Northern Exposure

Northern Exposure is the wacky show from the early 90’s about a snooty young doctor serving an eccentric town in Alaska. I thought it was fun, my Dad introduced me to it, really, and we love the first soundtrack disc. During a business trip, I actually visited Roslyn, Washington, where the exteriors were shot, a two or three hour drive from Seattle and bought a t-shirt.

Some folks at work were discussing the show and I recalled one of my favorite episodes where Maggie finds artifacts in her front yard (4.11 Survival of the Species), the men dig them all up to sell, and at the end the village women slowly move them back into the ground. I watched that episode and the emotional content plus the haunting song are still vivid in my mind. So I did a little research.

After a bit of googling, I found this post and the above episode list that identified it as “Tango To Evora” from Loreena McKennitt’s “The Visit”. I love the song, but never realized that the song missing from my memory is the same one. Perhaps seeing it on the show back then suggested the purchase. Unknown. Now name and show are linked.

Known, however, is that the song was removed from the DVD release. Brilliant decision. In the words of icepixie,

“They took out Loreena McKennitt’s “Tango to Evora” at the end of “Survival of the Species,” replacing it with some Italian aria. It wasn’t the same.”

I agree. So I guess I can save some money on season 4. You can’t go home again.


Stephanie is off to Los Angeles, so we had a going away dinner at Mixteca, and she invited Chrissi at our request. Arrived Weds Evening, lightly occupied.

We had some standard Margaritas, Bette had a weird green top shelf drink she saw at the bar, and we started with the excellent chips and salsa. Not the nuclear green this time, but I resisted.

I had the fish taco special, nice white fish lightly breaded in tortillas. Kind of like fish fry in a tortilla. Good. Other dishes were chicken tostadas, and chicken burritos.

Everyone liked the food. Once again, an excellent meal.

Mixteca Mexican Grill & Tequila Bar, 1390 S Eastwood Dr
Woodstock, IL 60098

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Herban Fare

This is a small place in the old karaoke bar a block off of the Woodstock square. Not as much vegetarian stuff as I would expect from the name, but good.

Went with three people. Small tables, close — just like in the city! I had beef and pasta ($15), wife had the seafood stew ($19) with some lobster and scallops, and Sara had the risotto. Everyone liked it. My only gripe is similar to other small places. It is very intimate, but you cannot talk if it is busy. Loud. Old places with tin ceilings are cool to look at but hard to hear in. I would recommend some wall hangings or anechoic foam on the wall.

Bonus: It was Wednesday, and the waiter informed us it was 1/2 price wine day, so we had a nice red Primo Rosso ($24) with dinner. I do like bottles better, and the price was right.

Herban Fare. 125 East Calhoun Street, Woodstock, Ill.
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