Friday, July 31, 2009

Personal Heroes - Annie Lennox

Patrick found this great clip today:

Somehow Annie Lennox always turns up just when I need her, just how I need her. How on earth could she have known I spent last weekend looking through old college papers (and my thesis) on deconstruction?

Sunday, July 19, 2009

More General Gastronomic Thoughts

This post brought to you by Ruth Reichl's Garlic and Sapphires, which I picked up at the Half Price Books tent sale today for $1 and am looking forward to reading!

I tried to try the McDonald's mocha on "Free Mocha Monday." It was, hands down, the worst liquid I had ever put in my mouth. The "hot" version was so barely lukewarm it felt like a bacteria petri dish, overly sweet and strangely sour at the same time, with a cloying aftertaste from my one sip. I should have known better.

Today Patrick and our houseguest Steve hit the Farmer's Market at the end of the day. I always get anxious about going at the end (what, they are going to run out of vegetables or something?) They got tons of veggies for $5 and two huge bouquets for $7. Now I think we need to go at the end of the day more often.

Watching Slumdog Millionaire last night made me realize it's been far too long since I have been to the lunch buffet at India House. Must be rectified soon.

I made an "easy" ice cream pie for a dinner party we'll be holding tonight. It was kind of a hassle, actually, and I think I would have preferred a nice, no-nonsense cake. But the dinner party will be great, thanks to the aforementioned veggies, some salmon, and such. Now we need to get a new set of dining room chairs — ours are on their very last legs.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Restaurant Reviews

Well, I guess we know that Burger Jones got raves from our favorite tiny critic! Mom and dad were less impressed — it was pretty good, but the bill added up fast. They're obviously raking it in from our demographic — couples with kids who still want good food. Sigh.

On a totally different note, we went out for two meals on our anniversary! Lunch at the St. Paul Fuji-Ya, which was good, but not as good as the Minneapolis version and certainly not as good as Origami! (my loyalties run deep) I should have had Patrick's sushi lunch special. Then we went to Vincent for happy hour, which was everything I dreamed it would be and more. Excellent (and well priced) hors d'oeuvres, yummy champagne cocktails, a lovely and elegant atmosphere, and a French waiter. Who could ask for more?

We've had some more ordinary meals, too — a great lunch at Shish with Erika and Missy, late night happy hour at Kincaid's (I've missed that!), and some "gourmet convenience food" now that we have a Trader Joe's in the neighborhood.