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A little late for valentines 
Feb. 13, 2009 5:53 pm 
Updated: Feb. 14, 2009 3:47 pm
I am not a holiday person.  I spent 5 years running food & beverage at a resort which was a 365 day a year job, including weekends, holidays, Saturday night weddings, Sunday brunches ect.......pretty well burned me out on holidays, because I was always working.  Nothing says Thanksgiving like spending the afternoon/evening helping my dishwashers clean the remnants of everyone else's mess.  My family gave up on ever inviting me to a holiday meal.  If I did show up, I was either a grump because of the work I knew was waiting on me, or asleep on the couch.

At any rate I despise Valentines day.  This is a holiday for restaurants, florists & halmark.  If Obama wants to stimulate the economy, I think he would be better off creating a few more cheesy holidays instead - maybe one a week.  This would be a better use of our representatives time - wait a minute, I think today, Friday the 13th can now be known as PORK day.  Although I think Iowa already the market on this one.  We could all burn PORK burgers on our gas grills made in China, barbeque until we bust, and throw in a Lions game on our 89 inch digital plasma tv's (maybe they could have a post seanson intersquad scrimmage - at least they could claim a win). 

What holidays would we foodies like to celebrate?  We may want to consider a new Independance day 2009, where we kick all politicians (who have served over the past 30 years) out of the country (I heard Guantanimo has a nice resort with diminishing occupancy), and replace them with anyone who has any inkling of common sense.  Our former & current representatives apparently have none.  Today I feel like our country has just bought a 12 year old Chrysler at a "buy here - pay here" dealership at 25% interest for the next 300 years.

I did promise my wife a road trip - need to get her to a real grocery store soon before she starts twitching violently.  Her favorite is Trader Joes, closest of which is in Ann Arbor.  Our valentines gift to each other will be a good meal somewhere during the trip.  Any suggestions foodies?  Many to choose from, I'm leaning toward Tai but we are debating an Ethiopian restaurant that looks interesting.  Any help would be appreciated.

The only way to teach someone to be a humble servant is to be one yourself.

The Hospital Foodie
Feb. 13, 2009 7:45 pm
Any restaurant over the next few days is going to be crowded-I'm steering clear of everything. had no idea Trader Joe's was so widespread. that is a great store-happy hunting there.I have a cheesecake in the oven & some steaks defrosting for tomorrow. Should be a yummy day-hope yours is good, too.
Feb. 14, 2009 4:50 am
Foodie- Gee man you had time to get married? Let alone you got the day off on the 14th of Feb! Helping a dishwasher after a large event is SOP (standard operating procedure) in my book, we all want to get the job done and go home. Imagine those left behind to empty and clean bed-pans.....(imagary non gratis)lets face it National holidays in this country are a for profit venture. The only day(s) I always insist on having off come during the Passover, at least then I spend the time with my family and a special spiritual presense. No matter what restaurant you and the wife choose chances are you will share this day with a line of people that also share your "I will dammn'd if I am going to cook" feelings. I myself will spend it in my kitchen doing what I do best: Creating a meal worthy of my 16 year relationship. Hang in there man and happy $$$Valentine Day$$$$
Feb. 14, 2009 5:23 am
As a former hospital RN I can commiserate with you. So many holidays I missed at home. One time I actually made my own mini Thanksgiving dinner because I couldn't get away to join my family...talk about depressing. Anyhoo, no more of that for me. Wish we had a Trader Joe's, always hearing of it and would love to experience it. For tonight though, think we'll go for an early movie and let all the lovebirds do the predictable and then we'll eat later when all the lovebirds are at a late movie or at home...maybe go for breakfast someplace. BTW I celebrated National Pork Day by eating BBQ!!!
Feb. 14, 2009 3:47 pm
Well we ended up getting lost (twice)- but did manage to find Trader Joes & a Fresh Market, which my wife enjoyed while I read books to the 3year old at a Borders. I wasn't aware that Dora the explorer was able to turn into a mermaid until today. Found an Italian place for late lunch that had decent food & better than average service - so the day wasn't a total loss I guess. The wife seems happy at the moment with her fresh watercress & a variety of imported cheese. Maybe Valentines day was invented for the ladies to get back at us for Superbowl Sunday.
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A generation "X"er who had the good sense to marry a patient woman, who happens to be a chef (those two characteristics rarely go together). I am one of the few men who have the ability & ignorance to claim the title "food service director."
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy grilling out & making soups & stocks from scratch. I make some mean salads too.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Eating whatever my mom prepares - she was probably the reason I got into the food service business to begin with. Guess I can blame her.
My cooking triumphs
Implementing restaurant style menus & room service for hospital patients - my attempt at breaking the "Hospital Food" stereotype that it no longer deserves.
My cooking tragedies
I did set a char broiler on fire once (but that was on purpose, they needed a new one) & NEVER add liquid margarine to a chocolate fountain. Not a good idea.
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