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I got to watch two nights of Theatre@First's auditions for Mary ZImmerman's "Metamorphoses."  It's always fun to see familiar faces and meet new folks, especially when they are so talented!  I am so thankful for each person who came out in the rain to try out, who dealt with their nerves and showed off their best acting.  We had 5 times as many people as roles!  I don't know who will be cast, but it felt like every person there would bring something special to the stage.  

It's great to feel the excitement about our latest project.  The mixture of Greek myth and modern themes strikes a chord. But most of all, with all the sadness and despair about the news coming from every part of the globe, it is so wonderful to have a place to escape for a few hours, to see people doing awesome artsy things, to gird our loins to go back out and fight for a better world.   

Mark your calendar for opening night - April 8th!  


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 Monday I celebrated being alive!  It's been four years since I finished radiation treatment for breast cancer, so being alive seems especially wonderful!  We went to NH and Maine!

I took a day off from work to have some fun before the crush of work to start the semester.  It was a perfect day outside - clear, 70s, breezy, so I poked around the internet to find a restaurant for brunch and something fun to do in Oqunquit.  Trip Advisor and Yelp were great for me! 

11:30 am We headed north.  

12:30 pm Brunch - We found the little airstrip in North Hampton, NH and ate at their Airfield Cafe.  It was a new find through Yelp (brunch near Seabook NH) and perfect in that "kitchy diner" way.  They have a huge breakfast and lunch menu.  I had Irish Eggs Benedict with corned beef hash instead of Canadian bacon.  And a raspberry lime ricky.  

1:30 pm We drove up to Ogunquit, Maine, found parking in the public lot and the cleanest public bathroom I've ever seen, then raced to make a boat tour.  

3 pm We got on the FinestKind Lobstering Trip for $18 each.  Captain Tom did a virtuoso job keeping the boat steady in the waves and showed us how to pull up lobster traps, measure lobsters and toss back the smaller ones and pregnant females.  The rocky coastline along there is spectacular!  

4 pm Early dinner at Barnacle Billy's Etc.  So so good.  We ate outside on their patio with the stunning view of Perkins Cove.  I had the lobster stew, bacon-wrapped scallops, and lobster sauté with a baked potato.

5:30 pm we headed South.  There was almost no traffic!  

7 pm We stopped at Brandano's, the local ice cream place, for a butter pecan soft ice cream... yum.  

This is the kind of day that will keep me warm all the way through to February! 

-B


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N and I had a delicious early dinner at Outback Steakhouse today!  They opened on Monday in the Assembly Row development along the river in Somerville behind the Assembly Square Mall.  Hooray!  

We used to go to Outback once a month with the Theatre@First denizens, then suddenly one Sunday night about five years ago?  Poof!  They were gone!  We tried the one in Burlington a few times, but their management was horrendous - long waits to be seated with a half empty restaurant, slow service, wrong food delivered... not worth it even if we adored their steaks.  

There were announcements last August that Outback was coming to Assembly Row and we waited eagerly.  My sister discovered they were open when she did a random search of the restaurants there for a post-movie supper.  Hooray! 

So we popped in about 4 pm Wednesday and were seated along the back wall.  There is a huge bar with high tables then booths and several tables along the back.  The menu is mostly the same with my favorites still there and some intriguing new options such as more cuts of steak, three tacos, more fish options and lobster tails!

They have a good assortment of non-alcoholic drinks.  I had the cherry limeade and N. tried their skinny 'Rita with rocks and sugar. 


We tried the coconut shrimp - a generous platter of 8 shrimp with a tangy sauce.  I had the Victoria's 10 oz filet with a baked potato and a house side salad.  N. tried the sirloin with a baked potato and the caesar side salad. 


They still have their incredible chocolate thunder and carrot cake and cheesecake desserts.  They also have small parfaits including a chocolate oreo mixture that tempted me mightily.  We indulged in a new dessert - the salted caramel cookie skillet with white chocolate bits, almond toffee and pretzels baked in, served warm with vanilla ice cream. It was on the small side, which I see as a plus.  Just right for two mostly full people to share and soooo delicious!    

The staff are all shiny and excited and eager to please.  The general manager stopped by to chat us up.  They have the "everyone serves you" model, which is not my favorite, with different waiters bringing things, but they made it work.

It's on the pricy side, but not for the quality of food and service.  The only trick will be not going over there once a week... 

As I stood outside their door facing Assembly Square, I marveled at the changes in that waterfront area.  I remember running into the dear departed long-time Somerville Alderman picking up a pizza several years ago at Pizzeria Regina in Wellington Circle, where a gas station and decrepit flower stand were turned into a huge development with streets and restaurants and condos.  He told us something similar was going to happen near Assembly Square.  We scoffed, having waited years for the IKEA
 that never came.  He said no no... this is coming, and soon.  It is amazing to see his prophecy fulfilled!  Outback is the first business that has tempted us, and what a great addition it is!   

-B




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We tried out the new location for what is reputed to be the best taco joint in the area.  The owners of the Lone Star Taco Bar and Deep Ellum in Allston have opened a new spot on the corner of our block!

They open 11 am for brunch and plan to stay open until 1 am.  

Lone Star Taco Bar
635 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02141 
     (corner of Lambert Street) a block East of the RR tracks if you're coming from Inman 
     #69 bus from Lechmere or Harvard runs along Cambridge Street
     Street parking with meters 

Check out the menu and the news spreading.  
http://boston.eater.com/2015/7/6/8900073/lone-star-taco-bar-opens-cambridge#4779434

N, a theater pal and I rolled in after work about 5:30 pm on a Tuesday night and got one of the last seats at a table in the front corner window well.  The news is definitely out that the place is open.  They announced they were doing this in June 2014, and everyone has been waiting impatiently for them to open.

They opened on Sunday, so I am just reporting and reserving judgement, hoping certain "new place artifacts" will smooth out.  

First off... this is a bar.  Maybe you like bars.  I mostly don't.  It reminds me of Highland Kitchen or Magoun Saloon.  Good food - too crowded and loud before I can finish eating.  

There was a handsome young man in a baseball cap outside on the street carding everyone who wanted to enter, including gray-haired old me! That's silly.  I hope it stops soon.  They turned away people with children.  Come on... card people at the table who order drinks and allow kids at dinner time?  I hope they're waiting for training for their waitstaff and can change this soon. 

Pet peeve - three pages of alcoholic drinks focused on cocktails, tequila and mezcal.  and no listing of their non-alcoholic offerings.  They don't have iced tea.  They were able to give me a limonada - the sparkling lemonade.  So it ended well but... come on folks.  Someone in just about every party should not be having alcohol!  Offer some festive choices!  They were serving margaritas in scotch glasses?  

Second peeve - we didn't have a waiter.  A very nice guy asked us about drinks.  Another lady brought us food, and the bartender.  A third lady asked us about dessert.  And we had the dreaded "now we're ready to go (and open a table for someone standing at the bar) and we can't find anyone to bring the check, or take it to be processed."  

The food falls into the "bar snacks" category.  We tried nine items: 

Salsa and chips
Guacamole and chips
Chili con queso and chips
Tuna ceviche and chips
Street corn 

Dallas Spicy Beef fried taco
Avocado and tofu soft taco
Sonoran dog - hot dog wrapped in bacon with refried beans, cheese, salsa, crema and spicy mustard

Flan with pepitas 

Everything is tasty, reasonably priced, small plate size.  I liked the street corn and the hot dog best. 
The place got loud by 6 pm - combination of peppy music and crowd noise.  
Their a/c was not keeping up last night.  

I think it's a great addition to the neighborhood, will likely be quite popular.  I'll go with anyone wanting to try it out!  But it doesn't seem like it's going to be a favorite of mine. 

Here are my photos.  (Sorry I can't figure out how to upload them here) Enjoy!
https://www.facebook.com/bex77/posts/10206298012941755

-B







 

Tasty Momo

Jul. 4th, 2015 07:18 pm
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We got take-out from the new Nepali restaurant, Tasty Momo, in Magoun Square.  TASTY!  

N. and I shared 

  • Pork momos
  • Vegetable momos
  • Chili pork momos 
  • Chicken Chilly
  • Chicken Fried Rice 

The prices are very reasonable!  


Check out the menu
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If you didn't make it to the Globe Theatre in London to see this show, you can pop up to Davis Square THIS WEEK AND NEXT for an intimate performance of this funny play!

Theatre@First presents "Knight of the Burning Pestle"
for more info click over to http://www.theatreatfirst.org

WHERE: Unity Somerville, 6 William Street, Somerville
4 blocks from the Davis Square Redline T stop
HOW: Get your tickets
$15 for Adults/$12 for Students & Seniors/$5 for Children Under 12
WHEN: FIVE EVENING PERFORMANCES AT 8PM
Thursday, April 23, Friday, April 24, Saturday, April 25
Thursday, April 30th - Autism-Friendly Night!
Friday, May 1
and PARENT-FRIENDLY MATINEE AT 2PM on Saturday, May 2

WHAT:
Francis Beaumont's overlooked Elizabethan gem comes to glorious life with a surprisingly modern flair.  Breaking through the fourth wall and upending the conventions of Shakespeare's time, this comic masterpiece features giants and monsters, unforgiving parents and unsavory innkeepers, heroic grocers and dastardly suitors as two plots intertwine to riotous effect!

ALSO!!!!
SPECIAL PERFORMANCES
Autism-Friendly Night (April 30) presents the show adjusted to accommodate the needs of theatregoers on the autism spectrum and with other sensory issues.
Parent-Friendly Matinee (May 2) especially welcomes parents--kids are welcome to join the audience or play upstairs with experienced caregivers during the show.
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Happy Easter!  It's a brisk. clear sunny morning.  We just reached 40 degrees.  It's not snowing!  We're off to my sister's house for lamb and family time.

I am remembering the festive Easter Sundays in Ravena - the sunrise service in the cemetery, the pancake breakfasts at church with folks from the churches in the area, the only time we had two morning worship services and were packed to the gills, the amazing display of white lilies on the altar, the favorite hymns, and the sumptuous lamb dinner!  At least the lamb tradition remains!  

Happy Easter lilies

Wishes

Dec. 25th, 2014 09:11 am
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Merry Christmas to you!  It's a warm (56 degrees!) and rainy morning here in Cambridge.  I have five minutes before we head out to my sister's for presents with my lovely niece Alice, and roast beef with the family and friends.   I am thinking about you, wondering what you're doing,  wishing you could be here for a hug and a bad pun and stollen!  Have a wonderful day!!!  And then post about it.  :)  That would be a great gift for me!  
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Here's the answer to the question, "What did we do for our 18th anniversary?"   We made it a weekend-long celebration with two delicious dinners!  

Saturday, October 25th 
Maine


We drove to Maine!  We spent our honeymoon in Maine, so it always feels right to make it back there.  It only takes an hour to sneak over the border into Kittery.  

We tried a new restaurant to us - the amazing Warren's Lobster House!  Why did I not know about this place?!  Many thanks to the vivacious Vickie for the recommendation!  It's a casual spot along the Portsmouth Harbor, easy to find on Rte 1, with a big sign, huge parking lot, waterfront dining, a huge seafood menu and a 60-item salad bar!  And they make the most delicious pumpkin bread ever!  

We got there at 5 pm and were seated right away.  It got crowded with people waiting by 6 pm, but never got too crazy at the salad bar. 

I had the salad bar.  It comes with all the dinners!  I adored it because it was not just lettuce and garnishes.  I had potato salad and raisin/carrot salad and pasta salad and beets and candied apple slices and edamame and hummus and pita and yum!  And crackers and spread cheese.  And pumpkin bread.  There was soup, too, but I didn't grab that.  I wish we had salad bars around us!  

I had a lobster sampler called "The Triple Play" with boiled claws, stuffed tail and fried popcorn lobster.  The popcorn was a waste… no taste of lobster just little crunchy bits.  The other two parts were a delight!  And the baked potato was perfect.  

N. tried the salmon and shrimp bernaise over rice pilaf.  HIs eyes rolled back in his head upon tasting the sauce.  

We grabbed more pumpkin bread from the salad bar or dessert.  So moist and flavorful!

The service was just right - friendly, efficient and helpful to newcomers.  The prices are very reasonable!  

The sign on the hostess desk says "NO CELL PHONES" which I found a little rude even if it might be a good policy.  No one was paying any attention to that, so I casually took photos of my food as always.  

We bought pumpkin bread to take home - one for the office and one for Vickie.  It's only $3.40 per loaf!   

Sunday, October 26th
Malden


We drove to Malden to eat at our favorite Asian fusion restaurant - All Seasons Table.  We took a couple of theater pals to introduce them to the wonders of this stunning place hidden in a random suburban seedy downtown storefront.  We got the perfect table in the back area, surrounded by orchids and zen decor.  We shared so many dishes!  I had their hot & sour, seafood scallion pancake, and the Mongolian lamb.  N. had the sirloin tips special.  I got to taste a basil tomato seafood Udon dish that seemed like Asian paella!  And several very tasty maki rolls.  N and I shared the fried bananas with coconut ice cream for dessert.  Every single dish makes me think, "Aha!  That's the way it is supposed to taste!"  



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 I am remembering a rainy October like this one, 18 years ago. Kenmore T station flooded up to the roof - it closed the Green Line for weeks!  And then the sun came out on a beautiful warm Saturday like yesterday, friends and family arrived from all over, and we sang and heard readings.  N and I made promises we wrote ourselves - love, honor and amuse!  We've done it all these years and here's to many more! 
The recessional
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 My birthday was a REALLY GOOD DAY ™. 

The weather was perfect - another clear, dry, cool 70's delight! 

The best thing I did was to take off from work!  I still woke up early but enjoyed connecting with all the folks who spread good wishes around my Facebook wall and texted and emailed and called!  

N. went out to get breakfast from Dunkin' Donuts and we watched the light and fun Robin Hood episode of "Doctor Who."  

I had a short bout of "what am I doing with my life?!" that my birthdays always seem to bring about, but tamped it down with some help from my pals and some theater work! 

I meant to take a nap, but the greetings kept rolling in and I kept answering until it was time to head out for supper.  It was so wonderful to be with my sister E. and her family!  She treated N. and I to a spectacular Spanish tapas dinner at Dali in Somerville.  We had their back dining room to ourselves, surrounded by the copper celling and pots and pans!  We ordered a plethora of small plates and shared.  I started with a fun non-alcoholic drink: the Oscaritos, which is a refreshing mix of lime juice and mint and fizzy water.  I adore places that have festive drinks for those of us who can't do liquor!  

We shared so many dishes I'm not sure I can recall them all!  So many amazing tastes!  The highlights were the
- gazpacho, so cold, fresh and spicy,
- the ceviche with it's protein-rich mix of cold seafood and citrus, 
- deep-fried cheese with honey and sweet onions
- baked goat cheese with tomato and basil 
- beef short ribs in Rioja wine sauce
- duck in berry sauce,
- scallops in saffron cream
- pheasant with bacon and mushrooms
- lamb meatballs with tomato mint sauce
- prunes wrapped in bacon filled with goat cheer and almonds
- grilled baby lamb chops with peach sauce - this was my niece's choice and definitely the best of the evening with the most tender lamb I've ever eaten, marinated in delicious spices and covered in a perfect fruity sauce! 

There were several other dishes I wanted to try - their menu is astonishing! 

For dessert I had their cool and smooth flan, covered in candied clementines!  The waiters gathered around to sing happy birthday with tambourines and present me with their metal frog candelabra!  My brother-in-law took a fun photo of me giggling at all that!  

I took a few photos - pop over to Facebook if you want to see them.  

Thanks for all the birthday wishes and being part of a wonderful day! 


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It's my birthday and I'll write if I want to! I am taking the day off from work!  

I am so lucky to have special people in my life to celebrate my birthday!  

It's a beautiful day!  The Facebook messages and texts and emails are rolling in!
 

I started celebrating early!  

Sunday RI Adventure

The weather was perfect - clear with a few high clouds now and then, breezy, 70… it looked like the opening of "The Simpsons!"  The sun made everything look so crisp and beautiful!  It was especially appreciated after the muggy 90's and fierce thunderstorms of Saturday.

N and I made a day of it, heading out on a RI adventure!  I have never seen the roads so empty!  It was glorious to sail down I-93 and Rte 24.  

Lunch at Quito's

We started the day in Bristol with a parking spot right out front of Quito's, a fun seafood restaurant with a covered deck right on the harbor!  We shared a flight of chowders!  We got a great table right at the front looking out over the big boats and beautiful water.  It was great to compare the Manhattan, New England and Rhode Island versions of this classic.  I liked the tomatoey Manhattan more than I thought I might, did not really care for the clear broth briny RI and adore their New England.  N. had the grilled chili lime shrimp which I found tough, dry and hard to get off the skewers.  The stuffed quahog was not great either… the stuffing was packed down and dry even after a liberal dosing of lemon juice.  Our second course was better with crunchy clam fritters and coconut mango shrimp.  N's fish and chips had two huge squares of perfect fish.  

South Beach wading

We motored on along the little roads of Tiverton and Little Compton, past the cow pastures and wineries and beautiful bays to the fantastic secret South Beach.  N. played "I'm All About the Bass" for me until we crossed into the area were there is no cell signal or wifi, so we went off the grid!  They've stopped charging for parking!  We pulled most of the way down and got a beachfront parking spot. I took a bunch of photos and a video!  There were a lot of people in the water, so I decided to be brave.  I rolled up my pant legs, shucked my socks and clogs and waded in!  It was lovely! N. tried it too!  It was a little hairy getting back to the car through the stones and getting our feet cleaned off and back into our shoes, but we managed together.  After a quick look at the peaceful Tuniper Pond across the road, we headed back North. 

Farmstand colors

We pulled in at Walker's Farm Stand.  I hadn't been there before.  It's a quintessential family farm with a mix of their homegrown veggies and stuff from elsewhere, ith some cheeses and milk and goodies for the tourists.  I got a couple ears of corn, then popped in to Wilma's Bakery for walnut pumpkin bread and a fresh lemonade!  The displays in the farm stand were so pretty, I dashed back to the car for my phone and snapped a few photos, then walked down to the fields to look out over the bay and take some more! 

Grinnell's Beach Beauty

They've locked the gate and the bathrooms.  Bleh!  But the views of the little island and the big house and the boats and the water are still spectacular.  


General Store Treats

We went on to Fall River to find the Sky Beverage General Store.  It's a beautiful rehab of an old factory building with a convenience store, frozen yogurt shop, candy store and cigar shop!  We got a few Jelly Belly Beans with odd flavors like "Movie Popcorn" and made use of their strong wifi signal to upload photos.  

Dinner Delights

Then it was time to go back to Tiverton for an incredible dinner overlooking Mount Hope Bay at The Boat House.  We had the corner table overlooking the bay!  Sarah was our waitress.  Not the best we've had but a bubbly geeky enthusiastic server with a passion for a clean table.  We started with their warm sourdough rolls and whipped butter in the cute little paper bag.  N. had their Hall of Fame spicy corn chowder with chorizo, while I tried their clam chowder.  Both are delicious!  We shared the field greens with goat cheese and pecans in a champagne vinaigrette and then splurged on the raw bar sampler with 4 cocktail shrimp, 4 Point Judith Oysters and 4 Little Neck clams.  I gloried in the baked stuffed lobster with bay scallop and shrimp stuffing... so divine!  He had their sirloin steak with fried parmesan gnocchi and the fries. The impossibly young looking manager with the braces stopped by to wish me a happy birthday.  He got a little verkelmpt when we told him this is our "go-to place" for special days.  We watched the sunset over the bay as they brought me a little dessert with a candle - the dark chocolate budino (mousse) with hazelnuts and whipped cream, which was free!  They didn't have hot chocolate so I had an ice cold glass of skim milk.  Such a special place!  

There was heavier traffic going back, but it moved along and managed to "make a pocket" away from most cars most of the way.  We made it home in record time - just 66 minutes!  Whee!
 

I uploaded way too many photos to Facebook.  Please check them out over there.  The sunshine made everything look spectacular! 

This is the life!!!!




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 Neil and I had a lovely afternoon on Monday adventuring to the north.  The weather was perfect - another of the series of beautiful days we've had this summer!  My work is about to get super-busy so I wanted to get out and about before that hits.  And Mondays are a great day to avoid the crush in the tourist/beach towns. 

We set out up Rte 1 and stopped to gas up the Tucson at the cheap Hess Station, then popped in at our favorite convenience store - a random Cumberland Farms in Ipswich that has clean bathrooms and stocks interesting new products.  N. picked up 3 of 4 new flavors of Lays potato chips: 
  • Wasabi Ginger,
  • Mango Salsa and
  • Bacon Mac & Cheese.  
  • He eschewed the Cappuccino flavor, not caring for that flavor in real life and rather horrified at the entire idea!  
I picked up the Muddy Buddy Chex Mix.  We shared a "Wild cherry Italian ice" which was actually mild flavored but still tasty. 

We went to Michael's Harborside Restaurant on the harbor in Newburyport.  It's easy to find - just a quick right and left off Rte. 1, with a huge parking lot, right next to the marina.  It's a gorgeous setting - an outdoor bar, a covered deck, an open deck and an interior restaurant with big windows.  We opted to sit inside and were placed right at the front with views of the boats.  Our server, J.R., was helpful, if a bit busy and inattentive, but we weren't in a hurry.  I had the most delicious creamy clam chowder!  It was full of fresh clams and potatoes.  Yum.  They served hot sourdough rolls and whipped butter - a real treat!  N. tried their soup du jour - a very ordinary vegetable soup with thin broth and lots of summer veggies.  I saved him from having to eat a big chunk of zucchini!  From there, things went downhill.  He ordered the tuna with ponzu sauce and found it inedible in that "smells" way.  Bleh.  He mentioned to the server, who took it away and brought him a menu to try something else.  His second choice was wonderful - the swordfish with garlic citrus butter.  I had the lobster pie, which was an odd recipe with mascarpone cheese that overrode the lobster flavor.  I tried to pull out the nice chunks and rid them of the gloppy sauce, but it was mostly bad.  Both our dishes came with grilled asparagus, which was fresh and perfectly cooked.  They also came with rice pilaf which was an odd mixture of overcooked and undercooked grains and inedible.  And the prices were 1/3rd higher than similar places.  So despite the lovely setting and perfect chowder, I can't see going back.  

We took a post-prandial stroll along the harbor.  They've created a lovely walk with sculpture and benches and plantings!  

I had an hankering for ice cream, so we drove back down Rte 1 to the traffic circle and stopped at Haley's Ice Cream. a fun retro shop with a 50's interior and picnic tables outside.  I got a sugar cone stuffed with raspberry truffle ice cream!  It was a spectacular combo of raspberry ice cream with little chocolates mixed in.  N. tried the ginger ice cream which had crunchy bits of real ginger.  We sat outside in the afternoon sunshine and made a big mess with ice cream dripping down our hands.  Thank goodness for the lovely bathroom inside to wash up! 

We rolled on to the beach at Plum Island. I drove around the cute little enclave of houses and drove down to the light house on the far end.  I thought we'd park after 5 pm - only $2.50 at one place - but N. wasn't feeling well, so I left him parked in the residents only section and walked on the beach myself for a few minutes.  I had fun sitting on a rock, taking photos and a short video.  Pop over to Google+ or Facebook to peruse those!  Here's one to entice you! 

Plum Island

We took off for home and it was only an hour!  Traffic was the lightest I've seen.  

Such a lovely excursion... stored up a bunch of memories to carry me through the busy fall!  

Hope you are enjoying the end of your summer!  







Lake W Day

Jul. 21st, 2014 10:34 pm
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 Neil and I drove up to Lake Winnipesaukee today!  

 We got on the road about 8:30 am.  It was a perfect weather-wise!  There was very little traffic on 93.  I ate red seedless grapes as we rolled along. 

Breakfast
We decided to take the scenic route along Rte 11 from Alton Bay, got a little lost making it there from 93.  We made it to Laconia in less than 2.5 hours and walked right in at Kitchen Cravings in Gilford at 11:30 am.  We had a 2-top in the middle of the dining room.  Neil had the beef burrito - huge!  I ordered The Trainer - 1 egg over easy, 1 slice of French toast, one slice of bacon and one sausage.  I had a side of kielbasa and I also shared a unicycle - the cinnamon bun flattened, dipped in french toast batter and fried.  Washed down with fresh OJ and a hot chocolate, it was divine!  If you're ever anywhere near Laconia, be sure to stop in - everything is amazingly delicious and inexpensive!  Take a jacket - this is the coldest spot around.  I don't usually notice a/c, but it was about 60 degrees in there! 

Weirs Beach
We rolled over the Weirs Beach Boardwalk.  I got my right hand henna'd.  A young black woman painstakingly drew a free-hand design of circles and vines and dots.  Neil got into the spirit and had the "Firefly" Serenity Chinese characters painted on his hand!  We checked out the "2 for $10" t-shirt shop but didn't find anything,

A Cruise 
We got on the 2-hour U.S. Mail boat Sophie C boat cruise.  It was a delightful guided tour of the lake with stops at several islands.  It was like visiting a bunch of little towns and having the locals come out to meet you - people gather at the dock to get their mail and buy ice cream off the boat!  We forgot to re-feed the meter before we got on the boat, but we didn't get a ticket!  

Kellerhaus
We drove to Kellerhaus, the amazing ice cream, candy and gifts shop.  We were very moderate, only buying a few chocolates and hard candy.  I resisted the display of Grumpy Cat paraphernalia at the front door.  

Early supper
We made our way to Meredith for an early supper at the Town Docks Restaurant.  We sat on their second floor deck in the shade near the door with an amazing view of Lake Winnipesaukee!   I ate some of Neil's lobster corn chowder.  I had clam chowder.  We shared the corn fritters with remoulade sauce.  He had the steak tips kebab.  He gave me half his corn on the cob and his watermelon slice.  I had the hot buttered lobster roll with onion rings.  I ate the sweet fresh lobster claw meat dipped in butter, but not the roll.  This was the first place there was wifi all day, so I checked in on Facebook and uploaded a bunch of photos.  You can see them on Facebook or Google+ if we're friended. 

Heading home
We set off for home down I-93 about 6 pm and made it in about 2.5 hrs, with a brief stop at the Hookset visitors center.  

So we're home safe and sound and amazingly refreshed after 12 hours away!  

For my records, this was our 4th trip to the lake.
1) 2010 Aug 6-7 at the condos in Gilford, cruise on the Doris E 
2) 2011 Aug 27-28 at the Fireside (left early due to Hurricane Irene), cruise on the Mt W
2012  skipped (I went to Brooklyn)
3) 2013 July 28-29 at the Margate. circumnavigation 
4) 2014 July 21 Day trip, cruise on the Sophie C 


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Mom's carFOR SALE - 2005 Chrysler 300 4-door Sedan 
Very low mileage 
Automatic transmission
White exterior
Black interior
One owner 

Want my mother's car?  It's time for her to stop driving and we'd like it to go to a friend or someone you know.  Great condition - less than 45,000 miles!  Always been parked indoors.  Edmunds.com says it's worth $11,212.  Drive it away for $10K or best offer. Email me at bex77@comcast.net if you're interested.  If not, please tell your friends!  
 
 
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What would you do if you suddenly found yourself living in the world of Hamlet? When Rosencrantz Guildenstern find themselves rushing toward Elsinore with the rules of probability playing funny tricks, they don't know which way is up! Celebrate T@F's 10th Anniversary with Tom Stoppard's wise and witty masterwork.


Theatre@First celebrates our 10th Anniversary with the show that started it all!

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
written by Tom Stoppard
directed by Elizabeth Hunter

For tickets and more info, please visit our website!
<http://www.theatreatfirst.org/shows/rosen_guild/rosen_guild.shtml>

April 4-12, 2014
Davis Square Theatre <http://davissquaretheatre.com/>

Full of some of the greatest wordplay in English drama, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead examines the meaning of death and the questions of life from an absurdist perspective that leaves audiences laughing at their own folly and gasping at the truths revealed.

Double-Deal! Enjoy dinner and a show!
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead patrons get 10% off food purchases at Foundry or Saloon with a same-day ticket stub.

Ticket purchases at the box office get a $5 discount when a same-day receipt from Foundry or Saloon is presented.

 
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Don't you adore dealing with car repairs?  No?  Me neither. 

Our wonderful 8 year-old mini-van had gotten to the stage where we had to take it to the mechanic a lot.  So when we got our new car in November, one of my main thoughts was "YAY!  I won't have to deal with repairs for YEARS!"  I made a vow to try to trade-in before the worst of the failures start.  

So in late January... the fan stopped working except on setting #2.  Which is not enough to blast the defroster on a snowy day!  Or keep the car warm enough when the temperature is 5 degrees.  

So I went online (like that!) to get the "next available appointment."  In February.  Okay.  There were only three snowstorms in the time I waited.  
Monday.
N. took the car in at 11 am.  He was a little early for our appointment.  It took them two hours to tell him what was wrong, and that they didn't have the part to fix it.  What is the point of having an appointment is if they aren't going to work on the car anywhere around that time? They said they could order the part delivered overnight and they'd fix the car Tuesday.  Great!  We get to make another trip out there.  

Tuesday.  
They called the house (why not N's mobile phone?) after lunch to say that one part had come in but not another.  They'd call Wednesday when it came in.  

Wednesday.  
They did not call. 

Thursday.  
They called me (why?) to tell me the second part was back-ordered.  They had a call in to see when it might be available.  They had no idea when it would be.  They'll call when they know. 

Good thing it's not something important that would keep us from driving the car! 

I'm glad it happened under warranty so I don't have to pay them, but I am honestly looking forward to the day when the warranty expires and I can go to the mechanic I adore and stop dealing with the blasted dealer who wastes our time!  He fixed things while we waited, or the next day if he needed a part. 

Any bets on when it will be fixed?  How long will I be limited to #2?!




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I've spent the morning spreading the word far and wide about the next Theatre@First show so I figure you folks should see the info as well!  There are so many talented people working hard to bring this show to life.  I want to do all I can to be sure lots of folks are there to see them.  I'm very excited that we'll be right in Davis Square, that it's wheelchair accessible, and that we can take credit cards now!  I am very curious to see how it turns out, in a new space for us.  Here's the scoop: 

See an amazing PLAY at a reasonable price!  

Theatre@First presents
TOP GIRLS
written by Caryl Churchill, directed by Liz Adams
in a NEW VENUE that's wheelchair accessible! 
 
Theatre@First is proud to honor playwright Caryl Churchill’s 75th birthday year with her most famous, ground-breaking work.  As relevant today as when it was written in 1982, Top Girls celebrates the choices required to reach the top.  Featuring the famous dinner-party scene with extraordinary women of history and legend, this acute and funny script ranges from the 9th century to modern office politics.. With acerbic dialogue and stiletto-sharp characters, Top Girls will take you for a dizzying ride!
 
MAKE A NIGHT OF IT!  DOUBLE-DEAL! 
Foundry and Saloon patrons receive $5 off regular ticket prices at the door!
T@F patrons receive 10% off food at Foundry and Saloon!

$20 for adults
$15 for students/seniors
Credit cards now accepted at the door
 
PERFORMANCE DATES:

Thursday - January 23 - 7pm
Friday - January 24 - 7pm
Saturday - January 25 - 4pm MATINEE
Wednesday - January 29 - 7pm
Thursday - January 30 - 7pm
Friday - January 31 - 7pm
Saturday - February 1 - 4pm MATINEE

For more information, reservations and tickets, visit theatreatfirst.org!


Novices

Jan. 5th, 2014 10:27 pm
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Today marked my return to the ice rink after a hiatus of 7 years.  I used to travel all over to see figure skating - Skate America, Nationals, Worlds, and exhibitions or pro skating too!   But it got too expensive and they changed the scoring system and life changed and I stopped.  Today it was time to go again! 

US Nationals are in Boston this week!  And my loving sister made it possible for me to go!  We have all-event tickets and will be popping in to the arenas this week for many hours of skating practices and competition!  Most of the action is at the TD Garden later in the week.  

I started today with the Novice competition at the Boston Convention and Expo Center in South Boston.  They build an ice rink inside the exhibition space on the lower level!   Most of the competitors today are in their mid-teens.  There are five levels of competition at Nationals:

1) Juvenile
2) Intermediate
3) Novice
4) Junior
5) Senior (the ones you usually see the top 3-4 on TV)
        (they go on to the Olympics in a month) 

I got to see the novice ladies and the pairs short programs with my 6 year old niece.  I was worried that it would be too tough for her to sit hour-after- hour watching skaters, but she was enthralled!  I also worried that I had forgotten the rules, or how to judge the moves.  But it all came back to me, and we were sitting with experienced fans who were kind enough to help me indoctrinate her.  

I saw friends that we made online in the 90's that often traveled to the same events with us, that I had not seen in 10 years!  And I made new pals, some of whom told tales of starting in with skating fandom when it came to their city in 1971!  Skating fans are good people! 

I had also forgotten how fun it is to people watch!  Many of my favorite skaters are coaches now.  So you can looks behind the boards and see past champions, or glance left and right in the stands and see faces you've seen on TV so many times!  You can even get a glimpse of Brian Boitano!  Skating is still a small sport where everyone mingles!  It was so wonderful to be back mingling with them.  


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Neil and I had a very special meal this afternoon in Watertown.  A friend of N's was doing a photo shoot at a restaurant to update their website, and needed folks to populate the place on a rainy Sunday afternoon.  So we volunteered to eat and allow our images, mostly our hands, to be photographed.  

Kareem's Restaurant is a beautiful, zen place at 99 Common Street, a side street off Mt. Auburn very close to Watertown Square with a cheery yellow facade, big windows, classy dining room and open kitchen.  

Kareem's Restaurant, Watertown

Dining Room
The chef, Ahmad Yasin, welcomes everyone. He is an affable fellow.  With the open kitchen, we got to watch the entire process as he chops, blends and cooks the freshest ingredients.  Nothing like dinner and a show!  

Chef Ahmad

Open Kitchen

Check out the menu
http://yasinculinary.com

We started with the house made Sharaab al Rawda -Pomegranate "drink of the garden" a tart, refreshing fruit beverage.  It's the kind of drink that makes you feel healthier as you sip it. 

Pomegranate Drink

We shared two appetizers with N's friend - classic hummus and royal beet hummus.  Both were incredibly smooth and flavorful.  They were served with fresh pita bread.  

Classic and Royal Beet Hummos with Pita Bread
We also got to try the 
Smoked Salmon Kibbeh
The chef's specialty, with wheat, smoked salmon, spices, herbs, and extra virgin olive oil.

Salmon Kibbeh

The entrees come with the Lemon-mint Drizzled Fatoosh Salad- The word Fatoosh derives from the Arabic root word "to crumble," or small crunchy pieces of pita bread. It is a wonderful, healthy and refreshing salad with a light lemon-based dressing, romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, radish, fennel and hint of fresh mint.
Fatoosh

N had the Kibbeh entree - an amazing square of ground lamb kneaded with bulgur wheat. The filling consists of ground lamb cooked with onions, spices and pine nuts. Served with homemade yogurt and grilled asparagus.

Kibbeh

I had the best stuffed grape leaves I've ever tasted!  A mixture of lamb, rice and spices rolled into the grape leaves cooked in fresh lemon juice. Served with homemade yogurt.

Stuffed grape leaves

They have several vegetarian options - the special tonight involved stuffed artichokes that got rave reviews from the table next to us. 

As a thank you for helping out with the photo shoot, the chef gave us dessert - 
Kanafa
A classic Arab dessert in which "jubnah hulwah," sweet white cheese is baked between two layers of shredded filo pastry, pistachios and orange flavored syrup. Baked to golden color and served warm.  It was very light and the flavors danced on my tongue in an amazing cheesy, nutty, crunchy, fruity treat.  

Kanafa dessert

The place is open on Saturdays and Sundays 11 am - 8 pm by reservation only, and they only take cash or checks.  There was easy parking on the wide street.  He also caters, so if you want something very special for your next party or occasion, check him out!  My mouth has not been this happy in a long time!  

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