Angela’s prom dress is too long. I took it to the neighborhood mom and pop shop to have it shortened. The shop is two blocks from where we live and I have used them before to reheel my shoes or have my jeans taken in. I was usually quite pleased with the results. The owners are a couple from Ukraine. He repairs shoes and she does alteration. I took Angela there to have her dressed hemmed in. After we dropped off the dress, Angela began reading the Yelp reviews on the shop and became very alarmed. Apparently, there were some very negative reviews by customers whose shoes got lost or messed up. Thinking back, the shop did look very dirty and disorganized. Now Angela began to freak out that she would not have a dress to wear on Saturday. When Peter came home from work, Angela told him that I had taken her gown to a place where it might get ruined or lost. “What place?” Peter asked. And I told him. “She is my patient,” he said, “I did an angioplasty on her a couple of weeks ago.” So Peter promised Angela that he’d stop by at the shop and say hello tomorrow. In Angela’s eyes, daddy is the hero who will rescue the prom dress from an uncertain fate brought on by mommy.
For food, I prepared a slaw. I love cabbage, and slaw is my favorite way to eat it. Today’s slaw is savory, sweet, acidic and spicy all at once — refreshing, light and satisfying.
Red cabbage Mango Jalapeno Lime Slaw
3 1/2 cups (1/2 small) red cabbage, shredded fine
1 mango, julienned
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup cilantro
1 red jalapeno pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 large lime, juiced
1/4 cup slivered almonds
Mix first 7 ingredients and let sit for 30 minutes. Toss with slivered almonds and serve on its own or with grilled meats or fish.
Adapted from skinnytaste