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Some good stuff for the new year


Swiss cheese toasty: a toasted slice of whole wheat, dijon mustard, walnuts and swiss cheese. Put it under the broiler so the cheese melts on top of everything.

A little toasty makes me an exponentially happier person in the mornings.


This excerpt from Mike Daisey’s show The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.


Keeping up with my Google Reader for the first time in months because of these tumblers/blogs:

Old Love

L.A. in Bloom

Southern Foodways Alliance


Resolutions, which include cooking more and perhaps picking up that old, abandoned blog, cooking con booze.


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January 13, 2012 at 9:31 am

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dog jeans time is here

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That’s right. 

via the LAT

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November 24, 2009 at 12:48 pm

I’ve been waiting so long to post this picture

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no words.  just love.

no words. just love.


Holler at your moms this weekend, meanies!

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May 8, 2009 at 9:50 am

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the cheese stands alone

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Last night I put season 1 of  The Wire on in the background while I turned the apartment upside down looking for my W-2s.  Of course I ended up watching four episodes back-to-back because The Wire is still THE BEST SHOW EVER.



Wallace! D! Bodie!


If you haven’t seen it, you must. watch.  now.
That is all.

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March 26, 2009 at 1:09 pm

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Movies of ’08

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I’m a wee bit reluctant to admit my favorite movies of ’08.  Mostly because The D.M. and I are engaged in an ongoing debate over mainstream studio productions (which I tend to like and D.M. suspects are evil) and short-run, poorly-distributed, (often) foreign films (which I also tend to like, and D.M. would prefer to see more of). 

I’m easy to please movie-wise, so unless the film I’m watching is unbearably boring, I usually leave the theater happy.  And if half the fun of seeing a movie is discussing it afterwards, then there’s your argument for buying tickets to whatever’s opening big that weekend.  Like Mama Mia!  (which I liked!) or The Dark Knight (which was fine – even though the plot was stupid).  I hadn’t seen a James Bond movie in years, so Quantum of Solace had me at  “naked ladies made out of sand, Danial Craig pointing a gun, White Stripe-y theme song” hello.  It was a total surprise  when Sex and the City didn’t suck.   Same with Benjamin Button, which was sort of pointless and kind of interesting.  I still can’t figure out why they would make this movie about a guy who ages backwards and pretty much lives a normal, boring life.  Aside from the whole turning into a baby thing (I didn’t even realize he actually should have turned into a old baby man).

But now I must admit that even though I enjoyed everything listed above, The D.M. wins when he insists that all these movies range from mediocre to pretty awful, that they don’t stand up when compared to anything really good  and that there are amazing movies being made which no one is seeing, and it sucks.

So lo and behold, out of all the movies I saw in ’08 (most of) the best of them were short-run, poorly-distributed foreign films.  They are listed below – and I really wish that more people would watch them, since they are all great:



4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days

It’s that Romanian abortion flick!  And it’s amazing – really the best movie of the year.  Here are some links to reviews:

New York Times
New Yorker

There’s so much to say about this movie,  it’s complicated and intense and emotional but never feels manipulative, the acting and directing are incredible .  It deserves to be seen and you should see it.  Maybe not on your birthday, and definitely not on a first date – but seriously – go rent. 




Still Life

New Yorker
New York Times

Still Life is, simply, a beautiful movie, where two people wander around a town on the Yangtze River looking for their spouses.  The town is 2,000 years old, and will soon be underwater, flooded as part of the Three Gorges Dam project.  That’s basically the whole story – there’s not a lot of dialogue, which is fine since the movie is so visually stunning.  It’s also crazy to think when you’re watching it that the town where it was filmed two years ago is indeed, now completley under water. 


 OK – not every movie I liked this year was depressing.  The next two are fun.  I promise!


You know what Sofia Coppola movies do for dreamy blond teenage girls?  I think Reprise does the same thing for ambitious 20-something Norwegian boys.  Except Reprise is way more fun (and way less annoying) than any S.C. film.  I’ve also heard this movie compared to Trainspotting, except with writers instead of heroin addicts.  I see that – its got the same fast-paced style.  It’s also super enjoyable to watch.  And funny.  Reprise makes you want to go to a party with a bunch of your friends and get drunk and dance around.  Wooooo!

New York Times



Man on Wire

Hey meanies – this movie is in English!  Well, most of it.  Except for a few interviews (in French) with members of a merry band of tightrope enthusiasts who helped fellow frenchie Philippe Petit wire walk in between the World Trade Center towers in 1974.  Man on Wire is a documentary but it feels like a heist movie and is, like the poster says, exhilarating. 

New York Times




I suspect I’ve missed out on a lot this year (still haven’t seen Wall-E, heard good things about A Christmas Tale) and I also left off a few filmies that I really really liked (Milk, Rachel Getting Married) but these four were the best.  And out of the four, D.M. picked the first three.  So he chooses better movies.  Blah, I like to think I read better books.

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December 30, 2008 at 4:31 pm

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Wine and Cheese of ’08

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Well, well.  Isn’t this a classy “best of” category?  Yum. Yum. Yum.  ‘Tis.


glug glug

glug glug


I had never even heard of lambrusco until I accidentally ordered it at a bar last winter, thinking it was champagne.  Since then, I’ve heard rumors (of The New York TimesStyle section variety) that lambrusco it the new ros.  Whatever.  Lambrusco is good.  Every kind I’ve ever tried has been red, but apparently ros and white varieties exist too.   Try the red first!  Then try the others, I guess, but I can really only give my 08 rec to the red.  Also, be careful – some lambruscos can be really sweet and gross.  Ask for a dry bottle.


Truffle Tremor:


truffs in here!

This cheese has truffles in it!  It is delicious!  It is also quite expensive.  I only tried it because it was served at a work function held at a fancy-pants wine bar, but I’ve been thinking about it ever since.

Stay classy, meanies.

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December 17, 2008 at 1:28 pm

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Recs in effex

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Inspired by the myriad of year-end lists out (see previous post), I’ve been collecting my own little besties of 2008. To clarify, these are really more recommendations than anything else – all things that I liked best in the year that was – some of which were around before ’08, all of which are totally awesome. Anyway, did they really exist before I discovered them? Perhaps no.

Expect these to trickle out all week…

Book of ’08


Since Christmas crafting has been eating up all my spare time recently (ugh. what a mistake), it’s looking less and less like I’ll finish 2666 before the new year rolls around. 2666 could have been a contender, but it’s topping all the best books lists anyway, so I’m happy to throw my shout out to The Exception by Christian Jungersen, published in paperback in 2008 ,this is undoubtedly my favorite book of the year. This book is so good! Go out, buy it now, start reading tonight and I promise you will be done by Christmas because it is un-put-down-able. Admittedly the beginning is a bit slow, but it picks up, and what starts out as a kind of examination of the psychology of evil (what makes average people turn into Nazi killers, and then turn back into average people at the end of the day?),becomes a crazy suspenseful “murder mystery about office politics.” I cannot recommend it enough – particularly if you’ve ever been paranoid. Or shared an office with someone who is. Go forth and read, meanies.

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December 16, 2008 at 8:21 pm

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