Bestia, Beating Bordom + Boston?


So I lied. I wasn’t going to post until after the half on Sunday but I have to tell you about Bestia. Oh Bestia. You really are living up to the hype. Four weeks of professional development for teachers begin on Monday, so Cecilia and I booked a reservation for six of us two months ago in anticipation of needing a celebration before the craziness begins. It’s been hectic at work getting everything ready for the new school year. The warehouse atmosphere and Italian comfort food made for a fun Thursday evening with friends in the Arts District. IMG_1315We ordered a lot of food…

  • Chicken Liver Crostino: chives, marjoram, aged balsamic, sea salt
  • Marinated Olives: cerignola, taggiasche, castelvetrano, gaeta, picholine (that means nothing to me)
  • Mussels and Clams: housemade spicy ‘nduja sausage, fennel seed, preserved orange, grilled bread
  • Grilled Beef Meatballs: braised beet greens, soffritto, tomatoes
  • Burrata Pizza: san marzano tomatoes, castelvetrano olives, oregano, fermented chilies
  • Pistaccio Pici Al Sugo Di Agnello: Lamb ragu, saffron, capra sarda, fig leaf, ground pistachios
  • Casarecce al Pomodoro: twisted semolina pasta, tomato sugo, fresh ricotta, basil oil
  • Valrhona Fair Trade Bittersweet Chocolate Budino: Salted caramel, cacao crust, olive oil and sea salt
  • Maple Ricotta Fritters: Maple butter ganache & sour cream and huckleberry jam ice cream
  • Butterscotch Coconut Tart: Coconut Sorbetto
  • I Am Sky: Vodka, strawberry syrup, cucumbers, mezcal, sea salt, lemon, blue thistle and cucumber
  • Oh Snap: Cap rock gin, velvet falernum, gran classico, snap peas, mint, salt, lemon juice, cracked black pepper
  • Slot Machine: Bourbon, banana liqueur, cynar, smoked cherries, cardamom bitters, lemon juice, tobacco essence

Going with a big group was perfect. We had seven of us, so we were able to sample a bunch of different food and drinks. My favorites….Ahh that chicken liver crostino. It was so flavorful I didn’t even get a picture, but I stole one from instagram and it’s below. I loved the lamb ragu with the homemade pasta and this was one of the first pizzas in LA that rivaled pizzas I’ve had on the east coast. And for dessert, the chocolate tart was perfectly sweet. Alaina, remember that time a piece fell in my shoe and you ate it? Yeah. It was that good. And I’m such a beer snob, but I’m really loving craft cocktails lately. I think my favorite was the I Am Sky. I guess what I really loved about Bestia was the food tasted authentic Italian. It wasn’t all about the chic vibe of the restaurant, the food tasted home cooked and felt like it was made with love and passion. Cheesy, but I really did feel like I was eating someone’s work of art. I may or may not have already booked another reservation for November…We have spots for 8 🙂 We HAVE to go back because they were out of the bone marrow.

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OK, back to running. My co-worker Maria recently started running and asked me how I dealt with boredom. Boredom!? I never get bored running! I’m always running with friends, tempo-ing to music, or listening to nothing and just processing the day. Sometimes, especially on easy days, I like to listen to podcasts. My favorites, Freakonomics and This American Life. How do you deal with runner boredom? IMG_1272Isn’t Playa del Rey beautiful? Sighted on my Thursday morning run. Too bad morning runs end next week. Back to school! 

And while in Michigan I had to purchase Zingermans Marshmallows. This IS the marshmallow project in the Lowry household. I have to portion out Brent’s portion so he doesn’t eat all mine 🙂 FullSizeRender

And running wise I took it fairly easy this week…

  • Monday: Eight Mile Run with no watch
  • Tuesday: Five Mile Run with Marta in Venice/Santa Monica (8:35 Average Pace)
  • Wednesday: Off
  • Thursday: Six Mile Run with no watch
  • Friday: Four Mile Run with Back on My Feet

And last, I need your advice. Should I run Boston in 2016? I asked Brent and he looked at me like a crazy person saying it was an honor to run and I should run it ever year I can, but then tonight on the way home from work Mama was like “Good thing you’re not running Boston as a first year principal.” I really don’t know, and registration is in September. What do you think? Should I run Boston?

Oh and FINAL last, teachers..we’re ready for you!FullSizeRender (53)