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I've been having a rough time lately, but managed to get out of my house yesterday to see my therapist (the first time in weeks and weeks). I've been feeling a little weak, so instead of schlepping from Telegraph all the way to Tuk-Tuk Thai Cafe on Shattuck (as is our custom). I decided to try this new place on Telegraph near my therapist Rangoon Superstars. [personal profile] loracs and I over ordered as we tend to do at a new restaurant.

We both just loved the place. I can't remember what soup we had, but it had like a potato dumpling in it. On the spicy side for me, but I'm a wimp and I still liked it. We had salt and pepper calamari which was amazingly tender. [personal profile] loracs loved the jalapenos that went with it. I was able to eat around the jalapenos and enjoyed the appetizer quite a bit. I had some garlic noodles with duck. She had a shrimp dish. I discovered a new favorite drink: Burmese Milk Tea.

I was happy to run into [personal profile] serene as she walked home from work. Lots of vegetarian options probably several vegan ones as well.
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I didn't expect to do much of anything for my birthday, but in the early afternoon [personal profile] loracs asked whether I wanted to go out to eat and if I did, where would I like to go? [personal profile] loracs and I have a list of five or six restaurants we would like to try at some point, so I picked one or two. We settled on a place in Alameda called Speisekammer (don't ask me to pronounce it.), we shared a half order of Reibekuchen (potato pancakes) and a half order of Semmelknödel mit Pilzrahmsoße (a dumpling stuffed with bacon in a mushroom sauce). Both were a hit, although I enjoyed the potato pancakes more.

For the entree, [personal profile] loracs ordered Bratwurst Gegrillt (a sausage) with all their veggie sides; butternut squash, brussel sprouts, a broccoli like vegetable that I can't remember the name of and another vegetable I don't remember. She also ordered Spätzle (a pasta) because we both wanted to try it. Of course when I say [personal profile] loracs ordered this and I ordered that, it doesn't imply ownership. We both pretty much ate from each other's plates as we always do.

I got the pork Wiener Schnitzel vom Schwein with roasted potatoes and a small salad that went with it. [personal profile] loracs ate most of my salad which was just beets and cabbage. Not my favorite things. I could have had veal Wiener Schnitzel, but since I don't eat veal these days, I stuck with the pork.

Because it was my birthday we did manage to cram down some dessert. [personal profile] loracs ordered an apple strudel with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. I got some crème brûlée. We brought home enough food for at least one more meal maybe two. [personal profile] loracs washed it all down with iced tea. I got a dark beer that was pretty good. I wish I remembered what it was called.

All in all we had a really nice time. A fun, unexpected, sort of adventure for my 55th birthday.
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[personal profile] loracs and I went to see a staged reading of The Drunken City by Adam Bock (some may know him from Shotgun Players). We started the evening by getting dinner at a new (to us) restaurant in Castro Valley called Genghix (or Genghis, there seemed to be a little confusion between their sign outside and how the name was spelled on their receipts). A really nice restaurant friendly, quick service amazingly fresh sushi. I enjoyed their tonkatsu, very tender and tasty, but I sort of wish I had ordered the lamb chop. I tasted some of [personal profile] loracs's and it was really good. We will be going back there.

After dinner we headed for the Morrison Theater (a part of the Hayward Recreation and Park District). To see The Drunken City which was light and funny. There were a few dialogue bobbles especially in the second half of the play. Some of the jokes depended on some fairly specific timing which they pulled off sometimes and other times really didn't. Of course that kind of thing is difficult in a staged reading, but the first half of the play was very tight. The second half just didn't live up to the polish of the first half. Neither of us liked the decision to keep the house lights up. The light on us was very distracting, but we had a very good time.

The theater itself was just barely accessible. The only place for a person in a wheelchair to park was at the back of the house and I can't imagine more than four wheelchair users attending a show there. Except for the entrance to the theater there seemed to be steps everywhere. Clearly a theater designed and built before that ADA. Still, we had a wonderful evening.
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I went and saw this with [personal profile] loracs and [profile] dbubley. The play is about exactly what you think it's about and it's about something completely different. It's rough in parts. Some folks' fantasy is someone else's nightmare, but it was worth it to me. Good show. Grabbed some food at Westfield's (I think that's the name) fancy food court. I had nice time.
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My sweetie, [personal profile] serene has started a really cool blog project called, The Mom Food Project. Lots of folks seem to be very enthusiastic about it already and I think it will be worth following. You can see it here.
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Snagged from [personal profile] serene

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros (don't like it)
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile


Snipped for those meme averse. )

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you've eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
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My house has a pretty large backyard, especially by SF Bay Area standards. We were also bequeathed lots of trees back there. Most of which we ended up getting rid of, but we did keep several fruit trees. Our plum tree has been going crazy this year. [personal profile] loracs brought in several plums to show off and [personal profile] serene lit up with the idea of canning some. So it was off to Longs for canning stuff. We didn't find all we needed at Longs, but eventually we got it all. For awhile our kitchen was transformed into a canning factory extraordinaire with all four of our stove burners going. I think we bit off a little more than we could chew, but [personal profile] serene did manage to fill 23 half pint jars of golden yellow plum preserves.

I didn't do any of the heavy lifting, but I am a fine cheerleader and fire watcher (got to make sure all the flammable items are far away from the burners don't you know). I'm indecently pleased at eating things that have grown from my own backyard. Even though I did nothing to deserve it. I managed to grab my new favorite Jamba juice drink; a chocolate, peanut butter and banana concoction that I can't seem to get enough of lately, while out buying equipment. If that wasn't enough, [personal profile] serene also made some kind of Spanish fretata (sp?) thing (or perhaps you would call it a potato eggs and cheese omelette) that I got to have for dinner. I really liked it. I started the day with bacon and coffee made by [personal profile] loracs. Watched plum preserves being made from my very own tree. Watched a little Battlestar Galactica and Buffy on DVD. Slipped in and a little long-overdue TMI. It is good to be me today.
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A while ago I lamented the passing of Mothers cookies (specifically their oatmeal cookies). News of its parting were premature, I'm happy to write. There be cookies here! Thank you [personal profile] serene for the link and the good news!
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Food survey! grabbed from [personal profile] serenejournal

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
2a) Italicize any item you'll never eat again.
2b) Asterisk any items you'd be willing to try but have not yet,
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.

P.S. I forgot how to do cross out and I'm too lazy to go look for it right now. So if a food item is left blank consider it crossed out.

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If [personal profile] serenejournal ever offers you some of her mothers' knaedlach (matzoh ball) soup, say yes! I am not much of a soup person but Oh My God!

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