My cousin Valeria is gorgeous. She has always been gorgeous. Valeria is my late mother’s late sister’s youngest daughter. Valeria is in her sixties, so youngest, younger or even young are relative terms.
Valeria and her family have spent most of their lives in Philadelphia. Maybe it is because of living in a big city and having a lot of family around, Valeria’s family seems more Italian than our branch of the family.
Valeria married when she was young. Not just relatively young, she actually was young. She was probably 19 or 20 years old when she married. The years have dimmed my memories of some details.
Valeria’s first husband now sells popcorn at flea markets and carnivals. Not that there is anything wrong with that. But by comparison her second and current husband is a doctor. Actually a surgeon to be more specific. I guess I could have said her first husband sells kettle corn to be more specific but somehow that clarification didn’t seem necessary.
Valeria’s current doctor husband had a son from his earlier marriage. That son, whose name I don’t recall owns and operates a diner in Portland, Oregon. The diner features breakfast and lunch favorites typically served at diners but is best known for its biscuits and gravy. The diner has been a big success and customers line up everyday to enjoy the great food and causal atmosphere.
Guy Fieri and the crew of the Food Network’s show “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,” visited Valeria’s stepson’s restaurant a year or so ago. That TV show features little local restaurants that have a specialty. Guy heard about their biscuits and gravy and did a segment of his show featuring their specialty. The exposure to a national audience has created dramatic and lasting results. The place is mobbed all the time. People are driving from all over to sample Valeria’s stepson’s biscuits and gravy. It is so busy local customers can’t get near the place. (One of the advantages of eating at a diner is quick in and out service. Because the line is so long it takes forever to be seated. Locals have given up eating there.) Yogi was right, “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”
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