Yearly Archives: 2008

Visit from family

Today we had a visit from our niece, Julia, whom I have not seen since 1995, at which time she was beating the daylights out of her younger brother, Max.  Julia’s fiance, Brian, was with her.  Turns out he’s a … Continue reading

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Happy Christmas 2008!

Happy Christmas to everyone!  Here are a couple photos of portions of our Christmas dinner.  We made prime rib with the usual suspects, like creamed spinach and a large Yorkshire pudding, which Matthew snapped while it was still in the oven.  … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas Eve 2008!

The most wonderful day of the year, Christmas Eve, and the weather outside was rainy, which is the best you can do in these parts.  Matthew, Mutti and I went to Nation’s to have a quick bite before going off … Continue reading

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Pulled pork sandwiches

A recent hankering by one of the residents here for pulled pork sammies created the need for a large hunk of slow-roasted pork.  One trip to Smart & Final later, I was well on the road.  I make my pulled … Continue reading

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Zaki’s Kebob Cafe in Albany CA

The place that replaced the place that replaced the other place at the cursed location of Dartmouth Street and San Pablo Avenue in Albany seems to have caught on.  Zaki’s Kebob Cafe (1101 San Pablo Avenue, Albany) offers heartfelt Middle … Continue reading

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Cuisinart Griddler at Costco

The best $89 + tax I ever spent at Costco was for a Cuisinart Griddler last month.  I have been waiting for Costco to get this guy in for a few years now, holding off buying it on sale at … Continue reading

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Food from QVC and HSN

Like other cooking-obsessed people, I’m easily lured by certain kinds of marketing.  When I’m home by myself and have a bite of lunch I sometimes sit in the living room and watch a little TV.  If the shopping channels happen … Continue reading

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Vik’s Chaat in Berkeley CA

We wanted the antithesis of a turkey dinner today so we went to Vik’s Chaat Shop (726 Allston Way, Berkeley) for some spicy grub.  The weekend is the best time to go to Vik’s because they offer their full menu.  … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving 2008!

Thanksgiving Day!  Prepared the usual suspects and had one of Matt’s friends, Chris, over, which made it a nice time.  Matt has a great group of friends – all bright, creative and inquisitive individuals.  We have fun spending time with … Continue reading

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Top Chef – ho hum

I hate to have nonsense here, but…..Matt was watching a recent episode of the Bravo reality television show Top Chef last night, and one of the hosts, Padma Lakshmi, in an amateur move, spit out a bite of a dish … Continue reading

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