Let's finally bring this post to a conclusion, so I can write a no doubt equally long, multipart post about our European trip that we returned from more than three weeks ago.
We spent Father's Day, which was also Tony's birthday, at the Gerbers'. Dad and Jean were there, too.
I took selfies with Molly ...
... Dad ...
... and Tony:
Jean, Tony, the 'phews (that's Matt in the photo), and I played Muggins:
Jean, who was playing for the first time, paid attention and was lucky and so won the game.
At one point, Tony waggled the top card on his face-up pile like an anglerfish's lure and Mike threw his card on top, even though he really should have played on one of the center piles. So Tony called Muggins on him. Tony!
I made a salad, and both Mike and Matt had four (4!) helpings of it. Matt said my salads are so much better than regular salads, just like my ice cream is so much better than regular ice cream. :-)
I didn't take any ice cream with me because Tracey had told me there was going to be an ice cream cake. It had fishing decorations on it for Dad and tennis decorations on it for David:
And Tracey had a gluten- and dairy-free chocolate brownie dealie with candles on it for my fella. :-):
On June 13, Tony and I went to the New York Philharmonic's performance of Joan of Arc at the Stake, starring Oscar- and César-winning actress Marion Cotillard, as guests of Eugene and his mother, Golda.
I appreciated the performance as an awesome spectacle, but I didn't understand a lot of what I was seeing/hearing or why those creative decisions had been made. Tony later explained that the mishmash of styles was intended to showcase different contributions of French culture to the world. He really enjoyed JOAATS.
On June 23, Tony and I had dinner with Marcheta, who was in town for work, at Bistango, a GF-friendly Italian restaurant on E. 29th Street that I hope we're able to visit again before we move. I had the Kale Bistango Salad, with apple, toasted almonds, golden raisins, and pecorino in a red wine vinaigrette ...
... and Rigatoni with Creekstone Farms Short-Rib and Tomato Ragu:
The food was all terrific, including the Black Raspberry and Chocolate Gelato I had for dessert:
And, finally, here's a cute shot of Marcheta and my boy outside the restaurant: