Old buddy from Palo Alto came down to Pasadena for a visit, and as usual brought along a Bay Area food item as a host gift, in this case a Fred's Steak from Schaub's meat and poultry store in Stanford Square. Now, as both this apparently legendary steak and its source postdate my own Palo Alto days - I left in '73 - I was familiar with neither, but David's good taste is something I've always trusted, even though this was a strangely black, tarry-looking slab of meat. So last night I followed the included cooking instructions and baked it for about 45 minutes at 375º, along with some well-oiled and seasoned little potatoes.
Ye gods and little fishes. It was transcendental. No, phenomenal...okay, epoch-making. REALLY good, anyway. I have no idea what the guy paid for this thing, but it had to be worth it. Nor have I any idea what the marinade was, but JEEZ it's good. I might have to make a special trip up there...and I'd advise anyone who lives in the vicinity to do the same!