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  • Birthday 01/11/1960

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  1. My bi-weekly CSA share started last week, so even more vegetables in my diet. Which helps weight. My wife is convinced I'm crazy with my rower and my neighbor has complained if I start too early, open the windows and blast old school rock.
  2. I would have blown a gasket. Those bagels should have been prepped early, boiled and baked as needed. You could have driven to my area, Annapolis and bought bagels quicker.
  3. Flamant crushed mothers day brunch yesterday. Since Covid they built an exceptional indoor-outdoor patio. Heaters for the winters with ceiling fans and pen windows for the summer. We shared an order of Avocado toast topped with perfectly poached eggs and pickled red onions. The Avocados were grilled which was a pleasant surprise. Entrees and drinks were all top notch. Not a scrap left on anyone's plates. Flamant is a gem in West Annapolis. Anyone in the DMV should make it a point to dine here and take in a tour of Annapolis.
  4. Has a few take out pies from Win last week. As good as ever. With pandemic restrictions going away they have stopped taking reservations. That translates into 1-2 hour wait if you aren't waiting when they open at 5. Worth it as you can sit outside with wine.
  5. Last night. Veal Saltimbocca from Serious Eats, Roasted Maitake Mushrooms, Sautéed Broccoli w/garlic. Very easy and tasty.
  6. Tonight will be sheet pan dinner. I am a big fan of these dinners. A big fan of serious eats I have many sheet pans and find these always work well. Roasted red cabbage and red onions with pork loin. All marinated beforehand with maple syrup, cider vinegar, EVOO and grain mustard.
  7. A year later and I'm still on my Concept II rower. I have been averaging about 50-55KM per week which comes out to 4 sessions weekly. Sometimes these sessions are what is keeping me sane. My weight is very stable but it does help battle the daily wine consumption.
  8. Flamant offers take in/delivery Thurs-Sat each week as well as a Wed pop-up. This Saturday we brought in the bouillabaisse for 2 and it was spectacular. I picked up a shopping bag with 7 containers and directions on how to cook/finish it at home. Containers included the broth, vegetables, shellfish, shrimp and 2 types of white fish. After heating the broth, the veggies and other ingredients were added and cooked for 5-6 minutes. This could have easily fed 3-4 but we were gluttons. I choose bouillabaisse as it was a dish I was craving and do not make at home. They offer about 5-6 meals like this on their take out menu. Each entrée for 2. Highly recommended and while we picked up they claim to deliver from DC to the Eastern Shore.
  9. You reminded me, we did do takeout from Cucina. The bummer is that when my son got back with the order, we discovered they forgot my entree. Not a huge deal as we over ordered and they immediately realized their mistake. Next time I hope to fly to Asheville, drive was good but long.
  10. Let me know how this goes. We want an outdoor kitchen and believe we have selected the cabinets and appliances. We are hiring a designer to create specs and then will need a firm to install, build and manage. Though we are leaning towards stainless cabinets there is work as we want a dummy wall built behind them to create a counter top lip and run electric.
  11. Dull as it is, I probably eat turkey breast 4-5 days each week on top of a salad. Even more on weekends when it is warm outside, a turkey rollup is my go to while sailing. I typically buy and Like Trader Joes all natural Turkey Breast, very think sliced and low salt while full of flavor. This is typically found near the cooked chicken strips and fresh meats, not in the deli area. I recently tried using instacart to deliver Turkey Breast from Wegmans and the Fresh Market. Both were major disappointments as they were salt bombs and thin sliced. Fake Turkey. What is you go to Turkey Breast.?
  12. Spent last week in Asheville with my family. We stayed at a townhouse, hiked and took advantage of the great beer. Funkatorium, Green Man, Burial and Wedge were ll able to seat us safely outside. brought in Curate, ate outside at Duck Taco and inside at Tupelo Honey. All great experiences. Took a cooking class at Asheville Kitchen and was really rewarded when my younger son(27) made desert for his roomies, Bananas Foster he learned in class.
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