ariel ended up waiting for ME for a good 20 minutes, as i was having an amazon.com hidden shipping fee panic attack. (it’s a boring story.) BUT then we did have sangria at alta, a place we last visited with ol’ nm! and we had a bottle o’ vino too! and lots of food, including, but not limited to: Angus Beef Sliders in Turkish Yufka Pastry with mahon cheese, pickle relish, spiced ketchup; Crispy Brussels Sprouts with fuji apples, crème fraiche, pistachio nuts; and a Grilled Smoked Mozzarella Skewer with san marzano tomato & piquillo pepper marinara, fried basil. (i’m hungry.) as you can see, we ate it all. then we hopped in a cab and popped by royale where, for better or worse, owners jeff & ian bought us three (three?) rounds of cocktails. which then led to me stumbling home and passing out, and ariel dealing with a series of hilarious and ridiculous events that she couldn’t quite recount this am.