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Leaving aside politics, we LOVED "Discovering Columbus", Tatzu Nishi's 2012 art work, in which he constructed a "living room" around our fair city's newly restored statue at Columbus Circle.
Once you climbed to the top of the structure, you entered the room shown below.
We thought it was a great experience - provocative, fun, and of course a once-in-a-lifetime view, both inside, and out the windows.
Today we have a mash-up of some older wines, therefore in honor of French and American amity. If there's a Frenchman who even begins to approach the stature of Columbus in our national conciousness, it might be the relatively conflict-free figure of the Marquis de Lafayette, most accurately depicted here by his rather spooky "life mask", made by the great French sculptor Houdon, in 1785.
Unlike Columbus, Lafayette was able to return to the US in 1825, many years after the Revolutionary war exploits on which his legend is founded. He toured the country (from NY to Louisiana, and as far west as Kentucky) to universal acclaim - one can only imagine the banquets he endured - and who knows what drink was served...
The wonderful website, The American Menu, says that very few printed menus earlier that the one below survive; in any case you would have to have a scholar's calling to find details of the multi-dish wonders that Lafayette was surely treated to on his tour. But it's fun to see this one - and to note that all of the "entrees" are described in French, including the memorable "Robin au Croute". Jamie Wolff