Friday, October 30, 2009

Haiku Friday

Halloween Weekend!
Come to Milady's on Prince,
that's where we'll all be.

Dressed as characters
from the movie Clue. I'll be
Mrs. White, of course.

Flames, flames, on the sides
of my face...I hated her...
so much. It's like flames.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

If I hear

Cliff Lee one more time I'm going to hurt somebody.

That was totally brutal, man. Seriously. The Yankees better kick it up a notch. The guy on the elevator this morning doesn't think tonight is going to be any better because AJ is pitching. They can't have two Cliff Lee's, can they?

Can they??

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Bored to Death


This show is a scream, you guys. It's on HBO on Sunday nights at 9:30, but you can watch it any time on demand. Don't I sound like a commercial?

I think I'll always love Ted Danson because of Cheers and he is no disappointment in this show. He's hilarious as a super wealthy magazine owner who is somewhat bored with his life.

Jason Schwartzman plays the main character, Brooklyn writer Jonathan Ames, who decides to make some extra cash and procrastinate on writing his second book, by being a private eye. He advertises his services on craigslist and ends up with a variety of pretty funny clients.

Another reason I really like it is it literally takes place in my neighborhood! So, if you want to see where I live, watch the show. Or just come visit me. Slackers.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Poem

My niece, Nava, wrote a poem that I think I absolutely love. She's the little gal in the blue dress in the picture below. Here it is!
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It is Sunrise.
Sunrise is the best time to pick pumpkins.
My Grandma is taking me.
My name is Nava.
My baby brother, Ben is coming with me.
Sunrise is the best time to pick pumpkins,
because the pumpkins are more orange that a tangerine
and more yellow than a lemon.
The pumpkins will not take me anywhere,
although they are as round as a balloon.
But the pumpkin will not take me anywhere, but I
will have fun at the pumpkin patch.

Happy Birthday, Sun!

Happy Birthday to my sister, Sunny! I hope the day rocks the house.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Numbers

Since we last chatted, I:
  1. Went out to dinner with Babe at the General Greene on Dekalb. It was our second time there, but this time was much better. I would rank the five dishes we shared as follows: 1) the green beans were out of this world. So delicious! 2) the salted caramel sundae was so good - the vanilla ice cream homemade and wonderful 3) the burger was just right - super hot and char-broiled to perfection! 4)the roasted beet salad was one of the better I've had this season, but ranks below the burger because it really was just a roasted beet salad. 5) The macaroni and cheese I would rank last - it was good, but Smoke Joint is way better.
  2. Watched the Yankees clinch the win so they can go to the world series - first time since I've been a fan!
  3. Went out to Long Island for Nancy's baby shower which was very nice, and well attended! There had to be about 80 women there!
  4. Walked around the hood for awhile and went to the nabe's first bookstore - Greenlight bookstore. It's about time!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Haiku Friday

What a game last night.
I think I hate Nick Swisher.
Cuz he really sucks.

Now I have to change
stinkin Saturday night plans
because the Yankees lost.

Work was super biz
this week. I guess that's good, right?
Job security.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

This is so cute


Check out this tiny dancer from Oxnard, California. And, you get to see Ellen!

Lies

Sorry about the lies yesterday. I know, I shouldn't tease you guys or myself like that. Sometimes I just want to get up and get on out of here.

But the fall and winter will be fun in NYC. My birthday is coming up (housewarmingbirthday party), Halloween, hopefully the Yankees will be in the world series (it's looking pretty good), and all sorts of other fun stuff.

Babe and I are trying to figure out what to do for Thanksgiving. Any ideas? I want to go to an island. Not Manhattan.

Been seeing you a lot lately in my dreams. Seriously. I've had dreams involving almost all of my pals lately - and Angela is in my dreams nearly every single night. Guess I must miss you guys!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Numbers - Yikes! I'm so behind!

Sorry, dudes! Since I last spoke to you (four days ago!), I:
  • Went to and from Denver, Colorado. 3 hours and 45 minutes there, 2 hours and 45 minutes home.
  • Had to cut the line at security b/c we were late (sorry, Babe!), and the person we cut was a woman wearing 4 inch heels pushing a stroller. You go girl! Oooh, she was mad.
  • Watched a lot of playoff games on a 60 inch television screen at the in-laws house.
  • Decided to quit my job and move out of NYC. Just kidding. I mean, I want to do that, but I won't. I've been here for seven years. I think that is enough.
  • Read one book: Breakfast with Buddha. It was such a nice book - funny and easy to read. Check it out!
  • Started the third Dan Brown novel, The Lost Symbol. Great read - very fast paced and fun.
  • Slept about a million hours.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Haiku holla Denver friday

Weather is gorgeous
low seventies? I think so.
Raining in New York

watching the playoffs
rooting for the dodgers so
randi will be glad

the real action starts
later. May the yanks beat up
the stupid angels

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Denver

Hey Peeps - I'm off to Denver tomorrow, so I won't be here to update. I'll probably toss a Haiku Friday up on the ole bloggage from JFK. I'll also be out Monday, so you'll see Numbers on Tuesday.
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I need to get cracking on my Halloween costume, ya'all. A whole bunch of us are going as the cast of Clue which is easily one of the best movies on earth. I'm going to be Mrs. White! Hee. I can't wait. I need a hat with some net over it and some shiny black sleeves to go with my black dress.
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I also need to get some freaking new boots this season. My black boots are sad. They've been around for many years and I don't think they are suitable for use anymore. Sad, but true.
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My birthday party is coming, up, too. I think I'm going to do the facebook invite this year, cuz I'm hip. Heck yah I am. Hip indeed. Yup.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tacos!

Take the R train to wherever the heck the R train goes and you'll arrive in Sunset Park for Tacos Matamoros and you won't be sorry.

Dude! Those freaking tacos were totally delicious. I mean, when I ate my taco, I talked about it the whole time. Two carne asada tacos grandes and I was in heaven. Go there.

Best tacos in NYC.

Too bold? I don't think so.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Taco Tuesday

Tonight, we're headed to Sunset Park for Taco Tuesdays.

This guy has a crazy list
! But, this is the one we're hitting up:

Tacos Matamoros.

I'll let you know how it is!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Pasta e Fagioli

Here's Rachel Ray's recipe, with a few changes, of course.

2 tablespoons (2 turns around the pan) extra-virgin olive oil
1/8 pound (about 3 slices) pancetta, chopped (I didn't have pancetta, b/c apparently they don't sell it at the Pioneer on Lafayette, so I used chopped proscuitto. Next time, I'll find pancetta)
2 (4 to 6-inch) sprigs rosemary, left intact (I would omit this next time. Unfortunately, I no longer like rosemary, after the Sonoma Diet.)
1 (4 to 6-inch) sprig thyme with several sprigs on it, left intact (I used dry thyme)
1 large fresh bay leaf or 2 dried bay leaves
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 small carrot, finely chopped
1 rib celery, finely chopped
4 large cloves garlic, chopped
Coarse salt and pepper
2 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans
1 cup canned tomato sauce or canned crushed tomatoes
2 cups water
1 quart chicken stock
1 1/2 cups ditalini
Grated Parmigiano or Romano, for the table
Crusty bread, for mopping

Directions

Heat a deep pot over medium high heat and add oil and pancetta. Brown the pancetta bits lightly, and add herb stems, bay leaf, chopped vegetables, and garlic. Season vegetables with salt and pepper. Add beans, tomato sauce, water, and stock to pot and raise heat to high. Bring soup to a rapid boil and add pasta. Reduce heat to medium and cook soup, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes or until pasta is cooked al dente. Rosemary and thyme leaves will separate from stems as soup cooks. Remove herb stems and bay leaf from soup and place pot on table on a trivet. Let soup rest and begin to cool for a few minutes. Ladle soup into bowls and top with lots of grated cheese. Pass crusty bread for bowl mopping.

Numbers - Fall-tastic edition

Since we last chatted, I:
  1. Went to Connecticut. Drove (well, Babe drove) 3 hours each way to beautiful Connecticut where we hung out and took it pretty freakin easy.
  2. Made a delicious dinner of Philly cheese steaks which we hadn't made in years. Like two or three years.
  3. Listened to the Yankees on the radio on Friday night driving up - the game started at 6 and we left home at 8 and were still listening to it when we go to CT at 11! It went into extra innings. We won.
  4. Watched Clue with Babe - a movie I've been watching since I was in the sixth grade. It's still hilarious.
  5. Made a delicious dinner of Pasta Fagioli soup - for the first time!

Friday, October 09, 2009

Haiku Friday

Off to renegade
this weekend. Boss's loaning
her country house - YAY!

Go look at some leaves
changing colors for the fall.
And choose a pumpkin.

Yankees baseball, too.
Congrats to Randi's Dodgers -
last night was epic!

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Windmills

Last night, after I got home from a ridiculously delicious dinner with some ridiculously delicious friends at Alta, which I can tell you more about later, I watched the Daily Show.

On the Daily Show, there was this kid (well, he's 22 now) named William Kamkwamba who wrote a book. The book is called "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" and its his story about how he was growing up in Malawi during a famine. So, his family didn't have any money to send him to school. So, he used to go to the library and look at books. But he wasn't GREAT at reading, so he mainly looked at pictures to get the jist. He saw a picture of a windmill that was used to harness electricity, I guess, and decided to build one. So, at 14 years old, this kid built a electricity generating windmill for his family. Fo reals, you guys.

Now, the kid is 22 and studying for his S.A.T. so he can go to college somewhere here in the Good Ol U.S. of A.

I was just totally blown away by this fella, he was so smart and funny. I really dug it. Made me feel like I should probably be doing more with my life.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Feliz Cumpleanos!

Also, happy birthday to Jessicurl today! Too bad you don't live in NYC anymore. I'd take you out for a drink. Yah, yah, yah, I know, it's been years. I should get over it already.

Chickahominy

One of the things we did when we went to Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia was eat at the Chickahominy House. This is BFF's meal (and picture. Thanks, BFF!) She had the chicken and dumplings. And, see those biscuits off in the corner there? They were so delicious!

So, in honor of the Chickahominy, and because I had an unopened package of Bisquick Heart Healthy in the cupboard, I made chicken and dumplings for dinner last night. Want the recipe? Here it is.

Quick and Easy Chicken and Dumplings
  • 1 1/2 cups fat free milk
  • 1 cup frozen green peas and carrots (I used a 10 oz package of frozen veggies, including carrots, peas, corn and green beans).
  • 1 cup cut-up cooked chicken (I used a bit more. See, when I made the chicken for the chicky enchilalas on Sunday, I made two extra pieces, so I could have it for my chicken an dumplings later in the week. Amazing.)
  • 1 can (10 3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup (Healthy request, of course)
  • 1 cup Original Bisquick® mix (I use Heart Healthy)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • Paprika, if desired
1. Heat 1 1/2 cups milk, the peas and carrots, chicken and soup to boiling in 3-quart saucepan, stirring frequently. Okay - so here, I first sauteed a little onion in some EVOO. Then, I added everything else. Plus lots of black pepper.
2. Stir Bisquick mix and 1/3 cup milk until soft dough forms. Drop dough by 8 spoonfuls onto chicken mixture (do not drop directly into liquid). Sprinkle with paprika.
3. Cook uncovered over low heat 10 minutes. Cover and cook 10 minutes longer.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Monday, October 05, 2009

Numbers

Since we last spoke, I:
  1. Had two guests from DC - Ruby and Joaquin came up since Ruby was celebrating his 3 x 11 birthday.
  2. Went to Smoke Joint for dinner and had a six point with my meal.
  3. Had #1 brunch with R&J for his birthday (he had a 2nd brunch later in the day).
  4. Watched my California Golden Bears be destroyed for the 2nd week in a row.
  5. Went to the Atlantic Antic with hundreds of thousands of other people in Brooklyn.
  6. Made what two trays of enchiladas, one to eat and one to freeze.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Haiku Friday

Rio Olympics?
Too bad, Chicago. You lost.
Been there, done that, too.

Babe loves Olympics.
More than anybody else.
I like them, too, though.
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Congratulations!
We made it to the weekend.
Here's to days off work!

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Backspacer

Rolling Stone gives the new Pearl Jam Album four out of five stars. Not surprisingly, I give it five. Have a listen! If you go on Stupid Myspace you can hear at least one track all the way through, for free. If you want to hang out, you can listen to it with me. Or, just go buy yourself one. You won't regret it!