Dancing—as any couple who has ever negotiated their way around a crowded parquet can tell you—is a great way to work up an appetite.
Harry and Sam wolf down oysters meunière on the waterfront in Georgetown, poached fillet of sole on Calvert Avenue, steak and cognac in smoke-filled back rooms near Capitol Hill. They sip Chianti from wicker baskets by crumbling marble fountains in crime-ridden neighborhoods that have seen better days, scoop couscous from communal bowls straight from the markets of Marrakech. They even discover a great kielbasa at a little club on 9th that features Philadelphia 1960s line dancing—Leiber-Stoller every Tuesday night and bring your own beer.
There isn’t any dancing at the Café de la Paix, more’s the pity. Sam, who has been trying for weeks to explain two-step to Fabrice, decides late one night after a post-clogging supper of braised lamb and baby turnips that finally they’ve reached the moment of truth.
One by one, she gives the boys lessons between the tables. In gratitude, they invite her out to the kitchen for a hands-on session with an Alsacian goose.
Auguste Escoffier, himself, never had it so good.
Previously on The Rocky Road of Love… Episode 1: One Fine Day. Episode 2: Fate and Chèvre. Episode 3: The Rocky Road Ahead. Episode 4: Could This Be Lunch? Episode 5: I Only Have Eyes for Stew. Episode 6: Harry in Love. Episode 7: Dinner for Two. Episode 8: Sam, Line 2. Episode 9: Romance at Home. Episode 10: Barbecue, Beans, and Slow-Pitch Softball. Episode 11: Play Ball! Episode 12: How ‘Bout Them Dawgs! Episode 13: Mercy! Episode 14: Harry Gets Mad! Episode 15: Harry and the Hopelessly Inadequate Ballet Buffet. Episode 16: And Now Sam’s Mad! Episode 17: The Last Goodbye. Episode 18: The Big Breakup. Episode 19: Chocolate on Her Mind. Episode 20: Life without Harry. Episode 21: Life without Sam. Episode 22: Of Rice and Men. Episode 23: Lasagna to the Rescue! Episode 24: Together Again! Episode 25: Black Velvet! Episode 26: Romance on the Town!
Up next … Episode 28: At Long Last Breakfast!