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In The Kitchen: OXO Good Grips Sleek Pepper Mill

October 3rd, 2019 Comments off

OXO Good Grips Sleek Pepper Mill

OXO Good Grips Sleek Pepper Mill

 

I like to cook, but I am not an overly fussy chef. I have a collection of regular dishes I make, occasionally experiment with new recipes, and often make do with tools that are less than optimal. So was the case with our pepper grinder. I had purchased a cheap wooden one years ago but it never worked very well. There was no way to adjust the grind. It often had trouble feeding in the peppercorns and was too much effort to use, so I fell back on ground paper for my cooking. I knew freshly ground pepper was always best. but replacing this grinder was just one of those things that we never “got around to.” Until a few weeks ago.

My wife discovered we had a gift card from Bed, Bath, and Beyond that, we had never used. While we were out running other errands, we figured we might as well replace this pepper grinder. They had a good variety of grinders, at various price points, but I needed up choosing this Oxo grinder. I have had a great experience with Oxo kitchen tools in the past and this grinder is no exception.
It works! It works well! It has an adjustable grinder setting that works. Fine ground for our bowl of popcorn and coarse for steak or a crockpot pot roast. The pepper grinds out the top of the grinder, instead of the bottom like the old one. This keeps the counter cleaner and prevents any moisture from getting to the pepper should there be a stove side liquid spill.

Yep. Simple. Straightforward. Robust. Just what I wanted. Could I have gone fancier and more expensive or cheaper and barely an improvement? Sure, but like Momma Bear’s bed, this one is “just right!”

 

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Pop Up ”Beach” and Market with DJ 2 via Instagram

October 3rd, 2019 Comments off

Pop Up ”Beach” and Market with DJ

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Pop Up ”Beach” and Market with DJ 2 via Instagram

 

Praça de Carlos Alberto, Porto, Portugal

A great moment to shop for some fresh produce and trinkets and kick back for a while.

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Papa Figos, Douro Valley Wine via Instagram

September 23rd, 2019 Comments off

Papa Figos, Douro Valley Wine

Papa Figos, Douro Valley Wine via Instagram

We brought back this bottle of Portuguese wine from our trip to share with our friends. It is excellent and well balanced. Despite being in Porto I didn’t pick up any port wine except for a small bottle we were given as a gift. Although I did taste port several times while we were there.

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A late lunch after a long walk via Instagram

September 19th, 2019 Comments off

A late lunch after a long walk

A late lunch after a long walk via Instagram

Caffe Latte, Jamon and Queso and, Most importantly…water!

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Jidori Chicken Breast at Bistro 60

July 26th, 2019 Comments off

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Jidori Chicken Breast at Bistro 60

Jidori Chicken Breast at Bistro 60

We visited my sister in Palm Springs this weekend, and she took us to this amazing place out at Trilogy. 
Since it is the summer, the place was empty and we got personalized attention as well as this wonderful food. All of us kept commenting on the food well into the evening.

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Wild Alaskan King Salmon at Bistro 60

July 23rd, 2019 Comments off

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Wild Alaskan King Salmon at Bistro 60

Wild Alaskan King Salmon at Bistro 60

We visited my sister in Palm Springs this weekend, and she took us to this amazing place out at Trilogy. 
Since it is the summer, the place was empty and we got personalized attention as well as this wonderful food. All of us kept commenting on the food well into the evening.

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Amazing Beef Short Ribs at Bistro 60

July 22nd, 2019 Comments off

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Amazing Beef Short Ribs at Bistro 60

Amazing Beef Short Ribs at Bistro 60

We visited my sister in Palm Springs this weekend, and she took us to this amazing place out at Trilogy. Since it is the summer, the place was empty and we got personalized attention as well as this wonderful food. All of us kept commenting on the food well into the evening.

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Memories of a solo lunch in Milano via My Instagram

June 29th, 2019 Comments off

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Memories of a solo lunch in Milano

Memories of a solo lunch in Milano via My Instagram

When we go somewhere for the annual SRN Conference, I always end up with a day or two on my own. On this day I visited a Leonardo exhibit and then had lunch at this restaurant recommended by our cousin Orazio. It was great and I had a wonderful conversation with the owner who was surprised I spoke some Italian. It was a quintessential Italian experience.  

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Huge, gleaming, coffee roaster inside of @starbucksmilanoofficial via Instagram

June 7th, 2019 Comments off

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Huge, gleaming, coffee roaster inside of @starbucksmilanoofficial

Huge, gleaming, coffee roaster inside of @starbucksmilanoofficial via Instagram

This store, the first in Italy, open last September, the day before we arrived for the Screenwriting Research Network conference. 
The store is a veritable coffee amusement park with typical Starbucks drinks and food as well as a full-service Italian “bar” with drinks and food and a very classy design. 

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Sweet Tea In Mason Jars…Must be Ohio

May 26th, 2019 Comments off