Another Lovely Lunch Out Today

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    May 28, 2020 6:17 PM GMT
    Once again al fresco, with no one sitting near us on a breezy day, so we felt safe. Just simple fair, I had some egg dish, he had meat of some sort. Truth is food only interests me when it interests him. Plus we were able to have some wine with it, permitted in a restaurant, but not in a bar.

    Yesterday the Mayor of Wilton Manors was there, and today the Mayor of Fort Lauderdale. Almost didn’t recognize him with a face mask on when he walked past us.

    His law offices are in our Wilton Manors, but as residents here we can’t vote for him in the neighboring city, only donate to his campaigns. He’s also our attorney, who's been in the news a lot lately.

    But we didn't talk with him about politics, actually never do, he gets enough of that, and really not our business. Just general things, like how he’s personally doing during this crisis. And how the places we mutually enjoy are doing, hoping to see him again socially.

    And giving him a thumbs-up for the difficult job he’s been tackling. He did mention when he expected bars to reopen here, including gay bars & clubs of most interest to us, but I’ll keep that confidential.

    So we’ve been doing pretty well with easing back into circulation. Seeing lots of friends, trying our best to stay safe. And keeping our fingers crossed, enjoying having fun again but kinda scary at the same time. And you?
  • KluckAndPluck

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    May 28, 2020 7:09 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidOnce again al fresco, with no one sitting near us on a breezy day, so we felt safe. Just simple fair, I had some egg dish, he had meat of some sort. Truth is food only interests me when it interests him. Plus we were able to have some wine with it, permitted in a restaurant, but not in a bar.

    Yesterday the Mayor of Wilton Manors was there, and today the Mayor of Fort Lauderdale. Almost didn’t recognize him with a face mask on when he walked past us.

    His law offices are in our Wilton Manors, but as residents here we can’t vote for him in the neighboring city, only donate to his campaigns. He’s also our attorney, who's been in the news a lot lately.

    But we didn't talk with him about politics, actually never do, he gets enough of that, and really not our business. Just general things, like how he’s personally doing during this crisis. And how the places we mutually enjoy are doing, hoping to see him again socially.

    And giving him a thumbs-up for the difficult job he’s been tackling. He did mention when he expected bars to reopen here, including gay bars & clubs of most interest to us, but I’ll keep that confidential.

    So we’ve been doing pretty well with easing back into circulation. Seeing lots of friends, trying our best to stay safe. And keeping our fingers crossed, enjoying having fun again but kinda scary at the same time. And you?



    If you're going to try to sound upper-crust, at least spell "fare" correctly, LOL

    Once again al fresco, with no one sitting near us on a breezy day, so we felt safe. Just simple fair,
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    May 28, 2020 7:35 PM GMT
    KluckAndPluck said
    If you're going to try to sound upper-crust, at least spell "fare" correctly, LOL

    Once again al fresco, with no one sitting near us on a breezy day, so we felt safe. Just simple fair,

    Thank you, I’ve corrected it. I suspect a spell checker problem, but my responsibility to proof my posts.

    And do have a good covfefe.
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    May 28, 2020 7:46 PM GMT
    KluckAndPluck said
    Art_Deco saidOnce again al fresco, with no one sitting near us on a breezy day, so we felt safe. Just simple fair, I had some egg dish, he had meat of some sort. Truth is food only interests me when it interests him. Plus we were able to have some wine with it, permitted in a restaurant, but not in a bar.

    Yesterday the Mayor of Wilton Manors was there, and today the Mayor of Fort Lauderdale. Almost didn’t recognize him with a face mask on when he walked past us.

    His law offices are in our Wilton Manors, but as residents here we can’t vote for him in the neighboring city, only donate to his campaigns. He’s also our attorney, who's been in the news a lot lately.

    But we didn't talk with him about politics, actually never do, he gets enough of that, and really not our business. Just general things, like how he’s personally doing during this crisis. And how the places we mutually enjoy are doing, hoping to see him again socially.

    And giving him a thumbs-up for the difficult job he’s been tackling. He did mention when he expected bars to reopen here, including gay bars & clubs of most interest to us, but I’ll keep that confidential.

    So we’ve been doing pretty well with easing back into circulation. Seeing lots of friends, trying our best to stay safe. And keeping our fingers crossed, enjoying having fun again but kinda scary at the same time. And you?



    If you're going to try to sound upper-crust, at least spell "fare" correctly, LOL

    Once again al fresco, with no one sitting near us on a breezy day, so we felt safe. Just simple fair,

    Oh my, not our alleged professor, and Grammar Nazi isn't perfect either.
    Is our pompous Hyacinth slipping?
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    May 28, 2020 8:13 PM GMT
    icon_neutral.gif I wish I knew what was keeping me from wanting to actually go out....?

    Is it the post pandemic fear that I might see in everyone's eyes?
    Perhpas it's the changes in seating and other new procedures?
    It might be awhile before I'm really in the mood........icon_confused.gif
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    May 28, 2020 8:25 PM GMT
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    I wish I knew what was keeping me from wanting to actually go out....?

    Is it the post pandemic fear that I might see in everyone's eyes?
    The changes in seating and other new procedures?
    It might be awhile before I'm really in the mood........icon_confused.gif

    We could have begun going out last week, as places in Florida began opening. But we wanted to wait until we saw how things were going.

    But then yesterday my guy got a text from a restaurant chef who had gotten a shipment of Ipswich clams from Boston, that he loves. After that there was no stopping him.

    It seemed to go well, outdoors with no one around us, and of course he loved his clams. We did the same today, with another menu, but equally isolated outdoors.

    I think we’re being safe, but I can’t guarantee it. I understand your apprehension. We used to call it risk assessment. The decision is yours, as it is ours.
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    May 28, 2020 8:55 PM GMT
    suckitup saidicon_neutral.gif I wish I knew what was keeping me from wanting to actually go out....?

    Is it the post pandemic fear that I might see in everyone's eyes?
    Perhpas it's the changes in seating and other new procedures?
    It might be awhile before I'm really in the mood........icon_confused.gif

    I'm experiencing no such thing mate. Because in many ways life has gone on as normal for ny husband and I.
    I've still been interacting with the public though the shop. In many ways I'm also a contented married homebody, who doesn't need lots of people around me, to feel special. Nor any need to be a social butterfly in a gay ghetto. I also get to go outside in our home compound, into a private park garden.
  • FancyDress

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    May 28, 2020 11:21 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    suckitup said

    I wish I knew what was keeping me from wanting to actually go out....?

    Is it the post pandemic fear that I might see in everyone's eyes?
    The changes in seating and other new procedures?
    It might be awhile before I'm really in the mood........

    We could have begun going out last week, as places in Florida began opening. But we wanted to wait until we saw how things were going.

    But then yesterday my guy got a text from a restaurant chef who had gotten a shipment of Ipswich clams from Boston, that he loves. After that there was no stopping him.

    It seemed to go well, outdoors with no one around us, and of course he loved his clams. We did the same today, with another menu, but equally isolated outdoors.

    I think we’re being safe, but I can’t guarantee it. I understand your apprehension. We used to call it risk assessment. The decision is yours, as it is ours.




    Did you know that most "Ipswich clams" come from Maine?

    My husband and I live in the Boston area and are friends with a noted chef at a local restaurant who told us this interesting information.

    My husband is also friends with the Shellfish Constable in the area. The clams constable has told me personally that many clams claiming to be from Ipswich are from Maine.

    Here is an excerpt from a NY Times article that I found.

    But are Ipswich clams always, always from Ipswich? In fact, it's no secret among seafood suppliers and restaurants that most of the soft-shell clams currently sold as ''Ipswich'' clams -- even in Ipswich -- in fact come from Maine, where muddy tidal flats like those along the Damariscotta River and in Sagadahoc Bay yield a delicious harvest. An invasion of predatory green crabs, along with environmental pressures, have sharply reduced the number of local clams, experts say.

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    Jun 02, 2020 8:04 PM GMT
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    But are Ipswich clams always, always from Ipswich?

    These are from Ipswich Bay. From a company permitted to harvest them. That ships them down to a restaurant owner here, who once had a restaurant right there, hence the connection.

    You seem obsessed with disputing where these clams are from. Why is that?

    I see you are now claiming yourself to be from Boston. A big change from all the other places your socks have been. Like South Florida, Pennsylvania, upstate New York, etc - you’re been everywhere! Where next?

    BTW, that chef also gets us handmade Italian sausages from the north end of Boston, that he serves on his own menu. Made by a mother & daughter. Best you ever ate!

    He also gets us whole calamari tubes. Not sure where they’re sourced, but we get them in boxes of about 50. My guy stuffs & bakes them, his stuffed calamari beyond belief. I love when people are told he’s made stuffed calamari, and they ask us: “How do you stuff those little rings?” LOL!

    And there’s another mother & daughter duo, just a few miles north of us in Pompano, who make the best meatballs either of us have ever eaten. And he’s an Italian/Sicilian, and yet he says that. We get those meatballs in bulk, too.

    Point is, don’t limit yourself to national name brands alone. Those can be good, we have them ourselves.

    But sometimes look outside the box, and go off the beaten trail. You can find fantastic alternatives.

    If you want to learn about other food sources, ask successful commercial chefs. It’s their business, their livelihood, they often know things you don’t. And if you’re on good terms with them, they may share that info.
  • HikerCamper

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    Jun 02, 2020 11:30 PM GMT
    FancyDress said
    Art_Deco said
    suckitup said

    I wish I knew what was keeping me from wanting to actually go out....?

    Is it the post pandemic fear that I might see in everyone's eyes?
    The changes in seating and other new procedures?
    It might be awhile before I'm really in the mood........

    We could have begun going out last week, as places in Florida began opening. But we wanted to wait until we saw how things were going.

    But then yesterday my guy got a text from a restaurant chef who had gotten a shipment of Ipswich clams from Boston, that he loves. After that there was no stopping him.

    It seemed to go well, outdoors with no one around us, and of course he loved his clams. We did the same today, with another menu, but equally isolated outdoors.

    I think we’re being safe, but I can’t guarantee it. I understand your apprehension. We used to call it risk assessment. The decision is yours, as it is ours.




    Did you know that most "Ipswich clams" come from Maine?

    My husband and I live in the Boston area and are friends with a noted chef at a local restaurant who told us this interesting information.

    My husband is also friends with the Shellfish Constable in the area. The clams constable has told me personally that many clams claiming to be from Ipswich are from Maine.

    Here is an excerpt from a NY Times article that I found.

    But are Ipswich clams always, always from Ipswich? In fact, it's no secret among seafood suppliers and restaurants that most of the soft-shell clams currently sold as ''Ipswich'' clams -- even in Ipswich -- in fact come from Maine, where muddy tidal flats like those along the Damariscotta River and in Sagadahoc Bay yield a delicious harvest. An invasion of predatory green crabs, along with environmental pressures, have sharply reduced the number of local clams, experts say.




    That's interesting, I never knew that they could be from somewhere else.