Monthly Archives: April 2009

Its the black plague…or something

I have five days of class and two papers left until I AM DONE WITH SCHOOL!

Which is thrilling.

Except for the fact that I naievely assumed that this year, I would not be coming down with the plague at the end of the school year, especially since last year was such a treat.

Pretty sure that I’m barreling full speed ahead to another doctor’s office visit. Given that I have a gnarly-sounding cough, am constantly thirsty, and in an effort to fight the war through Vitamin C have probably drank an entire bottle of orange juice in the last 24 hours.

Oh, and I almost forgot…the always being thirsty part. I would say that I am more hydrated than most people, but right now, I am in a perpetual state of feeling as if I am wandering the desert.

Rock on.

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haiku: Part II

my lungs are hurting.
codeine cough syrup is the way.
it is not swine flu.

cannot stop rushing
am completely exhausted
when will it all stop?

Steeplechase Chic

Sometimes Lilly Pulitzer breaks my heart just a little bit because it is so simply and effortlessly perfect.

Ready for the Races



Am making risotto with lamb stock tonight. Por que? you ask. Because Marcus and I made lamb stew over Passover and I boiled the shank bones for stock. I highly recommend this (I tried it with lobster/crab shells and the left over meat over winter break and was pleasantly surprised).

That being said, I am now left with the conundrum of whether to use vegetable or chicken stock to make up the remainder of the liquid in addition to red wine (I’m thinking vegetable, to make the lamb flavor more distinct instead of settling for “vaguely meaty”).

And also, because lamb as an ingredient totally screams, “serve me with feta cheese or some sort of chickpea-type dish,” I’m trying to resolve that conundrum as well. Hummus v. Falafel, classic Parmesan v. Feta.

What to do.

May it Please the Court

I can’t really describe this in a way that will really do it justice. I found it to be fabulous and strangely poignant at the same time, in the sort of way where one is compelled to capture something and to trap its essence in a bottle.

And, its from the NYT, which is where all good things come from.

May it Please the Court

haiku: Part I

Some days I want to write but with the massive plan book we’re coming up on in campaigns and the history paper for 5601W that I still haven’t really started yet, I’m thinking about exploring haiku as an expressive format for those days where I’m too tired/mind is scrambled to actually write a coherent post.

exhaustion i hate
group projects procrastinate,
coffee not enough.


If you live with me, then you know that I get very specifically hungry in the afternoon. In a sort of “I’m starving to death and have never seen food before” sort of way. And usually during these times, I want to eat something that will fill me up, is nutritionally valuable, and makes me feel like I’m eating something special.

So, here are my top five picks for snacking.

  1. Avocado (cubed) with Lime Juice and S+P…Its totally forkable so, if you don’t have/don’t want chips, its always a good call.
  2. Cheese…This is usually something with a more interesting taste like a Bleu, Gouda, Sharp Cheddar or Brie.
  3. Dried Cranberries + Cashews…its like trail mix, except healthier.
  4. Freeze Dried Apples…you can get these at Costco by the box. They’re pretty fantastic.
  5. A Spoonful of Peanut Butter

Reasonably Delicious Eats

I usually don’t write about my restaurant-capades on here anymore because I Yelp them. Since I have the widget on my sidebar, it would be a touch redundant.

However, with the recession and everyone running around willy-nilly trying to find ways to save money AND enjoy nice things (that whole champagne tastes on a beer budget cliche), I figured I would write you all a list of some of my favorite places in the city that don’t totally rip apart my weekly allowance (yes, I give myself an allowance – that’s a totally different post).

  1. Blue Door Pub – Located in Saint Paul on Selby. I discovered it today, and then cajoled Marcus into going with me for lunch. They’re known specifically for their variations on a burger variety called a “Juicy Lucy.” However, they have like ten different varieties of this. The burgers are somewhere around $6.50-$7 and if you get the tots to go with, you can get out for $10. Apparently they have a pretty rad H.H. with $2 taps. Their taps are pretty much all microbrews too (they have Surly here!).
  2. Vincent, A Restaurant – Delicious H.H. It’s a french place and a darned-impressive one at that. The Vincent Burger is a meat-lover’s dream – a beef patty stuffed with pulled beef short rib meat. Personally, I loved the Chicken a la Plancha more. Wine is $3/glass during H.H. as are some of their beers. Now that the weather is nice, H.H. has moved out to their patio as well. Definitely an easy way to appreciate the culinary goodness and French artistry that is Vincent, without spending too much.
  3. Solera – They hold H.H. court at all-sorts of times and during this, their sangria is $3. The tapas they have aren’t all that special, but if you want a light-bite and really would rather have their sangria (comme moi) it is totally worth it.
  4. Joe’s Garage – Beers (they have Surly here too!) and wines that fall somwhere between $2.50-$5 and a half-off apps happy hour menu. The bruschetta is delicious and the aioli and flavored sour cream they offer with their fries are incredible. You can escape here for $10-$13.
  5. Stella’s – On Friday afternoons from 3-6 pm in their bar area, they have oyster orgy, which means that oysters are .50/shell. This is in contrast with them being $2.50 a shell at all other times. Embrace this. Plus they have two for ones and some other clever happy hour snacks that will keep you humming.
  6. Chino Latino – $3 glasses of wine, and a kind of cute H.H. menu. Or you could make like EmPeck and I do by splitting the Popocatepe instead. If you do not know what these are, then you really should try to check them out. Plus, if you join the Parasole Dining Club, you can start racking up points.
  7. Sushi Tango – They have really bizarre H.H. hours. However, for the patient and clever, they have a special menu with apps that hover around the $3 range and rolls that are on average $5.

Go forth, and nosh.

Tea Parties

The thing this week that has succeeded in intriguing me the most are the “tea parties” that conservatives across America have adopted as their form of protest. Don’t get me started on the fact that I think that conservatives protesting is extremely bizarre, given that they spent the last eight years shouting-down liberals and telling them that their protests were “un-American.” Whatever. That is neither here nor there. For those of you who didn’t listen and/or care in high school history (which is totally fine – I really don’t think a lot of people did), a little refresher on the original Boston Tea Party and how it contrasts with modern-day America:

  1. The Boston Tea Party was to protest taxation without representation. In our modern-day America, we have representation.
  2. Tea was extremely valuable/expensive in America because of how far away it was produced and all of the shipping that went along with that.
  3. The colonists dumped tea into the harbor that wasn’t theirs.

In short, when I see entitled, upper-class conservatives throwing their diamonds, gold, and/or cash into the river, I will understand and appreciate their sacrifice for their beliefs. But a $2 box of Lipton? Excuse my language, but you have got to be shitting me. That’s like poor little rich kid syndrome at its worst.

UPDATE: Here’s a link to a great NYT column about the idiot Texans who want to secede. I think Texas is as good a place as any but again. Seriously? Just go.

Spring Fever v. Papers

Earlier this week I made the heart-breaking realization that even though I’m only taking 11 “real” credits, they’re all writing intensive.

We could ruminate on the PR Plan/Non-traditional Advertising Campaign that my group is working on for Specially Yours in Campaigns, the essay I just finished and massive historical research paper that I have due for History of Journalism, or the Feasibility Study Report that I’ve been hacking away on now for the last two weeks in my online Technical Writing Class.

All are equally as fun.

And, with the temperature approaching 70 today, to enjoy the weather, I’ll probably go all-out and open my windows while I do homework.

I know right? You’re thinking, “That Kat, what a wild woman.”