May 11th, 2005
My friends Jean-Luc, and his wife, the ever fabulous Maria, went to Lucques in West Hollywood on Monday. It was a special dinner celebration/book signing in honor of Michael Schlow’s first cookbook, It’s About Time.
Jean Luc says MS is an amazing chef. His 6′ 4″ frame went mushy when he described the scrumptious five-course meal, perfectly paired with wine. It was an explosion of flavors, specifically something-something about pepper exploding in his mouth. Sounds messy, but I was with him until he mentioned the duck.
F: Excuse me? Did you say duck?
JL: Yes. It was great. It was duck poached in olive oil with –
F: Um, sorry, you eat duck?
JL: spinach fondue — Yes.
F: I’ve never had duck.
JL: You haven’t? You should try it, its great.
F: I don’t know. I’m not sure that I can do that. How can you eat duck?
F: How can you eat Daffy?
F: How can you eat Daffy Duck?
JL: Daffy Duck?
F: Yeah, you know, THE Daffy Duck, as in Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.
JL: It’s duck season! Its rabbit season! Its duck season! Its duck season! Bang! (Chuckles).
F: Exactly! I love Daffy!
JL: Well, I never thought about Daffy Duck.
F: Gawd, how can you not think about Daffy Duck when you are eating duck? He is a duck! I know Bugs is cool and funny, but Daffy is my personal hero. I can sooooo related to Daffy.
JL: He’s not real, Flo.
F: I know, but he’s funny, flawed, sometimes vulnerable, and usually the butt of the joke. I love him!
JL: (Long pause) He’s. Not. Real. Flo.
F: I know he’s not real, Jean Luc, but he’s still this amazing character. He and I are a lot alike.
JL: (Chuckles) Yeah, I can see that.
I’ll admit it: My personal hero is a cartoon duck known for playing second fiddle to a wise-cracking rabbit, and — here’s where I see myself — making a total ass of himself. Who couldn’t relate to that? Am I the only one?