We don't know exactly when Bussola Annex opens, because it seems to open at a different time every Saturday. The sign says noon, but sometimes the lady who sells the gelato (she's the only one you will ever see in Bussola) stumbles in after two. And sometimes they have only four flavors.
A block of ice melting in the middle of a New York street. A whale staring at a janitor cleaning the windows of its aquarium. An empty airport. Golf courses in the desert. Makeup. The world is a very weird place if only you look at it the right way.
The parmesan perfume envelops you first. Before you can begin to wonder where that salty, slightly divine smell comes from (it's from the 98-pound drum of reggiano cheese lying open on the marble countertop) your eyes are overwhelmed by the visual density of Dipalo's 250 square feet.
It is often forgotten that William Shakespeare, "the inventor of the English language" (according to Samuel Johnson), "the German language" (Goethe), and even "of consciousness itself" (Jorge Luis Borges), was once upon a time actually alive, and--with all respect to Harold Bloom and his belief i
Thomas Kinkade, "painter of light," is the most popular painter in history. Period. Since 1989, more than ten million people have bought a genuine Thomas Kinkade.
The first bite in the very crowded, mirrored room erases every expectation. All it takes is one bite, and you know the menu of Café Boulud lies.
All humans crave the same essential ingredients of fat, salt and sugar. Cultures otherwise separated by language and distance tend to converge, perhaps accidentally, on kindred food concepts, related by our common cravings.
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