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Steak Hibachi Dinner at Ginza

It was Steve’s idea that we should try the new Japanese Restaurant. He brought home a menu that said Grand Opening.

Turns out it opened at least a year ago, but they had a lot of menus printed up with that on the front.

So we headed over for dinner on  Saturday night.  A clear soup, salad, Steak Hibachi with vegetables and rice added up to $13-

The food was fresh, nicely prepared and delicious.

The server told us there was a bad review on YELP but I checked it out and they are mostly favorable, especially about their Sushi.

Lunchtime meals are about 6 bucks.  Really reasonable.

It ‘s a BYOB but we had no B to bring tonight.  We are planning a return trip to explore the menu. It’s in the Italian section of the city, Bloomfield.

 

Ginza Restaurant

iPhone shots of the exterior and my dinner below.

Steak Hibachi


Raspberries and Blueberries on Vanilla Häagen-Dazs

Accompanied by ginger snaps!

This is the dessert my friend V served at a lovely home cooked dinner last Saturday.  It was delicious.  A generous helping, too.

A nice finish to a simply perfect meal. Walleye caught by Cousins Jeff and Jeffrey, a baked sweet potato and salad with whisked lemon juice and olive oil dressing.  Found this in my phone tonight and was thinking about how everything was so good.  She said she was following the same idea my mother used to profess-  Buy the best food you can and do as little to it as possible.  Good advice.

The Pamela’s Ginger Mini Snapz are gluten free and quite tasty.    Hope you have a good day Saturday.  HBTY!

Bowl of Ice Cream and Fruit


Happy Chinese New Year- Year of the Snake

Mine is a single photograph today…..For a beautiful and informative post on the Chinese New Year be sure to click hereIMG_6708


An Egg, a Baseball and a Boy

Practice  stop-motion shots.  Anticipate the action.

Try to feel the timing.

Press the shutter at the right time, once, instead of fifty times.      Hopeful.

Improve.

Sometimes the stop-motion looks frozen to me, perhaps too still.  Wonder if it needs a little blur to show the movement.

As you read about my shooting where you are, these are examples of how you can be on vacation and work on your skills, simultaneously.

Have fun doing it, too!

Chef at the next table- House of Japan

Jack trying to beat the ball to first base.

And jumping off the board into the pool.  Looks like a cut-and-paste figure.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple

What I discovered is I shoot a lot of red.

I blurred my eyes to spot purple in the archives.

Yes, I  made the rainbow jello to photograph.  It took 5 hours. I got the recipe from my daughter Laura who found it on the web here 

The one pictured is not spiked and no one ate it either.  It is still in my freezer to slice and photograph with light coming through the jello like stained glass.

Purple views, white balance setting askew but it works for the challenge.

A compendium of purple.

Fellow bloggers links are at the Daily Post at WordPress. (Thanks to Jo I know how to get on the list now.)

and the cake is by Aubrey’s Bakery in Steubenville Ohio for Justin and Vicky’s wedding


Parmesan Crusted Onions Baked in a Brick Oven and My Lunch

My DIL and I went to lunch while the kids were at two different day camps today.

I photographed the food with my iPhone. Used available light.

We started with these delicious Parmesan Crusted Baked Onions.  So soft and  the tang and salt of the Parmesan offset the sweetness.

Regular white onions. I asked. Baked four times.

Erika was able to order from their gluten free menu.  I ate the Goat Cheese Ravioli with Cabbage, Pancetta and Mushrooms on top.

On the right is the Chopped House Salad.

Oh yes, the restaurant?  Marcella’s in Polaris.  They have another location in Short North.


I Begged My Mother to Buy It When I Was a Kid

My  mother was into homemade whole wheat bread with wheat germ added. She’d scald milk, boil water, crumble a cake of yeast. Knead and knead, place it in an oiled bowl, cover with a tea towel, let  rise, punch it down, rest – then shape the loaves.

Let them rise again. this time in battered aluminum bread pans covered lightly with waxed paper.

The aroma filled the house and after it was baked we’d eat a slice with butter and honey when it was still warm.

What I would give to have my mother make a couple of loaves again, turn them out of the greased bread pans. Saw off a slice with a serrated edge.

But when I was a kid, I saw a big white truck with red and yellow and bright blue balloons all over it.  WONDER BREAD.  I wanted my mother to buy WONDER BREAD.  I’d eaten it somewhere and was fascinated you could roll it into a ball!  Hard to believe but true.  I begged my mother to buy WONDER BREAD.  Oh how I longed for the colorful balloons on the wrapper.

Embarrassing to admit, but true.

She never did.

I saw this sign by the abandoned Wonder Bread Bakery in Columbus OH.  ( click to read about construction of Wonder Bread LOFTS that started four days ago)

You can see the height by the telephone pole and building top.


Joe’s Dairy on Sullivan Street, New York City

Shot last week -Spring Break in NYC.  My sister walked us by and it was open.

They couldn’t be nicer.  People behind counters are captive. I ask for permission after a bit of conversation.  Sometimes you get “I’d rather not.” but here I got a “Sure!”.

Thanks, Rose.

If you want to read more about Joe’s Dairy on Sullivan Street click here.  Everyone talks about their smoked mozzarella!

(And if you want to make your own cheese go here and click on the Cheesy Stuff page)

Meet Rose Pianoforte. I know, her apron says Angela.
She was really nice and helpful. And gracious to allow me to photograph her.
Those are olives stuffed with cheese on the counter.


Shitake Logs Explained* (Lentinula edodes)

At the  6th Annual Farm to Table Conference I was fascinated by the Shitake Logs Display. Quiet Creek Herb Farm and School of Country Living was doing a brisk business with just one Shitake Log left to sell.  There were quite a few with SOLD tags on the logs, propped up against a table.  I was shooting unobserved and then noticed and that is how the pose came to be. Got a good laugh and was granted to permission to blog it anyway.  He said, “You didn’t get that did you?” and I said “Yes, I did.”   He didn’t think I was that quick.

A good laugh when he realized I did catch the pose he had struck when he saw my giant lens intruding on his afternoon

And here is the explanation how to to choose a log, choose spawn,inoculate,soak and thump(thumping triggers fruiting), stack, incubate, and harvest.  I will count on Rufus- Shitake and Garlic Scapes and Chicago John’s Dad’s Puffballs (not Shitake) to tell you how best to use them in recipes. Shitake – Lentinula edodes- are originally from Japan.

*(Obviously I don’t really know how to explain Shitake Logs but the kind people at  quiet creek(at)windstream(dot)net   know everything about the process and will be happy to assist you with all your Shitake questions  in addition to herbs, soaps, salves and bags of Worm Wonder for all your worm composting needs.


Where’s Noah in the Plateful of Paleo Supper?

The phone rang after six.  My eldest son was on business and saw a sign that said Pittsburgh 35 miles, so he cancelled his hotel reservation and drove to the city.  (So that is why his wife called earlier to see what I was doing)YIKES!  I was boiling a pot of water for some Spinach Ravioli but Mark is on the Paleolithic diet these days. No grain!  The tiredness I felt from a school day dissipated as I got in the car and drove the two miles to the Whole Foods Market where I bought some Grass Fed Beef, Organic Garnet Yams, (I had two zucchini at home and a jar of coconut oil which I hadn’t even tried yet) and got back home to fire up the broiler, pronto! Got out the cast iron skillet for the zucchini slices, chopped up some romaine I had already washed and drained. Pulled it together in no time at all. As I set the dining room table he said he would rather eat in the kitchen so we did.And there we were eating in the kitchen and the house came alive again.  We used his iPad and Face Time to talk with the kids before they went to bed and we had a happy time together.

VOILA- a quick Paleo approved meal- this is the son who baked the Carrot Cake, Paleo Style.

For dessert we had coconut milk frozen Mint Chip with No Sugar Added.

From the Paleo Food website gluten-free, grain-free, bean-free, potato-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free. (they are eating some dairy still)

Ingredients used: meat, fish, shellfish, eggs, tree nuts, vegetables, roots, fruit, berries, mushrooms, herbs and spice seeds.
 
Oh yes,after dinner he showed me the you tube of Derek Redmond and his father from the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.  Tears rolling down my cheeks. Mark said he wants to be that kind of father.   And he also played me a couple of Seekers songs as he remembers my cassette tape of them singing Someday, One Day, 
Right now he is sleeping  in the room across the hall, to get up at 5 AM to get to somewhere in Ohio, early.  I feel fortunate.  

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