Monday, September 8, 2014

Pizza, 9/11, Rice, and Bloggers

I have a lot on my mind tonight.  The Big Thing is pizza.  There aren't too many times when pizza isn't on my mind.  It's by far my favorite food.  I've only met a couple of pizzas I didn't like, and I can probably count them on one hand.  I just finished watching a program about pizza, comparing New York style versus Chicago style, which is why it's so prevalent on my mind.  I don't know how you can compare the two.  They are so different, and I love them both for different reasons.

My favorite pizza is the one at the Ledo Restaurant in College Park, MD.  There are so many great combinations of toppings.  The pepperoni is really thick and very greasy.  It's moderately spicy, as well.  The sausage is also good, though a bit too strong to my liking.  My favorite toppings include mushrooms, green peppers, black olives, pineapple, and pepperoni.  That's truly the best combination.  Add in the sweet sauce, whole milk provolone cheese, and sprinkle some Parmesan and crushed red peppers and you have a real masterpiece.

Of the area stores that serve New York style pizza, one of my favorites is Three Brothers.  There are several in the area, with the Columbia, MD, location on Snowden River Parkway being the one I patronize the most.  The pizza has a nicely sweet sauce, and the toppings are pretty typical, but the taste is truly great.

As for Chicago deep dish, you really have to go to Chicago to get the best.  While Pizzeria Uno is good, and the original location is the best of Uno's pizza, there are a few other really good deep dish pizzas.  Lou Malnati's is pretty good, and better than Uno's, I think.  But stuffed pizza is even better than the deep dish.  Stuffed pizza takes deep dish to another level.  Giordano's is my favorite.  The pizza just can't be beat, and is probably the best I've ever had.  I've had it with mushrooms and black olives, and I can barely eat two slices of a small pie.

So all I'm doing is making myself hungry, so I have to change the subject.

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There's a lot of attention on the 9/11 events this week, and my daughter, who is 10 years old, has shown a lot of interest in what happened two years before she was born.  This year, she wants to watch many of the programs about the incidents that occurred on 9/11/2001, and so I've allowed her to watch them with me.  Having lived through that day, somewhat close to the action as a Federal Aviation Administration employee, I've shared with her all of what I went through, which certainly isn't much compared to those that were directly affected that day.  But she seems very fascinated by it all, much as I am.  She seems to understand the magnitude of what occurred that day.  I guess I would compare it to my own fascination with World War II history, or the death of JFK, or the crash of the Shuttle Challenger.  These major events in our country's history create this fascination with why they occurred, as well as the events leading up to them.  They are extremely sad events, but so very interesting, and I'm glad that my daughter cares enough to want to know more about them.

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I had intended to write about the Ray Rice situation tonight in light of his being cut by the Baltimore Ravens this afternoon after a video showing him assaulting his then-fiancee earlier this year was made public.  However, there are better writers out there talking about this situation, so I'm not going to add anything to it other than to mention that the Ravens did the right thing.  This is such a horrible situation, and the evidence shows this was so much worse than originally reported.  This type of thing should never happen.  I hope and pray that Ray Rice gets counseling and realizes how wrong this is.

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Tomorrow (Tuesday, 9/9) is the latest Howard County Bloggers event, this one at Nottingham's, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Great food and drinks, good social time, and the opportunity to meet many of the area's great bloggers.  I have not been to any events as of yet, but I will be at this one (I promised!).  My daughter will be joining me, and I will try to come out of my introvertive shell and socialize.  If you want more information on this event, check it out HERE.

Have a wonderful evening, everyone!


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