Radio Nibbles: Reminiscing About Dining Experiences Pre-COVID

The tomatoes are still coming in but the basil is gone. With fall upon us you find yourself looking back at the year and getting a little nostalgic for what was and what we took for granted.

Radio Nibbles host John Lehndorff started reading a restaurant review I wrote 19 years ago, Flashback: Mizuna reviewed in 2001.

So different now.

Things that have happened in dining since the pandemic started include… the COVID-19 surcharge, the end of buffets, no tabletop condiments, no market sampling, dining in the streets, curbside pickup zones, takeout alcohol.

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Next week tune in Oct. 15 for the super-sized yet socially distant Radio Nibbles during KGNU’s fall membership drive, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. We’ll have special interviews with local food figures and tasty thank you gifts for new and renewing members including restaurant gift cards, a box of sweets that glow under black light from the Inventing Room, copies of the new First Bite Boulder cookbook and a membership in the monthly chocolate tasting club I host on Zoom for the Boulder Book Store.

The best thing John tasted this week:

A ripe tomato from my garden dressed in herbs, olive oil and vinegar with chicken in homemade plum sauce and boiled wheat berries sauteed with garlic.

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