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What's for Dinner #292 - The Hippity-Hop Edition!

It's a pretty day today: blue skies, bright sunshine, temperatures in the high 50s. Spring has sprung.

Scrambled eggs with prosciutto was brunch. I squeezed a bunch of oranges for mimosas.

Supper is lamb chops "scottadito", asparagus and scalloped potatoes. Junior's cheesecake and strawberries for afters. We'll wash things down with a 1999 Paolo Bea Montefalco Sagrantino (decanted). It's just the two of us, Christopher is in the Bay Area on business. Old-school rock will be on the box.

Happy Easter, everyone.

about 12 hours ago
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Great photo.

about 15 hours ago
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The cheeses at Borough Market. Don't forget to explore the cheeses.

about 15 hours ago
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Brilliant.

about 20 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #292 - The Hippity-Hop Edition!

Nice.

1 day ago
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Hah!

1 day ago
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Shopping, dining in Napoli

Reporting back.

Traffic in Naples is extraordinary, the weather in April is superb. Here are some thoughts/comments:

Seafood here is a must. No need for a high-end place because you are in a port city. La Cassa di Ninetta is small, comfortable and will serve you an antipasto platter that will feature anchovies, white fish, calamari, baby eel and so much more. I enjoyed a braised octopus for my main. Service is very good.

My flat was on the Riviera di Chiaia and had an excellent kitchen. La Torretta Market (indoor/outdoor) was reasonably close and served most of our needs. We shopped most days. Carrefour filled in the rest.

I liked the bruschetta at Trattoria dell'Oca. I also liked their fresh fusilli with cream, artichoke and speck. The risotto with mushroom is outstanding. Wine selection is short but to the point.

Pizzeria Mattozzi can be quite interesting. When's it's slammed, food is ok and the people watching superb. On quieter evenings, the place throttles back, the kitchen pays attention to detail (very good veal) and all is bliss. House red is ok.

Strolling Bay-Side is always interesting. A good lunch can be had at Storie & Saporie (a chain?) The house special antipasto is a seriously good introduction to Napoli seafood. I liked my grilled calamari as a main but my wife's grilled prawns were mighty pretty, too. They have a decent wine list here. We fit in because the Castle was behind us, the marina (sailboats) in front and we were in the shadow of Vesuvius.

Italy is about food, Naples is about pizza. I'm very fond of da Michele and Sorbillo.

Gelato is important. Gay Odin is pretty good, il Gelatiere is a tick better.

Strolling, after a home-cooked meal, is important. Most evenings we would walk along the shore to the Excelsior Hotel, take the elevator to the seventh floor and have drinks on the terrace: martini for me, Maker's Mark for Deb.

We ate at many other places but I wanted to provide a cross section of our activities. As always, repeat customers get the best service.

1 day ago
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You are way too kind.

1 day ago
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The food and wine is good. I like the way things slow down and we get a chance to chat.

1 day ago
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Life can be hard, weekends allow a measure of pushback. It's ok to be a little selfish.

1 day ago
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What's for Dinner #292 - The Hippity-Hop Edition!

No worries.

1 day ago
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What's for Dinner #292 - The Hippity-Hop Edition!

Everything sounds wonderful. Special mention to the tart and the cheeses.

Well done.

1 day ago
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What's for Dinner #292 - The Hippity-Hop Edition!

It's a balmy, spring-like day. About time.

Brunch today was a bruschetta of mozzarella, asparagus and prosciutto. I squeezed oranges for mimosas.

1 day ago
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It's the layovers that get you. Enjoy the wine.

2 days ago
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What's for Dinner #292 - The Hippity-Hop Edition!

Pasg hapus!

Apr 18, 2014
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Thanks. Returning home from Europe is pretty easy, we're just chasing the sun for six or seven hours.

Returning from Asia to the East Coast can take its toll.

Apr 17, 2014
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What's for Dinner #292 - The Hippity-Hop Edition!

Ah, suet, treacle, flour and sugar: the cornerstones of a nutritious diet.

I'm loving the concept of your book.

Apr 17, 2014
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Sausage and peppers tonight.

Deb will sauté red peppers, green peppers, onions, garlic until soft. Sweet Italian sausage will be the protein. J.J. Cassone hero rolls, lightly toasted and drizzled with olive oil, will be the delivery mechanisms. Both beer and wine will be available.

Yankee baseball on the plasma.

Apr 17, 2014
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Excellent.

Apr 17, 2014
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Congratulations! I like the subject as well as the provisional title.

Raising a glass (French 75) in your honor. Cheers!

Apr 17, 2014
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Excellent dish. I can almost taste it.

Apr 17, 2014
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What's for Dinner #291 - the Taxman Cometh Edition [Through Aprl 16, 2014]

Hi Veggo,

It's not the age, it's the mileage ;-)

Apr 17, 2014
steve h. in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #292 - The Hippity-Hop Edition!

Great looking photographs. That's a meal I can get behind.

Apr 17, 2014
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Steak, potatoes and veg turned out pretty well.

Apr 16, 2014
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<<And now for something completely different >>

Hokey smokes, Bullwinkle!

Apr 16, 2014
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Cloud coverage blocked the Blood Moon late last night. Bummer.

Looking forward to the meal.

Apr 16, 2014
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What's for Dinner #291 - the Taxman Cometh Edition [Through Aprl 16, 2014]

Life at 5 knots...

Apr 16, 2014
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What's for Dinner #291 - the Taxman Cometh Edition [Through Aprl 16, 2014]

Thanks.

I'll enjoy tonight's meal/wine/entertainment.

Apr 16, 2014
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What's for Dinner #291 - the Taxman Cometh Edition [Through Aprl 16, 2014]

A month in Napoli next April?

Don't throw me in the briar patch. ;-)

Apr 16, 2014
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Thank you. I'm guessing it was the travel gods knocking me down a peg. I'm ok with that.

Apr 16, 2014
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