Quote of the Day

Thursday, November 20, 2014

SOG City Foodie Tip Of The Day

Just saw this tip on the Ellen show. That famous Spanish chef said never peel garlic cloves again. Jose said just put them in a container (I used a martini shaker) and shake the shit out of them for a few seconds. I did it and out popped two perfectly peeled garlic cloves.

Why the hell have I never seen that on the Rachael Ray or Giada shows? Why didn't Bourdain or Laura Calder ever share that miraculous tip?

You read it here! You are welcome.

The house has almost been completely purged of thirty years of stuff. Next comes packing shit we want to keep. I can almost smell the salt air blowing in from the Gulf of Mexico to our new home at Indian Shores. Sunny beaches!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ho, Hum, I Think I'm Done ... D-U-N, Done!

We have put the physical home of the SOG City Oracle up for sale, and hope to be out before Christmas. After thirty years living in the paradise that is south of Gandy, my bride and I have decided to embark on a different journey through life together.

I have no idea what will become of the Oracle ... for now, nothing. I will leave it up with the wish that it will continue to guide diners to worthwhile gastronomic venues. In the future I may rename the Oracle to reflect our new stately pleasure-dome where Alph, the sacred river, ran through caverns measureless to man down to a sunny sea.

My apologies to Coleridge for changing his sea, but he must have been puffing on the grumpy opium pipe when he wrote Xanadu. Personally, I prefer the happy poppies with a sunny beach, but that's just me.

So, sunny beaches, y'all.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Defying Reason

A Canadian wrote a letter that is a must-read by all Obama haters in America. Mr. Richard Brunt wrote what the Democratic Party should have been shouting from the roof tops every single day. Here are a few excerpts:

Consider, right now in America, corporate profits are at record highs, the country’s adding 200,000 jobs per month, unemployment is below 6%, U.S. gross national product growth is the best of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries.

The stock market is near record highs, gasoline prices are falling, there’s no inflation, interest rates are the lowest in 30 years, U.S. oil imports are declining, U.S. oil production is rapidly increasing, the deficit is rapidly declining, and the wealthy are still making astonishing amounts of money.

So, Americans vote for the party that got you into the mess that Obama just dug you out of?  

This defies reason.

Mr. Brunt closed his letter with: When you are done with Obama, could you send him our way?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Cheer A Republican Victory

Could it be that the Party of No being in control of the House and Senate is a good thing? For six years these do-nothing bozos have been taking pot-shots at the President with the goal of thwarting Obama's every effort to get anything accomplished in Washington.

After last night's trouncing of the limp-dick Democrats the Republicans have The Power. It will be interesting to see what they do with it, if anything. It would seem that they now have to do something. They are in control. Who might they blame moving forward if nothing gets done in Washington? Let me reiterate: they have The Power.

We will see what positive results they get in the next two years of governing. And for the Democratic Party; you have two years to get your shit together, and grow a set.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Just Wonderin'

Happy November, y'all. 

And, vote those Republican obstructionists out on the fourth.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Vote To Reject A Single Party State

It is vital that every conscientious, true patriotic American get out and vote on November 4. If you have a clue, you know what the Republicans are trying to do all across this nation. They want a single party state controlling our country.

A single-party state is a type of party system government in which a single political party forms the government and no other parties are permitted to run candidates for election. Some single party states only outlaw opposition parties, while allowing subordinate allied parties to exist as part of a permanent coalition such as a popular front. 

Regardless of your party affiliation, if you think that is a good idea you are in for a horribly rude awakening. How rude, you may ask? Why don't you ask the people in these single-party state countries:

Current single-party states:
1) People's Republic of China (Communist Party of China): 1949-present
2) Cuba (Communist Party of Cuba): 1959-present
3) Eritrea (People's Front for Democracy and Justice): 1993-present
4) North Korea (Korean Worker's Party): 1948-present
5) Laos (Lao People's Revolutionary Party): 1975-present
6) Syria (Baath Party): 1963-present
7) Turkmenistan (Democratic Party of Turkmenistan): 1991-present
8) Vietnam (Communist Party of Vietnam): 1976-present

A future single-party state:

9) United States of America (Republican Party of Oligarchs: 2014 and beyond

Before the Republican voters get their bloomers in a bunch, a single party controlled by the Democrats would be just as disastrous for America.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Lauro's Will Be Missed

Talk about "a day late and a dollar short." My bride and I just recently discovered a venerable Tampa dining treasure that we somehow had missed over the years ... Lauro's Ristorante Italiano. Today in the Tampa Bay Times we read that Lauro's had permanently closed. That is horribly upsetting and very sad news. Tampa has lost another truly great, locally owned dining establishment.

Equally disheartening, in the same paper was the news that a new chain restaurant was opening up out on Chain Restaurant Boulevard (Boy Scout Road) that plans on serving pretty much the same cr...er, stuff as most every other upscale chain. Joy to the world ... just what Tampa needs, another same old, same old high dollar eating place.

Those two stories together leave the Tampa culinary scene mired in the muck of mediocrity. How sad.