WELCOME TO CHATEAU DU MER BEACH RESORT

If this is your first time in my site, welcome! Chateau Du Mer is a beach house and a Conference Hall. The beach house could now accommodate 10 guests, six in the main floor and four in the first floor( air conditioned room). In addition, you can now reserve your vacation dates ahead and pay the rental fees via PayPal. I hope to see you soon in Marinduque- Home of the Morions and Heart of the Philippines. The photo above was taken during our first Garden Wedding ceremony at The Chateau Du Mer Gardens. I have also posted my favorite Filipino and American dishes and recipes in this site. Some of the photos and videos on this site, I do not own, but I have no intention on the infringement of your copyrights!

Marinduque Mainland from Tres Reyes Islands

Marinduque Mainland from Tres Reyes Islands
View of Marinduque Mainland from Tres Reyes Islands-Click on photo to link to Marinduque Awaits You

Thursday, December 3, 2020

The Science Behind the mRNA Vaccines for Covid-19

The recent poll indicated that only 58% of Americans are willing to be vaccinated with the new Covid-19 vaccines. The other 42% for some reasons or another do not want to be vaccinated. Hopefully after hearing this 34 minutes recording from NPR some of the 42% will changed their minds regarding the safety of the vaccine.

 The stages of Vaccine Development-Similar to Regular New Drugs


https://www.npr.org/2020/11/23/938003401/explaining-the-science-behind-an-mrna-vaccine-for-covid-19

Listen to the 34 Minute Recording above from NPR. I hope that after listening to the recording your fear and apprehension about the vaccine will be erased and you will be willing to get the vaccine as soon as its available to the general population. 

As a former FDA employee, I have no hesitation in being vaccinated once FDA has approved it.

https://cen.acs.org/pharmaceuticals/vaccines/tiny-tweak-behind-COVID-19/98/i38

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN Medical Correspondent, Answer Your Questions about Covid-19 Vaccines

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=671016950275339&ref=notif&notif_id=1606952776557599&notif_t=live_video 

Meanwhile, enjoy this photo from my collection:

Sunset at Stinson Beach, California, 2020
 

There are five main types of vaccines: attenuated (live) vaccines, inactivated vaccines, toxoid vaccines, subunit vaccines, and conjugate vaccines.

Related Article:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/12/02/covid-vaccine-pfizer-moderna-astrazeneca-what-to-know/6476436002/

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

My Guest Article of the Year-Biden, Trump and Democracy by H.A. Adaza

 
DILIMAN WAY- WITH HOMOBONO A. ADAZA* -BIDEN, TRUMP AND DEMOCRACY
 
“People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.” – Alan Moore
 
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." -Plato
 
America is a beacon light of democracy in the world. As some people say, when America catches cold, the rest of the democratic world gets pneumonia – that is in a political sense. When Donald J. Trump was elected American President in 2016, democracy was in grave peril because the man has no respect for democratic values and institutions – as his vulgar words and erratic behavior show.
 
He is so enamored with himself he succeeded, with his charisma and demagoguery, to create a cult whose members worship him as a demigod incapable of being wrong – even if he spews lies in all direction so brazen that it is almost difficult to think how it is possible for him to have tens of millions of Americans believing in his lies hook line and sinker.
 
But to an intelligent observer, it is no surprise that someone can create cults in America because there are many of them in America, in microcosmic forms – Ku Klux Klan, Manson, Qanon, Neo-Nazis, Proud Boys and many others. The surprise is the millions of members who embrace the Trump cult without the need for active recruitment. All they do is listen to Trump and respond to their own insane and ignorant impulses which Trump encourages.
 
The truth of the matter is that the true believers in Trump are ignorant of democracy and belong to the lunatic fringe in America. Of course, there are so many exceptions. Many of them deserted Trump at the beginning of the 2020 election campaign. More known personalities who did just that are former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Colin Powell, General Mathis; Michael Cohen, Trump’s lawyer who wrote a devastating book on Trump entitled MEA CULPA; Trump’s niece who wrote a book, TOO MUCH AND NEVER ENOUGH: HOW MY FAMILY CREATED THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN which demolished Trump as a liar, a cheater and a fraud; Trump’s own National Security Adviser, John Bolton who wrote a book, THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENED, which described Trump as incompetent; John Kelly, resigned Trump NSA before Bolton who described the White House under Trump as a “bad place to work”; Anthony Schwartz, the ghost writer of Trump’s best selling book, THE ART OF THE DEAL, who like the others described Trump as a liar, incompetent, racist and misogynist; and Mike Pompeo, Trump’s Secretary of State who still desperately clings to Trump for his own reasons, called Trump once as “full of shit”.
 
If a relative who has a doctorate in clinical psychology, a lawyer who used to champion your cases, a ghost writer who wrote your best selling book, and your own close associates describing you as the worst possible person they know, you must really be a piece of shit – unfit to be president of your own country.
Poor loser: Despite Trump’s strenuous campaigning, he lost the election to Joe Biden by a comfortable electoral vote margin and historic popular votes. Consistent with his whining even before the election that the only way he could lose is if he is cheated, he filed cases all over the place and continues to claim he won the election and was robbed of victory.
 
People celebrate outside the Philadelphia convention center in Pennsylvania after Joe Biden was declared winner of the US presidential election on 7 November. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images*
 
What a pitiful sight for a President of the United States of America. He has not only dishonored the American presidency, he has diminished America and democracy in the eyes of the world.
 
Until now he refuses to concede. He went to court thinking he could win the cases, all of them were thrown out of court for being baseless, numbering about thirty four. Leaders all over the world have congratulated Joe Biden for his victory – Boris Johnson of England, Angela Merkel of Germany, Emmanuel Macron of France, Netanyahu of Israel. Only the dictators in the world have not congratulated Joe Biden – Vladimir Putin of Russia, Xi Jin Ping of People’s Republic of China and Kim of North Korea. Trump’s own Department of Homeland Security declared that the 2020 election was the most secured in the history of America. A number of Republican senators, governors and leading figures like Chris Christie of New Jersey have already congratulated Joe Biden.
American media has already announced the incontestable victory of Joe Biden but Trump refuses to budge. What a miserable sight! What a poor loser!
 
Back to America: The election of Joe Biden as President of the USA is a breath of fresh air not only for America but for all democratic countries in the world. It’s a re-affirmation of the validity of democratic values and institutions. It is a loud and clear repudiation of racism, a misogynist orientation, fascistic behavioral patterns, affection for dictatorships and strong men and isolationism. It is a return to constitutional democracy and fundamental democratic values.
 
It is the dawning of a regime that seeks a return to what is considered American – civility in words and conduct, adherence to the rule of law, affirmation of equality before the law, enjoyment of freedoms tempered by responsibility, a choice of excellence as against the forces of incompetence and ignorance, and leadership in the world to preserve civilization dedicated to the survival and elevation of mankind to a level of excellence.
 
With the beginning of the Biden era, one gets to be reminded of Thomas Jefferson’s articulation in the American Declaration that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights; that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” Similarly, with Abraham Lincoln’s immortal words, “A government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish here on Earth.”
 
We also recall the undying dreams of American Presidents - Woodrow Wilson’s New Freedom, Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal, John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s New Frontier and now, Joe Biden’s Back to America. We fondly remember some lines from American songs like “Land where my father’s died, land of the Pilgrim’s Pride. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.” We cannot help remembering the line which defines America as the “land of the free and the home of the brave”
 
This is what Joe Biden means to many observers in the world, return to the fundamentals – constitutionalism, rule of law, equality among men and women, justice for the deprived and downtrodden, unity in diversity, global leadership for democracy in the greater interest of mankind, and condemnation of all forms of dictatorship and mindless and ignorant cults.
 
America defined: America is not only a land of immigrants; it is also a land of dreams for people of all colors – black, white, yellow, brown. It is a land of tremendous possibilities – where a black man like Barack Obama can be President of the country, Catholics like John F. Kennedy and Joe Biden becoming Presidents and a colored Asian woman becoming Vice-President like Kamala Harris.
 
Indeed, it is a land of dreamers where the impossible become possible; where dreams become real and realized. It is also a land of tremendous intellectual excellence – Justices like Oliver Wendell Holmes, Louis Dembitz Brandeis, Felix Frankfurter, William Douglas and Robert Jackson; novelists like Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, F.B. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Robert Penn Warren and Sinclair Lewis; short story writers like O. Henry and Sherwood Anderson; poets like Robert Frost, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Toni Morrison, Christina Rossetti; and men passionately driven by divine incandescence to better the human condition like Robert Fitzgerald “Bobby” Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
I can go on and on but the list is interminable that celebrates man at his best, brightest and greatest. As the line of the song Frank Sinatra sang so well – “that is America to me.”
 

The man: Joe Biden is a very simple man going back to the fundamentals. As he said it so well, he is a President for all Americans, those who voted for him and those who did not vote for him. He wants to unite America not divide it. He celebrates the noble impulses of the human being not the dark forces. This reminds me of what a governor from Mindanao said when he was taking his oath in the smallest town in his province under conditions of martial law in 1980, “Partisan politics ends with the elections. Whether you like or not I am your governor. I will serve all of you irrespective of party, gender, age and persuasion.”  
That is the politics of the democrat, of an intelligent and well-oriented President, of a unifier not a divider, of a noble human being skirting the fringes of divinity in these times when the forces of evil dominates many of the countries in the world.
 
He is for the rule of law not only in America but for the world - giving everyone hope that massive human oppression, lawlessness and tyranny in many parts of our planet will begin to disappear for the good of mankind. For now, these are just words. On January 20, 2020 and days, weeks, months and years ahead, let us see how Joe Biden translates words into action. As Joe Biden said, with a Kennedy flourish and flavor, “Let us show them not only the example of our power but the power of our example.”
 
As they say, the taste of the pudding is in the eating.

RELATED ARTICLE:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/nov/07/joe-biden-win-political-norms-turmoil-trump 

*H. Adaza was a former Governor, Member of Parliament, BID Commissioner, lawyer, writer and author of ten books and my contemporary during my college years at the University of the Philippines in Diliman,Q.C.,Philippines( 1951-1955).

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Celebration of Life: Macrine J. Katague via her Favorite Music ( Hymns)-Part 10

This is Part 10 of the 14 Series on Macrine J. Katague, Celebration of Life.

Macrine loved to sing. In her younger years, she sings coloratura soprano. When she started smoking later in her forties ( during nursing school), her voice changed to mezzo soprano. Macrine and I loved singing in the choir here in Northern California. In the late 1980's, we sang in our church choir on Sunday masses in Pinole, as well as with the UP Alumni, Berkeley Chapter Choir based in El Sobrante, California.

Eleven years ago, we sang in our Church Choir here in Fair Oaks. We even sang a duet of Silent Night in Tagalog at the concert before the Christmas midnight mass. Macrine and I had also organized the Marinduque Association of the Capital Area( MACA) Christmas Caroling Group in Colesville, Maryland in the late 1990's.

Besides singing in the church Choir with me, Macrine sang a few times during a friends wedding and she got paid, so I will consider her a semi-pro. Anyway in this episode, I am posting two of her favorite hymns that we sometimes sung during Catholic masses.  Make a Channel of your Peace( the Prayers of St.Francis), and On Eagle Wings..

  

The Prayer of St Francis song (Make me a Channel of your Peace)reminds me of our one week vacation in Rome and in the Vatican, and our visit to Assissi, Italy in 1990

On Eagle Wings reminds me of our one week vacation in Aruba, 2001

Meanwhile, while searching for the best arrangement of the above two songs, I found two renditions of Cohen's Hallelujah as follows:

Celine Dion surprises the Canadian Tenors-Oprah in the Audience 

Religious Hymns reminds me of our college years and the University of the Philippines Student Catholic activities, 1951-1955.

https://davidbkatague.blogspot.com/search?q=UPSCA

Meanwhile, enjoy this photo from Chateau Du Mer, Boac, Marinduque, Philippines-our second home!!


 

 

Monday, November 30, 2020

A Taboo Topic: Battered/Abused Men/Husbands in the Philippines

This article is a repost. The original article was first published in my blogs in December, 2012. This is a taboo subject in the Philippines, but I feel I should write about.


In my last posting about battered husbands, I cited two cases that had come to my attention last year. One case was here in the US( a coworker) and the other case was in the Philippines(a relative).

This week I learned of another battered husband case in the Philippines. The battered husband is a distant kin of my wife. For the purpose of this article, let me call the husband Benjamin and his wife Lola. Relatives and friends of Benjamin oftentimes just call him Benjie while Lola has another name Bu-angit( crazy in Ilonggo).

Benjie's family are rich landowners in Mindoro. When Benjie's parents died, the property were divided into the 7 siblings. But Bu-angit was later able to claim and usurp portions of land supposed to be inherited by one of the sisters of Benjie. The story of Benjie and Lola is a classic tale of greed, indifference, envy and marital discord of a well to do Filipino family.

I have met Benjie and Lola and have interactions with them several times during their married life. Lola has a temper, so I was sure that Benjamin was a victim of verbal abuses. Lola several years ago came to visit relatives here in US. On her way home to the Philippines, she had a temper tantrum in the airport. It took a while for her to calm down.

Today, I was surprised to learn that Benjamin was also a victim of physical abuse. Benjamin and Lola have four adults children and several young grandchildren. Both hailed from Mindoro(neighboring island of Marinduque), but decided to reside in Quezon City after their college graduations. Benjamin was an engineer and a business executive before his retirement. Lola was a full time housekeeper and occasionally teaches piano. We know of several friends of the couple and heard of incidents of Lola's temper tantrums. Lola is also known for her erratic behavior during full moon. We did not however have much contact with Benjamin and Lola for the last 5 years, not until last week when Benjamin died of heart attack at the age of 71. We were also informed that a week before Benjie died he was scheduled for heart by-pass surgery. For unknown reasons, the surgery was cancelled. It is rumored that Lola convinced Benjie not to have surgery, because of the costs of the surgery. I feel this is not really the reason, since the couple are very wealthy. They owned lands and two houses in Mindoro as well as beach houses in Batangas and Marinduque and has a good business in Quezon City.

Benjamin had several relatives residing in the US. Last week, a relative( Gilda) flew to the Philippines just to attend for his funeral and cremation services. It was at this time that she learned of Benjie's suffering as a victim of Lola's verbal and physical abuse. The story was relayed to Gilda by the personal caretaker of Benjamin.

The story of Benjie's abuse was relayed by Gilda to my wife and I am writing this story. This is a true story. But to protect the family and privacy of both the late Benjamin and Lola, the names and places in this article are fictitious but the story of Benjamin as a battered husband is true and not a product of my wild and vivid imagination.

Again, as I wrote in my first article on this subject, battered husband cases are not as common as the battered wife cases. But this story confirms that there are battered husbands all around the world, but are too ashamed to seek help when they are still alive. In the case of Benjamin, his case was only known after his death last week. May Benjamin's soul rest in Peace, Amen.
One of the many orchids in the Gardens of Chateau Du Mer, Boac, Marinduque, Philippines  
and a short video of a wedding ceremony and reception in the Coference Hall, Beach House and Gardens of Our Chateau Du Mer-a lighter topic than the one above.
 
https://www.facebook.com/razastillsandmotions/videos/654125195156022/

 Related Post: https://theaseanpost.com/article/philippines-abused-husbands

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Do You Have Good and Caring Neighbors?

 

It is essential for your safety, happiness and peace of mind to have good neighbors that are also friendly and caring. Whether you live in an apartment, condo, a farm, town house or in a subdivision with single homes, it is important to have good neighbors. In the seven places that we have resided here in the US since 1960, my family have encountered all kinds of neighbors from the unfriendly( probably racist), neutral and caring neighbors.

Our first city of residence was Chicago, Illinois in the 1960's. I was still a graduate student at that time so we resided in a apartment managed and owned by the university. All of our neighbors were mostly students and others were employees of the University. We were lucky at that time to have good neighbors. My wife had joined a baby sitting cooperative with wives of other students students. We will have monthly pot lucks and picnics with the growing kids- the center of our social activities.

After graduation, we moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where I had my first industrial job. Our first rental single home was in a subdivision of mostly retired couples, so we did not have interaction with our neighbors. Our activity was centered in the Swim and Country Club two blocks from our house. We stayed in this house for one year since the owner decided to sell the house. We moved to another rental house about two miles away. Again, we did not have any interaction with our neighbors. 
Our First purchased Home on Plattewoods, Missouri with the 4's, 1967
 
Our third home in the Kansas City area was in Plattewoods, Missouri. This was our first owned home. It was located in a subdivision with one and two acres lots in a semi-rural exclusive neighborhood. Our neighbor across the street was a teacher and was neither friendly or unfriendly. Our neighbor in the left side we never see. The only thing we saw in their backyard was a German Shepherd dog named Devil who barks when we approached the boundary lines of our fences. We have a distant neighbor about 4 blocks from us who were also Filipino-Americans and have two boys almost in the same ages with our children that we socialized.

Our next move was to Modesto, California, Stanislaus County- California Central Valley. We purchased our second 4-bedroom home in a newer subdivision. We have several neighbors but only one was friendly. We stayed two years in that subdivision then decided to sell the house so we can moved to a farm house with a barn that my wife converted into a Filipino Gift Shoppe. Our nearest neighbor was about 1/4 mile away. They have children who goes to the same school with our kids, but we never socialized.

Our fourth move was to Pinole, California in the East Bay when my employer in Modesto decided to close their agricultural research facility. We have purchased two homes in Pinole from 1974-1990. Our first home was a two story house in a subdivision with small backyards in the foot hills of Pinole. We have neighbors that are neither friendly or unfriendly.
 
When I broke my Achilles tendon playing tennis and had a hard time climbing the second floor bedrooms, we decided to move to a ranch type home about 3 miles in another older subdivision. In this neighborhood, we have two very friendly neighbors. One was a Filipina married to a Caucasian. The one across the street was super friendly and very helpful. He was a handy man and was glad when he offers to help me in the minor maintenance of the house and our yard.
Our residence in Hammonton Rd, Colesville, MD(1990 to 2002)
 
When I lost my job in the East Bay, our family moved to the Washington DC area where I worked for the Food and Drug Administration for 12 years. We purchased a 4 bedroom ranch style home with a full basement in a subdivision in Colesville, Maryland. We found in this neighborhood a very friendly and caring neighbor who was a widow. We socialized and invite each other in our homes and had a grand time.
A neighbor's duck swimming in our pool, Sacramento(Fair Oaks), 2005
 
Our last move was to the Sacramento area(Fair Oaks) when I retired in 2002. We decided to rent first so we will know the neighborhood before we purchased our retirement house. Our rental home was a 4 bedroom ranch with a swimming pool. We stayed there for almost a year and were able to meet only one neighbor. He was a retired physician, an avid reader and has no prejudice against Filipino-Americans. We realized this is not a very friendly neighborhood however since our other neighbors never bothered to introduce themselves to us.

We purchased our retirement home in a neighborhood with another ranch type house. The subdivision was built in the 1980's and populated mostly by retirees. In this neighborhood, we are very lucky to have two friendly neighbors. Our first caring neighbor is a widow originally from Italy. She does not drive, so every now and then I will drive her to church and to the grocery stores. She goes with my wife and I to the nearby Casino almost once a week. In return she would cook my favorite dish- fried eggplant. The other day she gave us roasted duckling. She also watched all unusual activities in the area, and lists all licenses of cars she does not recognized.

Our second friendly neighbor is also a retired couple about ten years younger than us. The man of the house is a handy man and I hired him to fix minor repairs in the house. He is also a computer expert and had help me with my computers problems in two cases during the last four years. We love this neighborhood, because we have two friendly neighbors who watches our home when we are not around and are ready to help us in a second notice.
 
May I reiterate then, that for your piece of mind it is essential to have good and caring neighbors. How about you? Do you have good neighbors?

Here's an example of having good and caring neighbors-From the FB page of Ditas: Thanksgiving Day, 2020.

I have the BEST neighbors Darrell and Stanley. When they heard I was going to stay home alone and do a family zoom and was thinking of ordering take out- they offered to bring me a delicious plate of all homemade from scratch thanksgiving dinner. Not pictured here is the amazing white chocolate cheesecake with a chambord coulis! All delicious and the zoom call was so nice to connect with family safely. #covidthanksgiving2020 #bestneighborsever

Meanwhile, enjoy this Video of Andrei Rieu, Plaisir d'Amour

 

Friday, November 27, 2020

Celebration of Life: Macrine J.Katague via her Favorite Music ( Julio Iglesias)-Part 9

This is Part 9 of 14 on the Series, Celebration of Life, Macrine J. Katague via her favorite music.

Macrine was a Julio Iglesias Fan. She had more than two dozens collection of his records and had attended three of His Concerts here in Northern California and Lake Tahoe in the mid 1980's.

Macrine and I first attended a concert that Julio gave way back in the late 1970's in Burlingame, CA. The theater was mobbed by screaming women of all ages. One of the women screaming for his name is my wife who was in her late thirties at that time. Luckily, she was not one of several women who throw their panties to the stage. Macrine, my wife for 63 years is one out of the millions of Julio's groupie and fans. She has a complete collection of all his songs from 1970 to 1990.

The second Julio concert we attended was in Lake Tahoe, NV in the late 1980's. This time the crowd was a little bit tamer and no panties were thrown on the stage. However, I have to pay scalped tickets for about 10 times the regular price, so I could also see the show. Macrine also attended two other live converts of Julio in Reno, NV with her two girl friends(Julio fans) in the mid 1980's.




Here's more of Julio, 85 minutes of his songs!  

https://marinduqueawaitsyou.blogspot.com/search?q=julio+iglesias

Meanwhile, enjoy this photo, Sunset at Stinson Beach, CA 2020

 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

No Thanksgiving Get Together This Year-Instead a Dessert Zoom Meeting

Our First Thanksgiving Celebration in the US, Danville, Illinois, 1960

The David Katague Clan decided not to have a Thanksgiving Get Together this year due to Covid-19. Instead, Ditas has scheduled a Zoom meeting as follows:

Topic: Thanksgiving DESSERT ZOOM for the Family
Time: Nov 26, 2020 04:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Personal Note: David and I will just order Crispy Pata, Pancit and other Pinoy Goodies from Teriyaki Station from Folsom and have it delivered via Doordash for tomorrow dinner.
 
Speaking of crispy pata here's a video from Becoming Filipino ( Kulas) of the best crispy pata he had tasted in Santa Cruz, Marinduque-our second home in the Philippines.

For our previous Thanksgiving celebrations visit:

https://theintellectualmigrant.blogspot.com/search?q=thanksgiving 

and for our first Thanksgiving in the US in 1960 visit:

https://hubpages.com/holidays/my-first-thanksgiving-day-in-the-united-states

 Here's a short history of the Thanksgiving Traditions in the US

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EZNCuQkWNU

 

Monday, November 23, 2020

Have You Tasted Ostrich Steaks?

I first tasted ostrich steak several years ago at a restaurant owned by Macrine's first cousin, MYLK( My Little Kitchen) located in Greenbelt Shopping Mall, Makati, Philippines. I believe the restaurant had closed.

At that time, I was curious who was the supplier of the Meat. Macrine cousin  informed us that the source of the meat was from ostrich farms in Davao, Southern Philippines. 

Ostrich Raising in Redmond, Oregon

It was one of the best tasting meat, I have tasted in my life. It taste like a cross between a steak and chicken, more on the steak taste.

Ostrich meat doesn't taste like other birds. It's meat is red like venison and the taste is similar to prime beef. Other's say it tastes like veal. ... The meat comes in all of the cuts that beef comes in, including steaks and burgers, as well as ground meat.

Ostrich is a very versatile lean meat. It looks like venison and tastes like filet steak. It is very low in cholesterol and therefore healthier than beef. 

The average ostrich, typically butchered at 14 months of age, will produce about 75–130 lbs of meat. Ground ostrich meat ranges from $10–15/lb, with filets at $25–50/lb and tenderloins upwards of $50/lb. At the average wholesale price of $20/lb, that's a minimum of $1500 per bird.
 
Here in my neighborhood, three grocery and meat stores carries the meat, but I do not see a lot of customers buying it, because it is very expensive. But the taste is worth every penny you pay for such delicacy. 
If you have a chance taste it. It is better tasting than grilled lamb loin chops, veal or venison. I know most of us are not familiar with exotic meats, but again if you have the chance, taste it!!
 
Meanwhile enjoy this piece-one of Macrine's Favorite
 
Another rendition of Anton Rubenstein "Romance"

In this ranking, pork and lamb were #1 and # 2 favorites.
http://en.classora.com/reports/f47591/ranking-of-the-worlds-most-delicious-meat

Meanwhile, enjoy this photo of my nite light gift to a relative who love cats.


 

 

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