National Men Make Dinner Day

The first Thursday in November is National Men Make Dinner Day, but this National Day is more than a little suspect. Though it was started in 2001 it seems more than a little anachronistic in today's age. Plus the website touting this phenomenon http://www.menmakedinnerday.com/home/index.php is clearly British based on how they spell humour and other … Continue reading National Men Make Dinner Day

National Vinegar Day and where to find some of the best in New York City

Today is National Vinegar Day, that fermented liquid that adds a special acidic note to various foods (and to clean windows - but not our focus today). Why buy mass produced versions when you can get hand crafted products? I know just the place if you travel to New York City. The Filling Station is … Continue reading National Vinegar Day and where to find some of the best in New York City

National Pasta Day – and a waaaaay delayed restaurant review!

Today is National Pasta Day and I could go on about how I love to make homemade pasta and you should really give it a try, but instead will finally deliver a long delayed restaurant review. NUMERO 28 at 28 West Carmine Street in the West Village is a terrific restaurant here in NYC. Actually … Continue reading National Pasta Day – and a waaaaay delayed restaurant review!

October is National German-American Heritage Month & National Pretzel Month!

Not surprisingly with all the OctoberFest hype that this month is both National German-American Heritage Month and National Pretzel Month at the same time! To celebrate use one of my favorite celebrity chef's homemade pretzel recipe. First the video... https://www.foodnetwork.com/videos/altons-homemade-soft-pretzels-0170183 And now the actual recipe... https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/homemade-soft-pretzels-recipe-1948242 ENJOY! Breadbasket with traditional Bavarian pretzels with German flag. … Continue reading October is National German-American Heritage Month & National Pretzel Month!

National Train Your Brain Day + Footnotes #13

Today is National Train Your Brain Day when you are challenged to test yourself with puzzles and riddles. What does that have to do with my long recent health travails? Simple. After nearly dying from severe septic shock and going through three operations in eight days I emerged physically exhausted. As I awoke, slightly dazed … Continue reading National Train Your Brain Day + Footnotes #13

Rare Political Commentary

This blog is focused on theatrical experiences, personal notes, food adventures and celebrations of National Days. I seldom lapse into political commentary, but will make a brief exception today. President Trump and various members of his administration are currently embroiled in an impeachment fight that I have followed closely. I'm not predicting what the outcome … Continue reading Rare Political Commentary

October is National Sarcastic Awareness Month

In actuality sarcasm is the body's natural reaction to stupidity. However, if overused you could be shunned by family and friends. So if you find yourself being over-sarcastic (duh, is that even possible?) you may wish to explore how modern medicine can help, details below... As always you can find more at http://www.walterthinnes.com and on … Continue reading October is National Sarcastic Awareness Month