Rice is Sacred and we looked at some of the great pictures she took on her trip. This picture she took is of women in asia getting their feet cleaned and exfoliated in a tank of garra rufa fish. She said that the sensation ranges from a tickle to "Hey, you little f*ckers, that hurts."
We finally took our leave and drove to Cedros to see Tracy's sister, the fantastic jewelry maker and wire bender Lynn Merchant. Lynne had wired together all of these beautiful wild turkey feathers and the long chain looked quite amazing. Her shop is really a visual jewel crammed with a beautiful creation throughout every square inch.
We drove over to Crush, the upscale restaurant and wine bar in Solana Beach. Leslie had never been. I ordered a glass of an outrageously good supertuscan for a mere five bucks, on account of happy hour. Leslie had a ginger, cilantro, vodka, lime, ginger beer and saki martini which she really enjoyed.
Dinner was unfortunately less successful. we ordered a really nice chili garlic scampi with a delicious and rather creamy sauce. The bread there is simply outrageously good, including an unusual and scrumptious brown rye. We ordered the ossobuco over risotto with porcinis and a rib eye and decided to share both. Our entrees were accompanied by a creamed spinach and potato pancakes and maybe some other things. The rib eye was perfect, in a very strong reduction that worked. The osso buco was also in a very strong sauce but it was over salted to the point of almost being inedible. When I complained to our server, who was excellent by the way, she talked to the chef. He said that it may have seemed over salted because it is cooked on oak and oak concentrates the flavors. Sounds like bullshit to me. I think he just lost control of the salt.
Crush, like Cucina Urbana, serves a rustic italian fare. I had a six hour ragu last time whose flavor palette was also ponderously deep like an inky pool. I happen to like this style of cooking but it is probably not for everybody. Now I have to wonder if that is the way everything is cooked there? If I had one complaint when I first visited the restaurant it was that the entree selection was very limited and it is still so. We were offered desert which we declined and paid for the meal including the screwed up entree and drove back home. Probably won't return for a while. A bit disappointing.