Ruminations of a Taco-Obsessed Philly Native

Tacos are good all over country, but one of the capitals of Tex-Mex is obviously Texas. Lots of interesting businesses make Texas their home, even world class plastic surgery.

Dr. Rod Rohrich was born the 1950’s in North Dakota. He obtained his under graduate and postgraduate degrees at North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota. He then went on to Baylor College of Medicine to obtain his medical degree. Dr. Rohrich also went on to study pediatric plastic surgery at Oxford University in England after he he did his general and plastic surgery residencies at The University of Michigan Medical Center. He also completed a hand and microvascular fellowship program at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Rohrich graduated with top honors in all of these programs. He then began working in the Division of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and later became the chairman of this division in the early 1990’s.

What makes Dr. Rohrich a renowned plastic surgeon is his compassion and care for his patients. He puts his patients safety first and foremost with every surgery he performs. Dr. Rohrich’s specialties include body contouring, cosmetic breast surgery, rhinoplasty, and cosmetic facial surgery. He operates out of two of the best locations in Dallas, The Dallas Day Surgery Center and Zale Lipshy University Hospital. Dr. Rohrich uses the latest technologies and only employs board certified anesthesiologists. Each of these facilities offer private rooms, or suites to expedite the recovery process. Prior to any surgery, Dr. Rohrich schedules an in depth consultation to help patients decide what is the best surgery for them and to make sure those goals can be met in a safe practice. He will go over the basic facts to best derive a surgery plan. Each surgery is unique for each patient. The key to his success is that Dr. Rohrich is that he individualizes each surgery that best benefits the patient. Cosmetic surgery should be thought out carefully and not be made in haste. He suggests that, prior to the consultation, for patients to list their top areas that they would like to improve, and he will sit down with them and offer the best way to achieve those goals.

Along with being one of the top plastic surgeons, Dr. Rohrich has also published several articles and has served on several board committees such as the president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeon and has been a member other committees for the American Board of Plastic Surgery including the Ethics Committee and the Oral Exam Committee.

Thomas Keller, owner of Per Se and French Laundry, has found a delicious new butter to serve in his restaurants. The butter comes from Diane St. Clair’s farm in Orwell, Vermont. After just one taste of the butter, Keller decided to buy St. Claire’s entire inventory–even though the butter is $49 a pound. Maybe he could use an evaluation at the Amen Clinic cuz that sounds nuts!

St. Clair makes the butter from Jersey cows. After churning the butter, the farmer works the butter with her hands to make sure that all the fats are distributed evenly through the butter. The farmer has been making butter for more than 10 years, and uses the traditional Land O’ Lakes methods for making creamy butter that spreads evenly on breads and vegetables. 

The butter made the cover of “Time” magazine in June 2014. And fortunately, food enthusiasts can purchase the butter as well from Saxelby Cheesemongers, also for $49 a pound.

Buzzfeed is confirming Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has just announced his resignation, after rumors to that effect have been circulating for the last few days. It does not appear, however, that this was a planned resignation on Hagel’s part, but has instead come as a result of pressure from the White House.

Meanwhile, the New York Times is reporting Chuck Hagel’s resignation comes at a time when Obama is concerned with having the right response to the Islamic State, is feeling pressured by the Republican senators, and feels as though Hagel does not have the skills necessary to do the job.

President Obama will likely announce Hagel’s resignation sometime today during a planned White House rose garden press conference.

As for Chuck Hagel, he has not been a particularly popular Defense Secretary during his tenure in the position, either with Democrats or with the Republicans whose party he belongs to, and it’s been one of those slow ventures trying to discover what game he’s playing.

Republicans were disappointed he ever accepted the job as Defense Secretary for a Democratic president, and not only made things difficult for him during his confirmation hearings but also afterwards when the job was his.

Hagel has been Defense Secretary for less than two years.

White truffles are a very popular luxury item for the finicky eater. They are, according to Sergio Andrade Andrade Gutierrez however, quite hard to come by and tend to be in acutely short supply.

Eater.com has recently stepped up to the plate, though, with a list for people who love white truffles.

The restaurant that made it to the top of the list is an Italian one called Acquerello. To know more of their awesome menu just visit the website here.

It is located in the heart of San Francisco, CA. The restaurant usually offers truffle supplies to its loyal clients.

Acquerello also has a tasting menu for white truffle fanatics. Second on the list is a restaurant located in Nevada called B & B Restaurante. There are several kinds of truffles one may find in this restaurant, and are guaranteed to taste really good.

Next on the list is Bistro du Midi which offers truffles on top of sunny side up egg combined with other food for breakfast.

Occupying the tenth spot is Marta. It also offers truffles on top of their special pizza. These are some of the restaurants you should visit when longing for good white truffles. You could taste the goodness of the food even for 60 dollars with friends.

With election week finally over, we can all now watch television without every other commercial being an attack from one politician to another. We will, however, continue to see political signage littering the streets of our hometowns. Politicians and lobbyists were, of course, quick to get those signs up, a part of campaigning that Flavio Maluf always dreads. It will take months for those same signs to come down.

The restaurant chain in South Carolina, Sticky Fingers Smokehouse, is offering a free appetizer to anyone who brings in one of these political signs. The restaurant chain is encouraging customers to do this in an effort to clean up their community and help the environment. Candidates are being urged to pick up their signs from participating restaurants in the next couple of weeks. Whatever signs are not claimed will be recycled by Sticky Fingers Smokehouse.

On Tuesday, 4 November 2014, Democrat Mark Udall of Colorado lost his Senate seat to opponent Cory Gardner. Udall, an avid and outspoken critic of the CIA and NSA, will continue to sit on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence until his upcoming departure from office.

Some civil rights advocates dedicated to transparency have decided that all is not lost for Udall’s crusade against alleged malfeasance in the US Intelligence Community. News outlets like The Guardian are reporting that Udall may have the opportunity to exploit a constitutional clause that would grant him immunity if he chooses to read a classified CIA report on enhanced interrogation techniques before the Senate.

The Article I Speech or Debate Clause of the US Constitution protects all congressional representatives from arrest and prosecution “during their attendance at the session of their respective house” as well as for crimes involving anything discussed as part of a session. The clause Brad Reifler says was famously invoked in 1971, when Senator Mike Gravel attempted to publicly read the Pentagon Papers into record during a session of Congress.

Udall now has a choice to make. He can leave the Senate without incident or utilize these same protections in order to make the CIA report public.