As I noted recently, I am riding my Can-Am Spyder down to Florida to celebrate my mother's birthday (which is actually today) - a very special one - but I will not mention the exact multiple decade number. She is celebrating this weekend by preparing a pig roast. Can't wait. One characteristic of my mother … Continue reading Happy Birthday to my Mom!
Today is National Toasted Marshmallow Day. I suppose it is fitting as we come to the end of the summer camping season. Some people prefer to use Toasted Marshmallows as only a component in something else like S'mores. Me? I'm a purist and love Toasted Marshmallows for their own sake. Their own perfectly melty, crusty, … Continue reading National Toasted Marshmallow Day
My mom is having a very special birthday and I am taking my Can-Am Spyder to Florida to celebrate with her and family. She is hosting a pig roast in celebration and promises it will not be me thrown in the oven. During this week I will be heading down the east coast and stopping … Continue reading A Ryde to a Roast
I am thrilled to announce my new gig! A major national fashion magazine has hired me to write about men's fashion trends in my blog! I guess that is because I am such a fashionable guy! They have provided me their first topic and I will today address National Bowtie Day. Historically bowties evolved from … Continue reading National Bowtie Day – Fashion Accessory from Tuxedos to Poodle Skirts
High note: This show is one of the hottest tickets in New York right now. The remainder of the off-Broadway run is totally sold out and there are rumors of a move to Broadway. So how did I get in? I won the Today Tix (@todaytix #todaytix) ticket lottery. I've won many of these and … Continue reading Review – Be More Chill
There are so many delicious harvests at the end of summer and one of the sweetest is fresh peaches. Put them in a pie and you have a wonderful National Peach Pie Day. I'm ready to give it a try this season, how about you? Considering the flavor of political and social discourse today, here … Continue reading National Peach Pie Day
Three theater luminaries have recently passed on, respect should be paid. Barbara Harris is someone I never saw on stage but her voice is ever present in my head, The Apple Tree musical was written for her and I listen to that album frequently. I did see here in several movies, most especially in Robert … Continue reading Mortal Coils Recently Shuffled Off
As usual Broadway comes back to life in the fall. The shows that opened this summer have gotten pretty bad reviews so we need some good new shows. The not-for-profits on Broadway kick off early. Roundabout has Bernhardt/Hamlet (about one of histories most famed actresses taking on Shakespeare's iconic role) with previews starting September 1 … Continue reading Fall Broadway Spotlight
While perusing the current edition of The New Yorker magazine I came about a Talk of the Town segment named "One Man's Trash" by Patricia Marx. It details a new activity called "plogging." The word is a combination of jogging and "plocka uppa" (the Swedish term for "picking up.") These folks jog through public spaces … Continue reading The cleanest park in New York City!
Yesterday you saw me making Sourdough Buttermilk Biscuits, today I'll demonstrate and provide my personal recipe for Sausage Gravy to go with it. Start with a good size pan or pot and melt a couple of tablespoons of reserved bacon grease (or your favorite lipid). Sweat a large onion that has been medium chopped in … Continue reading Watch Me Make My Sausage Gravy
I love me some biscuits and sausage gravy. Today I'll show you how to make Sourdough Buttermilk Biscuits and tomorrow will show you how to make my own version of Sausage Gravy. Hope you enjoy. Put 1 cup sourdough starter, 1 cup buttermilk and 1 egg (all at room temperature) in a bowl. Blend together … Continue reading Watch me make Sourdough Buttermilk Biscuits
Gettin' The Band Back Together is a very funny show, high energy, expertly casted, energetically directed and keeps the audience laughing the entire time. It lights up the stage of the Belasco and animates the familiar themes of middle age angst, good versus evil, redemption and being true to yourself. So that is all I … Continue reading Review – Gettin’ The Band Back Together
I'm not advanced on social media. I've never been on Facebook (if you're not paying for the product, you are the product). I've been late to websites and Twitter and only recently took up blogging. I figure as soon as Instagram is surpassed by another technology, I might take a look at that! A couple … Continue reading My blogging anniversary
Today is National Filet Mignon Day. When I was younger I disdained this cut of meat as devoid of taste and delicious fat. I was known to polish off an entire porterhouse steak all by my lonesome. I have come to appreciate this beef cut and learned to understand quality over quantity. If you are … Continue reading National Filet Mignon Day
As both the Reds and Mets are National League teams I get at least one shot to see my Cincy team live each season. This year both have similar records (translation: terrible), so it is something of an even match. I went to the Tuesday night game and was treated to a National Anthem sung … Continue reading Cincinnati Reds win the game I went to see!
Wow! What a find. As I continue exploring the nearly month long NYC Restaurant Week I found a real winner even for a lunch offering (which is only $26 and a great bargain for this city). Go right now to Bocca di Bacco in Chelsea at 9th Avenue and 20th Street. Their menu was great … Continue reading NYC Restaurant Week Review – Bocca di Bacco
Sometimes it takes me a while to post a review after I have seen the show. Sometimes it is because I am overwhelmed by other things to post but in this case because of the awful taste I had to wash from my mouth before sitting down to do it. The show was on May … Continue reading Review – Tomorrow is a Long Time – a tribute to Bob Dylan’s 1963 Town Hall Concert in Town Hall in 2018
It can be difficult to be a Cincinnatian in NYC. To be honest, the best treat to be found in the City That Never Sleeps is my own kitchen with my (mostly) secret recipe for that unique beast - Cincinnati Chili. But I am here to tell you that second best is at Edwards Restaurant … Continue reading Cincinnati Night at Edwards Restaurant!
Recently I ordered the Deluxe Kitchen Crop 4-Tray Seed Sprouter by VICTORIO VKP1200 Actually I ordered two of them to give me more options (photoed in my kitchen below). I've had mixed results. Brilliantly the seed trays stack upon each other and allow the water to trickle down tray to tray until it lands in … Continue reading Victorio Seed Sprouter
Posting this on a bittersweet day for Chazz. His show "A Bronx Tale" is closing today after a very healthy run and where he recently stepped in to play the role that he turned from staged monologue to a movie to a Broadway Musical. Way to go Chazz. We saw the show early in the … Continue reading NYC Restaurant Week Review – Chazz Palminteri Italian Restaurant
Today is National Watermelon Day and it is quite fitting that it occurs in the height of the summer heat. Ready to go and so refreshing. I am not that partial to watermelon, preferring stone fruits in general, but it is a favorite for Pamela. She just discovered that Graeter's has a Watermelon Sorbet flavor … Continue reading National Watermelon Day
The Encores! Off-Center Series is a revival of previous and oft forgotten musicals. I got to see the final performance of their limited weekend offering of Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope. When it appeared on Broadway it featured the first time on The Great White Way that a woman had written the music and … Continue reading Review – Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope
Now your moment of Zen. Back in August 29 of 2017 I posted my recipe for making Basil Pesto. You can go back to find it (or just type pesto into the search bar). I made this minute long video to show you how it is made. Two notes, I have increased the amount of … Continue reading The making of the Basil Pesto