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We got back an hour ago from taking Joel to the airport for his return flight to Boston. He’s been here for the week on his mid-semester break. His normal pattern has been to take the overnight JetBlue flight back to Boston, but when we made the reservations, I asked if he wanted to try the Alaska daytime non-stop and he said sure. The only problem is that it leaves at 8:50 AM, hours before he usually awakens, and worse yet, Daylight Saving Time started this morning, making the departure even an hour earlier than that, in effect. We all got up around 6:00 AM (5:00 AM as far as our bodies knew). We’re home now, and Joel should be sitting on the plane at the gate.

Anyway, one sees a lot of weird art on people’s blogs, so I decided this morning, while we were waiting for Joel to get ready, that I could do it too. I used found objects left over from last night. For a farewell dinner, we went to the Westlake branch of the superb Seattle pizzeria Tutta Bella. This has become something of a pattern, since it’s not far from Jessica’s condo, making it a convenient meeting spot, and since Jessica will eat the food there. To start, we had a large Salerno salad (insalata di Salerno, described on the menu as “Small fresh mozzarella, crunchy shaved fennel, cherry tomato halves, cucumbers, basil, romaine, dijon-balsamic vinaigrette & fresh cracked pepper.: The fennel made all the difference. Excellent salad. And we also had a small Caesar salad (insalata di Cesare), since that’s what Jessica prefers. It’s description: Romaine, house made focaccia croutons, shaved parmigiano reggiano, classic caesar dressing. Then we shared 3 pizzas, the house Tutta Bella Pizza (Pomodoro San Marzano, Isernio’s Italian sausage, fresh mozzarella, roasted onions, roasted mushrooms, Grana Padano); the Ciro (Pomodoro San Marzano, prosciutto di Parma, fresh mozzarella, roasted mushrooms, slivered garlic, fresh basil, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil); and the Regina Margherita (Pomodoro San Marzano, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil, Grana Padano). They were all excellent. These were accompanied by a bottle of Planeta la Segreta Rosso (50% Nero d’Avola with an explosion of fresh fruit balanced by a zesty spiciness), and followed by small orders of chocolate and raspberry gelato. A few slices came home in a box.

Later last night, I decided to squeeze 6 grapefruits to make juice for Gail, Joel, and me to share. Joel ate two slices of the leftover pizza overnight and the final two before we left for the airport this morning. The result was that we now had a pizza box and 12 grapefruit halves that I had to bring out to the yard waste bin. What better way to bring out the grapefruit than in the pizza box? I piled them in. And that’s when inspiration struck. I tried a couple of arrangements before arriving at the one pictured above. The installation won’t last long. It is destined to find its way into the bin before the end of the day. But the photo above will preserve it indefinitely, as well as preserving memories of our night out.

If you aren’t excited by my art, perhaps you’ll prefer the art captured in the photo below (HT: Andrew Sullivan.) I wouldn’t blame you for preferring it. It is the work of the Norwegian artist Rune Guneriussen, more of whose work can be seen by clicking the links here. I still have a ways to go in developing my compositional skills.


Categories: Arts, Family, Food, Restaurants
  1. jsofie
    March 9, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    There are a lot of “Since Jessica” in this post. Like its bad…. Just to let all the peeps know, my family all LOVES Tutta Bella’s as well.

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