Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Esquire review

Mike C. had said something about watching for stars at the Crest on monday, and this is what he was cryptically referring to. Heyamoto did some pretty straight reporting on this, although she did include a quote from possibly the biggest dork in the known universe, a guy who, in referring to Arnie bringing Angela Bassett to the capital, said, "Arnold got his groove back by inviting Stella,". Niiiiiice.

I had a nice dinner at Esquire last night that was paid for by an anonymous donor. Excellent house-smoked salmon appetizer (although the toast points were unpleasantly crunchy and mouth-hurty). A couple of tiny oysters on the half shell (I like their policy of charging 2.25 per oyster so even if only one person wants them they can afford to order them) that whetted my appetite for more (I'm getting some from Taylors tonight and I have a bottle of cheapo Trader Joes muscadet to wash them down). I got the halibut special, which was served over a delicious mix of curried creme fraiche, cous cous and mache. The halibut itself was a wee bit dry. Smiller got a pan fried sole with mashed potatoes, which was pretty standard fried fish but hit the spot. The wine list by the glass is unexciting and the whites are too chardonnay heavy, but what's new. They do have some affordable glasses that are just a bit over five bucks, so that's nice, and it's cool that they offer so many half bottles. Mark S. Allen was there looking a bit manorexic and tanorexic. I wouldn't eat at this place on my own dime cuz it's just too expensive for what you get, but I think pretty much everyone who eats there is rich so they don't care. I still haven't had any steak which I suspect might be their specialty, but I'm not a steak eater.

I think it's weird that Ernestos is closing down their S street location and moving to where Andiamos is now. Why fuck with a goldmine? I wonder if they're going to do a redesign so that they can have outdoor seating, because I think people like the outdoor seating at Ernestos a lot in the warm weather. No matter what, you know that they are going to drop a ton on decorating the place.

They're discussing me over at Kev's blog again. I'd like to say that for the record, I don't know anyone named Kendra and my name's not Becka. It's Becky. I get that it's probably short for Beckasac but I'm clearing that up cuz I'm not too fond of Becka. Here's the link to Kendra's quote, which Kev didn't link to. Back to our regularly scheduled shameless spreading of gossip.

35 comments:

Stephen Glass said...

When someone of Heyamoto's caliber turns to straight reporting (when destiny puts in its call), the chances favor that she will gravitate toward the dorkiest quote conceiveable. Jeez, she's all over that paper. Seriously, Lisa, I kid -- but I have paid a visit to the city of my birth just to settle matters with you...

Anonymous said...

Beckler, what did you do to Allison, rape her turtle? Is she ever (still) bitter. Manomanoman.

Ed

Stephen Glass said...

And Ernesto's is where I took a leak standing next to a Supreme Court justice. It was as thrilling as it sounds.

beckler said...

Was it Justice Anthony Kennedy, a Land Park native? Or was it Sandra Day O'Conner?

Anonymous said...

Becky, be careful with those oysters! Last I knew you didn't have an oyster knife, and it's really dangerous to do it with a regular knife.

Ben sliced open his finger and now he has this jagged scar on his finger tip (which is actually pretty cool-looking)!

My little bro told me that if they are really fresh and healthy they'll open easily, and some of the oysters did open more easily than the others...so you might not have a problem. But just be careful!

-michele

beckler said...

Anna and Grace are on the case! Maybe the meat dudes at Taylor can open them for us. I didn't even know you had to open them until Grace told me.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait until oysters pop up at the sunday market again. I predict bbq of 100 oysters part II: Electric Bugaloo.

Miss B

Anonymous said...

You need one of those steel mesh gloves which not only do the job but they also look cool. Then you can wear it around town when your not eating oysters.

-liv

beckler said...

this is getting complicated. do i need any other protective clothing? should i bring goggles and a lab coat home?

werenotdeep said...

I actually do know Kendra, and she's a pretty good egg. Just in case anybody needs to verify her Chris Olsen credibility, in case it counts for something. I know it doesn't get me free waffles from Pancake Circus, though.

Anonymous said...

Well, you wouldn't want them to open at Taylor's, unless you plan to eat them at Taylors. Or I guess you could gingerly (but quickly) carry them home on a bed of crushed ice or salt, taking care that none of the "liquor" spills out.

I'm with Liv, some sort of mitt would be good too. I think they sell silicone ones now, but they aren't as cool as the chainmail ones.

I didn't think it would be a big deal, because raw clams are easy to open...but all of a sudden Ben was bleeding pretty intensely, and I realized we'd made a mistake.

So, be careful! But enjoy them once they are open. Muscadet does go so well with them, and restaurants never have it on their lists!!!!!

-michele

leon said...

Good thing Mr. Seconds isn't looking for anyone’s approval, attention or awards because he doesn’t take himself so seriously that he thinks what he has to say or write about is so precious, the rest of Sacramento is just hanging on his every word...Oh wait..I guess he is/(does?).

die horsy!! die!!!

beckler said...

In Mazatlan there were tons of oyster carts. They shuck em for you and give you hot sauce. I was too chicken to even think about it but next time...I'll probably still be too chicken.

Anonymous said...

Miss B!

Oyster Races 2006. Go Steamy. Go Steamy. Go Steamy.

This is a secret hipster blog within a secret hipster blog. How PoMo!

gbomb

Anonymous said...

I'm sure you'll find other handy uses for a chainmail glove besides oyster shucking. Like feeding some sort of wild animal, or attack dog training, and as an added bonus you can make lots of great jokes tonight like, "no glove, no love."

-liv

werenotdeep said...

I think the simple reason of it existing is reason enough to own a chainmail glove. Any practical use you'd get out of it would be secondary.

Lisa D! said...

If my calculations are right I must have shucked about 20 oysters a day, 5 days a week for almost 18 months totaling to over 7000 oysters! All done with a towel and a shucking knife and I never hurt myself once while bartending at Nishiki. Is that right?

Stephen Glass said...

I once ate 64 oysters i one afternoon, and I think there's even pictures to prove it. This is what happens when you live in a town with an annual oyster festival.
Oh, and it was Earl Warren I pissed next to. No, just joshin' you; it was Anthony Kennedy (well, duh). I shook his hand after he washed the piss off 'em.

beckler said...

are you commenting from somewhere in sac, s.g.? get off the computer and go walk around. do it for those of us who are trapped in windowless laboratories until five.

Stephen Glass said...

OK...
(pause)
There; I went and stood on the deck. Out here in Carmichael. I did that for you lab folk. Yes, the weather's loverly, especially for someone who lives where there's been almost 60 inches of rain this winter.

omf said...

i can also second Kendrak's viability as a human. i certainly did not expect to run into her here. worlds colliding!

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allyson said...

Hi there, it's Allyson (read: not anonymous!) heh

Sorry about getting your name wrong, Becky. That's almost as annoying as someone spelling a name wrong (that's for you, Ed and sheesh! I'm kidding here!)

And Ed, I have to say (in the friendliest of tones, in case this doesn't come across) that I find it odd that you go to another's blog to try to stop the flamin' and then come back here and kind of continue it...? And don't ever talk about my turtle again.
Okay, okay.. I read that I was bitter, and since I'm not and never was, I realize that you were just reacting emotionally (for lack of a better word) to something I wrote about Becky. And I think Becky reacted too, cuz she referenced my gossip quote, I noticed.

Long story short, a spade is a spade is a spade, big deal! Let's face it, we have all 'shamelessly gossiped' in our little lifetimes, yes? And posting some stuff she heard about other people's love lives, well, that's gossip, yes? Fairly inarguable. And who could blame her, that was some juicy stuff! And shameless? Well, yeah! So what. It was what it was. I don't have any joyous memories of learning that I was being gossiped about or anything, but bitter, no, no, no... In fact no hard feelings at all.
And restaurant reviews aren't a bad thing, silly! But posting potentially harmful info about a public place on an award winning public blog (one that more and more people are checking out) without confirming the facts first was indeed responsible for a buncha folks speculating and exaggerating and stuff that got out of control. Yes? Spade again. And also again, big deal! Is what it is.
Back to my point of referencing it all again (and maybe that's what you're really upset about over anything, if I'm reading you right Ed) which was Kendra saying that Becky really puts sincere thought and effort into what she does (which she does! she does!) I was saying that those were not shining examples. And Noooo, I know Becky doesn't shamelessly gossip all the livelong day, so don't get it twisted, as the kids say.
Kendra, being my unfortunate and unwitting example of the average blog browser, smoothed over or wasn't aware of all details and sorta half-assed a sort of already biased opinion on the whole thing & threw in a couple zingers. I think that stuff happens more often than not. And I'm sure Kendra is as super cool as anybody (to sensitive friends of Kendra!) She, again, is merely an example of the waves and trickles that get watered down from the real facts of a matter. Which was my bigger-picture point. And I also picked on Kev because in my opinion he tends to put people automatically on the defense with his occasional caustic spewing.
So let's keep it real, non-foes!

And to that last anonymous poster about me,
you're....just.......weird. And that random gossip had to do with...what?

Anonymous said...

What? Could you cut that down and make a point, Ally? That's longer then the boring as f--k interview with the Smith a-hole.

allyson said...

yup, the post was long but all in the effort to make sure there weren't misunderstandings, and my points were made. Which I humbly realize is lost on you, anonymous, and that's ok.
My name is Allyson and my friends call me Al. That Ally thing is weird, confirming that we ain't friends and your posts obviously point to you having a beef with me. Carry on!

Anonymous said...

well i wanted to leave a comment about the shindig at the Crest
but it seems things have gotten alittle twisted round herrrrr!

homzee

Kev said...

God, I truly love the internet. I also love when my name is mentioned.

Anywhere.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I was naive enough to think that what I posted to Kevin's blog would have the effect of not stirring things up any more. I also made the mistake of posting to Heckasac, a comment that, while a sincere attempt at humor, in hindsight should have been sent via a personal email, or, better still, not at all. I apologize for misspelling your name, Allyson.

What really makes me feel dumb is that I just read a Miss Manners column (GOT to read your Miss Manners) about how blogs are personal thoughts made public and how naive it is to assume that what is on those blogs will mainly only be read by their "target audience."

You all can now call me "slow," help me on with my in-door helmet and show me where the short bus stop is.

Ed

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Anonymous said...

Oh leave Al Seconds alone.

There's something to be said about maintaining loyalty to your friends and loved ones (even and especially through the hard times) although I wouldn't expect a shit-talking pipsqueak like yourself to understand that.

If people were SO tired of hearing of, about and from the Seconds' then there wouldn't be multiple blog posts devoted to (widely inaccurate) speculation about their love/sex lives, careers, etc...

Truth be told, they're both extremely intelligent, passionate individuals who (whether you like them or not), have put an inarguable amount of love, energy and devotion into this silly little scene of ours.

The only bitterness I see here is in the form of mean-spirited jabs directed at two people who, I might add, the majority of you spineless little fuckers would never DARE to go up to in public and insult face-to-face.

But why bother when you can spout off 3rd hand gossip and grade school insults (did you really say FART?) behind the safety net of the internet?

Gee, guess I’ll remain anonymous too.

Anonymous said...

I cut my finger on an oyster at Hooter's. I will remain anonymous for obvious reasons.

-hooterfinger

Kev said...

Anonymous,
Dried up? Maybe. Overweight and washed up? Sure. But whose got time to fret over such trivial matters when we're out fucking half the population of Sacramento County.

And heck, with a blindly devoted wife who will love me no matter how horrible I am to her *AND* a side piece o' ass who pays my rent, groceries and internet connection, I am LIV-IN the life, my man.


Or woman. Which ever you are.

PARRR-TAAY!!!

Anonymous said...

When some anonymous idiot posts something, it bugs me how for some reason those comments seem to speak for the whole blog readership. For example, one person on here goes off on Allyson - who wrote something totally nice - and then "I guess I'll remain anonymous too" has to respond with "the majority of you spineless little fuckers would never DARE to go up to them in public and insult them face-to-face" suggesting that, based on one comment, all of us "spineless little fuckers" not only dislike Kev & Allyson but want to talk shit to their faces if only "we" had the spine, as if that we're even remotely the case. ANYONE who posts anonymously sucks! Both of you can either fess up or talk shit elsewhere. In one week, I was completely bugged by something Kev wrote on his blog & totally psyched that he said he liked the Bananas CDs he'd just heard & that he played us on his radio show. We're definitely coming from different places but this rivalry - if it exists at all - should be fun, not stupid.

miller

beckler said...

Sorry I was late in deleting those stupid, rude comments. Really sorry. I appreciated what you wrote Allyson, but I have to let you know that beyond all the ridiculousness that followed me posting that thing about the infamous sac restaurant bum incident, it did happen and everyone knows it. They escaped getting written about in the News and Review and Bee just because everyone denied it, but an ugly incident happened, only the details are in dispute.

beckler said...

Oh, and it's nice that Allyson thinks that more and more people are reading each day, but in reality they are just searching for Brian Peppers pictures.