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  1. A few summers back we saw Christo's Masuba in London. 7500+ painted and stacked barrels. It was very interesting and impressive.
  2. Google reminded me that 11 years ago my wife and I hike the Grand Canyon. Yes we hiked all the way down 1 day, stayed overnight in a tent and hiked back up the next day. Temp at the bottom was over 125 and we woke up at 4am so we could start our hike at 5 with headlamps and avoid the heat. We went with Wildland Trekking a firm we have used several times and highly recommend. They provided a guide, equipment and handled permits and logistics. The guide even cooked both a great dinner and breakfast the next day. Highly recommend this trip. Saw many layers of the canyon and each layer was breathtaking. Hiking down was actually harder then coming up the next day.
  3. I have a generic square basket which can hold 2 whole fish. Get the fish cleaned, head and fins off. Season, stuff with herbs and aromatics and grill for about 8-10 minutes each side. Works great.
  4. a side dish of Spinach, Pine Nuts, and Grapes-We had that on Tuesday. It was a great dish I remember Harvey's. They advertised their drinks as free bar pour. I had no idea but my Vodka Tonic was delivered as a tall glass of Vodka and a bottle on tonix water.
  5. We celebrated our 36th Anniversary at Tio Pepe Tuesday night. Many of my wife's Baltimore friends had raved about it. Very old school, surprised they are still in business given the location was not inner harbor. The food was excellent. We both had seafood dishes which were really good and large. We both cleaned our plates. Their wine list was fairly priced as we had a reserva Rioja 2014 Marquis de Riscal for 42 dollars. I would go back. And I do need to get up to Baltimore more as it was only about 40 minutes from Annapolis.
  6. Dinner at the bar Saturday Night. Reservations for spontaneous dining are scarce in the Annapolis summer as tourists abound. The bar rarely disappoints and we were able to watch the show as they crafted some great cocktails. Wife had he usual Vodka Gimlet with lime foam and I have a spicy Tequila cocktail. We shared many plates-all great. Swordfish skewers, duck risotto and Brussel Sprouts were all very good. 2 cocktails, 5 shares plates-110 Tax and tip.. No complaints and we were full and happy.
  7. We sailed to Cambridge and stayed over July 4th. The town was dead. RaR Brewing was not hopping though the beers were tasty.
  8. We have been to the Annapolis location. Food is solid and reasonably healthy. Each time there we left feeling full but not stuffed or regretting what we ate. A god place to meet up with friends as they offer a good range of dishes.
  9. We had a great time visiting Boston last weekend. Trillium and Night Shift are outstanding breweries and Cambridge Brewing solid. We walked the freedom trail so cannoli's at Mike's in the North End were great, the line not so great. Boston has a really good young vibe, very happy that my son has joined a start-up engineering firm on the MIT campus. Night Shift was voted best pizza in Boston and their Detroit style pizza was really good. I like Hazy New England IPAs so all the beers were great.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Last night. Veal Saltimbocca from Serious Eats, Roasted Maitake Mushrooms, Sautéed Broccoli w/garlic. Very easy and tasty.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.?
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