What I’ve been watching…

Occupied – I just finished the second season of Occupied on Netflix.  If you like Scandinavian political thrillers, this show is for you.  I found out recently through ancestry.com that the majority of my ancestry is Scandinavian, so I was particularly interested to check out the second season.

The second season sees Jesper’s former assistant/paramour Anyta taking over as PM.  I don’t want to give the story away but the political intrigue takes off from there.  I especially like how this show depicts various perspectives, from the personal to the political.

The finale set up a third season perfectly.  Occupied is on Netflix, 8 episodes about 54 minutes each.

Flint Town – We’re still watching this documentary on Netflix.  It was filmed in 2016 in Flint, Michigan.  The series follows the Flint Police Department through a budget crisis, as well as the water crisis.  It really gives you some perspective on the difficulties faced by the police, the fire department, the government, and the residents.  I’m not sure there are any solutions but at least this series is shedding light on the issues.

DVR/Netflix/Prime alert – Trading Spaces returns to TLC 4/6;  Bosch returns to Amazon Prime 4/13;  The Circus returns to Showtime 4/15;  Fourth Estate premieres on Showtime 5/27;  Meghan and Harry’s wedding 5/19

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What I’ve been watching…

What I’ve been eating

Sorry readers, I’ve been on an extended hiatus reading, eating, and of course, watching tv.  I haven’t read/eaten/watched anything worthwhile to blog about – until now.

I recently celebrated an occasion with FE at Morimoto in Philly.  It was my first visit and afterwards, I couldn’t help but wonder why it took me so long to get there?  The prices certainly aren’t for the faint of heart, but it’s definitely worth it for a special occasion.

The restaurant itself is super modern, and you sit on a raised area that you have to step up onto to sit down.  The walls and booths have lighting that changes colors every few minutes.  There are also phallic fake candles in the center of each table that certainly gave us a laugh.

The service was impeccable.  Every employee we encountered in the restaurant was polite, and seemed eager to ensure our satisfaction with the restaurant.  There is an 8 course “omikase” that is available, where the kitchen sends out 8 courses of its choosing. We felt this would be too much food for us, so we ordered individual items.

We started with the wagyu dumplings and rock shrimp.  We both agreed that the dumplings were the highlight of the meal.  The noodle was impeccably crafted and delicately thin.  The beef was tender and juicy.  The shrimp were tiny and crispy, with a slight kick of heat at the end.

We then had the spicy tuna and shrimp tempura rolls.  I’m not a huge raw sushi fan so these items were perfect for me.  The shrimp tempura was my favorite of the two.  This sushi was definitely a step up from the local sushi places and all you can eat sushi places around.

We shared the ora king salmon and wasabi fried rice.  The salmon was cooked perfectly and had a delicious sauce on top (pickled daikon if I remember correctly?).  The rice was spicy and cooked perfectly as well.

We didn’t have room for dessert though I did want to try the matcha dark chocolate torte.  I’ll have to save that for the next visit.

I’ll definitely return to Morimoto.  The restaurant is located at 723 Chestnut Street in Old City.  Valet parking is a steal at $15.  Reservations highly recommended.

What I’ve been eating

What I’ve been reading…

Yes, I’m still alive!  It’s been a whirlwind few months and I just haven’t had time to post.  I do apologize.  Here’s what I’ve been reading:

1.Hue 1968 by Mark Bowden:  I started this long one and simply couldn’t put it down.  It was tough because the content is riveting and heartbreaking at the same time, but I couldn’t wait to see what happened next.  The history books that I was forced to read in school never mentioned this war so I didn’t have much to go on in terms of context.

Ernie Cheatham was my favorite hero in this book but there were many.  I visited the Vietnam Memorial in DC shortly after finishing this book, as well as viewing the excellent Ken Burns documentary.  The memorial is very well done, and was a stark reminder for me of the sacrifices made by so many.

2.Guests of the Ayatollah also by Mark Bowden:  As soon as I finished Hue, I picked this one up from the library.  This was also a period in history that wasn’t mentioned in school, so I knew very little about it going in.  Mark Bowden is a terrific writer and his writing brings you in immediately.

3.Killing England by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard:  Very well done overview of the War for Independence.  If you’re a history buff, this may not be as detailed as you might like, but for this history ignoramus, it provided a good overview.

Happy reading!

What I’ve been reading…

I still prefer a moondoor…

So now we have an ice dragon.  I have to say it – this was totally predictable and thus quite the deviation for D2.  Query – does it breathe fire or ice?

I don’t have much to say about this episode.  Quite frankly, I was bored.  I actually wanted it to end at 10 pm.  The Arya/Sansa dynamic can’t even be classified as a dynamic, it’s that boring.  It’s clear that Petyr is trying to play them off of each other but aren’t they too smart for that?  Perhaps they are, and this viewer is missing something.  Was Arya posing as Brienne so she can go to King’s Landing in disguise and kill Cersei?  As you can tell, I’m not only bored but also confused.

The battle scenes beyond the wall were disappointing.  I couldn’t even tell who was fighting, or who was killed.  The dragon stuff was cool, as usual, but the special effects didn’t make up for the poor dialogue and storytelling here.

I’m hoping this was a one off and the show will be back to form this week.

I still prefer a moondoor…

NYC eating…

I was lucky enough to be back in NYC recently for a day of eating.  FE and I hadn’t been to Lupa for a while, mostly because we were spending our time at newer places, i.e. ABC Kitchen, Upland.  There’s only so much eating one can do in a day!

Lupa did not disappoint.  We’ve been eating there for about 8 years, and the food and service are consistently great.  We shared the veal saltimbocca, which was delectable as usual.  The irony of this is that I don’t really like veal, nor do I like prosciutto.  Go figure.

I had the cacio e pepe pasta, and FE had the bucatini l’amatriciana.  Both were stellar.  Lupa is a great place for a leisurely weekday lunch, right by the open front on a nice day. We rolled out for a long walk afterwards.

It was back to our favorite restaurant of all time (really), Union Square Cafe.  We were lucky enough to snag a dinner reservation in the dining room on a weekend night.  We started with the complimentary whole wheat sourdough bread with homemade butter and olives, as well as the polenta.  I was skeptical about ordering the polenta because it seems like such an ordinary item to order in a restaurant.  However, this polenta may have been the best thing I ate on this particular day.  It was creamy, and it was obvious that the pesto and roasted tomatoes on top were made with a lot of care.  I could have eaten an entire meal of this.

FE had the burger, which tasted great.  Even the pickles were tasty.  I had the chitarra pasta, which was made with heirloom tomatoes, ricotta, and calabrian chiles.  The flavor of this dish was indescribable, but I’ll give it a try – crunchy, delicate, and subtle, all at the same time.  I can’t see myself ordering anything else next time we return.

Even though I was full, I had to order the black forest tart for dessert.  It didn’t disappoint.  I’ll admit that their chocolate pecan tart is still my favorite, but this was a good summer substitute.  I ordered it sans caramel and with mint chocolate chip ice cream, instead of the fior de latte.

I’m already planning our return.

 

NYC eating…

Cincinnati eating…

Just realized that my last post was my 100th post – yay!  This will be quick, I wanted to mention a restaurant I tried recently in Cincinnati called “Smoq”.  Generally, I’m not a big fan of red meat.  However, I was on a work trip and the people I was with wanted to meet at this place.

I had the beef brisket sandwich with homemade bbq chips.  It was delicious!  I probably won’t eat bbq again for a long time, but it was a nice treat.  Highly recommend.

Cincinnati eating…

My thoughts on #thespoilsofwar and #ripolenna

Wow, sorry readers.  I just realized I was so jammed up last week that I didn’t get to post on the passing of one of my favorite characters, The Queen of Thorns.  May she rest in peace.  “The Queen’s Justice” was a great episode, but this week’s was even better.  We finally got to see some real dragon ass-kicking.

I’ll admit I was disappointed by the Jaime death fake out, which seemed a bit cheap considering the usual high quality of this show.  As FW pointed out, D2 would have made it crystal clear if the hottest knight in Westeros was really dead (“hottest knight” being my phrase, not his).  FW also has a theory, which I think is plausible, that Jaime has to stick around so that we believe he killed Cersei, when in fact the killer is Arya, disguised as Jaime.  Did you get all that?

I enjoyed the Jon Snow/Theon reunion if only because all the worlds are coming full circle now and colliding.  I presume they’ll band together to defeat Euron and save Yara, but since that is an easily-predicted theory, I’m probably wrong.

I feel like the show is really building us up for a spectacular Cersei fall/death.  I may have more thoughts on this episode once I rewatch it this week.

 

 

My thoughts on #thespoilsofwar and #ripolenna