Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I'm also tired of the music on my itunes and through complete laziness I've lost a lot of old music, so for anyone who is inclined, I'm requesting a mixed tape for my birthday. It would make my year. Thank you.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Let's get a profile shot...
Okay, well that's enough boasting and pie talk for one day. Two more important holiday events await us before the year wraps up. I know I am not always the best at keeping up with people, but I do love you all and wish you all the best at the end of this year and much more in the coming year. Be safe, eat with joy, Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
Monday, December 21, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
We had dinner at Sylvia's, the famous soul food restaurant in Harlem. It was a wonderful time. I ate fried chicken, collard greens and mac and cheese. It was tempting to eat as much as possible, but Don, Lia's dad, spoke so highly of the peach cobbler I knew I had to save myself. I used my deep mental powers to excercise restraint. Lia took a different approach, keeping one eye on her plate and the other on Pete's.
Eventually the time came for dessert and the glorious peach cobbler arrived at the table:
Since everyone had eaten a large meal, we decided to split two cobblers between four people. Don and Pete had one and Lia and I had the other. Linda was the true picture of restraint, opting out of dessert. We fork-cheered as Linda documented the sweet ritual:
We may be two dainty ladies but we managed to finish up our dessert, while Don and Pete lost steam, sadly leaving some of their cobbler on the plate.
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New York, NY 10027
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Lest you think that I am merely hamming it up here, let me clue you in on my dedication to your attendance. As a teaser I am unveiling a part of the grand prize that will be awarded to best costume of the evening:
It's a Ouija board!
As you can see it's custom made with color detail. You're not getting a work of art like this from Hasboro, that's for sure. So should you skip Creatures of the Forest 2010?
Well hello there Mr. Moon, looks like the board has spoken. Let's ask the board one more question before we sign off. Should our dear readers delve into the craziest and most creative crevasses of their imaginations to make their costumes?
As you can see my friends, the board has spoken! I hope you guys are excited. Let me know if you want to keep seeing more teasers.
Friday, November 20, 2009
In other news, I'm seeing my mom today for lunch and it's Friday. It's a very good day and I'm looking forward to an equally sweet weekend, as good as last weekend I hope. Below are pictures from last Saturday.
I got to hang out with some friends. First I went shopping with Steph, then we went to see her fiance David practice with his band. Afterwards the band, Steph, I and Yuki enjoyed an evening of tasty ramen, plus drinks at the little gem Umi No. Below are some blurry pictures I took while we were waiting for David and the rest of the boys to finish up so we could go to dinnner.
Steph and Yuki!
A Mrs. Freshley's carrot cake that's not so fresh anymore.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
The effect of the rain on my glasses made for some freaky looking eyes. Watch out! I might be an evil toon....blahhaahha. Below is lovely Laura, and I, waiting to see BOAT. I didn't know much about them before checking them out, but let me tell you it was a super duper fun show--there was a dancing apple with the Mets logo, Village Voice confetti and plastic whistle toys and the music was kick ass. You should really check BOAT out!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Eric, Lia's very cool brother has been learning about public art. He's pretty into it and found out about an artist, Faith 47. Her work is compelling. I've posted a shot of something she did. Anyway, she's trying to fight the man. Below Eric explains what exactly she's doing. Check it out if you get a chance.
Faith 47 is heading a petition effort to oppose new South African laws that would make all public art illegal. That would include graffiti that is vandalism, but also commissioned murals and welcomed artwork done by professional and reputable artists. I felt moved to sign the petition, because I know how important a lot of this public art is. There are surely better ways to eliminate vandalism. I welcome you to look into it. At the very least, do a Google search for "Faith 47 art" and see what I'm talking about. Or you can take my word for it and just sign the petition.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
This Halloween was pretty sweet. Like I mentioned earlier, plans fell through at the last minute, but it was still good times. The day started off with a trip to McGolrick Park for a doggy Halloween parade. Here is a picture of some doggy bees. They were super cute. There was a costume contest. My friends and I would have awarded a tiny dog in a top notch lizard/dragon costume, but poor pouch was robbed.
This year I was going to be the Easter bunny. After a lot of preliminary work, however, plans changed at the last minute and I was a zombie instead. Above is a picture of the results. I wish I had taken a picture at the end of the night. Some other zombies helped out with blood, giving me a truly awesome goriness. I looked like I'd had my fair share of brains. Brains.....yum.
Friday, March 13, 2009
So if you're anything like me, when you come home from work you're tired and you're hungry and the last thing you want to do is get into some complex and time consuming meal preparation. Don't get me wrong. I love food and I love cooking, I'm just so hungry when I get home that I fall on my most primal instincts, which are A) get a snack, B) find the quickest way from point a (hunger) to point b (dinner).
The first thing required in my A to B dinner tactic is to make sure I have snack food at home. I bought some blue corn chips a while ago and they have served me well. At other times I've done a sliver of cheese and crackers or left over steamed plantains slices. Carbohydrates seem to be a common theme.
Pasta is a staple because it is both cheap and fast. My friend made pasta with peanut sauce for me and since then I have reconsidered my dislike of wheat pasta. Consequently, I always buy the wheat variety, but I tend to vary the shape to keep things fresh.
I also buy sauce. I know there will be hecklers who will go on about how I could very easily make my own, which, in a pinch, I've done before. Don't forget, however, that one of the highest values in this whole adventure is speed. You can't beat pouring from a jar.
Additionally, I keep Parmesan cheese in the house. I have a chunk of it and grate what I will mix into my pasta with a steak knife. To recap, having to make you're own pasta sauce is a load of crap, but grating your own cheese will certainly, the palate, please. (Sorry, I couldn't help myself).
For a long time I was only eating pasta. It was really sad because when I lived near the Park Slope Coop, I always ate great produce and I varied what I ate quite a bit. I was lamenting my addiction to pasta and my lack of vegetable eating, but not really doing much about it until I went to visit my aunt.
While I stayed with her she made extravagant meals every night. There was a lot of grilled meat, but what struck me the most was her sauteed spinach and the green peppers left on the grill. I was in heaven, it tasted so good and it was just the inspiration I needed to re-inject the color green into my daily eating habits.
Now that I'm back in New York, I am still eating my pasta but I've also added a lot of green to my plate. I supplement my meal with mixed salad greens that are drizzled with olive oil and toasted sesame seeds and some other cooked greens. The first week I had sauteed spinach just like my aunt made. I ate it cold out of the fridge for a week. The following week, however, I opted for steamed kale drizzled with olive oil and a sprinkle of pepper flakes.
Adding the green hasn't added much time to my meal prep, but it sure has added flavor and nutrition. When I get home, I get my snack food out. I heat the water for the pasta. take out the pre-washed greens and put them on a plate. I then take out the cooked greens and put them on the plate too. I take out the olive oil and the pasta sauce and the cheese. The pepper flakes and sesame seeds are already on the table. I season my greens and cook the pasta. When it's close to done I drain the water and put the pasta, still in the pot, back on the heat. I pour the sauce on with the cheese, mix for a minute or two and serve. This whole ordeal never takes more than fifteen minutes and it's just so yummy.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Up until recently I had not had any mind blowing tacos in New York. Then I read about Mercadito Cantina in the New York Times' $25 and Under column. Not only is the place worth a visit, but it's good in the best way a restaurant can be. Every time I go, I am humbled by the fact that I know that I cannot replicate this at home. The caliber of the execution is top notch.
172 Avenue B (Btwn 10th and 11th Street)
New York, NY 10009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Pasta dressed with Tomatoes and Chickpeas
1/2 box of angel hair pasta
1/2 can of whole stewed tomatoes
2 garlic cloves sliced
1 carrot peeled and finely chopped
1 small bowl of shredded purple cabbage
Fresh crushed pepper
Begin by heating water. You can prepare vegetables while it is hitting a rolling boil. Open can of beans and dump salty water into the pot of pasta water. Return to a boil. Meanwhile, circle pan on medium high heat with olive oil. After about a minute add garlic and brown. Afterwards add carrot and cabbage; season pan with all spices to taste. Your pot of water should be back to a boil. Dump pasta in pot. Then make sure all flavors are distributed in pan by turning vegetables. Then cover and lower heat a bit. When pasta is cooked drain pot and put back on burner with flame off. Dump the correct portion of tomatoes from can and with a wooden spoon crush each tomato to release its liquid. Next, return your attention to the pan. Add the chickpeas and use spoon to combine with vegetables. Let everything alone for a minute and then dump the contents of the pan into the pot. Stir everything together and taste to make sure seasoning is to your liking. Voila, dinner!