Speaking of the above US Drag, I thought I would give some of my unwarranted commentary on this year's US Open, a strange one indeed. I was glad (though a bit surprised) to see Clijsters and Del Potro take the titles; both are very deserving players, albeit for quite different reasons. I have always liked and respected Clijsters very much. In my book, she always seemed a superior and fitter played than her countrywoman Henin, only lacking the nerve to put the big wins away. My mom would say she is just not mean enough. Del Potro has been coming up the rankings this year, and he seems to have a mix of fitness, fire, and a strong gameplan (which is different from Rafa and Roger) that make him a very strong competitor (hopefully for years to come). Sure, everyone loves Roger, he is so fantastic, greatest who ever lived, a gentleman, superior technique, grace, style, yada, yada, yada. I'm getting a little tired of him and am ready to see the field actually take a piece out of him (though I wish it would have been Roddick handing him a runner-up at Wimbledon than Del Potro and Flushing). Now, as many of you know, I am a big Williams sisters fan, especially Venus. I was sad to see her early exit from the tournament (at the hands of Clijsters), but it seemed to match up with most of the other women in the top ten. Women's tennis has been in a topsy turvy, constantly looking for a champion, but mostly getting upsets and mixed results. Dinara Safina has been atop the ranking for most of the year, yet she has only capture a few titles and wilts under pressure at Grand Slam events (did you see Venus completely kick her ass at Wimbledon?). Serena has been the most compelling performer at Slams, the favorite each time she has entered, but has either been upset, injured, or absent from most of the other tournaments this year. And regarding her lashing out at the lines woman, 1) you don't call a Foot Fault at that point in a semi-final match, but then 2) you don't scream at an Asian lineswoman, especially when you are a muscled-out, intimidating Black woman with a racquet in your hand. Both of the Williams sisters have done so much for women's tennis, I'm hoping this whole mess will blow over, she did apologize, they still won the doubles', yada, yada, yada.
Well, those are my thoughts for now. Until next time, au revoir and buenas noches!
Easy Steamed Mussels
4 pounds (or more!) fresh black mussels (half or quarter this recipe if you are making for just one or two)
one cup dry white wine (Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, White Bordeaux, White Rioja, or Pinot Grigio are great)
Two garlic cloves, minced
1/4 - 1/2 cup freshly minced parsley (try it with basil or terragon for an interesting change up)
Juice of one lemon
Rinse and clean the mussels and remove any beards. Make sure all mussels are closed or only slightly open (hopefully your fish monger/seafood guy did this before he sold them to you). Place in a large pot with garlic, wine, and parsley. With lid on, bring to boil on high heat, shaking occasionally, until all shells have opened up. Remove from heat, place into serving bowl with juice, and add lemon juice, olive oil, and S & P. Enjoy with a big piece of crusty bread to sop up juices. Yum-O!