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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Another this and that

The weather has turned markedly colder, I actually had to break out a heavy jacket yesterday. Guess winter is right around the corner. I hope it's not as nasty as last year!

Halloween is coming! Looks like I will still be working In the city, we are supposed to move to the island first week of November. So I will have to give some thought to what we plan to do that night.

Wondering what do do about New Year's Eve. Always drama there, and not the good kind. Elton John is doing a show at the Barclay Center. I've never seen him live. The tickets available on StubHub are reasonably priced for the type of event, but still kind of expensive ....but if Drew and I go to the concert, we won't get caught up in the drama ...

Don't even get me started on the Thanksgiving drama ... It used to be my favorite holiday.

So yesterday I did a really ditsy thing. I'd gone to the trouble of packing lunch. Took it out of the refrigerator and put the lunch bag next to my tote bag. But somehow in the rush to leave for work I managed to leave my lunch on the kitchen table. I didn't realize it until Becca and I were on the train. Fortunately Jen was still at home when I texted her, and she put the food back into the fridge.

Of course, that left me without lunch and no idea what I wanted to eat.

I found myself on John Street, at the Subway sandwich shop. That location has a daily deal -- if you order the 'sub of the day" you get a six inch sub for $3. The sub of the day is different every day.

You're going to laugh when I tell you which sandwich is Monday's sub of the day.

Yes, I finally got my meatball sub.����b

And I even got coupons for next time.

But can anyone tell me -- when is 11/31/14?

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Betty Buckley

Betty Buckley. Martha  Jefferson in 1776. Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard. Grizabella the Glamour Cat.

If you only know her from her TV roles, you have no idea of the power of her voice.

We saw her one-hour cabaret show Saturday night. Interestingly, most of the songs she chose were written for male characters. My chief complaint was that the show was too short.

Truly an enjoyable evening.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

The color of the day: pink

Spent the day at Jones a Beach with 60,000 of my nearest and dearest.

Yes, it was the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Jones a Beach.

This year I opted to do something different. Instead of walking -- which I did for several years -- I chose to be a volunteer. A group of my friends volunteer every year. We worked the registration tent, making sure walkers turned in their paperwork and collecting donations. With online registration and online fundraising, the tent isn't as busy as it used to be. Still, we had plenty to do.

We had warm, almost summery weather Friday and Saturday, but temperatures plummeted Saturday night. We had a cold, windy morning. Layers worked.

But still they came. Cancer survivors. Health care professionals. College frats. High school cheerleaders. Motorcycle clubs. Everyone has been touched by the dreaded disease.

A gray ocean, beige sand. And a sea of pink along the shore.

A wonderful day.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Dining on nostalgia

So usually at Ben's I'll order pastrami on rye.  But I just wasn't feeling it tonight.  Had to do something different.
Hmmmm. ..stuffed cabbage?  Haven't had that in years.  My grandmother used to make it, but that was a long time ago.  A very long time ago.
So they brought out a plate so full it could easily feed two people,  maybe even three.  Two huge rolls, seasoned ground beef with a bit of rice to bind it, wrapped in tender leaves of cabbage, swimming in a rich sauce.  There were raisins in the sauce,  a nice touch.
You get a choice of potatoes with your entree.  My selection was potato pancake -- a single pancake the size of Montana,  crispy but not greasy on the outside, moist and tasty inside.  It was accompanied by applesauce.
You also get a vegetable.   I chose zucchini,  which was combined with cooked tomatoes.   That's something else I haven't had in years -- my mother used to buy canned zucchini and tomatoes when I was a little girl.
The bread basket contained slices of their famous rye with "Smart Balance", a vegan butter substitute (no dairy in this kosher restaurant! )
Yet another reason to love Ben's.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

It's that time of year again

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Rosella's Pizzaria

I was actually on my way to somewhere else when the smell of marinara enticed me into Rosella's. A real hole in the wall kind of place, no decor to speak of. Just a huge counter, a pizza oven, a handful of tables and a kitchen in the back.

Got on line and started contemplating all the different types of pizza. Buffalo chicken. Meat lovers. Pepperoni. Sausage.

And went with the classic -- New York style pizza, thin crust, topped with sauce and cheese. Simply perfect.

One minor complaint. The refrigerator has bottles of Snapple, but if you want a coke, it seems your options are limited to fountain drinks. Not practicable when I ordered my pizza "to go", and had to walk back to my office.

I think I'll be back soon, maybe for a meatball hero.

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The Glass Jar

A few years ago, I told the story of The Glass Jar

My kids were babies, we were living in Queens, and Dunkin' Donuts was running a promotion. Spend a certain amount of money and you could buy a pumpkin shaped cookie jar, clear glass so you could see the contents. Every morning I'd drop the kids off at day care, and stop in Dunkin' Donuts for coffee on my way to the subway. But the jars proved very popular, so every time I walked into the store... They were out of jars. Very frustrating. Until one day, when I scored a glass jar. I was so happy!

A few years later, after I'd moved into my parents' house, somehow the lid of the jar got broken. Very disappointing, considering the effort I made to actually find the thing.

A few years ago, the jars started popping up on the internet. I was so happy! A small thing, this glass jar, but I was a bit obsessed ... Amazon ran out of the jars right after I bought one.

So you can imagine my reaction when I walked through KMart the other day and saw this display:

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