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TV Stations Broadcasting “Travel TV WITH Stephanie Abrams” Starting Feb. 4th Every Sunday at 5pm ET From East Coast to Hawaii!!
January 20th, 2018

This is so exciting! Here is the list of our TV affiliate stations from Boston to Miami to Los Angeles to Hawaii! Check to see what station you can pick up when you’re home and when you are traveling!

Every Sunday at 5pm ET, 4pm CT, 3pm MT, 2pm PT and at this time of year at Noon in Hawaii! Have a look at our list of tv station affiliates and plan to tune in!

major and marvelous markets we will be reaching nationwide!” Stephanie notes.

The stations on which “Travel TV WITH Stephanie Abrams” will debut include:

Call Letters DMA State
WBCF – TV 10.3 Florence AL
WBXM – TV 41.1 Montgomery AL
WBXA – TV 24.1 Birmingham AL
KFLA – TV 8.4 LA CA
SWCOTV 31.1 Cortez CO
WBXJ – TV 43.1 Jacksonville FL
WPMF – 17 Miami FL
WSPF – TV 35.4 Tampa FL
WSWF TV 10 Orlando FL
WANN – 32.1 Atlanta GA
WBPI TV 49 Augusta GA
KITM – TV 2 Honalulu HI
WBXF – TV 28.1 Des Moines IA
KBAX -TV 27 Twin Falls ID
WBXC – TV 46.2 Champaign IL
KGPT – TV 26.9 Wichita KS
KBXS – TV 14.1 Shreveport LA
WFXZ – TV 24.1 Boston MA
K16CG – TV 16.5 Godahl MN
K23FO – TV 16.5 Jackson MN
K27FI – TV 16.5 Frost MN
TV 41.1 Granite Falls MN
TV 51.5 Alexandria MN
WOBV – TV 5 Starkville MS
W24EC – 24.2 Nags Head NC
WUBX – TV 31.2 Raliegh/Durham NC
KHMP – TV 2.2 Las Vegas NV
KRMF – TV 7.3 Reno NV
WMBQ – TV 13.1 New York NY
WCSN – TV 32.6 Columbus OH
SLTV – TV 28 Eugene OR
WLLC – 42.1 Nashville TN
KVQT 21.1 Houston TX
KAZD 55.6 Dallas TX
WYAT 40.1 Martinsville VA
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We Miss You Already in MA, Kim Noltemy! Wishing You Great Success as President & CEO of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra!
January 20th, 2018

Wishing Kim Noltemy every success and much happiness as the President & CEO of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. They are so lucky to have you! Hoping to see you at Tanglewood!


Remember the Film Grumpy Old Men and the Ice Fishing Scene? Have a Look at This!
January 20th, 2018

Ice Fishing Tournament in Western Massachusetts

I thought about Wabash Minnesota today when I saw a group  of ice fishermen on a lake in Berkshire County in Western Massachusetts. What’s the connection? The ice fishing scenes in the film, “Grumpy Old Men,” were filmed in Wabash which is located along US-6 located outside of Wabash along  the Great River Road that runs along the Mississippi River  through the state. Known as the Land of Lakes (like the butter brand), winter and ice fishing go hand-in-hand in Minnesota but they clearly don’t have the market cornered on ice fishing! Given the extremely cold (and snowy) winter of 2018-2019, the ice on this Massachusetts lake must be as thick as it was a couple of years ago when it reached 36″! During any average winter, lakes in the Western Massachusetts region freeze to 18″ think and you’ll find fisherman complete with their trucks, tents and ice fishing equipment and lots of libations and campfires they create  to keep them warm while they fish . I hope they all take all of their empty beer cans and any debris they create home with them! In the late spring, locals find out how many fisherman and other winter sport users of lakes didn’t tidy up after themselves as they find the occasion empty can float ashore. Once a Girls Scout, always a Girl Scout so I share with you something ingrained into my very being from my years in childhood and adulthood in Girl Scouting:

“Always leave a place better than the way you found it!”

Well, at least as nice as it was when you arrived if you can’t really improve on it!


CNN Just Announced that Farm Workers from Samoa Need Not Apply for Visas to Come to US
January 18th, 2018

Yet another slap in the face to the people of American Samoa! The White House, according to a CNN alert just minutes ago, has advised people from Belize, Haiti and Samoa not to apply for work permit visas to come to the US to act as farm hands during harvest seasons. Forget about the economic catastrophe this poses for, especially, small farmers who rely on  labor that they are just not going to find in their locales, and just focus on whom the President has targeted.

Note to Washington: Are you talking about “American Samoa?”

If so, this is a US territory that has been treated so shabbily since we took over this island destination immortalized. The people of American Samoa can receive US Passports but are not considered US Citizens, although they follow US law and are regulated by US government rules in every way. They are considered “US Nationals.” They serve in the US Army but they have no vote. We annexed Samoa when the US won the Spanish-American War and took over this Spanish possession. (BTW: My grandfather fought with Teddy Roosevelt’s troops in Puerto Rico in the Spanish-American War).

The underlying reasons, as I have learned them, for not granting citizenship to the people of American Samoa has to do with the elitist mentality of the ruling class in the US at the time who saw the Samoan’s as uncivilized because of the vast cultural differences of the island peoples of the Pacific and European culture that prevailed in the US. So Samoan’s have US Passports and I don’t understand why they would also need visas to come to the US for any purpose. Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and Guam, a not too distant neighbor of Samoa, are all US citizens if born in those territories but American Samoans are treated like illegitimate children in a royal family! It really is tragic!

To lump any other destination, whether its Belize or Haiti or any other non-US land mass, into the same category with Samoans who serve in our military, obey US rules and laws, are part of the US territory system, carry US Passports but as US Nationals and not as US Citizens, is just unconscionable and defies explanation other than accepting that the underlying rationale for this decision is the same as the reason not granting citizenship to those born in American Samoa (can you believe that the name “America” is actually part of the legal name of the territory!) It’s a statement meant to testify that the people of American Samoa are racially inferior to other peoples based on their cultural history which, like other Polynesian destinations such as Tahiti and Hawaii, is rich with art, music, dance,  craft skills, creativity and  its own unique history.  The Puritan influenced legislators of the time essentially saw those of  this region as savages and somehow the US government’s mentality has its own form of stunted growth and continues to see those from American Samoa as unworthy of even the same status  given to those American US Citizens born and living in Guam, Puerto Rico and the USVI!

Perhaps the next thing we’ll hear is that some US state’s citizens will not be welcome in another state without a visa! This story amounts to just that!

Every day is a new and embarrassing horror story. If I folded this scenario into my next novel, “SECRET,” critics would say it’s just too farfetched! How can you lump people who carry US passports and are “US Nationals” into the same category with the population of foreign countries? And for goodness sake, why would you want to?


Are the People of Norway In Sync with the Platform of Conservatives in the US? What Would Norwegians Have to Give Up to Live in the US?
January 17th, 2018

I’ve been to Stockholm, Sweden. I was there for two days for an international meeting of the Amadeus  Advisory Board on which I represented not only my company but also represented the United States. Amadeus is a GDS, a Global Distribution Service: in English. .  .an airline reservations system that  was developed initially for  European travel agents to make bookings by computer for their clients. The system was developed and owned by Lufthansa German Airlines, Iberia Airlines of Spain, and Air France. The largest Amadeus user in each country served by Amadeus was represented as a delegate on this advisory board. I was Executive Vice President and second in command of a $1.5 billion travel company and we had the largest installation of Amadeus computers in America. Amadeus absorbed SystemOne, a system developed by Texas Instruments and owned by Eastern Airlines and later by Continental which wound up as a partner with the Amadeus’ founding airlines and that’s how I wound up on the SystemOne-Amadeus Unison Advisory Board and then on the Amadeus board even though I didn’t have one clue how to make a computerized airline reservation! But the purpose of the board was to discuss other issues and matters of interest to travel agents globally. At the Stockholm meeting, those present were referred to as, “The Delegate from Thailand/Germany/France/Italy/US. . . etc.” It was a very impressive group of the biggest travel agencies in each country. And that is the limits, at the moment of my Scandinavian experiences. (What a wonderful city Stockholm is! You have to go there just to feel the crisp sea breeze and smell the salty  freshness of the air!).

So knowing that I’ve never been there, let’s talk about Norway!  Through my travels, people I’ve m et who are from Norway and a bit of research, I can tell you that about  100,000 of the five million people who now live in Norway come from places like Morocco, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India and other nations where the population is not Caucasian. Are they the Norwegians that are sought after by the White House?

Generally, when people move to a new country and seek to become citizens there, it is because they expect at least what was positive in their homeland PLUS the benefits offered by the new country. Let’s compare what Norwegian citizens and those from the EU and EAA who have lived and worked in Norway for at least a year, can count on from the Norwegian government:

1)      Abortion-on-Demand up to 12 weeks into the pregnancy. For the next  12 week period, abortion requires a permit which is granted for reasons of the mother’s mental or physical health or “social” reasons which may include the inability to support, maintain and care for a (another) child.

2)      A complete and comprehensive social services program which includes government paid-for public health services for ALL and a wide array of funded programs  that support  maternity AND paternity leave for  parents.

Logic would dictate that if Norwegians accepted the offer to immigrate to the US and become citizens, they would be the loudest voices supporting the Democratic Platform for social services support and growth and not be the conservative-minded backers of Republican Party issues.

One of the things one learns  especially from travel is that language people speak, the style of their houses and clothing, the color of their skin are not the tools ones needs to use to determine their ideology, their level of intelligence or their creativity quotient.  Clearly, the word “Norway,” for some, conjures up an image of bland white bread with a level of intelligence and education that would be of value to the US.  I think that an infusion of what I know to be strong-willed, feisty people with a strong social conscience and the ability to truly think logically and without the imposition of religious beliefs infused into social issue decisions such as would happen with a wave of Norwegians headed into the US would result in strong voices joining in to support the Democratic Party. Norway’s governmental programs, interest in ecology, conservation of earth’s resources, having simple things like clean air and clean water and food that is not genetically altered as well as internalized systems that focus on government services that protect and care for all of its citizens while doing its best to focus on the human investment in controlling global warming have educated Norway’s population to CARE: about each other and about the planet!  With Norway’s second largest city in the Arctic Circle, Bodo, where 47,000 Norwegians live, do you think those Republicans and Conservative who think Climate Change/Global Warming is a HOAX, ask the Norwegians who live there!

The reality is, most regrettably, that the US is dreadfully out of step with the rest of the world! Far too many have to give up far too much to bring their talent and their families to reside here!  It is ironic that our Executive Branch is unaware of what it means to be a Norwegian in terms of mind-set and features and benefits of living in their homeland. We’d have to make a much stronger case for what we could do for  Norwegians to get them to consider why they should consider such a move. Surely, just adding more white faces to our ethnic grid cannot be a supportable reason to pave the way for Scandinavian immigration and an analysis of what a wave of migration from that region would do for or TO the Republican Party would probably be a reason for withdrawing the invitation.  One has to applaud the people of Norway for caring about one another and recognizing the value of uplifting one another wherever and however possible without imposing the ideology of individuals and institutions on its population.


“Travel TV WITH Stephanie Abrams” Debuts on February 4, 2018 to About 40 Million Households Coast-to-Coast
January 16th, 2018

News Update:

The working title of Stephanie Abrams new travel television show, syndicated coast-to-coast by BizTV Network, has morphed into the title that will be launched on February 4, 2017.  The show enters the national scene as, “Travel TV WITH Stephanie Abrams.”  The one-hour show will broadcast weekly.  Stephanie Abrams will produce twenty-six episodes which will provide each show an opportunity to be seen twice during the year-long run.  Stephanie noted that when the 5-6pm Eastern Time Zone television show comes to an end each Sunday night, Travel WITH Stephanie Abrams, her nationally syndicated radio show, will be going on the air in the 6-9pm ET slot coast to coast.

“It just made sense to keep the branding balanced especially since my Sunday radio show is now on the air in its 16th year and we have massive following and strong branding associated with the program. I hope our TV viewers will continue with us on radio on BizTalkRadio Network stations across America after each television  broadcast. We are so excited to be available on TV in the major and marvelous markets we will be reaching nationwide!” Stephanie notes.

The stations on which “Travel TV WITH Stephanie Abrams” will debut include:

Call Letters DMA State
WBCF – TV 10.3 Florence AL
WBXM – TV 41.1 Montgomery AL
WBXA – TV 24.1 Birmingham AL
KFLA – TV 8.4 LA CA
SWCOTV 31.1 Cortez CO
WBXJ – TV 43.1 Jacksonville FL
WPMF – 17 Miami FL
WSPF – TV 35.4 Tampa FL
WSWF TV 10 Orlando FL
WANN – 32.1 Atlanta GA
WBPI TV 49 Augusta GA
KITM – TV 2 Honalulu HI
WBXF – TV 28.1 Des Moines IA
KBAX -TV 27 Twin Falls ID
WBXC – TV 46.2 Champaign IL
KGPT – TV 26.9 Wichita KS
KBXS – TV 14.1 Shreveport LA
WFXZ – TV 24.1 Boston MA
K16CG – TV 16.5 Godahl MN
K23FO – TV 16.5 Jackson MN
K27FI – TV 16.5 Frost MN
TV 41.1 Granite Falls MN
TV 51.5 Alexandria MN
WOBV – TV 5 Starkville MS
W24EC – 24.2 Nags Head NC
WUBX – TV 31.2 Raliegh/Durham NC
KHMP – TV 2.2 Las Vegas NV
KRMF – TV 7.3 Reno NV
WMBQ – TV 13.1 New York NY
WCSN – TV 32.6 Columbus OH
SLTV – TV 28 Eugene OR
WLLC – 42.1 Nashville TN
KVQT 21.1 Houston TX
KAZD 55.6 Dallas TX
WYAT 40.1 Martinsville VA
Channel Master National US

Travel Expert Stephanie Abrams’ TV Show, JetSet411, Will Debut February 4, 2018 Weekly Syndicated by BizTV to 46 Million Households in US Coast-to-Coast!
December 25th, 2017

Isn’t this just the best Christmas gift yet!

Boston, MA-December 25, 2017- Texas-based BizTV, whose radio division, BizTalkRadio Network, syndicates the three-hour weekly radio show “Travel WITH Stephanie Abrams” coast-to-coast in the US, has signed an agreement with the radio show travel expert host-presenter and executive producer, Stephanie Abrams,  to syndicate her travel television show, JetSet411,  a weekly one-hour show broadcasting on Sundays starting February  4, 2018.  JetSet411 will be available to over 46 million households reaching major US television markets including New York City, Boston, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Raleigh-Durham, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Orlando, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Reno, Nashville, Honolulu, Fresno and Los Angeles.  JetSet411 will also reach homes in Alabama, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, and Virginia. A complete listing of stations broadcasting JetSet411 is available at sAbrams.com/blog.

Kelly Kantz, Vice President of Programming for BizTV, explains that expansion into television with Stephanie Abrams’ JetSet411 is a, “natural next step in our relationship. Travel WITH Stephanie, syndicated by our radio division, BizTalkRadio Network, is now in its 16th year and her radio shows have achieved 3500 broadcast hours since she went on the air in 2002. Her shows consistently reach high satisfaction levels among listeners, radio affiliates, and sponsors.  We anticipate that her loyal following on radio will check local listings to find the television stations where they can see JetSet411, scheduled to be simulcast across America on Sundays in the 5-6pm ET time slot beginning February 4, 2018. On Sundays, as JetSet411 goes off the air across America, Travel WITH Stephanie Abrams goes on the air for a smooth transition! The entire executive team at BizTV is delighted that we are syndicating JetSet411 and Stephanie Abrams into this important media space. We are among her greatest fans!”

JetSet411 will conform to Abrams’ mission to present destinations that she’d expect travelers to return from “enriched, enhanced, inspired and uplifted whether traveling for business or pleasure,” Abrams explains.  “We broadcast JetSet411 a decade ago and went on hiatus as my radio shows grew to six hours weekly. Past shows are archived at sAbrams.com. The folks at BTR and BizTV have been great supporters cheerleading our growth and encouraging us to reintroduce the JetSet411.  They’re such an important part of our professional team!”  ­­

JetSet411 will be available in the following cities throughout the US beginning February 4, 2018. While the show will broadcast at 5pmET, 4pm CT. 3pmMT, and 2pmPT on Sundays, please check local listings as individual television stations my choose to broadcast JetSet411 at other times in their programming schedules:

Call Letters DMA State
WBCF – TV 10.3 Florence AL
WBXM – TV 41.1 Montgomery AL
WBXA – TV 24.1 Birmingham AL
KFLA – TV 8.4 LA CA
SWCOTV 31.1 Cortez CO
WBXJ – TV 43.1 Jacksonville FL
WPMF – 17 Miami FL
WSPF – TV 35.4 Tampa FL
WSWF TV 10 Orlando FL
WANN – 32.1 Atlanta GA
WBPI TV 49 Augusta GA
KITM – TV 2 Honalulu HI
WBXF – TV 28.1 Des Moines IA
KBAX -TV 27 Twin Falls ID
WBXC – TV 46.2 Champaign IL
KGPT – TV 26.9 Wichita KS
KBXS – TV 14.1 Shreveport LA
WFXZ – TV 24.1 Boston MA
K16CG – TV 16.5 Godahl MN
K23FO – TV 16.5 Jackson MN
K27FI – TV 16.5 Frost MN
TV 41.1 Granite Falls MN
TV 51.5 Alexandria MN
WOBV – TV 5 Starkville MS
W24EC – 24.2 Nags Head NC
WUBX – TV 31.2 Raliegh/Durham NC
KHMP – TV 2.2 Las Vegas NV
KRMF – TV 7.3 Reno NV
WMBQ – TV 13.1 New York NY
WCSN – TV 32.6 Columbus OH
SLTV – TV 28 Eugene OR
WLLC – 42.1 Nashville TN
KVQT 21.1 Houston TX
KAZD 55.6 Dallas TX
WYAT 40.1 Martinsville VA
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Mount Greylock Regional High School Rocks Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox, MA with “Much Ado About Nothing!”
November 19th, 2017

One of the joys of living in Massachusetts is that there is a commitment to support of cultural institutions and of grass-roots cultural projects and programs. These programs result in wonderful exhibits, exhibitions, events, performances and activities that create learning experiences and enriching experiences for residents and visitors to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. These activities are overseen by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) which is the umbrella organization that oversees individual Local Cultural Councils (LCC) across Massachusetts. The MCC’s official website states,”Administered by 2,400 municipally appointed volunteers, the LCC network consists of 329 councils serving all 351 Massachusetts cities and towns. Each year, local councils award more than $3 million in grants to more than 5,000 cultural programs statewide.

I am now in my fifth year serving on the Cultural Council Northern Berkshire (CCNB) which represents the 11 towns in the Northern Berkshires of Berkshire County in Western Massachusetts. I have done my best, over the last four years, to attend events and performances that are funded by CCNB which have included programs at Centers for the Aging, summer events at local libraries aimed at entertaining while educating children, magicians, singers and dancers, art gallery exhibits, storytellers and dramatic productions performed at schools, churches, social halls, auditoriums, museums and other venues in the Northern Berkshires, all funded, in full or in part, by the Cultural Council Northern Berkshires.

On Friday evening, November 17, 2017, I attended the performance of, “Much Ado About Nothing,” performed by students of Mount Greylock Regional High School, the local high school serving students from Lanesborough and Williamstown, Massachusetts. This culminating activity was the result of the students studying this Shakespearean work, learning and understanding the language of Shakespeare’s time and the story and its nuances and, ultimately, participating in the set design, creating the costumes, learning and performing the parts, performing the play for the school’s student population and another for family and friends before Friday night’s highlight of performing on the same stage where Screen Actors’ Guild and Shakespearean actors of renown have performed.

The play, with a 21st century twist at every turn, was clearly well understood by the students who attended this performance by the bus loads! The theater, which holds almost 400 attendees, rocked with the laughter, applause, and encouragement of the schoolmates of those who were performing and it was clear they understood the story line, the plot, the nuances and subtle meanings as they reacted to the salient spots of the story in all the right places!

I was seated just to the left of Tina Packer, for whom the theater that we were in, the Tina Packer Playhouse, was named. Her beaming face reflected the joy in the production and her enthusiastic support of the relationship between Lenox, Massachusetts’ Shakespeare & Company. Tina Packer was more than pleased! And well she should be as the experience of  the student spectators and the student actors, costumers and others who worked on the play but were not among the performers, created one of those life-altering and lifetime memories of what effort, work, and enthusiasm can produce. That alone is a great life-lesson.

Official information about Tina Packer states that, “Tina Packer is the founding artistic director of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. She has directed most of Shakespeare s plays, acted in seven, and taught the entire canon at multiple colleges and universities, among them Harvard, MIT, and Columbia.” How lucky we are to have such talent in this county and talent that is so interested in this particular program that she would be at the performance to see the product of the investment of time and resources by Shakes & Co! Note that this is the second performance by Mount Greylock Regional High School which performed, “Romeo & Juliet” earlier Friday evening at the Tina Packer Playhouse following the same educational scheme outlined above.

The Cultural Council Northern Berkshire takes pride in supporting the efforts of all who bring their talents to share with the eleven communities we serve. This event is just one of so many worthy projects that CCNB supports. Have a look at the photos below to get a sense of the production and go to my facebook page at facebook.com/stephanie.abrams.94 to see the video I shot from my seat!

Special congratulations to all of the students who performed, acted as stage hands, scenery design, and costume design, and to all who had a hand in making this an outstanding production! Also kudos to the faculty members involved in this enriching experience for the students and all who were privileged to see the production at Mount Greylock Regional High School and at Shakespeare & Co. And huge thanks to all of the staff associated with Shakes & Co. (the loving local knickname for Shakespeare & Co.) for investing their time and talent yearly to bring Shakespeare to life for the students and adults in this county who are constantly reminded of the universal and ongoing relevance of Shakespeare’s work.

Enjoy the photos and remember to go to my facebook page to join the play in progress with a short video depicting  a reason to rejoice in the story line!

BRAVO TO ONE AND ALL!

BRAVO! YOU ALL ROCK!


Walk Thru the Facts About Bowe Bergdahl’s AWOL Story Before You Jump to Conclusions!
November 14th, 2017

I wrote this blog in response to an email I received about Bowe Bergdahl and his unique travels that wound up with him being captured by the Taliban resulting in his spending five years incarcerated on the other side of the world under torturous conditions. The email was critical of Bergdahl being in line to receive back pay amounting to $300,000usd. Think before you rush to judgment!

From a travel point of view, can you imagine being anywhere worse and experiencing what came next which includes his unit’s anger and harsh comments about how they feel about his defection in light of the effort of his unit to find him and some being injured and killed in that process? Maybe they don’t know what could be the whole story which had to be played out as if the story is what exactly what you see on the surface. But, just maybe there is a lot more to this story that is classified and we won’t know for  decades or in our lifetime!

Think about this:

The US Military doesn’t take lightly to people who abandon their post.

In general, court martials are swift and soldiers await their hearings in while incarcerated.

Bowe Bergdahl was brought home, given a desk job under his own recognizance for more than three years now.

He was given no sentence, dishonorable discharge and is scheduled to receive back pay.

Those are the facts.

What’s missing in this story?

I predicted that he’d get off with a tap on the hand. Why?

How about just maybe he was on one of those mission impossible missions to infiltrate the enemy where, if captured, the US would deny any  knowledge of what he was up to.

What if he’s a hero taking it on the chin to keep the secrecy of the mission he was sent out on and now has the nation’s opinions dumping further insult to his injury for which he is soldiering up to continue the mystery of why he was out  there in the first place.

How about you see the film “ARGO,” the true story of how the Canadians were given credit for saving our US Embassy personnel in Iran when, in fact, it was an undercover US mission but we just couldn’t take credit for it at the time. Once declassified, the facts of the case were made public and then made into a film which I hope you see.

Don’t be so quick to jump to conclusions. The US Military is tougher and US Military courts are tougher than the public sector of law in the US so if he’s getting the treatment you are now seeing, just maybe the people making the decisions are on the inside track to information that can’t and won’t, anytime soon, be made public.

My father’s words to me when I was barely 4  years old ring in my ears: “Believe half of what you see and a quarter of what you hear and you’ll be all right!”

Do some re-evaluating of this story, step by step, of the special treatment offered to Bergdahl before you jump to any conclusions. I saw the handwriting on the wall for this dismissal from the military way back when they gave him a desk job instead of keeping him in jail until his trial. Who would do that for  a deserter?? No deserter stories I’ve ever heard were treated with such kid gloves which makes me think of  all of those “Mission Impossible” stories.

Give it another thought before you dump more on this guy who, more than likely, is quite a hero! Hard to accept that thought but  those in a position to punish him properly up and down the line have given this GI careful treatment. That’s not the temperament of US Military officers who take abandoning one’s post very seriously.

Think about it carefully and don’t just jump to what seems like should be the “logical” conclusion that everybody in the military is just ’soft’ and ’soft-hearted’ ’cause it ain’t necessarily so!’


Crab Cakes and Amazing Rolls at the Plaza Athenee Hotel in NYC & the Recipes Too!
November 12th, 2017

Staying at the Plaza Athenee in New York City is a marvelous experience! But even if you’re not going to stay at the hotel located in so close to Central Park . . .

. . . you’ll still experience the elegant reception as you enter the hotel’s public areas and you’ll be greeted by lovely fresh flowers and sparkling marble floors.

Now, if you’re a guest in residence, stop in your room or suite to relax a bit in the elegance of your accommodation, and refresh in the glorious bath room. . .

. . . and then pop into their lounge for a drink or their lovely restaurant, a place where I had  a wonderful lunch that made me feel like I had just flown to France for lunch!

I did something my cousin Jerry Sachs tells me never to do outside of the region of the Chesapeake Bay! I ordered Crab Cakes. And I can tell you that even a Marylander would overwhelmingly approve of these crab cakes. . .lump crab meat. . .all crab meat. . . not that “stuff” that many restaurants refer to as crab cakes that contain anything but 100% crab meat and are overwhelmed by  mashed potatoes or bread stuffing! No, this was the real deal!

Also served were amazing rolls with whipped butter. . .rolls so amazing that I had to ask the executive sous-chef for the recipe for the crab cakes and the rolls which I share with you in hopes you’ll get busy in your kitchen and think of me as you dine on these generously shared recipe.

ENJOY!

Generously Shared by the Plaza Athenee Executive Sous-Chef Alfred Thomas

Recipe I: Crab Cakes

1 pound-jumbo Lump blue crab meat, picked over the shells

1/3 cup Mayonnaise

½ cup panko bread crumbs

1 large egg, beaten

2tablespoons Dijon mustard

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

3 dashes Tabasco

¼ small dice sweet bell pepper

½ teaspoon paprika

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

3 tablespoon vegetable oil/unsalted butter

-In a large mixing bowl, combine half of the crabmeat, panko, eggs mustard, Worcestershire, tabasco and paprika. Season with salt and pepper and stir until thoroughly combined.

-Gently fold in the remaining half of crabmeat and sweet red pepper, try not to break apart the lumps of meat as you stir, gently coat in bread crumbs and shape into 2oz patties and arrange on parchment-lined sheet pan.

-In a medium cast iron nonstick skillet, heat oil/or butter over medium-high heat. Add 2oz patties and cook and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown and finish in oven

Alfred Thomas

Executive Sous Chef

Recipe II: Nut and Raisin Bread

2 cups all-purpose flour

2/3 cup white sugar

1tablespoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 egg, beaten

1 cup applesauce

3 tablespoon butter, melted

1 cup raisin

½ cup chopped walnuts

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees F ( 175 degree C ). Lightly grease muffin pan

- in a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar and cinnamon and the rest of dry ingredients

-in a separate bowl, beat together egg, applesauce and butter

-mix applesauce mixture into flour mixture until combined

-fold in raisin and chopped walnuts into prepared muffin pan

-bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, until toothpick inserted into center of loaf comes out clean, allow to cool and serve warm

With special thanks to Alfred Thomas Executive Sous Chef at the Plaza Athenee in NYC for sharing!


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