Some food-related (mostly) things we enjoyed this past week:
Obviously, the tragedy in Moore, Oklahoma this week is not a “favorite,” and our hearts and hope go out to any and all affected by the massive tornado. Â Our money goes out to them too — donating is the least we can do for people who have lost so much. Â We appreciate all that the Red Cross accomplishes with donated funds, and we found a couple of ways to give money even more directly to people in Oklahoma in specific ways: Â through the Oklahoma food bank, as well asÂ a fund created to benefit OU faculty, staff and students who lost homes and personal property, and via the work being done by an Oklahoma pet clinic with respect to animals displaced during the storm. Â We like to think that every little effort makes a difference.
Last weekend we had a “sleepover” with our friends’ son & daughter (and our pretend nephew and niece, who we’ve known since the day each of them was born), while their parents celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary. Â We had an awesome time, complete with homemade pasta for dinner (as requested by T), an apres-dinner swim, lots of Wii games, some excellent drawings by A, a visit to the local playground (with an epic kite-flying-adventure FAIL: Â one only became “airborne” with me holding it up while running behind A, and the other got eaten by a tree about 15 seconds after T took hold of the string) and a highly successful trip to the video game / child entertainment mecca otherwise known as Dave & Busters. Â The kids were great and a good time was had by all!
When luck and planets align every few years, my parents travel to Europe in the off-season, which usually means March or October. Â It’s a happy coincidence for me when they go in March, since my birthday is in May (and you’re never too old to hope that your parents bring back something [other than a stupid T-shirt] for you when they travel.) Â This year, they brought me a package of calla lily bulbs, with Dan and my wedding anniversary in mind (we were married in June and callas were our wedding flowers.) Â I planted the bulbs a few weeks ago, and they have begun to bloom! Â The leaves are a pretty bright green, some with cute white speckles, and so far the blooms are a lovely pale pink and yellow combo. Â Thanks Mom & Dad! Â (And thank you for all the awesome European gifts over the years, none of which has ever been a stupid T-shirt.)
Recently, a friend diplomatically (for him) pointed out that we were remiss in our lavash pizza post because we didn’t mention Cane Rosso among our favorite places for pizza. Â Since we had never previously been to Cane Rosso, we apparently didn’t know what we were missing. Â Dan and that friend had lunch there the other day (apparently I was busy and unable join them), and Dan reports that their pizza is indeed among the best he has had. Â I can’t wait to try it!