SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS Aug 27 2018

FAREWELL, JOHN McCAIN-  I never voted for him and I’m sure his politics weren’t consistent with mine,  but in this age of sleaze and compromise, I can’t help but respect his character.  Some folks are dissing him.  I doubt they are worth 1/100 of him.

THERE’S ALWAYS A LOCAL ANGLE-  I just got off the phone from trying to reach my brother,  who lives in Jacksonville.  I believe he’s in DC at the moment, which is a better place to be. I’ve been to the Landing a time or two but there wasn’t much to attract me.  My stepmother, when she was in her ‘eighties, asked  us several times  to go to the Hooters there.  I asked her why and she said she wanted to see the owls!  Prayers for those affected.

MORE LOCAL ANGLE-  The new hit movie Crazy Rich Asians,  was directed by a young fellow,  Jon Chu,  who was in my cousin’s kid’s scout troop in Palo Alto. His father,   Chef  Chu,  has had one of the most renowned Chinese restaurants, and my family’s favorite,  in Silicon Valley,  at the  corner of El Camino and San Antonio.  One of Chef Chu’s cooks,  a Mr Liu, emigrated north to Eureka and started  the well-beloved Liu’s Restaurant which only closed recently when he retired. So now you know.

THAT NEW BISTRO – an out-of -towner opined  recently on Yelp that Eurekans must be happy to have a bistro at last.  Actually we’e had several including Brick and Fire and the Humboldt Bay Bistro. I’m always suspicious of places that give themselves grandiose names.  Throw a little wine at a coffee shop and it’s a bistro. Anyway,  the DULCE bistro,   in the old HCAR building at 7th and E in Eureka is the real deal.  They don’t have a huge lunch menu but what they had was pleasing.  I had their vegetable galette which was tasty with a light and flaky crust.  I ordered their carrot soup on a hunch ( I normally won’t eat cooked carrots) and it was very, very good. My friend had a burger and a salad.  We were both impressed and ready to return.

Amazon AND Google AND Facebook- Do you get the idea that giant corporations are taking over your life?  You’re right.  I’ve mostly disconnected from Facebook except for I Remember In Eureka When and Sara Senger’s posts which always seem to pop up  ( I think she’s great.)  But anyone can minimize their time on Facebook, which I recommend. How do you get out from under Google? Each time something on the net “recommends” some purchase I know it’s the algorithms tracking what I bought recently or THOUGHT about buying;  that’s how creepy it’s getting. To make it worse,  I recently had a stellar experience with Amazon Prime and I am now a convert.  There’s nothing like a few months of hobbling around with a cane to show you the advantages of mail-order.  I’ve always bought local but these are desperate times.  If my life has to be run by a giant corporation,   I’ll line up behind Jeff Bezos.

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SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS August 20 2018

ANNALS OF JUNK TV-  Have I mentioned that the greatest quiz show is back!!??  CASH CAB is  now available on the Discovery Channel Friday at 7pm (Ch 31 on Suddenlink)  with the one and only Ben Bailey. They were threatening to replace him but who could replace Ben Bailey?? Good show, worth taping although I was looking forward to the promised CASH CAB CHICAGO which doesn’t seem to be happening, so we’ll keep on riding the Cash Cab up and down the streets of Manhattan.  Meanwhile, 90 DAY FIANCÉE has limped to an anarchic muddle.  The LEARNING CHANNEL is the most poorly produced channel I have seen.  We STILL don’t know what happened to Mohammed and Danielle (or as I have dubbed them, the clueless Mohammed and the hideous Danielle ).  Last we saw of them,  Mohammed was working as an Uber driver in parts unknown and Danielle was devoting her life to getting him deported. The new bunch they brought on in the last couple of weeks are even more clueless.

CHINA is celebrating its ten year anniversary of their high speed rail system while  California’s is still struggling, mired in parochial concerns. They’ll even have HSR in FLORIDA soon, from Tampa to Orlando to start out with.

PUPPY PORN- speaking of junk TV, I have become an eager consumer of what I call Puppy Porn.  The Animal Channel “Too Cute” is unfortunately addictive,   They run it early in the morning so it won’t affect normal people, but I tape it. They usually address three different breeds of puppies or kittens.  I’m actually finding this useful since I’m planning to adopt another dog when LouLou passes. (She’s 20 years old and will probably not last beyond Christmas, according to the vet.) I would NEVER pay money for a  so-called pedigreed  dog, but if you’re familiar with the breeds I can see where it would save a lot of time at the shelter.  “I’d like a cairn terrier type”.  The ACTUAL cutest dogs they’ve shown  turned out to be an exotic breed called Cotons de Tulear, little white dogs with CUTE faces but apparently  a hassle to groom.  AND they run about  three large.

SPEAKING OF DOGS- TRUMP HATES DOGS.  He doesn’t just use the term to put down those he’s fighting with,  he actually has a history of  being anti-dog. His first wife Ivanka had a poodle which he tolerated but nothing since.  Barron is growing up without a dog. Sad! I can see why he hates them-  they are morally superior to him. Read what VICE has to say  HERE. 

AND HERE’S SOME MORE.

SHORT edition this week.  He’s exhausting me. 

 

 

 

 

POKE WARS! In CHICAGO!

Have you had poke? It’s pronounced “poke-ee’ in Hawaii and is kind of like Hawaiian ceviche,  fish (often ahi, or tuna) marinated in shoyu, sesame oil, green onions and so forth. No luau is complete without it.  Goes well with barbecue and beer. They’re even selling it at Safeway. I’ve seen stores in Hawaii that sell fifteen different kinds.  It’s apparently a thing now on the  mainland too, to the point where lawsuits are flying over who’s got the rights. Read about it HERE.

And HERE’s a recipe;  you can skip the chopped mac nuts.  I’ve never seen them over there and they wouldn’t add a thing.  And if you’re in Honolulu, don’t go to the places  named in the article, go to the Tamashiro Market in Kakaako. Only.