Food, Glorious Food!

Food, Glorious Food!

“Food, glorious food! We’re anxious to try it
Three banquets a day — Our favorite diet!
Just picture a great big steak — Fried, roasted or stewed!
Oh, food! Wonderful food! Marvelous food! Glorious food!”

NOTE: This is a Blog Post about food. It contains pictures of food. Meat included.
If you are offended by meat, pictures of meat, or pictures of food,
please just scroll on down past this post to the next post. Thank you.

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Toasted Bagel with Lox, Cream Cheese & Persian Cucumber

Time for some HOMECOOKING! Or at least pictures of food cooked at our home.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert! We are grateful to be able to dine out and bring food in when we want. We are even more thankful that we have access to and can afford such wonderful food, when so many people in the world are hungry.

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“Please Sir, I want some more.”

“Food, Glorious Food” is a song from the musical “Oliver!” The musical adaption of the Charles Dickens novel “The Adventures of Oliver Twist” the story of a young orphan who runs away to London in search of a better life.

Take just a moment to appreciate the food you eat. Be thankful you aren’t starving.

Enjoy these pictures of some of the good food we have prepared and eaten this summer:

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Surf and Turf! Steaks, spicy garlic and popcorn shrimp, chili with cheese, burritos, hotdogs, sandwiches, quesadillas, ramen, eggs & bacon, fruit and veggies! And of course dessert. More beef! More steak! More meat! “It’s what’s for dinner.” 

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T-Bone Steaks, roasted red potatoes, and steamed broccoli & carrots

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NY Steaks, cheese ravioli & sauce, and steamed broccoli & carrots

And some tasty cheese blintzes with raspberry jam!

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Cheese Blintzes with Raspberry Jam

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How about a nice Banana Split Ice Cream Sundae with whipped cream?

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HAPPY EASTER! APRIL 2017

HAPPY EASTER! HAPPY PASSOVER!

Easter is the first Sunday after the Full Moon following the Spring Equinox.

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Happy Easter!

Spring is in the air!

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Happy Passover!

APRIL 2017:

April Showers!
When it Rains it Pours.
And we’re not talking about the weather.

Sometimes life gives you lemons….

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Lemons!

So, here are some flowers, bunnies and candy for your Easter Sunday!

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American Beauty! “A Red Rose! How Romantic!”

“You’re nobody until some bunnies love you!”

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CHOCOLATE!

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Lillie Belle Farms Handmade Chocolates

Everything’s coming up roses!

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Pretty Roses!

APRIL 2017:
Eating / Cheese (it’s the food group’s theme for April) and Chocolate
Drinking / Espresso, hot and iced
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Practicing / PATIENCE?
Mastering / the puppies

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Little Bandit and Fuzzy Bear

Learning / MORE LIFE LESSONS
Trying / Hard
Playing / YouTube videos
Finishing / …………….
Reading / “Fake News” and “Wag the Dog” journalism!

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Bunny Lebowski wishes you a Happy Take It Easyster!

Writing / This Blog – FOLLOW US!
Remembering / to “Keep It Together!”
Wearing / Shorts and t-shirts because the weather’s been great!
Cooking / Meatloaf & Roasted Garlic Potatoes (see the recipes)


Working / for the weekend….
Traveling / Local Motion! But no.
Wanting / Chocolate & caramel

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Cadbury (Caramel) Egg!

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Snoop Bunny! Ferschizzzzzel!

ROSE!

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Pink Rose!

PEANUT M&Ms!

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AN ASSORTMENT OF FLOWERS!

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BLOODY MARY!

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Bloody Mary! Sunday Brunch!

MORE CHOCOLATE!

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Four Seasons Westlake Village (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

ROSES!

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Easter Roses!

CANDY!

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Candy!

FLOWERS!

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Saturday Farmer’s Market in Ashland, Oregon

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Passover is the week-long festival that celebrates the emancipation of the Jews from slavery in ancient Egypt. The story of the Exodus is described in the Bible (the Old Testament) in the Book of Exodus. Moses leads the Hebrews out of Egypt, across the Red Sea to Mount Sinai, where he is given the Ten Commandments and they spend 40 years in the desert before reaching the promised land of Canaan.

 

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“Oooh look, an Easter Bunny!”

 

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“Every year is getting shorter never seem to find the time…..”

One Year!
12 Months
52 Weeks
365 Days (366 in a Leap Year)
8760 Hours (8784 in a Leap Year)
525,600 Minutes
31,536,000 Seconds

Tempus fugit! (Time flies)

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Chocolate Strawberries (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

MORE FLOWERS!

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Flowers (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

LA, LA, LA, Nice Lady!

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Cadbury Creme Eggs!

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Flowers at the Farmer’s Market in Ashland, Oregon

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Happy Easter! Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition!

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Thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch

 “In this world nothing can be said to be certain,
except death and taxes.” 
– Benjamin Franklin

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“The only difference between death and taxes
is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.”
– Will Rogers

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Easter Centerpiece

HAPPY EASTER SUNDAY!

Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Easter is the most important Christian holiday celebrating when Jesus rose from the dead after being crucified.

“Always Look on the Bright Side of Life!” – Monty Python’s “Life of Brian”

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Just a Bowl of Berries….

A Shot of Vodka
Coffee Liqueur, Half and Half
Serve in a Bunny
A White Russian
In a Chocolate Bunny
Happy Easter Dude!

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Ingredients: (serve in hollow chocolate Bunny or Santa)
1 shot Godiva Dark Chocolate (or coffee) Liqueur
1 shot (Salted Caramel) Vodka
A splash of half and half


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Happy Easter Sunday 2016! Have a beautiful day!

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More Roses and Other Pretty Flowers>

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Happy Birthday Dinner at Mario Batali’s Carnevino at the Palazzo Las Vegas!

Happy Birthday Dinner at Mario Batali’s Carnevino at the Palazzo Las Vegas!

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Friday night! We were celebrating in Las Vegas at the Palazzo Hotel and made a dinner reservation for 7:15pm. We arrived on time and were seated without having to wait.

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Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel – The Carnevino Bar!

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel – The Carnevino Bar!

We had a choice of the Dining Room or a table in the Carnevino Bar with a view of the casino. We chose the Dining Room which was almost full, so we were seated at a 4top in the back of the house by the service doors (more about this later) and the entrance to the “group” and private dining rooms.

The Dining Room has a large metal cow in the center. We were sitting in the back of the house with a nice view of the cow’s ass. The space has an “old-world” rustic Italian theme. There are bottles of wine used as window display, and there’s a nice view of the Wynn and Encore hotels.

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel – View of the Wynn & Encore Hotels

The service was excellent and the large restaurant staff is very well trained and extremely well managed and monitored! There is a defined procedure for every step of the meal followed by the waiters, servers and bus people. The meal was perfectly timed, done to order and everything we ate was excellent!

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

White linen tablecloths, a great menu with lots of variety, tasting menus and an extensive wine list were on the table and available.  As I mentioned before, we were seated at a 4top in the back of the house by the service doors. There’s a very large staff and they move very quickly. They also have carving carts for table presentations and large group rooms beyond the Dining Room accessed through the back of the house. I know this because of the constant stream of traffic rushing by our table, and the carts trying to fit between the chairs. There was also a clown car length line of business people that walked past our table to get to their party in the group room, probably 50 or so people parading past our table. It was a little distracting, and almost annoying, but we were enjoying the food and this is really my only complaint about the dining experience. I would advise requesting a table away from the service doors and back of house to anyone eating here.

The food was terrific. Everything was cooked to order and prepared with care. The presentation and plating was clean and simple, the food being the focus. We made our choices and chose a glass of wine (rather than a bottle) from their extensive list. I really enjoyed each delicious dish, which is the sign of a great kitchen.

On The Menu:

Cheese puff appetizer starter, Grilled octopus appetizer, NY Strip steak (bone in, cooked medium), charred asparagus, mashed potato with poached egg & bacon, bread with butter & lardo, a glass of red wine and a coke.

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel – Cheese puff appetizer starter course

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel – Bread with butter & lardo (pork fat)

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel – Grilled Octopus in Limoncello

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel – NY Strip Steak (bone in, cooked medium)

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel – Mashed potato with poached egg & bacon

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel – Charred Asparagus

A fine wine: 2009 Ciacci Piccolomini d’ Aragona Brunello di Montalcino

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel – Fine Wine!

ROSSO DI MONTALCINO DOC – Tuscany, Italy
The Grape varietal of this wine is 100% Sangiovese Grosso; fermented & refined in stainless steel & glass concrete vats w/temperature controlled through cooling plates & jackets, aged roughly 12 months in 20-85 Hl Slavonian oak barrels. Rosso di Montalcino fruit-forward, spicy & floral. Red berry fruits notes are enriched by slight floral & spicy hints. Warm, soft on the palate w/great structure & round tannins.

The wine was a wee bit tannic at first, but was great with the perfectly cooked meat.

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel – a coke and a smile

For Dessert: Birthday tiramisu, peanut butter & chocolate torte with almond brittle and caramel sauce, an espresso and shortbread cookies with black currants to finish.

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel – Happy Birthday Tiramisu and an iced espresso

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Double Down on Dessert at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel – Peanut Butter & Chocolate Torte with Almond Brittle and Caramel Sauce! Like a Snickers on Crack!

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel – Shortbread Cookies with Black Currants to finish

Thank you Carnevino! Thank you for a wonderful birthday dinner! I really enjoyed the food and the service was terrific. I would definitely return and recommend it to my friends. It really is one of the best steaks in Las Vegas.

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Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

Dinner at Carnevino at the Palazzo Hotel on Friday night

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Vegas Leftovers!

Vegas Leftovers!

Vegas Tip! (or tip for any hotel stay): Request an in-room mini-refrigerator for a “special diet” or “medical reasons”! They usually provide them without a charge (ask them to waive the fee if there is one) and you’ll have a place to store leftovers, food you bring/buy outside the hotel, and a place to keep beverages cold (much better than the ice bucket). My Vegas leftover breakfast: cold NY strip steak, cold boneless buffalo wings with ranch dressing, pineapple juice, tiramisu, slightly stale donuts & a banana (not pictured)

Mrs. Hochmeyer’s Banana Bread recipe

Mrs. Hochmeyer’s Banana Bread (serve warm with butter)

Mrs. Hochmeyer's Banana Bread!

Mrs. Hochmeyer’s Banana Bread! (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

Ingredients:

  • 2 or 3 large bananas (or 4 small) – smashed, not pureed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter,
  • 3/4 cup sugar – white & brown mix,
  • 1 egg – beaten,
  • 1 tsp vanilla,
  • 1 tsp baking soda,
  • pinch salt,
  • 1 & 1/2 cups flour
  • add 1/2 cup or 1 cup nuts or chocolate chips if desired
  • add honey or other fruit if desired (adjust baking time if needed)

Preheat oven to 350, mix bananas & butter, mix sugar, egg, vanilla, baking soda & salt, combine and add flour last. Don’t over mix. Bake 1 hour in lightly greased bread pan.

Mrs. Hochmeyer's Banana Bread (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

Mrs. Hochmeyer’s Banana Bread (copyright 2015 JoshWillTravel)

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Thai Food at Sri Siam Cafe in North Hollywood

Thai Food! 

First time dining at the Sri Siam Cafe, a “Hole in the Wall” Thai Food restaurant in a mini-mall on the corner of Coldwater Cyn and Vanowen in North Hollywood. Everything was stellar! The portions were large and the prices were very reasonable. Each dish was done just right, super tasty and delicious. I give this establishment a big thumbs up!

On The Menu: Crispy rice salad (lettuce wraps), chicken satay with peanut sauce, cucumber salad and toast, yellow curry with duck, shrimp & egg pancakes, crispy spicy trout and a Thai iced tea with no cream.

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Sri Siam Cafe Thai Food

Sri Siam Cafe Thai Food

Crispy Rice Salad (Lettuce Wraps)

Crispy Rice Salad (Lettuce Wraps)*

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce, Cucumber Salad and Toast

Chicken Satay w/Peanut Sauce, Cucumber Salad & Toast

Yellow Curry with Duck

Yellow Curry with Duck

Shrimp & Egg Pancakes

Shrimp & Egg Pancakes

Crispy Spicy Trout

Crispy Spicy Trout

Sri Siam Cafe – 12843 Vanowen St (at Coldwater Cyn) North Hollywood, CA 91605
(818) 982-6262

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UPDATE Saturday March 26, 2016:

Dinner at Sri Siam Cafe last night was terrific! The food was great, we’ve been back a few times now, and this time I brought a friend.

ON THE MENU: Thai food! Chicken satay with peanut sauce and cucumber salad, crispy fried rice salad, fried calamari and a Thai ice tea (no cream)

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UPDATED Sunday February 19, 2017

We had a very nice dinner party at Sri Siam Cafe on Friday night:

On The Menu: Crispy rice with pork, beef panang and steamed rice, chicken satay with cucumber salad and toast, pad Thai noodles with chicken, green curry chicken, tom kai soup and a Thai iced tea (no cream). There were three other dishes that I didn’t eat and we cancelled two other dishes that they didn’t bring. So much food, so full.

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