Wear the Face Mask. Keep the Social Distancing.

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning and Happy Sunday to you all. Even if many of us are finally getting vaccinated, we must continue to wear a Face Mask and maintain Social Distancing in our daily labor/social interactions.

Do not get riskily complacent! The pandemic is still raging unabated across the whole planet.

In an excellent article of the New York Times, Mathew Conlen, Denise Lu and James Glanz said: “the coronavirus pandemic in the United States has raged uncontrollably for so long that millions of vaccinations will not be able to stop the spread of the disease unless people continue to wear masks and maintain social distancing measures until mid-summer or later, according to a new model by scientists at Columbia University.” Jeffrey Shaman, an epidemiologist at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, said that only after a critical number of people-either because they got infected and developed defenses or received the vaccination-acquire the needed immunity, will the transmission of the virus start to significantly abate because the organism will find less recipients to jump into. His modeling predicts that, at present infection rates and the speed of vaccinations, that will happen only in July.

The dire Public Health picture of the USA mandates the utmost vigilance for strict precautionary measures. According to the experts only by mid-summer, we will have enough citizens vaccinated to cut the transmission of SARS–CoV-2.

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.

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Finally together!

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. With great pride and pleasure, we inform you that, at long last, my dear children and myself have reunited in the past few days, after several months of forced Social Distancing due to this terrible pandemic. We have enjoyed great moments together, catching up on family gossip, finding out about their latest study and work projects, watching some TV together and, of course, sitting down for a leisure meal in our shaded garden patio.

We chose the catering service of “El Rincón Asturiano” to get paella de mariscos, pulpo a la gallega and croquetas.

In the past few months, we have hardly ordered food and we never went out to a restaurant or bar for a snack. However, the recent vaccination with the Pfizer product and the presence of our dear daughter in Miami changed it.

Thank you God Almighty for allowing us to enjoy the company of our dear children for a little bit longer!!!!

Bon apétit!

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We got vaccinated!

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. Yesterday, Monday January the 18th, 2020, we got the Pfizer vaccine in our left arm, as you can see in the picture below. It is still very difficult to get any vaccine in the USA, even though we qualify two-fold: we are a health care provider and we are over 65 years old. But our dear daughter Noël Marie aggressively researched how to get an appointment for us and, finally the tweeter account of Ms. Daniella Levine-Cava, newly elected Mayor of Miami-Dade County, announced that there was a new batch of vaccines coming to Jackson South Medical Center.

The picture above shows the moment when the lovely Matika, a nurse at the facility, plunged the needle. Ouchhh!!! She was assisted by the equally lovely Sonia, who checked the paperwork to keep us honest (good luck with that) We were treated like a V.I.P. by all the concerned staff: Lorenzo and Nick, at the sign-in station on arrival, Andrés and Ursula,  at the documentation station where they verify your true eligibility. Thank you very much for your service.

Thanks to their generous and committed work, we were finally able to get this so precious vaccination certificate.

It is funny that the vaccine they administered to us was produced in the Pfizer facility of Kalamazoo, Michigan. In fact it is located in Portage, a suburb of that city, where we spent our days as an Foreign Exchange Student in 1972, the first time we arrived at this generous country. At that time it was named The Upjohn Company and, being interested in going into Medical School after High School, we visited it for a full day, as an honored guest of the scientists and physicians that were running it. We had a great time. Now they prepared this life-saving vaccine. Thank you very much.

Thank you, Ms. Daniella Levine-Cava, Mayor of Miami-Dade County!

Thank you, Keith R. Tribble, CEO of the Jackson Health Foundation!

Thank you, all the marvelous staff of Jackson South Medical Center!

Thank you, Dr. Albert Bourla, CEO of the Pfizer Company!

Muchas gracias, queridissima Noelita!

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Che cosa ti ha portato La Befana?

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Today is the Day of the Epiphany when millions of children everywhere will get up early at dawn to eagerly find out what the Three Magi Kings left in their shoes the previous night. We still remember our excitement, and the one of our children, when we discovered a toy, a jersey or a book in them. (we confess that we then preferred the toys)

In Western Christianity, this day celebrates the time when the Three Magi Kings arrived at the humble manger where the baby Jesus Christ was lying in his crib, surrounded by the reverent animals all around. Jesus Christ was born.

Note – This image of Filippino Lippi’s Adoration of the Magii was taken from Wikimedia Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1191547

However, this religious feast has a parallel pagan counter-story in the Italian Peninsula where children are waiting for a dubious character called La Befana to show up with presents. Please visit our previous article on the subject.

Che cosa ti ha portato la Befana?

(What has the Befana brought you?)

Today we are all asking that same question. Moreover, we discreetly wish that, besides bringing toys and other presents on her way in, this feisty witch will take this terrible pandemic away on her way back flying on her broom to her isolated cave somewhere. We need all the help we can get to save us from this dire threat to Mankind’s survival.

Happy Three Kings Day!

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Pastaciutta alla Gian Luca

-“Dad, I really didn’t like that Alfredo sauce you bought in the store….Can you prepare a fresh white sauce for me?”

Good morning. Yesterday we were hoping not to dabble in the kitchen, except to just boil some pasta and serve it. We were counting on the leftover pink sauce we had prepared the weekend before last with that a small addition. However, life is never that easy, as you may all well know. Faced with the request of our son Gian Luca (the very best friend that we could ever have in Life) we started to rummage our freezer for alternatives and some inspiration. When we spotted two bags with some enticing sweetbreads, we casually asked Giani: “Have you ever tasted this?” You know the answer, don’t you? As proud Italian-Americans, we heard the commanding clarion call from Antiquity.

Rimboccare le maniche! (roll up your sleeves)

In order to tenderize the sweetbreads, first you must boil them in a thick broth with veggies for at least one hours.

The second step is to grill the sweetbreads for at least half an hour in our homemade rotisserie machine. Great buy.

The sweetbreads should have a crispy exterior, while maintaining its inner juiciness. This is how they will look like.

With our Japanese knife, we sliced the sweetbreads into smaller pieces, as well as the grilled sausages (chorizo)

Now we are ready to prepare the Bechamel sauce, for which you should consult our previous article on this process. After adding the sweetbreads, sausages and walnuts, the sauce should look like this: creamy but without clumps.

We boiled the pasta separately and then laid it on La Bestia, before slowly adding the sauce and parmesan cheese.

Allow us to introduce you a dish fully imagined and conceived in our humble kitchen: Pastaciutta alla Gian Luca.

Buon appetito!

Our son said that it was one of the best pasta dishes he tasted. As he wolfed down two full plates, we believe him.

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.

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Rotisserie chicken right at home

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good evening. One of the little great discoveries we made during the forced confinement at home (and the inability to visit our favorite restos) was the Nuwave Air Fryer and Oven that we had bought at the beginning of the year. Today we decided to dabble with the Rotisserie option in order to prepare a delicious chicken for our family. Here is the machine working its way to slowly finish the cooking that we had started by boiling it in a broth with veggies. We initially shared it with our close family members in the USA, Argentina, Uruguay and Italy, speaking in Spanish.

Slowly but steadily the skin and the outer layer of meat got progressively browned while the inside stayed very juicy.

After half and hour of grilling “al spiedo”. we took the chicken out to slice it with our Japanese knife on the board.

First we cut alongside the vertebral spine (not on it) and we pried it open in half. Is it juicy enough for your taste?

Now we’ll complete the cutting process and lay the pieces on a tray, together with sides of French fries and a salad. The golden crinkles were not fried in oil, but rather cooked in the air fryer for a more healthy outcome.

Our table is ready. We welcome you to join us for a TV dinner, watching first a football game and then prize boxing.

Buon appetito!

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Mad Max (Joe), come to our rescue

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good afternoon. Do you remember that Mad Max was supposedly set in the year 2021? We did not, but we were just reminded by a news anchor in Radio Nacional de España who commented that there were funny memes of it. We have all enjoyed the adventures of that lone Justice Man, in the vein of the Lone Ranger and other similar heroes. Imagine the relief that those defenseless Outback Aussies felt when they saw his virile image coming down the road.

Note – This image from Mad Max, the Road Warrior was taken from Wikimedia Commons.

When we were younger, we all naively believed that the worst scenario for Mankind was that awful hot wasteland crisscrossed by disgustingly looking bandits in a frantic search of victims and petrol to satisfy their basest needs. Hardly did we fathom that there could be a worse scenario like we sadly have today. We have a world now that, due to the economic slowdown of the Covid-19 pandemic and the Social Distancing, has less need of oil and derivatives. The foe that is killing thousands and thousands of our kind is just a tiny microorganisn that likes to jump all around. And our most threatening enemies are the well-dressed politicians and bureaucrats that use a “langue de bois.” Instead of taking care of our urgent need for a massive vaccination campaign in the USA , funded and directed by the federal government, they are fighting about non-sensical issues in D.C,, but at the same time “jumping the line” to get the vaccine. Bunch of deadbeats!

May the Heavens above send us a providential Road Warrior to help us out in this most critical bifurcation from the road ahead of our precious Life.

If incoming President Joe Biden wants “to do it right” , he must similarly get mad at this incredibly inefficient, haphazardly usage of public resources.

And don’t forget to bring your little dog along as it can bite away at the Armani pant’s sleeves of all the useless-talkative-do-nothing D.C. politicians. 

Go get them, Mad Joe!

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Happy New Year 2021

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

Good morning. We wish you all a Happy New Year 2021, in the company of your loved ones and the realization of your cherished professional and personal goals. May God Almighty grant you those wishes (and many, many more)

After almost a full year of a terrible pandemic, like we have never even fathomed we would go through in Life, we are ready for some glimmer of hope like a massive vaccination campaign to cut the viral transmission for good.

Let us raise our glasses to celebrate the young 2021 and wish good tidings for our families and friends everywhere.

Cheers!

Salud!

Auguri!

A votre santé!

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American politicians never fail to “show up” at the forefront

-“Sorry, Doc…We must first vaccinate the power players of South Florida…You have to keep waiting.”

That was the laconic and pitiful answer of the Chief of Pharmacy of one of the outpatient facilities in South Florida that has already received a batch of the precious Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna vaccines upon inquiring when, as a licensed medical practitioner in Florida, we could come up to get dully vaccinated. The upcoming arrival of the Oxford-AstaZeneca and Johnson and Johnson vaccines will certainly follow the same “entitlement pathway.” The disgraceful planning of the Trump administration (leaving all the operational moves to distribute them to the ill-equipped states) has only worsened the awful Public Health picture of the worst month of the pandemic in the USA. What is left of the much vaunted Warp Speed is just a shameful priority given to Power and Privilege in the USA.

Note – This image was taken from Wikimedia Commons.

How can you justify that some unscrupulous politicians have long refused to wear masks in Congress and the White House, given mischievous messages about the severity of the pandemic and now jump the line to get the vaccine?

In an excellent article in The Washington Post, Fenit Nirappil, Isaac Stanley-Becker and William Wran wrote: ” Public officials and politicians are among the first in line for vaccines that have yet to reach all health care workers and wil not become available for months. They are showcasing their vaccinations on television and in social posts to encourage Americans to trust the injections that may spell the end of the pandemic. But some essential workers and other Americans are expressing outrage that they must wait for protection even as leaders who failed to control the pandemic first receive shots first.”

The silly argument that they are “doing us a favor” by demonstrating that “it is safe to get the vaccines” does not hold the minimal intellectual and emotional evaluation. Deadbeat politicians, we do know they are safe because thousands upon thousand of volunteers across the globe and hard-working scientists have already vetted them. We do not need to watch your hypocritical little smiles on TV to rub your “special privileges” on our faces. Who are you trying to fool? Certainly not he millions of dedicated health care professionals of all stripes that do treat patients.

Justice now for the equitable. rational and efficient allotment of the Covid-19 vaccines!

Stay distant. Stay safe. Stay beautiful.

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