Archive for October, 2012

We went to San Diego to get a few days in the sun and had great weather, in the 80’s, sunny every day, but no swimming, the water temp was 63, and way too cold

The view from the 26th floor, of the Hilton Bayfront hotel, with the convention center on the right

the view from the pool area

a statue in front of the water

Hilton’s front entrance

John enjoying crab at the Crab Shack nearby

A hair cutting seminar was scheduled for one of the conference rooms in the hotel

visiting Coronado beach at the hotel’s restaurant

small garden of herbs by the hotel

the stalk of this cactus looks like an asparagus spear

walking the sidewalk near Coronado beach

Coronado Beach

sunset by our hotel

bridge from the hotel to the gaslamp area

sushi at Taka in Gastown, San Diego

Pacific Beach

the pier at Pacific Beach

Surfers at the beach

fishing off the pier

Pacific beach pier

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yellow tree on 34th av, near my house, not sure what it is but it struck me as beautiful


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Mayor, my new video

The second youngest mayor in American history gets elected in Pennsylvania. He lives in a typical small American town with a typical mom and sister. His nemesis, the Council President, strongly mistrusts the entire “spectacle”. Will Jeff get his police? Will the incumbent mayor give up his seat without a fight? This is truly an eye opening fact of life in the United States, that anyone, and we mean anyone, can be Mayor if they so desire!

We follow Jeff from his winning the election to the First meeting of Town council where the old mayor gives up his chair.

Hilarious and refreshing, a true “tale” of American politics at work.

Check it out here


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It has been said the casing-less sausages known as cevapcici or cevaps found their way into Eastern Europe via the Ottoman Empire, which picked them up from Arabic cultures around Persia.

Today, there are different versions of cevapcici throughout Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia. Some use pork and lamb, others use pork, lamb and beef, and yet others omit the pork entirely.

Originally, they were skewered and grilled over an open fire. Nowadays, most cooks grill, broil or pan fry them. They make great appetizers and sandwiches on lepinjebread!

Makes 6 servings of Cevapcici

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 pound ground beef chuck
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 pound ground lamb
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Finely chopped onions, for garnish


  1. Mix together beef, pork, lamb, garlic, 1/2 cup chopped onions and salt until thoroughly combined.
  2. Roll meat mixture into a long, 3/4-inch cylinder. Cut links at 4-inch intervals. Or, you can use a sausage extruder. Place on plastic wrap-lined plate, cover with more plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour to firm. Note: Sausages can be frozen at this point. When ready to use, thaw or cook from the frozen state.
  3. Broil “cevapcici” on a charcoal grill or a preheated oven broiler rack coated with cooking spray 4 to 6 inches from flame, 4 minutes per side or until no longer pink in the middle. Or they can be pan fried in a large skillet coated with cooking spray over high heat for a total of about 8 minutes, turning frequently to brown all sides.
  4. Serve with chopped raw onion, Serbian potato salad and pogacha bread. Cevapcici make great appetizers!

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A new restaurant in Portland that seems to be getting some attention. I decided to go there with my friend Ann for lunch, who is battling cancer, as per her suggestion, otherwise I might have gone somewhere else since I was not that drawn to it. I was excited to see this on the menu:

grilled cevapcici sausage with lescó — hungarian stew of
gypsy peppers, sweet onions & tomatoes, served with polenta
with grilled corn and asiago cheese 12

It is one of my favorite things to eat in my country of birth, Croatia.

But actually what I got was a sausage, not a “cevapcic” at all, so I was disappointed and Ann was very happy with her burger, a thing she can rarely eat, as per her dietary restrictions.

So I would implore the chef to change the menu to say sausages, in the style of a Polish kielbasa, is what it really tasted like…

cevapcic sausage????

burger with smashed fries

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