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May 10, 2021 04:01PM
May 10, 2021 04:24PM
Bob was working quite late last night, so I had an early snack of tuna salad & mixed nuts. We went out at 10pm to Fireside Inn, which used to be open pre-pandemic (and continued to deliver) until 3am. Last call for food is now 11:15 and for alcohol, midnight. We sat in the heated, tented, vented patio and were the only party there. The dining room (complete with fireplace) and bar (ultra-noisy, with hip-hop& EDM on the jukebox) were each half-full. They had a huge Mother's Day "bruncheon" rush, and so were out of steaks (even the little ones for sandwiches) and prime rib. Bob had shrimp bisque, the Cajun meatloaf (less spicy than he remembered) and broccoli. I had a "naked" half-slab of baby-back ribs: they have a smoker now, so they no longer cook them "Chicago-style" (parboiled, then baked in BBQ sauce, which I detest because they fall off the bone--which I may appreciate if ever I lose my teeth). I like my ribs to "fight back." Broccoli for me too.
Bob's working late again tonight, and it's not gonna rain, so I will grill myself a bison ribeye and make a sauteed mushroom garnish. Veg. will be last night's leftover broccoli (I might experiment with faux-Hollandaise) and wild ramps I bought on Sat. (Ramps are like a broad-leafed cross between garlic & onion). I dice the bulbs and saute them in olive oil, then tear the leaves and toss them in, seasoned with salt & lemon juice.
We have a restaurant crisis here, even though capacity limits have been eased quite a bit: many laid-off workers aren't coming back. It's partly due to reluctance to take a job that might get pulled back out from under them again should we get a COVID surge again in autumn. But mostly it's because they've found other jobs that are less physically-demanding and pay better. The "tipped-minimum" wage (as little as $6.10 /hr. plus tips, which management must supplement to bring the wage to the local $13.50 city minimum but many don't--and some pocket the tips that people charge rather than leave in cash or Venmo) which is the norm around here often comes out to less than unemployment compensation. Restaurants need to step up and raise the tipped minimum to the actual minimum (with tips being the icing on the cake, so to speak), and diners need to suck it up and pay higher menu prices--or stop being cheapskates when they tip. The upscale Lettuce Entertain You chain started imposing a 5% COVID fee in January. I find that eminently fair. If it means fewer people can afford to dine out, so be it--there will be plenty of diners willing to pick up the slack (many places are either turning people away if they're at the legally allowed capacity limit, and some ignore the limit). Our neighborhood restaurant Cellars can't add more hours yet to the Thurs-Sun they're already open, because they can't find enough staff.
During the pandemic, most people found that cooking wasn't as hard as they thought. I notice most here in this thread find dining out to be the exception and haven't even done so outdoors even after it was permitted. (At least I got that impression from the criticism I've received here for going to restaurants).
Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters....
9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC)
9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right
11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast
12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)