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  1. We went out this year. Bittersweet because my father is currently in the hospital (although he'll be transferred to acute rehab today or tomorrow). He'll be ok, and he insisted we keep our reservations at an Italian near my parents. Apparently I'm the only one who didn't take pictures of their food! But a lobster/crab cake to start, salad, and then halibut crusted with panko over a spinach/lobster risotto. Cheesecake for dessert. It was really good.
  2. Third trip this year to the UK (work). Tried to pay attention to what I was eating but didn't get pictures. United Economy, EWR to EDI. The outbound leg we got dinner (even though I had nibbled in the lounge with co-workers, I figured I could nibble here a bit). I got the pasta, but it was just a plain, mildly spicy tomato sauce. The accompaniments were exactly the same as last two times: roll & butter, salad with weird grain salad, and a Milk lemon bar (which is my least favorite). I had taken melatonin before boarding, so I was sleeping pretty shortly after. About 2 hours before landing, they served a breakfast sandwich of egg, cheese, and turkey ham on an asiago bagel. Not bad, actually, but of course, not fresh either. Returning EDI to EWR we got lunch. I had a chicken with a mushroom cream sauce and spaetzle. Sides was a salad with small mozzarella balls and a wedge of not-very-good tomato. Also a roll and Irish butter, and a package of small chocolate truffles. Those were tasty. Half way through they gave out biscoff cookies & water. About 2 hours before landing, they brought a choice of a cheese sandwich (hot) or a chicken pesto pizza thing. It was...not great.
  3. I flew the same route (EWR to EDI and back, on United Economy) last month. Unfortunately, the row was full both ways this time. No pictures. I hadn't planned to eat, but I woke up from all the noise and the smell hit me and I realized I was a little hungry. So some kind of chicken stir fry, same salad (I just nibbled at the greens), and the cookie was chocolate something this time. No bad wine. Breakfast was a yogurt and a very sweet looking "biscotti" I stashed for later and don't think I ever ate. Homeward bound, went for ravioli with pesto this time, which wasn't bad (I'm a sucker for pesto cream sauces), and some kind of mini chocolate truffles that were very good. Eh, it was food and I didn't have to pay airport prices?
  4. We went to a group bbq/fireworks party by a school near my in-laws. Two families brought their RVs (which was good, because some folks' asthma was acting up due to wildfire smoke/fireworks smoke/humidity). There were hot dogs, hamburgers, pulled pork, mac & cheese, pasta salad, a potato salad that was lemon/mint/etc (my SIL makes it and it's lovely), fruit, pie, etc. Since the school lot was packed with people set up to watch the fireworks, there were multiple ice cream trucks competing. My son had a huge oreo milkshake and I got a chocolate ice cream sandwich.
  5. Surimi is sometimes flavored with bits of crab. Be very careful about giving it to someone with a seafood allergy.
  6. I don't fly very often, maybe once every other month, and rarely overseas. This means that I'm in the back of the plane. Last month I had a trip to England (via Edinburgh), and this was dinner outbound in United economy. I got the pasta, the grain salad was a little weird but the lettuce was fresh, and the cookie was extremely sweet. The carb load helped me doze and I indulged in a rare glass of (not very good) wine. Overnight we got a small bottle of water, and a granola bar and something-else-I-can't recall for a breakfast snack. On the way home, we were served breakfast, which I didn't take a picture of, but was an egg scramble with cheese and something else. It was fine. By then I was getting sick; my co-worker gave myself and another team member a lovely case of bronchitis. I'll just say that even with an empty row (I paid for an extra legroom seat, which got me my own row both way), you really don't get much sleep in economy. I
  7. My aunt & uncle used to do a grand sit down menu: sushi in the kitchen, then spaghetti with clams and spaghetti with calamari, then a main of fried shrimp, crab cakes, maybe sauteed shrimp, some sort of white fish, eels, salmon or swordfish (or both!) and bacala (salted cod) salad. Then fruit & chestnuts and THEN pastries and other desserts. The joke was that there had to be a dessert per person. It was kind of ridiculous. They moved, so that tradition ended. We took it one year and kept it super simple: just linguini with scallops and fried fish. We've gone to my parents a few years and it was similarly simple. We've also started going out and that's what we'll do this year. Italian restaurant so those of us who want our fish will get it and the rest can get something else.
  8. Sorry, the only really great bakery I know in VA is in Harrisonburg, which is very much out of your way! But Heritage Bakery & Cafe is really good if you're ever up that way (https://heritagebakes.com/)
  9. Allura

    Easter 2022

    So I grew up calling it "ham pie" but apparently other Italian Americans call it Easter Pie or Pizza Rustica. We have it for any holiday, not just Easter. It's basically a pie crust filled with a mix of ricotta, and cured meats. with egg as binder. In my family it's ham, salami, and provolone, and parmesan. I suspect it of being extra popular for us because my grandfather owned a butcher shop and my grandmother would dice up the ends of the cold cuts to make it. A lot of recipes online show a top crust; I learned just to do a simple lattice with leftover crust. I usually make it in a rectangular baking dish since we cut it in small rectangles and eat it as an appetizer in the kitchen while waiting on dinner.
  10. Allura

    Easter 2022

    My mother retired last year so and since we can all get back together, she's indulging in her love of cooking and feeding an army of...7...So far she's apparently making ham (11lbs) and brisket (4lbs. Dad's Jewish, Mom's Catholic, so...), baked sweet potatoes, broccoli with chees sauce, steamed green beans, Mediterranean salad (?) And she's making the ham pie (aka Pizza Rustica/Easter Pie) this year because I have zero energy between work, Holy Week services (Altar Guild head...) and leftover Covid fatigue. Dessert is apparently apple matzo kugel, chocolate covered matzo, and maybe cream puffs! And Easter candy. And Jewish style coconut macaroons. I suspect we'll all have leftovers.
  11. You know, it'd be an expensive donation, but I bet a food pantry with refrigeration would cheerfully take them. Salmon's going to be rare to get but easy to cook. And food pantries are always hurting after the holiday rush.
  12. Last year we did trick or treating but no get together to eat. Given the kids involved either attend the same school/grade or are old enough to be vaxxed (and all the adults involved are), we're thinking we will be able to go back to eating after. The first year we hosted Halloween we did simple rigatoni with tomato sauce and ricotta as an option (there's a vegetarian in the crowd). After that we started saying the heck with it and ordering pizza. Just have to order far in advance. Sometimes I get dessert, sometimes we steal candy from the kids. But apparently I won't be stealing Butterfingers this year!
  13. And honestly, that was how we started off. The problem is that the intervention of a medication that suppresses appetite means that evening meals have to include making up calories that weren't eaten during the day. We're slowly, so slowly expanding options, and he tries. But he's often hungry but still can't face another bite of something he doesn't like. I guess my point is that there's a lot of reasons for picky eaters and sometimes you don't see the whole picture.
  14. So...I started off feeding my (now 9yo) from the table. Problem is that what he was willing to eat when in a high chair he basically will not touch now. He's slowly expanding his horizons back again. But if he could, he'd live on macaroni & cheese. He's old enough now that dinner options are "eat what we're eating or get it yourself," which usually results in a few bites taken followed by a bagel or something else carb-heavy.
  15. You mentioned that there's not a lot of seafood in Israel, so you're indulging in Greece. I would have assumed it was available given Israel's location, so I'm guessing it's due to the impact of folks following Kosher law? Food blogs are my favorite aspect of egullet, so I really appreciate this. At the end of the day, I'm not a very adventurous traveler so I love seeing other countries through this lens.
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