Last Wednesday, we had an opportunity to attend a Beringer wine dinner at Cunningham’s in Towson.
Beringer is a big, big name in wine, and they made their mark (and their money) selling inexpensive wine. They may be best know for White Zinfandel. So we had tempered expectations on the wine, but were looking forward to the food, and spending some time with our friend M.
We also look forward to meeting new people at these events.
Overall, the food was outstanding, and the wines were pretty good, too. Continue reading
Almost exactly two years ago, I mentioned the government is getting involved in who may watch children and what they could be fed.
It should scare you, too. How long before the US government is telling you who can watch your kids and how they are allowed to do it, including what the children may be fed?
Two years later comes this story.
The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the person who was inspecting all lunch boxes in the More at Four classroom that day.
The Division of Child Development and Early Education at the Department of Health and Human Services requires all lunches served in pre-kindergarten programs — including in-home day care centers — to meet USDA guidelines. That means lunches must consist of one serving of meat, one serving of milk, one serving of grain, and two servings of fruit or vegetables, even if the lunches are brought from home.
When home-packed lunches do not include all of the required items, child care providers must supplement them with the missing ones.
The girl’s mother — who said she wishes to remain anonymous to protect her daughter from retaliation — said she received a note from the school stating that students who did not bring a “healthy lunch” would be offered the missing portions, which could result in a fee from the cafeteria, in her case $1.25.
“I don’t feel that I should pay for a cafeteria lunch when I provide lunch for her from home,” the mother wrote in a complaint to her state representative, Republican G.L. Pridgen of Robeson County.
The girl’s grandmother, who sometimes helps pack her lunch, told Carolina Journal that she is a petite, picky 4-year-old who eats white whole wheat bread and is not big on vegetables.
Read the entire thing, as there’s some spectacular stuff from the Government Agents In Charge of
Children’s Food. It’s easy to look like you can predict the future when you are predicting the expanded growth of power of the state; it’s easy because people are sheep and continue to allow this to happen.
Sometimes I wonder how it became that I’m able to make the aquaintance of so many interesting and engaging people. I know a big part of it is my wife, who, as a Realtor, is involved in very personal transactions with folks who are often moving to our area, and for that, I’m really thankful. However, we’ve also been meeting folks via social media, and that’s a new and very cool dynamic.
Anyway, J and I scheduled a night out for us and 6 friends. D and R, who are our next door neighbors; M, who is a very compelling person, an entrepreneur and pilot, friend of D and R, and now us; L, who works for Jerry Edward’s Chefs Expressions, and her mate D, who works for the Everyman Theatre (I got the ‘e’ in the right place); and J, who is moving to the Baltimore area from CT in the next few months, we met her via Twitter.
We started with some wine, cheese, and conversation at our house in Canton. Continue reading
Jamie and I, along with friends D, R, G, M, and M went to Aldo’s for dinner last night. We all ordered off the restaurant week menu, and the overall consensus was the food was good.
I had a wonderful panzanella, then steak frites, and pana cotta for dessert. My food was decent, I loved the salad, the steak was ok, the dessert was very good. It’s restaurant week, so you can’t expect to be blown away by the food. The suggested wine pairings were very good and a reasonable price.
The real treat was the service. It took a bit for our waiter, Enrico, to warm up to us, but he did, and we’ll ask for him when we return (and we will return, we made reservations for the fantastic wine room in a couple of weeks.) He comped us all several glasses of cream lemoncello (yum!), as well as gave us all a tour of the restaurant, including the cheese cave and wine cellar, along with commentary on the history of the building and of the owner.
Can’t wait to go back for the chef’s tasting menu with wine pairings.