Miscellaneous

The Official Invitation

October 18, 2017

Anyone going to be in New England over Thanksgiving? I’m celebrating and I want everyone to come. Turning 60 is a big friggin’ deal, especially when at 50 I wasn’t sure I’d make it. My old friends and readers know the story, but I’ll provide the Cliff’s Notes for those who are new to the […]

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Actually, the band’s name is Big Head Todd and the Monsters. But we dined at Red Stripe restaurant in East Greenwich, RI before the show and the mussels were, well, monsters. My cousin Claudia and her husband John invited us to the show. John had been a fan of Big Head Todd’s since he experienced […]

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World’s Largest Paella Pan

September 13, 2017

I now own the world’s largest paella pan. Well, technically, not. There are bigger, but I don’t know how anyone could lift them when they’re full of food. This puppy is 24” across and takes up 4 burners of my 6-burner stove. It’s awesome. I realized a real paella pan needed to live in my […]

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The Costa de la Luz in the Province of Cádiz (in southwestern Spain) has beautiful Atlantic facing beaches; wide, flat with fine sand and long stretches to walk. The town of Los Caños de Meca, where our accommodations were located is home to the Trafalgar lighthouse. The lighthouse is located on a headland where the 1805 naval Battle of Trafalgar, […]

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Costa de la Luz

July 25, 2017

As I mentioned in an earlier post, Spanish tourists from just north of here frequent this area of southern Spain, and I’ve come to learn that many German and Swiss tourists have discovered this beautiful part of the world as well. Some Spanish is a necessity; we met only a handful of people who spoke […]

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Tuna Wars

July 19, 2017

No, not Iron Chef vs. Gordon Ramsey or any such nonsense; real wars between tuna fishermen in the Straits of Gibraltar and the orcas that come to feed when the tuna are running. Did I mention we were in Spain? We met our friends Teresa and Pablo at Meerlust Las Ballenas, a luxury B&B in […]

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Cauliflower Goodness

June 28, 2017

Healthy meals are pretty easy to make, albeit sometimes boring if the lean protein and vegetables drizzled with olive oil combo shows up too often on the plate. I love variety, and I love things that satisfy the need for creaminess and cheesiness and even crunchiness, but I don’t love the calories that come from […]

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Milk Street Magazine had an interesting recipe in their May-June issue: Caramelized Pork with Orange and Sage, an Argentinean take on pork tenderloin. It sounded delicious, and was pretty healthy with the exception of a whole bunch of turbinado sugar. I wondered if I could lighten it up. Replacing sugar can be tricky – some […]

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Off the Meds

May 22, 2017

Shortly before my 50th birthday I was diagnosed with CML, or Chronic Myeloid Leukemia. I was pretty sure I was the butt of some cosmic joke; who gets cancer and turns 50 at the same time? Well, thanks to new medicines that target specific chromosomes and the prayers of my family, my work family and […]

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A Gentleman In Moscow

May 17, 2017

I’ve read many books and loved many books, but A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles may have just become my favorite. A Gentleman in Moscow is the 30-year saga of the Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, who is placed under house arrest inside the Metropol Hotel in Moscow in 1922 when the Bolsheviks spare him […]

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