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This week, my shelter was popped by learning about “the Oscars of food.” Imagine, all the Oscars you can eat! These “Oscars” are the James Beard Foundation (JBF) Awards and they are given for excellence in cuisine, culinary writing and/or culinary education. 

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These awards acknowledge the best chef, best restaurant, best new restaurant, best wine program, whom to watch as a rising-star chef, and more. If you want to know where to eat for special occasions – this list is a good one to have. The nominees are voted-on by 600 of their professional peers, so you know they’re doing something right - from the people who know the business.

I like to eat and I love to dine (read: go out, be served, eat all the courses, drink all the drinks, and enjoy the entire experience) so it’s about time I got savvy to these awards! But the real eye-opener for me was being a waitress to one of the winners – and he was kind, courteous, “normal” and left a fantastic gratuity. Such things may seem trivial, for someone who doesn’t/hasn’t worked in a restaurant, but for a top chef to extend graciousness to a front-of-house person (that’s industry speak for servers/bartenders/bussers/hosts) was such a refreshing change that it inspired me to research who these JBF winners are!

And they’re just people, ya’ll… Talented, hard-working people. Now, let’s go eat! (P.S. wk 4)

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What exactly is this selling?

Roaches, silverware, nail polish, sobriety?

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P.S. - LARPers! (Live Action Role Players)image I may have heard of Live Action Role Playing before, but not frequently enough to recognize the term “larper” in casual conversation…until this week. So, my shelter has been popped by a group of people acting-out a game. Instead of a table-top role-playing game, in which the characters are described with mere words, larpers become the characters (in costume and action) – in whatever chosen scene and circumstances the “gamemaster” decides. Yes, Gamemaster is really what they call the person responsible for arranging the rules and settings of a LARP. Some LARPs can be a few folks and a couple hours, while others can involve thousands of people and a series of days. Wild!

image I get it now, I understand the groups of people dressed as their favorite Lord of the Rings characters, or some computer or board game I don’t know, and prancing around Central Park.

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So, while some of us may enjoy a poker night with friends, others are larping about their backyards with foam swords and plastic helmets. Part of me wants to mercilessly tease these larpers, while the other part wants to play! How fun would it be to fight a gnome on a Thursday and then toss back a few cold ones together? What a delightful form of escapism…and don’t we all need a break sometimes. Larp-it-up! (P.S. wk 3)

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Tiny things* are cute.

*excluding wieners, paychecks, and elevators.

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4. He’s in trouble.

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The Marsalis Brothers have popped my shelter this week!imageimage

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Jazz legends, these gents are; and I like jazz and somehow haven’t heard of them. Well, that’s the entire reason I’m doing this weekly P.S. adventure: to grab the stuff I’ve missed.

With Wynton on trumpet, Branford on sax, Delfeayo on the trombone, and Jason on the skins (which is how I say “drums” when I’m cool), these four brothers have deeply impacted the world of jazz, yet played together only once. The occasion of their shared concert was their father’s retirement (Ellis Marsalis, a pianist and also a significant force in the jazz arena) from the University of New Orleans, in 2001. The link to their CD and samples of the contents are here. The older brothers, Wynton and Branford, basically burst onto the jazz scene and began a renaissance in 1981, and were followed by their younger brothers shortly thereafter. All this cool stuff was happening when I was a tiny baby – no wonder I missed the magic! Fun fact: Branford was the bandleader for three years on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. What a talented family! There are 2 other brothers that didn’t chose the musical path but are still valuable human beings, mmmkay? (P.S. wk 2)

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P.S. I just learned about Mickey Drexler!

Millard “Mickey” Drexler was the CEO of Gap Inc., and is now the chairman and CEO of J. Crew Group. He basically helped The Gap become an iconic part of 90s pop culture, before getting abruptly fired by Gap’s founder (Don Fisher) in 2002, and then immediately swept-up by J. Crew. These dudes may be unknown to the general masses, like me, but I happen to work with folks in the fashion industry who feel the need to school me. Listen pals, if you’re gonna be teaching me things - I need major wardrobe help before I need this Drexler lesson.

On a positive note, Mickey’s wife, Peggy Drexler, is very interesting to me. She has a Ph.D. in psychology and has spent her time studying sex and gender roles. (Oooh, neato!) Through the course of her work, she’s written two books: Our Fathers, Ourselves: Daughters, Fathers and the changing American Family; and Raising Boys without Men: How Maverick Moms are creating the Next Generation of Exceptional Men. I’d much rather learn what Dr. Drexler thinks about this generation, than how Mr. Drexler thinks they should dress. Thanks for popping my shelter! (PS 1)

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These shoes are sextacular!

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