The Gurgling Cod spends rather more time than he ought on the subject of kitchen stuff you do not need. But here, from O&M Thailand, via EMD, is evidence, at left, of what everyone needs. New midrange knife from Wusthof, or an OCD chupacabra? You decide. Alternatively, Damien Hirst, Fergus Henderson, and M.C. Escher have taken over O&M's Thailand shop. In either case, worth registering for, stat.
Once again, Codrespondent Saratoga Slim weighs in with his Derby analysis, which we present, as always, for entertainment purposes only:
Surprising lack of real speed in this year's race (only 3 horses have
run a Beyer of 100+ more than once). I'd worry they'll try to
artificially bump up the speed by making the track hard as hell, but
the weather at CD is meant to be fairly wet the next few days
(including Saturday), so it may not be a closer's race. The contenders: -
If CURLIN steals it on such limited racing, he could be a real treat to
watch over the next month and a half. He's not my favorite, but it's
awful tough to rule him out. - STREET SENSE looks like a more
traditional favorite and should be dangerous, especially if the weather
holds, the track is running fast, and the early pace is tough, since he
has the speed and stamina to close at the end. - ANY GIVEN SATURDAY has a great name and can handle the distance, but his jockey chose to ride Circular Quay instead... - CIRCULAR QUAY is solid, but has had a 2-month layoff, and hasn't run an inspired workout. -
HARD SPUN on the other hand, is coming off an insanely fast workout at
CD; on Monday he went 5f in 57 and 3 (for an 11.5-clip). He's had a
2-month layoff as well, but at least he looks sharp. He doesn't come
from off the pace, but if the weather is indeed crappy the next few
days and the track isn't too hard, I agree w/JK -- he looks to be a
really good buy @ 15-1. - GREAT HUNTER is decent, but I don't see him beating the other contenders, especially not from the 20 hole. -
SCAT DADDY looks good and has only once run out of the money (barely,
and in the BC Juvenile, against solid competition), so he could be in
the mix. - NOBIZ LIKE SHOBIZ has the sort of cheesball name I
really hate to support pari-mutuelly, but I see him in the mix and at
decent odds. He's never run a Beyer over 100, but then again, he's
never run less than a 92, and has 4 wins, a place, and a show in 6
starts. So, not to hedge (but it's Thursday), but if it stays
dry at Churchill, I'd go w/Street Sense from off the pace. If it does
indeed rain over the next two days, and the pace is slower (or even if
the track is sloppy), I like Hard Spun and Nobiz Like Shobiz.
Speaking of which, if you have any weddings to attend, esp for younger folks, consider julep cups as a gift. They sure won't need them, but it is the kind of recondite item in the pantry that suggests actual civilized living. "Juelp cups! They must have eight soup bowls that match! Classy!"
The world is a special place. Never more so than when two young people conspire to extort a Kitchen-Aid stand mixer from their relatives pledge to spend the rest of their lives together. One of the special things people like to do on those special days is have special meals to share with their special friends.* In the service of specialness, some even allow their guests to choose from a selection of possible entrees. Too often, however, one runs into the problem of special guests who are illiterate, and unable to indicate their choice. I am happy to say that this is one problem that now belongs to the past. Thanks to Paper Source, one can adorn the invitation for your special day with food shapes, let your guests circle their choices and eliminate the need to read entirely! Bravo, Paper Source!
*My father was shocked to learn that the cinetrix and I intended to feed people at our reception, insisting that champagne and tiny bowls of peanuts were the thing. In retrospect, that would have been cooler.