Monthly Archives: August 2011

Thirsty Thursday: Latte Hands at Kean

The next few days are gonna be kind of quiet around here. Tomorrow morning I’m flying up to Seattle to visit my aunt, uncle, and cousins and celebrate my birthday!

I’ll try to drop in if I have a moment. Have a nice weekend!

Wordless Wednesday: Books and Records

via Apartment Therapy: Philip & Leona’s Wide Open Loft

Tuesday Tunes: The Ettes – Wicked Will

Yesterday’s post was kind of a downer. I’d always rather praise than complain. Since I’ve been wanting to rave about this album to people for a couple weeks, I thought I’d do so from here. This means there will be a new Tuesday category: Tuesday Tunes.

The Ettes are a three-piece group from Nashville. Their fourth LP, Wicked Will, was released earlier this month and it will kick your ass. I’ve been pissing off my neighbors on the daily with this album.

Lo-fi garage rock + 60’s girl group style + punk grit. RIYL: Black Keys, The White Stripes, Murder by Death, Patsy Cline.

Listen to “Excuse”:


Highlight tracks:

  • Excuse
  • My Heart
  • One By One
  • The Worst There Is

Meatless Monday: Summer Vegetable Tian

I hope you all had good weekends. On Friday I hung out with my mom and (as usual) we went to Grammy’s house for dinner (shrimp louie salad – one of my favorites). On Saturday morning I went to Macy’s to find a shirt to wear under my suit for my interview that’s coming up this week. Luckily, I found something quickly. My idea of shopping is getting what I want and leaving, much to the chagrin of many of my female friends and relatives. Later on I headed over to Riverside to see the Great Picture Exhibit at the UC Riverside art gallery with 8 of my SJSU friends.

It was mildly disappointing. The process of how they took the picture was pretty amazing, but the product itself (a negative captured on a huge canvas covered in some photographic emulsion that looked like gray paint) was not what we expected. We could barely make out a few palm trees and an air traffic control tower in the roughly-textured emulsion. Oh, well. In the end, I’m glad I got to see it in person.

After that, we had lunch at Simple Simon’s and walked around the Mission Inn. I was mesmerized by the macaws, Napoleon and Joseph, who were eating nuts and cherries for lunch outside the lobby. So mesmerized that I forgot to take a picture. Please use your imagination.

Last Monday, I made summer vegetable tian using a fantastic recipe from Budget Bytes. The only change I’d make is zapping the potatoes in the microwave for a little bit or parboiling them – they take way longer to cook through than tomatoes, squash, and zucchini. I should have gone with my instincts on that one.

Beautiful! If you ignore the side where I stuffed extra vegetables.

Vegan cheese! Vegan cheese! Vegan cheese! (Veggie Shreds, mozzarella flavor)

My dad, who is not very adventurous as far as hippie food goes, loved the vegan cheese. Ha! Good. Because I’m making something with tempeh tonight if I can get my hands on some.

Friday Reads: The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank

Book I finished this week:

For some reason on Monday I decided I HAD to go to the Tustin Library. So I did. I perused the fiction section. I saw this book. I recognized the title. I decided to read it. I needed a change from fantasy and dystopic fiction (I’m currently reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Howl’s Moving Castle, and 1984).

Well, it was a brief change. I read it in about 6 hours. But man, this book irked me. It had no plot (to Bank’s credit, I think it was meant to be a coming-of-age novel, so no big problem to solve). The main character, Jane, came off as whiny and self-centered (except when she was talking about or with her dad). It was all about relationships and had nothing to do with the other cool things she could have been doing with her life during her 20’s. Most of the other characters seemed so unrealistic (always saying the right things, being larger-than-life). Also, there is a chapter in there told from the point of view of an older woman named Nina, Jane’s great aunt’s neighbor, that has pretty much nothing to do with Jane’s story. I keep thinking about the purpose of that chapter. I can’t think of anything reasonable. Thoughts?

In any case, it was an OK change from Big Brother and Voldemort and Howl.

Memorable links and articles from this week:

Everyone and their mother has shared this link on Facebook and Twitter: Stop Coddling the Super Rich by Warren Buffet – New York Times

One of the best analyses of The Help I’ve read so far: This is why I worry about The Help – Adios Barbie

What Would Hillary Clinton Have Done? by Rebecca Traister – New York Times


Thirsty Thursday: Stone Brewing Co., Escondido, CA

Last Saturday, I went to Stone Brewing Co. for the first time.

My friend Ryan picked me up around 3. Oddly enough, it took us an hour to get from Tustin to San Clemente (normally a 20-30 minute drive). But it worked out perfectly! We arrived around 5PM, right before they were going to hand out passes to the last tour of the night (7PM). We were #20 and #21 in line(-ish), and they only let 25 people in. So we got our passes and then fought our way to the cocktail area for some food and pre-tour beers. We had the jalapeno/cilantro hummus and the unbelievably good Spud Buds (beer and garlic mashed potatoes deep fried in beer batter with a side of Ruination IPA BBQ sauce). I ordered a Pliny the Elder to go along with our food but they had just run out. I ordered a Ruination instead and it was pretty great as uszh. After killing some time, we made our way to the tour.

I learned many facts about beer/breweries. Here are the ones that stuck out in my mind (I have yet to verify some of these, but here they are):

  • The matriarch of the family would make beer for her family weekly because the water quality in the olden days (unspecified) was so poor.
  • During this unspecified time, the kids who drank beer were more productive, happier and healthier than the kids who drank only water.
  • Beer offers essential nutrients.
  • The lime-wedge-rubbed-around-the-rim trend started when people wanted to sanitize their used/unwashed bottles and glasses. The used/unwashed bottle thing still happens in some countries today.
  • Men who drink beer regularly have better prostate health.
  • Women who drink beer regularly have better bone density.
  • Something about beer being good for skin? I vaguely remember our guide talking about this.
  • Wort smells like Grape Nuts (after all, beer is just fermented cereal water).
  • The brewing area of breweries is really warm and humid.
  • A cold walk-in-fridge full of hops smells like heaven (my opinion, but really, FACT, know what I mean?)

After our tour, Ryan and I got our 4 free pours (including the Smoked Porter, my other favorite beer from Stone) while he waited for his growler to get filled with the ’09 Double Bastard (it was a special release). Shortly after, Tim and his brother and sister arrived, and we finally sat down to dinner around 9:30. I had an Avery White Rascal, pretzels with the most amazing whole grain mustard I’ve ever tasted in my life (I started eating it on its own like a real lady with good manners), and the tempeh shepherd’s pie (so good, but I was pretty full of beer at that point so I took it home).

After a stroll through the garden we all went home. It was lovely. My mom has plans to take us back there for my dad’s birthday in September. I can’t wait.

Wordless Wednesday: Tea

00:38 9/8/2011: Camden Town, London

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