Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Friday 20th September 2019 – Brigid P. Gallagher, John Rieber and Carol Taylor


This series is an opportunity to showcase posts from around our community and the brilliant bloggers who share with us. It would be amazing if you would follow the links to the post I have highlighted and whilst visiting follow and support the blogger.

The first post is from inspirational author Brigid P. Gallagher who has been taking a course in Beekeeping.. this post from last week is the second part, but there is a link to the first.

My beekeeping studies continue – this post follows on from An Inspiring Introduction to Beekeeping

A big thank you to my teachers at The Glasshouses, Killult http://www.natithegloine.com
Smokers

Smoke is puffed over the top of the frames, to calm the bee colony when inspecting a hive.

Scraps of newspaper are first set on fire inside a metal container in the smoker, before adding pine needles to create smoke for the inspection.

The smoke is then dispensed using the small bellows attached to the main metal container.

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Hive Inspection

The roof of the hive is removed gently to allow for close inspection, before smoke is puffed over the top of the frames.

You will see that these outer frames are beginning to get covered in wax comb by the bees. You can also see small residues on the inside cover.

Head over to read the rest of this interesting post: https://watchingthedaisies.com/2019/09/11/an-inspiring-introduction-to-beekeeping-part-2/

Brigid P. Gallagher, BUY: https://www.amazon.in/Brigid-P-Gallagher/e/B01N8UCYYD
Blog: https://watchingthedaisies.com/  – Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16119226.Brigid_P_Gallagher

The next writer with a post that I am sure you will enjoy if from John Rieber.. and in this week’s Bookmobile takes us to the sunny and very beautiful Provence.

Time To Celebrate The Terrific Cookbook Author Patricia Wells!

This Wednesday’s Bookmobile is heading to France to hang out with one of the greatest and most prolific Cookbook Authors ever – Patricia Wells, who along with bestselling cookbooks also wrote a terrific memoir about her life, along with her husband Walter!

“We’ve Always Had Paris…And Provence” by Patricia and Walter Wells.

Wednesday’s Bookmobile is going on a delicious journey to Paris and Provence, as Patricia tells her fascinating story and love of food.

Here is the Amazon writeup of their memoir:

Patricia Wells, long recognized as the leading American authority on French food, and her husband, Walter, live the life in France that many of us have often fantasized about. After more than a quarter century, they are as close to being accepted as “French” as any non-natives can be. In this delightful memoir they share in two voices their experiences—the good, the bad, and the funny—offering a charming and evocative account of their beloved home and some of the wonderful people they have met along the way.”

Head over and enjoy the rest of the post and take your appetite with you: https://johnrieber.com/2019/09/18/the-delicious-life-of-patricia-wells-wednesdays-bookmobile-heads-to-provence-for-her-memoir/

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About John Rieber

I love great food, interesting books, fascinating travel, outrageous movies, and bacon, especially when it sits on top of a great cheeseburger! I work in entertainment – and I have been lucky enough to interview some really talented Artists – that guides my posts: interesting and provocative movies, music, social media and of course, food, since I believe strongly in the maxim, “everyone eats!”

And finally today, our resident food expert Carol has a very whimsical post on Wednesdays and here is a snippet from this week….everything from National Cheeseburger Day (and one in a can), The Royal Opera House and the upcoming Oktoberfests…something for everyone…

Thank you once again for joining me on Whimsical Wednesday when anything goes..wherever my thoughts take me or when something stops me in my tracks and makes me think or when something just wows me…

So come with me and see what has astonished or wowed me this week and what memories have been evoked…Wednesday is the day when I leave controversy at the door…It is the day I can reminisce and indulge myself..generally about things past…Yes, I get maudlin…But memories are good..sometimes they make you a little sad as you wish you could see that person or be in that place and that time again and for a moment or two you are….Enjoy!

Today there are two National Days…Actually more than two but none which piqued my interest…National Play-Doh Day…Yes, mums, dads and grandparents…

Do you really love Play-Doh as much as the kids? I blimmin didn’t… it got stuck everywhere…In the hair, in the carpet, on the clothes, the dog and it stuck fast…

Fast forward….It is National Cheeseburger Day

Head over to find out more about cheeseburger in a can and much more whimsy: https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/18/whimsical-wednesdays-with-carol-2/

About Carol Taylor

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

You can find out more about Carol and catch up with her Food and Cookery Column HERE

Connect to Carol via her blog and enjoy posts on healthy eating, conservation, waste management, travel and amazing recipes: https://carolcooks2.com/

Thank you for dropping in and I hope you will head over to enjoy the posts in full…more Blogger Daily posts next week.. Thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Posts from your Archives – #PotLuck -#BookRecommendations- 7 Great Books For Gifts! by John Rieber


Welcome to the series  Posts from Your Archives, where bloggers put their trust in me. In this series, I dive into a blogger’s archives and select four posts to share here to my audience.

If you would like to know how it works here is the original post: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/28/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-newseries-pot-luck-and-do-you-trust-me/

Time to welcome another regular contributor to the Archive series John Rieber.. this time I am going to be selecting the posts from his extensive archive.. apart from the cinema, restaurants and exotic travels.. John also recommends books and this is one of his very first blog posts from 2011… I am sure having looked as his recommendations that these are as valid now as they were then..Click the covers to buy….

7 Great Books For Gifts! by John Rieber

After spending time pitching foreign films, holiday movies, exploitation films and forgotten 70’s gems, I thought i’d share some great books to consider giving as gifts as well. I still love the feel of a book, and even through I have an iPad, and several books loaded up on it, I still consider it my backup to paper.

7-The Dragon Tattoo Trilogy. If you know of anyone who hasn’t read three three books, get them ordered immediately. Yes, they are rough and intense, but it is a brilliant trilogy that explores so many subjects, from the worldwide epidemic of sexual abuse against women to political corruption and what to do if you have a REALLY BAD FAMILY….regardless of whether you see the movie, the books have so much depth and texture, you have to read them as well. You can also play a drinking game with these books – have a shot, a beer or a glass of wine every time someone drinks coffee. You’ll be real drunk real fast!

6-Comfortably Numb. This year all of Pink Floyd’s albums are being re-released in beautiful new editions, so why not read the best biography ever written about the band. Every single member of the band participates, and the depth and richness of the research is astonishing. A really fascinating account of an iconic band. And yes, Roger Waters is a dick, but “The Wall” is a pretty amazing achievement, so there you go…

5-Cod, A Biography Of The Fish That Changed The World. Yes, it is the story of a fish, but it is so much more. I have read books that chronicle the history of potatoes, wine, lobsters, and a whole lot more – to me, the history of a “thing”, and what impact is has on the world we live in, is fascinating. I love fish-n-chips, so I gotta go with this book first, but Mark Kurlansky also wrote many others, including “The Big Oyster”, a history of New York City as seen through the filter of its oyster beds. So there you go. Read about fish and then eat one.

4-The Destiny Of The Republic – look at this pull quote form Amazon: “Author Millard digs deeply into the turmoil that got James A. Garfield elected, the lunacy that got him shot and the medical malfeasance that turned a minor wound into a mortal one”…now how could you NOT want to find out how a U.S. President can survive an Assassin’s bullet, but not the medical care that followed? I love this stuff. Give me a book about Abe Lincoln’s White House kitchen staff and I’m there…or, better yet, we have “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” – give that book a shot as well and let me know!

3-The Snowman. Jo Nesbo is the biggest selling Norwegian Author alive today, and I jumped into his snowy, dangerous world with this book, part of an ongoing series about Detective Harry Hole. It’s dark stuff, but thrillers don’t come better than this one. You can dip in here, or go back and get caught up with the earlier books in paperback. A new hardcover is being released soon as well…I love that “Dragon Tattoo” opened up the world to Authors who normally wouldn’t be translated for us to read.

2-Any and ALL Michael Ruhlman books. His latest is “Twenty”, looking at twenty cooking techniques. But read all of his work. “The Making Of A Chef” is the best documentation of a a year inside a cooking school that has ever been written, and I have been told by young Chefs that it is required reading for anyone looking at this line of work. His other books are all great as well, whether it is co-authoring Chef Thomas Keller’s cookbooks or his terrific “Walk On Water”, documenting the world inside Cleveland’s pediatric heart center – surgeons who save children’s lives on a daily basis. His body of work is the best holiday gift you could give anyone.

1-A Wizard, A True Star. This is a fascinating look at Todd Rundgren, the brilliant musical artist who followed his own path, even if it cost him commercial success. The artist behind “Hello It’s Me”, “Can We Still Be Friends” and yes, “Bang On The Drum All Day” – Todd is also a brilliant music producer, and this book takes you in the studio as he produced artists as different as Patti Smith, Hall & Oates and Grand Funk Railroad, as well as Cheap Trick and the New York Dolls. Along the way, you get an inside look at his own life and music, and a better appreciation of he is, indeed, a wizard and a true star.

Let me know what you think!

©John Rieber 2011
 

 

About John Rieber

I love great food, interesting books, fascinating travel, outrageous movies, and bacon, especially when it sits on top of a great cheeseburger! I work in entertainment – and I have been lucky enough to interview some really talented Artists – that guides my posts: interesting and provocative movies, music, social media and of course, food, since I believe strongly in the maxim, “everyone eats!”

Connect to John via his blog and social media

Blog: https://johnrieber.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnrieber
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/john.rieber.71
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-rieber-041430/

My thanks to John for permitting me to browse his archives to share with you… please head over to his website and enjoy all that they have to offer.

Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #Potluck – #Burger (2012) $295 – The World’s Most Expensive Burger Unveiled! by John Rieber


Welcome to the series  Posts from Your Archives, where bloggers put their trust in me. In this series, I dive into a blogger’s archives and select four posts to share here to my audience.

If you would like to know how it works here is the original post: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/28/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-newseries-pot-luck-and-do-you-trust-me/

Time to welcome another regular contributor to the Archive series John Rieber.. this time I am going to be selecting the posts from his extensive archive..I had to dig deep into 2012 for this post, but as a lover of great burgers, such as Fuddruckers in 1985 in Houston … I could not pass on this one.. It was a one off and the proceeds went to charity… but I am sure there is probably one just as expensive somewhere.. perhaps you know where….

Burger (2012) $295 – The World’s Most Expensive Burger Unveiled! by John Rieber

This is the most expensive hamburger in the world, says the Guinness Book of World Records.(2012)

SERENDIPITY 3 DELIVERS!

This is sold at New York’s Serendipity 3 Restaurant for $295, and here is what it has to offer you for the money: Japanese Waygu beef, 10-herb white truffle butter, smoked Pacific sea salt, 18-month cheddar cheese, shaved black truffles, a quail egg, and a white truffle-buttered roll.

SOLID GOLD TOOTHPICK!

The kicker is the solid gold, diamond-encrusted toothpick holding the world’s most expensive burger together.

Here is the official press release:

Landmark NYC Restaurant, Serendipity 3, Receives a Guinness World Records® Title for the Most Expensive Hamburger in the World!

NEW YORK, May 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Serendipity 3 has been slinging burgers at their famous Upper East Side location since 1954 to the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, Andy Warhol, and a galaxy of current-day stars.

In honor of National Hamburger Month, Serendipity has created a haute cuisine version of the iconic American dish! Known as Le Burger Extravagant, this $295.00 burger is a mix of Japanese Waygu beef infused with 10-herb white truffle butter, seasoned with Salish Alderwood smoked Pacific sea salt, topped with cheddar cheese — hand-formed by the famous cheesemaker James Montgomery in Somerset, England, and cave-aged for 18 months — shaved black truffles, a fried quail egg and served on a white truffle-buttered Campagna Roll, which is topped with a blini, creme fraiche, and Paramout Caviar’s exclusive Kaluga caviar — a beautiful golden caviar with a buttery, nutty taste and large pearls from the Huso Dauricus farm raised in Quzhou, China.

The finishing touch to this incredible burger is a solid gold “Fleur de Lis” toothpick encrusted with diamonds and designed by world-renowned jeweler Euphoria New York.

The profits of this record-breaking burger were donated to the Bowery Mission — serving homeless and hungry New Yorkers since 1879.

The burger was only produced for a limited time and you can now see some of the wonderful dishes including ice-cream that you can have delivered from Serendipity 3. http://www.serendipity3.com/

Here is a previous record holder.

Here is the effort previously put forth by db Bistro Moderne in New York – their double truffle burger went for only $150. A bargain!

Let the bar be raised!

©John Rieber 2012

About John Rieber

I love great food, interesting books, fascinating travel, outrageous movies, and bacon, especially when it sits on top of a great cheeseburger! I work in entertainment – and I have been lucky enough to interview some really talented Artists – that guides my posts: interesting and provocative movies, music, social media and of course, food, since I believe strongly in the maxim, “everyone eats!”

Connect to John via his blog and social media

Blog: https://johnrieber.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnrieber
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/john.rieber.71
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-rieber-041430/

My thanks to John for permitting me to browse his archives to share with you… please head over to his website and enjoy all that they have to offer.

Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #Potluck – #Recipes – Grandma’s Cooking In The Kitchen! A Staten Island Restaurant Hires Unique Cooks – The World’s Nonnas! by John Rieber.


Welcome to the series  Posts from Your Archives, where bloggers put their trust in me. In this series, I dive into a blogger’s archives and select four posts to share here to my audience.

If you would like to know how it works here is the original post: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/28/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-newseries-pot-luck-and-do-you-trust-me/

Time to welcome another regular contributor to the Archive series John Rieber.. this time I am going to be selecting the posts from his extensive archive..This week a restaurant with a difference.. and if you remember your grandmother’s cooking.. you will want to eat at this restaurant.

Recipes – Grandma’s Cooking In The Kitchen! A Staten Island Restaurant Hires Unique Cooks – The World’s Nonnas! by John Rieber.

Nonna’s In The Kitchen!

As a foodie, I love this story: a great restaurant on Staten Island has hired Grandmas from all around the world to cook for him – and keep their family recipes alive for generations to come!

Bravo Jody Scarvella, Owner Of Enoteca Maria On Staten Island!

According to a great story from CBS New York:

A restaurant kitchen staffed by grandmas was the vision of Jody Scaravella, who opened Enoteca Maria in 2007. At first, he hired exclusively Italian nonnas, filling a personal void left by his own late grandmother.

The story goes on to add:

Over time, he began to invite additional grandmothers from around the world to take turns cooking the foods they grew up with. Today, countries from Japan to Algeria are represented in the kitchen on a rotating schedule.

“You have two grandmothers every day,” Scaravella explained. “You always have an Italian nonna, and every day, the featured kitchen changes.”

A “Nonnas of the World” calendar assigns each grandmother a monthly date in the kitchen. “Sometimes people call, and they want to know when the Greek nonna’s cooking,” he said. “But some people enjoy the surprise.”

And yes, you can get the cookbook with these classic family recipes!

Here is a link to the story, which includes a great video interview with one of the “Grandma Chefs”!: https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2018/01/30/enoteca-maria-the-dig/

I love this story – keeping family recipes alive and letting these Nonnas, who have raised their families with longtime family recipes, take over the kitchen…terrific – I would love to go to this restaurant!

Sounds like an amazing place to eat and you can find more about recipes and restaurants in this directory: John Rieber -Restaurants and Recipes

©John Rieber 2018

About John Rieber

I love great food, interesting books, fascinating travel, outrageous movies, and bacon, especially when it sits on top of a great cheeseburger! I work in entertainment – and I have been lucky enough to interview some really talented Artists – that guides my posts: interesting and provocative movies, music, social media and of course, food, since I believe strongly in the maxim, “everyone eats!”

Connect to John via his blog and social media

Blog: https://johnrieber.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnrieber
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/john.rieber.71
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-rieber-041430/

My thanks to John for permitting me to browse his archives to share with youplease head over to his website and enjoy all that they have to offer.

Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck – #Travel An Amazing Giraffe Hotel! Africa’s Most Incredible Safari Adventures! by John Rieber


Welcome to the series  Posts from Your Archives, where bloggers put their trust in me. In this series, I dive into a blogger’s archives and select four posts to share here to my audience.

If you would like to know how it works here is the original post: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/28/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-newseries-pot-luck-and-do-you-trust-me/

Time to welcome another regular contributor to the Archive series John Rieber.. this time I am going to be selecting the posts from his extensive archive.. and I am sure you will enjoy. This post is from 2016 and features a hotel I have seen in a documentary and would love to visit.

An Amazing Giraffe Hotel! Africa’s Most Incredible Safari Adventures! by John Rieber

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I need to pass along some important information from a friend of mine:

GIRAFFE-MANOR

Don’t Bogart That Giraffes’ Meatloaf!

That’s right, here’s an amazing place to stay – as long as you don’t mind sharing your food with the locals!

Giraffe Manor safari

Welcome to iconic Giraffe Manor, located in Nairobi, Kenya – one of the most unique adventures you could ever experience!

amazing safaris

There is an incredible company called “The Safari Collection”, and they run
Giraffe Manor, one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings – here is how they describe it: “set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi and with verdant green gardens, sunny terraces and delightful courtyards, it harks back to the 1930s when European visitors first flocked to East Africa to enjoy safaris.”

unique giraffe hotel

The most fascinating thing about Giraffe Manor is not its beautiful façade or elegant interiors: it’s the herd of resident Rothschild giraffe. These beautiful creatures often visit morning and evening, poking their long necks into the windows in the hope of a treat, before retreating to their forest sanctuary.

Check out the video!

Giraffe-Tongue-Orchestra

Thanks to “The Safari Collection” for posting this on youtube – what an amazing video! I have a lifelong goal of going on safari, and if I do, this will be on my itinerary!

Giraffe Hotel

And of course, if you go on safari, remember one very important rule:

Don’t Run! Food Runs!

dangerous safari animals

Here is a link to my story about some of the most entertaining stories told by a seasoned safari guide – including the most important rule ever: “don’t run! FOOD runs!”: https://johnrieber.com/2014/09/08/wild-travel-adventures-safari-rule-1-dont-run-food-runs/

You can find many more adventures on this amazing continent: John Rieber/Africa

©John Rieber 2016

About John Rieber

I love great food, interesting books, fascinating travel, outrageous movies, and bacon, especially when it sits on top of a great cheeseburger! I work in entertainment – and I have been lucky enough to interview some really talented Artists – that guides my posts: interesting and provocative movies, music, social media and of course, food, since I believe strongly in the maxim, “everyone eats!”

Connect to John via his blog and social media

Blog: https://johnrieber.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnrieber
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/john.rieber.71
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-rieber-041430/

My thanks to John for permitting me to browse his archives to share with you… please head over to his website and enjoy all that they have to offer.

Sally’s Drive Time Playlist #Music to get your Weekend Started – Requests from Jacquie Biggar, John Rieber, Judy E. Martin and Janice Spina.


Since the beginning of this series, I have asked you to share your favourite music with links in the comments. I thought I would create a special playlist, sharing the track and link to the latest post of those requesting the song.

Next week I am back in the driving seat with more tracks that are on my personal playlist and some of the background behind them.

Jacquie Biggar is clearly a romantic musical fan and she has requested this track from 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, which was watched many times when I was growing up. If you love romance, you will enjoy Jacquie’s blog and books…

Janice Spina has requested another classic musical favourite with Singing in the Rain with Gene Kelly.. here is an excerpt from the film. Janice is an award winning children’s author and also writes as J.E. Spina for adults.

John Rieber – enjoys all music but mentioned E.L.O (Electric Light Orchestra) and since I  can tell that the Flash Mob videos are popular.. here is All Over the World with a tribute to the Mobbers and a not to John’s travels.

Judy E. Martin is a humourist and poet, who sees the irreverent side of life…head over and enjoy her gardening poetry… She is also clearly an optimist!  As she has chosen In the Summertime by Mungo Jerry…hahaha.

 

Hopefully by the time you read this the sun will be shining, especially as we have the Royal Wedding tomorrow.. Enjoy your weekend, and next week back to the regular Drive-Time Playlist, and another chance for you to add your requests to the comments. Thanks Sally

 

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Getting to Know You – Broadcaster, Travel Writer John Rieber


As writers we tend to share aspects of our work in interviews, such as our blog posts, books and characters, and that is very important. However, sometimes we don’t get to share some of the other aspects of our personalities.

I was looking at some of the blogging award posts and decided that for this new series, I might ask some of the questions than you will usually find attached to them.

There are over 50 questions to choose from about life, love, humour, travel, ambitions and embarrassing moments!

To find out how to participate please head over and check out the details: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/22/the-new-series-of-the-smorgasbord-sunday-interview-geting-to-know-you-and-i-will-go-first/

My guest today is no stranger to the blog as he has contributed a number of wonderful travel posts to the Archive series. I am looking forward to getting to know John Rieber a little better.

About John Rieber

I love great food, interesting books, fascinating travel, outrageous movies, and bacon, especially when it sits on top of a great cheeseburger! I work in entertainment – and I have been lucky enough to interview some really talented Artists – that guides my posts: interesting and provocative movies, music, social media and of course, food, since I believe strongly in the maxim, “everyone eats!”

After that brief intro.. time to find out more about John’s five questions and where he is going to take us today. Welcome John … take it away

What was the funniest moment of your life?

This is impossible to answer with any certainty – I mean, we’ll all had so many funny moments, both personal and professional. That said, I was lucky enough to work at E! Entertainment Television in the early days of the network, and I got to interview a lot of celebrities – Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Pierce Brosnan when he was 007 – you get it, all the usual suspects.

But here is how my first Arnold Schwarzenegger encounter played out in 1991: we were filming at the Cannes film festival, in the south of France, and there was a HUGE press event with Arnold – to announce the very first Planet Hollywood restaurant!

After the huge press event at the legendary Carlton Hotel – where Arnold announced the concept of the restaurants and posed for thousands of pictures, a select group of media were allowed to meet Arnold personally for very short interviews behind the hotel. When I say “behind”, I mean the private valet area.

My host Michael Castner spoke to Arnold one-on-one first, while I watched from nearby…we were told by Arnold’s Press Representative Charlotte that we each could ask him three questions so there would be time for all of us.

After our very short interview, our friend Ed Flaherty, who was also filming for CNN, asked if he could jump in and ask one question as we were still rolling…and before Charlotte noticed what was happening he asked it, but then he asked another question, and another, and another, until Arnold looked over at Charlotte and said – very loudly, and in a very recognizable “Ahhh-nold” tone:

“What’s this? First one question, then two questions, now SIX questions!” He paused dramatically for effect, then added ominously: “Charlotte, I’m leaving in ten minutes. PLAN YOUR TIME.”

EVERYONE FROZE. I looked around and saw five other entertainment outlets waiting to interview Arnold – paralyzed by fear, as the world’s biggest movie star had just announced his interviews were all but over!

I will assume that he stayed to talk with everyone, but I don’t know for sure, because we fled! Welcome to Hollywood…

What is your favorite dish and can you share the recipe?

I just recently posted this on my blog – I have mastered the “Gateau de Pommes de Terre” – a “potato cake” that my wife and I ate in Paris at the iconic bistro Chez L’Ami Louis.

I have been playing with adding video to my stories, and this gave my wife Alex the chance to record me taking the hot frying pan from the oven and showing how I flip the potato cake out of the pan and onto a serving tray. I actually did it on that first take – which you have to do, because if you mess it up, there’s no second chance!

I also love making sliders, because these mini-burgers allow you to experiment, and after 3 bites good or bad, they are done!

You can find the post with the full written recipe here: https://johnrieber.com/2018/04/19/cooking-an-iconic-paris-potato-cake-yes-i-tackled-the-chez-lami-louis-gateau-de-pommes-de-terre-recipe/

Can you tell us about your fashion sense?

How do I describe my fashion sense? Easy – I HAVE NONE. I mean, I look back at pictures and wonder “what was I thinking”? The late comic Garry Shandling said they should have “garanimals” clothing for men, so we can put the “giraffe” label from a shirt to match the “giraffe” label on pants…that level of help is necessary for me.

When I was at E!, I put Joan Rivers on the red carpet at the Academy Awards for the first time in 1994, the first time anyone talked fashion at an awards show. From that point on, I learned so much about fashion “do’s and dont’s” – but honestly, I look at what I wear now and I truly know that, in a few years’ time, I will look back and wonder “what was I thinking? Why don’t we have garanimals for me?”

Knowing now, what you didn’t know then, what would you have done differently?

I enjoy reading blogs about all kinds of topics, and I am drawn to posts where people discuss their lives – not so much their regrets, but things they’ve learned, experiences they’ve had – we all share so many of those “like” experiences. I think blogging can be cathartic in that way, and it seems that some use social media as a way to share personal things without ever having to stare someone in the face. It’s a release that is private, but can be shared with others as well.

For me, I truly wish I had made better decisions about some of my priorities in the past: what seemed important at one point in my life is less so now – and only in hindsight do I know that it should have been then as well. But I don’t look back with regrets on anything – because I can’t change the past, so I choose to let it guide the future instead.

What is your favourite music genre and why?

I grew up in the 70’s, and I had an older brother who listened to The Beatles, The Doors, soul and jazz fusion, blues and rock. It is ingrained in me, and I post about that time in music a lot – but what I try to do is use a modern reference as a way to go back in time.

For example, it’s amazing how movies and TV use classic rock in a way that brings that Artist more attention that they may have had when they were actively making music!

Eminem released a song called “Rhyme or Reason” two years ago that uses The Zombies classic “Time Of The Season” as the thruline – I can imagine it was very lucrative for them 50 years later!

Here is a track that I would like to share – Paul McCartney at the Kingdome in Seattle in 1976

As John Lennon said at the end of “Let It Be” rooftop concert, which of course I have posted about:

“Thanks, and I hope we passed the audition!”

My thanks to John for his great responses and I hope you will head over and follow his blog and on social media.  I am sure that he will enjoy your comments and questions.

Connect to John via his blog and social media

Blog: https://johnrieber.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnrieber
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Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives -Alex Sim-Wise Explores Tokyo’s Smallest Bars! Golden Gai Mini-Bars! Japan’s Exotic Nightlife!! by John Rieber


Welcome to another of John Rieber’s travel posts and today one that illustrates the difference between night and day in the streets and alleys of Tokoyo… and the smallest bars that pop up after the lights to on……

Alex Sim-Wise Explores Tokyo’s Smallest Bars! Golden Gai Mini-Bars! Japan’s Exotic Nightlife!! by John Rieber

I love Tokyo!

Look at those lights – what a vibrant, exciting, uniquely original city! So many reasons to love Tokyo, but this post looks at one of the most unique areas of of the city: Golden Gai!

First, here is what Tokyo looks like in the daytime…this is from my hotel room on the 31st floor – looking out at the Shinjuku district of Tokyo…

At the bottom of the shot you can see Shinjuku’s train station – it is the world’s busiest subway – and it is also amazingly clean and quiet…really amazing when you look past my blurry shot of us stuffed on a train and check out these statistics!

Serving as the main connecting hub for rail traffic between central Tokyo and its western suburbs, the station was used by an average of 3.64 million people per day in 2007, making it, by far, the world’s busiest transport hub. It is registered with Guinness World Records. Including an underground arcade, there are over 200 exits.

What’s really amazing is how orderly things are – people actually wait in line to board trains. The station itself has 35 platforms, but if connected stations are included, this gives a total of 52 platforms. When you go to Tokyo, you will find yourself on the subways, among the best in the world.

Tokyo’s Bright Lights

You will also go out and explore Tokyo’s vibrant night life – and the Shinjuku neighborhood is one of the most exciting and colorful!

These are the lights you see everywhere you turn – Tokyo’s lights are the greatest in the world. I was lucky enough to film with a terrific group in Tokyo – with London Host Alex Sim-Wise. Here we are shooting in Kabucki-Cho, the party district of Shinjuku:

I have posted about this shoot before, so type “Alex Sim-Wise” on the search line and you will find that blog – more adventures in Tokyo with Alex’s unique POV…she was, of course, great to work with…we had a lot of fun filming in this area, especially when you are in one of the most unique places in all of Tokyo…

Tokyo’s Golden-Gai Bar District!

According to “thingsasian.com”, “taking a walk through Tokyo’s Golden-Gai bar district is like stepping back in time to early post-war Japan when the area was filled with artists and radicals wanting to change the world. This historical area of dimly lit alleyways and buildings fronted by thin, wooden doors is making a comeback as people take advantage of falling rent — hit by Japan’s economic slump — to try their luck in the bar business.”

Here is the entrance in the daytime – you don’t even know this area exists – hidden away behind an obscure walkway:

Golden-gai, or golden district, is a patch of a land — 21,520 square feet in size — that borders the bustling Kabuki-cho entertainment area in downtown Tokyo. Here is another entrance on the right side of this picture….

Now that I have given you a taste of what is to come, please head over to John’s blog to delve deeper in to the alleys and small bars of Tokoyo.. and find out more about this nighttime transformation: https://johnrieber.com/2012/10/16/alex-sim-wise-explores-tokyos-smallest-bars-golden-gai-mini-bars-i-love-japan/

©John Rieber 2012

About John Rieber

I love great food, interesting books, fascinating travel, outrageous movies, and bacon, especially when it sits on top of a great cheeseburger! I work in entertainment – and I have been lucky enough to interview some really talented Artists – that guides my posts: interesting and provocative movies, music, social media and of course, food, since I believe strongly in the maxim, “everyone eats!”

Connect to John via his blog and social media

Blog: https://johnrieber.com/
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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-rieber-041430/

My thanks to John for sharing this snapshot of life after dark in Tokoyo and I do hope you head over and enjoy the entire post.

A new series of Posts from Your Archives will be starting after Easter.. A chance to showcase your writing skills, share posts from the past to a new audiences and promote your books, art, photography, music… and any other talent.  

Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – Visit Nature’s Calla Lily Valley! Amazing Pacific Ocean Adventure! by John Rieber


John Rieber shares the third travel post in this current series.. Because there tends to be a large number of wonderful photographs in John’s posts, I will give you a starter… and let you head over to his blog to finish the post.  I also recommend that you check out his more recent posts.. a great deal on offer.

Visit Nature’s Calla Lily Valley! Amazing Pacific Ocean Adventure! by John Rieber

Welcome to Paradise!     The unbelievable coastline of California…

I forget how spectacularly beautiful this part of our country is, with obscure places to pop in and see amazing beauty, like this:

Garrapata State Park – 19 Sign Posts Of Beauty!

Nestled on Highway 1, just 6.7 miles south of the art community of Carmel – Garrapata State Park hugs the coast and offers amazing views in all directions…with more than two miles of beach, and a number of hiking trails in all directions…

The state park is “scattered” along 19 separate areas – so obscurely “numbered” that you’ll never find them as you drive past…however, each one has a nice turnoff to park your car, and once you get a sense of why people are pulled over, you are on your way…

Alex found our turnoff, and the small trail that took us to an incredibly hidden find: a Calla Lily Valley!

 

Welcome To California’s Hidden Calla Lily Valley!

Yes, after a short walk, you drop down to the ocean – and inland there is a small valley full of wild Calla Lilies!

Here is video that shows them off:

Head over to John’s blog to see the rest of the photographs that he and Alex took that day: https://johnrieber.com/2017/05/29/visit-natures-calla-lily-valley-amazing-pacific-ocean-adventure/

©John Rieber 2017

About John Rieber

I love great food, interesting books, fascinating travel, outrageous movies, and bacon, especially when it sits on top of a great cheeseburger! I work in entertainment – and I have been lucky enough to interview some really talented Artists – that guides my posts: interesting and provocative movies, music, social media and of course, food, since I believe strongly in the maxim, “everyone eats!”

Connect to John via his blog and social media

Blog: https://johnrieber.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnrieber
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/john.rieber.71
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-rieber-041430/

My thanks to John for sharing his post about this spectacular place on the Californian coast. I am looking for archive posts to share over Easter in a couple of weeks time if you are interested.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/03/17/smorgasbord-easter-and-spring-celebration-share-a-post-from-your-archives-and-the-lost-sheep/

Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – Wine, Roman Ruins and Gigondas! Chateauneuf du Pape! Touring Provence Thanks To Patricia Wells! by John Rieber


John Rieber shares the second travel post in this current series.. Because there tends to be a large number of wonderful photographs in John’s posts, I will give you a starter… and let you head over to his blog to finish the post.  I also recommend that you check out his more recent posts.. a great deal on offer.

Wine, Roman Ruins and Gigondas! Chateauneuf du Pape! Touring Provence Thanks To Patricia Wells! by John Rieber

My wife and I were lucky enough to attend a cooking class with the great Cookbook Author / Chef Patricia Wells, known for such books as “The Food Lovers Guide To Paris”. This is a 2012 look at our cooking class with her, as well as exploring the wine reason of Provence.

Say hello to the vineyards of Chateauneuf du Pape!

Everyone has an adventure of a lifetime…and some are lucky enough to have many…for us, a trip to cooking school with Patricia Wells gave us multiple “lifetime trips”, including a drive through one of the most beautiful places in the world…Provence!

And Gigondas To You, Too!

This is the view from Gigondas – if you don’t know it, you soon will – there is so much beauty from afar – and so much up close as well – like these beautiful provencal olive trees!

Welcome To Provence…

There is nothing more exhilarating than a driving trip through Provence, and in many ways, a drive back in time – because these villages of Provence live in a world of suspended animation – classic old cobblestone streets where cars aren’t allowed, and time never catches up…

The key is to rent a car and just drive…and stop in small town after small town to pose for pictures that prove you were there, like we did in Seguret…

Our Provencal adventure was courtesy of the iconic Food Writer/Cookbook Author/Provencal resident Patricia Wells!

So this is our Provencal adventure, exploring the gorgeous region of France in the southwestern area of the country…we were here to participate in a week long cooking class with iconic Writer and Cookbook Author Patricia Wells ..to see more on these terrific cooking sessions, go to Patricia’s website: http://patriciawells.com/

To find out more about the cookery classes run by Patricia Wells and see more stunning photographs of the medieval town and surrounding countryside, please head over to John’s complete post: https://johnrieber.com/2012/09/03/wine-roman-ruins-and-gigondas-too-whiskey-babys-and-a-few-papes-touring-provence-thanks-to-patricia-wells/

©John Rieber 2012

About John Rieber

I love great food, interesting books, fascinating travel, outrageous movies, and bacon, especially when it sits on top of a great cheeseburger! I work in entertainment – and I have been lucky enough to interview some really talented Artists – that guides my posts: interesting and provocative movies, music, social media and of course, food, since I believe strongly in the maxim, “everyone eats!”

Connect to John via his blog and social media

Blog: https://johnrieber.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnrieber
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/john.rieber.71
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-rieber-041430/

Thanks for dropping in today and if you would like to share posts from your archive that are older than 12 months then please check out how to do that in this post: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/09/happy-new-year-and-the-start-of-the-2018-series-of-smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives/