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  1. When you take a side of beef and use a knife to divide it up into different parts suitable for cooking it is called butchering.

     

    When you take a pig and use a knife to divide it up into different parts suitable for cooking it is called butchering.

     

    When you take a goat and use a knife to divide it up into different parts suitable for cooking it is called butchering.

     

    When you take a whole chicken and use a knife to divide it up into different parts suitable for cooking it is not called butchering.

     

    :blink:

  2. When P. Manning threw that interception during the comeback drive at the end of the Colts/Patriots game, I could only think of the joy that it brought to Mongo.

  3. weekdays at about 2:30 pm. your only competition is nannies with stollers.

    I may not actually be doing anything - but I do physically need to be in my office.

    :lol: good point. my visits are as a tourist.

  4. So anything noteworthy to check out? Have to go to Westlake Village for work the week after T'giving for two nights. Degree of difficulty - my travelling partner considers Roast Beef exotic. He's also the head of our firm so I can't yell at him.

    negative. Westlake Village is where I've been having depositions for the past two years. It is like some sort of wasteland of bad chain restaurants built along the expressway. I did find the In N Out by LAX and a really good taco truck near the rental car return.

  5. Cru served good food at great food prices.

     

    I never thought the food at Cru was much better than that at Hearth, but is sure cost a lot more.

    Cru went through several phases. It started out pretty much as you say: more-or-less in line with Hearth, but more expensive. Then, Gallante started really dialing up the ambition; they also went to a prix fixe. Later on, as the recession bit, he went back to the old style, and then left.

     

    However, it was always a more refined place than Hearth, and it had the only wine list in the city so vast that it needed two volumes. People will disagree on how much that is worth, but it clearly had something to do with Cru being more expensive than Hearth, even when it was serving Hearth-like food.

    I only dined there in the beginning, so I never saw the changes when Gallante dialed it up. I agree with your synopsis though. It was more refined in terms of nice tablecloths, more expensive place settings, etc. The winelist was the stuff of dreams, and it is what drew me there in the first place. But, walking out of a meal at Cru made me feel like I just paid a whole lot more for food that wasn't measurably superior to that served at Hearth.

  6. Today, you’re in charge of the nation’s finances. Some of your options have more short-term savings and some have more long-term savings. When you have closed the budget gaps for both 2015 and 2030, you are done. Make your own plan, then share it online.

     

    Budget Puzzle: You Fix the Budget

    where's the box for tax cuts for the rich? A lot of folks just got elected promising that was how they intended to balance the budget. Surely, they were telling the truth.

  7. Cru served good food at great food prices.

     

    I never thought the food at Cru was much better than that at Hearth, but is sure cost a lot more.

  8. I stopped by the post office today to buy some stamps. A woman and man are standing at one table with a large pile of ziploc storage bags filled with rocks around their feet. There were maybe 20-30 medium sized bags filled with rocks on the floor. They were taking a single bag of the rocks and placing each one in the new "if it fits it ships" one-price, shipping boxes offered by US Post Office. These were then addressed and placed into outgoing parcel mail.

     

    ummm, ok. :unsure:

  9. I enjoy SLC. They've relaxed the bizarre rules on buying alcohol by the drink.

     

    Bambara: A fairly innovative restaurant with modern American cuisine. I've had three good meals here.

    Spencer's for Steaks & Chops: A real old school steakhouse. Nothing more than great steaks and traditional sides. if that is your thing I highly recommend it.

    Metropolitan: Has more of a cocktail scene than the previous two. Very solid food.

    Cucina Toscana: This is a high-end, authentic Italian restaurant run by the flamboyant owner. Prices are steep, but our one meal there was really good.

    Red Iguana: think Frontera Grill knock-off. very good mexican.

    Lamb's Grill: This place has some Greek influence, but is really more of a traditional old style restaurant. It reminds me of Tadich Grill in San Francisco but with emphasis on meat rather than seafood.

  10. Out came the tripe dish.. In a sweet almost fruity tomato sauce, it definitely played around with some Sicilian Flavors.. This dish was done pretty well.

     

    Sounds like trippa alla romana (what with the sauce)....but if there was white wine along with the tomatoes than it would be alla toscana (which could give it that "fruity" flavor) while if there was cheese with the tomatoes than it was alla fiorentina. regardless, I'm not aware of a Sicilian version.

     

    I'm feeling pedantic today...it's Wednesday! ;)

     

    Sicilian tripe dishes: “Trippa cu’ pumaroru”, tripe with tomato and peas, “Trippa alla Olivetana”, tripe in the style of the Benedictine nuns of our Lady of Mt. Oliveto, and “Trippa a’ nzalata”, tripe salad.

  11. Don't know if Gruden wants to go to Dallas to board the sinking ship and deal with Jerry standing behind him on the sidelines. They don't need Gruden, they need to find the next Gruden. Maybe it's Garrett?

  12. You've got to love the BCS computers. We lose to LSU, and our rank on that particular portion of the computation moves up 4 spots.

    it's called a "quality" loss. :huh:

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