Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Remember when I said I'd try to post more? That went well, didn't it? Sigh. It's not an excuse, but in the intervening time, a lot has happened, including:
My dad had surgery
My mom had surgery
My work ran out of work for me
I decided to (probably) move
Oh, and today I turned 26
That's the point-form version. So far the surgeries seem to have worked out (we get word on my mom's in a week). I received my last paycheck from work, and am now bracing myself for the inevitable decrease in my hard-won emergency fund (I knew there was a reason I made it so big!). 26 has been pretty alright, for the past...12 hours. So hey; busy, but generally okay. Not so bad, right? Ok, so I've been boring too. I can't help it, what do you people want from me? Oh. Semi-regular, half-decent blog posts. Yeah, that's reasonable. Sigh.
Friday, September 04, 2009
In other news, I lunched at Market by Jean-Georges Vongerichten today, with a dear friend. They have a great deal for lunch, three courses for $28. According to our server, what Jean-Georges did was canvas all his restaurants and create a "greatest hits" list in this menu. Based upon my two meals (so far!) his guests have wonderful taste. Here's a head to head (and in some cases, to head) matchup of the dishes I've sampled.
Steamed Prawn Salad vs. Calamari vs. Fontina Pizza with Frisee and Truffle Oil
Winner: the pizza. The other two were exceptional (the calamari especially), but the pizza...yum.
Burger vs. Hangar Steak
Winner: hangar steak. Man oh man this was delicious. Next time I'll have to order something different, but it will be tough to leave that one behind.
In-House Sorbets and Ice Creams vs. Chocolate Pudding with Whipped Cream and Lavender Sugar
Winner: sorbets and ice creams, hands down. Those were incredible. My lunch date and I both fell in love with them. Even the vanilla was the best vanilla ice cream I've ever had.
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
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Thursday, May 21, 2009
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Monday, April 06, 2009
The plot is pretty straightforward: a "normal" girl Susan gets...irradiated...by meteor on her wedding, turns giant, is taken to a monster compound, saves the world from aliens, and realizes her now ex (he dumped her because she'd get all the attention) is a loser, and lives happily ever after saving the world from other monsters and aliens. This isn't particularly deep stuff, and it doesn't seem like the makers were aiming for a particularly affecting experience, either. Susan's development is far less involving for the audience than Reese's Elle in Legally Blonde (and love that movie as I do, I don't claim that it deserved an Oscar by any means). But it's the first movie in a long time that kept me consistently and completely entertained throughout the film. No lulls, no long monologues, no thinking about what I needed to do the next day. AND Stephen Colbert voices the President. Amazing.
A note on the 3D: it was fun, but besides one extremely well-done scene involving a ball and paddle, wasn't that noticeable. Going to see it in normal format would by no means kill the film. It would however prevent you from seeing rad people like myself, XC and her boyfriend all wearing sizable 3D glasses over our glasses. Sexy.
Friday, April 03, 2009
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Thursday, February 05, 2009
Last night, Pretty and I ventured to db bistro, the replacement restaurant where "Feenies" once stood. We'd decided at the last minute to try it out, but had both forgotten that Dine Out is still running. Luckily, packed though it was, they managed to seat us.
The room is quite nice; dark, sleek and modern with unobstrusive music playing in the background, and from what I can tell, conversation-friendly acoustics. Service wasn't quite impeccable; it took a good five minutes before menus were delivered, and another 3 for water to be offered. Thereafter it was spotless, however, so the delayed start can be forgiven.
The kitchen offered us some sort of cheese puff (um, it was far more refined than that, but frankly I was exhausted and hungry, so I don't remember what they called it) which was delicious, and then Pretty and I got down to the serious business of ordering, followed by the even more serious business of eating.
I had the moroccan tuna tartare, which was great. I'm partial to Gyoza King's maguro yukke, followed closely by Boneta's tuna tartare, but db's was gunning for a different target, with a yogurt dressing and chickpeas to garnish. The charcuterie platter was divine; I even liked the ham! There was also a wonderful duck pate, an air-dried beef, a (I want to say French) prosciutto, and a pate en croute. It was a smorgasbord of cured meats, in the best of ways.
For dessert, Pretty had the apple tart, which was perfect. Everything i want an apple tart to be. I ordered the Floating Lime Island. I wish it'd been a bit more lime and a bit less floating; it was akin to eating a wet meringue, and held only the tiniest hint of lime. It was the only real strike of the evening as far as I was concerned, but considering i like my citrus punch to be substantially more forceful than most people, that could be more my palate than their execution.
Next up: Salt Tasting Room, which will try to exceed db's performance with cured meats.