Thursday, July 01, 2010

Some Enchanted Evening...


A random conversation on an internets comment board reminded me of some of the more back-handed romantic evenings I have had in life. A couple have been with my friend Bitsy: one a trip to Ojai, one a trip to the Berkshires, a couple have been with my friend Sue, a couple with my BFF Mimi. One of the most memorable was with my BFF Auntie Moo, years ago at the Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga Canyon. The Inn is one of the most romantic restaurants in Los Angeles, tucked in a small corner of Topanga complete with babbling brook, roaring fire and fairy lights in the trees. It was an El Nino year and the creek was in full run. The evening was cool but not cold and there was a roaring fire. The full moon shone on Moo's Auburn hair and highlighted her "Lifeboat" era Tallulah Bankhead good looks. We ate, we drank, we talked, we laughed.

We went home in separate cars.

But you know, like the other times I've been out with my BFF's even at the most romantic places I wouldn't I'd trade it for the world. There's something to the ease of taking the romance out of the equation that takes some pressure off. I can appreciate the wit and beauty without worrying whether I'm matching it or enticing it. Or something.

For my Vegetarian/Vegan friends (looking at you, Gaia) when you're in LA the Inn of the Seventh Ray is worth a detour. It's Topanga enough to cause hardened New Yorkers to have a granola-induced anxiety attack (really, it's Albie Singer's worst Cali nightmare) but even they will have to admit that it's a gorgeous setting with wonderful food. For a date night under a full moon it's matchless. Put the top down and some Ella Fitzgerald on the stereo for the drive home. Even if you're with your BFF.

3 comments:

Gaia, the non-blonde said...

That's where Ori and I had my birthday dinner two years ago. The problem was the weather- it was a freezing cold November night which took away from the experience. But the place was so gorgeous and romantic. Making a mental note to go back there one summer night. Maybe for dinner with my very special and wonderful scent twin.

tmp00 said...

Dinner in that lovely place with my favorite brunette? Sounds perfect!

Auntie Moo said...

Ok , marry me . I am willing to go now to purchase a tastefully butch ring for THAT COMMENT ALONE .
You know , the whole Tallulah thing .
Also must say one likes to be called Auntie Moo .
Mmmm....summers on the Point , winters in CA. ?
Or in my current Real Estate crush Charleston , NC?
All that gorgous , all that FOOD , and affordable too.
Ohh , MY.
What a sweet post Tommo.