Ugh!

img_1859 img_1862 img_1865 img_1860OK, here we go…winter is arriving in the great midwest of the U.S. of A., and we are counting the days until March arrives–83 to be exact.

Yes, the snow is pure-looking, invigorating, and somewhat magical. . .yes, the vistas around our house are quaint and charming. . .but we count the days along with many of our neighbors as we await the arrival of spring and the new planting season. . .snow is fun, but heat and warmth and green fields are more fun–jaaaa!!

The snow does send us into reveries regarding existence. . .it is cozy inside with endless cups of coffee and lots of good books to read. . .and it is wonderful to slow down just a bit and appreciate all of the good around us.  There is so much good. . .and just a little less-than-good–yet we keep moving upward and onward while enjoying the passage of time.

So, enjoy whatever weather is happening wherever you are. . .this, too, shall pass.

I send you warm thoughts from the first snow of 2016 here in the rolling hills of Wisconsin. . .feel them. . .they have the power to melt excessive ice build-up.

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Lao Laan-Xang–

img_1856img_1853MMM!  There is an extremely delicious southeast Asian restaurant on Willy Street here in Madison, Wisconsin called Lao Laan-Xang, and we are ecstatic that we finally get to experience this place. . .jaaaa!!

Lao Laan-Xang claims to be a Lao restaurant–food from Laos–but as we peruse the menu we see dishes that could be classified as Thai and Cambodian as well. . .so we just call this a wonderful southeast Asian joint–no worries.

They have tasty pork laab…delicious chicken muak cooked inside a big banana leaf…and delectable curries with pork, fish, and chicken. . .all of this stuff packs heat and is full of flavor–really-really good. . .and right here in the great midwest of the U.S. of A.–mmmm, aaaahh!

The space is cozy, the staff are sweet and switched-on, and the food is top-notch. . .we strongly recommend this place to any of you who may some day find yourself wandering around in Madtown lookin’ for some powerful southeast Asian grub to jam into your gullet. . .you will love Lao Laan-Xang–I gar-ron-taaaayy!!

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Brunch it up a bit–

img_1848 img_1847 img_1857 img_1851OH YEAH!  We love eggs and biscuits and gravy and hot sauce and sausages and potatoes and runny egg yolks and spicy bloody marys served up in chill and serene old bars. . .one place that has all of these things and so much more is Mickey’s Tavern on Willy Street here in Madison, Wiskonsen–mmm, aaaahh!!

Mickey’s has lots of bar space and tables where we can really spread out and settle in for a good gobblin’ and sippin’ session. . .no one is gonna rush you to do anything here. . .no one is gonna bump into you here–there are lots of solid midwest manners in play here. . .and no one is gonna accept plastic for payment here…so bring a wad of cash, and you will be good-to-go.  Turn off your cell phone and no one will know you are here. . .no electronic payment trail, no GPS trail, and no Cloud backup–just like the good ole days–jaaaa!!

I send you tasty under-the-radar vibes from Mickey’s in Madtown. . .feel them. . .they are a good reset for your spirit.

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Air travel: MAGIC–

img_1837img_1840 img_1839WOW!  Air travel still amazes the heck out of me. . .it is only about a hundred years old. . .it is magic that we can fly from here to there in no time at all. . .I never take it for granted…and neither should you.

So many images and fragrances and sounds and feelings bounce around in my mind as we make our way around the planet. . .what an honor to see these things, smell these things, hear these things, etc.

One moment I look up at the majestic Golden Gate Bridge. . .the next moment we are high above it surveying the Bay Bridge, San Francisco Bay, and the surrounding landscape. . .and in no time at all we are on the shore of Lake Michigan in America’s “Second City”–Chicago…bing, bam, boom!!  This is magic. . .it is. . .believe it.

The great cities of the U.S. of A. are wonderfully diverse and alive and full of opportunities for all. . .AND they are all interconnected by the nationhood of this powerful country. . .it is important for all of us to feel and celebrate this interconnectedness. . .if only everyone could travel around once or twice a year to a new and unfamiliar place to learn about and appreciate the different ways of being happening all over the place, then there would be less fear and tension between the peoples of America. . .if only.  Man, now this would be real magic. . .yes, it would.

I send you diverse vibes from various regions of the U.S.. . .feel them. . .they are good for your overall evolution and development.

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It’s lovely here, there, and everywhere.

Late night gobble–

img_1832 img_1831 img_1833BOOM!  So it’s another late night in Sausalito, California, and we are hungry for somethin’ good. . .we find gobblin’ satisfaction at a place called Fast Food Francais (F3) over on Caledonia Street–mmmm, aaaaahh!!

They have good frites here, good onion soup, good sauteed veggies, and a burger that is only ok–nothin’ to write home about.  But the real saving grace here at F3 is the beverage selection: tasty beers on tap, good wine list, and plenty of hard likker…(likker, I hardly know ‘er)–jaaaa!!

If you ever find yerself wanderin’ the streets of Sausalito, as we sometimes do, lookin’ for somethin’ to get in yer belly, then pop into F3 and put a feed on. . .you will leave somewhat satisfied–I gar-ron-taaaay!!

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Great team, of course–

img_1805 img_1803 img_1802 img_1814BAM!  Emerson is right, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”  And the team here at The French Laundry up in Yountville, California ooze with enthusiasm. . .the dudes and dudettes in the kitchen, the sous chef–Tyler, and our totally switched-on waiter–Tyson. . .all of these folks are at the top of their respective games at the moment, and it is our honor to meet and dine with them all.

Thank you team!  We hope to see you all again somewhere down the line.

Thomas Keller has assembled a fabulous team, and they are all making magic happen every day. . .mmm, aaaahh!  Get on up here and visit these folks some day. . .you will love them all–I gar-ron-taaaayy!!

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Food porn–

img_1807 img_1794 img_1795 img_1801JAAA!  This stuff looks good, and the more I move it around on my plate the more magical it becomes. . .fortunately, everything tastes even better than it looks here at The French Laundry in the Napa Region of California.

The food we gobble here is living in my memory like a right-of-passage from long ago. . .after our lamb course, we move on to a bit of cheese with fruit and a delectable warm madeleine–wonderfully soothing. . .then the truffle candies start arriving–passion fruit, coconut, chocolate, almond, etc. and so on–too many flavors to remember. . .but just enough goodness to carry in our hearts for many days, weeks, months, and years to come. . .mmmm, aaaahh!!

I send you savory and sweet vibes from our final moments at The French Laundry up in Napa. . .feel them. . .they will make you go, “yeeeee-haaaaaa!!”

If everyone could eat here one time in their lives, then there would be no more wars. . .if only…

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