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After leaving France for the United States – Philadelphia, to be exact – about 12 years ago, Kamafily Sissiko had a change of heart. The culture shock was too much for him. The houses were so big. The cars were, too. And everyone moved at such a fast pace. “I had never been away from my family or home,” he remembered. “I called my parents and said, ‘This is not the place for me. I’m coming home.’ They said, ‘Sorry, you’re stuck buddy.’” The 33-year-old chef is glad he stayed. Two months ago, he realized his lifelong dream of opening his own restaurant. Bistro de Paris debuted Feb. 14 in the Carmel Arts & Design District. The upscale, white-tablecloth eatery features “mostly traditional French cuisine with American and African fusion,” Sissiko said. For example, the Bistro Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, served embedded with yucca mash and plantains or the homemade
crepes, served with fried yams. According to Sissiko, so far things are going better than he could have ever dreamed. “People are saying this is the best food they’ve ever had,” he said. “They say they’ve wanted something like this in Carmel for a long time and now they finally have it.” Sissiko grew up in the restaurant business. He was born in Mali, a former French colony in West Africa, but was reared in France. He spent a lot of time as a young boy washing dishes in his family’s restaurant. And while he trained professionally at The Hotel Ritz in Paris, “my real training came in the kitchen.” He earned a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, another passion, from the University of Mali. Sissiko came to Philadelphia in 1996 to study computer science at Drexel University. He planned to go back to France after earning his associate’s degree, but he met his future wife, Ayanna, and decided to stay in the United States. Sissiko worked at several restaurants
Name: Kamafily Sissiko Age: 33 Education: The Hotel Ritz in Paris; University of Mali; Drexel University in Philadelphia Family: Wife, Ayanna; four children, Nanika, 7; Abu, 5: Kamafily “Bouba,” 3 and Aicha, 1. Bistro de Paris is at 15 W. Main St., Carmel. The restaurant serves lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Call (317) 844-7270 for more information.
in Philadelphia. When Ayanna’s job brought the family to Indiana five years ago, he began his quest to fulfill his dream. He knew he wanted to open a restaurant that combined his French and African heritages with his new American ways. After visiting several fine-dining establishments in the area, Sissko realized he had a unique theme and a plan that would work. “I just knew what I had to offer would be better than what they had,” he said. “I knew the food would speak for itself. I just wanted to make sure I found the perfect location.” Eight months ago, Sissiko and Michael Conn, a friend and business partner, found their ideal location on Carmel’s Main Street. Conn said he isn’t surprised at the success. “I knew we had a great product and a great location,” said the Fishers resident, who is also a co-owner in the restaurant. “I knew the rest would take care of itself, and so far it has.” Sissiko says the menu features all original recipes, some from his family’s restau-
Michael Conn and Kamafily Sissoko: business partners. rant in France. Well-known local executive chef Kathy Jones stands alongside him in the kitchen, creating the restaurant’s seafood fare. She said she’s enjoying blending her ideas with his. “You’re not going to find food like this anywhere else,” Jones says. Denise Frazier Pettee, owner of the neighboring Frazier Pettee Fine Art gallery, has dined at Bistro de Paris several times and describes it as both lovely and elegant. Frazier Pettee and her husband have visited several French bistros while on painting trips to Paris. “Kamafily and Michael’s restaurant captures the same feeling, in décor and food menus,” she said. While Sissiko hopes his restaurant becomes a destination where people enjoy a leisurely lunch or dinner like they do in France, he understands people in America don’t have three hours to linger over their midday meal. “I’m American,” he says. “I’ve adjusted now.”
OUR TAKES It is our position that the Carmel Performing Arts Center has successfully entered yet another important phase in its development. The Carmel Redevelopment Commission’s recently awarded contracts for electrical, plumbing and general trade work still place the construction aspect of the project under budget. Work on other key elements of the PAC, such as exterior upgrades, interior construction and interior finishes will be awarded in coming weeks. Opponents of the Performing Arts Center argue that too much is being spent and that expenditures for these items should be kept at a minimum. The Performing Arts Center is destined to become a community
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asset that will be enjoyed by the residents of Carmel (and many others) for the next 100 years. It no doubt will generate its own gravity, drawing other unique opportunities and assets to our community. Rare assets of this kind aren’t borne of a preoccupation with cutting corners. The Redevelopment Commission, Mayor Jim Brainard and the project’s architects will prioritize the amenities they think are most important for the hall. The mayor knows that his private fundraising efforts are also critical in determining the extent of those amenities. Let’s trust those with the vision for this project to continue make right decisions with the project’s long-term viability in mind.
HISTORY HAS A HOME It is our position that the Westfield Historical Society’s new museum is of tremendous importance to the city. With much of the original pioneer land being sold to make way for subdivisions, this museum is critical to preserve Westfield’s past – one which has been difficult to track. Locating the museum at 145 S. Union St., site of the original town hall, and later police and fire stations, provides a classic ambiance for visitors to learn about subjects ranging from the early businesses of Westfield to the Underground Railroad, on which the historically abolitionist Quaker stronghold played a major role. The secretive
nature of the railroad made it difficult to document. Thousands of artifacts, from century-old photographs to original manuscripts of the Westfield school song, provide continuity to the past for generations to come. After a failed museum attempt back in 2000, kudos to the city’s leaders and the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the latter of which provided a grant to help make the museum a reality. Approximately 12 dedicated volunteers are working diligently to put the museum together through both manual labor and hours of research.
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HOW CAN THIS NOT BE GOOD? THIS HAS GONE
everal years ago my family the kids â€“ she certainly looks and bejoined the tiny fraction of haves much younger than other women Americans â€“ just 4 percent â€“ her age. Our home is often filled with that lives in multi-generational laughter. And Carolyn and I find joy in households. In our case that is having our family near us. The world for defined as the addition of my mother to us is a very busy and at times challenging our two boys, my wife, Carolyn, and me. place; so it is glorious to know that our The living arrangement is very common family unit is safe and together. in other cultures (especially Hispanic Some specific tips if you are considerand Asian), and was until not that long ing such an undertaking: First, be very ago in the United States. clear as to your needs and exRegardless of the rarity, it has pectations. Especially if those been an extraordinarily pleasinteractions involve any forms ant adventure for us. of finance â€“ which they most Sharing living space as an likely will at some point during adult is not the same as being the relationship. Second, be college roommates â€“ by now direct in defining your interacweâ€™ve all had plenty of time tions â€“ how much time togethby ourselves and are used to er and how much private time? things a certain way. While If unable to discuss openly and that is at times challenging, resolve any conflicts before we also are more mature and moving in together, the chancable to articulate our needs. In es of successful cohabitation fact, multi-generation houseonce under the same roof are holds in the United States slim at best. Terry have increased by almost 40 The physical plant must Anker percent from one census to be appropriate with private the next, while the reasons spaces with separate egress behind the shift remain varied. Folks and, if possible, acoustic treatment. often cite health, wealth (or lack thereof ) Occasionally, one needs door-slamming and a desire to be closer to the grandkids. space. Luckily in our case thatâ€™s never ocIn our case weâ€™re not sure of the exact curred â€“ nor has a need for it ever arisen reasons, but it just seemed like the right â€“ but itâ€™s nice to know that we can all thing. Growing up in a farming comescape from one another if necessary. munity, we always had relatives around Our welfare state pushes the notion or nearby, and generations lived and that we should all live alone. It robs us of worked together on a daily basis. I like some of our most fundamental and rethis routine. It gives tremendous stabilwarding relationships. Too much is made ity to our children in times that are far of whether the cohabitation is a want or from predictable. And for senior citizens, need. The fact is, being in close quarters it increases peace of mind and decreases is rewarding and beneficial on many maintenance. levels. Not every moment is perfect; but Itâ€™s safe to say that all our lives have it helps us find ways to be a little closer. improved because of our living arrangeHow can that not be good? ment. Certainly the boys benefit from Terry Anker is the associate editor of Current an enhanced and increasingly intimate relationship with their grandmother. And in Carmel. You may e-mail him at email@example.com Grandma benefits tremendously from
TO THE DOGS
Lisa Fitzwater has an idea. She shared it with us. Weâ€™re sharing it with you. (You get so much more here, donâ€™t you?). Lisa and other volunteers have planned a â€œDog Day Afternoonâ€? in Carmel for June 22. The idea is to raise dough for the Hamilton County Humane Society. Weâ€™re suckers (shaddup!) for pets, and so weâ€™ll throw our weight (again, shaddup!) behind the effort. For $10, youâ€™ll be able to enter your pet in a â€œfashion showâ€? in the National City Bank parking lot in Carmel that day. As the event draws closer, weâ€™ll offer additional details. First, though, hereâ€™s what we need for you to do: Put $10 dollars aside now. Even if you donâ€™t have a pet, or if you do have a pet and donâ€™t want to enter it in the event, you still can benefit all the homeless souls in cages and kennels at the county shelter. Spread the word. This is a good cause. â€˘â€˘â€˘ Here we go again. The Hillary is offering her â€œBlueprint for Indianaâ€™s Economic Future.â€? The plan includes measures to review trade agreements, incentives for creating jobs, protections for manufacturing jobs and a housing stimulus package. Uh, hello? Protection for manufacturing jobs?
Steve Greenberg & Brian Kelly Does she not understand that these are not government jobs, and therefore there are no guarantees? â€˘â€˘â€˘ Gee, are you wondering who paid for this trip? (We know the answer, but just press on for the moment.) Letâ€™s see, Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita has delivered the final batch of more than 408,000 donated phone card minutes to wounded troops in Germany. The cards were donated by Indiana residents to help wounded troops call home from Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Helluva gesture by Hoosiers, but how do YOU feel about funding Rokitaâ€™s trip abroad? We believe FedEx and UPS go to Germany, and all those cards could have been packed and shipped â€“ for cheap ... by comparison.
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Spring Fling: RE/MAX Ability Plus will host its second annual Spring Fling Festival from 10a.m.to 1 p.m. Saturday April 26, at Riley Hospital for Children at Clarian North. Attendees will receive free lunch, chips, seated massages, music and prize giveaways. The event will include a variety of activities for children including a petting zoo, bounce house, face painting and more. Admission and attractions are free.
National Release Party: Author Jeff Stone will celebrate the release of his book “Eagle,” the fifth story of the Five Ancestors Series at the Carmel Clay Public Library on April 22. Meet Stone, have your book signed by him and learn Animal Style Kung Fu. Books will be available for purchase at the event, courtesy of the Mystery Company. The book signing will last from 4p.m. To 4:30p.m. with the Animal Kung Fu Demonstration following from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Book signing will resume after the demonstration. For more information, call 571.4292 or log on to www.readJeffStone.com. The program will take place in the library’s Program Room.
So I did some investigating and discovered that not only is tracking down the state laws of Indiana extremely difficult, but there are actually only two regarding children and car seats. 1. All children under 8 must ride in either a federally approved car seat or booster seat. 2. All children 8 to 16 must wear seat belts. 3. Though technically not law, Indiana strongly encourages all children under 16 to ride in the back seats. That’s it. Nothing about the age or weights or positions of our infants and toddlers. Apparently, that’s up to the car seat manufacturers. So I checked out more websites and talked with Amanda at the Traffic Safety Division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Department. Here’s what I gathered. Children should remain in rear-facing car seats until they are 1 year old and 20 pounds. The “and” is key here. So even though my niece weighed 21 lbs at her six-month check-up, she must remain rear-facing until she turns one. The contrary is also true. A tiny fifteen-month old should still be rear-facing. Don’t worry about their legs being crushed up against the seat; broken legs heal quicker than broken necks. All car seats and boosters should be used according to their weight limits. Lucky for you, each one is different! Many are 0 to
20 lbs, others are 20 to 40, and some don’t even start until 30 lbs. Kids that are either too big or too small for their seat are not being properly secured and therefore are at greater risk for injury in an accident. All car seats sold at the big retail stores are federally approved, so the variations in cost are basically aesthetics. In other words, the $59 Evenflo provides the same protection as the $249 Recaro, but doesn’t come in a sassy leopard print. Rest assured you won’t be sacrificing safety if you opt for the cheaper seat. Most car seats expire after five years. Check before lending your old one to your sister. It is possible to go from infancy to eight with only two car seats, so long as your child grows at the textbook rate and a solar eclipse coincides with Hell freezing over. (Actually Britax has a model that goes from infancy to age 6! At $299, the expense may just outweigh the hassle of switching). If you plan on three though— an infant, toddler, and a booster—you’ll be much better prepared, both emotionally and financially. For more information on car seat regulations, visit www.preventinjury.org. Peace out. (Happy belated 30th, SB!)
Danielle Wilson is a Carmel resident and contributing columnist. You may e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ome years ago, I interviewed eighth-grader Daniel Kent as a CarmelCan! volunteer on Connecting With Carmel. He is the founder of a club at Carmel High School known as Senior Connects. He actually laid the groundwork for his idea and started collecting old computer equipment while attending Carmel Middle Jeff School. Once at CHS, he summoned Worrell other students to help him accumulate old computer equipment with the sole purpose of helping residents of local nursing homes learn how to use the “new-fangled” machine. After cleaning and fixing up the CPUs, monitors, keyboards and mice, the members of the Senior Connects Club would then donate their Saturdays to teach basic word processing and Internet skills to people old enough to be their great-grandparents. Skip ahead five years to a ceremony
held recently at CHS, where school officials and Bright House Cable Networks executives, along with school district administrators, proud parents and other dignitaries, looked on as Mayor Jim Brainard presented a proclamation to the current co-presidents, Morgan Yang and Sachin Santhakumar. The club has transformed itself into an umbrella organization called Net Literacy with four core programs: Safe Connects, Senior Connects, Computer Connects and Community Connects. Omar Bari, lead instructor of the Senior Connects program says, “This is my fourth year volunteering on Saturdays with the Senior Connects/Net Literacy program, and it’s the greatest feeling helping others learn how to use e-mail so they can stay in touch with their families. I don’t know who gets the most out of it – the senior citizens or us, the student volunteers.” Recently, the club decided to serve a larger demographic than just Carmel senior citizens. They are now sharing their skills, expertise and volunteer attitude with students from across central Indiana to help them reach a greater number of users.
They are teaching others how to repurpose computers for use in schools, public libraries, underprivileged homes and nursing homes across Indiana. As part of the Net Literacy program, members of the club produced and are starring in public service announcements running on Bright House Cable Networks. The PSAs teach proper netiquette, how to protect users from spam and warn about what to post (and not to post) online. Absent from the event was the founder, Kent; he has since left CHS to continue his studies in college. He need not worry about the well being of the organization to which he gave his heart and soul. The third generation of club leaders has stepped up and is ready to press the enter key. The incoming president for next year, Will Petrovic, summed it up best by proclaiming, “We are not the leaders of tomorrow, but the leaders of today.” Daniel Kent proved that. Jeff Worrell is a local business owner. He recognizes volunteers on “Connecting with Carmel” on Cable Channel 16. Contact him at email@example.com.
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Pass the Syrup: The Carmel Lions Club will host a pancake breakfast Saturday, April 19th from 7a.m. to 11 a.m. at 141 E. Main Street. Proceeds from the event will benefit Leader Dogs, eyeglasses for the needy, cancer research, eye and tissue transplants and blindness prevention in third world countries. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3 to 12. For more information visit www.carmellions.org or call 846.1191.
y sister-in-law recently had to purchase a new car seat for her daughter, who at six months, had outgrown her infant seat. Shouldn’t have been that difficult, right? You go to Babies-R-Us, pick out a colorful Graco or Peg Perego, and install. Several hours later, though, she stood in my house holding a new car seat, almost in tears. “It’s so confusing!” she exclaimed. “Rear-facing up to Danielle 20 lbs, forward up Wilson to 40; forward up to 60 but no rearfacing option; boosters, five-points, threepoints; I give up!” Sensing her frustration, I sat her down and tried to explain the car seat laws, then almost immediately realized I hadn’t a clue what I was talking about. The only thing I knew for certain was that all of my kids except my nine-year old had to be in a car seat of some nature, and that I had two more years before my six-yearold twins were out of them completely (and my life as a chauffeur would improve dramatically!).
JUDGE FELIX ENDORSEMENT: The Carmel Lodge 185 of the Fraternal Order of Police is pleased to announce its endorsement of Judge Paul Felix for election to the Hamilton County Circuit Court. “Judge Felix has FELIX demonstrated a commitment to fairness and service to the citizens of Carmel, and will undoubtedly continue to deliver a high standard of excellence at the county level. Judge Felix has an innovative approach designed to increase court room efficiency. By streamlining everyday administrative functions, Judge Felix has made more time available to concentrate on the primary function of the Court, which is the swift, fair, and decisive disposition of cases. We believe Judge Felix to be the best choice for Circuit Court Judge and look forward to working with him in the coming years.”
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company released the following statement: “Dow AgroSciences regrets the passing of Gary Bormett, who was a valued employee for 19 years, most recently leading North America Regulatory. At this time, our thoughts and concerns are with Gary’s family and loved ones.” On Monday, students and faculty at CHS were informed of Coleman’s death. She had been teaching at the school for two years. Though the school was closed for Spring Break, Principal John Williams announced counselors would be available for grieving students and faculty. Counselors also were to be yesterday, when classes resumed and were to attend Coleman’s classes yesterday and today. “The Carmel family mourns the loss of Gina Coleman,” Williams said in a press release. “Her death is such a tragic loss to our school. Mrs. Coleman was passionate about her subject, teaching students American Sign Language, and just as passionate about her students. She will be missed by all of us. Our thoughts and prayers will be with her family and students as they struggle through this difficult time.”
Tragedy struck twice during Spring Break, as two persons with Carmel ties died in unrelated accidents. Gary A. Bormett, 40, drowned while vacationing with his family at Dauphin Island, Ala. Gina Coleman, 43, an American Sign Language instructor at Carmel High School, died Sunday following a motorcycle accident in Brown County. Authorities in Alabama said Bormett drowned Sunday after saving his two children, who got caught in an undertow while swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. His children, Katelyn,10, and Daniel, 7, both West Clay Elementary School students, survived. Emergency callers notified police at 11:30 a.m. that Bormett had gone under water without resurfacing. A kayaker found him unconscious about 100 feet from the scene and held his body until the Coast Guard arrived. He was pronounced dead shortly afterward. Bormett was a regulatory manager at Dow AgroSciences in Indianapolis. The
Galyen-Nair Engagement Mr. and Mrs. Robert Galyen Jr. of Noblesville announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Galyen, to Girish Nair, M.D., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Venu Nair of Westerville, Ohio. They were engaged Jan. 26. Nair fulfilled his internal medicine residency at Sinai/Johns Hopkins University, and completed his cardiology fellowship in 2006 at Indiana University. He is employed at The Care Group in Indianapolis. Galyen, a 2000 graduate of Noblesville High School and 2004 graduate of Ball State University, is a marketing specialist for OrthoIndy. She formerly was an executive with Carmel-based Pedcor Cos. The wedding is Sept. 20 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Noblesville, followed by a Kerala, India-style ceremony and reception at the Renaissance Hotel in Carmel.
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The occasional desire for something other than salad â€“ the craving of â€œgoodâ€? food led to Bergâ€™s latest book title, The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted. It is a thoughtful, whimsical, entertaining collection of short stories about food and family, love and loneliness, denial and the triumph of desires. Bergâ€™s extensive list of books includes We Are All Welcome Here, The Art of Mending, What We Keep and Open House (2000 Oprahâ€™s Book Club selection). Bergâ€™s newest book, The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted, will be released in April. William Dietrich, Pulitzer Winning Journalist & Award Winning Author
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The Guild of the Carmel Clay Public Library Foundation is pleased to announce a new fundraising event to benefit the library. Book Marksâ€ŚAn Evening of Words & Wine will include an elegant dinner, the opportunity to meet four featured authors, purchase books and hear the authorsâ€™ intriguing stories. This special event will take place May 3, 5:30 â€“ 9 p.m., at the Ritz Charles, 12156 North Meridian St.. Admission is $75 per person. Corporate tables of 10 are available for $1,000. Reservations are now being accepted at 317-8143905 or www.carmel.lib.in.us/foundation. The event will be moderated by Reid Duffy, a longtime television journalist, food and humor writer, and freelance writer in Indianapolis. He worked for WRTV6 News for 24 years. Four authors will be featured for this inaugural event:
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DISPATCHES COLOR GUARD CAMP: The CHS Color Guard will hold a camp for all Carmel girls in grades 1 through 8 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. Girls will learn basic flag spinning. A $40 prepaid registration fee is required by April 18 and includes a T-shirt and pizza lunch. More information, including a registration form, is available at www. carmelbands.org. Click on “Color Guard,” then on “News and Information.” PTO OFFICERS: College Wood Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization officers have been elected for the 2008-2009 school year. They are Holly Hull, president; Kimberly Conveney, vice president; Betsy Caffrey, treasurer; Christie Ewing, assistant treasurer; Gayle Fedele, recording secretary; and Marianna Sennour, corresponding secretary.
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STATE CHAMPS: The Mohawk Trails Knowledge Master team repeated its fall performance, earning the Indiana state championship in its division. Members are Wesley Arends, Abby Fields, Emma Hitchcock, James Holland, Madison Johns, Hunter Layton, Kyle Mahoney, Vincent Mai, Cameron Martin, Joey Miller, Joseph Nardi, Carson Piedmonte, Grantland Smith, Sarah Stark, Derek Stauder, Nikki Sud, Carly VanArsdall, Kelsey Vonderohe, Matt Young and Annie Zhang. FIRST PLACE: Carmel High School’s six-member academic team captured first place in the recent Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference competition. Carmel defeated Ben Davis 34-15 in the championship round. Members of Carmel High’s winning team are Nick Cooper, Swapnil Garg, Clint Grable, Matt Johnston, Vikas Vavilala and David Yang. Towne Meadow musicians on TONIGHT - Towne Meadow Elementary School’s 80-member Meadowlarks choir and 50-member Orff instrumental ensemble are scheduled to play their spring concert at 7 tonight. Parents and other guests are invited to attend; there is no admission charge. CARMEL ELEMENTARY DATES – Spring pictures will be taken Thursday. ... There will be early dismissal April 23 at 10:50 a.m. for staff professional development. ... The spring open house is 6:30 p.m. April 24. ... April 29 brings the fourth- and fifth-grade spring musical, Annie Jr., at 6:30 p.m. ... Orders for the annual flower sale may be picked up May 2 beginning at 8:30 a.m.
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received an email from a friend telling me a story about a young boy and his Dad. When the dad came home late from work one day his son met him at the door and asked, “Dad, how much money do you make an hour?” The father - rather annoyed - blurted out “That’s none of your business.” The boy walked away saddened by his dad’s response. Feeling badly, the father went to his son, apologized for being so abrupt and told him, “I make Becky Kapsalis $50.00 an hour.” Ask YiaYia The boy smiled and asked “Can I borrow $25.00?” Now Dad got real angry and sent his son to his room feeling his son was being manipulative and selfish. After about an hour or so, the Dad went into his son’s room and saw him lying on his bed - tears in his eyes. The Dad went over to his son and asked “Why did you want the $25 son?” The son reached under his pillow – counted out $25 he had saved and said to his Dad, Citizens ACAdemy Alumni AssoCAtion
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“With the $25 you would give me plus the $25 I have saved, I could pay you $50 for an hour of your time so you could come home early from work tomorrow and spend an hour with me.” “Time, like money, has no value until it is spent” Yiayia Becky Kapsalis. Unless we spend time with our children our time has little value. I can still vividly remember the precious time my parents spent with me. I was the youngest of eight children and yet, when I spent time with them, it was as if I were an only child. It’s been 30+ years since my parents passed away and I still hold that time spent with them near to my heart. Spending their time with me was the greatest gift they could have given me and it can be the greatest gift you give to your children. Hugs! Have a parenting topic or question? Submit it to Ask Yiayia, aka Becky Kapsalis, Certified Parent Coach, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 810.9358.
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“Discover Your Talents - 2008” April 27th, 2008, 4-8PM, Oak Hill Mansion, Carmel Join us for elegant dinner, dazzling entertainment and exciting presentation about our recent trip to the Moscow Rotary music competition in Russia! The event futures exciting piano and ballroom dance performances by award-winning young talents! Donate an item to our silent auction or become a table or event sponsor. For more information, please contact us at www.InternationalTalentAcademy.org Tel. (317) 815-9381 Proceeds of this event will benefit the International Talent Academy, a non-for-profit organization, and our local talents!
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his is an intellegent movie there is no way the Cosmos, Earth and Humanity just “happened” as a big, pointless, amoral cosmic freak of nature. No, Stein insists: an intelligent designer, a creator, a moral force, ahem … God … is the only rational way to explain how and why we are all here. Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins, call your offices. Better yet, call your doctor; this movie is going to make you sick. Mimicking the genre of Michael Moore’s silly attack pieces on common sense (Fahrenheit 911, Sicko) only without Moore’s disingenuous editing tricks, Expelled pushes back at the 150-year-old Darwinian trend of eliminating God – the “Intelligent Designer” – from serious scientific and philosophical discussion. Expelled also scrutinizes Darwinism’s devastating moral effect on humanity. Survival of the fittest? Look up “Nazism.” Christians will champion this movie because it effectively and cogently discusses ID without it being portrayed as the grist of close-minded, monosyllabic country bumpkins. The Jews should like it because Darwinists are messing with Genesis 1-23, the beginning of the Torah. The atheists and Darwinists aren’t going to fare so well. Bob Walters (email@example.com) recommends that you read Lee Strobel’s The Case for a Creator.
s I ponder the approaching our youth are all gone, and a generation death of my mother from ter- is risen around us whom we know not, is minal cancer, some lines come death an evil? to mind. First, these from the ‘When one by one our ties are torn, last page of Thomas Wolfe’s and friend from friend is snatched forlorn. novel, You Can’t Go Home When man is left to mourn, Again: Oh, then, how sweet it is to die! “Something has spoken to When trembling limbs refuse me in the night, burning the their weight, and films slow tapers of the waning year; gathering dim the sight, when something has spoken to me in clouds obscure the mental light, the night, and told me I shall tis nature’s kindest boon to die!’ die, I know not where. Saying: I really think so.” ‘To lose the earth you know To which, John Adams’s for greater knowing; to lose the replies on June 11, 1822 : “I life you have for greater life; to answer your question, ‘Is death leave the friends you loved for an evil?’ greater loving; to find a land It is not an evil. It is a blessmore kind than home, more ing to the individual and to the Bruce Braden large than Earth ... whereon world. Yet, we ought not to wish Faith the pillars of the Earth are for it until life becomes insupfounded, toward which the portable. We must wait the pleaconscience of the world is tending, a wind sure and convenience of this great teacher.” is rising, and the rivers flow.’ ” And, so my mother waits ... and, I with Next, words from Thomas Jefferson’s her ... missing her already ... with my June 1, 1822, letter to John Adams, brothers and sisters. Family. In life and including lines from Edward Young’s death. “Night Thoughts on Life, Death, and Bruce Braden is an author and poet. He is Immortality” (1851): the editor of “Ye Will Say I Am No Christian: “When all our faculties have left, or The Thomas Jefferson/John Adams are leaving us, one by one, sight, hearing, Correspondence on Religion, Morals, and memory, every avenue of pleasing sensaValues.” tion is closed, and atony, debility, and malaise left in their places, when friends of
ost everybody knows Ben Stein. Most everybody loves Ben Stein. That may be about to change. He reveals himself this week as a very dangerous first-class thinker. Stein’s new documovie, Expelled, No Intelligence Allowed (www.expelledthemovie.com), is in theaters Friday. If it lives up to its billing, the Darwinist crowd is going to start sleeping not so Bob Walters well. Spirituality And will blame Stein for their pain. Stein is Jewish (note: Genesis is Jewish). He was an author, philosopher and presidential speechwriter before playing quirky characters in movies, commercials and TV game show host. This week Stein swings a big, smart hammer on the topic of intelligent design, or ID. Expelled supports the very wise, very elite, courageous and very much growing crowd of scientists and thinkers who have concluded, completely opposite the politically correct Darwinists, that
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FROM THE MAILBAG ... The mail (e-, snail- and voice varieties) Meaning what? has been stacking up again. What say we Meaning you can walk out the door, take a look at some of those cards, letwalk five paces, turn around, walk back to ters and messages? Oh good. You’re so the door and go in the house, and Cookie agreeable. will greet you like you’ve been gone for a How’s the bread baking month and a half. coming along? Most dogs are like that. Splendidly, thanks. The other I know. Isn’t it great? day I turned out two loaves of Please send me your recipes for Red River Cereal bread that leg of lamb and white chocowere as good as any other I’ve late pound cake. made in a long while, at least Hold on there. First you have in the Breads Made From to prove yourself worthy. Are Canadian Breakfast Food diviyou honest and of good characsion. I made a loaf of Rustic ter? Are you fearless and brave? Country Bread – made with Do you promise to use these wheat and rye flours and a halfrecipes for good and never let cup of rusticity -- that was close them fall into the clutches of to perfect. And I made sesame evil? Mike Redmond semolina bread that would have Never mind, you big weirdo. Humor made you cry. I’ll get them from the library. Because it was so good? You qualify. Next? Because of the price of semolina flour. Would you like to save $100, $150, even So what are you doing with all this bread, $200 on automobile insurance? anyway? Oops. Junk mail. Oh, the usual. Eating some, giving some Is your brother still in Iraq? away, and using some for bricks. A few Oh heck no. He came home early. He more weeks of Whole Wheat Experiments says his contract was terminated upon and I’ll have enough for a barbecue in the completion of his assignment. backyard. What WAS his assignment, anyway? Or a bread oven. To sit in a room and run a remote-conHey. Who’s the smart aleck here? trol camera in a courtroom a few floors Have you been practicing your trumpet? away. You’ll notice I said “assignment” and No. not “work.” This is why. Why not? So why did he have to leave? The trials For one thing, I don’t play trumpet. I aren’t over. play trombone. Well, I did, anyway, back I think the Iraqis kicked him out. when I was in school and the earth was Why? Did he insult them or break the still cooling. For another, I didn’t practice law? then, so why practice now? No, just on general principles. Either What are you going to do with that trom- that or some sort of quota system. bone, assuming you get your chops back? The place already has an abundance of Good question. First, that’s a big asscrewballs. sumption. I suppose the answer would be Mike Redmond is an author, journalist, play it. You know – romantic trombone humorist and speaker. Write him at mike@ serenades, performances as a strolling trombonist in an intimate little restaurant, mikeredmondonline.com or P.O. Box 44385, Indianapolis, IN 46244. For information on trombone songs around the campfire. speaking fees and availability, visit www.spotSo what’s new with your dog Cookie? She’s a dog. Everything is new to her, all lightwww.com. the time.
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48% AT RESTAURANTS: â€œIn 1955, about 25 percent of the money Americans spent on all food purchases â€” including groceries â€” was at restaurants. Today, itâ€™s 48 percent,â€? reports the National Restaurant Association. The trend is manifesting itself across the full spectrum of restaurants, from quickserve, to casual to upscale. McDonaldâ€™s says â€œ60 percent of its sales are via drive throughsâ€? -- a service it didnâ€™t even begin offering until 1975. Outback Steakhouse is cleaning up with its â€œcurbside service,â€? which accounts â€œfor nearly 12 percent of sales in 2007, or $300 million, up from less than three percent of sales about a decade ago.â€? And in Washington, DC, the legendary Old Ebbitt Grill began offering Ebbitt Express in 1994 â€“ and now serves â€œabout 100,000 takeout meals a year.â€? Perhaps most interesting of all, most of the restaurants report that their takeout businesses are booming without the benefit of any advertising. â€” firstname.lastname@example.org
ave you ever been swayed by target the audience and make suggestions. an online review or customer Online retailers are harnessing the rating? Have you ever purchased power of suggestion marketing in new something because of an unexways. They provide structured recommenpected recommendation? If you dations (like Amazon), customer ratings, have ever shopped on Amazon. and reviews which are more com then youâ€™ve seen the recompure forms of customer feedmendations that appear alongside back. For example, a colleague your search. These recommenrecently purchased a business dations include comments like book that had been out only a â€œbetter togetherâ€? or â€œcustommatter of days. He shared the ers who bought this item also book and I was left wondering boughtâ€? followed by pictures of why Amazon didnâ€™t recomother items purchased by shopmend this timely text to me. pers just like you. Shoppers interSoon consumers will disengage ested in the same topics as you. if a retailer doesnâ€™t know their Considered suggestion marketpreferences. Our collective exing, these â€œrecommendationsâ€? are pectations are increasing. one of a cadre of tools available What if you could see what David Cain to businesses that trade online. books your competitors were Marketing When a retailer understands your reading? Or learn what leadpreferences it makes shopping ing experts were reading. Ever easy â€“ for everyone. Although privacy wonder whatâ€™s on Jack Welchâ€™s coffee issues always seem to surface, suggestion table? The world of suggestion marketing marketing is really nothing new. Television is upon us and it is a world of friendly sugcommercials, outdoor advertising (billgestions made by people you trust â€“ and boards, bus stops, etc.), and print ads that isnâ€™t the retailer. Every business should all target the audience and make recombe using the tools in this new marketing mendations based on who they think are arsenal â€“ tools such as authentic customer watching. Billboards showcasing luxury ratings and reviews. items located at an intersection that supDavid Cain is President of MediaSauce, a digiports heavy volumes of business travelers tal media and online marketing company in or outdoor advertisements about restauCarmel. David welcomes your questions or rants and bars along an interstate that comments at David.Cain@MediaSauce.com. leads to a university are no accident. They
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Around the Table
How to taste wine
By Louis Calli
I get asked hundreds of questions a day. The one question that I am asked more than all the others, is the one for which there is no definitive answer:
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What makes a great wine?
The simple truth is that no one thing makes a great wine. There are so many factors involved in the process of winemaking. Look at wine production as a living, breathing mathematical equation with constantly changing, unpredictable variables. Technology, erosion, winds and currents, surrounding geography, longitude and latitude, elevation, winemaker skill, farming techniques . . . the list goes on. It is this great propensity for unpredictability that makes wine such a wonder to behold. Only through a wine’s vulnerability to the elements are we so greatly impressed with the myriad of subtleties derived from such basic and rustic beginnings. It is important to understand that not unlike art, literature, music or any of life’s other little pleasures, wine is extremely subjective. What may be “great” to one could just as easily be mediocre to another. Where one individual finds great brisk acidity and wonderful flavors of strawberry and rose petals, someone else could just as justifiably see the wine as austere and lacking in balance or structure. So then:
How does one determine what wines are truly . . . “great”?
When you watch us experts swirling our glasses with our eyes closed and noses slightly twitching, hovering over the wine . . . there is a reason. When we sip, pucker and do that “reverse blow” that is not unlike the instant cooling technique we all use for food that was a lot hotter than we originally
expected . . . there is a method. This is how we, as wine professionals evaluate a wine’s characteristics. Not a one of us will argue the importance of knowing how to properly taste a wine, and a few of us will admit that yes, the slurping noise made us all feel a bit silly the first few times.
Step 1: The Swirl
The first pour should be a small one. A couple of ounces (or about an inch) in the glass should be sufficient. Gently grasp the glass by the stem (keeping the heat from your hand from warming the wine) and give the wine a gentle spin. This exposes as much surface area of the wine to oxygen as possible. It really unleashes its bouquet and fills the glass.
Step 2: The Smell
This is important. When you smell the wine, tip the glass about 4550 degrees and get your nose right into it, ideally hovering just inches above the wine. Now, make sure to take short gentle sniffs. Large, long or fast ones will over power your smell receptors. What you are looking for depends on not only what you like, but the varietal you are sampling.
Step 3: The Taste
It is no great secret that what you smell plays a large role in what you taste, which is why I do my tasting in two stages. First, after my examination of the bouquet (or aroma) of the wine is complete, I take the first sip; simultaneously, I am taking a quick sniff to identify any great immediate differences between the bouquet and the flavor. Then comes the in-mouth aeration of the wine. I would recommend practicing this for the first time in private, with shirts you have no problem ruining as you will almost certainly spit some on yourself! This is done by doing what ninety percent of us do with hot coffee or soup. Push
the wine to the front of the mouth, and make a pucker as though you were about to drink through a straw, drawing air into your mouth through the wine. If you don’t hear a slurping sound you aren’t doing it right! The air should actually pass THROUGH the wine, not just over it. Once you get it right, you will feel a fireworks display of flavor begin to dance on your palate.
Step 4: The Finish
Spit or swallow? That depends—some professionals (myself among them) believe that spitting gives you every indication of a wine’s finish as much as swallowing. Whether or not you choose to do so is up to you—So drink up! If you would like a demonstration (which admittedly is much easier) stop by and we’ll be happy to walk you through it. Hopefully, I have helped you to better discover the things you enjoy about wine. Cin Cin! -Louis
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Quick tips for tasting and selection of cheeses:
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Ask Fred (aka Mr. Fromage) for a recommendation after you describe the type of cheese you like. Always taste cheeses in the same category – don’t taste washed rind, then blue, and then fresh goat cheese. You will not be able to distinguish from one cheese to the next. Allow cheeses to sit outside of the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes – cold cheese is like cold wine – you can’t taste flavor with cold cheese. The old rule of thumb was serve bad wine cold and good wine warm. This is why so many restaurants serve white wine at a very cold temperature. The same holds true for cheese: Serve bad cheese cold; serve good cheese at room temperature. Taste cheeses like wine: observe color, texture, and taste; move around mouth; and allow all taste buds to work. Don’t taste too quickly; take your time. Allow cheese to sit on your tongue and taste slowly. Repeat this action to determine if this is a cheese for you. Don’t taste other foods or beverages when you are first tasting a cheese, especially if you are trying to determine if you want to purchase this cheese again. Only taste with plain crackers initially. Using a cracker with garlic, sesame seeds or herbs will affect the taste. To get the full effect of cheese, you must experience it in real time. . . . Don’t just read about it! Come to Vine & Table to sample this week’s featured cheeses with Fred and find your favorite!
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Delice de Bourgogne This velvety smooth triple cream cow’s cheese from Burgandy, France, still has a pungent aroma given its subtle and wonderfully creamy flavor. Perfect for a crusty baguette, or as a dessert course. Wine Pairing: Champagne. List: $17.99/lb V&T: $13.99/lb Taleggio A northern Italian secret, Taleggio is made from raw cow’s milk and has a slightly yellowish paste. Its flavors range from tart and salty when young, to rich, buttery and fruity when aged. It is a classic table cheese and also melts wonderfully with polenta. Wine Pairing: Barolo, Barbaresco, Brunello, Super Tuscan and Amarone. List: $14.99/lb V&T: $12.99/lb Pleasant Ridge Reserve This is an artisan cheese made from the non-pasteurized milk of a single herd of Wisconsin cows fed and managed using natural, “old world” practices. The cows graze lush pastures from early spring through fall. The resulting milk has better nutritional value and more varied and subtle flavors that are expressed in the delicate flavor profile. Wine Pairing: Crisp Chardonnay List: $26.99/lb V&T: $22.99/lb
Baked Lobster Mac with Montgomery Cheddar and English Peas Ingredients
• Salt and Pepper to Taste • 4 Springs Fresh Chervil
For the Lobster Mac • 1-1½ lb. Lobster, Cooked • 1 Cup Heavy Cream • 1 Cup Shaved Montgomery Cheddar • 1 Shallot Peeled and Minced • 2 Cloves Garlic Minced • 1 t. Ground White Pepper • 1 T. Sherry Vinegar • 1 Egg Beaten • 1 Cup Macaroni, Cooked and Chilled • Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs
Top with bread crumb mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 30–40 minutes until well browned and slightly bubbling. Remove from heat and let cool 5 minutes before serving.
Prepare lobster by removing tail from shell and splitting in half. Set aside. Shell the claws and the knuckles. Roughly chop meat (not tail meat) and combine with cooked macaroni and beaten egg. Reserve antennae for garnish
While the baked dish cools slightly, sauté garlic and sweet peas on high heat. Add lobster tails and sauté for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, add thyme leaves, truffle oil and season with salt and pepper.
In Sauce pan, sauté shallot and minced garlic until fragrant. Add sherry vinegar and reduce until almost dry. Add heavy cream and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes and season with white pepper and sea salt. Remove from heat and add montgomery cheddar. Let cool.
For the English Peas • 1 Cup Fresh English Peas • 1 Clove Garlic • 1-2 Sprigs Fresh Thyme Leaves • ½ t. White Truffle Oil
Combine cooled cream sauce with macaroni nixture. Scoop into 8 oz. oiled foil baking cups.
Remove macaroni from foil cup and place bread crumb side up in center of plate. Top with ½ lobster tail. Arrange peas around macaroni. Garnish with antennae and fresh chervil.
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Cheese is one taste that can’t be easily identified by smell. The smell of a cheese is many times inconsistent with a strong taste or flavor. In fact, most strong-smelling cheeses are usually very mild in taste. I am always amused when customers ask for the strongest smelling cheeses that we sell. I wonder if they are looking for a strong-flavored cheese or just a strongsmelling cheese. There are two forms of smell: From our noses (orthonasal) and from our throats (retronasal). When you taste cheese, the nose sends the first signal and then the throat sends the smell through the nasal passages. Many times the first smell either is a welcome smell or a smell that is repelling. If the smell is accepted, then it is much easier to continue to taste and allow our senses to work and capture the overall flavor. Once we start tasting cheese and actually chew it, the aromas are sent through our nasal passages with a new smell, many times much more appealing. The best way to test these two smells is to first smell a cheese and then place the cheese in your mouth and breathe in. Chew the cheese and breathe in again. This will give you three different smells, which will lead to completely different tastes. Pretend as though you have a cold and plug your nose when tasting. This will allow only your retronasal smells to bleed through. The start of tasting is smell. Second, you will note the initial smell when tasting the cheese. This is where you will use a descriptor: pungent, grassy, sweet, etc. Taste is what you feel when cheese is on your tongue, and flavor is based on our senses – sight, smell, taste, and texture. When tasting cheese, it is important that you use all of these senses to assist with the overall flavor profile.
Once you place cheese in your mouth you will be able to describe the cheese as smooth, grainy, chewy, rubbery, or creamy. This is called mouthfeel (texture) and it will allow you to fully taste cheese.
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