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Becoming

ROMEO
By Susan N. Denaro, Esquire

D

onald Smith has had many titles
over the years: son, husband,
father, lawyer, friend, volunteer,
executive director, food explorer, editor and
super hero, just to name the most obvious.
The one I know best is 'editor' as he
and I have fallen into a very comfortable
relationship like lucky writers and good
editors often do. Over the years, he
has given me unsolicited story ideas for
upcoming issues of The Barrister, which
I, more often than not, dutifully ignored.
Don has always accepted what I produce
each quarter and, when I asked, offered
his suggestions on certain wording to
strengthen the information being imparted,
which I always readily accepted, unlike his
suggestion for me to review all the local
hot dog places in Berks County.
This last issue of The Barrister under
his watch is no exception. For this review,
he wanted me to review the food in our
local nursing homes. NO. Just no. But
thanks for the idea. Instead, I would like
to turn the tables on Donald and suggest
a few ideas for him to consider as he
transitions into this next great phase of his
life. Pardon me as I get personal for a few
paragraphs.
First, check out some of the fun and
informative food websites. Most are free
but some require a nominal membership
fee, like the New York Times' newsletter,
which will tell you 'What to Cook This
Week'. Another fun one is Great British
Chefs, which always seems to have some
innovative and unexpected international
flair to its offerings.
Second, tune up the car and hit the
road. There are plenty of great vineyards
and places to eat in our surrounding states
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and beyond. Thanks to the invention of
modern GPS systems, you can find the
way to them without having to struggle
to refold a map or listen to your spouse
tell you to stop and ask for directions.
Our summer road trip this year was
inspired by our son's desire to eat chicken
wings at the original Anchor Bar in
Buffalo, NY. As good as the wings were
there, spotting the beef on weck sandwich
7 menu made the trip for me. It
on its
was fun to dine at the source of such an
iconic dish and you never know what you
will find when looking for something
else. Also, on our 'road trip for food'
bucket list are things like beignets in New
Orleans, Tex-Mex in Texas and BBQ in
Tennessee. The possibilities are endless.
Third, check out the annual food
festivals. There are websites listing them
all around the globe so I'm sure you will
find something to tickle your tastebuds.
You could consider the South Beach,
FL festival this Winter where Latin
and Caribbean flavors rule or Spring in
Aspen where chefs such as Bobby Flay
and Mario Batali are often featured, just
to name a few. Alternatively, consider
traveling to a cooking school or doing a
food tour with a reknown chef. Eating
my way through Italy with Lidia
Bastianich is high on my wish list.
Fourth, if travel outside of the
US is on your radar, don't overlook
Winterlicious and/or Summerlicious
in Toronto, Canada. Some of the local
restaurants feature prix fixe three-course
menus. It's just a short drive from
Buffalo, NY to Toronto and you will not
be disappointed. I had some of the best
meals in all my travels there this summer

and hope to revisit my notes and food
photos for an upcoming Barrister review; I
will miss your comments on my first draft.
It was shocking how well we ate for so
little, but perhaps the favorable exchange
rate helped.
Finally, take a page from my father's
retirement manual. Shortly after he left
the grind behind for the freedom of living
without a daily alarm clock, he became a
Romeo. That's possibly a title you might
have enjoyed over the years, but one I
could see you fitting into very well at this
time. A Romeo is just another name for
a 'retired old man eating out'. Dad has
a couple of guy friends he meets with
weekly for breakfast or lunch. Not only
do they enjoy catching up with each other
while dining on their favorite comfort
foods, they enjoy discussing and solving all
that is wrong in the world. Even though
their wives appreciate not having them
underfoot while they are out, every once in
a while, the guys take their wives to dinner
so they don't feel completely excluded. It's
a win-win.
I know from our many food-related
conversations over the years that you are
a true food explorer. I hope that you will
keep in touch and let me know about what
finds of yours might make for great food
reviews; I promise not to ignore all your
suggestions...Amorette in Lancaster is still
on my radar.
Julia Child once said, "People who love
to eat are always the best people." You,
my favorite editor, Donald Smith, are one
of the best and you will be missed. Bon
Appetit my friend.
Ms. Denaro is with the Wyomissing law
firm of Georgeadis||Setley.



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