2. I had a hankering for eggplant and vaguely remembered a recipe for an eggplant sauce to serve over pasta. I found the recipe, bought a bunch of tomatoes, garlic, and eggplant at the Kiva, a bunch of basil at the Farmer's Market and the sauce I made poured over penne was fantastic.
3. Before going to Nick and Helen's I bought a bottle of Smoked Baltic Porter, brewed by the Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver. While I fixed dinner, this beer delighted my taste buds beyond my usual delight in drinking a porter. And one was enough. It was perfect.