Saturday, July 25, 2015

situation normal, afu

Luis “Salsa” Garcia from Puerto Rico was 40 years old and had already been arrested 32 times.

Last Autumn he was busted in the Bronx holding four bags of cocaine and a hypodermic needle in his sock.

In better days he was known as a “street mechanic”, someone who would repair your auto while parked in a public space.


It all went wrong last Thursday morning in front of the La Cocina Restaurant.


A man walked up behind him and shot him twice in the head.

He died at Lincoln Hospital.

beclaws they are so delicious

Lobster is inexpensive these days. You can read why here:

We boiled then grilled them last Summer in the ClockTower backyard:

But now it’s time for lobster rolls, and the 86th Street Fairway offered $8.99 a pound. 

We pounced and purchased four.

There are so many different regional differences in the sauce. 

I decided to try my own, adding saffron and fresh tarragon. 

It was good. 

But alas, short of truly great.

Turns out the appeal of a lobster roll is actually in the clean neutrality of the saucy coating, so the lobster can come thru. 


I used half yogurt and half mayonnaise, then let it marry overnight in the fridge.

But it still worked.

Oh yes. It worked.

Top split buns are tradition but the BEEF didn’t offer them, so we cut the tops and bottoms off regular buns and made our own.

A little butter.

Okay. A lot of butter. 

And that favorite grill pan of mine!

These lobster rolls were a bit heavy on saffron and tarragon, but still insanely good. 

Next time I’m keeping the fresh celery crunch and seed flavor, plus the lemon, and the black pepper and seasoned salt. 

But fresh boiled lobster can stand on its own.


Friday, July 24, 2015

someone to watch over me

A quaint tree-lined street and a beautiful house, a horror show do not typically make.

But there is nothing usual about 657 Boulevard in Westfield.

Built in 1920 about an hour west by car, this tidy and affluent New Jersey home is being terrorized by “The Watcher.”

The house received threatening letters about a year ago.

So the owners sold for $1.3 million, but the story does not end there.

The new owners received creepy letters before they even moved in.

Letters tend to threaten their children.

When they realized the sellers knew about this but did not disclose it, the buyers sued to get their money back.

That lawsuit is pending. 

In the meantime, the watcher continues.

Hollywood has entered a bidding war for the motion picture rights.

And it comes with an excellent plot twist.

The watcher is likely a woman.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

no-no never, (nevah) love again

Disco song “The Love I Lost” is attributed to Harold Melvin and the BlueNotes.

But while Melvin was the founder, mastermind and backup, Teddy Pendergrass was the macho voice up front.

Heartthrob to millions, his husky, charismatic and potent baritone was a regular daily presence on the radio. 

Then everything changed.


On March 18th, 1982 Teddy lost control of his Rolls Royce in Philadelphia and was paralyzed, made quadriplegic, as a result of the accident.

Also in the car was 31 year old Tenika Watson, a transexual nightclub performer and sex worker, who walked away with minor injuries.
Nevertheless, in the public eye Teddy remained the “Bedroom Balladeer” and his wife Joan was at his side when he died of respiratory failure on January 13, 2010, at age 59.

Truth is stranger than fiction.

#7 on the Billboard Hot 100, in 1973

But without a doubt, 
he was one of the finest R&B singers of all time.