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December 08, 2013


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Merry Christmas dear leader.


God morning all.


3rd oorah!!!


I know we're generally hostile to anything in the NY Times, but I'd like to recommend Under the Spell of Old Restaurants in today's Times Style Magazine (T).

My daughter wrote it!


Watched Baylor beat the crap out of Texas - haha. My how the mighty have fallen - serves 'em right.

OT - now we are being told not to use paper forms to enroll in the "Hope You Can Find Some Insurance Act". The paperwork cannot be processed in time - my solution is send smoke signals - Senator Warren can help with that.

If that fails, and it could because of global warming, we could use the Long Island Madame. Or is it Long Island Medium I am thinking of? No matter - one would probably work as well as the other.


Tonto, it appears your daughter did every thing right with that article. First article I ever enjoyed in the Times. Please tell her how much it was enjoyed by a normally non Times reader.


Yes. I quite agree, pagar, if only the rest of the Times showed the same perspicacity.


We have new info!

Oh wait, it says the same thing we've been saying for years now.

Journalists these days.

Meh, the photo gallery after Dear Leader's posted link doesn't have the hug Mason got from Bo Jackson.

Danube on iPad

FSU opens as a 9 1/2 point favorite. Quite surprising.

I wish C. Wallace had asked Ezekiel Emengele "how many patients have you treated?"


Great question, DoT @12:38. I don't believe Dr. Emengele does anything so plebeian patients. He's a bioethicist, doncha know. (That's New-speak for one-man death panel.)


I keep with the Ghostbusters analogy, no one would willingly construct a system like this,

With Ortega seeimgly following 'Wile E Coyote in a red beret, i'm doubtful there would have been uproar from the 'right people', if Mandela
has followed the instincts of MK brethren


"so plebeian AS patients"


so plebeian AS patients

Rick Ballard


Dr. Emengele probably sees patients.



LOL, Rick, sort of like the "Angel of Death"?


Congrats, Tonto. Good to see the blind squirrel NYT can occasionally find an acorn. The only other writer worth reading at the NYT, if you can find him, is John Tierney.


When it comes to food writing, the Times is the exception that proves the rule. Great article, Tanto.

Danube on iPad

Congrats to you and your daughter, Tonto.

Frau Edith Steingehirn

Angel of Death?
Zeke looks and sounds more like a demon.

Haven't been sick, since.

Heh, Tonto, the first commenter mentions the one whose absence glared at me, Gage and Tollner's. Twice I've chundered buckets of clams there, so after that I quit engorging clams.

Captain Hate

Once constant with a Chris Wallace interview is "I wish he would have asked...". There's a reason for that.

Captain Hate

Anybody watching the Lions/Iggles Snow Bowl game in Philthadephia?


Bingo, Frau -- the Angel of Death is a demon.


Great stuff, Tonto. But, how hard is steak Diane? Come on.


I am Capt'n.


Well, the World needs more Food Editors and game show hosts.

Danube on iPad

Been looking in on the games in Philly, D.C. and Pgh. A mess.



CHRIS WALLACE, HOST: Not to put too fine a point on it, George, but it's those outdated agencies the President talks about that he, under ObamaCare, is going to have oversee, what, about a sixth of the economy.

GEORGE WILL: The education of this president is a protracted and often amusing process - as it was this week - as he continues to alight upon the obvious with a sense of profound and original discovery. He's alighting on what is obvious to governors. This is really why we should have governors more often than senators as president.

The president is saying the trouble with big government is it's so darned big. And like a lot of other big organisms - dinosaurs spring to mind - it has a central nervous system, it’s sclerotic, it's governed by inertia, and it’s hard to move. This from a man who's devoted his life to increasing the power of government as an instrument of the redistribution of income because government is wiser than markets at that. It’s, as I say, highly amusing.


Piling on, with Steyn's help:

For the last half-century, Obama has simply had to be. Just being Obama was enough to waft him onwards and upwards: He was the Harvard Law Review president who never published a word, the community organizer who never organized a thing, the state legislator who voted present. And then one day came the day when it wasn't enough simply to be. For the first time in his life, he had to do. And it turns out he can't. He's not Steve Jobs or Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos. And is about what you'd expect if you nationalized a sixth of the economy and gave it to the Assistant Deputy Commissar of the Department of Paperwork and the Under-Regulator-General of the Bureau of Compliance.

James D.

Tonto, congrats to your daughter - fantastic article!

Frau Edith Steingehirn

Thai Pad of death ate my compliment to Tonto's daughter. Her article even made me yearn for dressing up and, gasp, cigarette smoke*

*NTTAWWT, Janet.


My electricity is going off but coming right back on. I missed the fumble. And a tree just lost a huge limb in the pasture next toy house. Kaboom. Glad it was in the pasture.


Toy=to my


One shouldn't be surprised with Keller's contribution, considering how they treated Khomeini, and still regard Morsy,

labor force on a spit.

Steyn on a roll.

"What do millions of people do in a world in which, in Marxian terms, “capital” no longer needs “labor”? America’s liberal elite seem to enjoy having a domestic-servant class on hand, but, unlike the Downton Abbey crowd, are vaguely uncomfortable with having them drawn from the sturdy yokel stock of the village, and thus favor, to a degree only the Saudis can match, importing their maids and pool-boys from a permanent subordinate class of cheap foreign labor. Hence the fetishization of the “undocumented,” soon to be reflected in the multi-million bipartisan amnesty for those willing to do “the jobs Americans won’t do.”

It's been done, already Steyn. It's called Soylent Green.


Steyn is good with a certain wry detachment, Will as usual doesn't get it, but if you want you dose of Howard Beale;


No singing by JiB today.

Beasts of England

Auburn will slatter FSU. Mark it down.

Miss Marple

Tonto, That is a great article!

When I was young, restaurant dining was a Big Deal. We often would discuss which fancy restaurant to eat at before or after dances: Italian Village, St. Elmo's, The Key WestShrimp House, etc.

Alas, In Indianapolis all are gone, except for St. Elmo's, which is an old-fashioned steak house with weighters in tuxes, a wooden bar, wooden and uneven floors, and the best shrimp coctail on earth. If anyone visits Indy, I recommend it.

My compliments to your daughter. I bet she could make a book out of visiting those types of restaurants all over the country.


I eat at St. Elmo's whenever I'm in Indy. Great spot.

Captain Hate

Kudos to daughter of Tonto for producing an article of such high quality that even Carlos Slim's trained chimps couldn't ignore it.

Janet - the districts lie fallow, while the Capitol gorges itself

For the last half-century, Obama has simply had to be. Just being Obama was enough to waft him onwards and upwards:

an old JOM post on Obama - Aug. 19, 2012

Obama clearly tries to limit the number of questions in press conferences by consuming the maximum amount of time with his answers, but it's often as if he also feels like he'll somehow arrive at the perfect turn of phrase if he just keeps at it long enough.

SO true, JM Hanes! You wrote awhile ago - "The longer it takes you to say nothing, the brighter our political class thinks you are." Hah!

PUK on Obama - "...his first instinct is to lie, his second instinct is to elaborate on it."

PUK on Sotomayor - "...Amazing how these lefties come off sounding like adolescent,all mouth and trousers.Being liberal means never having to talk sense."

PUK on Obama - "I think Obama is trapped by his own smartarsedness.Because his mantel of omnipotence forces him to opine on every subject that arises,he goes into the blagging mode that he has used all his life. ..."

Mark Steyn on Obama - "He had nothing to say, but he said it anyway."

E.Nigma on Obama - "...second guess everything. Clever & wordy guy, but really not as intelligent as he thinks he is."

Cheney on Obama - "...he filled the air with vague and useless platitudes."

matt - "I am Barack Obama & I don't understand this message."

Appalled on Obama - "Boldness without specifics. Vision without implementation."

Captain Hate on John F'n Kerry (but is true of Obama too) - "Thinking...this gasbag doesn't understand a damn thing that he's blathering about."


I liked the article, too, Tonto.

I've spent the last half hour trying to remember the name of the fictitious restaurant in the Nero Wolfe novels - Narc will know. The real one was Delmonicos, but the other one (the only other restaurant Wolfe at which would ever dine, owned by I think Felix somebody, later owned by Wolfe....).

On a side note, I have been on just one cruise, but in many ways, the evening dining experience was reminiscent of the "locked in amber" scenes depicted. Specifically, the superior talent and professionalism of wait staff was otherworldly.


But, just as predicted, at 11:15 students started coming to the Generation Opportunity tents. They happily listened to the organization’s staff talk about its “Opt-Out of Obamacare” campaign and signed pledges to do just that on the group’s iPads before leaving with green and yellow Mardi Gras beads (“We try to cater to the area we’re going to,” Patrice Lee, outreach manager for the group, told me) and Opt-Out koozies, sunglasses and bottle openers. Along with the students came cases of Bud Light, bottles of Andre, jugs of Fireball Whiskey and handles of vodka, gin and rum. Generation Opportunity’s beer pong table was swiftly put to use.


no - not Felix. Duh.

Help me out, narciso. Do you remember?

Beasts of England

Tonto: What a fine article - nice composition. And glad she recognized Galatoire's. My favorite restaurant. I've had the same waiter there for over thirty years. Jackets on the rack for those who forget one - otherwise you don't eat downstairs. Classic cuisine; old school setting. No reservations. No exceptions.


Rusterman's, owned by Marco Vuksic




Good Morning.

From a glance at the NFL games today it looks like we are all Alaskans. Brrrrrrr. Welcome to my world.

Captain Hate

I may have asked this here before but have any JOMers dined at Cafe Procope? I felt like I was living in history while I was there.


Brava to your daughter, Tonto! She and I are cut from the same cloth. I get sad any time a business closes, but especially an older one. Mom and pops going out of business after 50 years in the same spot will bring me to real tears.

It's all the same - restaurants, furniture, cars, clothes. Have never bought new if I can possibly help it. I bought my first vintage clothing 31 years ago at Unique Boutique on Broadway, when I was 14 years old.


Congrats, Tonto. That was really well written.


Classics all, Janet.

Kudos, tonto.

I miss old classics like Steak Diane, frankly. I'm so sick of foams, filigreed and/or molecular food


Our go-to favorite to start our visits to NYC is a late lunch at Il Mulinos, on 3rd. Never disappoints. Great food, great service--always an occasion.

The coats at Galatoires reminded me of my first visit to a five star --was it Mobil Guide??--restaurant, Pigalles in Cincinatti, as a twenty year old with my then-boyfrined, now father of my children.
He needed both jacket and tie, which they oh so graciously lent him for our luncheon.

Danube on iPad

I just did some arithmetic and by golly, Porch, you're just a spring chicken.


I am struggling to come up with a downside for this great Holiday idea from Britain, but so far I'm coming up empty:


Bon appetit!


congratulations Tonto and to your daughter on getting published. great article.


Thank you, Narc! I knew you'd know, even if you didn't sometimes use "Archie Goodwin" as a screen name. :)


-- except for St. Elmo's, which is an old-fashioned steak house with weighters in tuxes--

Those must be some big steaks. :)

Miss Marple


I read a lot of Nero Wolfe. One of my favorites is The Black Mountain, where Wolfe and Archie go back to somewhere in what I knew as Yugoslavia, maybe Transylvania.

Miss Marple

LOL! Ignatz!

Waiters, of course. I "listen" to what I am typing so sometimes I goof up and use a homonym.


Great article, Tonto. I wish your daughter would have lunch or dinner at La Grenouille and do a long write-up about it! BTW, the comments after the article are wonderful.


The missus has a Galatoires cookbook. We've eaten there several times. Yum.

Frau Edith Steingehirn

Clarice, nothing beats butter and cream except *more* butter and cream. Here's Gordon Ramsay with steak Diane" just a minute."
Oops, drooled all over the keyboard...



I am so impressed with people like your daughter who can write like that. It's like floating on a cloud.


It should have said: "Reading that is like floating on a cloud." What it actually says is more proof that I can't write.


Hooray! Young man with shovel arrived at the back door. $25 to clear my driveway and get the ice off my steps. I'm sooooo happy!.

Xmas bonuses for physicians

"Avastin costs about $50 per injection.

Lucentis costs about $2,000 per injection.

Doctors choose the more expensive drug more than half a million times every year, a choice that costs the Medicare program, the largest single customer, an extra $1 billion or more annually.

Spending that much may make little sense for a country burdened by ever-
rising health bills, but as is often the case in American health care, there is a certain economic logic: Doctors and drugmakers profit when more-costly treatments are adopted.

Genentech, a division of the Roche Group, makes both products but reaps far more profit when it sells the more expensive drug. "


Jack is Back!


I am moaning, not singing:)


Terrific piece by Sadie. I have eaten in 5 of those great eateries esepcially The Tadich Grill which was a couple blocks from my office in San Francisco. However, pass on to her the name of Rules, the oldest restaurant in London, over in Covent Gardens. Est. 1798. I believe O'Brian used it as the venue for Maturin's various stays in London but on the Strand.

In N'olens at the Antoine, if you get a private party table in the back, you can have your waiter play a joke on everyone and set the table on fire when serving desert:)

Craziest game of the day is the Vikes V. Ravens. Ravens go ahead on a KO return with less than 1 1/2 minute but then the Vikings catch a pass and goes over 60 to take the lead with :45 to go. And the Brownies, holy moly, just scored to go up to a 2 possession lead on the Pats. Even bad weather can't seem to effect the Dolphins. Great football Sunday.

Miss Marple

AliceH - Neighbor's great-granddaughters came by looking to make some cash, so I paid them to clean my driveway, too. (It wasn't that deep, but I am always afraid of falling on packed snow/ice. I have a pin in my leg.)

Beasts of England

For my JOM friends, a pro tip for getting a reservation at one of the toughest tables in the country: The French Laundry. Hint courtesy of (shameless name-dropping alert) Thomas Keller. Ask for the private dining room when you call. It works. And you don't have to have a large group; two people is fine.

Bon Appetit, y'all!


Six TDs in the 4th quarter in the Baltimore/MN game

Beasts of England

Did you rake in any cash in the Pro-Am, JiB?

Fish on my bumper

Great article, Tonto. One of those things some of the Times younger staff do so well. To see La Grenouille featured brought back some very fond memories. I used to have to be in New York 3-5 times/year and La Grenouille was a special treat on a number of occasions.

One of the funniest cartoons National Lampoon ever ran was of a waiter coming out of the kitchen with frog's legs and the frog wheeling out below on a dolly. I always associate La Grenouille with it.

Danube on iPad

You posted about the Ravens about 45 seconds to soon, JiB.

Jack is Back!

Unbelieavable. Ravens score and take the lead again. I think both teams combined have score over 40 points in the 4th quarter alone!

You know that when someone is on a diet its a felony to show videos of Gordon Ramsay making Steak Diane, right?

And here come the Pats!


Best food I ever had in NYC?


Jack is Back!


I am the Rules Guy there. I do rules for FSGA and many tournaments including USGA US Open qualifiers. Hoping to get selected for the 2018 Open at Shinnecock in my home town.


The comment at 4:14 refers to Opthalmologists treating certain diabetes-related vision complications with recurring injections into patients' eyes.

Avastin is an FDA approved drug for treating colon cancer.

Lucentis is FDA approved for vision problems due to diabetes complications.

A doctor who selects the "cheaper" drug to treat his patient does so by prescribing it "off label", knowing it has not gone through clinical trials for this purpose, and must also obtain it via 3rd parties because it must also be repackaged since dosage is "wrong".

The poor should not be put at risk by being pushed to using unapproved treatments just because of costs. Isn't that what liberals keep telling us?


The troll can't be bothered to look into the real reason why Lucentis even exists, which is the needless regulatory and liability burdens of of using Avastin for macular degeneration. Nothing to do with evil drug company profits.


Once again I am beaten to the point.


Holy cow. Can someone watching the Pats game explain to me how they pulled that off?



That cartoon was published in The New Yorker:

I agree the article was great. Out here there is such an emphasis on doing this or that oddball thing with or to food while overlooking entirely the gracious and experienced service and environment that makes it special.

Jack is Back!


All I said is the other team took the lead not that the Ravens didn't have a chance:)

But the Pats get lucky again and will win whether we want them to or not. Its how the NFL works. Browns are not a market team and market share (TV income) always wins in close games in the NFL. [Not anything against the Pats but its how I see it.] BTW, if that was inteference then lets stop playing football and go with badminton for God's sake.


I can't believe the Pats - that's the 3rd game in a row that they may as well have spent the 1st half in the locker room and had an amazing come back.

Miss Marple

I would like to buy a couple of books to encourage my 17-year-old grandson to read for enjoyment.

Do any of you have ideas? I need something that will lure him in with an exciting story and hold his attention.

Any suggestions would be most welcome!

Dave (in MA)

JiB, you could argue there was PI on that play several yards out, but the end-zone PI call that put them on the 1 was pretty bogus. I'll take it, though. ;-)


LOL, jimmyk. I was just going to say "Drat - there's an actual article already out there making the point and there I was wasting my time, looking stuff up and reading up on drug websites like a sap." (I did that this morning when I saw it on twitter).

Beasts of England

That would be special, JiB. I'm assuming you've played there?



Jack is Back!


Percy Jackson. All about Greek Mythology and heroes. Today's kids go back and forth in terrific adventures.

The Hunger Games should also appeal to him.

But why not start him off on the classics - Treasure Island, White Fang, Kidnapped, The Last of the Mohicans, etc.

Make it worth his while. Does he like your cooking or baking? For every book he gets his special pie ala mode or Grandma's meatloaf:)

Dave (in MA)

I would trade the W for a healthy Gronk.



There was a major badminton scandal not too long ago as I recall, so that may not be the best choice.

Doc; It was almost 40 years ago, so what do I know. I was and am a huge fan of the best cartoonists. Addams, Gahan Wilson,Walt Kelly. Often it was the only reason to read the New Yorker or for that matter, the Lampoon. Sad thing is, these days, that almost everything out there sucks.It really is pitiful.

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