Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Schmecks in the City II

Devastated last night to see that Sheena's favourite theatre district bistro Les Sans Culottes West (aka The Men Without Pants) is closed. Replaced by yet another fucking sushi bar. The "East" location may or may not still be open. Didn't go check it out. Les Sans Culottes was the ultimate chick dining experience. While one ponders the menu, they'd bring out a big metal sausage tree. Yep - 4 or 5 types of sausage hanging there, to be cut to your taste. Then they hand you a big knife. And you can cut and hack and saw to your little hearts content. Sheena will miss this place very very much.


So reversed direction and walked back a block to The Paramount. One of the first Ian Schrager artsy fartsy places that can charge double the average nightly rate while offering half the comfort experience. Last time Sheena stayed there she uncharacteristically removed every trace of mascara before check-in lest she sully the starched white suite interior. I guess they can also up the price by not having any signage whatsoever on the door. You just "know" where it is.

Grabbed a couple of papers and sat up in the Library Bar. The soundtrack was kind of an 80s Worst-Of compilation. Not even in a retro-ironic sense. Like bad shit - Duran Duran, T-Pau, ABC, and the coup-de-grace: Haircut 100.

Overlooked the lobby and people watched for hours. Menu was spectacularly pedestrian, but ingredients were perfect, carefully presented and of high quality. Had caesar salad and the cheese plate. Huge strips of anchovy, which Sheena finds a little much in large quanities, so just rubbed them all over the crisp romaine, beautiful sharp parmesan and garlicky croutons. Cheese plate was a nice selection of complemented by the yummiest ripest strawberries ever encountered in the month of January. Menu on the surface was a bore, but execution was fun and flawless.


Now inspired to go buy some new furniture...

12 Comments:

At 7:48 PM, Anonymous Fenderbender said...

think the cats will sit on that chair?

 
At 7:50 PM, Blogger Sheena said...

NO! that's why I'm inspired.

 
At 10:46 PM, Blogger Jason Bo Green said...

I was confused as all hell before I recalled you were in NYC, not Toronto. Now it all makes sense...

Love the chair.

 
At 10:48 PM, Blogger Jason Bo Green said...

I haven't eaten any mammals for 5 weeks but I broke down today and had a hamburger. At Burger King, no less. This after a homemade breakfast of long grain rice with sweet peas and brussels sprouts. :(

My flesh was weak.

But that cow's flesh was pretty good, I have to admit.

 
At 10:50 PM, Blogger Jason Bo Green said...

By the way, what is "schmecks"?

I'm familiar with the Mennonite word that means "tastes so good" or etc. That what you mean?

Because "Food That Really Schmecks" is just about my favourite cookbook.

 
At 12:17 AM, Blogger Sheena said...

Yes, jason... It is a play on words combining the straight laced purity of the Mennonites with the saucy tawdriness of Manhattan cougars. Now DO NOT make me explain myself again!

 
At 12:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dang. I'll miss being a voyeur to the carnivorous consumption. The DM Diva will be crushed.

 
At 12:31 PM, Blogger Sheena said...

The loss of Les Sans Culottes is a huge blow to girlie liberation, Cheek.

 
At 3:14 AM, Blogger Jason Bo Green said...

I shan't ask for over-explanation again, ma'am!

But I *am* rather surprised you know the word schmecks.

Naw, I'm not surprised - you know everything, it seems.

 
At 9:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sausage tree? awesome chair.

 
At 1:21 AM, Blogger Sheena said...

And yes, I love the fucking dog chair too. Who would not.

 
At 1:16 AM, Blogger jj said...

Oh I love that chair. Love it. Must have it.

 

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