Sucking It Up

Here we are sucking up leaves in January. 


It almost looks like we’re sucking up the whole ground with it!


After the warmest decade on record, we seem to be having the warmest year on record. 


It’s 52 degrees out, and we’ve been reaching up into the high 60’s so far this month.


Global warming or the big fires in Australia or action with Iran are heating things up here in Washington, D.C. 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Searching For Gold

This guy had some getup on in Fort Lauderdale on the toasty beach. 

He’s in the ocean dressed in a full wetsuit with a mask over his face, a hat on his head, and the headphones over his ears. 

He had a metal detector and wand looking for lost gold in the water right off the beach. 

But didn’t see him find a dime the whole time we were there. 

I can’t believe these guys can actually find enough jewelry on the beach to make this worth while. 

Back and forth with the wand…searching, searching.  😉

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Favorite Chocolate Pastries

So these are my favorite chocolate pastries. 


They are liked over-sized or really supersized Rugelach. 


When these come out of the oven, the soft, hot pastry dough interspersed with overflowing, dripping layers of chocolate are unbelievable!


This mound of chocolate pastries is from Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem. 


OMG, I can’t wait to visit again and have one (or more) of these–totally lose all self control! LOL  😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Best Chicken Lo Mein (Kosher)

Best Chicken Lo Mein (Kosher too!) that I ever had. 


At China Bistro and Sushi in Hollywood, Florida.


Order the extra chicken for a couple of bucks.


Well worth it!

 

Steaming hot from the wok. 


And don’t forget to make it extra spicy!  😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Swimming In Florida

In lovely Florida.


Hit the swimming pool.


About to do my laps.


I got my gear and ready to rock and roll.


Please G-d, we’ll spend the Jewish holiday of Shavuot (commemorating when we got the Torah) together here as a family.


What more can I ask.


Happy and grateful. 😉


(Source Photo: Dossy Blumenthal)

This Is What You Smell

Great sign at the nut stand at Sugarloaf Festival.

“This Is What You Smell!”


Hot cinnamon pecans or almonds. 


Wow, did that smell nice.


I got a tiny bag of the pecans, and when I opened it, the smell and taste that hot cinnamon really took over. 


Were there other smells present as well?


Probably, but I chose to focus on the cinnamon nuts. 


The other smells will have to wait for their special sign and appropriate attention to deal with it. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Everyone Drinks

Everyone Drinks

So this is a water fountain on steroids. 


Not 1, not 2, but 3 drinking spouts. 


Adults, children, and even pets can all get theirs.


And at the same time…no one goes thirsty!


So simple, yet why make people wait and take turns.


Drink everyone, drink to efficiency. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Pizza And Brew With Wonderful Friends

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Yesterday, we had a beautiful little get together at our place. 

In the party room with pizza and brew and lots of nosh–almost reminded me of the “Chometz Party” we had a number of years ago in our old neighborhood (great way to clean out your kitchen pantry before Passover),

Many of our wonderful friends from Magen David Sephardic Synagogue came to visit with us and celebrate one year plus in our new home in Maryland. 

Truly some of the nicest and accepting people I’ve had a chance to come to know in quite some time. 

I want to thank our friends for coming and especially thank my dear wife, Dossy, who did all the heavy lifting to make the event so beautiful for everyone. 

One lesson was how to keep the pizza piping hot over many hours with people coming and going at different times–can anyone say melted cheese? 

Another was how to schedule anything this time of year with Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Passover, Shavuot and Memorial Day holidays, Men’s Club/Sisterhood/and other community events, baby showers, weddings, vacations, and more–gee, there almost wasn’t a free Sunday on the calendar. 

Overall though, we had such a nice time with everyone, and Dossy is already asking about planning the next event and she says she is cooking, so watch out world! 😉

(Source Photo: Dannielle Blumenthal)

Wicked Good Waffles

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Just wanted to share this yummy waffle from the Wicked Waffle in Bethesda, Maryland. 

This waffle was steaming hot and had sugared flour and chocolate drizzle and had less than 200 calories!

The Wicked Waffle has all sorts of waffle sandwiches…made fresh right there in front of you. 

Grilled cheese, egg and cheese, tuna melt, tomato with mozzarella and arugula, waffle french toast, also meat waffle sandwiches (but those not kosher). 

The only food that can take on waffles is pancakes, but these wicked waffles will give any pancake a very big run for the money. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)