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Sonny Rollins

Bret Primack has produced another outstanding video in his Sonny Rollins Podcast series. Check it out.

A new film by Bret Primack, "Like Sonny" -- part six of the ongoing Sonny Rollins Podcast series -- celebrates the life and music of this remarkable creator by detailing the story of Trane's unique friendship with Rollins. The film's title is from a song Coltrane wrote about Rollins, taking the melody from a phrase he heard Sonny play.

The thirteen-minute documentary features interviews with Sonny Rollins, Jimmy Heath, and Paul Jeffrey; an excerpt from a 1960 radio interview with John Coltrane; and video performances by Trane and Sonny.

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Posted August 31, 2007 07:27 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Music   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Hot Doug's - Chicago

"There are no two finer words in the English language than 'encased meats,' my friend."

If you like brats, sausages, or hot dogs, when you are in Chicago you owe yourself a visit to Hot Doug's, my friend. The variety is endless, and the 5 different types we had were all good. The fries are also good - on the weekends Doug's offers duck fat fries.

Hot Doug's - there is usually a line

Doug Sohn and a fan

Duck Fat Fries - yummmmmm

Hot Doug's, web site, 3324 North California, Chicago, IL, 773-279-9550 [Citysearch | Yelp | Augieland | NYT | Metromix | WaPo]

Posted August 28, 2007 07:57 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chicago   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Third Annual Vendy Awards

The Third Annual Vendy Awards are round the corner and nominations are now open, The Vendy awards seeks to recognize the best the street food vendor in New York City.

Vendies Home Page, and the Nominations Page.

The awards ceremony is Saturday, September 29th 2007, 3:00 - 8:00 pm. Tickets: $60-$1000

Posted August 26, 2007 09:17 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Street Vendors   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

La Carreta - Colorado Springs

Recently had an outstanding dinner at La Carreta in Colorado Springs. A friend who eats there regularly recommended it, and we were not disappointed. Highly recommended.

La Carreta in Colorado Springs

The salsa was freshly made and excellent

Mole Verde Pork - excellent

Chilles Rellenos, stuffed with cheese - the best we have had in years.

Chicken tamal and 2 enchiladas - very, very good.

Sopapillas with honey, powdered sugar and cinnamon - we don't normally order dessert in Mexican restaurants, but this dish is not to be missed.

La Carreta, 35 Iowa Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO, 719-477-1157 [Yelp]

Posted August 21, 2007 07:27 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Mexican   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Russian restaurants in NY

RESTORAN.US claims to have a

catalog of the Russian restaurants and other restaurants of the former USSR cuisines in New York - Over 150 places with Google maps. It is a result of about two years of continuing research...

Check it out if you are interested in Russian food.

Posted August 20, 2007 08:37 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Tips   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Why auction houses like to hire museum people

Which brings us to the main reason that auction houses find museum people so attractive: They know where the bodies are buried. In the course of their work they learn who has what important works of art because that's how they organize their exhibitions. They spend hundreds of hours tracking down objects--some famous, some obscure--and visiting their owners in hopes of borrowing them. In the course of such visits, they might well come upon other works of art that the collector owns.

Auction houses rely on a steady stream of loot to stay in business, so they badly need this insider information. It's especially valuable given the surprisingly large number of A-list works of art still in private hands. A collector is far more likely to be persuaded to part with his treasures by an ex-museum director with whom he probably already has a relationship than by a cold-calling "expert" from Sotheby's or Christie's.

This trend, although a rainmaking boon for the auction houses, might in the long run wind up making life more difficult for museums. The loan exhibition--the big draw for most art museums--is already hard to bring off, given increasing red tape, high insurance costs and fears of terrorism. And it may become a near-impossible task if collectors start to think that the museum director pleading with them to lend a masterpiece today will be an auctioneer badgering them to sell it tomorrow.

"Museums Meet Auction Houses: The wall between art-world realms is going, going . . ." by Eric Gibson, The Wall Street Journal, August 17, 2007

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Posted August 19, 2007 11:07 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Auctions and Appraisals   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Youngest gets driver license

After more than 5,500 miles of behind-the-wheel experience in all kinds of weather, on all kinds of roads including the Beltway and the most dangerous intersections and interchanges she will use and encounter in DC, Chug's youngest (Peter's niece) got her license.

Chug requires at least 5,000 miles of driving with him, and it took her slightly more than 1 year to get enough miles and for Chug to feel as comfortable as a father will ever feel when a child gets their driver license for him to say, "You're as ready as you're going to be."

Next week, he'll send her to get the oil changed and the car washed, the tires rotated and then an alignment.... And she will now drive to soccer practice, a double edged sword as Chug will miss the time chatting.

Drive safe: buckle your seat belt, lock the doors, adjust the mirrors, put the cell phone away, and always observe the 2 second rule. God speed.

See Teenager Driving Contract.

Posted August 18, 2007 12:37 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Auto   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Lots going on at the New York Transit Museum

August 18 and 19, 2007, Saturday & Sunday at 1:30 pm. "On The Town"

The classic musical "On The Town," shot on location in New York City, was one of the first films to depict the New York City subway in living color. Gene Kelly stars alongside Frank Sinatra as a love struck sailor on leave in the Big Apple who falls head over heels for "Miss Turnstiles," a "typical rider" whose picture appears in many different poses on advertising placards. Among the songs: "New York, New York" and "Come Up To My Place." Also stars Jules Munshin, Ann Miller, Vera-Ellen and Betty Garrett.

August, Saturdays & Sundays, 3:00 pm. "American Experience: Transcontinental Railroad"
Go behind-the-scenes of one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century--the transcontinental railroad. Meet the engineers, entrepreneurs, and legions of workers who made it possible.

Saturday, September 8, 2007, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, “IND Anniversary September Special: A Day on the A.” Only 400 seats available -- get your tickets now while there is space available!

Highlighting the 75th Anniversary of the opening of the first section of the IND, vintage R 1/9 trains will travel from mid-town to the Transit Museum’s very own Court Street station. After a brief layover we’ll re-board and head out to
enjoy the sun and surf at Rockaway Park. Then, we'll go the distance along the remainder of the longest route in the system, closing the day boroughs away at 207th Street in the Bronx.

This a a one-of-a kind opportunity to experience subway travel onboard the vintage rail fleet, usually on static display in the Transit Museum. Not to be missed are the bouncy wicker seating of yesteryear, sharing your experiences with fellow passengers, the Nostalgia Train ‘wave’ to bemused people on subway platforms as the vintage trains rolls by and the mid-trip destination activities. Nostalgia Train tickets are $30, Museum members $25, children 3-17 $10. For reservations please call 718-694-1867.

New York Transit Museum. Complete calendar of events. Corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn Heights, T-F 10 am to 4 pm, Sat and Sun 12 Noon to 5 pm, closed Mondays and major holidays, 718-694-1600 ($ admission fee).

New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex & Store at Grand Central Terminal, located just off the main concourse in the Shuttle Passage, adjacent to the Station Masters' Office, M-F 8 am to 8 pm, Sat and Sun 10 am to 6 pm, closed major holidays and for special events, 212-878-0106 (free).

Posted August 18, 2007 12:07 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Museums and Art   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)


A great place to enjoy an economic meal for tourists visiting the Empire State Building or passing through Penn Station ... also, lots of choices for "take-out" ... all freshly prepared...

Woorijip for pork belly, squid/scallion pancake, roll-eggs, spicy noodles, etc ... delicious lunch with so many good looking Korean women ... a great pick-up joint ... Koreatown is the only saving grace when I have to pay a visit to my tax accountant on 34th & 5th Avenue....

Woorijip, 12 West 32nd Street, between 5th Avenue and Broadway, 212-244-1115 [MenuPages | Village Voice | Yelp]

Posted August 17, 2007 11:17 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Korean   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Tiffin Walla

Dear L: I look forward to meeting the L--- family clan for an all-you-can-eat Kosher Indian vegetarian $6 lunch .... I hope that M will show us all how to eat with our fingers ... the #6 train stops at 28th Street ... Tiffin Walla is located on 28th between Lexington and Park ... please let me know which day of the week ... I am not sure if Tiffin Walla offers the lunch on the week-ends....

Tiffin Walla, web site, 127 East 28th Street, 212-685-7301 [NYIndia.US | Village Voice | NY Mag | MenuPages | Chowhound]

See also: "India's tiffinwalas fuel economy," by Karishma Vaswani, BBC News, July 24, 2006

Posted August 13, 2007 03:27 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Indian , Notes to a Friend   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Chinese Taste

Since the start of the current wave of Chinese immigration in the 1980s, gifted Chinese chefs have jammed into enclaves like the San Gabriel Valley in California and Flushing, N.Y., competing with one another, complaining about how hard it is to get Americans to give their cuisine a chance. The real problem is the American diner or, more precisely, the relationship between diner and chef. Chefs don’t know how to step outside of all-Chinese communities and market their cuisine to the mainstream. And most American diners want to stick to the Chinese food they already know.

The food they know is what chefs call Meiguorende kouwei -- food cooked “to American taste.” This cuisine uses a short vocabulary of standard sauces with big, pungent flavors. The sauce tends to lead, usually with a combination of flavor notes. As Linda Huang, owner of Chung King in San Gabriel, put it, “It’s sweet, sour and a little spicy.”

The other food of China is Zhongguorende kouwei, food cooked “to Chinese taste.”
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Finding this kind of cooking in America doesn’t require insider knowledge. All it takes is will and persistence. When you go to better Chinese restaurants, ask for the best “Chinese taste” dishes on (or off) the menu, and refuse to budge until you get them.

"Double Happiness," by Nicoel Mones, The New York Times, August 5, 2007

Here are some of the Chinese restaurants we recommend.

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Posted August 12, 2007 07:07 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinese   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

A Mid-Summer Night's Dream

I saw this play, opening night at the Delacorte in Central Park ... a must see ....

A Mid-Summer Night's Dream, August 8 - September 9, 2007, Tuesdays - Sundays at 8:00 pm (more info and dates)

The Delacorte Theater is located near Turtle Pond, just south of the Great Lawn, in Central Park. The closest Park entrance from the East Side is Fifth Avenue at 79th Street; from the West Side, Central Park West at 81st Street. After entering, follow the footpath to the Delacorte Theater ...

Posted August 10, 2007 04:27 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Central Park , Notes to a Friend , Theatre   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

"Aristotle’s Email – Or, Friendship In The Cyber Age"

In Book VIII of his Nichomachean Ethics, Aristotle categorizes three different types of friendship: friendships of utility, friendships of pleasure, and friendships of the good. Friendships of utility are those where people are on cordial terms primarily because each person benefits from the other in some way. Business partnerships, relationships among co-workers, and classmate connections are examples. Friendships of pleasure are those where individuals seek out each other’s company because of the joy it brings. Passionate love affairs, people associating with each other due to belonging to the same hobby organization, and fishing buddies fall into this category. Most important of all are friendships of the good. These are friendships based upon mutual respect, admiration for each other’s virtues, and a strong desire to aid and assist the other person because one recognizes their essential goodness.
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Email has added a new wrinkle to Aristotle’s threefold schemata. Thanks to it, and the wonders of the internet in general, it is now easier than ever to stay in touch with people from throughout one’s life.

"Aristotle’s Email -- Or, Friendship In The Cyber Age," by Tim Madigan, Philosophy Now, May/June 2007

Posted August 1, 2007 10:47 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Caught Our Eye   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)