Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Lauren is 2nd from left. This is a photo of her paddleboat team.
I've known Lauren since 6th grade, but we didn't truly bond until an 8th grade yearbook meeting where we wrote a profile of our history teacher. (We bonded even more after the yearbook was published and we realized that the stupid yearbook advisor totally revamped our awesome article!) Anyway, Lauren is definitely one of the funniest people I know, and among many things, I admire her ability to consume large amounts of food in 1 sitting, her fashion sense and her strong, positive outlook in life! Now, here's Lauren in her own words... (My questions are in bold.)
1. By day, I... am a speech-language pathologist. And by night, I... pole-dance (ed. note: for exercise, not for money) and paddle (dragon boat.)
2. I can’t live without… my boyfriend's digital cable, soy lattes (iced or hot, depending on the weather) and chapstick/lipgloss, in no particular order.
3. Best/Worst meal I’ve eaten
Best meal: this clam shack near the outlets in Kittery, Maine - they have the best lobster roll, comes with a pickle and coleslaw, and I order a side of wild rice. Service comes with a smile - each time I've gone, there's the same cute little old lady working one of the registers. Her name is Lillian, she sits on a stool by her register inside the ordering window, and apparently she's been working there since the 80s. She has a dish named after her, and she genuinely looks pleased as punch to take your order.
Worst meal: It was the first Christmas my family celebrated without my grandmother, so my aunt and her partner invited us over for the day. They do not partake in meat or alcohol, and neither one of those things was permitted to even enter their house! (We did fill up on a meaty breakfast beforehand.) The food was terrible - a lot of frozen Trader Joe's foods that either weren't fully cooked, or were over cooked and dry. My brother, sister, and I were banished to the 'kids' room' for dinner, despite the fact that the youngest of us was my sister, who at the time was 18. (My aunt's partner claimed she got a headache when we laughed. So sue us for having some Christmas cheer!). To add insult to injury, my gift from the hostesses was a Celine Dion greatest hits CD.
4. 3 Random/Quirky Facts I used to aspire to be a marine biologist as a child, so I went on a ton of whale watches, and even attended some whale lectures (thanks Mom for humoring me and taking me along, despite some nasty sea-sickness!).
What I've retained: the blue whale is thought to be the largest animal to ever live, measuring up to 100+ feet long. Its' heart weighs as much as a small car, its tongue can weight up to 4 tons and could hold about 50 people, and its blowhole can shoot water up to 30 feet in the air.
5. Haiku that describes something you did yesterday
Half a year ago
Roommate made some granola
Now moths swarm pantry
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Joe with his grandson, Jackson, about 2 years ago
So, Happy Birthday Joe! We know you had a great day!
Friday, September 19, 2008
Here’s a chance for a little interactivity for all the bloggers out there. Below is a list of 100 things that I think every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life. The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food - but a good omnivore should really try it all. Don’t worry if you haven’t, mind you; neither have I, though I’ll be sure to work on it. Don’t worry if you don’t recognise everything in the hundred, either; Wikipedia has the answers.
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten. (my personal comments are in parenthesis)
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at http://www.verygoodtaste.co.uk/ linking to your results.
The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros (ole!)
4. Steak tartare
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
9. Borscht (only the hot version)
10. Baba ghanoush
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns (one a penny, 2 a penny, Steamed Pork Buns)
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
35. Root beer float (Blech. I hate Root Beer)
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (Every night, after I put on my silk robe and leather slippers.)
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O (it's a house staple)
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects (Only if Bear Grylls asked me to)
44. Goat’s milk (I've had goat cheese...)
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
47. Chicken tikka masala
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin (I will do my best not to eat this again.)
51. Prickly pear (Does a prickly pear martini count?)
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine (one of my new favs)
60. Carob chips
65. Durian (yes, and it was well-documented here)
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho (I ate this in Spain, and discovered cold soup is not for me)
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill (No, but a friend of a friend ate turtle's blood soup from a roadkill turtle and they got a parasite that wiggled around under their skin for 6 months until they found an herbal doctor that managed to kill it. True story.)
77. Hostess Fruit Pie (the cupcakes are way better)
79. Lapsang souchong
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
90. Criollo chocolate
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox (one of my favorites. I love to order this at S&S in Cambridge)
97. Lobster Thermidor
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Linda and I at my bridal shower last August
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Looking fresh and invigorated after 7000 steps and some Fenway Franks
By the time we walked back to the hotel, my mom was almost 19,000 steps into her day and could have probably knocked off another 10K had my dad and I been up for another stroll around the city. Instead, I went home, sat on the couch and got to watch the 4th quarter of the Patriots game. Yesterday was a monumental day; the Sox, Pats, and Bills all won... and we walked our daily recommended amount of steps.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Robin Hood called, he wants his boots back
There are approximately 3 different nails salons that I'll pop into if I need a quick (I'm talking 10 minute) manicure. One is close to my office in Downtown Crossing, another is close to Natalie in the South End and, the other is about 2 blocks from me in Southie. All 3 salons are inexpensive ($11 for a manicure) and quite good. They are also each run by Vietnamese men and women who think I am the hairiest woman in Boston. On separate occasions while I was getting my nails done, and in each of the locations, they have asked me if I also wanted an eyebrow wax. Last night, when after I washed my hands and before my technician started to apply the polish, I asked for the slip so I could pay. As I reached for the slip, she pulled it back and asked, "Maybe you should get an eyebrow wax too?"
"Oh, just the nails today!" I sang, as I watched her expression fall in disbelief and pity. Then she said something to the woman next to her that probably translated into, "Swamp girl doesn't want to trim down those brow bushes" and they shared a hearty chuckle. At least she didn't ask me if I wanted my chin waxed again.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
If you guessed, b, you're correct! Turns out Sunday River is going to have North America's first high speed chair/gondola combination, or "chondola." (Why not, gondair?) Aside from looking pretty sweet, the chondola will combine a former 2 lift 2o minute journey into a one lift 7 minute jaunt. For photos and more information (including a blog, the Chondolog), check out: http://www.chondola.com/
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The Dunkin Donuts is fairly new, so I'm not sure if the store or the graffiti came first. Either way, I get a kick out of watching people traipse across it. This is almost as good as the Pilgrim Hat Old School graffiti I've seen around the city. That never fails to make me smile.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
- A lovely ferry takes takes you through the Harbor to the Island. Prior to running the race in 2006, my only harbor ride had been for a booze cruise fundraiser for someone's ski house. The boat was like a floating VFW; complete with tin foil trays of popcorn and pretzels. If memory serves me correctly, we were so hard up for entertainment that my friends & I paid someone $5 to eat a flaccid pickle that was leftover from the sandwich platter. (But that's another blog entry.)
- The ferry departs at 3:30, which means I departed work at 3.
- The race course goes through "204 acres of rolling hills, forests, meadows, salt marshes and beaches along the trails of Thompson Island. " (from ThompsonIsland.org)
- There's a 1.5 hour post-race BBQ on the island
- The race is sponsored by Harpoon, which flows freely during the post-race BBQ
Keith & Brad signed up for the beer, the race was just a detail
Trying to keep up with the boys