Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Strawberry Fields Forever

WOW. I can't tell you how happy I am that my farm share has started for the season- I just got my first delivery yesterday from Amy's Garden. Amy and her husband have a farm in New Kent County and every Monday during the season deliver us ( and about 50 other families) some of the best produce that I have ever tasted. Our first share included 3 different types of lettuce, baby bok choy, swiss chard, sugar snap peas, spring onions and the sweetest (read both ways) and most gorgeous strawberries that I have ever tasted. My two year-old Raine, after tasting one shouted "dandy"- (read candy), a from the soul of a child indication of how good they really are. And the chard was beautiful too , a deep green, ribbed in red for our pleasure !

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Wilco and Williamsburg

I celebrated my 39th birthday a few weeks ago-not a big deal, especially since my wife turned 40 a week later. We celebrated my birthday a few days early in Williamsburg, first at a great little bistro, The Blue Talon, and then with Jeff Tweedy and Wilco. First things first.

The Blue Talon Bistro
is located right in the heart of Williamsburg on the edge of the William & Mary campus. It's a comfortable space, polished woods and shiny metal in the tradition of a French bistro. And the chef David Everett has been successful in serving up "serious comfort food." We started with the chef's homemade charcuterie platter, with fresh country pate, and other sausages, served with a crock of coarse mustard. Perfect with a pint of cloudy Belgian beer. I opted for comfort food in my entree choice- a pork schnitzel, lightly breaded, fried, and served with fresh sauerkraut. A light Shiraz was a great accompaniment. We even stayed for dessert and I indulged in a creme brulee- good, but not exceptional.

Wilco played a great show-very solid all around- Tweedy even preached a bit.

1. I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
2. War On War
3. Company In My Back
4. Hell Is Chrome
5. Handshake Drugs
6. A Shot In The Arm
7. At Least That's What You Said
8. Jesus, Etc.
9. Ashes Of American Flags
10. Theologians
11. Spiders (Kidsmoke)
12. Hummingbird
13. Walken
14. I'm The Man Who Loves You

Encore 1:
15. Via Chicago
16. Kingpin
17. The Late Greats

Encore 2:
18. Heavy Metal Drummer
19. I'm A Wheel