Which to use: Roux or Beurre Manie?
This posting is one of both Just Thinking and Travel. It deals with a major transition that I went through professionally based upon my particular path of motivation and the location that was clearly instrumental in that transition. Bottom line: Without New Orleans, my professional career would likely have been very different
I must state first that writing a TRAVEL posting regarding Egypt can be very intimidating given the amount of material starting with the country’s prominent position in ancient history up until the current Middle East’s political and religious mayhem. While it is very easy to simply write about the well-known architectural and geographical attractions of the country (e.g., pyramids, sphinx, the Nile), there is a broad variety of lessor known topics that provide the interstitial matter to construct a meaningful picture of this amazing country.
I was on a flight one morning several years ago heading north and sitting at a window in first class on the right side. I look out the window and saw something very similar to this picture. However, unlike in this picture, the plane was positioned more to the left with the first class section directly in the center of the rainbow. Hmmmmmmmm! Two thoughts: 1. Why a circular rainbow?, and 2. Why was my seat in the center?
In this second of 2 TRAVEL postings that focuses on the Cote d’ Azur between Villefranche sur Mer and Monaco, I am providing my continuing thoughts regarding my favorite part of the world in the summer months. The first posting addressed within Villefranche sur Mer, which is just East of Nice. This second posting addresses four villages, aka communes, that reside in the shadows between Villefranche and Monaco, including Beaulieu sur Mer, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferret, Eze, and Cap-d’Ail.
In this first of 2 sets of Travel notes, I am providing my thoughts regarding my favorite part of the world in the summer months. This first set of travel notes will be solely about the village of Villefranche sur Mer, which is just East of Nice.
Have you ever tasted the sweet essence of air?
Have you ever felt a refreshing lightness on your tongue that was so delightful, but seemingly without mass or structure?
Have you ever wanted something sweet after a heavy meal, but the dessert choices were too heavy in structure, fat, and/or calories to be comfortable for you at that point?
The Martins are good friends of the Wilsons. Each of these families are quite conservative from the Midwest and consist of the parents and a daughter only each of whom is approaching physical maturity. These two young ladies, Carol and Melissa, have been inseparable since their age of 7 when the Wilsons move next to the Martins.
Rhubarb is THE ONE taste in various forms that I crave all year. The FAKE news for many is that it is a fruit given that it provides distinctive, galactic-extraordinary flavors for desserts. However, Rhubarb grows from the ground and looks like celery, but colored ruby-red at its finest. Hence, it is a vegetable. Unfortunately, Rhubarb is not grown in the South, and in the North it’s availability is primarily limited to April / May.
Clearly, mathematics is a science. However, that is only for those who have the tools, time, and Actual Requirement to reach a definitive answer, e.g., landing a rover on the moon.
I drink a great amount of wine. And what I drink is normally quite good for my palette,but normally not expensive. Some may consider me to be a wine snob, but I don’t think so.
I was born and raised in Pittsburgh and Dad was a steelworker. With 2 older brothers having already been through college, the money was tight for me to attend. While I got accepted at Carnegie Tech, now Carnegie Mellon, there was no way to make it through in 4 years financially.
It was an early spring. The winter had been extraordinarily warm with few snow showers, and no blizzards.
When writing this piece several months prior to the November 2020 elections, a Republican U.S. Senator was interviewed by CNN as to why he is not only against Trump, but also openingly stating that he will vote for Biden. When questioned further, he stated that the outrageous acts of Trump and his administration were actually working against the conservative principles of the GOP.