Bye Bye LJ

For a couple of reasons I'm switching to Google Reader for following most of my blogs and journals. I'm adding most of my LJ friends to the subscriptions I follow there, but browsing by RSS means that I probably won't see friends-only posts from most of you.
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Omnivore's Hundred

The Omnivore's Hundred is a list of foods the gastronomic Andrew Wheeler thinks everyone should try at least once in their lives.

The rules of the meme:
1) bold those you have tried,
2) strikethrough those you wouldn't eat on a bet.
3) Italicize any item you'll never eat again.
4) Asterisk any items you'd be interested in trying but have not yet.

1. Venison 
2. Nettle tea*
3. Huevos rancheros*
4. Steak tartare [ate once at a fancy restaurant where it was the only option I could eat, I'm allergic to shellfish.]
5. Crocodile [besides, not kosher]
6. Black pudding [not kosher]
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp [Parent's rules, if I kill it, I eat it. Would eat it again only if I was VERY hungry.]
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush [eh]
11. Calamari [not kosher]
12. Pho [eh, not much in to soup]
13. PB&J sandwich [practically lived on them through secondary school]
14. Aloo wgobi [ah, Ailsa's potato cauliflower curry.]
15. Hot dog from a street cart [I miss working walking distance from Milk Street Cafe]
16. Epoisses* [probably won't like it. I like sharp hard cheeses and some blue cheese. I'm not much for smelly cheeses.]
17. Black truffle*
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes 
19. Steamed pork buns [back before I was keeping kosher]
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes 
22. Fresh wild berries 
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans 
25. Brawn, or head cheese [maybe if I was really hungry, the texture just looks like dog food to me]
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper [I'm a wimp when it comes to anything above 10k on the Scoville Scale.]
27.  Dulce de leche [Why do I have to be diabetic now???]
28. Oysters  [Allergic, and not kosher]
29. Baklava [Diabetes]
30. Bagna cauda* 
31. Wasabi peas [hotter than I care for]
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl [allergic and not kosher]
33. Salted lassi*
34. Sauerkraut (bleh)
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (Cognac, yes; but I don't smoke.)
37. Clotted cream tea * (maybe)
38. Vodka jelly*
39. Gumbo*[allergic to shrimp and not kosher]
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat*
42. Whole insects [if I was REALLY hungry and you could find the kosher locusts...]
43. Phaal [Scoville wimp]
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more*
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear*
52. Umeboshi *
53. Abalone*
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal (Back before I kept kosher)
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini*
58. Beer above 8% ABV *
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian 
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros*, elephant ears or funnel cake 
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost*
75. Roadkill 
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong*
80. Bellini*
81. Tom yum* 
82. Eggs Benedict [I prefer hard cooked eggs.]
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant*
85. Kobe beef*
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate*
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa*
94. Catfish (eh}
95. Mole poblano*
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee 
100. Snake

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Argh! My favorite kasher le pesach Tomato Sauce is missing. I can't find Tivi Valley Spicy Marinara sauce anywhere! What shall I do for matzo pizza?

Butcherie in Brookline (my old source) doesn't have it.
Butcherie II in Canton doesn't have it. does not have it. has a "no longer carry" listing for it.

AKICIF anyone know of a source?
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Back and Safe

Tuesday 2am I woke up with a pain in my chest. I thought it was reflux or heartburn at first, got up and took some Tums. The antacid did not make it go away. Then I started to feel pain in my left arm. Acid indigestion does not cause arm pain. I got up to check heart attack symptoms on the computer and was feeling sweaty and dizzy. Hmm, internet listed all of the above and a reluctance to admit a possible heart attack; act now! I woke up Ailsa, told her my symptoms and told her I was calling 911.

The ambulance responded in 2 minutes. They put me on oxygen and the arm pain went away, but I still had chest pain. They hooked me up to an electrocardiogram, I was not having a heart attack at that moment, but there were some irregularities in the EKG so the took me to Caritas hospital in Norwood. Halfway there they gave me some nitroglycerine and the pain faded out over the next few minutes. At the ER they gave me a nitro patch, but removed it a few hours later when my blood pressure went down to 83 over 50.

The first blood test for heart damage enzymes was negative, but the cardiologist did not like something he saw in my ECG, so they held me overnight for observation.

tigerbright came over to the house with her son to help ailsaek at home. David and Joshua had a good time playing. Then she brought me some stuff I didn't have time to grab before the ambulance (jacket, change of clothes, iPhone charger, books), and she brought my car keys back to Ailsa.

This morning all three blood tests were negative (good news), I had a good echocardigram and clean stress test and was cleared to go. No restrictions. Myocardial infaction ruled out, no heart attack. Hallelujah!

I feel somewhat embarrassed for calling 911 when it was not a heart attack but everyone on my case at the hospital told me that I did exactly the right thing. When you are having heart attack symptoms, call 911. If you are having a heart attack, early treatment can help limit the damage. If you aren't, well it takes a team of trained professionals hours and hours to make sure, how can you tell at home in a few minutes? Play it safe and call 911.

One of our neighbors down the street gave me a ride home from the hospital. I got home just before lunch.

I'd also like to thank everyone for the prayers and good wishes from people that Ailsa contacted.
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Free Large Kosher Turkey

I was at Stop & Shop and saw frozen Empire Kosher Turkeys on sale. ailsaek & I had been talking about getting one to cut up or grind up (cheaper than ground turkey), so I picked it up and went to the checkout aisle. When the checkout total was about $10 more than I anticipated I looked up at the monitor and pointed out that the turkey price there did not match the sticker price on the turkey in the bag.


I didn't know about Stop & Shop's Checkout Price Guarantee. If the scan gives you the wrong price, you get the item for free. The turkey was $55 normally and $45 on sale. I got it for $0.00.
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Alternate History

ailsaek and I watched Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid last night. She'd never seen it before. Afterward I had an idea. What if Butch and Sundance had joined the army, specifically, Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders?
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