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Monday, October 5, 2015

Panera Bread

Panera Bread Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I think I am falling in love with this chain all over again. 

Soups, salads, sandwiches, pastries...a nice change of pace from fast food, lots of options for healthy eating as well as indulgence.

This summer I ate  a lot of strawberry poppyseed chicken salad.  But that salad disappeared from the menu right after Labor Day. 

One of their "fall" items is a Turkey, Cheddar and Apple sandwich.  On the website they suggest pairing this sandwich with Autumn Squash Soup.  I wasn't interested in squash that day, so I opted for the standard creamy tomato soup instead. 

The apple is shredded, it was almost like a sweet cole slaw without dressing.  Added a nice balance to the cheddar and a nice crunch to the sandwich. 

Definitely worth ordering again.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Product review: Bumble Bee Snack on the Run Classic Hummus

I've written before about my love of Greek and Middle Eastern foods.  Words like "falafel", "pita", "tsatziki" and "souvlaki" excite my taste buds.  And yes, I am a huge fan of "hummus", a classic spread made from chick peas. 

I was in the canned goods aisle, picking up some Bumble Bee tuna (I like their singe serve tuna  salad and cracker combo), when I spotted this:

Hummus in a can?  That doesn't need refrigeration?  That's as portable as the single serve tuna salad?

I guess it's worth a try.

So I bought it.

It's...ok.  Not great, but a decent snack.  The texture of the hummus is a bit runny, and it could use a little more garlic.  The wheat crackers, the same crackers used in other Bumble Bee snacks, are ok, too -- a bit hard, a bit bland.  I'd prefer a toasted pita chip. 

My biggest issue was the ratio of hummus to cracker.  I put what I consider a normal amount of hummus on each cracker, and found myself with leftover hummus after all the crackers were gone. 

There are much better brands of hummus out there.  But for convenience, this is a decent tasting hummus and a healthy snack.  I will probably buy it again.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Songbird Salutes the 70's: Rocktober

I first heard the word in the mid 1970's, as Top 40 AM stations were giving way to the cooler sounds of FM rock.    One of the local FM stations ran promotions all during the month of October, and called their promotions "Rocktober".

These days the term, along with the music it celebrates, have become the province of "classic rock" stations.

To celebrate Rocktober, at  various times throughout the month, I'll post some of my favorite classic rock songs.

Let's start with this one by Foreigner:

Friday, October 2, 2015

Sunken Meadow Redux -- Autumn at the Beach

On Sunday I realized that  I'd only been to a park once in the entire month of September.  And I really, really missed it.  I mean, Leslie Sansone and Fitness Blender provide fine indoor workouts, but walking in a park doesn't just exercise my body, it enriches my soul.  Life has been too hectic these past few weeks to find the time for a stroll along the boardwalk, but I was hopeful....  And then I looked at the weather forecast -- gray and rainy expected all week long.  So disappointing.

And then it was Wednesday, and as I walked out of the office at 5:00....sunshine!  So unexpected, but...I figured if I drove straight to the beach, I'd have an hour to walk on the boardwalk before the park closed. 

Summer is over, the crowds have gone home, but there were a significant number of people on the boardwalk.

Sunken Meadow is a North Shore park,on Long Island Sound,  not a barrier beach like Jones Beach.  The boardwalk separates the sandy beach from the woods.  Now that it's autumn, the beach grass and seagulls are re-taking the sand.  Autumn color is starting to touch the leaves.  And it's so quiet now -- you could actually hear the waves breaking on the shoreline.   The wind was blowing in from the Sound, I could actually taste the salt in the air.    Perfect conditions for a walk.

Beach grass:

Autumn color:

Seagulls :

I guess this guy didn't want his picture taken.  He was standing on the boardwalk, but took off as soon as I pulled out my camera.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October NaBloPoMo -- DISH

The October theme:

This month, we're dishing on our favourite foods, sharing recipes (and the stories behind their creation), and reflecting on what we used to eat as kids. We're also looking at what dish we used to dread eating, and whether it's still our least favourite food.

A month devoted to food?  Sounds interesting.  Count me in.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

another September song

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Another this and that

So Becca moved into her apartment.  The move was less that stress-free, and involved a dispute with the new landlord as well as a near-disaster with a furniture delivery, but everything got resolved; she's in the apartment and basically unpacked, and about  start enjoying life in NYC.

I have to get used to seeing Jen in a different set of school colors.  When she worked in the school that she had attended as a student, she wore the same colors she'd worn years ago.  Now she works in a neighboring school district (the district where Drew was a student), and on Fridays the staff wear shirts in the school colors.  It's a little disconcerting

My father is being released from the hospital, and we're all looking forward to having him home again.  There have been some permanent changes in his medical condition, though, which means changing the routine at home.  It is what it is.

There is a truism that every woman turns into her mother eventually.  My mother is living proof that yes, it can happen.  Lately she is reminding me more and more of my grandmother.

So Drew and I were in a restaurant Saturday night, and when we finished eating we had to walk through the bar to leave.  One of the TV's was tuned to the Mets game, and it was the bottom of the 9th inning.  So we stayed, and saw the Mets clinch the division.  They are now headed to the post season. 

I expect the Yankees to clinch a wild card berth, so both NY teams will see post season play. 

Alas, in last week's playoff series, my poor Long Island Ducks fell to the Somerset Patriots.  The Patriots will battle the Maryland Blue Crabs for the league championship this week.   Pity.  Drew had tickets for the two championship games that would have been played in Central Islip if the Ducks had beaten the Patriots.  Maybe next year.

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