I have driven past the Corn Palace on Lawrence Expressway for decades but never stopped until today. For as long as I can remember, which is a long time, the Corn Palace has stood at the edge of a small field in the middle of the Santa Clara suburbs. You can't get to it directly from Lawrence---you have to weave your way around a couple of blocks of suburbia. I really admire their dedication. The selection today was small, as one might expect in December, but I came away with two large Fuji apples. Keep at it, guys.
Trev, Jan, and Karem took me to a wonderful evening at West End Grill located, appropriately enough, in the West End. The restaurant still has its old tin ceiling festooned with stained glass chandeliers. I was too hungry to take a picture of our appetizers: crab cakes and bleu cheese tarts. The crab cakes had just a bit of heat to them, something you don't always find in a crab cake but which worked very well. The bleu cheese tarts lived up to their intriguing premise, rich and tangy. This is my caprese salad. The mozzarella, tomato, and basil were all outstanding. The balsamic vinegar had been very well aged, giving it a thick consistency. My main course was tuna, perfectly prepared to a medium well. The tuna left just enough room for a chocolate lava cake paired with decaf coffee. The cake was rich and moist. I kept scraping my plate to be sure I retrieved all of the chocolate.