Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Janet Yellen Spotted Eating $19.00 Pasta

 Osteria Morini

WaPo reports:
Hey isn’t that… Fed Chair Janet Yellen, noshing on pasta Friday night at Osteria Morini, the newish Italian spot on the Southeast waterfront?
Fellow diners spotted the high priestess of high finance, dressed in black, with a group of five.
Spaghetti with  shrimp, arugula pesto, fennel, pine nuts is $19.00 at Morini.

Wines by the glass start at $9.00 and are as high as $19.00.

Obviously, she is dining well off the money she prints.


  1. You have to wonder what her per diem is. Someone shoud FOIA her just to be a pain the ass.

  2. I don't care how much you are worth; ordering pasta at a restaurant is a waste of money.

    1. Especially if it comes with arugula pesto.

    2. Oh, it is? Do you make fresh pasta at home? I don't, and I find it delicious, so paying for it at a restaurant is definitely not a waste of money in my personal valuation scheme. $19 is a very standard price for a fresh pasta entree, not just in NY but in most major cities in the US.

      And what the heck is wrong with arugula pesto? Have you ever had it?

      It's good to remember that even libertarians can be idiots sometimes.

  3. It must be nice to afford to eat well at the expense of so many innocents.

  4. I'm surprised she wasn't ordering caviar and champagne. No need to worry about money, just print some more!

  5. Pasta press meets printing press!

    Wonder what the poor people are eating as she indulges her appetite?

    Hunger games for the plebes!!

    Save the banks!


  6. News flash:

    Those are pretty average prices for pasta and wine by the glass in New York City. Actually, somewhat on the low end at that.

    1. Thank you. I take a girl out i try to keep my cost per lay down...30 bucks for both of us so long as we stay of the vino. Long beach. Minneapolis. NYC.

      I am reading this thinking was i over paying? I thought i was cheap. I can afford 19 dollar shrimp pasta. Not saying i would pay that.

      Who the fudge cares. Steak dinners aren't cheap. I paid 20 bucks for a sunday brunch buffet a couple days ago. It had prime rib. Made to order omlettes and one of those chocalte fountains you stick strawberrys and rice crispy treats in.

  7. Beef prices hit all-time high in U.S.

    Extreme weather has thinned the nation's cattle herds, roiling the beef supply chain from rancher to restaurant.

    Come grilling season, expect your sirloin steak to come with a hearty side of sticker shock.

    Beef prices have reached all-time highs in the U.S. and aren't expected to come down any time soon.

    Extreme weather has thinned the nation's beef cattle herds to levels last seen in 1951, when there were about half as many mouths to feed in America.

    "We've seen strong prices before but nothing this extreme," said Dennis Smith, a commodities broker for Archer Financial Services in Chicago. "This is really new territory."

    The retail value of "all-fresh" USDA choice-grade beef jumped to a record $5.28 a pound in February, up from $4.91 the same time a year ago. The same grade of beef cost $3.97 as recently as 2008.

    The swelling prices are roiling the beef supply chain from rancher to restaurant.

    Norm Langer managed to go two years without raising prices at his famed Westlake delicatessen.

    But last week, he reluctantly began printing new menus showing a 50-cent increase for sandwiches at his 67-year-old restaurant.

    Langer accepts it's one of the perils of business when your bread and butter happens to be corned beef and pastrami. But he fears he may have to raise prices again, driving away customers.

    "No beef, no delicatessen. That's the bottom line," Langer said after a typically frenetic lunch service. "Jewish delis aren't vegetarian, they're based on corned beef and pastrami. Things are beyond my control. With the price increase, I hope my customers are tolerant."

    Langer said beef prices are the main reason his wholesale food costs have risen 45% in the last two years — much of it passed from his longtime supplier, R.C. Provision Inc.


  8. DC dining out is very expensive, as is housing and everything else in the region. The price Yellen paid for a meal is about average or below average (the shrimp would normally make it more expensive, maybe they comped her a portion for being Fed Chair). The wine rate quoted is about average in the DC area, with many places serving $18/glass house wine. 80 percent hamburger on sale in DC area groceries is now $3.75/lb, when just a couple of years back was on sale for $2/lb. DC has become a Gilded Age city.