Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
First, Northside News (5406 N. College) does the most boasting about their Cuban sandwich (which is good) but the one at Smee's Place (in the shopping center at 86th and Ditch) might be even better. Being a neighborhood restaurant, and without the big banner that Northside News has proclaiming they have the best Cuban, you wouldn't expect it at Smee's but they do a great job with the ham, pork, and cheese sandwich.
Secondly, The New York Times just had a piece in their travel section last Sunday about the Miami store Base. It is on the ultra-hip Lincoln Road in South Beach and The Times was raving about their scent, Sand. We picked up the resonably priced 1 oz. bottle for $22 and it does transport us to the beach with a blend of bergamot, orange, and musk. It is a scent that works for men or women. They also offer it in a room spray, a candle, and incense form. We also smelled and would recommend their Sea and Wood scents, although Wood seemed more masculine. http://www.baseworld.com/
Thirdly, get ready for the warm weather with some dirt cheap leather sandals. We don't know how Kino Sandal Company does it, but they offer genuine leather sandals for the whole family with price tags from $11- $14. They do offer online ordering but suggest that you call first as the selection changes daily. We picked up a pair and they are high quality. http://www.kinosandalfactory.com/
Lastly, download Calabria 2007 (Club Mix) by Enur. It is a way catchy tune and some Miami radio station is playing it nearly every minute.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
I've always held a casual disregard for Colin Farrell, but guess what? Given the right script, he can act. Farrell, and the "Gene Hackman" of British film are two hit men, who are sent to hide out in Belgium after a hit goes horribly, horribly wrong. In their exile. Farrell rants about how awful Belgium is ( although I'm ready to move there after this film), there is a racist dwarf, a skin head robber, and the female lead is a swindling drug dealer. Ralph Fiennes has never been better. His mob boss character nearly stole the film, although with excellent performances from the strangest cast since 1932's Freaks make that nearly impossible.
The director, McDonagh, dovetails the oddities in and out flawlessly. Like the last game of football season, I found myself sorry it was over, and wanting a little more.
If you see this film and want to keep the "Belgium mood" going. I have to recommend http://www.bruggebrasserie.com/ , right in the heart of Broad Ripple, go get some pomme frites, some steamed mussels and wash them down with the Sacre Fleur Saison, a refreshing beer with lavender.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Nuvo was very impressed and complimentary, and although I hate to be negative to local businesses, I wasn't impressed.
The area is marginal, and parking is scant. Street parking on Keystone does not exist. I found a place to park on a neighboring street and stolled over. Entering the building, there is a sign that specifially says "no profanity", so I get the feeling the crowd may get a little rowdy for my taste. The restaurant was crowded, with a line from the counter, and the small amount of tables were occupied by people that seemed like they had finished their food long ago.
The counter staff was cordial and efficient, which was nice. The young lady at the counter seemed almost glad to see me, and took my order graciously, the young man cooking the food would periodically advise the crowd to move away from the door, so new patrons could enter.
I ordered the tenderloin ($2.99) and fries ($1.59), all food is cooked to order, so there is a several minute wait. I received my to-go order a few minutes later, and drove north to the Glendale Mall to enjoy my food in their quiet parking lot.
The tenderloin was generous in diameter, but not in thickness. There was a prevalent grease taste in both the tenderloin and the soggy fries, the greasy aftertaste remains in my mouth even now.
My tab was just shy of $5, and left me feeling violated on a cellular level. If you just have to have a tenderloin, let me recommend Eddies at Geist (http://www.eddysnbg.com/sandwiches.html)which has the best tenderloin I have ever eaten, and for $8.95, you can get the sandwich and a delicious side of sweet potato fries.
Friday, February 15, 2008
We started with the hummus, fava, white bean trio which came with flatbread. Our server, seeing that we still had hummus left after the flatbread was gone, graciously brought us some more. It was a great, light appetizer with a nice rosemary accent. We had the lobster pot pie which was served in a small crock with a flaky phyllo dough disk on top. When we say "small crock" we aren't admonishing the size of the entree- it was the perfect size for the rich bechamel sauce dish. We enjoyed the T.E.D. sandwich even more. This is Thanksgiving dinner between pieces of bread; turkey, stuffing, cranberries- it was all there and so well seasoned. It was a generous size and also came with a side of crisp fries. We are suckers for independent restaurants and are happy to report that this is a great culinary destination on historic Meridian St. http://www.meridianonmeridian.com/
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Now NBC has done them one better. Go to http://www.nbc.com/ , they now have CLASSIC NBC shows available for viewing, and by classic, I mean Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Night Gallery (the Rod Serling series after Twilight Zone), Battlestar Galactica (the fun one, if you don't like the dark, gloomy, nihilistic Sci-Fi series) and the always fun Buck Rogers. They even have Miami Vice and The A-Team available.
Go retro and enjoy some classic TV, but if you watch at work and get caught, don't blame me.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Take 3 chicken breasts (less or more to your taste-tofu if you are vegan), cut them into medium to large chunks and sear them in a little olive oil. Dice a small/medium yellow onion and saute the onion with the chicken. Add a large can of tomato puree, 1 cup of water, and a chicken bouillon cube. Bring to a boil. Add a medium sized peeled and diced sweet potato. Bring back to a boil. You might want to cover your pan with a splatter guard at this point. Add a dash of salt and 2 teaspoons of Turkish Seasoning. Simmer 20 minutes. Add your choice of a frozen vege combo (we found one with okra, corn, green beans, and lima beans) and simmer another 10 minutes. Serve and make your mouth happy!
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
The Alpcacas are born, kept with their mothers and live together in a roomy barn, complete with a vet clinic built into the barn, so they can be cared for without being moved. They have a roomy pasture, so they can play.
Once they mature, they are sheared, and the nuns make clothing out of the wool, which can be purchased in their gift shop, just a few hundred feet away from the barn. Their nutrient dense manure, which did appear to be plentiful, is used in the greenhouse, which is also a few hundred feet away from the barn.
The whole operation is self sufficient, except Alpacas like to eat a lot of hay and alfalfa ( and occasionally, oats, as a treat). So, your $100 sponsorship goes a long way in helping feed these friendly, curious, wide eyed creatures.
The best part is, with your sponsorship, you get to visit that pasture. Yesterday, I took the 90 minute drive to go visit Juniper, my adopted Alpaca. Still a baby, Juniper was both curious and hesitant. He liked the petting, but didn't really want to admit it. Georgiana, his mom, was unashamed of her fondness for human interaction. She was not only approachable, but would approach you.
In my hurry to get down to the pasture (the nuns are available to let you into the barn Mon thru Fri 8am to 4:30), I neglected to bring the camera, but will get there again soon and publish a Juniper slideshow.
If you want to help out, here is the website. http://www.whiteviolet.org/
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
If you like to mix your tea with sweet treats and a little history, head to the Morris-Butler house on March 8th from 1-3PM. If you haven't visited this historical house before, what a great way to be a tourist in your own town. The tasting is followed by a tour of all three floors of the 1865 home. All of this for only $25. Details are at Tea's Me website or the Historic Landmarks website at http://www.historiclandmarks.org/HistoricSitesToursEvents/MorrisButler/Pages/default.aspx
under Victorian Teas.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Saturday, February 2, 2008
I have resisted going to the Fishers Yats...until now.
I found myself in the unenviable position of going grocery shopping hungry, never a good move. But I didn't want to compromise my diet, or my health by hitting any on the burger huts in the area.
So, I tucked my pride away, like a bad report card and went into the Fishers Yats. To my shock and dismay, the chili-cheese etoufee, a mainstay of the Yats menu was no owhere to be found on the chalkboard menu. It was gone! In all of my Yats meals, which are many, I have never deviated from the chili-cheese etoufee. From the first time I saw it, tasted it, it was culinary love at first sight...and now it was gone.
Too hungry to be turned away, I trudged further toward the ordering counter. I mentioned the etoufee to the counter guy, only to be assured that they did make it there, just not today.
So, then, the issue was, what to eat? I went for the 1/2 and 1/2. For a paltry price of $6.50, you can select 2 of their entrees on the same plate. I went with the white chili and the jambalaya.
Where my etoufee had small chunks of crawfish, the white bean chili wad large chunks of chicken, the jambalaya was generous with chicken and smoked sausage. These two dishes paired extremely well with each other. The white chili was extremely mild, the beans and chicken sat on top of the bed of white rice and looked entirely too inviting. The jambalaya, on the other hand, was the spunky one of the combo, while I would say it had just enough kick, I would also say that any more heat would have been too much. ( Although I was amazed that other people in the restaurant indulged in the Yats sauce bar, seasoning almost each bite, before they put it in their mouths)
Of course, this meal was topped off with their buttery garlic bread, and the spiciness was quenched with several trips up to the unlimited soft drink fountain.
I will still remain a Yats purist and frequent the ones in Marion County, but while you are in the Fishers Yats, if you close your eyes, it's almost like you are in Broadripple.
If you'd rather make something at home, they are a lot of options. You could easily make a stir fry or, even easier, pick up some frozen goodies at Trader Joe's or Saraga Grocery. Trader Joe's has tasty Shu Mai varieties. They are bite sized dumplings filled with vegetables, chicken, or shrimp. Saraga, the international grocery store on the west side, has full sized dumplings filled with anything and everything imaginable. Be sure to complete your at home celebration with decorations and party favors from a party store such as Party Tree(partytree.net) even if it is just for you and your family. It's February, we need excuses to brighten things up with some color and fun.