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Today’s Low Carb Tip: Flat Iron Steak

Let’s talk about Flat Iron Steak, a fantastic cut of meat I’m ashamed to admit I only discovered recently, and which might offset the hit your household budget will take from De-Sheeting. Traditionally this steak was used strictly for hamburger, but in 2002 some researchers at the Universities of Nebraska and Florida figured out that it … Continue reading

Is It T-Rex, No It’s A Porterhouse

A few weeks ago I alluded to the fact that having switched to a low carb diet several years ago, I’ve become something of a streak steak snob. So just in time for Labor Day, here’s today’s tip, and I’m not talking Tri-Tip. It’s generally agreed that when you visit a fine steakhouse, the cut of … Continue reading

It’s All In The Numbers, And They’re Hiding In Plain Sight

When I find something I like, once is never enough. Depending on your point of view this makes me either a connoisseur or incredibly boring. For example, it’s not that hard to locate a great restaurant, but to find yourself at a table you really enjoy is a stroke of luck and therefore something I’m determined … Continue reading

Big Latte

I was recently surprised to learn from The Economist that a Starbucks Tall Latte sells for the same price as a McDonald’s Big Mac in the USA. $2.80 to be exact, and really I shouldn’t have been surprised. This in The Economist’s latest update on their annual exchange rate survey of PPP, which we’ve written about previously … Continue reading

Thinking Outside The Exercise Bottle, You’re Never Too Thin

Some days it’s hard to tell if your glass is half empty or half full. (Politicians can get pretty creative when they describe the state-of-the-glass, but that’s why they take get the big bucks.) But for me today is a really good day. I am proclaiming my “glass at least half full”. In fact it’s exactly … Continue reading

Cheap Knock-Offs Are Giving Fine Counterfeits A Bad Name

Recent events have moved the line between Cheap Knock-Offs and Counterfeit goods. Last week, major UK supermarket chain Tesco was caught in the act of selling what turned out to be a bogus bottle of Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuissé wine. Danny McGowan bought two bottles of French Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse wine, reduced from £14.49 to a bargain £5. … Continue reading

For Retiring Times, Make It Diageo Time

It’s always better to have been born lucky than to have been born smart. That’s just my opinion, but the evidence is all around us. Take for example, Unfunded Pension Liabilities. You could have worked most of your life for a Private Company that didn’t put enough money into their pension scheme to actually pay … Continue reading

Give Dad A Manly Rat For Father’s Day

As a recovering procrastinator, I am big on last-minute gift ideas. Here’s one for Father’s Day, and there is still plenty of time. Hours even. So what’t the gift? A Manly Rat. That’s also smart. Specifically, an African giant pouched rat, about 30 inches long including tail. These are he-man rats, the kind that send cats … Continue reading

NYC Notes: Patek Philippe Has Left The Building

My father nurtured one, and passed it on to me. And then in turn, I passed it down to my sons. It must be a Patek Philippe watch, right? You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation. Nope. In actual fact it’s a bad back. Which brings … Continue reading

The Ultimate, And We Mean Really Ultimate, In Packaging

I have an acquaintance  in the packaging industry whose products utilize a super-strong cardboard. You can stand automobiles on boxes made of his cardboard; we are talking here about serious robustness. Their shipping containers are  used to transport auto engines and heavy machinery. Sit in your car, raise your hand up to touch the ‘head-liner’ on … Continue reading

Bob’s Pasta Homage to Ron Popeil, Master of “The Turn”

Last night I made Pasta. And whenever I make Pasta I thank Ron Popeil, Pitchman Extraordinaire who perfected the Infomercial and made pasta a part of my life. I knew I loved Ron Popeil, but I didn’t know how much until I read the first chapter in “What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures” by … Continue reading

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