Mini-get-away May 2014

Newport Pier

We spent a good part of Friday morning at Newport Pier talking about plans for our family.

Tim and Jeri at Newport Pier. Click for full size.
Tim and Jeri at Newport Pier. Click for full size.

BURNT BRUSSELS SPROUTS

Roasted to a crisp and tossed with fried garlic, lime and dijon mustard. A yummy appetizer!

Burnt Brussels Sprouts
Burnt Brussels Sprouts

JACK ASADA TACO

Marinated and grilled jackfruit, Seabirds cabbage slaw, pickled red onion

Jack Asada Taco
Jack Asada Taco

PORTOBELLO MOLÉ QUESADILLA

Tim had this entree. Grilled baby portobello mushrooms, caramelized onions, spinach and our vegan cheese blend in a whole wheat tortilla topped with molé, chipotle sour cream, almond feta and cilantro. Served with black beans

Portobello Molé Quesadilla
Portobello Molé Quesadilla

BUFFALO CAESAR WRAP

Jeri had this one. Fried artichoke hearts, grilled Hodo soy tofu, diced tomato, Romaine lettuce, Caesar dressing, buffalo sauce. Served with tortilla chips.

Buffalo Caesar Wrap
Buffalo Caesar Wrap

Crispy Chickin’ Plate

Tim had the Crispy Chickin’ Plate which is made with fake meat. Fried Chickin’, cauli-mashed potatoes, porcini mushroom gravy with fresh rosemary, and steamin’ kale.

Crispy Chickin' Plate
Crispy Chickin’ Plate

VG-Cheeseburger

Jeri had this burger. We’re guessing that it was a Boca Burger. Topped with VG-Cheese, pickles, lettuce, tomato, red onion, chipotle ranch. El Dorado Style upon request with jalapeños and caramelized onions.

VG-Cheeseburger
VG-Cheeseburger

Gamblers Don’t Gamble

While in Moline last month, I helped my mom clean out some stuff in her garage. Among the things that we came across was the book “Gamblers Don’t Gamble” by Michael MacDougall. I wondered what the book was about. I thought that maybe it was written to discourage people from gambling.

I opened the book, read the opening page, and I was hooked. I read quite a few chapters during my stay at my parents’ house. I finished reading the entire book during the flight home to Southern California.

The author recounts stories of how he became a “card detective”. He would often be hired to identify who and how someone was cheating. He explained quite a number of techniques that the “cheats” would use…like palming, bottom-dealing, crimping, and marking cards. What was so interesting was the multitude of ways that some people could and would cheat. The book was filled with story after story.

The book was written in 1939–a time before video cameras and other high tech devices.

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Gamblers Don’t Gamble
By Michael MacDougall as told to J. C. Furnas
The Greystone Press, New York
Copyright 1939
Printed by The William Byrd Press, Inc., Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A.
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