Archive for January, 2009


January 23, 2009

Got my first shipment of cheese yesterday… Gouda, Gruyere and Parmigiano Reggiano. Awesome.

Had some eggs with shredded Gouda and Chorizo-style seitan from Upton’s Naturals. The seitan had no business being as good as it was. I haven’t had chorizo in like 5 years, but this stuff was seasoned so wonderfully.

I will post a picture later cuz I am lol blogging from work.



January 21, 2009

so, my good friend Caitlin over at told me about the totally awesome Sally Shapiro. I have read people commenting that she is basically a italo-disco version of Annie. While I agree with this at face value, Ms. Shapiro deserves a ton more credit than that. Her songs and voice have much more emotion than the bubblegum of Annie. There is also an amazing melancholy that really affects me.

It is silly to make this comparison, but her songs remind me a lot of the ballads of 80’s pop star Tiffany, especially “All this Time” and “Promises Made.”

Anyway, it is awesome stuff.

Other funny story: I went to Handlebar over the weekend with my friend Emily. The waiter dude we got was kinda awkward and even did some weird elvis hip gyration when he took out his pad to take our order. Other than that, the only thing memorable about him was this pretty hipster-y brown sweater with all different squares on it. So, about three quarters of the way through, a guy comes up to our table in a black button down long sleeve western style shirt. Emily and I look at each other and then him again… and she asks if he had a wardrobe change hahaha. It totally caught us off guard and was hilarious. I would totally approve of wardrobe changes by waiters at fancy places haha.

Additionally, we inquired about their plantains foster and he said it came on a smaller dish… kinda the size of a diner-style oval dish. So, he comes out and it is like at least twice the size. Oh Handlebar.

Some beers I have had recently that have made me happy: Brooklyn’s Espresso Imperial (or Double) Stout, Avery’s Mephistopheles Imperial Stout, Founder’s Centennial IPA, and Unibroue’s Terrible

And I know this is all over the design blogs already, but if you check out Ting’s Home collection, they have flooring made from used leather belts. So irresistibly cool. I am pretty sure that I am going to pick a couple tiles up and do something with them. Maybe frame them and throw it up on the wall or just surface some table with the tiles. We will see.

Ok, that is all for now. Maybe i will post some pics of the house progress soon. Also, the kitchen is going to be unbelievable when it is done in 3 months. I am really excited.

i did it.

January 13, 2009

cheese of the month club.

really pumped and just a little scared.

Taylor / Dan always make me want to listen to IDM… so after a visit to them last night, I downloaded some things that I had lost when my hard drive died. Nostalgia.

also, the semi-new Scorces LP on not not fun is really good (if you like the slowest music ever). That reminds me, I should put on Coil’s “Time Machines.”

“Market Square,” one of the never to be re-released Charalambides albums showed up on Discogs, so I swooped in and bought it. One of the bleakest albums I have ever heard, but it is also one of my favorites. I can’t wait for it to come in the mail so I can listen to it on my turntable rather than my ipod.

also, beers. also, I made sloppy joe’s tonight… partially in remembrance of Joe and partially because I wanted them. Went with the Morningstar crumbles or whatever and Manwich Bold. It wasn’t quite bold enough for me, but I made two sandwiches (one full, one open-faced) with organic pepper jack that I shredded. I put the shred on the bread and then put the sloppy joe on that to melt the cheese. It worked out very nicely!

some late night pics

January 6, 2009




and a percolator i took from my grandpa’s house: