Thursday, March 26, 2009

Red and Green.....

I had the day off today and hung out with my very best friend and unofficial Spanish sister, Isaura (hola!).

She wanted to go eat lunch at Denny's in Cal City but I suggested Leona's which was just up the road instead. I had a craving for Italian food so we gave Leona's a try.

At 12:30 p.m. on a weekday the place wasn't crowded so we got seated instantly. Unfortunately our waitress was a bit of a bee-yotch but I think it comes with the territory in that line of work.

My friend had the spaghetti with meat sauce (shown above) and I ordered the fusilli pesto with broccoli and sun-dried tomatoes (shown below).

When the dishes came out my first reaction was that they're so rich in friend's a bright red and mine an intense green!

I did feel a bit foolish taking multiple shots of our meals with my camera but I just had to get pictures of these for my blog! Dork!!

Sadly, not only was the food at Leona's kind of pricey but both our meals were really bland. If only they tasted as good as they looked. I've made better pasta dishes than this. Shame on you, Leona!

But the food didn't really matter. I hadn't seen my "Spanish sister" in a while and it was great just getting to talk to her in person.

"Next time," Isaura said, "we should go to Olive Garden." I agree!


Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Beautiful pictures - and you absolutely should take pictures of your food I do it in all kinds of restaurants. If the wait staff gives you a funny look, tell them you're an artist.. they usually get a kick out of it. Sorry for BLAND Italian food - there's GOT to be a better Italian restaurant in Chicago - friends don't let friends do Olive Garden..... you can definitely make better pasta than that, too! I like your blog, and your drawings!

Dean Grey said...

"Friends don't let friends do Olive Garden".....that just made me laugh!

You're right. Here in Chicago there's definitely better Italian food but on that particular day, my friend and I were southwest of The Windy City so that was all we could find.

Thanks for the kind words, Kelley!


r garriott said...

I'm with Kelley on the whole Olive Garden thing!

I take photos of my food sometimes, too. It's easier than taking photos of the food on the table next to yours... that can get you some weird looks!

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of a time I went to a pricey place in SB here, Tratoria Vittoria. The dishes were all really expensive (dt Santa Barbara, what did I expect?), but the proportions and the amount of flavor was in proportional to the bill. >_<

Dean Grey said...

R. Garriott!

You're not a fan of Olive Garden either? Yikes!



That's pretty much what happened here.

Huge, colorful portions....little flavor!


Thank you both!