Sunday, February 18, 2007

A little Big Island Trek

Shelly & I and our 2 dogs walked across the 1/2 mile spanse from the end of our street to Big Island. About 1/2 mile. The clear, white, flat expanse of frozen lake made distances seem farther than they are. The random snowmobilers and pickup trucks gave it the feel of ‘road warriors’ as they shot by on uncharted roads. (They were friendly)

Biig Island Trek
Big Island. Once an Indian “Spring Camp” and the scene of legendary tribal battles. They say that the rough hewn battlements are still there...

Big Island. Once one of the worlds largest amusement parks. People from around the country came to ride the lovely steam boats, giant ferris wheel and roller coaster. After the Golden Days of Lake Minnetonka (1880's) the park was torn down and moved to Excelsior, then later torn down again. They say the remnants are were used in the construction of Valley Fair.

We walked along the snowmobile tracks on the island to the Northeastern point. In the distance small encampments of fishermen and snowmobilers gathered in makeshift villages. An occasional cross country skier glided by. The dogs ran free. It was Toonie's first time running off leash, and she constantly checked Rocky and us for approval.

On our way back they sky remained gray, and a cool wind pressed against our faces.

Now for a little appropriate Bob Dylan:

If dogs run free, then why not we
Across the swooping plain ?
My ears hear a symphony
Of two mules, trains and rain
The best is always yet to come
That's what they explain to me
Just do your thing, you'll be king
If dogs run free.

If dogs run free, why not me
Across the swamp of time ?
My mind weaves a symphony
And tapestry of rhyme
Oh, winds which rush my tale to thee
So it may flow and be
To each his own, it's all unknown
If dogs run free.

If dogs run free, then what must be
Must be and that is all
True love can make a blade of grass
Stand up straight and tall
In harmony with the cosmic sea
True love needs no company
It can cure the soul, it can make it whole
If dogs run free.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Sydney’s becomes Christos - on Highway 7


No, we will not be wrapping ‘old Sydneys’ in plastic & shipping twine, or creating a walking fence on its perimeter - well, not for artist purposes anyway. This new “Christo’s” is a Greek Restaurant with other locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
The new Christo’s will feature Greek food as we know it. You know.... mousaka, hummus, chicken, lamb kabobs and gyros (with the traditional customer pronounciation debates). Much more.
Greek food reminds me of feta cheese, garlic, olive oil, spinach pie, and yogurt... Roast lamb and honey layered baklava pastries. These are flavors that harken back to the rough terrain of ancient Greece...

From a Greek Food Forum:
Some of the foods eaten by ancient Greeks were:

* Arugula
* Asparagus
* Artichokes
* Cabbage
* Carrots
* Cos lettuce (Romaine)
* Cucumbers
* Fennel
* Garlic
* Leeks
* Squash (marrows)
* Radishes
* Wild celery


* Apples
* Bergamot oranges
* Figs
* Grapes
* Jujubes
* Olives (yes, olives are a fruit)
* Pears
* Plums
* Pomegranates


* Beans
* Chickpeas
* Lentils
* Peas, green and yellow

Fish & Seafood

* Anchovies
* Boarfish
* Crayfish
* Cuttlefish
* Eels
* Gray and Red Mullet
* Grouper
* Octopus
* Prawns
* Rays
* Sardines
* Sea bass
* Sprats
* Squid
* Tuna
* Wrasse

Meat, Poultry & Game

* Birds
* Boar
* Chicken
* Deer
* Donkey
* Goat
* Goose
* Hare
* Lamb
* Pheasant
* Pork


* Barley (most commonly used for bread)
* Wheat


* Dill
* Mint
* Pepper
* Oregano
* Salt
* Saffron
* Thyme

Other Foods

* Cheese
* Eggs
* Honey
* Milk
* Nuts
* Olive oil
* Snails
* Vinegar

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Bulletin about Minnetonka Scenes

MinnetonkaScenes is experienceing technical problems. My home computer is an aging beast that can barely carry the load anymore. - Yet I am not ready to buy a new one. At work I can post, but I am. of course at work.
If you see few posts, know that I am trying to bump up my home computer as best as I can.

Minnetonka scenes recently topped 10.000 visits. A mild landmark.

Here is the first photo I ever posted on this blog.

lake in mist

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Restaurant views

I recently deleted a very popular, post. In fact, it was the most "googled" post I have ever had. The post was about a local Pub that just opened. I have never eaten there, but I had read an interview with the owner, who spoke of their planned menu offerings.
One of the rules of the road is that I do not make negetive comments about a local business, and I maintain that stance. If I go to a restaurant and I am unhappy, I will not go there again, but I will not gripe about it here. I have too many other things to do than hurt any local business.
I also will delete a post if it offends someone. Well, an employee was offended, or just ticked off, so I deleted the post. The thousands of hits for this pub have subsided and Minnetokascenes is back to a more accurate readership.

Cold tracks 2

Sure is nice and quiet.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Chilly Peppers!

Chilly peppers!