I’m Tired and I Ate Too Much

It was dad’s birthday yesterday (#78), so I went and picked up Tammy and met my parents and my sister and her husband in Pittsburgh at a restaurant called Kaya. I gotta tell you, this is the best new (to me) restaurant I have been to in ages. Everything on it was in my favorite flavor profile, with peppers and lime and cilantro and goodness everywhere. We split a bunch of appetizers (my favorite was the shishitos), and for dinner I had the street corn and fish tacos. For dessert I brought with us a birthday cake called Death by Chocolate. We’re all still living, but if you gotta go, that is a good way.

Trump is awful.

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    randal m sexton says:

    If you ever get a chance to eat some Padron peppers, which are very similar to Shishitos, but BETTER!!
    try them. My favorite pepper now, and I grow a ton of them.

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    mad citizen says:

    Happy birthday dad! I saw my dad at a wedding last Saturday, but just got off the phone wishing him a happy 87th today. He was born/raised in Chicago Heights back in the day.

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    lahke says:

    Happy birthday, Papa Cole!

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    Martin says:

    Don’t huff wasp spray.

    I blame the Sacklers.

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    trollhattan says:

    Happy birthday dad. And I mean it!
    Now go forth and have bunches more.

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    dr. bloor says:

    @Martin: Is there a constitutional mechanism that would allow the seizure of West Virginia’s electoral votes?

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    Mary G says:

    Happy Birthday to Mr. Cole! Glad he’s well enough to go out gallivanting with the fam.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Martin: I hate the Sacklers too but sadly that subset of people who go around looking for things to sniff have been around long before the Sacklers started addicting people. Remember when it was liquid paper?

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    Martin says:

    @dr. bloor: At the rate people are dying from opioid addition there, that may happen naturally.

    Honest to god, I don’t know why we aren’t burning these CEOs alive.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    Belated Birthday Greetings to Papa Cole. Wishing him a year of happiness and health.

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    Martin says:

    @Ohio Mom: Yeah, but I believe addiction is deserving of treatment. I can’t imagine most of these people wouldn’t have preferred a big bag of cheap weed before they got addicted.

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    smedley the uncertain says:

    Happy Birthday Mr Cole. Right behind you at 81 in August. Just put the sailboat in the water for one last sail…

    What is street corn?


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    CaseyL says:

    Happy Birthday to Daddy Cole! He takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’. An inspiration to us all!

    No, I mean it. He has more energy than I do, and I’m 20+ years his junior.

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    rikyrah says:

    Happy Birthday to Papa ColeπŸ˜ŠπŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŒΉπŸ¨πŸ‘ŠπŸ™ŒπŸŽ‚πŸŽˆ

    Death by Chocolate is one of my favoritesπŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹

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    jl says:

    Thanks for tip on what looks like a promising and appealing Filipino fusion (right?) restaurant. I’ll remember it when I’m in Pittsburgh soon.

    As for ‘tired and ate too much’, thanks to Cole for the update, but we all knew that already.

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    HumboldtBlueh says:

    Trump is awful

    Organ music is good.

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    TomatoQueen says:

    Happy Birthday and best wishes for a healthy year to Mr Cole.

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    ellie says:

    Great. Now I want cake. Happy Birthday to your dad!

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    Steeplejack says:

    Happy birthday to Dad Cole! πŸŽ‚

    I’m behind on the threads. Did we wish happy birthday to Amir Khalid and Goku on Wednesday? πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚

    And happy birthday to Seaboogie today (Friday)! πŸŽ‚

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    SWMBO says:

    @Steeplejack: Damn that looks good!

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    Steeplejack says:


    Cook’s Illustrated has a sort of salad version (esquites) that looks very good (and more convenient). Here’s the recipe. (Dunno if it will come through, because I have a subscription.) I would tweak it to go back to the crema and cotija cheese (rather than mayonnaise and sour cream), because I have those available in stores around here.

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    Ol'Froth says:

    Kaya is a wonderful restaurant, we went there for lunch after adopting our youngest daughter. Even the kids loved it!

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    Kristine says:

    Happy birthday to one half of the responsible parties!

    Sounds like he’s feeling good. Glad he’s recovering well.

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    glory b says:

    Happy Birthday to the Blog grandfather!

    Kaya is great, I’ve eaten there before. It’s a Caribbean/Pacific Island fusion place. Lots of fresh fruits, veg, spices, yum!

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I did get birthday wishes, thanks.

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    DHD says:

    The greatest thing by far about Kaya (which has been around since I lived in Pittsburgh, but I’m happy to hear it’s still there and you’ve discovered it) is their black bean dip, which you can also make at home:


    Yes, there’s a cup of mayonnaise in it.

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    Steeplejack says:


    That recipe looks good! Saved.

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