Lunch on the Little River–

BOOM! March is here, and it is GOBBLE-TIME…jaaaaa!

It is wonderful to find French onion soup, coq au vin and delectable burgers along this cozy Little River. . .and even better when we wash everything down with a bottle of Rhone red…mmmm, aaaaahh.

We can feel it…we are turning a corner with this pandemic thing. Folks are being vaccinated, lots more folks will be vaccinated over the coming weeks and months…everyone is doing a good job with masking up and maintaining good social distance…and a teeny-tiny bit of that herd immunity is starting to rise up–gotta keep on with all of these actions so we can move upward and onward through this mysterious existence.

Keep enjoying the ride wherever you are…we puny humans are no match for nature and the universe…just smile, eat well, sip responsibly and embrace your stardustness.

It’s lovely out there.

Year of the Ox–

KABOOMY! We made it out of the Year of the Rat and into the Year of the Ox. . .phew!–what a ride!

Of course, we have to celebrate with a great meal and soothing drinks and dragons and lucky money, etc. and so on. Eat and drink well, exude gratitude and know that all things keep moving forward no matter what we think of the particular circumstances of the moment.

During this meal we have fish and veggies and beef and pork and dumplings and baos and sweets galore. . .all of it is washed down with cocktails called the Szechuan Dragon and the Golden Flower…plus, a tasty bottle of cabernet from Honig out Napa-way…mmmm, aaaahh!

The Ox is supposed to be a bit more stable and solid than the wily Rat. . .perfect for a year in which folks are looking for calm and paths forward through so much nuttiness.

Sit back, relax, stay focused on your dreams, and know that the Ox is here to help you do whatever you want to do.

It’s lovely and Oxly out there.

The sun and the moon–

They both keep comin’ up and goin’ down. . .up and down, up and down, etc. and so on.

The sun and the moon remind us that we are small itsy-bitsy specks of matter that exist for a moment and then POOF return to the stardust from whence we came. . .mmmm, aaaahh!

It is an honor that we are given the chance to become conscious for a moment or three so that we can observe and experience the beauty and mystery all around us. We have gratitude for this opportunity…or at least we should have gratitude.

Look up at the sun, feel the warmth…look up at the moon, feel the lightness…look all around you, feel the WOWness of it all. . .totally mysterious, absolutely magical, troubling at times, and fully worthy of our awe.

I send you warm and sparkling vibes via the sun and the moon. . .feel them. . .they are worth gettin’ up for again and again and again and again.

It’s lovely out there.

Eat a frita–

MMM! A frita and a Cubano and a cerveza. . .lovely snack on a lovely day.

A frita is a specially-seasoned burger patty served on a delightfully soft bun with lettuce, tomato and a big handful of fried shoe-string potatoes…maybe you can include some pickles and jalapeƱos…but whatever is on this thing all I can say is, “mmmm, aaaaahh!”…it is delicious…muy delectable! Gimme three more, and let’s head to the beach and gobble ’em all!

A Cubano is easy…you know what this is, right? A lovely long Cuban bread bun filled with roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard…grill or toast it in a panini grill-type thing…then eat and enjoy. . .jaaaaa!

And cerveza is just beer. . .but you know this already. Cerveza is the perfect wash-down liquid for a frita or a Cubano. Choose one that you like, be sure that it is icy-cold and enjoy.

Pandemic lockdown ain’t so bad when we are surrounded by good grub like fritas and Cubanos…ain’t so bad at all.

So, keep watchin’ the sun come up, keep breathin’ the air, keep feelin’ gratitude and keep gobblin’ and sippin’ good stuff. . .you got this…enjoy everything NOW.

It’s lovely out there.

Stay artsy–

BOOM! Art galleries are great for infusing ‘culture’ into one’s life while maintaining good social distance..oh boy.

We got a little Flavin…we got some McCracken…and a few others. . .all good for supplying small ‘yeses’ amidst the vast ‘nos’ of the universe. . .and also good for just getting us out of the house a bit…lovely.

The lights and pillars you see above are good reminders of things that are important for all of us: keep lookin’ for light. . .no light, no us. . .it’s always dark, otherwise we wouldn’t need light–Thelonius Monk. . .etc. and so on. . .

. . .and pillars remind us to stand strong and tall. . .we are here, darn-it, and it is good for us to remain appreciative and gracious regarding this fact…more fun being than not being, yes? Mmmhhmmm.

So, keep lookin’ toward the light, keep standing tall, and be sure to get the vaccine whenever you can. . .so much more good stuff to come. . .yeeeeee-haaaaaaa!

It’s still lovely out there.

Thai grub…pandemic-style–

AH-ROY!

Okeedokee, you want us to dine outdoors in the cold–check…you want us to stay socially distanced while on your premises–check…you want us to wear masks while wandering about–check. . .we can do all of this and more as long as the food is as good as what they are serving at this joint. . .mmmm, aaaahh!

A new Thai joint has popped up here in the West Village of NYC, and it is quite tasty. . .we get busy with the dumpling platter, spicy tom yum soup, crispy duck in spicy curry, and a whole fried red snapper served up with peppers and veggies in a simmering broth. . .totally delectable and perfect grub for eating outdoors pandemic-style.

We wash the whole meal down with bottles of Chang. . .wow, if it wasn’t for the 35-degree temps we could swear that we are sitting in a market in Bangkok.

So, stay well fed…you’re gonna need your energy because the light is coming, the resurgence of vitality is coming, the return to fun activities is right around the corner. Hang in there, kids…every little thing is gonna be alright.

It remains lovely out there.

Come and get it!

KAPOWY! The new year is rolling along and a few things are as kooky as ever…no worries, just jam some good fish in yer body, wash it down with a crisp bottle of white and all will be good-to-go…mmmhhmmm!

I just looked out the window this morning, and the sun came up yet again. . .it keeps coming up no matter what puny humans do here on this little planet we call Earth…fascinating.

Good food like fish helps us all get out of our heads…I wish everyone could eat good food and get out of their heads…if everyone could have some good food, then maybe folks would feel less need to lash out in the myriad ways that they some times do…this would help them get outside of their heads…and when one is outside of their head, it is slightly easier to see things clearly, to see reality, to see what’s what.

No one really knows what’s what…no one. So, just find some good grub, eat it…find some good drink, drink it…and do whatever you can to enjoy the passage of time without breaking stuff or hurting others.

I send out tasty grilled vibes to you…feel them…they can help us all be better people.

It’s lovely out there.

Get gobblin’–

OKEEDOKEE! 2021 is here, and it is important to keep yourself full of good stuff…mmmm, aaaahh!

Be sure to aim for things like delectable deviled eggs, beautiful bacon, fabulous fried chicken and waffles, and bountiful berries on a key lime tart. . .oh yeah!

All of this goodness needs to be washed down with salty limey margaritas and a tasty bottle of white grape juice.

Time is short, time is flyin’, time waits for no one, etc. and so on. . .be sure to enjoy everything that you can NOW cuz it will all be over before you know it…oh boy.

I send you nutritional 2021 vibes…feel them…they will help you walk with a skip in your step throughout the year.

It’s lovely out there.

Holiday sustenance–

POW! Tis the season for ingesting delectable victuals, slurping tasty beverages and laughing with the ones you love. . .jaaaa!

Pasta helps you stay energized, cured meats help you stay strong, fancy mushrooms help you stay silly and chilled aged grape juice helps you stay focused. . .be sure to keep all of these things in your life, or you will just wither away into dust. Well, we are all gonna wither away into dust no matter what we do…might as well enjoy the ride as much as possible as it happens.

Folks are eager to get oot-n-aboot…folks are eager to get back to the thrill of existence. . .and it is coming, it is all coming back bigger and better than ever. Let’s get the vaccine, whichever one you like, and move upward and onward.

Find some pasta and suck it down, make a beautiful salad with burrata and devour it, sip some wine and smell the roses. . .mmm, aaaahh. . .you got this, baby! See you back out there real soon…mmmhhmmm!

It’s still lovely out there.

Gotta keep gobblin’–

OH YEAH! This pandemic thing is on the way out, and we are hungry for meat and cocktails and wine and pie…mmmmm, aaaaahh!

We gotta maintain our strength and fitness as we turn the corner on the lockdown…soon we will all be back oot-n-aboot goin’ here, there and everywhere. Don’t wanna miss out on this just because we did not take care of ourselves while isolating…no, no, no.

Start with two martinis…one gin, one vodka–both with olives served icy-crisp-cold…jaaaaa!

Then, eat a nice piece of NY Strip…about 14 ounces will do…medium rare with a nice char. Wash it down with a lovely cabernet–this Sabotage from California satisfies. . .and a side of crab/scallop-stuffed lobster tail–WOW…and a slice of key lime pie at the end. . .mmhhmmmm!

Forgot to mention the fried potatoes and creamed spinach…couldn’t finish…so we bag it and take it home for future snacking. . .the future always includes snacking, doesn’t it? Yes, it does.

So, jump up and down real high cuz we made it through this thing…just a few more months, and all will be good-to-go. . .phew!

In the meanwhile, keep gobblin’ and maintainin’ yer health…lots of good stuff to come.

It’s lovely out there.