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The Diary Found After the Quarantine Was Lifted

This is going around the web

>> My Self-Isolation Quarantine Diary
>> Day 1- I can do this!! Got enough food and wine to last a month!!!
>> Day 2- Opening my 8th bottle of wine. I fear wine supplies may not last.
>> Day 3- Strawberries: Some have 210 seeds, some have 235 seeds. Who knew?
>> Day 4- 8:00 PM. Removed my Day Pajamas and put on my Night Pajamas.
>> Day 5- Today I tried to make Hand Sanitizer. It came out as Jello Shots!!
>> Day 6- I get to take out the garbage. I’m so excited. I can’t decide what to wear.
>> Day 7-Laughing way too much at my own jokes!!
>> Day 8- Went to a new restaurant today, called “The Kitchen”. You have to gather all the ingredients and make your own meal. I have no idea how this place is still in business.
>> Day 9- I put liquor bottles in every room of the house. Tonight I’m getting all dressed up and going “Bar Hopping”.
>> Day 10- Struck up a canversation with a spider today. Seems nice. He’s a web designer.
>> Day 11- Isolation is hard. I swear my fridge just said, “What the hell do you want now?”
>> Day 12- I realize why dogs get so excited about something moving outside, going for walks or car rides. I think I just barked at a squirrel.
>> Day 13- If you keep a glass of wine in each hand you can’t accidentally touch your face.
>> Day 14- Watched the birds fight over a worm. The Cardinals lead the Blue Jays 3 to 1.
>> Day 15- does anyone else feel like they’ve cooked dinner about 395 times this month?

Stuck at Home? Here are 18 Recipes from Around the World to See You Through

A lot of stuff is getting cancelled. For me – two events that I was to do next week. Nothing to do. Cancelling in light of the risks we face from the unknown is the right thing to do.

Meanwhile, we are all going to be spending a bit more time at home. Good! Time to bone up on some new ways to enjoy the home experience. To level up in the kitchen.

Fathom has a pretty cool list of 18 recipes from around the world that might restore your good feelings. Napa Valley olive cake? Cambodian Catfish Nun Pang?

Go for it! We will get through this!

Taking Yourself Out to Dinner in Paris … and Moer!

Oscar Wilde’s tongue in cheek attitude towards the “good life” is best revealed through his character, Lord Goring, who delivers this soliloquy to his butler Phipps, while starting in the mirror..

Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear. Other people are quite dreadful. The only possible society is oneself.

And the climax!

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.

Naturally then, one should then treat oneself with love and care. So what if she stands you up at the last minute after you have already dressed for a night out! So what if she says she has found someone else  with more style, grace and humor.

One still mustl dine. And so, one needs a place for oneself. How about this one?

Inspired by sushi and tapas bars, globe-trotting chef Joel Robuchon gave counter culture in Paris a major boost when he opened L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon (5 rue de Montalembert, 7th Arrondissement, +33-1-42-22-56-56), this stylish bar-service-only, two-star restaurant on the Left Bank. Chic and seriously glamorous, it pulls in a worldly, well-dressed crowd for small plates like scallops with Jerusalem artichoke cream and black truffles, foie-gras ravioli in chicken bouillon, and baby lamb chops with thyme. It’s the kind of place where you end up chatting with the beautiful Brazilian honeymooners to your left and the handsome French antiques dealer to your right, and where ordering a glass of champagne with a passionfruit soufflé for dessert feels like one of the best ideas you’ve ever had.

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Or this?

So here’s the place for that time when you’re too tired to make much of an effort, or it’s a Sunday night and it’s raining and you’re thinking room-service, but you feel that in Paris that might be kind of sad. Fish La Boissonerie (69 rue de Seine, 6th Arrondissement, +33-1-43-54-34-69) is friendly, English-speaking, and open daily, and this popular bistro with great contemporary French cooking offers both counter and table service. The menu changes often but runs to dishes like fish soup with mussels, fillet of mackerel with harissa, and hake with the Sardinian pasta fregola and walnut relish.

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And there is more!

Yes, indeed! Paris is for lovers!

And yes indeed, Lord Goring does fall in love in the play (An Ideal Husband). He even proposes — a scene done very well by Rupert Everett as Lord Goring and Minnie Driver as Miss Mabel.

In case you are wondering, this is the 1999 adaptation by Oliver Parker. And yes, if you need some high quality, light entertainment, this is the ticket! It is one of my favorite films.

Do We Need a Better Definition for Fried Rice Balls?

Apparently the Oxford English Dictionary thinks so. They have added “arancini” to their list of words that are part of the English language.

Of course, one must note that English language speakers have no idea which words they use are “proper” or not. Nor do they care. Nor do some actually understand the meaning of the words they use. Just try to follow an “amazing” speech by Donald Trump to see what I mean.


An Ode to the Cipriani

Is it the perfect hotel?

Once you step aboard the private launch in the Piazza San Marco, you’ll be transported to another world. Such is the experience of skimming across Venice’s lagoon to the beautiful Giudecca Island, and the 5-star sanctuary of the Belmond Hotel Cipriani. It’s a grand, historic palace of an institution; at once decadently traditional and steeped in contemporary style.

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Time for lunch?

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Do You Speak Gullah Geechee?

I saw this headline this morning and scratched my head

People Say Gullah Geechee Culture is Disappearing. BJ Dennis Says They’re Wrong

Gullah Geechee? I learned this from the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission

The Gullah Geechee people are descendants of Africans who were enslaved on the rice, indigo and Sea Island cotton plantations of the lower Atlantic coast. Many came from the rice-growing region of West Africa. The nature of their enslavement on isolated island and coastal plantations created a unique culture with deep African retentions that are clearly visible in the Gullah Geechee people’s distinctive arts, crafts, foodways, music, and language.

And this brings us to a guy by the name of BJ Dennis, a member of this group. BJ is a chef who wants us all to better understand the Bullah cuisine.  Check out the article for more. Hre is a peek

His pop-ups were not just about serving delicious food but also about educating diners, and he emerged as a de facto ambassador for the Gullah community: a farmer, a scholar, and a self-taught historian, just as adept at growing heirloom produce and tracing transnational foodways as he was at cooking ginger-laced pots of gumbo studded with creek shrimp. He got written up in the New York Times for rediscovering a rare African hill rice—thought to be lost forever—in a remote field in Trinidad. He taught Anthony Bourdain about Gullah food in the Charleston episode of Parts Unknown. About how the enslaved brought with them from Africa so many of the crops now considered Southern staples: peanuts, watermelon, okra, sorghum, countless varieties of rice. How their farming skills formed the backbone of not just the South’s economy but of the Low Country cuisine associated with coastal South Carolina and Georgia. How gumbo, Hoppin’ John, even shrimp and grits can be traced back to African dishes, re-created by enslaved people in plantation kitchens.

Very cool! Local traditions come from places that you may not expect!

A Trip to London to Celebrate Wodehouse?

The best ravels, in my experience, have an anchor. The anchor may be to visit a person, or a place or it may be an event.

If it is an event, that event should tune you into the spirit of the place. It should be an event, in other words, that you can only get there.

I was thinking about this over coffee this morning. What about London? What kinds of events might anchor a trip? Food? London has fine restaurants, but it is not the place I would visit just for food,., though some do recommend it.

An idea hit me. A great London event should celebrate what I love most about the place. And what is that? It boils down to a certain attitude. An attitude about how to live properly. There are more than one manifestations of this attitude. But one manifestation is literary and fantastical. You see it bright as day in the work of P.G. Wodehouse.

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Wodehouse is not  for everyone. If the thought of silly aristocrats cavorting about makes your blood boil, this is not for you. Chain smoking, sardine loving, unwashed and unloved bolshies  need not read further. But if you crave humor above all things. If you love order and humor about lack of order.You can’t help but be drawn to this writer.

Good news! The British Library will host a Wodehouse evening. on February 21st.

With Robert McCrum, journalist and author of Wodehouse: A Life, and singer Hal Cazalet, Wodehouse’s great-grandson and expert in the field of his music and lyrics. Chaired by Matthew Bannister.

It is just the thing!