Archive for January, 2008

Amish Market to the Rescue

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Our friend Justin through a great surprise brunch birthday party for his girlfriend Shayna. There was a great arrangement of bagels and spreads from Murray’s Bagels, lox and belly salmon, a cheese platter(loved the Ubriaco), fruit, and crackers. The other table was filled with chips and dips and I made a big basket of assorted […]

Philosophy in Margarine

Saturday, January 19, 2008

From hilarious blog, (which advertises the tag line: “Your Funeral.”) comes a great statement of philosophy as accidentally created by a combination of marketing gurus as various margarine manufacturers plus the divine reach through the hands of a supermarket shelving clerk.

You Gluttonous Bastard: Beefsteak!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

This just in from Steve…
Apparently there was a long standing tradition in the hallowed streets of New York City called “Beefsteak”. Wikipedia briefly describes it as:
A celebratory dinner, commonly held in New York between about 1870 and 1940, stag until the 1920s, involving the consumption of enormous quantities of broiled steak and beer. Participants were […]

Black Napkins

Friday, January 18, 2008

At dinner tonight, Lily and Eugene told us a story about how recently in Orlando, their real estate broker became somewhat offended when, at Houston’s, she was not offered a black linen napkin, and was rather given a white napkin. Our friends found this quite odd, especially when the next day, at another restaurant, […]

Basta Pasta

Friday, January 18, 2008

I’ve walked by Basta Pasta Basta Pasta for years and just written it off because of it’s name. I thought it would be some generic pasta place that just pumps out large portions of mediocre pasta dishes. In the last year or so, different people have mentioned how much they love Basta Pasta and I’m […]


Thursday, January 17, 2008

Pipa Pipa is one of the four eateries in ABC Carpet and Home on Broadway. I’ve eaten there several times in the past and have found it a consistently enjoyable experience of Spanish fare.
The decor includes heavy wood tables and chairs on the floor and many antiquated-looking, gaudy chandeliers (with price tags) on the ceiling. […]

Baking Supplies with Bad Service

Thursday, January 17, 2008

I walked into New York Cake Supplies New York Cake Supplies yesterday since I was in the area. As I neared the back, I hear two customers on line (who did not know each other) start talking about how bad the service is at this store. Apparently they had been standing there for a while […]

Beigel’s Challah

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Buying Beigel’s Challah from BJ’s BJ’s is the best bang-for-your-buck Challah. The 30 oz package that has 2 braided loaves is $3.79 when just 1 loaf often costs $4.50 to $6.50. It’s a darn good challah too. Fluffy, yet chewy, with that beautiful golden sheen, fit to serve. I ate half a loaf as a […]

How to Open a Soda Can Without the Tab

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

This just in from the Bowen clan…
Have you ever had a can of soda (pop) that for some reason lost its pull tab? Well, here’s a less than ideal way to get the can open, freeze it!
I don’t believe that was exactly the intent in this experiment, more likely just to chill the drink; but, […]

Ivo & Lulu

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

I really wanted to like Ivo & Lulu Ivo & Lulu. They had great reviews and low prices, especially for organic produce and free range game. I tried so hard to like this far, out-of-the-way spot, but by the end of the night, I couldn’t, and the other three girls didn’t seem interested in coming […]