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Showing posts from February, 2006

Buffalo Grill

A western-themed restaurant that serves buffalo is probably the most anachronistic culinary stop possible in France... viewed from an American perspective. The French, though, seem to think it's a splendid idea, something a little out of the ordinary, perhaps? So it's not surprising (or if it is, it shouldn't be) that there are over 100 Buffalo Grill locations across France, and 10 within Paris itself, with several more locations spilling across national borders into Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Spain. (There are identically named, but unrelated, restaurants in the United States and Scotland.) I lunched at the Boulevard St. Germain location in Paris with friends who are graduate students at the nearby Pierre & Marie Curie University (a prominent science and medical school) this January, and it was a good lunch. I had the hache de bison, a decent-sized serving of buffalo steak that's been chopped somewhat. It came with french fries (well, pom

Slogging toward silver

I managed to get Northwest to credit me the miles for my Paris-Amsterdam segment on KLM, bringing my Elite Qualifying Miles (EQM) so far for the year to 16,158. Go, me! My upcoming trip to Mexico is booked on Continental (including some codeshares on Hawaiian), which means I get miles, but it's in fare class Q (that's a discounted economy one), meaning I probably only get 50% EQM... so Travelocity thinks flying 10,360 miles will get me 5,180 EQM. Which would, of course, leave me at 21,338 - significantly shy of the 25,000 total needed for Silver Elite status on Northwest.  However, both Northwest's and Continental's web sites seem to think that people in their programs get 100% EQM for flights in Q on Hawaiian, so I might actually be at 21,838 after Mexico. I'll have to wait and see. After Mexico, I'm still contemplating a family trip over to Maui on Hawaiian, which would be worth at least another 1,000 EQM... maybe I should take a few such

Recipe: Generalized Rollup (my favorite food)

Category:     Meat & Seafood Style:     American Special Consideration:     Quick and Easy Servings:     4-6 Description: This is a flexible, frugal dish that my parents encountered in college, and have passed on to my generation. It's very filling and pretty cheap - multiple people can have a meal or two for the cost of one fast-food "value meal" - so it's a good choice for large families, college students, and all the rest of us who aren't fabulously wealthy just yet. "Hamburger Rollup" was my favorite dish as a child, and of course my mother handed down the recipe. Nowadays, it might be made using other ground meat instead of hamburger, but it can be adapted to fit just about any diet. Ingredients   Ground meat - This can be beef, turkey, buffalo, ostrich, a ground meat substitute, or... well, basically whatever you prefer. It takes less than a pound to feed three people, and a little over a pound would feed five. Biscuit d