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Don’t Drink And . . . Diet October 13, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Life Balance.
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Last week, we enjoyed Happy Hour at the Chart House.

The menu now includes the calorie count for each of the well-priced appetizers.  Wow!  No wonder two or three appetizers washed down with a couple of drinks has always left us too full for dinner.

One of the appetizers we’ve never ordered ~ fish tacos ~ has more than 1,100 calories.  Yowsa!

Doing our best to ignore the calorie counts, we forged ahead and foraged on Spinach Artichoke Dip and assorted Cheese and Crackers.

Life is short:  Don’t Drink And . . . Diet!

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

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Tampa Bay History Center October 9, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Food & Drink, Travel & Leisure.
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For Smithsonian Museum Day, we paid a visit to Tampa Bay History Center, located on the Riverwalk in Tampa:

We enjoyed some Cuban Fare at the Columbia Restaurant:

Black Beans & Rice, Cuban Bread, Churros (with 3 dipping sauces):

After lunch, we checked out the exhibits, which focused on Cigars:

Seminole Dolls (I had one of these as a kid and gave it to one of my nieces ~ I learned it’s worth hundreds of dollars):

Audubon Artwork:

Maritime History:

Local Wildlife ~ then:

And now:

Aah . . . that’s better!

Don’t Drink And . . . Die October 6, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Life Balance.
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A few weeks back, while visiting family in Orlando, we had a late (vegetarian) lunch at Lone Star Steakhouse.

On the way out, I snapped a shot of this critter in the bar:

His message (which would be perfect for a Wordless Wednesday):

Don’t Drink And . . . Die!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Art Ovation Hotel October 3, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Food & Drink, Poetry.
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We attended an art reception at the Art Ovation Hotel in Sarasota.

First, we got a signature lemon lavender cocktail:

Then we got some nibbles:

While we imbibed, we listened to music:

And perused the art:

Before checking out Dragonfly Cafe:

Where middle schoolers (wearing lavender and raspberry berets) were using ancient typewriters to craft impromptu poems for passers-by:

But the biggest delight

Of our visit to Dragonfly Cafe that night?

Not a single smart phone in sight.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

Landscape of Guitar Tour 2018 September 29, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Food & Drink, Music & Dance.
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Our friends, Julie & Bruce, went on tour in China this summer, using Bruce’s artwork as a backdrop on stage.

While there, they filmed bits and pieces of their fascinating adventure:

Speaking of adventure, they were a tad more adventurous about trying the local food than BFF & I would have been.  Cow, Duck, Chicken, and Bullfrog are not a part of our vegetarian vocabulary or dining preferences.

But, judging from the video of several meals, we wouldn’t have starved to death ~> we would have enjoyed cabbage, corn, curried cauliflower, and tofu bags (16:37).  We also like the looks of the rice cakes, the rainbow cake (30:00), and (just for Kate!) the Starbucks logo.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Unicorn Noodles August 29, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Vegetarian Recipes.
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Since I’m in hypo-drive for the summer, today’s one and only SLTW post is over at TG’s place, but I’ll warn you . . . TG thinks it looks more like a one-horned goat than a unicorn.

I think he also called me lazy.

Chasing Unicorns

Our unicorn today comes from nrhatch, at https://nrhatch.wordpress.com/. Herblog seems to be about self-help and humor. So if you need help (and don’t we all), or you need a good laugh, click on over and check it out.

I’m not sure if this thing shebeamed me is really a unicorn. It looks suspiciously like a one-horned goat. It consists of a short, explanatory blurb, followed by a link. Boy you talk about lazy. But that’s just it, I’m not one to talk.

So I’ll go ahead and give it a shot. This time. If it works out okay, then fine. Otherwise I’mgonna have to raise my unicorn-identifying standards.

Go ahead and give it a read (won’t take long), and decide for yourself. Is this a unicorn, or have I lost my noodle?


Scientists have discovered why spaghetti noodles don’t break cleanly in two pieces.

And…

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Cutting Through The Headlines August 23, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness.
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“[W]hen you cut through the headlines, marketing campaigns and studies, Katz* says, you’ll find that most experts agree on a few fundamentals of nutrition: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds and plain water should make up the majority of what people eat and drink.”

“If there is such a thing as a “best” diet, he says, that’s it.”

“The fact that whole foods, close to nature, mostly plants, are good for people: that never changes,” says Katz. “It’s the fundamental truth we’re not willing to accept.”

To Read More:  There’s No Such Thing as a Single “Best” Diet (Time)

Aah . . . that’s better!

*Dr. David Katz, founding director of Yale University’s Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center

A Margarita Bouquet! July 25, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Life Balance, Nature.
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Last week, I received a unique and colorful bouquet ~ a huge strawberry margarita (complete with two straws which, due to environmental concerns, are now banned in 31.7 states):

Once the profusion of pink blooms faded, I donated the enormous margarita glass (together with its squishy pink “marbles”) to Goodwill for “repurposing.”

Reduce.  Reuse.  Recycle.  Repurpose.  Resale.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Aging With Grace! July 13, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Happiness, Humor, Joke.
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Happy Friday the 13th to you all!

And Happy Birthday to a Special Someone:

Aah . . . that’s better!

Wash Up! July 9, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Home & Garden.
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According to this study, many cooks are not washing their hands right . . . increasing the spread of bad bacteria from uncooked poultry to spice jars, refrigerator doors, and smart phones:

You’re Probably Not Washing Your Hands Right, Study Says

“You can’t see, smell or feel bacteria,” Acting USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety Carmen Rottenberg said in a statement.

“By simply washing your hands properly, you can protect your family and prevent that bacteria from contaminating your food and key areas in your kitchen.”

You heard the man, Daisy Duck ~> Wash Up!

Aah . . . that’s better!