Category Archives: Hili Dialogue

Tuesday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on a chilly morning in Boston (currently 17° C or -8° C). It’s Tuesday, January 21, 2020, and my last full day in Cambridge. I’ll be sad to leave, but it’s been fun to return to my old stomping grounds (I lived in Boston for two years and across the river in Cambridge […]

Monday: Hili dialogue

It’s Monday, January 20, 2020, and, sadly, my time in Cambridge is waning: I fly back to Chicago in two days. It’s National Cheese Lover’s Day, and once again they misplaced the apostrophe, implying that this day celebrates only a single cheese lover. Who is this person? I suspect it’s the well-known Käsefresser Elise Katzenellenbogen, […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue

a deWell, it would be the Lord’s Day if there were a Lord, but it’s actually just Sunday, January 19, 2020— National Popcorn Day.  It’s also New Friends Day, World Quark Day, World Religion Day, and National Gun Appreciation Day (God and guns always go together). We had a decent amount of snow in Cambridge […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

It’s Saturday, January  18, 2020, and National Gourmet Coffee Day (I buy my beans at Trader Joe’s, which seems to me the best value in high-quality fair trade coffee). It’s also National Peking Duck Day, which once again is cultural appropriation because that is a genuine Chinese dish. In fact, it should be called “Beijing […]

Friday: Hili dialogue

Good morning from Cambridge, Massachusetts on Friday, January 17, 2020: National Hot Buttered Rum Day. It’s also Ben Franklin Day, celebrating his birth (see below), and National Bootlegger’s Day, celebrating the day in 1920 that the 18th Amendment went into effect prohibiting the manufacture, sale, and alcohol. That means it’s the Centenary of Prohibition; and […]

Thursday: Hili dialogue

It’s Thursday, January 16, 2020, and I’m in Cambridge, Massachusetts, one of my favorite cities in the U.S. As I’m here for R&R, please don’t expect copious posting (or braining) for a week. It’s National Hot and Spicy Food Day, but also National Fig Newton Day, one of my favorite cookies (the Brits call them […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue

As you’re reading this, on the morning of Wednesday January 15, 2020 (unless you’re on the other side of the International Dateline), I’ll be winging my way to Boston and Cambridge for some R&R. It’s a double food holiday, too: National Bagel Day and National Strawberry Ice Cream Day. Beyond that, it’s National Pothole Day […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue

It’s Tuesday, January 14, 2020, and it’s a great day for food, as it’s National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day. Below is my nephew Steven chowing down on half a pastrami sammy (rye, hot mustard) at the very Mecca of pastrami sandwiches, Katz’s Delicatessen on the lower East Side of New York city (I took him […]

Monday: Hili dialogue

It’s Monday, January 13, 2020, and I’ll be heading for Boston (mostly Cambridge) this week for a week’s R&R. Posting may be light for the next ten days, but, as always, I do my best. It’s National Peach Melba Day—a dessert of peaches, raspberries, and vanilla ice cream. It was invented in the early 1890s […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue

Welcome to Sunday, January 12, 2020. It’s three, three, yes, three days in one: National Glazed Donut Day, National Chicken Curry Day, and National Marzipan Day. Do not eat them in that order.  It’s also International Kiss a Ginger Day (the Queen of England won’t be participating this year), No Pants Subway Ride Day (yes, […]