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  1. Cuban Sandwiches

    Tons of fresh roasted pork (roasted that morning). Abundance of roast pork, smaller elements of proscuitto and cheese. Tons of roast pork. I guess the only thing that is the exact same with the original is the roast pork!!! I've had Cubanos with ham but more w/ glazed ham; glazed providing the sweetness element, which is why I was thinking that the honey mustard (plus fried pickles) does a nice job of replacing the sweetness from glazed ham. I've had them in Miami and Little Cuba in Jersey (Union City/Hoboken across from the Lincoln Tunnel into NY). I'm not an expert, but I've had a healthy number. Its the Earl's version. Its not a Cubano, but its a lot like a Cubano. Its good...and very hearty.
  2. Cuban Sandwiches

    I probably eat something from Earl's 1-2 times a week. Hadn't had their Cuban in quite sometime, but having seen this post I thought I'd give it a more recent try. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Its a hearty sandwich at $10 and non traditional it is, as they clearly mention--its their variation on a more traditional Cuban...changing: the bread ham or glazed ham to prosciutto swiss to provolone pickles to fried pickles and mustard to honey mustard Well well well. That is clearly a VARIATION on the theme. LOL. Nevertheless I thoroughly enjoy this variation. I think in switching from ham or glazed ham to prosciutto they lose some of the sweetness factor, but the honey mustard and fried pickles provide that taste element. Certainly non traditional though in my mind it does a wonderful job of creating a tasty and recognizable variation.
  3. hah. We old timers remember Guidry. As per KN: He had one incredible season that stands out in the pantheon of career years, among the handful of absolutely most amazing. And he had other quality seasons. A great pitcher, with one historically exceptional season...KN describes it above. @MC Horoscope Well I was a little like those Cajun fans, if only by substituting my ole bud with the self same physique as Guidry blowing pitches by big lumbering batters and then transferring that awe to Guidry. Got a kick out of watching him pitch. Meanwhile that 78 season was amazing. The Yanks came back from 14 games down, Billy Martin resigned from managing the Yanks, Guidry pitched a season for the ages; then they won the AL playoffs and the WS and Guidry was the man of the year...all for a measly $47 K. Check out his otherworldly stats.
  4. Thanks for the reference @Kibbee Nayee Ron Guidry brings back memories, connecting all the way back to my youth. My closest friend, going all the way back to kindergarten turned into a high school baseball star; a pitcher who was Guidry sized--(very skinny) not tall, but who also had tremendous velocity a good curve and great control. He won all-conference, all county and all state honors along with a baseball scholarship to a division one college. But unfortunately his career peaked in college. Didn't go any further. Anyway we were sort of one another's "wing men" long before that phrase became popular, and practiced that starting in elementary school When Guidry burst onto the scene in the mid 70's we both realized this pitching star was the same size and dimensions as my ole bud, Don. They pitched alike albeit Guidry a bit, or more likely quantum levels better--but alike, nonetheless. Once Guidry became known we used to go to Memorial Stadium to see Guidry pitch, even springing for close up expensive seats. Ole Don grudgingly admitted: "Guidry's better". We saw Guidry pitch in Baltimore probably 7 years. Every year we'd schedule a visit: "Lets go see Guidry ." Guidry was a phenomena. Probably shorter than virtually all ball players and way way skinnier, but he had excellent velocity and had a dominating career for a number of years. Its not the kind of thing I ever whine about, but I felt a strong connection to Guidry...and damn yes. He should have won the MVP in '78. That was an epic pitching performance, one of the best in history. Damn that reference gave me a flood of memories. From elementary school on till our late 30's at least, we might have competed in some sport, some game, even checkers and chess. I estimate my record against that sucker might be an inglorious 20-480 or thereabouts. Ha ha. Cripes, I recalled, being his wing man, racing out of first or second gradel right after class, racing toward his house and neighborhood and hiding in some bushes. When some big galoot came by we both jumped out of the bushes and pounded him to a pulp. I didn't even know why. (guess he had previously punched out ole Don). That is a wing man for you. I don't believe I've ever strongly felt "this guy deserves the MVP" in any sport in any year. I still think that way for Guidry and 1978. What a flood of memories.
  5. Agree w/ @Kibbee Nayee. During his short peak Mattingly could have been the best position player in the game. A case can be made. He was Gehrigish as a run producer and good on dee. He picked up the mantle as the top 1st baseman following Eddie Murrays best years. If you wanted to see all time first basemen during the early to mid 80's nothing better than going to Bird/Yankee games those years
  6. Two sets of comments to this thread: One having to do with the word cosmopolitan and one having to do with Millers response at the 3:30 or so period wherein he reacts to Acosta. 1. Cosmopolitan: Where did this word come from when used in the context that Miller might have or could have meant. Cosmopolitan. I've never seen or heard of it used in the manner that MIller used it, and had to research it to get a feel for its usage. Here is one of a number of descriptions. Evidently I'm not the only one curious about its usage as a number of media sources took the time to describe what Miller could have been referring to. hmmm. In my experience different political groups tend to create words or descriptions that tend to denigrate their "opposition" while likewise spreading the word or phrase among their followers. "Cosmopolitan" as used in this press conference could easily have fallen into this category and the origin and usage of this word by that "group" indeed is sinister. 2. Miller was either extremely well prepared for Acosta's kind of comment or is so versed in his approach and perspective that he turned the question into an instant Trump type attack on the media. Actually sort of fascinating to watch his response, with its fluidity and articulateness. Overall I find it frightening. The origin of the word used in the context that Miller evidently meant is just plain ugly.
  7. Stuart Long, who passed away at the end of July was certainly one of Washington DC's significant restaurateurs over a long period. Besides his oral history from 2011 these two articles from the past reference his involvement in a number of different restaurants, the ones referenced alll on Capital Hill: From 1977 an article that describes how tough the restaurant industry was at that time with its many start ups and failures. Its always been a tough industry, possibly not that different today than from earlier periods. From a more recent piece, albeit, 12 years ago, it references some of the Hill bars that Long operated (and ultimately closed), while maintaining the Hawk n' Dove for over 44 years. I'm pretty sure he also opened some restaurants outside of Capital Hill having dealt with him on real estate issues somewhat during the 1980's. I do recall Jenkins Hill, which like the Hawk 'n Dove was far more bar than restaurant, neither of which was known for spectacular food, though both in their day were fine neighborhood bars. The oral history is quite rich as a recollection from someone who had an impact as both private citizen and business person in Washington DC with most of that activity focusing on Capital Hill neighborhoods, its businesses, and Gonzaga High School. It includes interesting interactions with the late Mayor Barry, and references to happenings that can only occur in Washington DC As an aside, last Autumn when I ran into that story I was surprised to see toward the end of the interview he discussed commercial properties he owned and referenced a property he failed to purchase, the corner buildings at Pennsylvania Avenue and 2nd Street, NE. His description of the transaction is accurate. Though not mentioned, and he didn't know of my involvement, I was the person that brokered the sale to the other buyer, and was the person who discovered all the existing rental rates, details that only he and the tenants would have known. It spurred my memory of that transaction. It occurred in 1984, and boy it stayed vivid in his memory (and I guess mine), as I can verify the other offers, then Madison Bank, having offered the 3rd highest amount, the description of the buyer, etc. Back to the Hawk n Dove: Though not a regular I was a consistent customer in the 80's and 90's though less frequent afterwards, simply because I spent less time on the Hill. A damn good neighborhood bar imho. Beer, regular bar food, consistent burgers, and generally more interesting conversations than most neighborhood bars. He did a great job with that restaurant/bar.
  8. Men's Tennis - Who Is The Greatest Of All Time?

    Opinions are great. They merit respect. An opinion backed up by substance of one sort or another merits more respect (or is subject to debate with with different substance) One thing bothered the bejeebies out of me. I'm your contemporary and I played high school tennis. (I was lousy-though I played doubles competition as a soph--no big deal) My high school never got nuttin'. No front row seats anywhere. Not in tennis, baseball, football, etc etc etc. Nuttin'. I guess that is the difference between New York City and Jersey!!!! As a junior and already established as high school newspaper sports editor (in the final month of that year) I got to interview Willis Reed who spoke at our school sports awards ceremony. I heard we had to pay him to get out there. (Regardless a great thrill) Another example of NYC vs Northern NJ
  9. Men's Tennis - Who Is The Greatest Of All Time?

    I'm not sure how I happened on this video but here is an entire playoff basketball game from 1981 featuring the Celtics vs the 76ers, with Larry Bird, Dr J and a cast of 2 dozen. In watching I was struck by how different the game is now vs then with the biggest difference being the importance of the 3 pt line spreading out the game and necessitating players with different skills and strengths. Shooting is of course one skill but the ability to fly around out to the 3 pt line rotate and race back inside requires different types of players now vs then and vice versa. i think the same is true for tennis--actually more so. It makes it hard for me to join the "who is best debate" The game is radically different and the practice and then skills Borg displayed so long ago were based on the technology of the time and his ability to raise his skills within that environment. Which tennis payers of the different eras would adjust to the game in different periods and dominate the most? Well I don't know but I sure liked Johnny Macs style and touch in his era. Federer displays a grace that seems to indicate an ability to transcend eras at least in my mind. i'm not jumping in on the GOAT debate but I wish the technology would allow more net play so as to revisit the days when Johnny Mac displayed touch genius and others could strive to match or better it. It was a fun period to watch
  10. Thanks to @Gadarene I tried the spicy beef hue in Clarendon. and enjoyed it. It is spicy. I believe I had a slight nose cold that day; the spices and aroma from the broth went right up my nostrils and my nose was running sort of non-stop. LOL. Very full, spicy hot. I think I'll wait till colder weather to have it again. Also as referenced earlier the crispy egg rolls (okay-not healthy for you) were also delish. Ah Nam Viet: Back before Clarendon became the Clarendon it is today and had a plethora of Vietnamese restaurants Nam Viet was my go to among them. Glad it survived the changes. Have scarcely been there in over a decade. Nice to stop by again. I'll return.
  11. Having now seen a bit of Lonzo Ball. Oh yeah. He is an excellent passer. Quite obvious. Will he be a good or great player?? Don't know. Summer league is entirely different than the regular season. Ricky Rubio is a wonderful passer but is far removed from being a star, winner, or notable game changer. TBD. For Ball and for Rubio come to think of it. But Ball, quite obviously an excellent passer and in that vein he has Jason Kidd type attributes as a passer
  12. Dumplings

    LOL Well, let me put a time perspective on this...plus @Steve R. I believe we are close in age. I probably haven't been on the 100 block of Eldridge since the early 1980's. The business closed and the buildings were sold. As I recall the lousy financial state of NYC stretched from the 70's when bankruptcy hit into the early 80's. Who knows my ancestors may have purchased those properties in the 1930's or so or thereafter. I don't have any of the details. Last I recall in the 80's that was still a very dingy dirty old block with nothing outstanding or worthwhile. There were no eateries as I recall. The world has changed and dramatically so. I probably started working there on an ad hoc basis in the mid 60's along with older cousins, second cousins, etc. I was lowest of the low. Asst to the stock boys. LOL I sort of despised that block of Eldridge Street back then; dark, daunting, dirty, narrow, filthy etc. And the warehouse was about the same as the street. And during the times I was there, they seemed to send me there a disproportionate amount of time. (send the young shmuck there. He doesn't know any better) Ha ha. (I actually treasured being in that place as it was a sort of testimonial to family and tribe and that old world mentality) Just seeing the 100 block of Eldridge Street brought back a flood of memories. Glad to know there are wondrous restaurants on the block. BTW: All those trips out on the #7 to the Big Shea and the tennis tournament which stretched probably into the 90's. And I never hit any of the noted food centers. What a pity.
  13. Dumplings

    Thanks for the post above. Growing up I was in that area of NYC a fair amount. At some point in the early 1900's my grandfather, one of his brothers, and a brother in law opened a business with its main building on Grand Street. It was a different time and place. They were mostly distributors of linens, bedspreads, etc. but also sold retail, primarily on Sunday's when that area was packed with shoppers in the old Jewish discount stores primarily on Orchard Street, with many linen type stores on Grand between Orchard and The Bowery. I, along with some of my siblings and cousins and second cousins worked there on and off. Big extended family business for quite a few decades. Known to us one and all as "the store". They owned a building on the 100 block of Eldridge. I think it had an odd number address so it would have been roughly across the street from Vanessa Dumpling House at 118 Eldridge. The Eldridge Street building was a warehouse. Dusty old building with makeshift additional floors to warehouse merchandise. I never advanced beyond stock boy..so I spent a fair amount of time in that dumpy narrow block on Eldridge Street, going back and forth bringing merchandise to the main store. What a memory seeing that address. Calling that block of Eldridge Street at that time a dump is a stretch and a compliment. Glad to know its been upgraded!!!!! Now its a food emporium street. Wow. While spending time in that area and when I hit my teens and beyond I did manage to work my way through wondrous Chinese food that was remarkably different and better than Americanized Chinese, excellent versions of Italian American cuisine (old school Red Sauce places) and terrific Jewish deli and bakeries, and of course terrific Italian bakeries. Dumplings!!!!! I got my first vision and tastes of dumplings in that area so many decades ago. It was a revelation. But I was young and naive. What the hell did I know. Great post. Time for a revisit. And the 7 train. Oh man, My parents must have had a weak moment and permitted me to join friends and take the 7 train to the NY World's Fair. Thereafter it was a great train to see the Mets and the US Tennis tournament. But my oh my...I never took it to feast on Asian food. What a loss on my part. Thanks for the report. I never advanced to the Queens center both you and Steve R reference. That sounds sooooo food worthy.
  14. Hah. Great video. I've heard of that guy, Bird. ....and I shoulda written..."better and more often..... than I recall seeing during his highlight years from the mid 90's to around 2008-2011 And of course there have been others similarly skilled and aware. When I saw Kidd's name the very first reaction was to dwell on that long passing aspect of his game....among many other talents. Funny when I think of Bird's passing I think of it in the half court not those long bombs. Thanks for the video.
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