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Sherman’s (Palm Desert)

Are you Jewish Deli people? Have you been to Sherman’s? The answer to both questions should be yes. We have been going to Sherman’s for years and even though we keep getting told about Manhattan in the Desert, we still can’t tear ourselves away from this place. I mean just look at the bakery case! Their lox is superb, completely...

Jamon Serrano

Anyone who’s been to Spain has probably encountered Jamon Serrano, the Spanish version of prosciutto. Very concentrated in flavor, it is usually served in paper thin slices. One of Ms S’s favorite foods (go figure), it’s one of our family favorites. We often buy Jamon Serrano from Pata Negra market in Pacific Beach or enjoy it at Costa Brava restaurant...

Thai Nakorn (Garden Grove, CA)

Only 10 minutes from Disneyland, Thai Nakorn is an unassuming, laid back place to enjoy some authentic Thai food. Beware, we ordered level 5 spicy… They said this was medium… Well it’s Thai medium not American medium… Top: Nam Sod with crispy rice. We’d never tried this before – salty, crunchy, sour, fresh ginger shreds, peanuts, wow. Delicious. Middle: Drunken...

Ethiopian EA 302

https://www.wired.com/story/boeing-737-max-8-ethiopia-crash-faa-software-fix-lion-air/ “The solution, then, is twofold: Boeing started by warning airlines that the MAX’s angle of attack sensors had malfunctioned before, that such a failure could lead the MCAS to push the plane’s nose down, and that pilots could safely defuse the problem by cutting off the trim system and working the plane manually. After making sure pilots knew about...

Flightaware

First, a moment of silence for those on Ethiopian 402. I have flown many a mile on international flights, it could have been me, it could have been you. It’s very sad. For those wondering what aircraft they will be flying soon, there are amazing tools like Flightaware available that show equipment details and real time flight altitude and speeds....

How TikTok Is Rewriting the World

How TikTok Is Rewriting the World https://nyti.ms/2Hcg93z “So maybe you’ll sit TikTok out. But these things have a way of sneaking up behind you. Maybe you never joined Snapchat — but its rise worried Facebook so much that its prettier product, Instagram, was remade in its image, and copied concepts from Snapchat reached you there. And maybe you skipped Twitter...

Traveling to Europe? Get ETIAS

US citizens will need ETIAS to travel to any if the Shengen countries, starting in 2021: “What’s changing? Starting on Jan. 1, 2021, American citizens will have to register online, through the new European Travel Information and Authorization System, to enter any of the 26 Schengen-area countries, plus four countries currently in the process of joining the area, regardless of...

Javier’s, University Town Center, San Diego

A stunning new restaurant at UTC mall. Can’t wait to try it. The bar itself looks amazing. The menu is sooooo expensive… $54 for a filet mignon with Chipotle sauce… Trying to come up with a reason, an excuse, an occasion, to justify going here.

Craftsman Tavern

Very cosy inside and excellent tuna salad. The chicken enchilada sauce was a bit strange. We’ll try it again to see if we can find dishes we really love. If so it’ll be a good alternative to Breakfast Republic next door which tends to run an hour wait on the weekend. It gave me great pleasure to cancel my Breakfast...

Losers / Aliy Zirkle / Iditarod

Watching Netflix “Losers” and was quite captivated by the episode about Aliy Zirkle, a sled dog musher who’s run the Iditarod for decades, has never won, but came in second quite a few times. What distinguishes her, besides her will to compete, is her amazing relationship with her dogs. You’ll also hear a harrowing story about how, a few years...