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Wednesday, December 23, 2009
  Best Food Writing of 2009
They had to wait until the end of December, but the New York Times' review of La Grenouille is a masterpiece. All aspiring food writers should remember that in a review the words matter as much as the food:
The crowd is amazing. There are city patricians, upscale travelers, romantics celebrating anniversaries, cads with escort-service friends, priests drinking Burgundy and spooning soup past their dog collars. There is jewelry everywhere, evidence of plastic surgery.

There are Thackeray characters come to life in a modern age. Some have spent too much time in the sun, doing nothing much more than turning the pages of a book. Others, eyes darting back and forth, examine the restaurant and chart customers as handicappers do horses at Belmont: Are the flowers less resplendent than in years past? Perhaps, ever so slightly, yes. Is the carpet threadbare? Not in the least, though those waiters may qualify! Is that a daughter or lover in the corner with that old lion? Oh, please. Have the Montrachet to start?
I think I need to go.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
The most brilliant professor I ever had the pleasure of studying with is getting a more than a little annoyed:
Obama, like so many Democrats in Congress, has fallen prey to the conventional Democratic strategic wisdom: that the way to win the center is to tack to the center.

But it doesn't work that way.

You want to win the center? Emanate strength. Emanate conviction. Lead like you know where you're going (and hopefully know what you're talking about).

People in the center will follow if you speak to their values, address their ambivalence (because by definition, on a wide range of issues, they're torn between the right and left), and act on what you believe. FDR did it. LBJ did it. Reagan did it. Even George W. Bush did it, although I wish he hadn't.

But you have to believe something.
The essay goes into a little more detail about the specific shortcomings of our current president's style and hits the nail pretty squarely on the head. If you are a political junkie, it's worth five minutes of your time.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
  Can't Stop the Bleedin'
Jae's is going buh bye:
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Boston restaurateur Jae Chung's venture into North County is coming to a halt on Sunday as Jae's Inn closes its doors.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
  Holiday Madness
It's been very light blogging of late due to my current workload. For some crazy reason I decided that I would not only manage the bakery at the store, but I would assume the duties of the head baker. Now I wake at 4 a.m. and often still work late into the evening. Hopefully this will all calm down after the New Year.

When it does, I've got a lot to say -

.... not to mention anything else I feel like writing.

Stay tuned.

*Changed from the term Teabaggers so as not to offend my libertarian friend who is looking out for his interpretations of the sensitivities of the GLBT Community.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
  Time to Kick Him Out
Why does Joe Lieberman still hold any seniority in the Democratic Caucus?
In a surprise setback for Democratic leaders, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, independent of Connecticut, said on Sunday that he would vote against the health care legislation in its current form.
Seriously. If he insists on making the healthcare debate "all about what Joe wants" he needs to find a new political home. It's time for him to lose his chairmanship.

I wonder how many Dems in CT wish they had voted for Ned Lamont in November '06?

And while we're at it, let's roll back the rules on the Senate filibuster to their 19th century version. If the GOP wants to play games on every issue, at least make them take the field to defend their position.
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