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  1. Is anyone interested in participating in a seed exchange? I have 4-5 cool varieties of tomatoes that I plan to harvest seeds from- also have wild plum pits that I foraged this year (and can go get more), and some meaty cucumbers. (I'm in Colorado). There are pods on my french breakfast radishes that I assume are seeds. I'm a bit of a newbie about harvesting/saving seeds, but I feel this could be a fun project, and maybe we can all learn something.
  2. I've been pretty lucky this year. Most of my seeds were in storage for 6 years! and still produced. I planted tons of tomatoes, which started ripening about 2 weeks ago. I have: Romas, San marzanos, little red pears, pomodoros, mortgage lifters and some orange one that I'm not sure what it is. My rancho gordo beans grew- and produced! I didn't plant many of them, and the yield/plant isn't great, so I'm going to save what I harvested and plant next year. Alubia Blanca, Midnight Black and Domingo Roja all were successful. Lots of Romaine and Butterhead lettuces, but boy you have to ca
  3. I have a basil that gets sun all day, and one that gets sun in the afternoon on. The full sun basil is not happy at all- look a bit like yours, with thin sad leaves and quickly bolts. The semi-sun basil is much happier. Still have to watch it for bolting, though.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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)
  8. 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 col
  9. 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.
  10. CheeseMonger


    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.
  11. 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/
  12. 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.
  13. 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 th
  14. 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
  15. 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,
  16. 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 seri
  17. 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.
  18. I think the rule of pra says you can't post anything else until you do.
  19. Arrived in Paris yesterday, staying way down in the 16th/Auteuil neighborhood. After a few months in lands of no spice (Scotland and Normandy), I headed to the well-reviewed Le Pont de Sichuan. Arg, closed for August! But who knew that the area there is saturated with asian (mostly japanese) restaurants? Probably plenty of people, but not me. Anyway, was able to find a nice enough lunch, but I need to be careful about making sure that places are open when I get a craving.
  20. Thanks for this- I'll be in Iceland next week on the way back to the US. A few days in Reykjavik and a few exploring the west coast. I was afraid I'd be eating hot dogs all week Can you tell me more about the location of the soup joint? Also, yes, please Wilfrid!
  21. I did not, but based on your recommendation of that, I did go to Scran and Scallie, which I have pics of and will post about.
  22. I've been pretty remiss here, so I'll try and make that up. Mongo is right that The Tings are on the sweet side, but the ingredients were fresh and good quality. Ting Saboteur is the more "Vietnamese" one, and I got the bun bo hue: Besides granting that it's sweeter than it should be, this was a pretty nice soup. The noodles were not mushy and there was enough chili flavor to almost pull it off. While I wouldn't order this again, I was happy to get something with a bit of heat. Another day I went in and asked for something with a lot of veg. Vegetables (other than mushy peas and
  23. Ting Thai Caravan and Ting Saboteur (on the same block) have been my favorite experiences here. I've been to Saboteur so much that I'm getting a regular customer discount, but that's probably because I really hit it off with the manager, politics wise. I've had a couple of very bad Indian experiences- including dishoom.
  24. Thought I'd pop in for a bit of an update. I am staying in Morningside, and I'd highly recommend it- especially if you get off the main road. I did not, and it's noisy AF. The bus stop is right below my window (convenient!), and the constant noise of vehicles, sirens and late night drunks is making me a bit batty, despite ear plugs. As for food, the one word I have for eating in Edinburgh is.... disappointment. And the more I've spent, the more disappointed I've been. There have been some unexpected bright lights, but I'm pretty sad about the food in general. But I'll start with a hi
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