September 13th, 2011
Nowhere BoyJohnny Hooker: Hey, where's June?
Loretta: She quit. I'm filling in for a couple of days, till I can get a train outta here.
Johnny Hooker: Yeah? Where ya going?
Loretta: I don't know. Depends on which train I get on.


September 12th, 2011

The Red Adirondacks

September 9th, 2011

Cliff Walk

September 8th, 2011
Nowhere BoyJohn: Is Nowhere full of geniuses, sir? Because then I do probably belong there.

2011 Man Booker Prize Shortlist

September 7th, 2011

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction represents the very best in contemporary fiction (from the UK, Ireland, and the Commonwealth). One of the world’s most prestigious awards, and one of incomparable influence, it continues to be the pinnacle of ambition for every fiction writer. It has the power to transform the fortunes of authors, and even publishers.

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman

Snowdrops by A.D. Miller

September 6th, 2011
George R. R. Martin - A Game of Thrones"A man who won't listen can't hear."

2009 Orin Swift D66 Grenache

September 5th, 2011

The Orin Swift Winery is best known for its flagship wine, "The Prisoner," a predominantly-Zinfandel blend that you should definitely try. To its presence in northern California the winery has now added over 200 acres in Maury, France, near the Spanish border in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. D66 (Department66) is the inaugural wine from that new project. It is 80% Grenache, 12% Syrah and 8% Carignan. When I saw that Orin Swift made a Grenache, I had to have it. This is a big, bold and beautiful wine. I am glad I bought 4 bottles.

All Aboard

September 2nd, 2011

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Wüsthof Le Cordon Bleu 8 inch Cooks Chef Knife

September 1st, 2011

The cooking enthusiast's best friend and the most essential knife in the kitchen for cutting, chopping, slicing, and dicing fruits, vegetables, meat, and poultry. This high-performance knife has been created to meet and exceed the most exacting culinary standards of the world's greatest chefs, those of Le Cordon Bleu culinary school. The knife is precision forged from a single blank of high carbon steel and has a thinner blade and a redesigned bolster that reduce the overall weight of the knife for improved comfort and control; the redesigned bolster allows for precision cutting with the heel of the blade. The knife is incredibly sharp: the knife has a specially-polished cutting edge which eliminates the microscopic teeth and allows for more precise cuts. The seamless, completely hygienic handle construction features a durable Hostaform-C handle, triple-riveted to the fully-visible tang. Wüsthof knives offer a harmonious blend of precision cutting performance, integrity of materials, safety, and comfort. The knife is hot-drop forged by hand from a single blank of high carbon no-stain steel, a specially alloyed surgical steel consisting of exacting proportions of carbon, chromium, molybdenum, and vanadium. The blade is perfectly tapered from bolster to tip, and from the back of the blade to the edge, and is honed by hand. Perfect balance is assured by the full extension of the tang through the length of the handle. A seamless, totally hygienic fit is achieved by the durable Hostaform-C handle, triple-riveted to the fully visible tang; the handle is buffed and polished by hand.

Size: 8"
Materials: High carbon steel blade with Hostaform-C handle
Care: Dishwasher safe, although hand washing with a mild detergent is recommended

Product of Solingen, Germany

My first Wüsthof knife was given to me two years ago and I'll never look back. I never really understood the benefits of a good, sharp knife. Until you have one, it is hard to know better. The prices seem high, but the value is off the charts.

And now Wüsthof has this new Chef's knife, born from a design partnership with Le Cordon Bleu. Put world-class knife engineers together with world-class culinary minds and what you get is a beautiful knife that simply glides across the cutting board. I have used this knife for herbs, garlic, nuts, potatoes, vegetables and meats; it does it all. This is the only knife you need.

Also, BE CAREFUL. Always respect your knives, and this one was designed to be better at doing what knives do than other knives and this could result in injury to you if you are not careful. Remove your distractions and focus on the task before you. Then wash it by hand and put it in a protective case and put it away.

When the blade begins to dull, run it through your sharpener and bring it back to life. This knife will last a very long time, especially if you take good care of it.


Lobstering and a Cliff Walk in Maine

August 31st, 2011

Lobstering on The Lucky Catch Cliff Walk

Added to the set here.