The very warm and somewhat eccentric interior of Cellar Gate in Highwood.
Viennese coffee that is to die for!
To keep track of my walking, I use the RunKeeper App. Most of the time it works pretty well. Periodically, it peters out, not recording the whole walk, something I find annoying. I had another app, a specific dog walking app, but it was even less reliable than RunKeeper.
I had signed up for the challenge, a challenge that appeared when I went to register a walk, and I thought it would be a good idea. It was just like doubling my usual walk. I ended up walking to Deerfield High School and back, a bit over the 5K.
I went earlier rather than later because the rains are supposedly coming back.
Friday found us going to the movies. We had wanted to see the new Susan Sarandon flic but ended up seeing the Hemingway movie, ‘Papa Hemingway in Cuba.’ I thought I had seen a rating of 86% on Rotten Tomatoes but apparently I was wrong, it was 8%! Here is why you need to take that with a grain of salt, I would give it a 95%! The movie was wonderful and a genuine non-dozer from start to finish!
It was a true story, written by Denne Bart Petitclerc, a writer who idolized Hemingway and who ended up actually meeting him and becoming his friendà. The story is his story. Great performances were given by the stars: Giovanni Ribisi, Joely Richardson, Adrian Sparks, Minka Kelly, and even a cameo by Mariel Hemingway. I have to say that I have never appreciated the acting of Giovanni Ribisi and this movie makes me like him as I never have before. Joely Richardson as Mary Hemingway and Adrian Sparks as Ernest Hemingway were amazing.
Seeing this movie even filmed in Cuba, using Hemingway’s actual home, which is now a museum, was wonderful. Seeing the American politics playing with a world-renowned writer was fascinating. I am sorry that this movie has been panned because it is decidedly worth seeing.
We had dinner with a gift certificate that had long lapsed, in Highwood at the Cellar Gate Wine Market and Bistro. MK’s administrative colleagues had given her this when she retired. For whatever reason, I was not overly excited about it. I was all wrong, however. We went early; found out that not only is it a wine bar that serves appetizers, but that they now have dinners. They have a very intimate set of rooms and a very nice patio seating area (separated into several different areas) that is kind of surprising when you see where it is in Highwood. We also found out they often have music so we have numerous reasons to return.
We had a glass of Valpolicella that was absolutely a dream to sip. That was followed by a shared kale salad that had a slightly sweet dressing with dried cranberries, apples, pears, pecans, and cashews. MK had salmon over pasta and I had Penne pasta Bolognese. The piping hot food was as good as the incredible wine. We followed that with Julius Meinl coffee and bread pudding.
My dessert life has been overturned of late, having seen my views of rice pudding thrown out as our friend Evelia’s mother made an ‘Arroz con leche’ that made me a rice pudding lover and now the Cellar Gate has made me a lover of my former dessert hate: bread pudding. Our hostess and owner of the establishment took a lot of time talking to us and graciously told us that the over two-year-old certificate was still acceptable. She had mentioned the dessert and I was intrigued. How could bread pudding be that good? It was. I am a convert.
The ambiance was amazing, the music from Pandora delightful, and the food and service impeccable. Our cost was approximately $100 and was covered by an old gift certificate. Needless to say, we shall be going back only next time for the atmosphere, food, etc., and music!
We finished off the evening by watching a movie I had presented for the Oakton FilmFest: The Namesake. A wonderful movie based on the book by Jhumpa Lahiri, MK had not seen it.
What a wonderful day and evening!