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Monday, August 3, 2015

Wo Hop

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Completely and totally unpretentious old favorite, we eat here often    They've changed  the recipe for one of my favorite dishes.  I've always loved the sweet and pungent chicken.  It used to be prepared with -- I kid you not -- sweet mixed pickles,   Now the dish contains more traditional elements, like pineapple and green pepper. Still better than any version of the dish I've had elsewhere.

though I wish they'd cut the chicken into smaller pieces.  The larger pieces are hard to handle, and some of them were a bit tough.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Red Robin

"Red Robin - yum".

Now that the jingle will be your ear worm for the day ...

I do like Red Robin.

Decent burgers at a decent price. This time around I had "Southern Charm", a cheeseburger with a sweet barbecue sauce and candied bacon. An interesting and very enjoyable combination.

Right now they're featuring "bottomless fries". Each burger is served with a small portion of steak fries, but you can get as many refills as you want. I wasn't particularly impressed with the fries -- they were lukewarm -- and didn't ask for more.

If you don't want fries, healthy options, such as steamed vegetables, are available.

My biggest complaint is service. Our waiter was friendly, he got our order right, etc. but ... I don't know whether the servers are overburdened or if the kitchen is short staffed, but service was extremely slow. Not just to our table, to all the tables around us as well.

Overall it was a decent meal. I'd like to see them fix the problems, though.




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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Guy's American Kitchen and Bar

We tried Guy's when it first opened a few years ago. The New York Times had given it a blistering review, but we are Guy Fieri fans, and thought we would give it a try.

We liked it.

Apparently so did a lot of other people, because two years later, Guy is still in business.

The menu is considerably smaller now, but still contains Guy's unique twist on American classics.

Interestingly, I ordered exactly the same dish I enjoyed here two years ago, the Hawaiian barbecued chicken. Half a chicken in a tangy sauce, served over rice pilaf and accompanied by a spicy mango salsa. The chicken was tasty but the breast was a bit dry. Rice pilaf was very good. The salsa was too spicy, I couldn't taste the fruit.

Drew had a steak with chipotle sauce, which he said had just the right "kick". The Rojo onion rings, however, were a bit too spicy.

Overall, a pleasant dinner.







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Friday, July 31, 2015

Eldercare update

The power struggle continues.

Marvin celebrated his birthday last week. There were two celebrations. Drew and his aunt and uncle took Marvin out to lunch on his birthday, and a few days later Shelley and some of her friends took him out to lunch. He enjoyed both outings.

But it's very clear Marvin will never be healthy enough to go back to Shelley's house. And it's equally clear that Shelley doesn't understand this, and doesn't understand that she is no longer the person making decisions about Marvin's future care.


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Thursday, July 30, 2015

A night of theater -- Disney's "Aladdin"

So Friday night we found ourselves on a train headed into Manhattan, arriving at Penn Station at rush hour.

Rush hour.  On a Friday night.  In July.  No, I do not miss commuting.

And I felt like a salmon swimming upstream as we walked uptown towards the Theater District.

A quick stop at the theater to pick up our tickets, then we headed over to Guy Fieri's restaurant for dinner (review to follow) before heading to the show.

My daughters were little when Disney had its second golden age.  The age of The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King.  The age of Aladdin.

You may recall that Aladdin was the last collaboration of Alan Menkin and Howard Ashman, and when Ashman died, Menkin paired up with Tim Rice to finish the project.  For the Broadway musical, some Ashman songs that were cut from the movie have been restored,  And Chad Beguelin was brought in to write additional material.

There are some plot changes -- nothing that effects the final outcome.  Iago become a person, and both Jasmine and Aladdin acquire friends in lieu of pets.  The confrontation with Jafar is a bit shortchanged.

The best part was the Genie.   James Monroe Iglehart...when you step into an iconic role, one created by Robin Williams, you have a difficult job.  He doesn't try to be Williams, he makes the role his own, that Tony was well deserved.

The best numbers, of course, are "Friend Like Me" and "Prince Ali".  Singing, dancing, sparkly costumes.  A wonderful evening of live theater.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Buy me some peanuts and crackerjack...

Yes, another Ducks game.

This time, the visiting team was the York Revolution. And the promotion was a Ducks baseball cap, but only for the first 1500 fans. The catch was, the gates opened an hour early to accommodate a charity softball game.

So we got to see a local police department play the employees of a charity that provides programming and activities for autistic children. Proceeds of that night's 50-50 raffle went to that charity.

It's a very nice cap.


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It was national hot dog day, so of course I had one.

Quackerjack was having fun with a water gun that night.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Panera Bread

Why, oh, why, didn't somebody tell me?

I stopped by Panera for lunch last week and decided to try something different: the Strawberry Poppyseed Chicken Salad.

Romaine, chicken, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, mandarin oranges and nuts in a fat free poppyseed dressing.

It was so good. Like a party in my mouth.

Why didn't anyone tell me to try it before?




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