The Food Gal™ : So where did you go to lunch today ELV?
ELV: Why, I went to Carnevino.
The Food Gal: Did you have meat?
ELV (sheepishly): Well kinda…if you can call a steak and egg sandwich, topped with three different eggs (quail, duck and chicken) and a house-cured pastrami on some excellent Bon Bakery Bread, meat eating.
The Food Gal: What happened to your pledge to forgo beef…or at least cut way back on it? The whole sustainable, carbon-footprint, going green thing and all that?
ELV: I don’t know…it was like I walked through the doors and some strange, extraterrestrial, beef-eating force consumed my body and I was powerless to resist the addictive allure of aged beef…It’s f*cking evil I tell you! Someone needs to stop it!
The Food Gal: Who chose the restaurant?
ELV: Uh…I did….but that’s beside the point I tell you! Why aren’t you listening to me?
The Food Gal: You probably drank too, didn’t you?
ELV: Of course I drank…it’s C-a-r-n-e-V-I-N-O after all. It would be a sin not to. Mario (Batali) and Joe (Bastianich) would never forgive me…
The Food Gal: Well, as long as you didn’t invite me to lunch, do tell, what wine didn’t I get to try?
ELV: As long as you asked, a smooth, deep and mellow Ca’ Marcanda Promis — a merlot-based beauty from Gaja ($125).
The Food Gal: Is this the same “Gaja” from yesterday? The Italian knockout that you conveniently forgot to tell me you were having lunch with?
ELV: Boy, you hit that nail on the head. Those nebbiolos yesterday knocked me out in more ways than one…
The Food Gal: That’s not what I’m talking about.
My lunch for two (with a mysterious femme fatale and $125 bottle of wine and a smattering of the first white truffles of the season) came to a lot more $$$ than The Food Gal ™ wanted me to spend.*
* Something tells ELV it’s gonna be a no nooky night.