And, another fine week it has been…
Once again we’ve been blessed. Business is good, the team is healthy and working hard and of course we’re so happy to see everyone. I have to pinch myself sometimes that we have gotten past what may have been the worst business times for Brady’s since the 77’ riots. That was devastating for the original Brady’s but Tom and his Dad made it through that. Made it through 911, made it through stock market crashes, made it through Tom’s passing and for me losing my father and brother in quick succession. Made it through a forced closing, not knowing where I’d end up, if anywhere. But, here I am able to celebrate another fine week. Pups and horses are happy campers. Z and Kos have their “blankies” on so they won’t get cold at night and grow too much of a natural coat. Maddie and Sophia are still good without their mini coats on since they’re pretty much in-and-out. I am so very thankful for all my godsends: my incredible co-workers, you and the wonderful good fortune that we all have been privledged to receive.
I had the opportunity to take some unexpected time off as Nancy has been in town for a week and was gracious to take a few of my shifts. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do on a Saturday night but got a great invitation to see the “Moth” NPR show at the Music Hall. It was incredible. There’s nothing like live story telling. It is poignant, funny, heart-wrenching, happy and sad all at the same time. The show was sold out, 1700 of us all came with a valid Covid record and wore our masks. No one complained. Then, on Sunday, I saw Rent with my buds Phil and Molly. It was a last minute decision, Phil got great seats and the performance was outstanding. Again, Covid record required as were masks. No grumbles from a soul. This was my 3rd time seeing it and the best. Dinner afterwards was excellent at Leila minutes away from the Fisher.
Halloween, Sunday, is the celebration of the Eve of Saints. The word dates back to 1745 and marks the end of harvest and beginning of winter or “the darker half of the year.” Trick-or-Treating began in the Middle Ages when poor people collected baked goods called “soul cakes” from the wealthy. In exchange they promised to pray for the giver’s deceased loved ones. Costumes were worn in an effort to scare spirits away, Jack-0-Lanterns were used in ancient Ireland to frighten away ghosts and bobbing for apples was celebrated during the Roman festival for Pomona, the goddess of fruit and orchards around November 1. The first person to catch a bobbing apple with their teeth would be the first to marry in the New Year. Also, my dear friend and groom extrodinare of Z and Kos, Courtney, celebrates being 94 years young and grand-nephew Jack turns 2 on Halloween.
Also, the International Committee of the Red Cross was founded on October 29th, 1863 by Jean Henri Dunant, a wealthy Swiss businessman, who was moved by war’s devastating effect on both the soldiers and civilians while on a business tour of battle fields in northern Italy in 1859. He urged for the creation of a multi-national relief effort that would care for those wounded in wartime. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1901; the first ever awarded, and bequeathed the money to charity. His mission statement: “We are all brothers.” He died on October 30th, 1910 but his vison lives on.
Sharon and crew have some wonderful Weekend Features once again. BISTRO PLATES INCLUDE: PISTACHIO CRUSTED WALLEYE: Pan Roasted and Presented with Sweet Potato Wedges, Dijon Mustard Glazed Skinny Green Beans and a Spiced Peach Drizzle; SEA SCALLOPS: Brushed with a Sweet and Spicy Chili Sauce, Seared to Golden and Served with Kimchee Fried Rice Tossed with Egg, Peas and Carrots. Garnished with Crispy Wontons; SHRIMP AND GRITS: 6 Gulf Shrimp Sautéed with Green and Red Peppers, Onion, Tomato and Cajun Spices Over Rich Cheddar Grits and Last, not Least COCONUT CHICKEN: Natural Chicken Breast Marinated in Coconut Milk and Ginger, Char-Grilled and Accompanied with Wilted Spinach and Warm Cinnamon Apples Drizzled with a Pomegranate Citrus Sauce.
YUM – It’s a tough choice this week but think I’ll go for the Shrimp and Grits!
WE WISH YOU MANY MILLION DOLLAR DAYS
AND, LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE BISTRO!!!
GO GREEN !!!
XXOO, MARY, MADDIE, SOPHIA, Z AND KOS
Certified Executive Chef and Owner of Diamond Jim Brady's Bistro