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#1434854 Latkes?

Posted by splinky on 27 November 2018 - 02:53 AM

latkes usually have egg in them, rosti generally do not

#1433270 Goat

Posted by splinky on 13 October 2018 - 04:39 PM

the other red meat

#1433269 Cindy Lobel

Posted by splinky on 13 October 2018 - 02:22 PM

at 48

#1433116 B&D Halal

Posted by splinky on 06 October 2018 - 06:22 PM

Imagine my delight when business took me near Madison Square Garden around lunchtime, giving me a chance to finally try one of the West African steam-table places Wilfrid so enjoys.


I expected the food to be rib-sticking and flavorful (if gloppy).  What I wasn't expecting was for one of the things I had to be best-in-category.  But the broiled(?) goat chops and ribs were one of the best goat dishes I've had in the City.  Amazingly, the meat was well butchered and of good quality:  no bone shards, no gristle.   It was subtly spiced and tasted just fantastic.


Everything else was merely delicious.


NOTE TO WILF:  I'm pretty sure the "ham hock" is cow foot.

why is it amazing that the meat was well butchered and of good quality? in relation to meat that is basically what halal means and what is required by religious law. 

#1432305 So many Exhibitions, So Little Time

Posted by splinky on 13 September 2018 - 08:12 PM

hit the rest of the heavenly bodies exhibition at the met cloisters. gorgeous!

#1432054 cacao beans

Posted by splinky on 05 September 2018 - 09:35 PM

I drink Crio Bru, which are ground cacao beans that you brew like coffee.

love this stuff! and nice people. 

#1431367 Aretha Franklin

Posted by splinky on 16 August 2018 - 02:04 PM

at 76


Rest in Peace and Power



#1429952 Hannah Gadsby's Netflix Special

Posted by splinky on 12 July 2018 - 12:17 AM

It's called "Nanette."  Quite the tour de force.  Still processing this to be honest.  https://variety.com/...edy-1202867395/

life changing, in some ways.  she is also a master of the call back

#1429766 Fresh Direct

Posted by splinky on 07 July 2018 - 01:20 PM

mixed bag on fresh produce, meats are generally fine if branded, it's super convenient (bad hip, bad back, bad ankle, bad knees mean i try not schlep).  i use amazon fresh as well and have the same problem with uneven produce quality. costco has a new grocery delivery service but i haven't tried it yet. i already know that i don't generally love costco meats but might try it for dry goods, frozen and produce.  i don't like the amazon monthly fee because some months i don't order and i feel cheated. fresh direct often has sales on their delivery pass and the intro offer for delivery pass is a good deal and sometimes i let my subscription lapse and they offer me a free 6 month pass. they also have weekly free delivery coupons for orders over $75 or $99. 

#1428643 Anthony Bourdain

Posted by splinky on 08 June 2018 - 11:31 AM

at 61

#1428160 Annoyances

Posted by splinky on 28 May 2018 - 04:16 PM


After a less than stellar response from my security company after an attempted break in, I decided to cancel their contract and put in a new system with a new company. Yesterday was the installation of the new system. I was told to plan on a maximum of two hours for that to be accomplished. So, having been through an installation before, I planned on 4 hours  :rolleyes: .


Installer shows up. Seems nice enough. But obviously not the brightest bulb in the pack. And, he smells, like a wet dog smells. And he likes to chat--a lot. He fumbles around trying to count doors and windows. How many of whatever bits and pieces will be needed. Where to place them. Then the math--I am running the numbers in my head as he struggles with the calculator on his cell phone. By the time that gets done, we are already at two hours of wasted time. Then he finds he can't place the mother panel where I'd like (and where the other mother panel had been put at construction)  because the house was too well constructed and he'd basically have to tear open a wall and do some serious cutting through some doubled 2x6s. So, it is decided to move the panel to the laundry room. The worst part of this is having to stand in the relatively small space to discuss it with him. I was actively wishing I had a really bad cold so I wouldn't smell him.


He piddles around opening boxes of contacts, loading batteries etc. 4 hours down and not a bit of actually installation is done yet. It's obvious he is in way over his head. And at least he knew that, so he calls for help. The second guy obviously knows his stuff. Turns out he is a trainer for the company brought in from Denver to try and help out the office here. Bad news is, he is more chatty than the other guy. He doublechecks what the other guy has planned. This is great because he's finding errors and saving me money. Then they get to my office. It's filled with all kinds of photos and memorabilia from Alabama, NFL, NBA and PGA Tour. I'd already been through the first guy (OSU/Cleveland Browns fan) looking at every bit, now, this guy (Houston Rockets/Texans fan) does the same thing. Question after question about who I was with and what were they like etc. We are at the 5 hour mark now, and I haven't snapped (pretty proud of this fact :cool: ) even though they are getting on my last nerve. 


I'll spare you the rest of the interaction with them. It took a total of 8 1/2 hours to get things handled. As they are leaving the phone rings. It's my previous company, telling me they just had an alarm notification (their panels had been uninstalled for at least 3 hours, so the alarm should've notified them at least that long ago  :angry:). Needless to say, I lit their rep up. And more validation that I made a good move to change.


Then this morning--I open a door to the courtyard, and the decommissioned alarm siren starts blaring. How this happens is beyond me. The alarm panels were removed, so it wasn't on. But I start my morning, hammer in hand, beating the hell out of the siren to make it stop, since I couldn't turn it off via the decommissioned panels. The only thing I can think of is the night shift at the former company (who were the ones I lit up in the 'why are you ending your contract' discussion) decided to have a little passive/aggressive fun since their siren was still installed and the other techs hadn't pulled the battery on the 'brains' of the former system. At least I got to take out some of my aggression first thing before coffee  :ph43r: .


Ahhh, the joys of home ownership. Next up, redoing the internet in the house. That provider also warned me to block at least two hours for the installation....



So, here's the latest.


Supposedly had an appointment for the internet upgrade tomorrow (Memorial Day). I asked if they were 'really' working on a holiday. Assured they were. Wellll, at 8:15 pm local time tonight, I get a call from my provider saying the install won't happen because they don't work on holidays  :angry:. Needless to say I was less than amused. I was assured I will get an account credit for the 'inconvenience'. If this goes like the security system episode, who's coming to LV to pay my bail money :ph43r:  :o  :P  :ph43r: .


can't you use the credit from your internet provider for the bail money?

#1427870 Clueless questions II (The Ones You Really Want Answered)

Posted by splinky on 17 May 2018 - 12:23 AM


is it safe yet?


I'm gonna guess that you aint talking about the chicken.

Don't you feel safe?


almost never...

#1427858 Clueless questions II (The Ones You Really Want Answered)

Posted by splinky on 16 May 2018 - 09:30 PM

is it safe yet?

#1427316 Edinburgh- for a few months

Posted by splinky on 06 May 2018 - 02:31 AM

i really like morningside. find something within a couple of blocks of morningside rd and it's a quick bus ride or longish walk to princes street. the neighborhood has restaurants and a cinema as well

#1427138 Pim takes over Nahm in Bangkok

Posted by splinky on 02 May 2018 - 03:07 AM

awesome news! i've enjoyed Kin Khao, now i have to go to bangkok to compare