Jackiezine: Whatever is propelling the windmills of my mind.
February 11, 2012
The back-and-forth with blogger Jim Budd (Jim's Loire) starts here:
October 17, 2010
Wine colleague and Loire enthusiast Jim Budd has a website called Jim’s Loire. In a recent post he spoke of his deception after having visited the Quarts de Chaume vineyards of Domaine (more…)
October 7, 2011
Off and on during the year -- and when he's not traveling and proselytizing -- Terry Theise and I engage in a multi-email debate about some wine-related issue or other. They are always friendly and lighthearted but touch on the issues of the day.
Herewith, I share with you (for what it's worth)our (more…)
March 17, 2011
Four or five days ago Marcella Hazan posted the following on her Facebook page. It reintroduces a subject so apparently dear to her heart as to amount to an obsession: the abomination (not my feeling) that is the phenomenon known as "molecular gastronomy" and represented most visibly by Ferran Adria.
I visited El Bulli (more…)
January 17, 2011
A Report from Facebook:
In early January, Marcella Hazan hosted a long thread on her Facebook page. In essence, it celebrated Italian gastronomy in no small part by demonizing French gastronomy in general and so-called celebrity chefs like Ferran Adria and Thomas Keller in particular, and, of all people, Julia Child.
As an eater, (more…)
October 17, 2010
Wine colleague and Loire enthusiast Jim Budd has a website called Jim’s Loire. In a recent post he spoke of his deception after having visited the Quarts de Chaume vineyards of Domaine des Baumard – claiming that the vines were overcropped and that the wines were made by using cryoextraction. He also posted photos (more…)
August 17, 2010
On the blog “Saignee” Tom Mansell, a science writer for The New York Cork Report, is, to quote Saignee “inject(ing) a little hands on science to the ongoing debate over biodynamics…”
Tom will focus on the writings of Rudolph Steiner and Nicolas Joly and will visit vineyards, presumably in or near New York.
January 25, 2010
This time next week I will be on a local train taking me from the Port Boulet station to the Gare Angers St. Lo on my way to the Salon des Vins de Loire. I always have an ambitious program planned for myself and am lucky if I manage to accomplish a third of (more…)
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December 3, 2009
I don't know who wrote these but a friend forwarded them to me. Many made me laugh out loud. I hope they brighten you day and lighten your mood too.
There's a postscript: At the end of the text there's a haiku I write after having been challenged by a friend.
Herewith, the Jewish Haikus:
peace is knowing one's child
is an internist.
On Passover we
opened the door for Elijah.
Now our cat is gone.
After the warm rain
the sweet smell of camellias.
Did you wipe your feet?
Her lips near my ear,
Aunt Sadie whispers the name
of her friend's disease.
Today I am (more…)
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October 4, 2009
Writing Loire2 and dealing with the abundant harvest in my garden has taken up all of my time recently. That and dentist appointments. Now the tumult of the garden is dying down. It’s basically just walnuts and apples now and the last of the cherry tomatoes and some green tomatoes that I’ve (more…)
August 16, 2009
This is a "discussion" that appears on my FaceBook Homepage. An old NYC comrade, Sally Belk King, started it off by taking one of the many polls, this one involving the health care controversy. I thought the discussion worth repeating here as only Sally's friends will see it on FaceBook -- and as I have strong (more…)
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In honor of the publication of Virginia's book, Carlos Gardel singing "Adios Muchachos," a tango that makes me think of, not only Buenos Aires and the banks of the Seine, but of tea dances and les petits bals du samedi soir.
One of the insidious Lou Perac commercials I speak of in the Roquefort post. A rough translation is below:
A young, attractive, quasi-urban -- aka modern-looking -- couple was chosen deliberately. She approaches as he is eating a slice of Lou Perac while his sheep graze. She says, "Is it for Lou Perac that you come this far?" He answers, basically,"You get the best milk from here and you need the best milk to make the best cheese."
She replies, "Sometimes I think you care more about your sheep than about me."
He just looks at her.
Two kids doing a take-off on the Lou Perac commercial -- with a slightly different kicker! When 'the wife' says she thinks her husband cares more about her sheep than he does about her, he answers, "You, it's just for sex." (Well, the real dialogue is mor
"Oklahoma" from the musical of the same name. The movie version, performed by Gordon McCrae and Shirley Jones.
Nit-pickers snarked at Obama's having given the Queen of England an iPod. Turned out she asked for one. He filled it with videos of her trips to America. Knowing that "Oklahoma" is her favorite musical, Obama also gave the Queen a rare book of Richard Rodgers' music.
I posted this song for Maureen Fant because we refer to her husband Franco as "the lion" and when we're all driving somewhere in the car we usually end up singing the song. Franco usually starts it. And the reason the song came to mind is that MSNBC posted a clip from The Today Show with really cute baby lions on it. They played The Lion Sleeps Tonight in the background. Now I better do something serious -- like taste some chenin blancs.
March 7, 2009: If you haven't yet discovered Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, here's your opportunity.
Another joyous trip down memory lane -- with an Obama connection. (For those of you who were wondering where he got "pick yourself up, dust yourself off," it's here, Jerome Kern's song from the 1936 film "Swingtown," performed by Astaire and Rogers.
Kind of fitting that Obama chose to quote lyrics from a depression-era song.
BTW, if you watch the clip to the end, when the second couple dances, you'll get an idea of my ballroom competence.
Because we've gotten our country back, this song from the "We Are One" concert on the Sunday before Obama took the oath of office. This Land is Your Land with Pete Singer, Bruce Springsteen and others.
THANKSGIVING SONGS from my youth. Taught to all students at Marshall School in South Orange, New Jersey by Miss Sandquist, our kindergarden teacher and leader of twice weekly assemblies when the student body gathered in the auditorium and sang.
LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE
" class="QuickLink" target="_blank">Now that he's almost history, we can laugh. Click on this and see some of W's greatest gaffes.