moveable generator)and joined the throngs hanging out on the street having very cooling dipped cones (I just missed the last chocolate). Wandered on downtown, a little reggae dancing with the jamaican work crew from ABC who were hanging on the steps watching a portable dvd of a concert from home. Couldn't find a seat at any of the open airy places on park av south - candlelight and beer in abundance. Places on sixth and bleecker had grills out and were offering smokin' meat to whoever was interested. Everyone I saw was calm, happy, maybe a little hungry but so appreciative of all of the kindnesses extended by whomever cared to stay open. Today, after being fetched by a friend on a bike - my posse's town crier, we drove around in a car to collect friends and scope out the city. Passed by Lima's Taste on 13th st between First and A, they had a sign outside saying...what blackout? And offered cold beer, ceviche and a shredded chicken dish with a spicy yellow pepper sauce. Had to park and partake. Both dishes were excellent, I had the ceviche and it was absolutely perfect, spicy, fresh, filled with lime and lemoned flounder and spicy rocoto pepper....the nicest people running the place. Had a peruvian beer (or 2)called crystal (sp?), sat outside and joined in with some other other lost yet happy diners in a lovely meal.
Power or no - there's still no doubting that something fun or great or both shall be unearthed in this chaos we call home.