The Eclectic Mix Blog

An Unnatural Excitement

During the bi-weekly Costco hunt-and-gather, I came across that innocuous little plastic clamshell box up there. And giddily, I grabbed it from the refrigerated case it was sitting in, and plunked it down in my cart with the meat and fish I’d grabbed already. Yes, beets. Pre-cooked, vacuum packed, pre-portioned beets. And I typically hate pre-packaged foods because I can...

Baseball – The Season So Far…

At the start of every baseball season for God knows how many years, Ernie Harwell, a former announcer for the Detroit Tigers, would read a poem and tell the listeners that hope springs eternal for every team at the start of a new baseball season. Sure, most true baseball fans know that, because we’ve all seen or read about those...

The Fault In Our Politics

I was reading  piece online that, while intriguing, isn’t worth linking to here, but brought up an interesting point which can be echoed across the political spectrum in this country as we hurtle ceaselessly toward another glorious presidential election next year. The writer’s entire point was that they are totally turned off by politicians they’d otherwise support, and in fact,...

The Restaurant Review – Meritage

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again here: we are remarkably lucky to have such a lively, creative, and truly amazing food scene here in the Twin Cities. And part of what makes it so wonderful is that every restaurant seems to try to be in a healthy, friendly competition with some other restaurant (or restaurants) in down, which...

The Occasional Movie Review – Valkyrie

It’s a well that Hollywood loves to mine: Nazi Germany during World War II. If anything screams pure evil, it’s Hitler and his army trying to take over Europe and the world. And frankly, it seems like there are still stories to tell from that time, including about the multitude of assassination attempts made on Hitler. Such is Valkyrie, a story...

Digesting the First Republican Debate

For those of us who survived last week’s first Republican presidential debate, there’s been a good deal of reflection on our lives, just to figure out where exactly we went wrong in deliberately choosing to waste a couple of hours of our lives on something with no redeeming value. And the best answer I can come up with seems to be...

The Occasional Recipe Review

I’m starting a new thing up on the blog here: a review of new recipes–or at least recipes that are new to me and my family. Let me explain. You see, I’m easily bored of the same old routine, so I spend some time every week on a few cooking sites clipping recipes with the fabulous Evernote Web Clipper plug-in....

The Occasional Movie Review

There are remarkable films out there that do wonderful things with a very simple story, like this one: an Indian immigrant and his family make their way to France where they open a restaurant and he becomes one of the most celebrated chefs in Paris, but he finds fame lacking. But that is basically the plot of The Hundred-Foot Journey, with a...

The Restaurant Review – Ward 6

It’s birthday dinner night for my amazing wife, Jenni. So, I gave her a list of restaurants we haven’t been to yet and she chose one. That choice was Ward 6 on Payne Avenue on the east side of St. Paul. I’ve read reviews that have spoken highly of the place. And what’s so great about places like this in this...

Mid-Season Checkup

Who’da thunk that at the All Star break, our beloved hometown nine would be within shouting distance of first place in the division? And who would have even dreamt that the Twins would be in the top tier of teams in the entire league this year? And who would dare to even say out loud that the Minnesota Twins, cellar-dwellers...

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