About Steven Pinkert

My name is Steven Pinkert and I am an attorney in Miami, Florida. My law firm is Pinkert & Marsh, PA. We practice in the areas of Real Estate, Title Insurance, Attorney grievances, Bar Admission, Commercial and Transactional Law, Patent and Trademark Law and Chinese Market Entry. In addition to a law degree I have an MBA in International Business and a Medical Degree. I grew up in Chicago and we moved to Miami in 1994. I am married with 2 grown boys. I enjoy travel, history and photography. I have a photography site at www.pinkertphoto.com. My law firm's website is www.pinkertlaw.com.

Steven Pinkert Returns to China

Steven Pinkert has been to China 40 Times the Past 4 Years

Jet Lag is a Killer

The toughest part about doing business in China is the jet lag. Since Beijing is 12 hours ahead of the US Eastern Time, day is night and night feels like day.  It is hard to sleep at night and you are fatigued while you work during the day because your biological clock thinks it is sleep time. Supposedly melatonin helps you adjust and sleep at night but I haven’t tried it.

The jet lag problem is exacerbated if you are on a short business trip because your body doesn’t have time to adjust.  Then, after a week, just as you are adjusting you return to the USA (Eastern Time) and once agan you are tired in the day and sleepless at night.

Getting Around in China

For those of you that haven’t spent time in China it is a fascinating place to visit and business opportunities are available but very challenging for the Westerner. Getting around is a challenge in and of itself as taxi drivers do not speak english. The trick is to have your hotel write down in Chinese where you want to go. Another trick is to purchase a sim card for local phone service (which is very cheap) but you must have an unlocked phone. Then you store the phone number of your hotel in your local phone. I call the hotel from the taxi and the concierge translates to the driver where I want to go!

If you have any interest in conducting business in China you can contact me, Steven Pinkert, at my law firm, Pinkert and Marsh, PA, in Miami, Florida. The phone number is 305-788-3900 and the website is: www.pinkertlaw.com. Also, if you want to learn more about the internationa business consulting that I conduct in China read about it here:http://pinkertconsulting.com/?page_id=2.

Sherma and Steven Pinkert Visit a Koala Bear in New Zealand and Visit Sydney

I just located a great photo of Sherma with a Koala Bear in New Zealand.  The photo is a few years old but it is cute.

Sherma and Koala Bear - Copyright 2012 Steven Pinkert

I also located another nice photograph of Sherma in Sydney with a great view of the iconic Sydney Opera House.

Sherma and Sydney Opera House - Copyright 2012 Steven Pinkert

Steven Pinkert’s New Family Website

Steven Pinkert has started a new website that is dedicated to his nuclear and extended family.  You can find the site at www.pinkert.us. The first few stories are about Steven’s father’s 85th birthday party and this past President’s Day weekend that they spent together in Key West. Please take a look and let him know your thoughts.

Ian, Steven, Sherma and Keith Pinkert

Sherma and Steven Pinkert Visit India

In November 2009 Sherma and I went to India.  It was an interesting experience.  Some good – some bad.  But India is an experience not to be missed.  We remember nearly one hundred rats on the train station platform as dusk approached – scampering at our feet. One American tourist decided to feed the rats and she gave them her candy and protein bars!  If you know Sherma you know she was quite unhappy with this woman – and she told her as much. On another occasion I remember Sherma running out of a toilet screaming because there was a rat in the toilet. (And this was in a modern facility.) When I remember her screaming over the rat in the toilet tears come to eyes I laugh so hard.

But India is also overwhelmingly beautiful and spiritual.  We spent several days in Varanasi.  This is the holiest city in India where Hindus come to die to have their ashes spread in the Ganges River.  Every evening there is a prayer ceremony on the river front.  It is so beautiful. I have uploaded a 2 minute video of the ceremony.

Prayer Ceremony – Varanasi

One of my other memories of India was Sherma feeding the elephants.  Sherma is an animal lover and one evening at our hotel there was a wedding with elephants for the bridal party.  Well Sherma couldn’t resist and she ran to buy food for the elephants.  It isnt the elephants in a feeding frenzy….

in an Elephant Feeding Frenzy – Copyright 2009 Steven Pinkert

Suriname News Covers Steven Pinkert and Victor Bao’s Tourism Presentation in Suriname

 

STVS Surinaamse Televisie Stichting News Story about Steven D Pinkert and Victor Bao’s Tourism Presentation

I recently returned from a business trip to Paramaribo, Suriname. While there Victor Bao and I (mostly Victor) gave a lecture on the infrastructure needs to expand tourism in Suriname.

The local Suriname news, STVS Surinaamse Televisie Stichting, covered the talk and here is the news piece. Its in Dutch – good luck.

Renee – A Long Lost Friend Appears

I spent my early years on the South Side of Chicago where I attended Coles School from the first to the eighth grade.  I left the area for high school and lost touch with all my grammar school classmates.

A few months ago, out of the blue, I received a call from Renee Chaden – one of my grammar school classmates. She was visiting her cousin Debbie in Miami and something possessed her to look me up.  I was floored.  I hadn’t heard from her or any of my grammar school classmates for 46 years! I had had such a crush on Renee. I remember thinking that she was to cool for me – which she was. I mean I was a dork and she was so cool. And to make matter worse – she was much taller than me.

Renee returned to Miami this week to visit Debbie and today we got together for the first time in 46 years. I think it’s fair to say we have both aged a bit. I mean the last time we were together we were 13. We had a great time together today.  We had lunch with my father which was really special because he remembered Renee from Sunday school car pool.

Renee’s mother, who passed away before her time, kept many photographs and other memorabilia from Renee’s grammar school days.  Renee brought our original Coles School class pictures with her. She has the class photo for every year that we attended – amazing.

The pictures are everything I remembered – and worse. I really was a dork – big ears and in many I looked like a deer in the headlights.  But Renee looked great.  She looks like a character from the movie Hairspray with her poofed up black hair.

Coles School 1961 4th Grade

Renee also had her graduation album with messages that many of us left.  My message was so pathetic.  I told her that I seriously liked her and that I was obviously too young to date her because she was only interested in older guys.

It was a nice day together.  It is a shame that I have lost touch with so many good friends from Coles..

 

 

Dinner at Yardbird – Miami Beach

Copyright 2011 Steven Pinkert

Last night eight of us had dinner at Yardbird, located at 16th and Lenox on South Beach. It was Helene’s birthday and some of our closest friends attended. Parking, often a challenge on the beach was easy as they have valet right in front. In fact Joe, who hates to valet park because he hates to wait for his car, surprised me and immediately took advantage of the valet.

I think the best description of the food at Yardbird is gourmet Southern Style cooking by Top Chef Jeff McInnis. Think of the food as gourmet comfort food and it is fair to say that if you are concerned with your cholesterol or triglycerides this eatery will not be your regular venue.

The Good. The fried chicken is as good as I have ever had. It has a slightly spicy crusty breading with a subtle fruity flavor just between the breading and the meat. Accompanying the fried chicken was a great balsamic watermelon. If you could just eat the accompanying watermelon you would spare your arteries.  But only eating the balsamic watermelon would be impossible. Other great items are the grits and cheese, baked pumpkin, and do not miss the mac and cheese which was nearly perfect. I say nearly as it was a smidgen either creamier or less well done than I prefer. But honestly I am splitting hairs.

The Bad. Other than the fact that this is not healthy eating, the noise level made conversation at our large table impossible. The noise was so bad that we stood outside in front of Yardbird and talked for almost half an hour after dinner.

I know that the music and noise level in a restaurant creates a kind of energy that many restaurateurs desire. And admittedly our group probably has an average age of 55 (I am a dead man). However, strategically placed sound absorbing materials near a few of the tables would be great for the crowd that actually likes to talk together while they enjoy great food.

To be fair there is a lively bar area and many more young people than elderly at this happening place on the beach. I suspect that my complaint about the noise level reveals that I am now an official altacocker (for the definition, click here on altacocker!)

Now a word about my reference to the elderly.  Sherma and I just turned 60 in September.  Last month, our son Keith casually referred to us as elderly, in a context that I cannot recall, and I have been obsessed ever since.  Maybe I think that by repeating it over and over the reader will respond – “Steve you look so young  – don’t be silly.”

Here is a recent photo of me, do I look elderly (aside from the puffy eyes)?

 

Steven Pinkert - Do I Look Elderly?

Steven Pinkert’s Homemade French Fries

I make the best french fries. Really. Now I know you are going to have doubts but I swear that Steven Pinkert’s fries are better than Five Guys. And in my opinion Five Guys Fries are great. I have been working on my french fry techniques for over a year and I have decided to share it with all 5 of my readers. (Actually I am exaggerating about the number of readers.)

Equipment
1) French Fry Cutter
2) Deep Fryer

Lets discuss the equipment. The french fry cutters come in several varieties and I will discuss the types that I am familiar with. I have owned a cheap plastic cutter and also a fairly heavy duty metal device. Both use a plunger action that forces the potatoes into and through square cut blades. The blades come in different widths; 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2 inch.  I recommend 3/8  inch. The cheap plastic cutter is ok but the excursion of the plunger is short so you frequently have to cut off the end to shorten a potato to fit. Also in the plastic device the handle is short and without the extra leverage of a long handle it can be difficult to force the potatoes through the blades.  The metal variety is much more durable. Amazon sells an excellent reasonably priced metal unit that takes a little assembly.  Here is the link: Restaurant French Fry Cutter. I recommend the plastic unit if you are only going to make french fries occasionally.  If you plan on feeding a crowd of 5 or more say monthly, then the metal unit is worth the extra investment of about $50.00. (By the way, the Amazon metal cutter comes with the suction cup legs.)

The deep fryer is also critical to successfully making great fries.  There are several issues to consider.  The size of the fryer, the ability of the fryer to reach and maintain temperature (watts), and the accuracy of the thermostat.  I have owned many fryers and most recently an inexpensive commercial unit. How often you plan on using the fryer determines how much you should spend. The better the fryer the faster and more consistent your french fries will turn out. At a minimum I would suggest the 12 cup Presto Profry.  It is reasonable at Amazon and is okay if not a little slow to work with because of the limited wattage.  I currently use a larger 1800 watt unit that is quasi-commercial.  If I had my drothers I would purchase a 220 volt unit and install a dedicated 220 volt outlet for the unit.  But this can be expensive and I elected not to take this step.

Ingredients:
Potatoes (Russet preferred but I buy whatever are available at Publix)
Salt
Vegetable Oil, or Canola

I am not too particular about the type of oil or the type of potatoes, but make sure the oil is fresh. Wash the potatoes and cut with the cutter. Place the cut potatoes into ice water for at least an hour. Drain a portion of the cut potatoes in a colander so that the water has run off.

You must cook the fries twice. Yes twice! Place a few handfuls in the fryer basket and make sure the fryer is heated to no more than 325 degrees.  Cook the fries for about 3 minutes but do not let them get brown – even a bit. Remove the fries from the oil and let cool for at least 30 minutes but no more than 90 minutes.  Now set the heat to 375-400 degrees and wait until the unit comes up to temperature. Now re-cook the fries until they are golden brown or the desired amount. Drain on parper towel, salt, serve, enjoy.

This recipe for making awesome homemade french fries is from Steven Pinkert, Miami Florida.

Copyright 2011 Steven Pinkert

The Wonders of the Jet Age

It is almost 8:00 a.m Thursday morning and right now I should be in a meeting at Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota – but no I am here at home in Miami. I left for Rochester yesterday morning – but here I am.

Yesterday I boarded an American Airlines flight from Miami to Rochester via Chicago. The flight from Miami to Chicago was delayed over an hour due to weather in Chicago – but I had plenty of time to make my connection.

When I arrived in Chicago I had a 90 minute wait for my flight to Rochester. At the gate American announced that the flight to Rochester was delayed due to weather. I sat and waited patiently – which was difficult as it was the second flight delay of the day. About 45 minutes later American announced that the flight was cancelled due to weather in Rochester. All flights to Rochester and even Minneapolis were completely booked. So, I got on a flight back to Miami and was home by 10:00 p.m. last night. What a funny day.

S0 – I left my home for the Miami airport at 9:00 a.m., flew to Chicago and came back the same day with absolutely nothing accomplished. Oh the wonders of the jet age.