I need help...
If you know someone with the technology to update, train, etc...me..on blogging... I don't even know how to get people's responses on this thing. My brother in law set this up...but I hate to ask him. He's too busy, and already eats and drinks for free at The Stones....and, well, he's not as saavy as..nevermind... Please help me with a reference, or if YOU are tech-saavy and I will reward you/both with steaks and beer. (Wine and cheese?) Cash?
I don't mind hearing opinions at the restaurants, of course...but some dialogue here would be more fun!
We have returned from Europe. Where we met, and then left, our "backpacking" daughter--She trained overnight to Florence, Italy, from Budapest, via Prague, via Germany, via Poland. We were supposed to meet her at the train station, but she was early. So, she napped under a park bench--then walked to all the cool Florence sights while the "million" tourists slept, then, she found our hotel and convinced them to let her into our room (that was booked by someone other than us!) where she took a hot bath, and a nap. Love that shit.
One of our friends asked Tara how she stays safe traveling as a woman alone, through various countries. She told us that she does her drinking at gay bars. (Great strategy, right!? Her momma didn't raise no fool!)
This blog started to be (a little) about our trip...but she is so much more interesting. We visit "the" museums, seek the best wine for the money (can't go wrong in Tuscany!), eat pasta (can't go wrong in Rome)...SHE, visits Art Galleries. Remote locations, with little known artists. And writes a column for a Chicago art e-magazine. And crashes on couches of friends of friends. David? Michaelangelo? Eh.
She's now on a farm in France--0receiving free room and board while she milks cows, forages for mushrooms, bakes bread...and learns to speak French. Seriously.
I'll be back with more later...
BY THE WAY...if you know someone with the technology to update, train, etc...me..on blogging... I don't even know how to get people's responses on this thing. My brother in law set this up...but I hate to ask him. He's too busy, and already eats and drinks for free at The Stones. Please help me with a reference, and I will reward you both with steak and beer. (Wine and cheese?) email@example.com
Going on two years ago, at the annual Boys and Girls Club Holiday Auction, friends of ours bid feverishly against each other for a "Tuscan Villa Getaway" package. The details of how it proceeded from there are fuzzy--maybe from the wine, maybe from the chaitable glow, maybe because I don't remember shit anymore--but, my friends ended up with TWO villas, that house two couples each and, well, at 7:40PM I will be on one of those planes headed in the general direction of Italy. (A question for the accountant...if I combine a charitable contribution with steady wine and gelato research, then maybe a stop over in Barcelona to see what's new in the world of Tapas...can I claim that bad-boy TWICE?!)
Anyway...There will be no posts here for a couple weeks. When I return...I will probably write about great friends (and too much wine), or maybe, (ex-great friends, and too much wine!), maybe also about wine, and olives (and wine), olive oil (and wine)...
Then...our new menus, fall beers at COBBLESTONES (Whoa! Wait... Germany..Oktoberfest...The Euro Rail...not far from Italy....hmmm. What's more fun than "writing off" tankards of beer...other than, the actual tankards of beer! Note to self..."MUST call the accountant!")
I'm out. Have to go dust off that one pair of Italian shoes, and practice the whole double-kiss thing.
You have read here, about NYC's The Meatball Shop (TMS) in the past. Their continued success, I imagine, will produce more locations--in addition to the three they have already. Such a unique--and perfectly executed concept, in so many ways. Wouldn't I have loved to have thought of it!
So, I took a walk cross-town yesterday prior to kick-off, and spotted a new, assuming-knock-off concept called; "Meatball Obsession."
Maybe "knock off" is unfair--I don't mean to hate--and maybe the meatballs are amazing. I don't know, I didn't stop in. It felt wrong. But their website makes it seem as though they have been thinking about this concept since before Al Capone. Mama Leone. Anthony.
Not that TMS invented the meatball...but I figure they paved the way as a retail-restaurant-concept.
It's the OBSESSION name that made me chuckle, more than the thought of "copy cat." I can get with copying some rightgeous shit.
The name, however, goes on my list of, well, let's say, names I wouldn't. Though I admit that I am a little obsessed with TMS, for me it's not all about the actual meatball, as great as they are.
Is anyone actually obsessed with meatballs? Intrigued, sure. A fan of? Indeed. Craving? Ok. But, "obsessed"?
My high regard for TMS is in the originality. And the spot-on execution. The attitude. The balls.
Maybe that's the name I would go with if I had been the next-in-line naming guy. Simply, The Balls.
For the 4th year in a row, we have jumped on the "bandwagon" joining in on that kooky trend of trying to feed hungry children, through the multi-layered initiatives supported--AND driven--by the Share Our Stregth organization. September is NO KID HUNGRY month, and of course, if that title had any truth to it, I would have to blog about something different today.
There ARE hungry children. And we have the resources to feed them. YOU are a resource! We feed them, their brain-muscle better develops, they become better educated, we all "win" for years to come.
That's it. In a nod to my daughters--never shy about giving me advice back--I will not "get preachy."
Both Stones are featuring amazing desserts ALL month long--with all profits being donated to this fine organization. As much as we would love to see you--to wine and dine you--and help you with a sweet donation, we prefer even more, if you wrote a check--and fed some hungry kids even more directly!
Or, do both. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Feed hungry children. Educate all.