Al Dente

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  1. Has anyone tried their PIE!?! I was there Saturday after picking up a foster kitten at City Dogs. I grabbed some Serrano and a small Cacciatore sausage. I turned around to check out and there were a few pies. I picked up an apple and it was still warm! They make 'em right there. I'm a pie connoisseur (screw cake) so I picked one up for $19. Man, was it good-- nicely done buttery crust and the apples still had a little bit of a firm texture to them. The apples retained some tartness so it wasn't syrupy sweet, which is what I prefer. The kitten was also delicious!
  2. My tomato plants are growing fast! But aphids have moved in. I'm trying to evict them with a spray bottle of soapy water. Any blight ideas out there?
  3. Rumors always swirl around these things. I heard is thinking of buying Yelp.
  4. I'd love to go, but I've sworn off Jiffy Lubed. I went last year and the police and security presence was ridiculous. I guess they thought that a bunch of stoners were going to go on murderous rampages. Assholes.
  5. Funny, I thought I was the only one who went to these. I take my 7 year-old daughter to festivals sometimes. While I can't always get her to try the food, they usually have a moon-bounce and other kids stuff that she loves. The Ukrainian Festival in Silver Spring is a lot of fun. Great food, friendly people, and very kid oriented. Another good one, though not Orthodox, is the Polish Festival in Fells Point. I think it takes place in Sept.
  6. This isn't dinner but it's a dish worth describing. Warning: those with sensitive stomachs should not read. On Father's Day, my girlfriend and I bought a bunch of bagels and all the fixins' and took them to her mother's and step-father's place for some brunch. My girlfriend said her mother liked chocolate chip bagels, so we made sure we got one. I was surprised by this since she's Jewish and it sure ain't authentic but to each their own. I was thinking that her mother would put butter or cream cheese on the bagel and leave it at that, but the truth was shocking. I watched as she put cream cheese on the bagel, followed by lettuce, tomato, red onion, capers and LOX! I don't know where to go with my life from here.
  7. I just ordered my Toddy yesterday. Anxious to give it a try!
  8. I've been heavily into podcasts lately. One of my favorites is Radio Lab and this story blew me away. I had never heard of Henrietta, but evidently, there's a best-selling book about her life and HBO will soon premier a movie based on her life starring Oprah. In a nutshell, it's the story of scientists trying to make human cells live and reproduce outside the body. They failed over and over again until they got a hold of Henrietta's cells from a cervical cancer biopsy. The resulting "HeLa" cells marked the beginning of BioTech by serving as the catalyst for all kinds of major medical advancements including vaccines and chemotherapy. The story goes on to tell us about her family and how this impacted them. To check out the podcast: Movie trailer:
  9. The honorable Steve King in WaPo last week: Anger about his own colleagues being attacked was evident in the words of Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who, in suit and tie, stopped by the crime scene to pray, was viscerally angry about his own colleagues being attacked. “America has been divided,” he said, “and the center of America is disappearing, and the violence is appearing in the streets, and it’s coming from the left.” King did indicate it was impossible to separate the hyperpartisan climate in Washington — especially people protesting President Trump — with Republican members of Congress being gunned down at a baseball scrimmage. “The divisions within the country, people that can’t accept the results of the election that are determined to try to take this country down, take this organization down,” King said. “This city was filled up with demonstrations the day after the inauguration, where you couldn’t drive down the streets.”
  10. I thought this was Gus and his World Famous Fried Chicken:
  11. Little Caesar's Pizza Fit for a President
  12. Awww. Isn't that sweet. Alex Jones apologized too. Though he needs to apologize for a million other things including the 9/11 and Sandy Hook bullshit he peddles. We apologize to the extent our commentaries could be construed as negative statements about Mr. Alefantis or Comet Ping Pong James Doubek on NPR