Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
On the superhero Canary: "Frankly as a superhero, I would take her much, much more seriously [minus the fishnets]. Because she looks like she's ready for combat. What is she ready for here? A cocktail and a little roll in the hay?"
Monday, April 26, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
It's lunch time. Who wants a cheeseburger? I've never been to 4505, but this burger seems like the perfect reason to visit. What is it with burgers and desire? I remember my college philosophy professor using using a cheeseburger to illustrate an argument about desire. Clearly, these cheesy meat patties are some sort of Jungian archetype that we can no longer ignore.
Check out SF Eater: Farr Out: 4505's Burgeoning Ferry Plaza Burger Business
4505 Cheeseburger. [Photo: Kate Newborn]
The brilliant (and clearly alcoholic) editors at SFist have found yet another drink winner in San Francisco: The Escapology. Yes, it has elderflower liqueur, and yes, they refer to it as "the bacon of the cocktail world," but this drink sound delicious and refreshing. Plus, you get some of your daily requirement of vegetables (that is why they put the cucumber in there, right?). If you're in Union Square, stop by Burger Bar and try this drink out. Or, just go to BevMo, get the ingredients and make yourself a punchbowlful at home. (Grande be damned. Punchbowl is my preferred drink size)
1.5 oz. Ocho Plata tequila (or other silver, unaged tequila)
0.5 oz. St. Germain
1 oz. fresh lime juice
0.75 oz simple syrup
Four thin slices of cucumber
Fever Tree bitter lemon soda
In a shaker, muddle the cucumber with a splash of syrup. Add the rest of the ingredients besides the bitter lemon and shake vigorously. Strain over ice and top with the soda.
Friday, April 23, 2010
The Star-News of Wilmington reported that the town council voted Thursday to add a ban against the revealing swimwear to its existing ordinance against nudity.
The move came after the police chief received an e-mail earlier in the week asking if the town's existing nude bathing ordinance allowed thongs.
The ordinance bans nudity or "insufficient clothing," and the man wanted to know if thongs were allowed for both men and women.
"We try to do everything we can toward being a family oriented beach," Mayor Pro Tem Chuck Keener said.
Inappropriate swimwear on Kure Beach was a problem about five years ago, Lambeth said, but not in recent years. The ordinance applies to all of Kure Beach, though not to the three miles of federally owned beaches on the south end of Pleasure Island, Lambeth said.
Seriously, I don't care if today was the Second Coming meets Christmas meets iPhone HD Release Day meets "the test came back negative," you will never be this excited. So, let's all be nostalgic for the 80s for a minute. . . . Ah, neon, big hair, excess and cocaine. We miss you.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Recycling sucks, but we all look better in the filtered gauzy light of our local watering hole and after a few
Check them out on Etsy.
The local roadside strawberry stand opened back up for business, so I thought a Strawberry Shortcake would be a great introduction to spring.
I diced up freshly washed strawberries and mixed them with a splash of Grand Marnier Liqueur and a sprinkle of vanilla sugar. The biscuit should be tender but able to soak up all the strawberry juices without falling apart or tasting dry and bland.
This drop biscuit recipe does just that with its slightly dense yet tender texture and warm biscuity-buttery flavor that pairs so well with the fresh berries. Just whip up a little whipped cream and you have a terrific dessert using fresh, local fruit. Here is how you can make your own:
Start by washing and dicing the strawberries. Add to the bowl a splash of Grand Marnier Liqueur and a sprinkle or two of vanilla sugar to taste (I make my own vanilla sugar by placing a vanilla bean in a small container with granulated sugar). Mix together and let set while you make the biscuits.
I used this fabulous recipe based on one from Cook's Illustrated Magazine:
Shortcake Biscuits- makes 6
- 2 cups (10 ounces) all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup cold buttermilk
- 1 large egg
- 8 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled slightly
- 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 475 and place parchment or a silpat on a baking sheet and set aside. Place a medium bowl and beaters into refrigerator to chill for whipped cream.
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, 1 Tablespoon sugar and salt in large bowl. Set aside.
In a medium bowl whisk together the buttermilk and egg. Add the melted butter and stir until small clumps form.
Add the butter mixture to the flour mixture and stir until well combined and dough comes together. Make sure no clumps of dry flour remain.
Using an ice cream scoop or a 1/3 cup dry measure, scoop out mounds of dough and place on baking sheet around 1 1/2 inches apart to create six biscuits.
Sprinkle remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar over tops of biscuits and bake for 15 minutes (watch carefully) until tops are golden brown and crisp. Transfer biscuits to wire rack and let cool at least 15 minutes before assembling the shortcake.
While the biscuits are cooling, make the whipped cream. Take the bowl and beaters out of the refrigerator. Pour around 1/2 cup cold whipping cream, splash of vanilla extract and sugar-to-taste into the cold bowl.
Start beating the cream on low speed until bubbles form then increase speed to medium, as the cream becomes thicker switch to high speed and beat until the creams forms soft peaks.
To assemble the shortcakes, split each biscuit in half with a serrated knife and spoon some berries and juice on the bottom half of each biscuit. Top the berries with a generous helping of whipped cream and cap with the biscuit top.
Serve immediately. The biscuits can be made 24 hours in advance, just keep in an airtight container until ready to use.
Garbage found in stomachs of dead beached whale on Earth Day
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
The back half of the Muni 30 line bus I was on today was a veritable chalk-pocalypse. How would anyone have time to do this uninterrupted? Do the cameras REALLY not work?! Do the drivers really not pay attention? Shocking.Also, our driver must have been new. She drove slowly, blocked traffic, and made a wrong turn, prompting most passengers to get off the bus since we didn't know where we would end up. On second thought, this is more S.O.P. than I'm willing to admit. Oh Muni. Quo vadis?
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Finally, we can quit worrying about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. If we leave it alone, all the cute little sea creatures will just eat it up for us: NOM NOM NOM.
Sure, one or two of them might
"Whales Weep Not"
Monday, April 19, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Here's how they did it.
Imagine the effect on apartment living. Who cares where your apartment is or what floor it's on? With this installed, you can be anywhere you want. Now, can they install an entire wall like this and will running it 24/7 cost too much?
Saturday, April 17, 2010
And have you seen the one where it unlocks the gate to get at the fish in the aquarium?! These things are sneaky.
Friday, April 16, 2010
from SLOGcoronal mass ejection hurtling toward Earth's magnetosphere. It should be delivering a 'glancing blow' sometime around Saturday.
According to a report released last year, a period of intense solar activity in 2012 coinciding with an 'unusually large hole in Earth's geomagnetic shield' could be curtains.
Entitled "Severe Space Weather Events — Understanding Societal and Economic Impacts," [the report] describes the consequences of solar flares unleashing waves of energy that could disrupt Earth’s magnetic field, overwhelming high-voltage transformers with vast electrical currents and short-circuiting energy grids. Such a catastrophe would cost the United States '$1 trillion to $2 trillion in the first year,' concluded the panel, and 'full recovery could take 4 to 10 years.' That would, of course, be just a fraction of global damages.
I've been away from Seattle too long. Look what's happened. The gays have taken over Westlake Plaza and forced all of downtown Seattle to participate in their sick Glee-fest. Doesn't this look like fun? I know, I know: Flash mobs are so over. But I still love them. Give me public art and passion any day.
Now, who's looking forward to the Madonna-themed Glee next week? Moisture!!
Thursday, April 15, 2010
This 2007 Sin Zin Zinfandel was the liquid companion to my dinner tonight. At a mere $13.99 (on sale), Sin Zin is a drinkable, not very spicy Zin. With the (overly) salty dinner I made tonight, it was a good counterpoint. This was the third bottle I've had of this wine but the first I've gotten to taste. Ah, that's life with wine.Was it worth the wait? On sale, yes. But at full price, there are other wines I'd rather drink. Cheers!
I love Milky Ways. My preferred way to eat them is chilled. Just pop them in the fridge and then enjoy the cool milk chocolate-y, nougat-y, caramel-y goodness. Imagine my surprise yesterday when I walked up to the Walgreen's checkout and noticed this new addition to the ©Mars family. No nougat, just caramel. Hey, I like caramel.
89¢ later, I was the proud owner of this new Willy Wonka-esque concoction. And now I'm eating it--almost 24 hours later. I call that willpower.
It's good. It's less delicate than a Ghirardelli chocolate-caramel square; but, if you like caramel and don't want to splurge on the Ghirardelli OR if you're just anti-nougat (check out Kibology), then give it a shot. I think you'll like it.
I need to go purge now.
I like getting up on Saturday and walking down the Embarcadero, with other people walking, biking, skating around. The bay is on one side and a busy street is on the other. It's the left margin of the country, the West Coast, and I love it. Typically, Rand and I stop by Peet's in the Ferry Building or Tcho for a Mocha, then we might head up to the Filbert Steps or walk around downtown SF for a bit. If it's sunny, all I really want to do is bask in the warmth awhile.
Where do you like to go in your city?
From Caliber SF: The Embarcadero in San Francisco
50¢ Drinks While They Last at the LookOut on Tax Day
Beat the Clock Happy Hour
3600 16th Street (@ Market)
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Did some work
Went to work
Doughnuts and coffee from Dynamo
On the road
Pacifica Taco Bell
Stopped a runaway beach ball
Grilled Stuft Chicken Burrito
Arrival in Santa Cruz
Unloaded the car
Said hello to the place we stayed in 2008
Loving West Cliff
Found site for future home
Put on my walking shoes
Explored West Cliff
Sun on my face
Traded shorts for pants
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
Time for beer #1: Amber
Beer #2: Witches' Wit
Bonny Doon Tasting Room
Tastings are done for the day
Back to the house
Reservations at Soif
Changed clothes again
Walking, walking, walking
2.4 miles to Soif
8 PM reservations turn into 8:45 PM
Thankful for the wine shop
Vermentino is oddly salty, minerally, good
Seated, menus, another glass of wine
Beef cheek ravioli desire
No more beef cheeks
Crab cakes, lamb meatballs, Brussels sprouts, potato wedges and pork chop
Exploring Santa Cruz at night
Cookies for $1 each
Kelly's French Bakery
Scone, poached eggs, sourdough toast, coffee
Still no rain
Book Shop Santa Cruz
Boardwalk and roller coasters
Super burrito de la Hacienda
Text from friends
Finally, a bus!
Meet up with friends at Soif
Recognized by waiter and hostess
Glass of wine purchased for me by Rosie and Kathy
Friends for life
Leave to meet up with other friends
Watch them eat
Pizza, street fight, end of night, race tomorrow
Cold, rain, wind
Early morning to see runners
Quick visit to Kelly's for breakfast
Back to see runners on the return
Hurricane-proof umbrella defeating the wind
Lunch with all the friends
Tasting at Bonny Doon
Surprise food tasting from the manager
Amazing pizza that I want to be buried with
Two bottles to go
A vintage of memories
Leaving the rain behind in Santa Cruz
Back in the city
Dinner at Suppenkuche
Time to rest, purge, and bask in the 3-day glow
Friday, April 9, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Tonight was a great night out. We started with a pre-show drink at Cantina. Then, we were lucky enough to have tickets to see Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads in the Rrazz Room at the Hotel Nikko in SF tonight. I went with a group of friends and the show was great. Imagine Schoolhouse Rock meets Electric Company meets Peewee's Playhouse meets mescaline-tinged psychadelic trip. In short, it was loads of fun. Get tickets while you can.After the show, R and I wanted to grab some food, so we went to Fish & Farm. We had a burger and the salmon (both were quite tasty) and we had the cheesecake in a jar for dessert. I've decided that I want to be buried in a cheesecake jar after I'm cremated. And don't skimp on the butter crumble!
P.S. Who has the bigger rack? Varla or Beth on the right?
(04-08) 14:57 PDT COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) --
Scores of Carlsberg workers walked off their jobs in protest Thursday after the Danish brewer tightened laid-back rules on workplace drinking and removed beer coolers from work sites, a company spokesman said.
Very little truly upsets me anymore, but this is unacceptable. How dare management try to limit the amount of beer that you, a loyal, hardworking, and thoroughly addicted worker, clearly deserve while you're working. Look, dealing with coworkers is tough. They nag and cajole and ask for stuff. They even smile as you walk by. The expectation to smile back is too much to bear sober. Save your company. Let your employees drink.
*Brought to you by the Alcohol Producers of America Board
Monday, April 5, 2010
I read something yesterday about how people know how to deal with scarcity but not abundance. I think this clearly supports that hypothesis.
It's official: I hate kids.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Available on April 12 from KFC, the Double Down will be available in two forms. The Original Recipe sandwich clocks in at 540 calories, 32g of fat and 1380mg of sodium (thirsty yet?). The light Grilled Double Down will save you 80 calories and 9g of fat, but you'll get an extra 60mg of sodium (just in case the McDonald's fries you had earlier hadn't pushed your blood pressure into the stratosphere). America, this is the sandwich for you!