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  1. Oh mongo, how awful! I know how much you love your gardening, especially now when it's one of the few allowable activities. I cherish mine, for sure. I'm sure A is crushed. I don't know if this will help you, but I've enclosed my raised bed in chicken wire- mostly to keep out the prolific bunnies. Perhaps a winter project is to build a chicken wire fort? Maybe if it doesn't keep the little shits completely out, it will deter them. I'm so sorry that you lost it all
  2. This may be a sacrilege to mention, but the happiest plants in my fledgling garden are.... Rancho Gordo beans! I have Alubia Blancas, Midnight Blacks and Domingo Rojos, and they are all about 3 inches tall and thriving.
  3. bolderite mentions Kelly Whitaker, but he's got a new one in Denver called The Wolf's Tailor: https://thewolfstailor.com/ That's been mentioned in some article as a top 6 new restaurant in the country. Haven't been, but thought I'd throw that out. I have been to both Basta and Oak in Boulder. Black Cat in Boulder I like because the food is excellent, and most comes from his own farm east of town. One interesting thing I like in Denver is Comal Heritage Food Incubator. It's essentially a daily takeover by a different group of immigrants, and I've never failed to be impressed by the mission and the food.Here's an article from Food and Wine: https://www.foodandwine.com/chefs/comal-heritage-food-incubator-denver-colorado
  4. Tyrannosaur, with Olivia Colman and Paddy Considine. Dark as F. Colman has, to me, been that great actor in the background, that's finally getting her just rewards. She's phenomenal, multi-faceted, sad, sympathetic. Considine, holy crap. The opening of the film had me believing there was absolutely no way I would every give a rat's tiny ass about this horrible man. And then I did. Amazing performances. Highly recommended. (another from channel 4)
  5. I've been pretending that I live in the UK and have been pointing my VPN there to watch BBC and Channel 4 shows. Channel 4: Traitors- a 6 part series about a young woman in London just after WW2 who's using her position to spy for Americans trying to root out Russians in English g'ment. Very entertaining. I love spy stuff, and this is pretty well done. And has the bonus of Keeley Hawes in it. Great clothes. The Virtues: A somewhat predictable story told in a very compelling way. The lead actor- Stephen Graham is mesmerizing. He can be a sensitive caring dude, and when drunk, a colossal dickhead. His commitment to the role is complete. 4 episodes Chimerica: It's a bit of a gut punch because the "current" parts take place around the events leading up to, and just past the Nov 2016 US election. What I find interesting about this little drama is that the lead is not particularly likeable. He's kind of a dick, and has little self-reflection. The way that his photographer character pushes his way without regard for the real collateral makes him unsympathetic, but still compelling. It's not a spoiler that his his character is most well known for taking a pivotal photo at Tiananmen square. Worth a watch for sure, good supporting characters, including F. Murray Abraham. 4 episodes The Politician's Wife. A nice little sex scandal/political revenge drama with Juliet Stephenson from 1995. 3 episodes. National Treasure- another sex scandal drama, with the delicious Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters. Robbie's past abuses come back to haunt him. 4 episodes. No Offence- Cop drama with quite a bit of irreverence. Joanna Scanlan is a force of nature. Really fun watch. 3 seasons (so far) The Celebrity Bake-offs for Stand Up to Cancer are silly fun as well. I've just started exploring BBC- it's a bit more finicky about letting me play video. The best thing about watching both of these is that you set up an account, but watching is free. (aside from the VPN) edited for grammar.
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    Leah Chase

    Everything I've read about her, or seen on TV, tells me that she was really a great lady. I'm glad we got to know her.
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    I made duck last night for dinner, and had a similar thought. Also, despite employing the google, I haven't received a satisfactory explanation as to why is rare duck is "okay" when rare chicken is well known to be a big no.
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    Notre Dame

    Horrible business. I'm also feeling a bit torn that I never tried to brave the line to enter. As far as rebuilding, here's an interesting article about a historian that made a complete laser scan of Notre Dame: https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/06/150622-andrew-tallon-notre-dame-cathedral-laser-scan-art-history-medieval-gothic/
  9. I was a beet hater all my life, because they were the pickled in a can type. And one day in 2004, I was having dinner at a friends, and she roasted beets and topped them with goat cheese. I know that's a combo that's seen everywhere now, but I was transformed. Voyager your beets look amazing, thank you for another way to enjoy.
  10. I know this is late for the OP, but may be helpful to others. My family has a place up the coast from Myrtle, and I went to visit a few weeks ago. We had lunch at a place called Flying Fish Public Market & Grill that was very good. Beautiful space overlooking the intercoastal, a tidy fresh fish counter and a good menu. My Dad declared the crab cakes some of the best he'd ever had, and he's always ordering crab cakes. One tip- Hoskins in North Myrtle is an institution, and their fried flounder is outstanding. It's a "meat and three" (two?) set up, and other dishes are also good, but that flounder is the thing to order. Be prepared to wait in line on weekends or in summer.
  11. It's worthy of the praise it gets. Last night I had a glorious dinner, and I hope that you'll all immediately get to Iceland and eat here. The chef is from here, trained and worked in Reykjavik, and has moved home and opened this little gem. His girlfriend was my charming server. Here is here: The drive from the ring road is otherworldly- I stopped every 5 or 10 minutes to take pictures. I can add more if you wish. But this post is about Vidvik. Menu: (USD to ISK is about 1:10) Amuse of cod crudo with a little sesame and soy- very nice. The cod. The cauliflower 3 ways was puree, roasted, and thinly sliced and pickled, which was a wonderful little hit of acid. The green oil is dill, and the pesto is the dill that's left from making the oil, mixed with pine nuts. Sounds like too much dill, but it really wasn't, and I'm not a huge fan of dill usually. The crisped kale was salty and added a nice crunchy element to the dish. This was marvelous, and I savored every morsel.The cod was where some would say *just* undercooked, which means to me a little glassy and perfect. I also indulged in a bottle of wine. In Iceland the state liquor stores are opened for very truncated hours in the countryside, and I really wanted to sit on my deck later, watch the sunset and seals and have a glass. The law with restaurants is that they have to open the bottle on premises, but you can take the bottle with you. Since this was my splurge, after dinner I had a Camus VSOP. Then walked the 6 minutes back to my seaside triplex. Hellisandur has dubbed itself the "street art capital of Iceland", and there's cool stuff everywhere. This first one represents the women waiting for the fishermen to return. and this is just fun. and enjoyed the sunset, pleasantly tipsy, listening to the surf, birds and seals. Yep, Glorious day.
  12. So far I've made it to Svarta Kaffid, which Rich describes perfectly: No menu, no prices, choose between two soups- yesterday was either a traditional Icelandic Lamb soup, where the lamb is a flavoring, not necessarily the star, so don't expect heaps of meat. There were plenty of root vegetables, and the soup base was slightly creamy. The other choice was Leek and Potato, which I didn't get. Soups are served in a bowl of hollowed our brown bread- very filling. I had a draft beer with it, which came out to be around $28 usd. I'm trying to get used to the sticker shock... At some restaurants, Like Icelandic Street Food, they give you refills- I don't think that's the case here, as they looked really confused when one North American asked for more. They gave it to them, though. Tomorrow I leave for an adventure around Western Iceland for several days- especially the Snaefellness Penninsula. Over the weekend I've booked at a restaurant called Viðvík (I just learned that the 3rd letter there is anglicized to a "d". not an "o", which has changed my directions seeking life) in Hellisandur. If you haven't heard of this- it's Mouthfuls Worthy from what I can tell. I'll report back.
  13. I am all about the podcasts, so I'm coming to your rescue, Chambolle. I access these through the podcasts app on my iphone. A recent favorite has been Buried Truths, about being black and voting in Georgia in the 1950s. It's made by a history professor at Emory U in Atlanta, and it's very well done. 6 episodes, I believe. Slate has Slow Burn- The premise is to unpack history "as it happened", and revealing the info in order of it coming to light, and including some completely forgotten things. The first series is about Watergate, and how that all came about/fell apart. The second series is only 2 episodes in so far, and it's about The whole Bill Clinton impeachment. I know you said that politics weren't your thing, but these are mostly historical, not current political, although you do see current politicos pop up in both stories. I also enjoy Here's The Thing with Alec Baldwin. He is a good interviewer, and doesn't let people gloss over the easy answer, for instance "I moved the New York in..." "Wait- why did you decide that? how much money did you save up? where was your first apartment?", etc. His interview with Billy Joel made me love that guy. His interview with Paul Simon made me hate that guy. You Must Remember This is a podcast mostly about "Old Hollywood", but she does an excellent job of setting the scene- telling the story of the social climate around events. I listened to the Charles Manson series (9 episodes) and the Jean and Jane series (also 9 episodes), about Jean Seberg and Jane Fonda, who were basically the same age, except of course (spoiler alert!) one's dead. There are series' on Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff, and a series called "Dead Blondes", about blondes that did not die well.... Also a multi-part about Joan Crawford.
  14. It's at 54 Laugavegur Street (the main street in downtown). As you're walking toward the Music Palace it's on the left side about 1/2 mile away. Just found the name - Svarta Kaffio. Thanks! My airbnb is just down the street.
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