December 27, 2007

“Death laid an egg” and other movie titles you’ve never heard of…

Filed under: Art,Humor,Personal — Dee @ 8:00 am
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“Attack of the green giant leeches” (no surprise there)
“How the Grinch stole Kwanzaa”
“Jesse James meets Frankenstein’s Daughter”
“Santa Claus conquers the Martians”
“Star Wars – Contract of Evil” (not bad, just that I hadn’t heard of it before, it’s a fan film)
“The brain that won’t die”

Let me know if you know of any titles this bad or worse.


December 26, 2007

The Indigenous, The Pretentious, The Aphrodisiacs

I was excited when I began reading Wired’s piece on strange canned foods. But I have to tell you, some of them are not all that strange, in fact I’d like to taste a few, one I have already tasted.

We live in a time when chicken feet, pig ears or Cordyceps Sinensis (aka Chinese caterpillar fungus) are no more culinary shockers, so I was disappointed that Wired had not include some of the more weirder stuff. In all fairness, I’d like to bring to light Mopani worms, snail eggs, gold & pearl lollipops. While Mopani worms are fairly common in Southern Africa, snail eggs common in Europe, the gold and pearl lollipops are just pretentious aphrodisiacs.

I know we are running out of reasons to charge extra for a cup of tea, but “Monkey picked tea“? Turns out monkeys were trained to climb steep mountains and pick wild tea from there. This product comes from China at about $40 for 57g and if any of you gets to brew this monkey tea, I am not saying invite me, but leave a note on how you liked it. Or you could just invite me!

December 25, 2007

Mario Unclogged: Christmas Day

I had no idea the section reserved for Mario Batali in the Serious Eats website was called “Mario Unclogged” as in he is not wearing his clogs. Glad they put a picture of those little orange clogs, it’d have never struck me otherwise.

What’s the coolest sounding thing you can’t eat?

My Answer: Amanita. It’s a genus of killer mushrooms, it eats away your liver and no antidote is available. This genus consists of many edible varieties but the risk is definitely not worth the reward. Given that 95% of all the mushroom poisoning cases reported point their fingers at Amanita and at least 50% of these cases were caused by accidentally or ignorantly consuming the Death Cap aka “the world’s most dangerous mushroom”. The fun part is that death caps are relatively rare in most parts of the US, but they are fairly common in the San Francisco bay area. Time to go mushroom hunting, Ki ready?

Merry Dec 25th!

Filed under: Art,Humor — Dee @ 6:15 pm
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December 22, 2007

Saturday morning Farmers’ Market

Filed under: Food,Food in San Francisco,Personal — Dee @ 8:57 pm

Saturday morning was spent at the Farmers’ Market looking, scrutinizing, sampling, talking & laughing. The spoils of the day ranged from maitake mushrooms, mixed germinated beans, raw feta cheese to great tasting free range, pasture raised eggs from Eatwell Farms. I learnt that raw feta cheese can be preserved by storing them in brine or whey, not that I am going to do it, but it’s good to know.

The mixed germinated beans were fun, I cooked it with my nutty flavored organic rice with red wine vinegar – very simple and healthy. I paired this with some saucy maitake. I am trying to break away from letting spices overpower the food which usually is the case with Indian, Thai or Mexican food and consequently killing the natural flavor of vegetables or meat. My new style is to use very few ingredients, with techniques like boiling, steaming, baking & broiling. So if basic ingredients is all I’ve got then I’d better go for the best eggs, asparagus, carrots, cheese you name it.

December 20, 2007

Got map?

Filed under: Personal — Dee @ 1:20 pm

While Ms. Teen South Carolina was insightful in her explanation (now at close to 20 million views on YouTube) regarding why a 5th of Americans can’t locate the US on a world map, on your part how geo savvy do you think you are? You can test yourself here & find answers here. As an upshot, some of these facts can make for a good conversation starter at your holiday party.

Here’s a sampler:
1. What is the only U.S. state to allow its residents to cast absentee ballots from outer space?
The International Date Line runs through only one continent. Which one?
True or false: When crossing the border from China to Afghanistan you must set your watch back 3 1/2 hours.

Answers: 1. Texas 2. Antartica & 3. True. Virtually all of China is on Beijing time.

December 19, 2007


Filed under: Art,Humor,Personal — Dee @ 2:13 pm

Warning sign in my neighborhood. The fine print reads “You will also seriously piss off the b*tch who pays good money for this garage and nobody wants that.” I love my neighbors!

December 18, 2007

Heroes of the Design World

Filed under: Art,Business,Reviews — Dee @ 4:15 pm

I know a lot of people, including myself, who have a weakness for great design and bubble tea. While this post has nothing to do with the latter, I wish to bring some of my favorite brands, artists & products to light. This time around I will leave out mainstream-underground artists like Banksy. So here goes the list of heroes:

Bike Furniture: Located in Marquette, Michigan, Bike Furniture Design designs and manufactures furniture made from recycled bicycle parts like aluminum bicycle rimes, handlebars, frames, etc.

Viktor Koen: He is a graphic design & illustration genius. Born in Greece and design schooled both in Jerusalem and NYC, Viktor is a faculty member at the Parsons School of Design among other things. Some of his customers include Rolling Stone, National Geographic, IBM, Wall Street Journal, Atlantic Records, Harper Collins, Los Angeles Times, etc.

Shift Racing: Shift is part of Fox Racing, one of the world leaders in racing gear. With it’s cult following, Shift manages to stay ahead of the motorsports game through sharp and stylish designs that do not compromise on comfort and functionality. It manages to be leader of the pack in the most tortuous and demanding world of motocross. Turns out motocross racers are fitter than athletes on track or American football and soccer players given the high heart rate that they maintain for over 30 minutes, twice a day.

Upper Playground: My pet brand with a ton of attitude and street cred. These guys not only sell, clothes and accessories, they also sell films (DVDs of artists, their life, love, & passion), furnitures and books. On top of that, they also have a cool blog. No wonder Yelp is going crazy with reviews.

December 17, 2007

Writer’s Block Party

Filed under: Art,Humor,Personal — Dee @ 12:19 pm

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