I’m sprucing up my home office, starting with a little wall decor, as you can see in the photo above. I’m now working under the watchful eye — and arms — of “El Pulpo” (Spanish for “the octopus”).
Here’s a closer look at El Pulpo:
If you like beach themes and artwork you’re not going to find anywhere else, contact Maykel (the gallery is by appointment only)!
He’s got a lot of gorgeous stuff, and he was very friendly and helpful, making sure that El Pulpo was safely wrapped up for us to take it home. I’m sure that El Pulpo won’t be our last purchase there.
I’m fine with that. After all, Doug Henning was…
For those of you who weren’t following Canadian politics in 1992, when Doug had that ill-advised stint in politics with the Canadian branch of the Natural Law Party, you may want to check out this campaign video, and especially his bit at the 3:01 mark:
As I mentioned a few weeks back, Anitra and I spent part of one Sunday morning at the Glazer Children’s Museum (where Anitra is on the board) recording a reading of Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s story Where the Wild Things Are to Daniel Tiger of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood fame, who now has his own show, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.
The video’s ready now, and you can either watch it on the Storytime with Daniel Tiger section of the museum’s site, or check it out below. Enjoy!
Last Friday, before going to the Tampa Theatre to see the film about Anthony Bourdain, Roadrunner, Anitra and I decided to do what Bourdain encouraged: We went to a newly-opened restaurant to try some food that we normally don’t get to eat. We went to Le Casa Bistro, located half a block away from the theatre at the corner of Franklin and Polk streets.
Le Casa’s specialty is Moroccan cuisine, and they have a very nice selection of tagines (pronounced “ta-ZHEEN”), which are slow-cooked stews that get their name from the traditional ceramic or clay dish in which they’re cooked. You typically serve them from the tagine they’re cooked in.
We started with zalouk, a cooked eggplant and tomato salad served with points of pita, which was an excellent appetizer. For our mains, we shared the chicken tagine, which is garnished with preserved lemons and olives, and the lamb tagine, whose garnish was hard-boiled eggs and prunes. These are rich, saucy dishes, and we scooped up the sauce with the frites and bread that they provided along with our dishes.
The service was incredibly friendly and helpful — one of the owners even came out to chat with us. We’re definitely coming back then next time we catch a film at the Tampa Theatre, a show at the Straz, or an event at one of the nearby museums.
We need to check it out on a Thursday, when they’ve got a live DJ and belly dancing, which should be pretty interesting.
Le Casa Bistro is located in the Element Tampa building at 802 N. Franklin St., at the corner of Franklin and Polk. Go check it out before everyone else “discovers” it!
In case you’re wondering: The folks at Le Casa Bistro have no idea who I am and most certainly didn’t pay for an endorsement. I’m just a fan who wants to see them stick around.
I saw this today while getting my car serviced and had to take a photo — you can even see me taking it!
I also think that we should adopt “B HOTMES” as Florida’s unofficial state motto.
Even though the Glazer Children’s Museum isn’t open on Sunday morning (it opens at noon), I was there with Anitra this morning to record a video where we read Maurice Sendak’s children’s classic, Where the Wild Things Are…
…to this young gentleman: Daniel Tiger…
star of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, which is based on the Neighborhood of Make-Believe from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
Anitra’s on the Museum’s board, which is how we got the opportunity to sit with Daniel and read a book to him. The video of us reading Where the Wild Things Are will eventually end up under “Storytime with Daniel Tiger” in the GCM @ Home section of the Glazer Children’s Museum site. Here’s an example of one of these storytimes:
I’ll let you know when our video gets posted!