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President’s Day Profile: The William Howard Taft Bacon Triple Cheeseburger

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Load It Up! Taft liked his fried foods.

WASHINGTON DC (Special to TSD AfterDark) Republican William Howard Taft, the 27th President of the United States, was the heaviest president the nation has known. Weighing in at an estimated 350 pounds, the 6 foot tall Taft was a devotee of fried foods and is said to have loved hamburgers later in life. He temporarily abolished the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, using the money instead to purchase lard.

White House chef, Charles W. Latimer worked exclusively for Taft during and after his presidency, and over the course of three months perfected the William Howard Taft Bacon Triple Cheeseburger in 1924. No sitting president tried the sandwich, except for Bill Clinton. (more…)

With Dinner or a Nice Cigar This Weekend – An Education on Shiraz

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Need the perfect compliment to a nice grilled steak or maybe just a good weekend cigar? Do it right with a nice Shiraz. Here’s a little backgrounder on what’s in the bottle.

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FEATURE: The Wino With the Sophisticated Palate

Friday, October 9th, 2009

 

Fit for a Wino. If you just happen to be Alvin Madison.

Fit for a Wino. If you just happen to be Alvin Madison.

 

 

BROOKLYN, NY (Special to TSD After Dark) Alvin Madison got off to rough start in life.  He bounced from job to job and home to home before a cardboard box near a steam heating grate became his permanent address seven years ago. But a chance encounter miraculously transformed him from street wino to connoisseur to the stars. (more…)

After Dark Recommends This Clip with a Glass of Cabernet or a Robust Alaskan Amber

Friday, July 17th, 2009

One of After Dark’s favorite guitarists is unquestionably Pat Metheny. Whether playing with his world class fusion group, in a duo setting with Charlie Haden, or any other pairing, he’s a constant source of inspiration and musical joy.  

Here he is in a solo setting, in a harmonic reworking of Norah Jones’ Don’t Know Why.

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Sobieski Vodka. After Dark Radio Chats with Imperial Brands’ Chester Brandes

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

 

Polish Vodka fit for a King. Sobieski.

Polish Vodka fit for a King. Sobieski.

Chester Brandes gives us the inside scoop on a truly great vodka. And, is shaken never stirred really best? 

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Have Pizza. Will Travel.

Friday, July 10th, 2009

 

Artery-seizing Nirvana. A slice of "The Pig."

Artery-seizing Nirvana. A slice of "The Pig."

 

 

Pizza.

I’m a proponent of eating pizza at the pizza place.  For me, most pizza just doesn’t travel. Sure, it doesn’t taste terrible 45 minutes later from out of the box – but it’s one of the few foods, along with soup, I happen to like piping hot (Or cold the next morning – but not so much room temperature.)

 

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Breaking Down the Holidays and Cuisine and What Celebrating is All About

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

 

Pork it Over!  These bad boys are becoming a 4th of July tradition.

Pork it Over! These bad boys are becoming a 4th of July tradition.

 

 

Thanksgiving means turkey.  Christmas also means turkey or ham or a standing rib roast. Easter means ham; unless you’re Greek like me, then it means lamb.  Father’s Day means steaks on the grill. 

Most holidays seem to come with a respective plate of something or other.  Saturday is the 4th of July.  Growing up that always meant grilling hotdogs and hamburgers or maybe chicken. For my dad it meant a T-bone steak for him, hotdogs for us. Throw in your potato salad, fruit mold (which sounds like…oh fuck it, make up your own joke), watermelon, beer, chips…well, you get the idea. (more…)

The Beer for the Ages that had No Name

Friday, June 19th, 2009

 

Homestyle Brew. This homemade beer machine is a Cadillac compared to the one my friend used.

Homestyle Brew. This homemade beer machine is a Cadillac compared to the one my friend used.

 

 

In my Pennsylvania radio days in the early 1990′s, my wife and I befriended and remain good friends with a husband and wife morning team. To this day, their show tops the ratings.  We really get along.  We share many of the same passions. One is beer.  

I consider myself an active beer drinker. By that I mean, I don’t drink copious amounts, I merely enjoy sampling brews from around the globe.  On my trip to Greece this month I enjoyed a cold bottle of ZEOS, brewed in Argos, Greece. It was a robust, full-bodied pilsner. Loved it. 

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I Promised a Restaurant Review Upon My Return from Greece; Here It Is

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

 

Pastitsio.  The Greek Lasagna as it sometimes referred, made by my cousin in the historical village of Argos, Greece.

Pastitsio. The Greek Lasagna as it sometimes referred, made by my cousin in the historical village of Argos, Greece.

 

 

BOCA RATON, FL (Special to TSD After Dark) Gerofinakas. The restaurant that’s wowed Athenians for 50 years. The one that was built around an ancient palm tree.  The one touting it’s world famous, delicately seasoned lamb on the spit.  The spectacular chilled octopus.  The succulent oven roasted potatoes.  CLOSED (maybe).  So that’s my review.  No delicately seasoned lamb on the spit.  No chilled octopus.  No oven roasted potatoes.  

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The Same Palm Tree? Yes. Gerofinikas of Athens

Friday, May 29th, 2009
Eat Well. And you do at Gerofinikas.

Eat Well. And you do at Gerofinikas.

In the heart of Athens’ stylish Kolonaki district sits Gerofinikas. The restaurant was established in 1957 and has served generations of patrons with top flight Greek and Mediterranean delights. What it special about the place is it was built “around” a lone palm tree that is still there. It is the focal point of the dining room.  It was there on my first trip as a kid, and it’s still there today.

I’m in Greece right now. And I’m going to Gerofinikas again for their magnificent seafood dishes.  But I’ll really have to open my wallet and let the Euros spill out because cheap it ain’t. But it’s a must on any trip to Athens.

Full review when I return.