My birthday was over a month ago, but I am still relishing memories of it, and the things we did. One of the best memories is of was a brunch at a local French restaurant, Le Bernaise.
Louisa, Peter, Griffin and Sophia treated me. It is a beautiful restaurant, and the food is very good. The chief chef/owner is Spike Mendelsohn. Spike also owns two other restaurants on the same block--We the Pizza and Good Stuff. He has been on "Top Chef."
On a pedestal by the front door is a ceramic French Bulldog named Charlotte. She is actually the second ceramic dog in that spot. The first was stolen soon after the restaurant opened, and was never returned. The one that is there now, with a heavy chain, was commissioned and sent from France a few months ago. I love her. She is fierce and loyal. My little painting does not do her justice. She poses in front of a French flag.
Thanks, Smith family, for taking me out to brunch on my birthday and introducing me to a fun restaurant. I have been back and expect to go many times...and always give Charlotte a pat on the head.