Today is the traditional day when a President pardons a Turkey. No, not himself, that will come later. The names of this year's birds are Peas and Carrots. I think he should Peas a chance but actually I don't Carrot all. Happy Thanksgiving to come soon... As always you can find more at http://www.walterthinnes.com and … Continue reading President to pardon Turkey
Mike Birbiglia is an actor, comedian and monologuist who has had several off-Broadway shows in New York. But I had never seen one of his highly regarded performances. When his new one transferred to Broadway, I took the opportunity to see it. His "New One" is his new child. This is hilarious and Mike is … Continue reading Review – Mike Birbiglia’s The New One
Actually TOMORROW (Saturday, November 17, 2018) is National Homemade Bread Day. So why am I telling you today? Simple. Homemade bread takes time and you need to plan ahead to make really worthwhile bread from scratch. Believe me, it is well worth it. I primarily make sourdough bread from a starter I have nurtured for … Continue reading National Homemade Bread Day
That time of year again. Magic time! As we wait for the old fat man with a white beard (no, I am not referring to me) to arrive, many youths wish to send a direct request to the jolly fellow themselves. While the young'uns wish to text, Santa is much too busy overseeing his slave … Continue reading Have your child write a letter to Santa!
Today is National Pickle Day and it seems this ancient food is more popular than ever. Last month I visited a New York City Pickle Day on the Lower East Side and it was so crowded with such long lines I couldn't get close to the actual pickles. There are a number of vegetables that … Continue reading National Pickle Day
I LOVE King Kong. Not the musical, mind you, but the articulated title character at the center of it. The astounding puppeteers (named the King's Company) work out in the open, making many of the creature's moves in plain sight. They jump from heights with ropes connected to pulleys to make him stand using their … Continue reading Review – King Kong
Last Wednesday I attended a live taping of KCRW's Left, Right & Center post election special edition at The Town Hall here in New York. It is a radio show but I consume it as a podcast. It was up within 12 hours and is on their feed now if you wanted to listen to … Continue reading Live Podcast taping and my favorite political podcasts
Today is National Scrapple Day. Scrapple came to be when butchering communities sold off the valuable cuts of an animal and used the remaining parts with a filler like flour and cornmeal and added spices. After letting the mixture solidify, they sliced it and fried it to create a nutritious and filling and delicious meal. … Continue reading National Scrapple Day – for me that means Goetta!
Some plays I rave at, some plays I cringe at, other plays are comfort food for my soul. Bernhardt/Hamlet is just such a play. Steeped in history, theater lore and examinations of playwrights and plays - it felt nourishing just to be in the theater to watch it. Though it strays a bit in the … Continue reading Review – Bernhardt/Hamlet
Audible continues its run of solo works and I have seen all of them so far. Sakina's Restaurant, written and performed by Aasif Mandvi is one of the best to date. It was first presented 20 years ago and it is refreshing to see a pre-9/11 and pre-Donald Trump work on immigrants to the US. … Continue reading Review – Sakina’s Restaurant
In the United States we have federal elections every two years and today is that day for 2018. I work hard to keep my political beliefs out of this blog. I respect every belief that is based on careful consideration of the facts. It can seem daunting to be a single citizen with a single … Continue reading VOTE
Today is National Donut Day and perhaps for the last time. You may have heard that the largest chain, Dunkin' Donuts, has decided to drop its second name. In addition to saving on sign costs they are trying to focus on other products like their coffee and sandwiches. Who will speak for the poor forgotten … Continue reading National Donut Day – for the last time?
Today is National Deviled Egg Day. You know, when you hard boil an egg, peel the shell, scoop out the yolk, mix with mayonnaise and mustard and spices and scoop back into the white half. Maybe even dress it up like this: It is called deviled because that was a term for spicy or zesty … Continue reading National Deviled Egg Day
November is National Banana Pudding Lovers Month. It is also National Peanut Butter Lovers Month. I wondered if I could find a recipe to combine the two and I did! You can find the original post for Peanut Butter Banana Pudding by Elizabeth Heiskell at the Today Show website here. https://www.today.com/recipes/peanut-butter-banana-pudding-recipe-t108088 Have a delicious November! … Continue reading Special November Month Recipe
I know that your costume will be the best ever. I'm certain your bag will be full of delicious candy and only the kind you really like. I hope no one TPs your yard this year. That wasn't me last year. Really. Someone else. Happy Halloween As always you can find more at http://www.walterthinnes.com … Continue reading Happy Halloween
Tonight is CINCINNATI night at a nice restaurant in downtown New York, Edwards, at 136 West Broadway and http://www.edwardsnyc.com from 5 PM to 10:30 PM (last Monday of every month). Last time I was there I enjoyed a delicious half rack of Montgomery Inn Ribs, their patented sauce, potato chips and half ear of corn. … Continue reading Cincinnati Night Again at Edwards in NYC
Today's matinee (3 PM) at the Players Theatre Short Play Festival will be the very last opportunity for you to see my play THE RIDE DOWN MOUNT SCARY. It is a fun romp through scary movie tropes and was written just for this festival so will not be performed again. Don't miss the hilarious hijinks … Continue reading Last Chance!
I hope you have a fun weekend. And I am certain you will if you come to tonight's 7 PM performance of the Players Theatre Short Play Festival at 115 MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village. One of the short plays this evening is my production of THE RIDE DOWN MOUNT SCARY, written specifically for the … Continue reading Have a Fun Weekend
Need a good laugh? Don't we all in these times. Come to see THE RIDE DOWN MOUNT SCARY, part of the Players Theatre Short Play Festival at 115 MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village. Shows tonight and tomorrow are at 7:00 PM and on Sunday at 3:00 PM. Reserve your tickets at http://www.shortplaynyc.com or pay at … Continue reading Wanna Laugh? We need it!
If you are in New York this weekend I hope you can join us for THE RIDE DOWN MOUNT SCARY. My short play script, a fun romp on scary movie tropes, is part of the Players Theatre Short Play Festival in Greenwich Village. Tonight is Opening Night and it runs through Sunday. Directed by … Continue reading OPENING NIGHT for The Ride Down Mount Scary!
I'm still sharing quick one minute clips of my recent Blue Ridge Parkway trip because seeing them replayed brings me much pleasure. I love that road. This segment features persistent early morning fog and enchanted forest land. And yes, one more fade to tunnel, there are a lot on this stretch but will disappear the … Continue reading BRP Still Foggy Blue Ridge Parkway Ride
I do enjoy chocolate, but not those complicated desserts with six different types of chocolate all piled on each other. The chocolate topping of a Boston Cream Pie nicely counterpoints the yellow butter cake and delicious creamy custard sandwiched between. I really like Boston Cream Pie, even if it is more like a cake and … Continue reading National Boston Cream Pie Day – an omen?
First a reminder that my short play (poster above) is at the Players Theatre NEXT weekend. If you are in New York that weekend (October 25-28) we hope to see you there. Check the poster or footnote for more information and be sure to use the discount code when ordering on line or at the … Continue reading New York Theater Grab Bag
Today is National Chocolate Cupcake Day. I don't make these up folks. This is a real National Day and I think it is incumbent on you to eat the food of the day when posted. You notice I don't call out things like Brussel Sprout Days, now do I? So eat a Chocolate Cupcake today, … Continue reading National Chocolate Cupcake Day
Alton Brown is one of my favorite television cooking celebrities. His goofball antics and scientific cooking explanations have always thrilled me. While I have baked all my life I only did rudimentary main course cooking after I learned from Alton. I don't much like his competition game show programs but did enjoy his Broadway Show. … Continue reading Good Eats RELOADED