While I’ve Been Away

Had a delicious dinner on Sunday night with my grandmother at the Jackson Diner. It isn’t really a diner, however. Instead, what you get is delicious Indian food. The Murg Tikka Palakwala (chicken mixed with tomato, spinach, ginger, and cumin seeds) was spectacular, and the lamb rogan josh wasn’t bad either. Well worth the minor hassle we faced in trying to find a parking spot near by. Note to self: take mass transit next time you visit Jackson Heights.

Aside from that, and the usual gym/sports/etc. routine, I am doing some work for a company in lower Manhattan on weekday afternoons. So far so good, and we’ll see what happens from there.

I’ll clean out the notebook a little more tomorrow. I promise.

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Mother’s Day

A very happy one to mine, and all others out there. Mom was really pleased with the flowers and card we got her. Dinner with both grandmothers and some of my relatives was fine as far as the food goes. Unfortunately, the length of the dinner wasn’t so great. We got to the restaurant in time for a 5:30 reservation. Well, they were running an hour or so behind because of massive crowds. Coupled with the place’s leisurely pace (which we’ve come to expect), we didn’t get home until about 9:00. The waiting didn’t bother me too much, but I’m not sure that my opinion was shared by most others in our party! In the future, mom says she wants to stick to barbecuing on Mother’s Day. That sounds like a good idea, because she can really cook up a storm- can’t wait for the summer grilling season to really kick in!

Anyway, thanks to mom for all she’s done to make me who I am today.

One of a Kind

Yosemite Sam: This town ain’t big enough fer the two of us!
Bugs Bunny: It ain’t?
Yosemite Sam: No it ain’t!
Bugs Bunny: I’ll fix that.
[Builds a bigger city]
Bugs Bunny: Now is it big enough?
Yosemite Sam: No, still not big enough!

more famous quotes

Source: Great-Quotes.com, scroll down to “Bugs Bunny Rides Again” (1948).

Somebody’s apparently trying to emulate the Danimal on this Beer Lodge thread. Doing a horrible job of it too. There’s only one Danimal- at least in this corner of the world- and he ain’t it. Hence the video below, as it could describe me and this blog as well… okay, maybe I’m not that arrogant… or remotely as successful as “Le Boss” of the mighty Arsenal.

Happy Passover and Easter for those celebrating it! Adam Dobrowolski makes a good point about how our holiday sports entertainment takes the players away from their families. We should always appreciate that sacrifice, regardless of their salaries.

Quick Hitters

Not much time for a long blog post, so just a few things. First, check out NYC Food Guy’s review of Citi Field’s cuisine. Looks great! We already know about the new Yankee Stadium’s sports bar, Hard Rock Cafe (opened by Bernie Williams), and steakhouse, but hopefully the remaining offerings are likewise spectacular. Sure seems like the other aspects of the stadium will be. The fans and players already like it.

Next, a bit of humor I saw on the train home tonight and a quick reaction to the Jay Cutler trade.

A belated April Fools joke from my old paper. Can any Colgate student or alum honestly imagine life without the Old Stone Jug (or as I sometimes termed it, “the place which shall not be named.”)? I mean, yes, it actually needs some renovating and an expansion in size, as some nights I remember it being a small miracle if anyone could move a foot. If you weren’t right at the bar or on the dance floor, you might have to wait a while. And you could say plenty of other not-so-kind things about it. But what would life at Colgate be without it? I really don’t think many people want to find out, because there has never been too much else to do at night…

As for Cutler, I didn’t expect him to be dealt so quickly, or that the Bears would get him. While the Bears did probably need an upgrade over Kyle Orton at quarterback, the players liked and fought hard for the incumbent, who was sent to Denver as part of the trade. Cutler’s ability to work with others is questionable. In fairness though, the Bears say that one of their scouts got to know Cutler while he was in college and was comfortable with him both on and off the field. Plus, the Bears defense is certainly better than anything Cutler had supporting him in Denver, so if he continues to put up big passing numbers, he could win a lot more games. And while Chicago had to give up two first-round draft picks (including #18 overall this year), they weren’t likely to be in position to get anyone with the potential to be much better. So this could definitely pay off for the Bears, especially in a division lacking a powerhouse team. They also signed Orlando Pace to help protect Cutler.

Maybe I Spoke Too Soon

That Syracuse-UConn game last night was pretty good, huh? Yeah, I did watch almost all of it at the expense of quite a bit of sleep. You wonder if Jonny Flynn could play himself out of college as a high draft-pick to be. Not only is he playing out of his mind, he’s getting almost absurd minutes too- I think one of ESPN’s analysts said Flynn’s had less than five minutes of game play off over the past two nights. Then North Carolina survived what was basically a classic against Virginia Tech, who have had so many opportunities to knock off the big boys and make the Dance but couldn’t seal the deal.

And we’ve still got two days worth of championships from the power conferences to come. Fun for us at home, not so much for the selection committee putting the bracket together, or the bubble teams who don’t have any more games left, just hoping that they made the cut.

Oh yeah, and the WBC’s second-round games start up. Plus Man U-Liverpool on Saturday morning.

And above all that, of course, it’s the weekend. Catch you later. I already started off nicely with a delicious sole oreganata from one of Ayhan’s ubiquitous restaurants on Long Island. Hopefully you all make it a pleasant one as well.

Couldn’t Resist Forever

My mother and sister were in Atlanta this weekend. They just came home tonight and brought with them cinnamon rolls from Mary Mac’s Tea Room. Delicious (and fortunately they weren’t jumbo-sized and I power-walked on the treadmill earlier tonight)!

The Soul of Southern Comfort Food

Southern Comfort Food, Defined

Both photos are from a review on Roadtrip.com. The second picture includes dishes that my mother and sister had- and loved.

Someday, I will make a trip down to Atlanta myself. There are plenty of other famous Atlanta attractions, like Stone Mountain, the Acquarium, World of Coke (which I saw as a little kid but has replaced by a new venue since then), and tons of sporting events. As long as Mary Mac’s is around, it will be a definite on my itinerary too.

That’s all for tonight. Let me know what you think of the new layout!

Temptations…

While getting lunch today at a take-out cafe, I saw a chocolate-covered cannoli, replete with chocolate chips on top of the filling. So big and packed with both chocolate and filling that I had to do a double-take, which I normally don’t when I see bakery items.

The above photo is from Ferrara’s. I was at a different store, and it was fresh, not frozen, but you get the idea. Yum!

The amount of willpower (not the racer) it took to not actually buy one was immense. I settled for low-fat (according to the menuboard) Italian Wedding Soup. It wasn’t bad, but it’s just not the same as a cannoli, especially one smothered in chocolate.