No word yet on the test results, but Jelly is feeling much better, post-surgery, as you can see –

1She’s bounced back remarkably well, waking me up only once last night and keeping me up for a mere hour (3 a.m. to 4 a.m.) before drifting back to sleep.

As always, she thanks you for your support.

The Oscars 2014 – Best Picture Nominees (pug version):

Two competing offal feasts on tap for March – and on the same night no less!  Over at Wildebeest, they’re doing something called Meditations on a Tamworth Pig.  The menu:

Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 7.24.28 PMWhile our friends at Campagnolo Roma offer the latest in their Quinto Quarto dinner series, something called No Guts, No Glory.  The menu:

Nose-to-tail dining at its best, Quinto Quarto offers a rare opportunity to enjoy the odd bits. Expect crispy pig’s ears with preserved green tomatoes, Fraser Valley duck cooked three ways including duck heart tartare, Pacific octopus, lamb neck, bone marrow, white chocolate with caramelized crackling, and of course, soft serve ice creamand more.


Crispy pig’s ear vs brain beignets!  Duck heart tartare vs chicken and pork tongue mousse!  Lamb neck and bone marrows vs pork belly and headcheese!  How could I possibly choose?


Campagnola Roma:


My buddy Ivon alerted me this story about a woman who’s fulfilling a bucket list for her dying dog:


Earlier this month, Subway announced that its bread would no longer contain a chemical foaming agent (presumably as part of their “Now with 100% less azodicarbonamide!” campaign).  Well, 1 down, approximately 500 to go.  Consults this handy list of foods containing the industrial chemical:


Alarming news for all you whisky enthusiasts.  The Shortage Worth Worrying About: Great Whiskey  Time to start stocking up on Pappy Van Winkle 15 while it’s still going for $982 a bottle!


Kite-Man!  Polka-Dot Man!  The King of Cats!  Presenting 2o Laughably Terrible Batman Villains:

13 thoughts on “February 28, 2014: Jelly on the mend! Offal showdown! A dying dog’s bucket list! That’s some tasty azodicarbonamide! Whisky shortage! 20 Laughably Terrible Batman Villains!

  1. i remember the ventriloquist & baby doll from batman: the animated series. actually baby doll was more sad than a standard villain.

    king tut & most of the bad guys from the ’60s live-action series were meant to be more camp, than menace. IMHO.

  2. I like the look of the Campagnolo Roma menu better. Maybe that’s just because I’m not a wine drinker.

    Re: azodicarbonamide

    Urgh! I’ve been making my own sourdough bread for the last month. Flour, water and salt . . . that’s it! There’s no need for anything else. As I type I have two loaves nearing the end of their 15 hour proving. They go into the oven in 15 minutes.

  3. The Ventriloquist and Scarface are pretty good. They usually manage to use them pretty well. Crazy Quilt on the other hand… yeesh!

    Though, despite being lame, a lot of them are certainly more inventive than most of Iron Man’s enemies, who generally are just some form of “Guy in a not-quite-as-good Iron Man suit”.

  4. Good to know that Jelly is doing so well. Meantime, looking over that list of villains, I am beginning to understand why I went with Marvel during the 1960s and 1970s. Yes, I know Marvel has its share of stupid villains, but, I don’t know, maybe they spread them out more, or kept their stories more interesting. Still, fun to see these kinds of lists. Hope the weekend brings further recovery (and more sleep for you) for the invalid, and that the other dogs are doing well as well. (hint: pictures/videos please?)

  5. Dang, that’s most definitely a case of writer’s block! I’d recognise the urgent usage of “random item that’s currently in front of me, on my desk” anywhere!

  6. As always, she thanks you for your support. She is so gracious!

    Not crazy about your food list. I’d probably eat offals, if I was starving though.

    We have a big storm coming in Sunday night. I’ll have to cut my buttercups before the freezing rain wipes it out.

    Have a good weekend!

  7. Jelly always looks good. She is a very pretty girl. She does not look her age at all. How does she do it?

  8. Great to hear that Jelly’s bouncing back so quickly!

    The offal showdown is one battle that I would probably watch from the sidelines. Although, I’m probably up to trying anything. Once.

    I remember back in the day when the “chemical foaming agent” used in bread was called “yeast produced carbon dioxide”. I guess that’s not good enough anymore?

  9. @ Tam Dixon – That storm will be here in Texas at noon on Sunday with freezing rain and temps. We are under a Winter Weather Advisory right now. But today…. clear blue skies and 80 degrees. Crazy weather!

  10. Nice to her Jelly got some sleep! I bet you the results will tell us it was a false alarm! 🙂
    I love those weekend mad updates 🙂 lol that dog is so sweet! Gravity was my fav, possibly cause i did not see any of the other movies …
    Question: would anybody care to recommend a good movie for me for tonight, please… preferably sci-fi ! and attach a free viewing website if possible.. got half a bottle of roset to wash down to celebrate some work/ study related achievement here 🙂 xo

  11. Ponytail: Our weather is similar (60Fish here). This weather is giving my plants whiplash! Take care over yonder!

  12. Hey Joe:

    Good job Jelly! We’re praying for a benign biopsy on the tumor.

    I’m popping in late on this post due to a Friday night birthday party for Jackie, some parts running for the Corvette project, and an abstract submission deadline on a paper I’m writing. The abstract is due next Friday and I wanted to finish it up this weekend so I have some time to forget it and then re-review it.

    The menus of Wildebeest and Campangnolo Roma’s Quinto Quarto got me salivating, and I see that Wildebeest is only a couple of blocks away from our usual haunts in Gastown. Now I just need convince Barb to try one of these when we visit at the end of March. Barb is a picky eater sometimes, but I got her to try bone marrow during a visit last year, so I’m hopeful.

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