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Best Appetizer = BBQ Shrimp, Pascal's Manale, Napoleon St., Garden District, N'Awlins.
Best Entre = Osso Bucco over Porcini Risotto, Osteria Il Doge, Theater District, 44th St. East, Manahattan.
Best Dessert = tie. Tiramisu, Hilton Hotel Restaurant, Quito, Ecuador.
Creme' Brûlée', The Abbey, Atlanta, Georgia.
Best Steak, Tie. Smith & Wollensky's, Manahattan
Chop House, The Windy City, Illinois.
Best Pasta = Gnocchi Alfredo with Portobello and Italian Sausage, The Rose, Chi-Town.
Best Soup = Mustard & Onion Vichyssoise, Mi Banana, Bonaire, Netherlands, Antilles.
Best Pizza = Pizza Hut Thin Crust, triple sausage, APRIL FOOL! The Trattoria, Double Veggie w/extra cheese, Peekskill, NY.
Best Ribs =, Independent owner/ operator, a private home, east of Tallahassee, Fla.
Best Fish = Steamed Grouper, It Rains Fishes, Bonaire, Netherlands, Antilles.
Best Sushi = Samauri Sushi, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Best Overall Meal = Brachiola with Egg Tagliatelle Pasta, Wine soaked and Braised veggies, Napolean Dessert, Mario's Ristorante, Nashville, Tennessee.
This post was edited by Nashnole 15 months ago
I love NY, but I'm surprised to see a tie for steak. I don't even bother to order steak outside of Chicago anymore. They must do something special in Chi-town, their steaks are unbeatable.
I believe I've been to your pasta place and Chop House, good spots.
Best Sushi, in the middle of the desert. Too funny.
For many years, I've always ordered the same cut; Bone-In, or Cowboy Rib-eye as it's listed on some menus, particularly those in the West and South. I ask for between medium and medium-rare, just to see how each separate kitchen handles it. Many get it right, and many send it to me RARE or totally grey in the middle.
Now I can and will eat a steak everywhere from extremely rare to totally well done and tough enough to build a shack.
Weirdest steak I ever had = On my way to visit my boyhood best good friend out in Tuscon, Arizona, I traveled the south loop through Texas to run alongside the Rio Grande River. As I was approaching El Paso from the South, and still out in the sticks so to speak, I read an advertisement for "Fried Steaks, 5 miles ahead on right." I had only had a cheese chokie and small coke for lunch about 6 hours earlier, so I thought I'd stop and get some of this offering. I park and enter, and there are just about a dozen tables all full of Hispanics. Being the only Gringo, I went to sit at the bar, so I could use the mirror over it to see if there were any imminent sneak attacks coming my way. I look at the menu, which was hand-written, and order their largest T-Bone, beans and slaw and bread. I can see into the kitchen through the hole in the wall where they pass the loaded plates through to be served. In the middle there is a big black cauldron, witches brew style, that is bubbling to beat the band. My eyes bug out as I see the "chef", pick up a huge steak with a big fork, and drop it into the fat - which really created a noisy song. I sit there amazed, and watch him ignore the pot, and then after about 3-4 minutes, jab his implement into the mix, extract the meat, drop it on a towel presumably to sop up the grease, flip it over to treat both sides, and then drop it onto a platter. Sure enough, it's MY order, and here it comes with some home fries and all the trimmings.
Now Uncle Nash is fairly adventuresome where food in concerned. I've eaten Bear, Armadillo, Dog, Buffalo, Mountain Goat, Ostrich et. al., and once what was purported to be Giraffe. I have to admit I was intrigued at this fare, and tentatively cut a small wedge to see if it would be edible. It was pretty good, if a bit more done than I liked. The pinto beans with chopped onion were spot on, and the sourdough bread was really good too. Still, I look back on that meal as the time I ingested quadruple cholesterol, and prolly killed many good enzymes inside my carcass.
Nash...Should I be content with my Masters degree, or should I pursue my Doctorate in Education?
I've always held that one can NEVER have too much education, indeed it should never stop until everything about one is kilt. Every day one should read to improve one's mind and understanding of the world around one and the people whom one comes in contact with. Doctorate will open even more lucrative and instructive doors for you.
Of course level of accomplishment depends on the goals one has set and intends to attain. There is always a cost quotient to take into consideration. I don't know what your personal financial circumstances are, but I can tell you my oldest daughter, and many of her stookid friends, just HAD to go to Columbia U. in NYC together, took out GINORMOUS student loans to pay for it (which Papa Nash co-signed for one of them for - fool that I am), and are now saddled with heavy debt because of it. The interest clock starts ticking before the ink of your signature is dry, and accumulates what feels like exponentially the farther one is removed from the inception. If you have to borrow money, perhaps it would be wise to stop and consider all costs of continuance. Not saying don't, do your best to assess the harvest of the effort required to take the next step.
Or declare yourself a descendant of Native American Esquimeaux, and apply for every grant and scholarship out there. Or, I hear Obama is forgiving some billion(s) in student loan debt, and daring the loan companies to do something about it. Could be good for almost everyone!
ugh...decisions, decisions. Definitely don't want to accumulate that amount of debt. My wife and I only owe about 11k in student loans at this point. (hers, not mine) Although I'm sure a few more doors would be opened, I'm not sure it'd be enough to compensate for the amount of money and effort I'd have to put into it. I've dismissed the idea a few times, just seems to come back to me. Like I can't get it out of my head.
Even 11k is enough that most people spend years trying to pay it back. If you need it for where you want to end up, you should get it over with, but if you can accomplish your life's goals without it, it seems like you're much better off skipping it.
Don't listen to me though, I don't even have a bachelors, and no one in my field (tech) cares about degrees as soon as you have about 2 years of professional experience.
Look, you are obviously highly intelligent (well as far as any man who gets married to a woman can be - the older Uncle Nash gets, the stookider I become, at least to all the women in my sphere of influence), and able to view, think and plan long-term. YOU can continue to educate yourself for almost free if you are willing to put in the effort and have the chutzpah to self-start.
I would offer you this suggestion. Take the money you would have to borrow/spend to reach Doctorate diploma level, and put it into a money-market savings account at intervals, the same as you would if you had to pay for it yourself or pay back a student loan. Dig on your own for what you want. A Library card doesn't cost much, and you could probably find similar publications in it to mirror what is being taught in your field, and perhaps the exact text in some cases. You'll end up with a sizable chunk of rhino, and can take a trip to French Polynesia, where the women are all beautiful, brown-skinned, and dance around at night without no tops on! Uncle Nash is going next month! Upon my return, I'll file a book/trip report for you to grade - on the curves if you get my drift!
Good advice...Think I can get where I want without it.
Sounds like a plan. I'm all about coming up with more rhino...
That would be extremely nice.
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