When the daughter was quite young, in her first few years of primary school, we started going to the Hamilton Community School of Music, where we both learned to play the recorder properly. By which I mean, we ended up with a group of like-minded children & adults, playing some fairly complex music on soprano, treble, tenor & bass recorders.
Anyway, due to the blandishments of a colleague of mine, we also got into the habit of having brunch in town after class (occasionally meeting said colleague for coffee) at the Best Cafe in Town (aka Scott’s Epicurean). The food was – & continues to be! – great, & the staff quickly learn to recognise regulars & their little foibles. Which in our case meant that the daughter (for a couple of years anyway, until her tastes matured 🙂 ) had a ‘brown’ breakfast: hot or iced chocolate, depending on the season, & a slice of Scott’s delectable chocolate brownie. (Which comes with yoghurt & fruit compote, on the side.) And me? I still tend to have the ‘green’ breakfast: feijoa juice &/or green tea, & what the menu oh so correctly describes as their ‘addictive’ alio olio.
Which is truly delicious & incredibly simple: good pasta, cooked al dente, & dressed with virgin olive oil, large quantities of finely chopped parsley (you can never have enough of either), lots of crushed garlic, & just enough in the way of chilli flakes to give it a bit of a bite. And served with a generous helping of finely grated parmesan. Yum! (The husband used to cut his up with knife & fork, rather than using spoon & fork to wind up a mouthful, until this habit was noticed by the wonderful Italian waiter, who carefully explained to my significant other the error of his ways 🙂 )
And despite its simplicity, I’ve never been able to exactly recreate the Scott’s version. Which is one of the reasons we keep on going back – I think it’s about 13 years now, & still going strong!