I’ve had a chance to check out a few of the nicer local restaurants recently, and enjoyed them thoroughly.
Lark was everything it talked up to be: a beautiful venue with spectacular food. Especially good was the yellowtail carpaccio, as well as the farro with mascarpone and squash, among some other great dishes including my first taste of elk. My only regret is that I didn’t have enough room for dessert.
The owner of Lark recently opened a bar next door called Licorous, where I spent last Friday night. Each drink on the menu is paired with a small plate, and the tuna tartare that came with my kaffir lime sour was an amazing confection of chopped raw tuna rolled in spices and sea salt. The other dishes and drinks we tried were also fantastic, and the evening came out pretty inexpensively for such good fare.
One day when I’ve got time, I’ll do a little Google Maps mashup and map out my neighborhood favorites.
It’s been quite some time since I noticed that the mileage my hybrid’s MPG gauge reported was about 5% higher than what I calculated using the trip odometer and the volume of gas off the pump. In today’s mail, I received notice of a class-action lawsuit against Honda, claiming the odometer on all Hondas sold between 2002 and 2006 reads 2-4% higher than the actual mileage. It took me a little while to figure out they’re probably not related (the MPG gauge is calculating the mileage based on the same odometer figure I am, so we should get the same figure), but it’s interesting none the less.
I’ve been looking at furniture recently, in search of the sofa for my living room. I quite liked several of the Bensen designs, but can’t quite stomach the $5K price tags. I think I’ve settled on this couch (in “Sage”) from Design Within Reach, which is somewhat reasonably priced (making it unlike many things at DWR in that it actually is within reach).