After a big weekend of family activities and extended-family graduations (congrats, Ethan!) I still have the family on the brain.
First, the Family . . . . Thanks to David Chase for providing this Sopranos fan with the perfect ending to the ultimate American family saga. Forget your Ewings, Cartwrights, Waltons, Carringtons, Bunkers, and all the rest. Tony’s family can now truly exist—or not, depending on your take—forever. Check out Slate for the best of the best Sopranos talk without getting bogged down in too much minutiae. Brian Williams's season-long Sopranos blog was a classic, as were the onion rings that Carm, AJ, and T were downing in the season finale’s last scene. (What did you eat in front of the TV that night? We had Punch pizza for Sunday supper—not a bad choice, right?)
One of the best new food sites on the internet is Culinate. With a unique focus and a growing coterie of articulate and reasoned contributors, this site is fast becoming a favorite of both committed food freaks and casual cooks. Check out the Grill Me contest.
Our family is really into Head Case on Starz, fifteen-minute-per-episode comedy that my wife discovered for us. It stars Steve Landesberg (Dietrich from Barney Miller) and Alexandra Wentworth (Mrs. George Stephanopoulos) as LA shrinks in a small, shared practice. Check it out. It’s hysterical.
One of our favorite family restaurants, Salut in Edina, is rumored to be opening in the old Sidney’s space on Grand Avenue. Everyone at the parties we were at this weekend in St. Paul was talking about it. Anyone know any more than I do? Was this something in the paper while I was out of town?
My wife is a board member of the Minnesota chapter of Gift of Adoption, a wonderful organization that celebrates adoption and helps enhance the financial means for parents to adopt. These days, the lack of money is a barrier to many parents even considering adoption. If you want to help a great cause—and have a blast doing it—check out their amazing event at Oak Hill Park in St. Louis Park on Saturday, June 23, from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. It’s a family carnival with food, games, a splash park, face-painting, and more. Want to learn more? Phone for info at 612-335-3223 or send an email.