Yearly Archives: 2006

My father died today

My father, Frank Jerome Valencia, passed away early this morning at the age of 69.

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They need to tell you about this kind of day in advance

My father is in a coma and I spent the day glued to his bedside in a reclining chair with a string of Christmas lights on over his bed.  He loves Christmas lights.  The nursing supervisor, who is very nice, … Continue reading

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Storms in Binghamton

I stopped at McDonald’s to pick up two caramel sundaes to bring to the nursing home.  My dad and I ate one apiece and then he went back to sleep.  I sat with him for a couple of hours and … Continue reading

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The Departed

This evening we went to see The Departed, the new Scorsese film, at the local zillion-plex in Binghamton with Marie and Nicole and company, which was fun.  It was nice to get away from the nursing home and pretend that … Continue reading

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Grande’s not so good in Binghamton

The restaurant known as Marinelli’s (not sure if I am spelling this correctly) had closed awhile back.  My understanding is that this was an institution of sorts and that they had good sauce.  Apparently the sauce lives on at Anthony’s … Continue reading

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Chinese take-out just like Mom used to order

We had take-out Chinese food today, the kind I grew up with in New York City.  It was nostalgic to go into the place and see the make-shift pencil holder, which is raw rice in a plastic soup container with … Continue reading

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Red Lobster in Vestal

Well, screw it, we ate at Red Lobster in Vestal, New York today.  I always hated Red Lobster, and I am able to trace this to some super-lousy coconut shrimp in Daly City in 1997.  Matt and I arrived in … Continue reading

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Braised beef shanks

Yes, I braised the beef shanks I talked about yesterday.  This is an easy recipe.  As long as you have shanks, canola oil, a decent acid, some aromatics and salt and pepper, the rest is gravy.   This is something you … Continue reading

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Berkeley Bowl’s prepared food

We are in our summer redux now, so Berry spent some quality time on the patio while I was reading cookbooks selecting a nice braise for the beef shanks I picked up today at Berkeley Bowl.  I heard it would … Continue reading

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A little post about the dog

Find the dog in this photo.  It’s Berry snoozing on the futon in the bungalow in our back yard.  He doesn’t normally go in there since he is not a fan of small spaces.  He’ll only stay in there if … Continue reading

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