A gorgeous Gruyere Cheese Cake (as it was called) from Cooking in Switzerland by Marianne Haltenbach. The interesting thing about the cookbook is that it is designed to look like it’s old (browned paper and stains of the pages, for example). We had a nice relaxing meal on the Studer’s new deck at their house in Highland Park. For an African-American woman from Detroit, Cindy sure can cook some mean Swiss food (her fondue is crazy good, too.) Her husband, Stefan, is a pro photograper who, you guessed it, is originally from Switzerland.
Caro and I went to check out the opening party for the All Roads Film Project at the Egyptian Theater. National Geographic Television shot the footage at Rothbury this year, and Caro was saying hello to some of the folks that helped support the music festival this summer. Met some great people and had a couple of vodka tonics. We decided to make a date of it and had dinner at Musso & Frank because Caro had never been. As is my habit in going to totally old school restaurants (Musso & Frank opened in Hollywood in 1919), I ordered liver and onions.
Oktoberfest in Cincinnati is, they claim here, to be the largest in the country. People wear chicken hats (I don’t know what, if anything, this has to do with either Cincinnati or Oktoberfest), but there was some great beer, delicious pretzels (as you can see here) and more bratwurst than I’ve certainly ever seen (well, except for the three years as a kid I lived in Germany, but it doesn’t count if I can’t really remember it). The crowd here is gathered to watch the Bengals on the big screen (the same one that was earlier showing the Reds) and to check out some Bavarian dance action.
Here’s a pic of Caro in one of her favorite places: a record shop. Shake It Records in Cincinnati is one of the cooler indie record shops I’ve been to. Their Myspace page is here. The official site is here. There wasn’t much going on in the neighborhood at the time, just a few lazy shoppers drifting up and down the street. I picked up a CD by Nels Andrews, Off Track Betting, which I’m digging. Kind of folky, a little bit of rock. Good songwriter. Dollar and the Dream is a great track.
We went to see a movie at a complex in Newport on the river across from downtown Cincinnati. We come across something named ‘Jefferson’ in every town we visit. There is a converted highway span that is now a pedestrian bridge called the Purple People Bridge that takes you to the Kentucky side of town.
We were in Cincinnati (never been) for our friends David and Holly’s wedding. First night we went to a restaurant in Fountain Square and then caught some of the Reds game on a jumbotron downtown. Something nice about being out of Los Angeles and in a city that has a river flowing through it. Life in bone-dry L.A. if nothing else makes you crave looking at flowing water. The waitress was a really great civic advocate and told us about some cool neighborhoods to check out if we have time. It’s also the weekend of the country’s biggest Oktoberfest.