missdiane: (Evil laugh)
So my parents are taking up wine drinking, kinda. The doc is encouraging it to replace the one-beer-per-day that Dad has since wine is reputed to be healthier. That and since Mom's allowed too, there they go. Now here's the thing, they're not about to go full fledged wine experts and I know fully that they wouldn't ever like any dry wines. So I recommended a few reasonably priced sweet and dessert wines to get them going like Pacific Rim Riesling and an orange muscat wine that I like. I don't drink much wine (or other booze) myself and I don't like dry ones either. They went by my recommendation and so far like what they've tried. For the full health benefit, I'll have to wean them over to red wines (starting with encouraging them to make a sangria with a decent red instead of buying the pre-made stuff)

My brother, also no wine expert, told my parents that they should go find one of his favorites - Canei. I chuckled because hell, back in the 80s, it was cheap stuff. Basically it's the soda pop of wine. Emily had never heard of Canei so I went looking for the commercial - behold the oh so classy ad

I googled and evidently you can find it...somewhere...and it runs about $7 for a regular bottle or $12 for one of them thar big bottles. It also amuses me that on their site it says that it "is made of various sorts of grapes." lol Really? Eh, whatever was on sale at the Sav-a-Lot, I'm sure.
Oh and they have an updated ad - evidently nowadays it's popular in places like Harlem. Heh.

Anyway, now I have an earworm that's stuck in my head. Not the Canei ad, but from what was under it on YouTube. Remember Riunite from the same era of cheap "various grapes" wine? And now I'll get it stuck in yours - MUAHAAHAA

Ah yes, I do often fret about what wine to have with my Taco Bell. Now I know! In case you're wondering - yep, they're still around too. Even cheaper than Canei.
missdiane: (Kitty checking out bird)
Youtube gave me another cute suggested video

I especially love Bill Geist videos. The pies look awesome in the video but as usual, there's a bigger message. It reminds me of the kind of trips that I like to make - not to some desert island, not to some far off land but to the little out-of-the-way quirky little places that can be explored not far from home. 

I used to do this in Ohio when both my Dad and I weren't working and we'd get in the car with Mom and go on our little adventures to some of the little backroads. In one small town we wandered through a dinky little antique shop and I found these vintage menus. One of the places - Arnaud's in New Orleans is still open but clearly the prices on the menu are much different nowadays. 

Another place we visited was Urbana Ohio at the Robert Rothschild farm HQ. You've probably seen or bought their stuff before. The funny thing is years later I was in the Hamptons for a film festival with Emily and we wandered into Barefoot Contessa's store. I saw that they had some of the Robert Rothschild stuff and I picked one up to see that they'd marked up the price obnoxiously. One of their salespeople came up and was all snooty as if I was some unimportant little plebe and started talking about the products as if they were made of gold. I gave her an amused look and said how their raspberry festival in Ohio was fun. She knew I wasn't buying her bullcrap and wrinkled her nose and walked off. Looking it up that store is now closed - perhaps with less conceit and better prices it would've stayed open.

Another one of the areas that we loved driving through, that my parents still visit is Amish country in northeast Ohio. We actually started to visit Berlin (not pronounced like the one in Germany) Ohio less because it's become such a fabricated tourist trap. 

Do you like to do the same? What kind of places do you visit? Found any really interesting quirky places that you didn't necessarily plan to go to initially?
missdiane: (Auntie Amy)
1977 Charles Kuralt report about the creator of shopping carts

You don't really see those tall ones in the grocery store much, do you? In some of the old groceries maybe. Those seem handier to me since I could actually lean over and reach the stuff in the cart instead of having to position myself in front of the cart at the checkout.
missdiane: (300 decisions for dinner but not hell we)
Dad called to ask me whether we ate at Antoine's on the one time we went to New Orleans (pre-Katrina). We hadn't, but I told him the reason why it was familiar to him is because I have a menu from a place in NO with a similar name - Arnaud's - that I found in an antique shop in Ohio and at the last place I live, I turned scans of it into a wall-long mural. It didn't come down from the wall in good enough shape to transport but I could have it made again sometime. The gallery with the scans of the old menu are here with other vintage menus on my flickr gallery

He asked because there was this piece on CBS Sunday Morning

I wish we would have gone there since they clearly value their people and their customers. Maybe I'll get the chance sometime. For the record, we didn't go to Arnaud's either. I am wondering about the menu and prices for a place ther around the Civil War!

Makes me wonder - any of you have a place like this that you frequent? I do get along well and like to visit my local Ruthie's Bagels regularly. I'm FB friends with the owner even.

(Posted on my LJ in public, if anyone feels like sharing in a comm for more feedback, that would be cool)
missdiane: (bunny boing bw)
The Case for Bad Coffee

Someone posted this to the Food Porn group I belong to on FB and I agreed with the article and replied with this:
I love this. I also love bad coffee. Even though my first "real" job was at a horribly-run Dunkin Donuts too many years ago than I can count, DD is now my favorite coffee to drink here in NJ. Maybe because the bad memories of the past are now replaced with NJ’s love of Dunkies and how I like living here.

I’m actually disliking our little local coffeehouse every day and, in turn, disliking the taste of their coffee. They’re over the TOP with the pour-over, fancy-schmancy super-duper blend, we-will-NEVER-offer-Splenda-you-plebe crap. It’s always chock full of hipsters hanging out for hours with their laptops and iPads and sometimes you can’t even sit and enjoy your drink due to them occupying every spot.

That said, I still hate Keurig. It tastes like melted plastic and faddishness.


In other news, evidently today is BOTH National Cat Day as well as National Hermit Day. I can't help but think the two compliment each other nicely. I just looked it up and it's also International Internet Day (with the Internetz being cat-owned this is getting freaky) and then National Oatmeal Day. Not getting the correlation on the last one but I'm thinking that there must be one. Anyone?

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