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  1. Just finished The Secret Life of Bees and have started Lovely Bones.


    For those of you who have read both, you're now thinking about the very strange theme I have going on.

    Lovely Bones is a good but very very sad book. I read her memoir "Lucky" after I read Lovely Bones.


    Middlesex is a good book for all the reason mentioned above, but I don't think it was worthy of the Pulitzer.

  2. Ron, for what it's worth, Daniel Johnnes was badly misquoted in Hesser's "exposé" of the Wine Spectator awards, which nearly trashed our relationship with Marv Shanken and Tom Matthews. That wasn't investigative reporting. It was tabloid journalism.

    Cathy, I don't doubt that she misquoted Mr. Johnnes to make a point, but she was the first journalist with enough guts to call bullshit on those ridiculous wine spectator awards. I've been railing against those things for years, but no one listens to me. :(

  3. I learned to like Hesser's writing when she got away from the bloody food diary where she demeaned her fiance and everyone in her family. She really hit her stride with some of her essay pieces, including a nice bit of investigative journalism on how the Wine Spectator restaurant wine list awards are just a marketing gimmick and money maker for the magazine.

    However, she is not cut out to be a restaurant reviewer. First, an absolute (and unwarranted) slam on Montrachet and now an over the top fawn-fest for JG's glorified egg roll shack. I am not saying that the food here is not good, or even very good, but it is what it is, and I am concerned by the manner in which she started gushing before she even got in the front door.

  4. I love long road trips when there is no tight schedule and you can stop for as long as you like at any given point along the way. I have twice driven across the Western United States in this fashion and it was most enjoyable. Flying, in general, sucks, and does so even more now that we have the Patriot Act.

    Everytime I go to NYC it snows very hard and my flight gets cancelled. I intend to plan a trip in mid-July and see if I can instigate a weather anomaly.

  5. I am so furious over this idiotic move by NPR. I am crafting a rather strongly worded letter to them as we speak. Bob Edwards IS Morning Edition. It won't be the same without him, and I, for one, will not be listening.

  6. I liked All the Real Girls so much that I re-watched the movie with the Director's commentary on. I thought only movie geeks did that :ph43r:


    Looking forward to George Washington, by the same director.

    Have you seen The Truth about Tully? I'd be interested to hear how All the Real Girls compares.

  7. Saying the New York Times is just a newspaper is like saying that:


    Martha Stewart is just a shareholder


    Jayson Blair is a just an exagerator


    Mel Gibson is just an anti-semite.


    Thank goodness for home delivery . . .

  8. Chicken braised with mirepoix, two hot cherry peppers, morrocan spiced olives, san marzano tomatoes.


    Served with gruyere and yukon gold potato gratin.



    Wine: 1996 DeBoysset et Chol St. Joseph.

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  9. I think less moderation is preferable. I mean what do we really need to enforce aside from the non-smoking rule?

    I vote for moderation in the moderation. No banning, no suspending. People who are troublemakers and refuse to be civil tend to marginalize themselves anyway.

  10. I drink a little bourbon from time to time. :lol:


    My everyday bourbon is Maker's. Tastes great and the price is right. I like it on the rocks with a water back.


    For special drinking I like:


    Jefferson's Reserve (neat)

    Pappy Van Winkle 20 year (ditto)

    Blanton's (a cube or two)


    For a change of pace, I will drink:


    Basil Haydens

    Bookers (makes a knockout Old Fashioned)

    Knob Creek

    Elijiah Craig


    Woodford Reserve is claimed to be made at the Labrot and Graham distillery in Versailles, KY (pronounced ver-Sales) but in actuality it is just selected barrels of Old Forester, which is a rather middling bourbon. In fact, Brown Forman, the company that owns Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, and the Labrot and Graham distillery, has stopped calling it Labrot and Graham and is not going to use the bourbon that has been made there for the last several years in any Woodford Reserve. They realized that it would taste too different from the Old Forester that they had been bottling as Woodford Reserve for the past several years. This corporate bamboozle kind of turned me off on WR altogether.

  11. We had a nice nice Sangantino de Montefalco and that was probably the highlight of the meal.


    I scraped the lime sorbet off of my otherwise perfect Hog Island oysters. If I had know what the rest of the meal was going to be like, I would have saved some of the bed of kosher salt that they were served upon.


    Grilled mackeral was fine, but extraordinarily plain. Lamb loin in curry was good if undersalted and contained the odd addition of broccoli florets.


    Overall a decent if uninspiring meal. I doubt I'd return.


    Company was an A+ however.

  12. With wet naps, anything is possible.

    I think I have a new signature . . .


    I agree on all counts regarding Al di La. Very nice rustic Italian meal. Interesting and fun wine list. The lamb carpaccio was brilliant, as was my braised fresh pancetta with brussle sprouts.


    The wine bar was quite bizarre. I was expecting a real enoteca complete with lots of cool Italian wines by the glass. Instead it was a lot of fairly mainstream Aussie, Cali, and french wines. I found a decent languedoc, but not what I was hoping for in an Italian wine bar. Hopefully, he will make the wines from his restaurant list available at the bar.

  13. Well, as of this minute, I am finally all set up in my new office. My new computer is hooked up (hence this message) and my office furniture is in place in my new office. I am on the 8th floor of a really cool historic building one block from the courthouse. Now, let's see if I can rustle up some clients . . .

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