Monday, April 19, 2010

Day 7: London continued

We went to see the movie The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as planned. Even the subtitles could not detract from this spooky and spine-tingling movie. I was glad that we had read the book, especially at the beginning. While the film doesn’t follow the book plot exactly, the film version is marvelously told and doesn’t suffer at all from the omissions. The acting is superb. Lisbeth Salander is a character you won’t forget maybe ever. If it comes to a theater close to you, see it.

And then we had to run—literally—down Fulham Road to meet our friend Chris who was waiting for us at Pellicano, a really nice Sardinian restaurant in our hotel’s neighborhood. We had such an active conversation going from the very beginning that I forgot to take pictures of the food. So I’ll give you a quick run-down and you’ll have to imagine what it looks like for yourself. I had mozzarella di buffala with tomatoes (which weren’t bad considering the season); the mozzarella was fantastic with a creamy center like burrata. I shared it. Followed by fresh tagliatelle with a wild rabbit ragout. Katherine chose a risotto with radicchio on top, and Chris had the home made ravioli filled with potato, pecorino cheese and mint in a tomato sauce. We shared an arugula salad with parmesan cheese and fresh spinach sautĂ©ed with garlic and chilli. For dessert we were supposed to share (but I actually ate) a Sardinian tart with pecorino and lemon zest drizzled with honey served with fresh raspberries. Chris and I drank a Sardinian red and Katherine had a pinot grigio. It was a lovely evening and an unexpected treat to be with Chris.

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