• Ghosts of Christmas Past (Throwback Thursday)

      Good Morning Gentle Readers, TWC doesn't know if LA was a better place in 1953, but it was certainly classier and less crowded. Note the smogless, azure blue sky. It is said that the sweet fragrance of citrus blossoms perfumed the air for a hundred miles in every direction. Believe it or don't, the traffic signal was likely built by Acme.

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    • Drink Your Gin & Tonica

      Good Morning Gentle Readers, Although the Google calendar app didn't quite get it right, the Jewish Festival of Lights began last night at sundown. Here's sending Hanukkah blessings to all my Jewish friends. Back in the days of my vagrant yoot, I had a mad crush on this cute little Jewish girl, except I had no idea she was Jewish or even what that meant.

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    • What I Got My Sister For Christmas

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  • Forgot to Bring in the Brass Monkey

    Good Morning Gentle Readers, The holidays have brought us some chilly weather this year, including several days of cold, dry, howling Santa Ana winds. TWC doesn't mind, though, because it's just not Christmas without a fire. Not that kind of fire! One of our family holiday traditions is a Christmas morning fire that is perked up with last year's tree.

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  • Lileks on Christmas Past

    Good Morning Gentle Readers, I’m never happy to see Christmas pass; it makes all the decorations and holiday gear suddenly seem sad and out of date. It shouldn’t be so, as we are celebrating The Se ...

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  • America's Christmas Song

    Good Morning Gentle Readers, The tune has been covered by scores of artists and nobody has ever come close to Nat King Cole's exquisite 1953 recording of this quintessentially American Christm ...

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  • Trader Joes Coconut Shrimp

    Good Morning Gentle Readers, TWC isn't big on prepared food to begin with, but there are a few prepared foods that aren't bad. Trader Joes Coconut Shrimp isn't one of them. We found them inedible as did Beans. The product looks nothing like the photo and is all breading and no coconut. The shrimp itself is half the size of a wad of bubble gum and has the same consistency and flavor.

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  • Santa Take the Freeway Down

    Good Morning Gentle Readers, 85 street level degrees doesn't feel much like Christmas, but it gave me a chance for some tan maintenance. It is the Friday after Thanksgiving and that's when we open for Christmas with a raucous, upbeat, boogie version of a very familiar Chuck Berry classic. The odds are high that unless you're a long time Gentle Reader, you've not heard it, tho ...

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  • Throwback Thursday (Thanksgiving 2007)

    Gentle Readers, Ahhh, Thanksgiving's past. The House Blonde's Thanksgiving Poem, Jake's plea on behalf of turkeys everywhere, mesquite roasted turkey, a visit from Stevie the Spy (Minion of the Dark Side who denies being Harriet the ...

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  • A Simple Turkey Brine

    Good Morning Gentle Readers, The purpose of the brine is to ensure a juicy and succulent turkey. Of course, nothing can overcome bad luck or roasting the turkey too long, but brined poultry is typically more tender. For those who aren't familiar with brining, the sugar and salt tenderize the meat and mildly enhance the flavor.

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  • 2012 Pennywise Petite SirahWe All Float Down Here, Georgie

    Good Morning Gentle Readers, WTH do you think is going to pop out of this bottle when you pull the cork? And good luck shoving the cork back in when it does. It'd be like that old joke about the 4H pig. I dunno doc, all I can remember is that poor little monkey trying to put the cork back in. Not sure the Sebastiani guys thought this through (or maybe they did?).

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  • Throwback Thursday (Thanksgiving Edition)

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  • Grumpy Cat on Being Thankful

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  • Long Beautiful Hair

    Good Morning Gentle Readers, Terry and I had been out on Lake Mohave for a couple of days. We were seriously roughing it. You know. New York Strip grilled over a campfire with good red wine. After we'd swapped enough lies and drank enough wine, we were rocked to sleep under a billion stars. It was tough and I was ready for a hot shower and a king bed at Harrahs Laughlin with ...

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  • Pomegranate Martini (for Mrs TWC)

    Good Morning Gentle Readers, It is pomegranate season here at the Casa. Last fall we had over a hundred but this year's crop has been meager. What are pomegranates good for, anyway? Like, artichokes, pomegranates are difficult to eat and there is a mess to get through before you get to the delicious seeds. Technically, though, pomegranates aren't quite as difficult to eat as artichokes.

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