President Obama Tuesday dined, as he has on previous Martha’s Vineyard sojourns, at the Sweet Life Cafe, another Obama destination off limits to the 99 percent.
You know your wallet is in for a good cleansing when the menu doesn’t list prices. Always a bad sign. Monsieur, let’s not discuss anything as tacky as the price. It’s only money.
There it is. Ahh, the Sweet Life.
Here’s what the president had to choose from.
Pan Seared Halibut
Fennel nage, baby arugula, olive cake, orange, black mission figs
Lamb Three Ways
Seared loin, merguez sausage, sweetbreads, harissa quinoa, broccoli rabe, caramelized onions
Sesame and Coriander Crusted Tuna
Mushroom lime broth, pickled escarole, summer bean salad, chili vinaigrette
Roasted Beef Tenderloin
Smoked potato gratin, swiss chard, porcini mushrooms, crispy onions, dijon jus
Seared Sea Scallops
Corn risotto, tomato and corn salsa, parsley emulsion
Braised Pork Cheek
Braised collards, cabbage slaw, miso biscuits, Korean-style barbecue sauce
Parmesan broth, miatake mushrooms, tomato conserva, roasted asparagus and favas
I don’t know about you, but I only take my mushrooms miatake or porcini and my parsley emulsified. And if I can’t get my lamb three ways, then I’m not having lamb at all.
Okay, he’s a wealthy guy – who really crashed into the dough once his books started selling as his political career took off, but I digress – and he has every right to go to such place. And would I refuse an invitation to the Sweet Life, assuming I wasn’t picking up the tab? No! But funny that he didn’t allow photographers along like he does when he hits up some burger joint on the road.
But he did bring along National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Attorney General Eric Holder, and former U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and their spouses, who dined en masse with the Obamas.