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  • [es-pree de less-ka/-iay] (idiom) A witty remark that occurs to you too late, literally on the way down the stairs. The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations defines esprit de l'escalier as, "An untranslatable phrase, the meaning of which is that one only thinks on one's way downstairs of the smart retort one might have made in the drawing room."

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November 24, 2007

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Claire, it's great that you pay attention to what you enjoy eating. When you write about food, it's almost as pleasing as your photographs.
The way my mind works, I'm always wishing I didn't need to eat. Making the stuff, paying attention to the specifics, cleaning up...I rarely want to bother.
But that post you wrote about great breakfasts you remember eating in Chicago? That was probably the closest I've come all year to the idea of a truly fulfilling meal. And your apple bread? I could go for that! If I weren't so lazy, I could even make it. When I'm in the mood, I'm good at baking bread and pies. But I haven't had that sweet, sensual mood in way too long.
So I love it when you remind me: if I only focused, naturally I could get it back.

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