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  • Birthday 05/28/1958

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    Columbus, OH; Dallas sometimes

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  1. Pork chops baked in a sauce of grainy mustard, a bit of scotch, olive oil and onion. Buttered green beans and sliced tomatoes served on the side.
  2. Wherever you go in the city, be aware that you need to either show a vaccine card, or proof of a recent negative Covid test to dine indoors. Same for indoor music venues, museums, etc.
  3. Hi. I’m going to be returning to DC for a weekend, spending time with friends in Dupont Circle. And the Thursday night I arrive, I will be on my own, and I would like to have a great dining experience at a bar, either in the Dupont area or on 14th St. area, perhaps between N and U. I’m very familiar with the area, but I do not know what is new since I left in 2015. Does compass rose have a bar? Will I have a snowball’s chance in hell of walking in on a Thursday night at 7 o’clock? Other ideas? THANKS!
  4. I haven’t posted in a while because my meals have been so boring. But I had guests tonight, and I tried to have a nod to summer and fall. Summer was citrus shrimp salad over mixed greens with avocado and toasted almonds. Fall was sweet potato soup with ginger, onions, garlic, and garam masala.
  5. Portuguese shellfish rice, with fresh clams from Whole Foods, and a frozen seafood mixture (scallops, shrimp and calamari) from Trader Joe’s. I was really surprised at the quality of the Trader Joe’s frozen product - The seafood tasted fresh, the calamari were tender, and everything held together beautifully. Since I had out the mini processor to buzz up a shallot for the salad dressing, I also threw in a bunch of celery leaves to my basic lemon and olive oil dressing. Very nice addition and great for a simple green salad.
  6. Stirfried vegetables (zucchini, red onion, mushrooms, carrots, jalapeños) with shrimp. Flavored with sesame oil, hot chili oil, five spice powder, white pepper, soy sauce. I completely forgot to add garlic, but in the end I didn’t miss it. I ground some Szechuan peppercorns into the hot oil before the stirfry, and the dish was pleasantly hot, but not overly so.
  7. Thin pork chops on the grill brushed with homemade barbecue sauce. Potatoes and onions in a foil packet on the grill. Tomato and Romaine salad with Caesar dressing.
  8. Sam, blessings to you and to all of the other residents and helpers in New Orleans who are trying to help the city avoid further disaster. My sister left the Esplanade apartments on Friday, and she is currently with me here in Fort Lauderdale because it’s just too dangerous for her right now to go back to the city with no power. New Orleans is like no place else on earth, and the resilient spirit of the people and deep love for the city is going to save her!
  9. Well Jose Andres and world central kitchen were in New Orleans last night getting ready to serve food, so I think that is always a worthwhile organization to support. Red Cross was helpful to my family during Katrina.
  10. All of my family left New Orleans last night. This storm has all of the makings of a disaster. At the very least, there will be widespread flooding and long-term power outages. EVERYTHING closes.
  11. It’s hot and humid here, and we are having Saharan dust which makes it hard to breathe. Friend coming for dinner means minimal cooking but big flavors. I made shrimp ceviche with a lime and orange juice dressing, lots of cilantro, mango, cucumber, red pepper, red onion. I made a salad dressing from a recipe that I got on the river boat which is the “Uniworld famous Mrs. Tolman’s Dressing.” It’s really a basic Caesar dressing with soy sauce instead of Worcestershire and no anchovy. My neighbor loved it, but I would’ve just prefered regular Cesar dressing. I served a side of deviled eggs with the salad We had store-bought brownies with praline ice cream for dessert. Plus port.
  12. Had neighbors over tonight, and I cooked steelhead trout brushed with chipotle mayo and then sprinkled with salt, pepper, and coriander. I made chipotle lime rice, a la chipotle restaurant. I thought mine was pretty good. I also made a classic Caesar dressing that I served on a kind of a mixed salad. It was a pretty simple meal, but it seemed to make everyone very happy.
  13. Happy birthday and many happy returns to Don, our fearless leader!
  14. I was in Aldi‘s yesterday, where I saw beautiful huge jalapeño peppers for $.79 a pack. I halved them, and took out the seeds and the membrane. I filled the peppers with a mixture of chopped up shrimp, a bit of cream cheese, cilantro, cayenne, and a generic Mexican cheese blend (from Aldi’s). I baked them till the cheese was bubbling, and served them as a light entrée with a big salad.
  15. As I understand it, you need a PCR test to re-enter the UK. Check to see if your departure airport has a facility that will give you the results of a PCR test in 45 minutes to one hour. I know that was an option when I flew to Portugal out of MIA. Also, have you checked at all of the minute clinic type places near you? As a last resort, you may have to go to a private lab and pay quite a bit of money for them to do a quick results PCR test. If you Google “rapid result PCR test near me” you should get lots of hits.
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