Browsing all articles from December, 2011

Merry Listmas 2011: The Music

For me, music highlights this year included: a tribute to poet Langston Hughes, visits from a milkman, a Shakespearean sonnet, the strangeness of seeing your face on television, finding Gatorade in the wrong section at Wal-Mart, Bibles coated with tropical fruit and drunk simians who refuse to jump. Of course, this is only the tip of the proverbial cupcake (all of these songs aren’t from […]


Merry Listmas 2011: The Food

As another year comes to an end, I’m going to spend a few moments reliving some of my favorite food adventures of 2011. Favorite Sandwiches: Peppered Seitan with Creamy Mustard Sauce Caged Animal Sandwich Dr. Pepper Seitan Vegan Open Faced Portobello from Bern and the Brights Vegetarian Italian Roast Pork Porcini Veggie Burgers from The Chubby Vegetarian Fried Green Tomato Po’ Boy from The Chubby […]


Happy Holidays

Taking a break to go and join the circus. I may be back for a year-end post, otherwise see you in 2012. Hear it, eat it, do it all over again.           Goodman Brown-Holidays by

cupcakes and beer mix

Cupcakes and Beer Mix: Sonic Avenues, Childish Gambino, Total Slacker, Swiss Lips, My Empire of Sound, Now Now, Thee American Revolution, Cloud Nothings, Loves It! and the Menzingers

I drink my cupcakes with soy milk. You do yours with beer. We come from seemingly different planets. Here is my attempt to understand. Tender Branson-Cupcakes and Beer Mix by (0:01) Sonic Avenues-Television Youth (2:54) Childish Gambino-Heartbeat (7:23) Total Slacker-Secret VHS Collection (9: 39) Swiss Lips-U Got the Power (13:26) My Empire of Sound-Early Morning (A New Beginning) (16:45) Now, Now-Dead Oaks (18:23)Thee American […]


Lavendar Cupcakes with Lemon Curd and Citrus Cream Cheese

This is a shot of my birthday cupcake baked by J-Fur. It was Lavendar infused cake, filled with homemade lemon curd and iced with Citrus-Lavendar icing. As one of the kids in my class would say “I have just one word for you. It was Marvelous.” Hey, I didn’t teach those guys how to count, I just multiply and divide with them. We drizzled the […]


Food Pairing 101: What goes well with “Christmas Time” by the Time Out Tykes

The Time Out Tykes are the Skunk Ape of Christmas music. After piecing together a number of different clues what starts to materialize is a murky picture at best of who or what this band is. Are they really pre-schoolers who sound well beyond their years? Is it true that they hung up on grandma? What do these “pint sized punk rockers” have planned for […]


Where We Eat: The Pierogi Grill Nestled Beside Jackson Hunt

Traffic was at a standstill. Stupid Bucs game. Here it was, my birthday dinner and I was going to show up late. I looked into my rear view mirror, met my eyes and thought, nope, not gonna happen. I quickly swerved my car onto the shoulder and began passing all the football fans. 40, 50, 60 miles an hour. I hit the CCC in no […]


Irish Au Gratin Drowned in Sound by Sleigh Bells and SONOIO

Last weekend J-Fur and I sat in La Crepe Bistro with two of our friends from Chicago. The four of us enjoyed fresh squeezed orange juice alongside crepes, omelets, quiche and Vegetable Au Gratin. While all the food was good, the highlight was the Vegetable Au Gratin. This thing was packed full of zucchini, mushrooms, onions and asparagus and drowned in a waterfall of butter […]


Fennel Franks and White Bean Stew Prescribed by The Connects and Secret Music

It 6:53 on Saturday morning and I am awake, eating soup, writing and listening to music. It is taking a lot of effort to hold my head up as it is swimming, probably somewhere out in the Arctic Region by this time. This is my yearly ritual as we close in to my birthday: head colds, congestion, sometimes writing on the floor of an airport […]