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Posted by backstory on 07 July 2015 - 12:02 AM

This morning i woke up to this review in Warscapes - an e-zine, blog, not sure what to call it but it is awesome space. a small monday morning gift ;-)


Yes, I do love my job, Suzanne F! It has been a long winding road to publication but i am very happy it is here.

Stone, Amazon is shipping now. Upset Press is a small press and they mostly publish poetry. Mine is the first novel and it was a learning process for both of us. Distribution - i am still not sure how it all works out. you can get them online now but i am not sure they are on shelves in bookstores yet. My publisher is planning an E-magazine and also a repreint in August.

Thank you for all your good wishes.

#1336769 Chutney Kitchen in Manhattan

Posted by backstory on 29 June 2015 - 11:23 PM



Full disclosure: This place is owned by a friend of my daughter and it opened in February.


After a visit to the Brooklyn Museuam we got off at Times Square in seach of this place and discovered it was festival day! With that stiff competition the place had a small crowd. The four of us (2 adults and 2 kids) each had a different bowl and one roti wrap and had a most satisfying and tasty lunch. You can either order the ones already put together for you with a lot of care and imagination or create your own. I had the nan tacos: a bed of salad topped with shredded steak, topped with half tikka masala sauce and half vindaloo, topped with cucumber salad, shredded carrots and onions, corn, topped with some crunchies, with raita on the side all washed down with ginger beer. The ingredients all taste fresh and wholesome. I also tasted the chai which was hot, sweet, spicy. Yummm. It is a cute little place, neat and tastefully decorated. Highly recommend.


It can use a bit more pizazz in marketing and imagery but the main player, the food, is totally awesome. it is a new concept, sort of in the idea of Chipotle/Chaat, but unique taste.


Posted by backstory on 13 May 2015 - 05:38 PM

my book Desire of the Moth published by Upset Press is finally out - hot off the press. my copies arrived on Mother's day. best gift ever.



#1110268 Vienna

Posted by backstory on 18 September 2010 - 08:07 PM

two places to stop by after the visits to the museums and palaces (besides coffee and pastries, that is). one is on dorotheer right out of josef's platz called Trzesniewski (we decide the tr is silent) which looks like a little wine bar- cozy, with tiny tables in stools in nooks and corners, tightly packed. they have small rectangles of 25 varieties of open face sandwiches that you can pick from and a clerk places them on your plate. beer for 1 euro - a wine glass size which was perfect for me - it was cold, clean tasting and delightful.

the other is behind the St.Stehen cathedral on Stephans Platz on Lugeck called Sababa - falafal, shwarma. great stuff. our waiter spoke to us in urdu - he was a hazara from pakistan.

vienna is beautiful, opulent. great contrast from budapest from where we drove in.

#1067308 Safari and/or Madagascar

Posted by backstory on 12 January 2010 - 07:48 PM

Lake Manyara Serena Lodge - pool

The crater at Ngorongoro

#1012798 Bread Pudding

Posted by backstory on 25 April 2009 - 01:29 AM

i didn't see a thread on this. if there is already one please just point:-)

i had some great cibatta left over and getting old so i got some french bread to make bread pudding. then i saw this recipe fro *mexican* bread pudding and made it. it is not the standard bread pudding with the creamy custardy center. it has no eggs.
i have never tasted one so am not sure if it came out right. it was ok, interesting, tasty but something seems to be missing.
like a more caramelly texture perhaps. it looks like you can add all kinds of stuff to it. mine had apples, raisins and walnuts but i see recipes with pineapple, coconut and chocolate. and a variety of cheese. mine had Cheddar.

can someone describe how mexican bread pudding should taste, its texture? do you have a recipe you like?

#1001495 So many Exhibitions, So Little Time

Posted by backstory on 13 March 2009 - 09:10 PM

QUOTE(Rail Paul @ Mar 13 2009, 01:10 PM) View Post
MFA in Boston, opening this weekend:

Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice

The show is about three such personalities: Tiziano Vecellio, or Titian; Jacopo Robusti, known as Tintoretto; and Paolo Caliari, called Veronese. All three shot off sparks as they reforged painting as a medium. And all three had feverishly competitive overlapping careers.

These masters of 16th-century Venetian painting were no Holy Trinity. They were a discordant ménage-a-trois bound together by envy, talent, circumstances and some strange version of love.

This is the story the exhibition tells through 56 grand to celestial paintings — no filler here, not an ounce of fat — sorted into broad categories (religious images, portraits, belle donne) and arranged in compare-and-contrast couplings and triplings to indicate who was looking at whom, and why, and when.

NY Times

here too

definitely planning to go.

#832734 What is ethical?

Posted by backstory on 07 September 2007 - 04:08 PM

A gay activist was on NPR yesterday justifying his attempt to out "toe-tap Larry" a year ago. He calls him a hypocrite. I presume his logic is that being himself gay, even if he denies it, Craig is pushing anti-gay policies as a senator. By outing him he has exposed his hypocrisy.

I am trying to resolve an argument with friends over this.

Is it hypocritical for a gay person to support anti-gay laws?
Is it ethical at any time to expose an individual's sexuality?

and finally,
Is it possible to discuss this without breaking MF guidelines?