• Surel Mitchell
  • 25 Imperfect Circles
  • Issue of
  • Jan 12-18, 2005
  • Vol. 13, No. 28




  • Bardenay
  • Bardenay

    My mother spent hours cutting mounds of parsley to make her tabouli salad. She was so excited when we purchased a Cuisinart because it promised to save her time. In my mother's estimation, however, the food processor cut the parsley in too fine a fashion, altering the salad's taste. She only used the machine once. Modernist icon Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was referring to architectural design when he famously said that "God is in the details," but the same could be said for food and drink. At Bardenay in Eagle, their respect for subtlety is what makes this bar and restaurant exceptional.
  • Bardenay
  • Bardenay

    Bardenay is a conundrum. As for the downtown location, I love the food, but I also love to wear sneakers and be warm, and the airy restaurant is invariably cold and full of tall people.





  • Sleeping

    When it comes to sleeping, I am of two minds. On one hand, I am quite picky with the one-third of my life that I spend trying to achieve REM sleep. Conversely, I've been known to fall asleep in the midst of a party. There are photos to prove it. While some claim that I have passed out at these parties, I staunchly defend that I have actually fallen asleep. Unfortunately, I often become the victim of degrading party tricks like the shaving cream in the palm whilst one tickles the nose. Or better yet, the party Jenga guy, where people precariously balance items on your head until the balance shifts and it crashes.

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