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  1. Fried rice, with dried shrimp, Chinese sausage, greens, egg, two kinds of mushrooms, and bean sprouts.
  2. Maybe it's this? 😡 Tires still have not come in. I checked at 4:30 and the guy said his computer was still saying "Same Day delivery". Oh well.
  3. Update: apparently the tires I ordered were "run flat" tires, meaning that they're designed to be OK at speeds up to 50 mph when you get a flat. However, all 4 tires have to be this type--you can't have a mix. The tire guys told me to order this type without knowing what I had on the front, so when I went to get them put on I was told that they weren't compatible with my not "run flat" front tires. Cue a reorder and a refund of the now useless run flats. With any luck, this will all get resolved by tomorrow. Still driving on that spare....
  4. Wasn't tilapia a wild fish at some point?
  5. This is where I'm grateful to be in a suburban house with a yard. I think N and I would have killed each other if we'd been stuck in our Queens place day after day after day.
  6. Whole trout cooked en papillote, with a sorrel cream sauce and mushroom rice pilaf on the side. Sierra Nevada Citrus Wheat to drink.
  7. Me too, though I sometimes don't wear a mask in stores. My chorus doesn't require masks, but asks that people COVID test themselves the day of rehearsal. However, that policy doesn't cover idiots like the one soprano who showed up with a cold this past Sunday, and not only didn't wear a mask but actually rehearsed along with everyone else (albeit at a slight distance). If you must come to rehearsal sick, because at least you don't want to miss anything, at least have the decent to sit far away from others and NOT sing. She's one of those people who like to stick their noses in places w
  8. I'll answer your thoughts with my thoughts: Remote work. Definitely a thing. Before, I was able to work from home one day a week, and that was only after I'd moved to California. I never wanted to be a freelancer and I absolutely hated having to work remotely every day for months on end--I need a lot of stimulation and change. Plus, it's really boring in my part of the suburbs. (The one plus: I started walking more, just to keep in shape). I'm glad I can work in an office at least part time, and if I lived in SF I might come in every day. Online meetings. Zoom/Teams got old
  9. Because all of the early spring greens are coming up at once in the garden, N made a Lenten fish soup with butterfish, the greens, wild onion and garlic, plus toast slices with a rouille flavored with garlic, arugula, fennel, and lemon balm.
  10. I hadn't heard of the Turf Club until these posts, so I decided to try it. With the Plymouth gin, it's quite good--unusually floral. I made it with these ingredients: 2 oz. Plymouth gin 3/4 oz. Dolin dry vermouth 1/4 oz. Cristiani maraschino liqueur 1 dash Fee's orange bitters 2 atomizer sprays of St. George's absinthe (easier than trying to get 1 dash out)
  11. I seem to have had a lot of dingbat moments lately. Today, my friend asked me if I could make kugel for the Passover seder. Without even thinking, my first question was "Potato or noodle?"
  12. Made the Serious Eats recipe for tamale pie, using the RG Rio Zapes. I added too much of the bean cooking liquid and didn't cook it down as much as I should have, so when it came time to add the "tamale" batter on top of the bean and beef mixture I had to dollop it on rather than spread it around. It ended up being more like dumplings than a top crust. Still tasted good, and now we have plenty of leftovers to get us through another dreary weather weekend.
  13. After reading a Vanity Fair article about Gloria Swanson's autobiography Swanson on Swanson, I've been tackling it online. Lots and lots of details, but the early days of moviemaking really were something.
  14. The tires I needed to order came into my local Costco Tire Center on Tuesday, but no appointments to actually put them on were available until next Friday. So I can only run short errands until then because I still have the spare on my car. Waiting that long is a real pain, but I've been ripped off at other tire stores and at least I know Costco is honest and has reasonable prices.
  15. Last month, my boss' boss gifted me with a bottle of his home-brewed brown ale. He brought in a growler today for a little office happy hour, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that he'd included ginger and nutmeg in the brew. Since the weather this weekend is going to be cold and wet again, maybe we'll open our bottle.
  16. From the Wise Sons' cookbook Eat Something!, fall vegetable hash: potatoes, delicata squash, and thinly sliced Brussels sprouts roasted in a cast-iron pan with seasoning and topped with pumpkin seeds and a maple syrup & whole grain mustard dressing. Technically, this is a side dish, so N got a rotisserie chicken at the local fancy grocery that was disappointingly dry. The cookbook says you could also add poached or sunny side up eggs. N said that next time, she'll roast the vegetables in duck fat rather than vegetable oil.
  17. I was forced to take piano lessons as a kid. The only good part about them was that I learned how to read music.
  18. Whoa. Former Worker Sues Legendary Napa-Based Bean Company Rancho Gordo for Discrimination and Wrongful Termination - Eater SF
  19. So if slicing my thumb wasn't dingbatty enough, today I misnegotiated a street median while making a U-turn and tore a hole in the sidewall of one of my tires. When I parked, I got to hear that s-s-s-s-s sound and see my tire go well and truly flat.
  20. After making a Rob Roy just now, I realize that Scotch probably isn't going to be my thing.
  21. I don't have kids, so I've already taken myself out of that loop. 🙂 And my nephew's thing is karate rather than team sports.
  22. StephanieL


    The Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Cal Performances. They put on a great show, but as N noted, the venue may have been a little too large. The miking was off, and at one point the pianist did a solo so that the brass players' mikes could be adjusted. They're coming back for SF Jazz's Summer Festival, so maybe we'll go see them in that smaller space. BTW, they did a nice little second line tribute for Wayne Shorter.
  23. I think that would totally qualify as breakfast in Japan.
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