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» versions of “gypsy” i have seen/heard prior to last night: — the rosalind russell movie version — the bette midler tv version — the bernadette peters broadway version — the ethel merman broadway cast recording — the genesius theatre version in kirk’s boyhood home of reading, pa kirk could add: — the tyne daly […]

goodbye florent


great photo essay in the times about florent, the groundbreaking restaurant in the meatpacking district, narrated by the man himself. it’s going away, like mchales, cbgb’s, le madeleine, and any other of the long list of victims of gentrification and skyrocketing rents. much of what makes the city “new york” are these individual places, and […]

obama “outraged” with wright’s comments


from the article: In his harshest criticism yet of his former minister, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama said he was “outraged” by Wright’s comments at the National Press Club Monday, and “saddened by the spectacle.” personally, i’m guessing that wright chose to fall on his sword to a degree — to get out there and […]

unsolicited recommendation: salvatores of soho


had dinner at salvatores of soho on friday night. the name’s a bit misleading — the restaurant isn’t in soho. it’s in riverdale. maybe salvatore is from soho, and he came to riverdale to open a restaurant. not sure. anyway. they have excellent basic red-sauce italian food. great pizza. a well-planned menu with lots of […]

unsolicited recommendation: orsay on 75th & lex


had dinner last night at orsay, in new york city on 75th st. and lexington avenue. i’m usually not one to venture onto the upper east side of manhattan. the transportation is awkward if you live on the west side, which we do. the extreme upper west side. but last night, kirk chose this restaurant […]

grilled chicken caesar, with tilapia and perch


enjoying my stouffer’s lean cuisine grilled chicken caesar for lunch today, looking at the box, and reading the ingredients, when i see this: let me zoom in for you: putting aside the misspelling of tilapia, it’s not very appetizing to use fish gelatin for the pasta (not sure why pasta needs gelatin anyway?) in a […]

thanksgiving plans


first of all, a day early, but i won’t be blogging tomorrow — happy thanksgiving! our plans? usually, they involve lots of yummy pennsylvania dutch starchiness when we visit kirk’s parents, but this year we’re staying home. kirk’s parents had a previous commitment (on thanksgiving? whatever.) and it’s our first year in our new apartment […]

food on the florida trip


kirk’s been doing a great job with the florida vacation recap, with more to come, so as promised i’m kicking in with a bit of a food overview. dinner on landing was at a branch of the orlando ale house. big cheap beer and big cheap food — kirk had an extremely brown fried seafood […]

should the legal drinking age be 18?


it’s a topic that came up during the last democratic presidential candidates’ debate, which took place at dartmouth college. of course, the college students’ logic started with “well we can fight in iraq, so why can’t we drink?” not flawless logic, but they do have a point. it might be a better point if they […]

riverdale garden: outstanding cuisine in the bronx


Here’s a reprint of a post I put up on We gave the Riverdale Garden a test run a couple of weeks ago. We were very happy with the service, atmosphere, and food on the regular menu, so we returned last night to celebrate my partner’s birthday with a 15-course meal with wine pairings […]

things i’m hoping for today


» i hope someone else besides me comes to work today. there’s absolutely no one else on my entire row of cubicles. » i hope that that hysterical tourist who got off the 1 train at 50th street with her husband and left her kid on the train gets her kid back safe. i hope […]

kwik-e-mart version of a 7-11


to promote the upcoming simpsons movie, the 7-11 people are rebranding select stores as kwik-e-marts. and they look fabulous. and, there’s one in times square. i am so there.

big apple bbq block party roundup


yet another return to the big apple bbq block party held each year in madison square park, although a little birdie told me it may not be located there next year. we again had a bubba pass — a stored value card that lets you skip the long lines and go “behind the scenes” and […]

lunch today at the olive garden


i shouldn’t admit this, as (i say sarcastically) i’m supposed to be a sophisticated new yorker with an impeccable palate, who has dined in some of the world’s best restaurants both here and in europe. and i live in a city with perhaps more outstanding restaurants per capita than anywhere else on earth. and some […]

unsolicited aerogrow recommendation


rarely am i impressed enough with a company and a product to give a shout-out. i’m pretty anti-commercial, in spite of my employment in the marketing department of a fortune 500 media mega-conglomerate. so it goes, as our lost friend kurt vonnegut would say. but i am so impressed with the aerogrow that i’m going […]

jello biafra at the knitting factory


my god, what a show. i’ve seen some amazing spoken word performances in my life. henry rollins. utah phillips. hunter s. thompson. jim carroll. nothing compares to jello biafra, i have to say. although all those other guys come close, in their own way, jello edges into the lead due to sheer stamina. onstage at […]

the meat tray, part 2


nearly two years ago i wrote about my joy in receiving an enormous tray of meat as a prize in a raffle. kirk and i were in reading, pennsylvania visiting his parents, and returned to the scene of the crime. the local fire company has an occasional sunday breakfast as a fundraiser. it features salted […]

la casserole–18th arrondisement, paris


this is the restaturant where kirk and i sang, ate, drank, socialized, and had an enormously good time until 5am. here are the pictures: « click on thumbnails to view pictures » “cerf”, a.k.a.rudolph huge filetof beef liquidrefreshment la casserolefood fest birthdaycake birthdaycake la casserolefood fest la casserolefood fest la casserolefood fest la casserolefood fest […]

thanksgiving pictures and more


here are a few pictures from our pennsylvania dutch thanksgiving goodness, from haag’s hotel: « click on thumbnails to view pictures » thanksgivingfood fest thanksgivingfood fest thanksgivingfood fest thanksgivingfood fest thanksgivingfood fest thanksgivingfood fest thanksgivingfood fest thanksgivingfood fest haag’s pumpkin pie haag’s cherry pie let me see if i can get this list right and […]

time off update


quite a bit of time off work–last thursday through yesterday (tuesday). back at work and getting caught up, so this’ll be a quick one. » thanksgiving dinner was excellent. i’ll post some pictures later–outstanding pennsylvania dutch food in large quantities, followed by a turkey dinner at home. yummo, as rachael ray would say. » the […]