He rang me the next day from a hotel on the other peninsula. He had completely forgotten. I said not to worry about it, we'll catch up later. I might even visit Alice Springs this year, finally.
Back to food matters, Food Nazi posted this culinary summary of the year the week before Christmas. Here is my version, a little shorter, I'm afraid. I don't get about much any more.
Dish of the year:
Flash-fried steak, a minute each side and topped with a thin slice of blue cheese and warmed, thinned home-made pesto. Rich but stunning. Served with fine chips and a simple green salad.
Best eating experiences of the year:
1. See above.
2. A plate of glistening, quivering seafood dumplings at any number of the new Asian cafes that make the old sesame toast, sweet and sour, fried rice places look like something out of the 1950s. Which is what they usually are.
3. Barbecued salmon steaks under a setting sun.
Favourite cafe snack:
One man's journey through a world of foccaccia and ciabatta and zataared this and sumacced that always ends up where it started: sitting up at the counter at Pellegrini's (kitchen end), with a large thickly buttered cheese roll in front of me. And the newspaper and a strong cafe latte.
The kitchen accessory I finally bought this year:
A salad spinner. No more wet leaves.
Breakfast: porridge with chopped bananas and sultanas; hot sweet white tea; newspaper.
Lunch: chicken and Swiss cheese sandwich on Flinders white bread thickly spread with home-made pesto.
Dinner: Linguine tossed with very finely chopped chilis, anchovies and semi-dried tomatoes.
I remember bars. I visited one once.
Melbourne food scene question of 2007:
How many cafes can one city support?
Over to you. How was your year, in terms of food or otherwise?