October 18, 2001
Dateline: Thursday night. The restaurant: Circo in the Bellagio. My companion: Miss Saigon. The mission: people watchingmy third favorite indoor sport. My reason for braving the slack-jawed hordes: a deep desire to return to my food comfort zone after my disastrous date at Tea Planet. This is easily done at our towns best spot for voyeurism and top flight Tuscan cooking. Miss Saigons is the perfect friend for this foray, since shes more of a regular here than I am. Best of all, this Vietnamese Valley girl knows the menu almost better than Chef James Bensonand all of them conspire to put me in a good mooddishing up a roasted quail salad with Balsamic, foir gras ravioli, and a wild mushroom risotto to die for.
But what weve really come for is the human carnival that traipses through the glass doors here almost every night. Restaurants and people watching truly go hand in hand and for my money theres no better combo platter of personalities and pasta than at Circo every night. True to form while Miss Saigon is wondering whats for dessertin walks a phalanx of fame that has heads turning all over the place. Mine doesnt of course because Im trying to concentrate on very fine Cote Rotiewhile the rest of the joint beholding Kevin Costner, Steve Wynn, Irwin Molasky, and Dennis Hopper. Rich and famous guys all, with big egos, giant faces and oversized headswhich, I guess, must be a prerequisite to wealth and fame
so Im in the epicenter of cool
for at least sixty seconds
but also because I realize that Im drinking better then they are after I spot mediocre wine at their table. Of course I doubt if any of them ever sweat the bill. Ya knowCirco have done their jobs well. Shes gaping at Kevin in between bites of Gregoire Gorreaus over the top desserts, as I contemplate the woodsy perfume of the syrah grape
Life is good. La Chiam!
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