I think cupcakes would be better without frosting.  Is anyone else with me?  A bagel, a great loaf of cinnamon bread, a free cup of coffee at Starbucks.  Some horrible Chinese food, some kiwi (the fruit formerly known as the Chinese Gooseberry), and a homemade pulled pork sandwich.  This is how the week began.

I had lunch at La Especial Norte, a hole-in-the-wall place in Leucadia California that made Saveur's 100 for "Best Soups" in 2004.  Later, some artichokes and a bottle of Pinot paired well with a pasta dish of Roasted Cauliflower, Arugula, and Tomatoes. We followed this dinner with a lunch of a great Caprese Salad and a Risotto with Sausage and Radicchio.

I had a wonderful Prosciutto and Mozzarella sandwich one day, and a Mortadella and Salami Sandwich another; come to think of it, there was quite a lot of pasta and Italian food.  One special treat was Cardamom Ice Cream which I had never heard of but considering the Cardamom trend going on right now, it didn't surprise me at all. 

This week was brought to you by beers from Dogfish Head, Moretti, and Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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