Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Weekend Part 2: Providence, Italy and an Arrogant Bastard

We decided to make the best of BIL (brother.in.law)'s hole in the head by ditching him and going to a restaurant on Melrose that received 2 Michelin stars, Providence.

Providence

Mr. FGD wanted to take his mom out to a nice restaurant while she was in town, and also to celebrate leaving a company he was no longer so fond of, so he busted out his 2008 Michelin guide for Los Angeles, and we ended up picking a restaurant that was literally around the corner from BIL's pad. We actually walked there. Unheard of. Who the hell walks anywhere in SoCal?

The building was very nondescript on the outside, with just a simple sign announcing its presence on the street.

sign

The inside was lovely, but Mr. FGD thought rampant picture taking was tacky, so I quickly shot this pathetic view of the wall/ceiling.

ceiling

We took one quick group shot before diving into the menu.

group

Here's my brief synopsis of Providence. I'm no WeeMo. Or Mr. FGD. I appreciate fine restaurants and good food, but I'm a lot less klassy than my spouse when it comes to trying new food thingies. After all, when Mr. FGD asked me what I wanted him to make me on one of my birthdays, I asked for grilled cheese and tomato soup. That being said, Mr. FGD and his mum LOVED Providence.

Against my better judgment, I agreed to the tasting menu with wine pairings, which I knew Mr. FGD really wanted to do. I figured I was too picky to do a tasting menu, but I also feel like if food is done unbelievably well, it can make things that I normally don't like taste pretty good.

Courses one through three were great. I won't bore you with the details, mainly because I can only remember details if they have to do with retail.

Courses four through six went downhill for me. Ick.

Oh well. Mr. FGD spent a fortune and had a great meal. His mum loved it. I was really bummed I wasn't even buzzed after having 5 pourings of wine. WTF?

(If you want a real review, ask Mr. FGD or wait until WeeMo goes there in the next couple of weeks.)

The next morning, we headed back over to BIL's pad to see how he was doing. He was no longer sporting the turban, and we were able to get a look at his new ear.

ear

It was pretty nasty close-up, and Mr. FGD turned white and crawled away.

nasty

The furbitches, as usual, were oblivious and enjoying the beautiful LA weather.

sun

but

BIL was hopped up on drugs and ready for some action.

action

By action, I mean geeking out with his little brother.

brothers

This is what the furbitches and I thought about that:

yawn

mini

YAWN.

bored

Eventually, I successfully ripped Mr. FGD and his brother off the couch, and we headed off to Mario Batali's Pizzeria Mozza to see if we could get a table without a reservation. We had to wait a little while, so I entertained myself and played with my new camera.

number

face

light

BIL had put on a hat and was being pretty lively for just having his ear taken off and sewed back on.



MIL was happy to be with her boys.



And finally, we were let in!



We were seated at the bar, facing a great set-up of wine.



The food at Pizzeria Mozza is simple and simply fanfuckingtastic. Please go.

pizza

We were all practically crying at how good everything was. I love you Mario.

napkin

After lunch, BIL decided he needed a break from his brother's constant chatter, and we dropped him off at his place and headed out to Malibu for some ocean, sunshine and fresh air. With the furbitches of course.

beach

Not to worry though, eventually we needed to eat more food. We decided to do something simple and headed over to the Farmer's Market for dinner and strolling around.


We found one arrogant bastard.

arrogant

And his brother.

dork


Eventually, though, the long weekend came to an end, but it succeeded in proving to me that I don't always have to travel far to have an adventure.


And these are the memories that I'll cherish the most.

bed

hug

9 Comments, shout outs, and other gold diggin' love:

WeezerMonkey said...

So much yumminess! I'm sad you didn't loooove your Providence experience, but at least you liked Pizzeria Mozza!

My review is going to have to wait. We scored another SF deal (hotel for $1), so we're going to do another fancy meal up there instead.

I think we might do Providence for the anniversary...in August. :P

WeezerMonkey said...

And Mr. FGD would be so horrified with my tacky self! Ha!

Winnie said...

Awww, I'm sad that you didn't love Providence. And playing Wii is NOT necessarily geeking it out . . . just sayin'. Cool people like me can play and make it look cool ;-)

Insomniac said...

I think I'm going to check out Pizzeria Mozza this weekend. You've inspired me. :)

wan-nabe said...

you know that the hub feels the same way as mr. FGD about taking pictures - but his feelings apply for all pics, especially of food. poophead.

Ashley said...

I can't see a lot of your pics :( The bar is the way to go at Mozza. Tables are overrated, ha! We sat at the bar and got samples of pizza crust, mmmmm. Or did they just think we were poor and were offering us scraps :/

amber said...

Jim is anti massive picture taking in restaurants with a large camera, too. Heh.

I still haven't tried Mozza, but damn do I love me some Batali!

I'm glad BIL is feeling better. :)

Baby Mama said...

I'll say what everyone else is thinking.... BIL FGD is a hottie, jacked up ear and all.

Bev said...

Now I keep thinking that Jason's name is Bill. Love the pictures--especially the boys geeking out, and the girls laying on the bed with you.

 
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