It’s the end of a very busy week. My co-workers and I try to make a point of going out to eat and leaving work at work. Tonight, while in decompression mode the conversation fell on the topic of old movies. Humphrey Bogart in ‘African Queen’, ‘To Have and Have Not’ and of course ‘Casablanca’. The waitress thought us a little strange as we passed dialogue back and forth. We had a laugh in our best Peter Lorre voices screeching, “Rick, you must help me, do something!” and of course Humphrey “I don’t mind a parasite, I object to a cut-rate one” and “I don’t buy or sell human beings” then Sydney Greenstreet’s quick come back line “Too bad. That’s Casablanca’s leading commodity”. We then circled around to Bette Davis in “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane” and “All About Eve”. Finally, we honored “The Picture of Dorian Gray” with our best Angela Lansbury impressions of “Goodbye Little Yellow Bird”. By that time the waitress disappeared and simply would not stop back at our table. Luckily, our meals were served before we really got down to it.
One of the tastiest items on the menu of One Stop Pizza in Tamarac, FL is their garlic rolls. Lush and moist, made with fresh garlic and with just the right amount of crunch. Their Aglio e Olio was good but had a little too much oil. Luckily, it sank to the bottom so there was no immediate problem.
The Eggplant Parmesan was fresh and cooked properly and tasted better than it looked.
There was too much sauce on the sausage and peppers but again, the taste was pleasing enough.
The ricotta cheesecake was not much to look at but it had a very light fluffy texture, something like a cheese custard. I had no trouble finishing it.
The meal and reminiscence of old Hollywood pictures were just enough to put us in a much lighter frame of mind. I did not restrict my fat and calorie intake. I have been very conscious of what I have been eating to make up for the holidays. However, tonight something had to give. The meal may not have been the greatest I’ve had but I am very grateful for it. For the laughter and the friendship and for the day off on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.