The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me. Psalm 16:6

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

Can You Say, "Yummy?"

Two weeks ago, Gustav and I were joined by his brother Eric and sister-in-law Lisa at a fantastic restaurant here in L.A. called Osteria Mozza. Mario Batali, of Iron Chef fame, is one of the owners/chefs of the restaurant. Can I just say...this was perhaps the greatest meal I have ever eaten in my life! Up until now, my favorite meal was at a lovely, quaint little restaurant in Edgartown on Martha's Vinyard. But I think this culinary experience surpassed it!

First off, the atmosphere was great...fresh and fun on the Pizzaria Mozza side and elegant and refined on the Osteria Mozza side. The menu was outrageous! There were some of the most interesting things I've ever seen: pigs trotter, tripe, wild boar, sea urchin, oxtail, calves tongue, and calves brain. Um, this was not the Chili's menu we were usd to seeing!

We decided to begin with antipasti, each choosing one, taking a few bites, and then passing to the left. This was how we did the entire meal, and was it fun! I got to try the most incredible ricotta and Bufala mozzarella I've ever tasted. It just melted when it hit your tongue. Their homemade bread was out of this world, and the bottle of wine selected by my knowledgable brother-in-law was extraordinary. I decided this was my opportunity to try these exotic things I'd never had before, so I chose the calves tongue plate. It was tasty! I was also able to try some delicious octopus. I was in heaven. And we hadn't even gotten past the appetizers!

Next up was the Primi course. More selections by the four Hoyers at the table produced Orecchiette, Gnocchi with wild boar ragu', Tagliatelle with oxtail ragu', and linguine with raw sea urchin. I loved all of this, except the sea urchin. Really strange consistency! But Heather, you can tell Nathaniel that Mr. Hoyer has actually eaten wild boar for real!! :-)

I chose duck for the Secondi course, which was rather foolish, because I was so full at this point, and duck so heavy, I was only able to take a few bites. But I did try my brother-in-law's quail which was divine.

We left "fat and happy" as the Hoyer boys like to say. Which was good, because it took us 2 hours to get home. Nobody told us that driving through Hollywood on Halloween night was a lesson in futility. Who knew that grown people by the tens of thousands paraded through the Hollywood streets at 11PM? Who knew that they would close down streets to allow them the freedom to move around? Who knew that? Well, apparently us rookies did not know that. It was a very interesting way for my Colorado in-laws to see our neck of the woods!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

God Has Established

"Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves." Romans 13:1-2

I am thrilled to throw my support behind President-Elect Obama today. I have been thinking about this all day, and I really am. Not because I agree with him on the majority of his policies, but because he is God's man for the job. And God is sovereign and has a purpose for everything. May we, as Christians, set ourselves apart by respectfully submitting to the authority established by God.

I praise Him for another day of breath.

I praise Him that I have seen the first black man elected president of the US.

I praise Him for the privilege of living in this country where we are wealthy not only in the freedoms we possess, but also in the abundance of provision from His hand.

And I praise Him that I can wake up on the day after an ugly election season, where my man lost, and still know that He, the Creator of the Universe, is the One who "rules forever by His power, his eyes watch the nations..." Psalm 66:7

To God be the glory, great things He hath done...