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My Dinner at Beppe

Being thankful is a state of being we sometimes have to remind ourselves to experience. We rush around, work, eat, work, eat, run, play, sleep. Repeat. Taking stock in what we have can sometimes (read: often) get lost on the feverish road of consumption we call life. Don’t get me wrong, I love to consume—food especially—but I do recognize that I sometimes have a tendency to see what I don’t have, rather than what I do. Perhaps it’s a sad state of affairs that we need a holiday attached to eating a turkey to put that sense of being grateful into our hearts. But I have been feeling very grateful lately. And this week, I was struck by how lucky I am to have Jamie and Susie in my life. They are two of my closest girlfriends and I adore and cherish them. This year, the three of us decided to have our own pre-Thanksgiving dinner, in honor of our friendship. We chose a neighborhood place we had never been but had always been jonesing to try: Beppe.

Susie, you must understand, is more passionate about food than pretty much anyone I know (even me). By the time Wednesday afternoon arrived, she had already perused the online menu and mapped out our meal. Around 3pm, Jamie and I got an email sent from her Blackberry. The subject line was “Beppe Baby!!!” The content was as follows: “Checking out menu online, I am feeling the ramps & their homemade sausages as apps (at LEAST! maybe a salad too), any of the pastas, and then any / all of the orata, branzino, tagliata, Milanese and the Tuscan fries with garlic and fried herbs?!?!?!? and of course, some Italian VINO!!!! Love you guys!”

As you can see, Susie is slightly obsessed with food. To further illustrate, when she recently went to China for work (she is incredibly successful and a star of her company and her industry) she sent Jamie and I detailed descriptions of EVERYTHING she ate (the emails were pages long), including commentary like “unidentifiable, DNE (did not eat).” She is a riot. And did I mention, absolutely, drop dead gorgeous? (Inside and out.) And yes, so is Jamie, who is a ringer for Terri Hatcher. They both can pretty much stop traffic when they exit their apartment buildings. It’s lucky I love them so much or I’d hate them.

Anyway, Beppe is one of those places I have been meaning to try since it opened five years ago. But I just never got around to it. I am sure you have heard of the owner, chef Cesare Casella, a jolly fellow who is sort of li ... [more, click below]

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