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International stuff right at home. On a whim (a whim we should get more often), and always trying to support local business, my gal and I went for some Mexican cuisine at Lola and Rico’s in Parkwood. For this lover of enchiladas they’ve always had the best sauce since the Mexican Kitchen closed. We were greeted by nearly the entire family and took a table. Our waiter, like any good waiter, took a brief time to converse while our meal was prepared.

I’m happy to say Melvin Cancino is working his way through college and much to this scribe’s surprise, his discussion of all things began with “Fahrenheit 451.” Now for you hot sauce connoisseurs, that is not the temperature of their delicious enchilada covering, but a novel by sci-fi writer Ray Bradbury and later a movie directed by (here’s the international theme) French director Francois Truffaut. Either way this one-time waiter and college student wishes Melvin and the whole family success.

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More favorite spots. Years ago, during my body shop ownership days, and practicing verbiage to be able to write this fishwrap, I frequented Farnesi’s to start the day. With a greeting from waitresses Shirley (everyone knows Shirley, even the Shadow) or Anna McKenzie, I was guaranteed a smile, and from Annie (that’s what I called her), a punch in the shoulder before she delivered my breakfast. Great way to kick-start the day. Both beauties with the breakfast bounty are still serving with a smile at venerable Farnesi’s.

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What a read and a lot of smiles. Thanks to ever-encouraging teach Marlo Haupt, this writer had the fun of providing a little education at John Adams School during National Read Across America Day celebrated on Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Don’t know what the kids thought when I walked into teacher Will Quaschnick’s sixth grade classroom dressed in authentic buckskins like Davy Crockett. Heck, I don’t even know what Will thought. But it was a great time and I hope the students had fun learning a little about a desert (naturally) pioneer...


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