July 18th, 2011 by ~

Mortadella

Bologna gets a bad rap, as do cold cuts, hot dogs and other such tube steaks. Some of it is rightly earned. There were reasons the butcher figured out how to make these forms of meat, frugality being high on the list. But when frugality turns into cheap, that’s where you get into problems. Adding fillers and other non meat products reduces the process from craft to crap.

We are currently making all of our sausage and cured meats and it proves that the end product is no better than the beginning ingredients. There is no alchemy in starting with … more »

July 18th, 2011 by ~

Mortadella

Bologna gets a bad rap, as do cold cuts, hot dogs and other such tube steaks. Some of it is rightly earned. There were reasons the butcher figured out how to make these forms of meat, frugality being high on the list. But when frugality turns into cheap, that’s where you get into problems. Adding fillers and other non meat products reduces the process from craft to crap.

We are currently making all of our sausage and cured meats and it proves that the end product is no better than the beginning ingredients. There is no alchemy in starting with … more »

July 18th, 2011 by ~

Mortadella

So that I do not stand as fodder for any anti-arena gossip, let me say that I admit that I stand to benefit from the building of this new arena as much as anyone. I am willing to put up with the inconvenience of the additional noise and dust for the price of progress. Any type of improvement demands a cost, one that I am more than willing to pay. Thankfully we have not needed the arena to succeed in the past four years of our existence. In my mind the arena will only help us refine our vision for … more »

July 18th, 2011 by ~

Mortadella

The verdict: wait and see

As this point the doctor is not really sure what her condition is and what caused the debilitating pain, but instead of continuing to prod and poke around and incur further expense, his advice was to be patient and observe any further changes or developments. Since the pain has subsided and there are no other symptoms, he said to carry on with life. We can do that.

So to not incur any more cabin fever, and to help her take it easy, she will go spend a few days with her mom, and not be … more »

July 18th, 2011 by ~

Mortadella

They’ve ruled out cancer.

Whew!

The pathology report shows a negative biopsy of the affected area. All her blood tests show normal. Now that we know what it’s not, we have to find out what it is.

She is feeling a bit better today, still gimpy, but nowhere near the level of discomfort as before. But my “shoot first, ask questions later” wife is getting pretty restless. No grass grows under Karen Shinn’s feet, and week in bed at home is more than she can stand. Understandable, especially when you don’t know what’s going on in your own body, and … more »

July 18th, 2011 by ~

Mortadella

I’m all for progress, and am willing to put up with the construction necessary to make the Haymarket Arena happen, but when you come across incompetence of this nature, it’s too good to keep to yourself.

A few weeks ago, the dumptruck convoy mounted up and began the process of removing the contaminated dirt from the old railyard site. I would estimate one every minute or two turns left onto S street in front of my restaurant on their way to who-knows-where with their soiled soil. Trucks we can deal with. Granted, they are a little noisy at times, but … more »

July 18th, 2011 by ~

Mortadella

That sound you hear is the sigh of relief, from me landing in my patio chair, of finishing a long market Saturday, and of having Karen home from a brief stay in the hospital. She is resting, enjoying the pleasant effects of the pharmaceutical cocktail the medical barista has her taking, and yet already feeling bored from the down time of being off her feet and in bed.

We still don’t know anything, which I guess in some ways is good news. All we know is something very small is causing a great deal of pain. Our waiting now is … more »

July 18th, 2011 by ~

Mortadella

If you don’t see Karen or me around the restaurant this week, it’s because we had to admit her to the hospital today (Friday) for severe abdominal pain. It happened all of a sudden on Tuesday evening with symptoms that appeared to be a muscle spasm in her lower right rib cage. Some aspirin and a heat compress provided some temporary relief, enough for her to get some sleep and wake up the next day, a little sore, but able to carry on with her daily duties.

But by the end of the day Wednesday, the pain had come back

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