chrryblssmninja: (baelheit_zetsubou)
so many things going on in the world but my life somehow skitters back and forth and forward

went to Napa Valley wine country for the food on my birthday earlier this month. Here is my flickr album but you can see some of the food on this page of my tags rn.

still have to go through Father's Day photos because we went to a Puerto Rican restaurant and I really like Puerto Rican food that goes beyond rice and beans. give me all the plaintains (and gas pain)

so...Euro 2016...some very interesting results. So great to watch Iceland. Still rooting for Germany of course (#11 scores! aw the memories), and France can be here and there. Poland sometimes catches my interest. too bad for Ireland and some other underdogs but at least they got good wins. haha England. at least it seems like the worst fans left before the round of 16. usually don't root for Italy but (sorry to fans) I was glad they knocked out Spain.

didn't get to see much of Copa America because of work
I did see the last US win, as well as a replay of much of a certain 7-0 game...
on Sunday, I was at PF Chang's bar during my work lunch hour (technically dinner but whatever). The mall was closed but the restaurants outside weren't.
Before the store closed, I saw one or two people in various club shirts, but someone passed by in a Dortmund jersey with Reus on the back and I was like !!! Made me wonder if I would have ended up supporting Dortmund if I started watching soccer later...especially since I like these Polish players (though one was eaten up by Bayern like so many) instead of trying to catch the odd game of unfortunate Bremen...
anyways while I was eating I heard "R U Mine?" play overhead and I was like yesssss. and then I saw on the ESPN news ticker that the Copa America final was about to end overtime and go to penalty kicks and I asked them to switch the TV channel so I could see. And Messi missed! I don't like or hate him or anything it's just a surprise.

wasn't able to get tickets for the Arsenal - MLS All-Stars game, but I'll check again before the match, and if not, I'll go to a place near the stadium to watch with fans.

oh, now I have a videocamera and tripod of my own! also updated my phone because my old hand-me downs became too troublesome. We'll see if I can get myself to be more productive with time and tech. Also going to see if I can use my gift card to get a dolly for the tripod.

btw two of the online compliments for the store where I work thanked me by name for my service!

sometime I'll get to the Penny Dreadful finale. heard it was disappointing but I'm not too invested and the show was often inconsistent anyways. Animal Kingdom started ok but I didn't finish the 2nd episode because it wasn't special enough, besides some good acting, for me to actually carve out time to watch. Orphan Black had an overall solid fourth season, and I'm trying out Thirteen on its BBC America airdates.

still catching up verrrrry slowly on Okkupert, Adventure Time, and Manhattan (I was waiting until I had enough free credits to "purchase" official stream episodes). Waiting out the hype on other shows I haven't tried yet, but maybe I'll start Gomorrah, Detectorists, Bojack Horseman, The Night Of, or Wentworth. Maybe some Japanese or Korean shows or whatever's waiting in my watchlists/bookmarks/drafts. Found that my libraries have more connections to streaming sites that make it easier and actually legal to stream some movies, TV, and books that are hard to find.
chrryblssmninja: (jessicahyde)
- working on third draft of novel.

- just got a raise for my telecommute job! The hours are still limited (0-15 minutes a day due to limited funding for this small arts company) but my boss thought that it would be fine to do this after three years of work. I'm also close to the next pay level on my phone campaign job, which should give me at least a month of higher pay before the campaign ends sometime in October.

- I thought I could just use my reusable bag to protect my fingers when picking prickly pear from a cactus. I was wrong. I was able to pick two good pears and clean and eat them fine, but the little spines are still in the bag after several washes and pats and I've got so many splinters in my fingers that I hope won't get infected.
chrryblssmninja: (jessicahyde)
at Let Them Eat Cake

Saturday was a nice day! I was able to go to the farmers market as well as a cupcake shop to get cupcakes for my brother and myself. He had the Dubliner (chocolate + Guiness) and I got the Scarlett (red velvet topped with cream cheese frosting). Good meals today and the Earthquakes won their game.

Here are some updates on the Yet Another Magazine writing front:
the YAM staff's top 35 canciones de las '90's
Reviews of the French zombie drama Les revenants, Channel 4's Utopia, John Ajvide Lindqvist's Little Star, and the illustrated novel A Monster Calls.
chrryblssmninja: (guncrazy)
I might have a job selling subscriptions for the Mondavi Center. I think we get this first week (starting Monday) and I'll see if I'm asked to continue until October. Now I have to research some of the artists and events.



Today I went around the UC Davis campus and downtown for Picnic Day 2012. I tried fry bread for the first time, with powdered sugar and honey, from a food booth run by one of the uni’s American Indian associations. I also tried horchata for the first time, but that was in downtown. There was also an olive oil tasting near the buses, but there were too many people in line.

It was really hot, around 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Emergency services had to attend to one guy who suffered from heat stroke. There were also police everywhere. A car had to be towed near my street because some of its tires were gone.

Recently posted my review of the classic TV program What Makes Sammy Run?

I've watched 55 films this year so far. The total might have been higher had Comcast/Xfinity not made this decision. oh well.

Finally, I found out about the 100 Things challenge via [livejournal.com profile] zombie_boogie and I think I might do one about movies. I'll see how my work schedule goes, though.
chrryblssmninja: (Default)
LJ Poll of the day:
Have you ever eaten a friend's or co-worker's lunch without their permission?

Yes
No


what


Things I am giving up for Lent:
1) chocolate
2) pearl tea
3) Honestea
4) unproductive, dishonest, and unfair negative thoughts toward others and myself

Shows that deserve more viewers:
1) SOUTHLAND OH MY GOSH SO INTENSE THIS WHOLE SEASON
2) Fringe

random thoughts:
1) Poetry aids lateral thinking.
2) The scent of blood oranges is strong.
chrryblssmninja: (Default)
Happy July 1st

today I had waffles for breakfast

then I went to job interview
(went well, but I have to wait a week to see if I make the next round)


and then I started playing Portal
now I'm dizzy
chrryblssmninja: (immobulus_icons_lookathim)
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Before, I wanted to open a restaurant that had different rooms, each dedicated to the cuisines of a specific continent.


Now, I just want to have a little all-day cafe think, where I can make tea and chocolate drinks for people and have small plates of delicious, healthy-leaning food at reasonable prices. I could experiment with a dish of the day, and suggest pairings of courses -this drink with this food with this dessert would bring out all the flavors nicely! I might not be there all the time, but it would be a nice place for anyone to hang out. There could be a little arcade game nook, and a pretty garden patio.
chrryblssmninja: (icons2love_wolf)
Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] zorabioz and [livejournal.com profile] azuresquirrel!



and now, MORE MISADVENTURES IN COOKING )
I'm finding out with these food posts that there need to be more terms in English for types of sweetness. Are there any terms you know of, in English or other languages, that differentiate types of sweetness? I have vague knowledge about various Japanese terms, but stuff like umami doesn't cover sweetness.


Oh, and adding two masala chai tea bags to flavor my oatmeal definitely has an effect on the look but not a major effect on the taste. I think the flavors emerge best in baking.
chrryblssmninja: (girlyb_icons_itsashark)
THANK YOU TASTESPOTTING

LOOK AT THIS





IT IS A ROLLERTOASTER

HOW BRILLIANT IS THAT?




there's also this sliding toaster

haha go spam the comments with toasters if you want
chrryblssmninja: (girlyb_icons_itsashark)
QUESTION: Why do people golf at night?

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for Lent I am giving up:
- tapioca pearls in tea
- chocolate in any form
- non-legal downloading of music and movies
- complaining

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The Fresh Snack Pack. The sturdier, more environmentally friendly sandwich bag.

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I'm taking a break from the Olympics today. Not that the events today aren't interesting, but I need a break.

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Finally:
I like getting bottles that can knock out people.

chrryblssmninja: (jean-geanie_annie)
some soccer news over the past month:

via [livejournal.com profile] tigera4j: The Togo National Team (football) is banned from the next two African Cup of Nations and fined $50,000 because they withdrew from this year's after a terrorist attack killed two of their own.

DaMarcus Beasley talks about his car being blown up

oh, and in less serious matters, I heard on the radio that Marta is being transferred to FC Gold Pride! yay team.



last night, I became addicted to Tastespotting. Must...find...new...food...
Among my finds: Homemade hot chocolate and Raspberry, Olive Oil and Thyme Shortbread.

I'm also listening to A Game of Thrones on audiobook. Listening to audiobooks is weird for me, my attention wavers differently. It's like reading a book in a dream. I tend to fare better listening to short stories on the radio. But I'm really liking the book so far. The characters are very interesting.


This is also your Being Human discussion post. I was too lazy to liveblog today, and I forgot some funny quotes! argh.
chrryblssmninja: (iconomicon_beaker)
so I kind of marathoned through all of Misfits
2 episodes in the late night, the other four...up to now

It's pretty quick - especially if you fast-forward past the naughty stuff, and it's only 6 episodes - and it's one of the shows I can watch while doing other things; it doesn't suck all my attention.

just one question:
WHEN DOES IT COME BACK?

argh all of their accents are going to affect me for the next two or three days.
It's near impossible for me to do accents on command. But when I watch various English-language things, sometimes the accents leave an impression on me. That's why my California girl accent tends towards a weird British accents blend mashed up with other things when I'm around immediate family or otherwise looseheaded.
Immediately after I watch something (English-language), sometimes the accents come out unexpectedly. You should have heard me the three days after I watched The Departed.


another random bit:
Recipe for Sweet Tea Fried Chicken has hilarious backlash in comments
start there, and then click "prev" to see the full progression
what if ONTD had recipes? It'd be something like this, except with gifs.
It is fried chicken, you expect it to be healthy?
of course there's lard and salt, unless one of you knows a good lard substitute...

some examples:
This bizarre "recipe" is further proof there is no intelligent life at aol!
o rly?

WTH is Beverage?!
Beverage? What's beverage?? You mean a can of soda or beer?


Are a lot of your cookbooks being found at yardsales or 2nd hand stores?
WHAT KIND OF INSULT IS THAT THERE ARE PLENTY OF GOOD COOKBOOKS SOLD AT THOSE FINE ESTABLISHMENTS

at least there are a few more sensible commenters (bolding mine):
First of all for all you reviewers, if you are so worried about eating "healthy" then you should stay away from ANY recipe with the word fried in it! Second, in case you are a complete idiot you should know that Prep time listed on any recipe is time actually spent working - not marinating, cooling...etc. Third, for those that were taken aback by the planning ahead nature of the recipe, obviously you have never made "real" fried chicken. For a decent fried chicken you should always soak in a brine- then follow with a buttermilk mixture. This method is quite common. So - maybe you folks should keep your ignorant comments to yourselves!
chrryblssmninja: (Default)
Christmas was good times with family friends.

some highlights -

- Christmas Eve at a relative's house. Gradually getting better at karaoke (apparently being loud is most important points-wise). I TOTALLY ROCKED "EDELWEISS" AND EVERYONE SANG ALONG

- Christmas morning: so I haven't had the spare cash to buy good chocolate for a long time...but today I got 3 Valhrona bars! yessssss
as well as a PC movie editing system (anything is better than Windows Movie Maker) and Brian Azzarello's Joker graphic novel. Opened the box of genmaicha (matcha -a.k.a. green tea- and brown rice) packets I bought a few days ago. That tea turned out great.
Church had a really cool Nativity scene, with a manger made of palm tree fronds. Here's a picture.
lol there are so many palm trees here, might as well make use of the greenish fronds that fall

- Christmas afternoon and evening: went to the home of some family friends, where we usually spend Christmas. Lots of good food. For a while, I had been craving good persimmons but wasn't able to buy or obtain (a building at school had a bunch free but they had gone dry) any. But someone brought a bunch of persimmons to the party, and they left a ton over so I was able to take a good amount home. score.
Also got some good stuff like movie theater certificate money.

The little girl there got a Disney princess vanity for Christmas. What was particularly interesting was that the vanity and all its accessories doubled as musical intruments. Picture here. For example, the vanity itself became a keyboard (needed batteries to play though). The eye makeup was a harmonica and the lipstick a whistle. That's so strange it's brilliant. It's nice to see that they thought they had to add something else to sell the makeup toys to girls. Broadening horizons, one cracky product at a time.

I also ended up playing with the toy train set. The older (like, 50-ish) men also played with it too while talking. Train set toys are just that classic.
I took some pictures with the little toy robot there.

I'm still not great at Halo (3), but I did get to splatter and shoot a bunch of online people with a Mongoose, so I felt accomplished.

Later, I got sucked into rewatching the entirety of Be Kind Rewind with our friend Dominic. That movie always makes me teary-eyed at the end, argh, because it's about ~the power of movies~ and that's my dream. yeah.
My brother and I later showed some of the Kick-Ass trailers and we said maybe we can see it together when he's on break from college.


After getting home and taking a 3-hour food comagas pain nap, I woke up, ate some of my chocolate, and made myself a chai latte with the powdered mix I got from Walmart a week ago. Took a look around the kitchen. We have a lot of good food around. Great food possibilities too, mwhahahahahaha

Now I really want to plan a dinner for some reason. Cook and make drinks for everyone. After this, I'm checking out the recipes I bookmarked from tumblr.
I also want to make a short movie. Probably with my stuffed animals. My photo camera's video capabilities may be limited, but at least I have something that can shoot video.


Also, CHECK OUT MY SOLSTICE SPECIAL I POSTED
It was too much for LJ to handle, so I had to break it into two parts:
Part 1
Part 2


so now I'll check those recipes and make a little progress on my tumblr backlog before I go to sleep. Tomorrow, I guess I become British, because I'll obtain the Doctor Who "End of Time" (DO NOT SPOIL ME as well as watch a Boxing Day match wait nevermind Arsenal isn't playing? or are my streaming sites wrong?


ETA: I totally forgot - on Christmas Eve afternoon, I started randomly doing crochet after a year or two of not crocheting anything (not that I was great when I did it). I started doing random stuff and had the loose goal of making an asymetrical triangle. Instead, I made a tree. I WAS UNCONSCIOUSLY GUIDED BY THE SPIRT OF CHRISTMAS
chrryblssmninja: (redscharlach_notnowgreg)
Discoveries in 2009 that had an impact on me

- Music Go Music
- the Maiku Hama series
- aloe vera drink
- chai
- Alison Mosshart (at first I thought she and The Kills were too hipster-cool to appeal to me, but then I heard her voice (sans the usual affectations) on the Last Shadow Puppets cover of "Paris Summer" and I never looked back
- Henry James' supernatural stories
- J.A. Caesar's crazy rock opera experimental music
- Fulltime Killer
- friends from ontd_startrek
- "The Pillowman" - a play by Martin McDonagh (writer/director of In Bruges)
- Creepyposts
- Sisters of the Gion and Osaka Elegy
- Brand Upon the Brain!, The Saddest Music in the World, and other Guy Maddin works
- Half-Price Books - this year I actually went inside and bought things
- rose gelato and Epicurious Garden in Berkeley
- Cupkates Bakery
- that cafe in Berkeley with the vegan pizza
- Tumblr
- this pear green tea
- Kern's Peach Nectar soda
- the mango sorbet with blueberries and granola combo I only found at Papamingo
- Arnold Palmer drink - thanks to [livejournal.com profile] kerlin!
- Felicia Day
- Listsofbests.com
- using the "bookmark" feature not just for sites I want permanently bookmarked, but also to return to sites I want to return to soon for a limited period of time. I used to paste links into a document for that.
- Final Girl

I like how many of these are food-related.

I'm sure there are more, but these are the ones I can remember at the moment. Go post your 2009 discoveries in the comments or on your own journal!
chrryblssmninja: (iconomicon_cactushug)
It seems like half of the times I post now, I'm explaining why I've been gone for several days. Well, due to anthro project fieldwork, family errands, and other homework, I've only been able to really get online around 3-4 AM these past few days. So I've flisted very little.


Today was a good rest day after class, after staying up till 6 AM (okay, with a nap from 10:30 PM to 1:30 AM) working on anthro stuff. Oh, and I had a test today on an entirely different subject. Just one essay question on a Tale of Genji thing. I hope my answer wasn't too rushed.

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While I'm not into the boutique cupcake shop trend going around right now, I do like the Cupkates cupcake truck. Gourmet cupcakes in a more palatable setting, I think.

See you tomorrow in Downtown Berkeley at 12. Addison and Shattuck across from Berkeley Rep.


I've tried the Red Velvet Cupcake. The cupcake itself is good, but it's that cream cheese frosting that was reallllllllly good.


the menu is here. Somewhat expensive, but a nice treat now and then.



Also, Sweet on You has reopened inside the Subway on Telegraph Avenue. This location's much smaller, but they still have a nice variety of classic candy shop fare. The buttermilk frosting for their cupcakes is pretty good too, and a dollar cheaper than Cupkate's stuff (a bit smaller though).

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Finally, three versions of the same song. I have an mp3 of the last version here, but I'd like one of the first one. And the second one too, if possible.








chrryblssmninja: (wicked_signs_merlin)
I better post this now, before school starts.


My day at the Stanford Shopping Center with my good friend Loki.

She was going to Hong Kong the next day, so I wanted to fill the afternoon with many cool things.

flower at Stanford Shopping Center

this is probably the best picture I will ever take in my life.


Good times, even with my complaining about the recent super-gentrification of the already upper-class-skewing mall.
Like, for instance, this thing I've been complaining about for a year now...WHY DID YOU TAKE OUT COOL BEATNIK-ISH CAFE I'VE BEEN TO SINCE I WAS BORN! AND REPLACED IT WITH A LUXURY BEDDING STORE?!
there's a lot more I can complain about. oh boy.
okay I better stop now.

Palo Alto, Stanford, murals with cats and dead fish, and EPIC BALSAMIC VINEGAR TASTING YOU MUST SERIOUSLY DO THIS AT LEAST ONCE IN YOUR LIFE )
chrryblssmninja: (yumeiro_momokohat)
icons for all incarnations of The Doctor


oh boy I am craving pine nuts right now
cooked or raw, I don't care
this is because my dad is cooking pasta and I'm thinking of the Create-Your-Own pasta at Macaroni Gril, where I put together an aglio olio (sp?) thing with added pine nuts


this now leads to

FOOD ITEMS I HAVE CRAVED )

also, an idea stolen from [livejournal.com profile] fancyxthat:
Sandwich of the year:
a Monte Cristo, at Bennigans
chrryblssmninja: (pheebe_toughcookie)
THREE THINGS I AM INSANELY HAPPY WITH AT THE MOMENT

1) I posted this song in the previous post, but I'm posting the link again because this song. This song!
what kind of heart would break so easy as my own
...
paradise
I'm warm in the shadows here
strange and beautiful and dear
I'm warm in the paradise

DANCE PARTY NOW


2) Aloe Vera drink (Sammi brand)
it's so fragant and tart-sweet and it has little aloe chunks that I've been craving at random times for over a year at least

3) internet lulz.

oh and I just had some red bean ice cream. At 1:20 in the morning. haha


Now time to tell you about today's Seafood City adventure.

Seafood City is an Asian supermarket aimed mainly at the Filipino community.

and, of course, how could it be an Asian supermarket without skin whiteners?

Now, some people might actually need skin whiteners due to uneven skin coloration. But there are other reasons people use them, and those reasons...
:(

Placenta (of what?) is sometimes also used as a skin-whitening and anti-wrinkle ingredient.

skin whiteners ahoy! even deodorant whaaaat )

I don't even know what this is supposed to be:
baby cologne

now, onto other business.

like the aforementioned Aloe Vera drink!
aloe vera

scarily pink sausages, the origins of tapioca, and more! )


finally:
I want these boots
stylish AND with reasonable heels. yes.
chrryblssmninja: (inthe_sunshine_annafriellook)
I've only seen bits of this TV show on public televion, but I think some of you might be interested. What first got me watching was the high video quality; much better than that of many food programs (then again, I don't have the Food Network, so I might be wrong)

Gourmet.com's Diary of a Foodie

I don't know if the full episodes can be viewed outside of the US, but there are recipes too that can be viewed by anyone.

full episode links in the episode title

examples, from Season 1
China: One Billion Foodies
Recipes:
Drunken Chicken with Rice-Wine Granita
Five-Spice Fortune Cookies
Noodles with Pork and Hot Bean Sauce
Snow Peas with Sichuan Preserved Vegetable
Stir-Fried Asparagus with Oyster Sauce
Stir-Fried Mushrooms with Soy and Rice Wine

Episode 2: Anatomy of a Meal with José Andrés
Caramel Corn Clusters
Caramelized Pork Rinds

more Season 1 episodes and recipes can be found here.
Episode 3 - "Italy: Home Cooking"
Episode 4 - "H20"
Episode 5 - "The Hungry Luddite"
followed by: "The Green Kitchen," "Brazil: When Foods Collide," "Just Desserts" (WITH CHOCOLATE CHILE ICE CREAM?), "Living Off the Land," "Australia: Slow Food" (recipes: Rhubarb Chutney, Rhubarb Tart), "Science of Deliciousness," "Zen and the Art of Cooking," "Salt and Pepper," "Delicious Indigenous," "Noble Rot," "Cure de Force," "Raising the Bar," "Contraband Cuisine," "Anatomy of a Meal II with Lydia Shire," and "Avant Garde à la Carte."

molecular gastronomy is now my current favorite word.

Season 2 episodes and recipes

Episode titles: "Southern India: The Spice of Life," "New Zealand: The Rugged Land," "Bread: The Foundation of a Meal," "Hidden Hong Kong," "North Carolina: BBQ and Beyond" (is it bad that my mouth started watering when I read BBQ?), "Bloggers: Confessions of the Food-Obsessed," "Baja: The New Provence," "Bovine Rhapsody," "Trompe l’Oeil: The Art of Culinary Deception," "The Open Flame," "France: The New Guarde," "The Anglers," "The Inventors," "Chile: Mestizo," "Anatomy of a Meal: Paul Bartolotta" (what is Lobster in Crazy Water?), "Fine Fast Food," "The World of Sweet," "Aromas: Fragrance and Taste," "Vietnam: The Taste of Simplicity," "Drinks: The Golden Age of Spirits."

Season 3 Episodes and Recipes

Episode Titles: "Hawaii’s Big Island: Food Lover’s Paradise" (oh my I want the Macadamia Nut Shortbread), "India & Vietnam: Complex Cuisine," "Ancient Traditions," "Oaxaca: Food of the New World," "Farm to Fork" (clip show), "Korea: Ancient Food, Modern World" (lol title what? I want recipes for crazy Asian pizza), "Tasmania: The Next Culinary Frontier," "Turkey: Iftar in Istanbul," "The Collective," "Tuscan Simplicity," "Chile Peppers: Playing With Fire," "Montreal: Cooking on the Wild Side," "La Cocina Andaluza: The Flavor of Flamenco."

lol some of these titles are unintentionally funny
but the show itself is pretty good

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