Monday, June 30, 2014

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ROGUE UNDERGROUND
40th GOURMET EVENT

Rogue Underground Dining Society
held its 40th consecutive gourmet dinner
in a renovated 1940's Standard Oil Gas Station!

The converted "gas station" is now a gourmet
carryout market and caterer in the historic
Shaw neighborhood of St. Louis,
and was happy to open its kitchen to the
talented Rogue chefs and staff,
for 21 lucky attendees.

As always, the "first come, first serve"
Rogue respondents are only told
where their dining event will be held
a day before the event.

(And they are NEVER disappointed.)

Saturday, June 28, 2014

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NO BLOGS THIS WEEKEND

Gone down to the river
for some R & R.
(Be back Monday.)

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Friday, June 27, 2014

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BE A YOGI

Yoga outdoors!
The way it was meant to be.

It's a group thing
Saturday mornings,
at Tower Grove Park, St. Louis,
with master Sat Inder Singh Khasa.

towergrovepark.org

Outdoor yoga.
Feel good, look good.
  The only thing missing is . . .

Y O U !

Thursday, June 26, 2014

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CREATING A PERFECT CUP OF COFFEE

If the goal is to create a "perfect" cup of coffee,
then one must select exceptional steps along the way,
from the grower to the roaster to the
very way the coffee is ground and brewed.

In Colombia, exceptional growers have planted
rare "Gesha" coffee plants from Panama,
and hand harvested perfectly ripe "cherries"
from the mountains of Esperanza,
producing precious few perfect beans to export.

Luckily, a bag was found and shipped to
Kaldi's Coffee Roasters in St. Louis.
But that was just the beginning;  Tony,
their master roaster, experimented with roasting profiles
of this single lot of "green beans", to bring out
the complexities of this rare micro lot coffee.

The result is 3 different roasts of the same bean,
but with different roasting times and temperatures,
to bring out the optimum (1) sweetness, (2) body
and (3) acidity . . . and the perfect ratio of these
3 roasts to create one perfect cup of amazing coffee.

That rare offering of Colombian La Esperanza
"Gesha ParaĆ­so" coffee was offered
in 300 Micro Lot packages for discerning coffee lovers.
(Predictably, it sold out the first few days.)

The bar of excellence has officially been raised!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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CONSIDER THE LILIES

"Consider the lilies of the field,
  how they grow . . ."

(Again, my apologies for not being able
to view any blogs that I follow.
Google/Blogger informs me that
their product team is working on this problem.)


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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WHY DID THE GEESE CROSS THE ROAD?

Real traffic stoppers.
(You'd think they'd fly across!)


ANSWER:  To get to that fountain!


NOTICE:  I am not able to view the blogs
that I follow (and enjoy.)   I am working with
Blogger and Google to resolve this problem.
My apologies.

Monday, June 23, 2014

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WHITE GIANTS

The best blooms of the season now
are the white giants . . .

fragrant magnolias,
puffy hydrangeas,
and the sacred lotus.

White can be so right!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

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BENEFICIAL BEE BALM

A tall, brilliant red flower in the summer garden,
Bee Balm (also known as bergamot)
attracts butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.

North American Indians and early settlers
favored its spicy, fragrant oil as a medicinal remedy
for stomach ailments and bronchitis.

Bee balm leaves and buds taste like spearmint
and are a natural source of thymol,
an antiseptic compound that is the primary
active ingredient in modern commercial mouthwash.

A valuable, beautiful addition to the summer flower bed.


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THE LOTUS IS SOON TO BLOOM

The lotus buds symbolize "potential"
in Buddhism, the stage before its
magnificent flowers open, and awaken.

Pure "enlightenment".

It's so exciting to watch the sacred lotus,
especially today,
the First Day of Summer.

Wishing you enlightenment
all weekend long.

Friday, June 20, 2014

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THE TASTE OF SUMMER

Now that summer is here
(tomorrow is the 'first day of summer'),
with homegrown tomatoes and
fresh basil in everyone's garden.

With these two ingredients,
the freshest taste of summer
is now possible:

"WELCOME SUMMER" SALAD

Cut up two ripe homegrown tomatoes.
Cover with freshly chopped basil.

The best things in life are so simple.
Enjoy.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

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BERRY GOOD FRIENDS

My good friends (and expert gardeners),
Walt and Carolyn,
are generous and willing
to share a bounty crop of
black raspberries and blueberries.

That makes them "berry" good friends.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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SUMMER STEAM
AT MARAMEC SPRING

On a hot, humid morning
(like today)
there's a thick steam that rises
just above the ice cold waters
of a Missouri spring
(like this one).

Steam dances on top of the spring water,
cause the air's too hot
and the water's too cold.

It's crazy.
It's beautiful.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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DISCOVERING OLD
POST CARDS, MUSIC & BOOKS

Finding old text books, post cards
and sheet music in a country curiosity shop
can show how much times have changed.

Before computers, before calculators,
before adding machines . . .
there was a handy reference book
for households, farms, tradesmen, mechanics:
The World's READY RECKONER,
an invaluable assistant for calculating
practical solutions to almost everything . . .

coming up with an amount and value
of any number of calculations:
board feet of lumber, interest tables, 
dollars and cents, tax tables,
decimal values of fractions, the amount of feed
for your hogs during the summer season.

"Saves time, money & worry
with this rapid calculator."

(The world was a simpler place in 1900.)