Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Cucina Gianmarco - "Buon Natale!"

Vitello Tonnato

Rigatoni Funghi

Cece e Spinaci

Brasato di Manzo con Polenta alla Tartufi Bianchi

All I Want for Christmas is You(r money)!

When you live in DC long enough, you can sniff out the crackheads. My friend Phil and I counted about eight one day in our encounters. I was up quite early this morning to get a start on my Christmas day. Last night was great; mass at Saint Patrick's, dinner at the Blueduck Tavern, then joined some old friends for a pretty early night. As I walked out to the Metro this morning in Northwest DC, all was quiet. Then a seemingly distraught woman waddled up to me, just her keys and work badge in hand. Now if a person looks legit, I'll hear them out. She claimed she just had a fight with her boyfriend and needed cab fare to her mother's house. Cab fare?! And I'm walking to the train to go to Virginia... A few questions were in order, because usually you can get a crackhead to crumble. Anyway, she refused my good-natured Christmas offer for a paid trip on the Metro because she had an injured leg and supposedly couldn't walk two blocks to the station. Crackhead confirmed... gotta go. Plus why would she think that because she was "a DC city employee" that I wouldn't think she was a bum? She probably voted for Marion Barry.

I'm going to make some coffee, open some presents, and we'll see if we can put a little "Christ" back in X-mas. Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Baltimore - Cooking with KP

Baltimore can be a cool town. I guess, technically, it is a city. But for me, it is a small place not far and not expensive. I can get in and out without too much planning... or a car. And I really only go to see friends in the neighborhood of Federal Hill. Anything north of the Inner Harbor, I stay away from if I am not in need of Penn Station. There are great restaurants in Baltimore, not too big or too chainy. They even have a Little Italy. The Inner Harbor is great for strolling, but usually when I go visit Kevin and Diane, we like to cook!

This last trip, my secret ingredient was fish. Here's how it went:

Hummus with bread

Seared Ahi Poke

Apple, Stilton, and Fried Pancetta Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette and Herbs de Provence

Roasted Black Bass with garlic, potatoes, stewed tomatoes, olives, and capers

Peruvian Lucuma Cannoli with Chocolate



Verdejo "Naiades" (great with the bass!)