September 2008

If it weren’t for those cocaine monkeys, I wouldn’t be sitting here now, hitting myself with birch branches among the homely.

You have funny conversations with people sometimes. I evidently know someone whose memoirs could begin this way. So much awesome.


Once again, nothing new on the culinary front. Just a lot of slacking all around!

I feel so bad for theCultFigure. One of his favorite bands comes to town, on his freaking birthday, and he’s abroad at a conference. Then, to top it off, they play a show on the same day for KEXP subscribers at the Triple Door. I attended that one on his behalf and I regret to report it was pretty great. Sorry sweetie!

Perhaps because it was a 1pm show, they opted to play a lot of slower, quieter tracks and it suited the mood of the club very well. In general I don’t like going to shows at venues where you have to sit, but it often seems to work for the afternoon Triple Door concerts. They closed their hour-long set with the first two tracks of their latest album, which were faster-paced than most of the rest of the material they chose. In particular I think “Unless It’s Kicks” was very raw and sounded fantastic.

For the next 2 weeks, the broadcast should be in the station streaming archives – it aired at 4pm on 9/17/08. Setlist after the jump for those who care.


What can I say about this movie that no one else has already said? Pretty much nothing. Especially because I’m probably the next-to-last person in America to see it.

Pixar movies are justifiably lauded for being well-written, smart, gorgeous, cinematic, soaring. Ratatouille is all those. There’s a realness to the characterizations; the plot hooks you effortlessly. And then there’s the animation, so chock full of technical sophistication but never gratuitous – it’s always in service of the storytelling.

Bottom line: recommended. Duh!

Well not exactly. But you should vote for Buffy anyway.

Somewhere I must have been told of this movie; heard praise for its award-winning screenplay and wonderful ensemble cast, but I’ve no memory of when or where I heard of it.

Within 15 minutes, I think approximately 25 characters had been introduced with a bewildering assortment of names. Within 30 minutes I still had no idea what was really going on because everyone was speaking obliquely while mumbling in soft accents from around the U.K. By the 45-minute mark, certain plot threads seemed to be taking shape, but then I’m not sure if it was something I did, or what, but the DVD froze on one stuttering image while the soundtrack kept advancing, and I figured, Oh well.

I attempted my first batch of mushroom pierogies last week. My mushroom-loving husband enjoyed them very much, as did I, I’m pleased to say.

They were more work than my stand-by sauerkraut ones, but not unreasonably so. The filling consists mainly of sauteed button mushrooms (processed teeny-tiny in the food processor), punched up with dried porcinis, caramelized onions, parsley, garlic and bound together with a bit of sour cream. Not terribly attractive to look at, so photo is after the jump.


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