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New California law allows dogs to dine out

disagree strongly with leaving your dog in a 70 degree car for any amount of time. I really hope you won't do it any more.

I have no problem with people bringing their dogs into retail establishments, but I do recognize some dogs aren't as well-behaved as others, and there's always a chance of a doggie "accident".

24 minutes ago
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What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

that's the ticket! tonic water makes me think i'm drinking gin tonics even without the gin (though, ahem, that never actually happens...)

about 21 hours ago
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poor girl! hope she's ok soon! she looks so sweet....

about 23 hours ago
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sorry for the chronic pain, Gio. and the loss of the booze. but really hope the patch helps.

about 24 hours ago
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What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

whoa... you must have really felt it! glad you were all ok - and made it to dinner!

(and yes, i'm going to Europe for 6 weeks, and other travels after that!)

What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

we had a shake-shake-shake weekend, but luckily for us in the City there was no damage and no injuries. poor Napa-ians fared worse - a lot of damage and some people hurt... and lots of wine lost - tragic! we had our house guest from Italy, and she woke to her first ever earthquake, then promptly, like the BF and I, went back to sleep. she's got bragging rights now.

la italiana didn't eat any of the snacky things i bought from TJs except for the brownie pieces, which she loved ("buoni, buoni!"), so we have a lot in the house. so, tonight's dinner was a thrown-together affair consisting of, firstly, a salad of sliced endive, fresh sweet english peas, minced scallions, with a sour cream/mayo-based dressing heavy on the dill and granulated garlic, lightened with a little milk. delish! i wish i'd made more. also, two kinds of chips, truffled brie, pub cheese, Spanish charcuterie, toasted sourdough bread, crackers, and leftover baba ganoush from our lunch out with the guest Saturday (she hated it!).

out tomorrow for one of my last two happy hours in the States for a while... tick tick tick... i really still have a hard time believing it.

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gorgeous. that skin wouldn't last a minute with me in the room.

What's for Dinner #321 - Seasons Change Edition [through August 26, 2014]

yiiikes, weezie! don't suppose you'll have any news about what's going on very soon...? i'm always amazed how long it still takes to get results of any tests nowadays. i hope they find what ails you and fix it quick!

1 day ago
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the salades sound scrumptious....

1 day ago
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will do, steve, but i haven't published it yet. you all will be among the first to know!

Aug 24, 2014
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good for you! i work with lawyers, have for 30+ years, and i truly don't know many that love their jobs. and the debt... good decision, i think, if you weren't sure. so many attorneys i know went to law school because they didn't know what else to do.

not saying there aren't those that love their jobs and who are damned good at it, but it's not for everyone and congrats on realizing it early on! you'll be fine, smart cookie like yourself.

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drooooooollll!

Aug 24, 2014
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loved that MofaC episode. it all sounds scrumptious!

Aug 24, 2014
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she eats like a bird - she's tiny - and has some stomach issues (mild) but literally only an appetizer fills her up. so, not a foodie guest, but that's ok. but we've been doing a LOT of walking - prepping for my trip!

Aug 24, 2014
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oh my.... it reminds me of my poor mom telling me, only recently before she died, that she used to drive her car away from the house and go sit in a parking lot and cry and cry because me and my sister had left home.

moms suffer so much!

xoxo

What's for dinner #320 -- The End and the Beginning Edition! [through August 23, 2014]

the BF made dinner again tonight - beef sliders. or, unfortunately, salt-lick sliders! poor thing, they would have been so good! he made them each with different toppings: caramelized onions & gorgonzola; bacon, chopped Spanish anchovy-stuffed green olives and taleggio; and white cheddar & sauteed mushrooms. sadly, he put too much salt on the meat. and that's saying a lot, for me, salt-hound that i am. oh well. fries were good. and a nice "condiment" salad - lettuce, toms, onions, pickles, etc.

we have a house guest tomorrow and Sunday, a young woman from Italy, early 20s, from Milan to be exact. Her father befriended us when we lived there and we haven't seen her since 2005. I've dimenticato tutto mi italiano! good thing she's learned a lot of English since then. we'll probably be taking her to see some sights, out to dinner, etc. so no more cooking here until Monday!

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that's heartbreaking!

Aug 22, 2014
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wonderful! your second baby! congratulations, Mr. H.

Aug 22, 2014
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you inspired me. I had two last night at our bar - gin. lovely and refreshing and dangerous.

Aug 22, 2014
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New California law allows dogs to dine out

I was in Paris over a decade ago, and we frequented a restaurant called Le Bouledogue. http://www.lebouledogue.fr/
loved it!

Aug 22, 2014
mariacarmen in Not About Food

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we did! there were 9 of us and all was shared.

Aug 22, 2014
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no, haven't seen one... though i haven't really looked yet either...

Aug 21, 2014
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What's for dinner #320 -- The End and the Beginning Edition! [through August 23, 2014]

The BF made a simple dinner of pan seared pork blade steak, simply seasoned with s&p, and a delicious side dish of pan fried taters, caramelized whole garlic cloves, onions, thyme, a little grated parm regg, and capers, and a nice green salad. pic above.

i'm also going to post pics here (below) of my dinner out last night with buttertart, as she unfortunately doesn't post on WFD very often anymore, but is planning on posting a review of the restaurant. i don't know the names of everything we had, but she'll explain that on her post eventually. just wanted you all to see how pretty our meal was! she was the bday girl, and fellow CHer Caitlin McGrath made a simply gorgeous and delicious almond cake with layers of raspberries, raspberry jam and rose water. lovely lovely lovely.

New California law allows dogs to dine out

This makes me happy. It's like being in France. I know others won't like it, but they simply don't have to go to the doggie diners. Anyone else this makes smile?

Aug 21, 2014
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Cheers to the Young Scholar, we all know he'll do splendidly!
Hugs to you and hopes that frequent visits are in the offing. You'll need to replenish his stock of CCCs and brownies, after all!

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wow, that's a bad case. I have to eat when I feel like that. like, a LOT. it's been since 2005 (a looong night in Dubrovnik, to be exact) since I had *that* kind of an episode.

Aug 21, 2014
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hear hear. I had a late, long lunch out yesterday (bye-bye from two of my attorneys) with 2 bottles and 1 glass each extra of wine, and then went to dinner with buttertart, et al., and had more wine. because that's a good idea too.

so the spicy Sichuan wouldn't fix you up?

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thanks!

Aug 21, 2014
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jeez, weezie, hope you're ok! take good care, k?

truffled chicken liver pate sounds like delicious medicine.

Aug 21, 2014
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that's making me hungry!
so it was just chimichurri with calamansi on the marinade? I actually don't think I've seen calamansi locally.... probably have to try a WF or something like that.

Aug 21, 2014
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