By no means am I going to bitch about the fact that I've been going balls to the wall since we've been back from San Francisco. Remember all the wonderful things I was going to share from our trip to San Francisco? Yeah, well it's taken a back seat to a) getting primer on the outside of my unpainted home before it gets too cold to do so, and b) the perfect work storm comprised of a finishing one project, starting two more, and traveling like a son-of-a-b.
The bride is actually flying out tomorrow and meeting me in Philly for the weekend. BTW, feel free to rob my house, everything of value is either on a plane to the east coast or is being cared for by my mother-in-law. One caveat: you'll have to get past my neighbors watchful eye. She sees and hears ALL.
If I have any regrets, it's that October has been so full of stuff that I really haven't had the opportunity to cook much during, this, my favorite time of year. In fact, I haven't had time to get my hair cut. I'm beginning to resemble Chewbacca. (Damn, Chewy hasn't made it spell check.)
Just a few quick notes:
Due to the fact that I have this fear that something might happen to me on one of my trips, Regina and I always go out to eat or do something special before I leave. Actually, this time we were both leaving on Sunday - she to San Diego and I to Boston. At any rate, we went to Downtown 140 and I'm happy to report that the place is in the very capable hands of Don Triskett. If you go, you have got to try the Ohio Pork Chops with smoked sweet potato , crisp pork belly, brussels sprouts, cider reduction. My good food karma came through for me big time. Every component of this dish was excellent on its own, but screamed "fall on a dish" when put together. I'd like to think I make good pork chops, but these were phenomenal.
I'm not as high on Michael Symon as others are, but I was very sorry to hear that Bar Symon will close this weekend. Of all of his restaurants this was my favorite. I thought it was a good value and the menu - although relatively small - was comprised of stuff I like to eat. The fried chicken was the cat's ass. I certainly hope that shows up again soon. I think the other shitty part to this whole saga is that those who live in that immediate area are going to continue to have to drive for good grub -sucks big time for them.
The next time we meet, I should be able to stay home for an entire week and actually post some stuff for a change.