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About jpalbny

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    Albany, NY
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    Adventure travel, wine, food
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    Silversea, Oceania, Uniworld
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    Wherever I am going next!
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  1. Lots of stuff going on today. My landscaper guy came by with a yard of dirt this morning, and his guys put it in the planter for me. So I planted some tomatoes and other assorted stuff this afternoon. Looks really nice! Tonight I made chicken with mushrooms and parsley sauce, with a bit of farro on the side. Served with an obscure French white wine from Gascogne, a mixture of Colombard, Gros-Manseng, and Ugni Blanc. It actually went very well with dinner; it's a rare wine that has enough acidity to still taste good after a bite of lemon. Before dinner we went shopping. Had to hit up a few food places, as groceries are sporadically hard to find and becoming quite expensive. The meat prices at Price Chopper are obscene. Trader Joe's is impossible to get into.. We've had decent luck at our local Aldi - a place we haven't visited much in the past but it's been really handy the past month or so. Prices are good and selection is decent - limited, but plenty of stuff we want. Of course we went to one of the local wine shops to stock up. Grabbed another Hendrick's Midsummer Solstice gin, which I still am not convinced can last that long... And on the recommendation of FlyingScotSailors, I got a bottle of Nolet's Silver Gin. Looking forward to that as a nightcap tonight, as I am finally not on call!
  2. Oh my. That's just horrifying! I would have been completely grossed out. 🤢 I would have tried a very strong drink...much stronger than water, for sure!
  3. Too bad we can't get inside that bubble... 🙁 Would love to do an itinerary like that!
  4. Maybe we can join mid-voyage? It might save us a flight! 😉
  5. Terry, I'd disagree with the flat line on coffee. Definitely need a pre-noon beverage these days. Otherwise looks good.
  6. See you all there! Just not for a long time.
  7. Lois, I'm answering you now from MS Edge (I usually use Chrome). I almost never use Edge since I have an Android phone with Chrome, so that what I use on Windows too. But it (Edge) seems to work for me. Hope you get an answer on your other thread, and let us know what you find out.
  8. Hi Camillus! Seems like it's been ages. Nice to "see" you! I think many of us are overindulging in exercise a little bit. Chris and I just got back from a run. My average step count has been creeping up the past few weeks but unfortunately, so has my caloric intake...so I'm afraid there will be very little (or very much?) to show for all of this hard work. Except aches and pains all over. I finally took the snow tires off the second car this morning. I had changed out the tires on the first car a while ago, just got lazy about the second one, I guess. The weather here in Albany has been gorgeous, and there is no reason for snow tires when it's been 70 degrees or higher every day! So I ran out of excuses. Yesterday, I put the citrus trees outside for the season. Now we have lots of space in the sunroom. The ban on small non-household gatherings has been lifted so we had another couple over for dinner Friday night. No contact, just take out food shared on the back deck at a proper distance, but it was great to finally see some friends! Off to their place tonight for more of the same. Baby steps towards a sense of normalcy, but a long way to go. I'm back to work at the hospital come Tuesday. That will be somewhat of a break, I think. Hope everyone is having a nice weekend.
  9. Welcome back! And no, you were not on the naughty chair. You are welcome to post here...it's the Cooler, and all are welcome. And nothing is off topic. To post pictures, click the link by the paper clip that says "click to choose files" then upload and post away!
  10. No worries, M. Even Abraham Lincoln warned against believing all that you see on the internet. In fact, i saw that quote on the internet!
  11. Davey, you're putting North Wales higher and higher on my must-do list!
  12. Here's the recipe I use. https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/kaiserschmarrn-peaches You can follow their fancy method, or just dump the batter into the frying pan after you cook the peaches and have at it. It's a similar technique to scrambling eggs. If so, make sure you add the extra butter that you would have used to fry the pancake separately. You don't want to use too little butter! And, half the recipe, with two peaches and a small container of berries, is plenty for two.
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