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Tonight my mother and her boyfriend came over to visit.

We took them to a lovely new restaurant near us called "Bar Muda" (or just Muda. It's confusing.) It's dairy Italian, plus an actual bar. And sushi because that's become de riguer.

And, in fact, we had sushi. Mom and Lenny are in their seventies and raw fish is a turn off for them, so we ordered a California roll (fake crabmeat, avocado and cucumber) and a cucumber roll for the table. Those Lenny and Mom enjoyed, although Mom did take a taste of plain wasabi. Hot.

Then we had soup - Lenny and I had cream of garlic (very, very yummy and served in a wavy rectangular bowl.) while Mom and Jonathan had gazpacho. Main courses were - Mom had manicotti, I had linguini with a creamy salmon sauce and bits of smoked and fresh salmon (and they gave me whole wheat pasta, too), and Jonathan had fried fish tidbits with a garlic mayonaise sauce on the side (not aioli - could barely taste the garlic). Lenny? Ate parts of our dinners. :) My pasta was good; Mom's manicotti was delicious. Jonathan's fish - not bad but not as good as the others. He finished my pasta.

They shared a slice of Italian cheesecake, which was soooo good. I had a taste - not overly sweet and quite light, but rich with butter. We shared "peppered fruit " - tropical fruit in a warm caramel black pepper sauce, served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. We also had espresso, which they served with a tiny glass of selzer. Very, very nice. The pepper added warmth the the sauce, which was not cloyingly sweet, the fruit was delicious and the ice cream went very well, and it was perfect for two people.

So it was a lovely meal all around.


Uh, I had chips and salsa with a side of lunch meat. And then some kind of candy to top it off. It's not my fault I eat like a 12 year old boy, I swear.

Chips. Salsa. Meat. Not the worst meal.

I've dined on ramen.

Sounds lovely. I haven't tried that place yet, and hadn't really made any plans to, but from your description I should.

About the name: to Israelis, "Bar Muda" sounds like a Caribbean island. I think they may have had some idea of competing with Amazon Café, though they sound much more upmarket. Except that, as I understand it, there was a delay in getting their alcohol license, so until they got it they were going as Bar Muda.

It really was nice. I think you'd enjoy it.

Better than a basketful of melons?

I still remember you by that signature, incidentally...


Oh, yes.

(And pepper on melons? Not bad. Salt is also good.)

Sushi, gazpacho and manicotti? Kinda the Marco Polo gastronomic tour, huh?

The idea of sushi at an italian place would worry me. But, it sounds like they managed that pretty well (probably helps that you avoided anything with raw fish). Sounds like a great meal. Nice that your mom is so adventurous when it comes to food. My grandparents, both sets in their early 80s, won't eat anything more "exotic" than Salisbury steak at an Elias' Brothers. Ugh!