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21 December 2010 @ 03:58 pm
OKAY it's been forever but I felt the urge. Can't give you up, LJ. Working now! For Scripps Networks, which basically just means for the Food Network and Cooking Channel websites, ocasionally stuff for food2.com toooo. Stuff like this. Also not living at home anymore, but in prospect heights with kate, which is pretty awesome - my bed is way comfier there and even though I love kitties I don't wake up every morning with congestion and welts on my arms now, so that's cool.

My job makes me always hungry, and since the kitchen in our apartment is sort of small I get excited whenever there's a chance to cook at home. Catered a dinner party for my parents to work off some of the money I owe them from setting up our place - made spicy-sweet pecans and cashews, asiago/pine nut/sage crisps, dill yogurt dip, cafe green salad, roasted grape tomatoes with lemon zest, horseradish crusted-parsley/provolone/roasted pepper/leek filled steak roulade, and sweet potato bundt cake with spiced buttered rum glaze and cinnamon whipped cream for dessert! everything went well, thank god. cleaning up for 12 people blows though. just planned holiday meals - christmas eve's gonna be sunday roast beef with gravy, thyme yorkshire pudding, ginger glazed baby carrots and green beans, and polvorones (mexican wedding cookies/russian tea cookies) for dessert/santa, and christmas dinner is seared five-spice duck breast with ginger chili glaze and scallions in tortillas, radicchio salad, and sticky toffee pudding....sundaaaaay is french onion and gruyere tart with arugula salad, and mussels in white wine saffron broth with garlic bread. YESSS FOOD. I'm sure no one else cares but I get so excited about planning menus...maybe even more than actually cooking or eating. Maybe. I dunno, that's a tricky one.

I get 11 days off from work starting tomorrow night, which is awessssome. Work is cool but who wants to commute an hour both ways when it's cold and sit at a desk for 8 hours? NOT ME. I'm psyched about christmas this year, I think I got pretty sweet presents for people - I am honestly more excited to give then receive (although I'm not gonna kick receiving out of bed). Also this game on Facebook, Fast Typer 2 or whatever, is incredibly addictive, I actually can't stop and it's a problem because I'M JUST SO INCREDIBLY GOOD that starting a game means I'm playing for like, half an hour or more. On a final note, Journey, way to go:
Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Music: Separate Ways - Journey
16 April 2010 @ 09:03 pm
Okay, so stress/anxiety/PMS/two glasses of wine after a really long time of not drinking/crab salad sandwich + vanilla ice cream just made that the BEST EPISODE OF LOST EVER WHAT

EDIT: It's clearly not THE BEST episode, but I had so much fun watching it and I love Hurley so whatever
12 March 2010 @ 10:59 pm
So just got back from dinner at this crazy nice exclusive restaurant which should have been exorbitantly expensive but was all for free because one of the friends we were with wrote a book with the chef and it was just generally amazing - we ate with this woman and her husband who are from two of the like, "top families" here in Argentina; the husband is supposedly the best fly-fisher in the world, and the wife used to work as Borges' translator when she was 21, and they were both really charming. Had the best empanada ever - and tons of other food, all paired with great wine (not that I know anything at all about wine, but I even liked the red, and I'm not a big red person). I sort of want to keep writing about what a nice dinner it was even though it's 1 in the morning (Argentinean people eat so late), except I feel uncomfortably like I'm bragging or being unpleasant, so, enough. Lucy's here now!
12 March 2010 @ 12:46 am
I've been meaning to make some sort of update the past few days but it's like if I'm in the apartment I'm too lazy/tired to do anything. This will be short because I am feeling no less lazy or drained, but I wanted to say something anyway! And no better time than at midnight after a (typically) late dinner trying to hear The Office over the jazz band in the square outside. Cut for length!

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Current Location: Argentina, Buenos Aires
Mood: awakeawake
Music: jazz outside
05 February 2010 @ 01:43 am
Okay so ostensibly I came home to pick up my new laptop and then just work on my thesis, but all I managed to do today was take notes from one of my books. INSTEAD, I watched three episodes of Supernatural, two episodes of Heroes, two episodes of Naruto and the season premiere of Lost (omigaaaawd). Oh, and ate too much food, which hasn't stopped me from experiencing this like soul deep yearning for really great Japanese food, especially after reading the Daily Special's from Hibino's website (good Japanese place on Henry St.).

Also, my dad was supposed to do a segment for his radio show tomorrow, where he was going to go through an exhibit at the Guggenheim (I think this one by Anish Kapoor), while talking about it with James Franco (both an art lover and apparently an artist himself) - however, really frustratingly, Franco decided to cancel at the last minute (midnight the night before), claiming he wanted to wait to talk until May when his own performance art piece was going up. So now as much as I was excited about it, I'm bothered by the stereotypical seeming celebrity attitude that seems so self-centered, where now my dad and the people he works with are going to have to come up with something else to do instead, just because (so it would seem) he wants to promote his own work.

Ohhh well...at least we're eating at my favorite Italian restaurant for dinner tomorrow, and someone is lending me a Panasonic DVX100B for my animation project. Despite the fact that I know I should either go to sleep now and be well rested or spend my time awake working on my thesis (not a whit of which is written, and at least 30 pages of which are due Monday at noon), all I really want to do is eat some good food (I'm hungry, if you can't tell) and watch things and/or play DA:O. Hmmmmmm. Issues.
Mood: sleepysleepy
28 January 2010 @ 08:00 pm
Was looking up a recipe for tofu tonkatsu for dinner tonight (our house recently having made the switch to vegetarian/vegan meals, for the most part...trying to restrict my longings for meat, but I may have to make carnitas and provide some sort of alternative vegetarian option because crispy salty shredded pork sounds too good) and somehow got around to this. A lot of the things I haven't eaten sound delicious but I'm not too sure I'll ever get around to chitterlings.

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten. (I don't think I would REFUSE to try anything...so I'll just italicize the things that sound...less than appetizing to me.)
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding Straight-up blood doesn't really do it for me.
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper (Not necessarily in and of itself, but...raw?)
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda - this sounds tastyyyy
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar - why WITH a cigar? otherwise I gotchu
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal - I WOULD eat it, I just don't want to.
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette - All I'm remembering is the 30 Rock episode with them.
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor - I had to look this up but I want to eat it NOW
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake
Mood: hungryhungry
Okay. So. As of Christmas I spent a lot of my time at home playing Dragon Age: Origins (and it has occupied a dangerous amount of my time/thoughts, way more addictive for me than something like WoW ever was). I could go on and on about how wonderful I think it is, about how I like the fighting/leveling style, the choose-your-own-adventure aspects of it, the character developments and intense degree of background history/information, the relationships and interactions etc. etc. etc. But instead, I'm just going to rant about this one dilemma I have, this terrible dilemma. In the game, there are a number of characters you can "romance" (two guys and two girls, I think...although I seriously think EVERYONE should be romanceable - Sten and Wynne should get their chances at love!), and I, a human mage, chose Alistair...only to accidentally stumble upon the information recently that unless you're a human NOBLE your relationship with him is DOOMED. Without going into details, it seems like all the outcomes are fairly tragic (and stupid, but hey)...and now my problem becomes - do I stay with my charming, goofy fellow Grey Warden or drop him now to prevent future heartbreak, and say, take up the slutty elven advances of Zevran?? CHOICES.

This is what I mean - this game actually stresses me out and makes me worried or happy or sad. AND IT'S WONDERFUL. I know I sound like a crazy person, but, really, it is so good (although awkward naked bodies much?). I'm blaming my wandering mind and this dork-out on the fact that my previous few hours and next few will have been full of reading about "Some Aspects of Colonialism in Indian Historiography" and "Cosmologies of Capitalism: The Trans-Pacific Sector of The World System'".
Mood: geekygeeky
25 January 2010 @ 05:18 pm
Final semester of college! It's crazy, I can't believe I'm going to be graduating in a scant few months; I don't really feel old enough, or capable enough, or talented enough, or anything enough, but I guess I'll stumble through life without school as an orienting focus somehow. I'm getting tired of telling people "Work at summer camp for a bit and then...I have no idea" when they ask me what I'm going to do, so I think it's time to upgrade my resume and start actively looking for some sort of job. Which is just yet another stress added to the others - most importantly a mounting fear of my thesis - either just not finishing, or at the least it being rubbish, followed by the general low-level stress of school and classes, and of keeping up with my food writing for the Atlantic. One stress, however, I managed to take care of today, which was figuring out my final schedule for the spring, sooo...here it is!

12:00-1:15, Middle English Literature – Mark Amodio
1:30-2:45, Ancient Warfare – Robert Brown

7:00-9:00, Imagining Asia and the Pacific – Martha Kaplan

Liking Middle English Literature and Ancient Warfare so far, and we'll have to see how my hideously late Senior Seminar goes tomorrow night...it should work out okay, if I don't let work overwhelm me (it's looking like an insane amount of reading, but at least interesting seeming reading), since I'll be able to sleep in, and have lots of free thesis working time - especially a good chunk of days free, since it's looking like I might have to go back home weekends to work on the animation half of the thesis there...speaking of, I still need to get a light box and a camera. And actually, in that vein, if anybody knows of a good cheap place to get a light box from, or a camera that's compatible with this software (http://www.boinx.com/istopmotion/overview/videovsstill/) - or for that matter, some sort of software like that (stop motion oriented, with a link from the camera to the computer) that I can get cheaply/free/easily etc. etc...any and all advice welcome! Now off to get a good start to the end by doing my homework before making dinner.
Mood: busybusy
29 December 2009 @ 11:51 pm
Sooo, I got really absorbed in sleeping + screener movies + the ps3/dragon age: origins Christmas presents and am astonished to realize that this is the first time I've been online IN A WEEK. It actually feels good except the time when I have to start working on my thesis animation for real is inching closer and closer, and I feel vaguely out of touch. Also need to work on writing more food blogs...in that vein, I've been planning/cooking the meals at home!

Last weeks menu waaas - butternut squash soup with fresh bread and truffle cheese, crispy striped sea bass with sauteed morels and a watercress/parsley sauce, blueberry and walnut pancakes with smoked bacon, salt and herb-rubbed roast beef tenderloin with mashed cauliflower, seared red swiss chard and chocolate crinkle cookies, tenderloin and spinach salad with bleu cheese and fresh bread, shiitake and bok choy noodle soup with red cabbage and asian pear salad, and individual roasted cornish hens stuffed with herb butter, sauteed mushrooms and walnuts, leeks with dijon vinaigrette, aaand creamed spinach!

Woooo fooooood. Actually that all makes me sound a little crazy, I think. I was also going to say which movies I've seen and which were good and bad but...I can't even remember all of them. I especially liked Holmes, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Princess and the Frog...Crazy Heart was alright, Good Luck Chuck is probably the worst movie I've ever seen. Basically I've been being super indulgent and it's so wonderful except for the fact that the prospect of work and deadlines is looming on the horizon. Then again, my cousins' new 6-month old baby helped the growing apprehension...so it all levels out on the positive side.
Mood: awakeawake
16 October 2009 @ 09:19 pm
After making this awesome outline for my paper I procrastinated writing it by doing this little meme thing that my cousin tagged me in on Facebooook.

1 - Go to "wikipedia." Hit “random”
or click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 - Go to "Random quotations"
or click http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

3 - Go to flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”
or click http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 - Use photoshop, paint, or similar to put it all together.

Okay Rembrandt. Let's do this.
Mood: exhaustedexhausted