Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
By Bridget on January 12, 2009
NOTE: "...Want to hear Obama’s take on Dixie Kitchen? A lost pilot episode of the show Check it out! taped in 2001 features the then state senator’s review. It aired at 8 p.m. on Friday, January 16, on WTTW." (excerpted from Chicago Bites)
Sunday, January 11, 2009
...and so the committee had to do most of the work, including raising funds for the project, testing all the recipes, styling all the photographs, and writing & editing all the copy (with a little help from our friends, the publishers). In addition, we engaged in long brainstorming and planning sessions and spent hours setting up systems and contacting & talking to potential Innkeeper participants.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
However, it is the restaurants which seem to generate the strongest reactions from visitors. They are surprised and impressed with the mere number of them, the creative and widely varying cuisines found in each, and the extremes to which the owners and chefs will go to please their customers.
I have guests who come into town, after having done their research, with a list of restaurants they want to visit and why. For example, lots of visitors have heard about Lynn's Paradise Cafe and want to go there......and Jack Fry's .......and, Lilly's. I have been to all three and, let me tell you, they are very different from each other.
Lynn's is a unique experience, as you can see on this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-YdPM58XeE . Is it any wonder why travelers would be curious about this restaurant? And, the owner is as unique as the restaurant.
Lynn's Paradise Cafe
Jack Fry's offers a totally different ambience. Moody, sophistocated and upscale, this restaurant is one of my favorites. It reminds me of the little intmate places with soft tinkling pianos (think Bobby Short) you can find in New York or Chicago. I would also group Buck's, which is in walking distance of my Inn, into this category.
And, I can't leave out Lilly's. Owned by Kathy Cary, Lilly's is a charming Kentucky bistro often touted by local food columists. "If an American city is fortunate, it will have a signature restaurant, an eatery combining a sense of place with the best local flavors. To be truly outstanding, it will have a worldview, too, drawing on many culinary traditions. For over two decades, our city has been lucky indeed to have its own such quintessential restaurant. Lilly's says Louisville." (Susan Reigler, Courier Journal)
There are many more fine restaurants here , too numerous to mention. They run the gamut from steak house to vegetarian; from American cuisine to Asian fuse.; from easy-on-your-budget to expensive. But they all are extraordinary
Saturday, January 3, 2009
1. Coffee (n.), the person upon whom one coughs.
2. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.
3. Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
4. Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.
5. Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent.
6. Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightgown.
7. Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.
8. Gargoyle (n.), olive-flavored mouthwash.
9. Flatulence (n.) emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are runover by a steamroller.
10. Balderdash (n.), a rapidly receding hairline.
11. Testicle (n.), a humorous question on an exam.
12. Rectitude (n.), the formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.
13. Pokemon (n), a Rastafarian proctologist.
14. Oyster (n.), a person who sprinkles his conversation withYiddishisms.
15. Frisbeetarianism (n.), (back by popular demand): The belief that, when you die, your Soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.
16. Circumvent (n.), an opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.
The Washington Post's Style Invitational also asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here is this year's winner:
Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. (The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future).
Thursday, January 1, 2009
I mulled over earlier events that had happened before their arrival, looking for a possible explanation. I suddenly remembered that I had heard an unusual hissing sound a few hours earlier, but had dismissed it as something going on outside. someone's car.....or whatever. Josh and I continued to analyze the furnace problem, standing over each of several registers on the first floor. All of a sudden I put the hissing sound and the failing furnace together and my mind flashed to the basement.
Josh had offered to check out the furnace. I opened the basement door, turned on the light and peered down the stairs to see at least 5 inches of moving water traveling across the basement floor. Upon walking a little further down, I could see the water heater from the stairway. It was gushing water! OMG! I have guests tonight, there's no hot water for showers, and the furnace is out!
Good omen be damned! .......................................to be continued.