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Some sniffles and runniness that could be allergies or could be a cold made me decide today to trim some of today's long list of plans and spend more time relaxing with the pups.

I started watching my new Blu-ray of "Captain Marvel" last night, but was dozing off even before midnight, so I went to sleep and started over today. Maybe that was a sign!

Took a break during the movie to run downtown and get a little social media out for today's Cornell event on the Commons, and saw a few coworkers who probably appreciated I was out there.

Made it to a bit of the neighborhood potluck picnic (and I'm glad I did, since I got to meet some new neighbors) but decided to skip the rest of the evening's plans. The broccoli slaw with grape tomatoes and pumpkin dressing was a hit! Just enough left for a few bites tomorrow.

Now I'm watching the Mets game, which I wouldn't have bothered with except my brother and sister-in-law are there! I know where they're sitting, but haven't spotted them yet. I'll definitely need to get the dogs out for a bedtime walk, since their "evening" walk was really early.
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Ithaca is known for having the most restaurants per capita of any town, and it may well be true. We have a lot of eateries of one kind or another.

Does having so many restaurants make it hard for all of them to stay afloat?

For the marginal ones?

For the longtime favorites that you don't get to as often as you should because you figure they'll always be there?

Does the resulting churn keep things "fresh" or is it unfair to the restaurants that would do just fine if they weren't competing against less-expensive versions that were "good enough" but not great?
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I'm sometimes amazed what casual discussions can dredge up deep memories. Two recent mentions of chicken livers, including on a recent post from susandennis's journal, had me thinking about family memories and a local eatery of days gone by.

Back when you bought a chicken from the store, even if it was cut into parts for you, and it included the liver and other bits that the average consumer today wouldn't know from Adam, my mom used to freeze the livers until she had enough... and then made liver and onions for my dad. I guess it was a childhood favorite for him. I never disliked chicken livers, but preferred them in chopped liver form!

And that conversation made me think of the Lehigh Valley House, an Ithaca restaurant that was open for more than a century, and closed just over nine years ago.

They used to have three choices as an appetizer: a cup of soup, a glass of tomato juice, or chicken livers. That third choice faded away years before they closed, and I can no longer recall how they were prepared.

Much clearer memories of the Chicken Vincente at Joe's Restaurant, another Ithaca icon closing this month. That was layers of breaded and fried chicken cutlets and eggplant slices, plus ricotta, topped (like chicken or eggplant parm) with sauce and mozzarella. It had been on the '80s-'90s menu as a regular item, and was one of the things I kept coming back to. When the restaurant reopened in 2005, they included it briefly, but I guess not enough people were ordering it. It's been an occasional special, this weekend's happy hour bartender tells me. Maybe I can beg them to make it one last time before they close? It's not as if they're lacking any of the components.
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