Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Then I won the pumpkin carving contest with my hatchet girl. That's Violent J on the right.
This is such a brilliant idea for a band! It's the rated R version of the Girls video for their song "Lust for Life" (why did they name the song that?). It's NSFW cuz Hunx's dick is used as a microphone. HOT!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Monday Brew Awareness
Whole Foods has a really obscure beer right now, and for only ten bucks. It's brewed by the shadowy genius "The Prof". His brewery is in a small town, but it's probably really close to Ghent (well I guess everything in Belgium is pretty close), because he brewed this beer to go with the cheese that is made in a shop in Ghent called Het Hetspinkel. Whole Foods is the only one importing it, and I think they might even be selling the cheese, but I didn't know that when I bought it. I'd love to try it together. This beer is tasty, and the most remarkable thing about it is its strong pineapple aroma.
My new thing is to make pickled red onions to have sitting around to put on stuff, like a turkey sandwich, or the cat. This style is from Diana Kennedy, and it's just diluted vinegar (2 parts water, one part vinegar) with peppercorns, ancho chili, sliced garlic, and most importantly, lots of dried oregano.
Friday, October 23, 2009
I don't wanna detract from the below post about the show on Saturday, but there's a really exciting screening at The Guild on Sunday at 7:30. A Dario Argento movie called "Creepers" from 1985 starring Jennifer Connelly!! We never have cool shit like this in Sac, and at such a great venue, too!.
Nestlé signed a lease on an industrial building in July. Mayor Kevin Johnson and the SacramentoArea Commerce and Trade Organization both lauded the project, which the company says will employ 40 people.
"This company will not only bring jobs to the city, but it is also nice to have a reaffirmation that many firms still see Sacramento as such a desirable location," Johnson said in a news release at the time.
Then, on KJ's OWN BLOG, this post appeared:
Blog: Nestle water deal shows need for strong mayor
The Nestle deal is an agreement between the City of Sacramento and the Nestle Company to build a bottled water facility. The purpose of this blog isn't to debate the merits. The deal is perfectly legal and legitimate under city rules.
But some people are questioning the method. They need a reality check.
The agreement was made between Nestle and the Sacramento city manager's office. That's how the old charter system works – public review is not necessary unless projects reach certain thresholds. There is no public debate.
In the Nestle case, the agreement follows city charter rules to the letter. The city manager and staff did exactly what the charter requires.
Today, at least two city council members are expressing concerns about the deal. They say they didn't know what was going on. They didn't have a chance for discussion.
Guess what? That's how the weak mayor charter system works. The city manager followed charter rules, helped bring a major corporation to town, and that was that.
What council members should do is demand charter reform. This story would be different under a strong mayor system.
Here's the important fact: with strong mayor, the Nestle deal would have been reviewed in the Mayor’s office, by the Mayor’s staff.
Under strong mayor, there would have been transparency and accountability. If people didn't like it, they could have brought their concerns to the mayor. There would have been public debate.
The Nestle deal is the perfect argument in favor of charter reform and strong mayor.
If you prefer mayoral accountability over deals done by a city manager, you’ve got an option.
It’s called charter reform.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
They just got a shipment of Achel Blonde. This is a trappist beer and it's delicious and refreshing with a great hop character. It's 7 bucks, which is a lot, but it's 8% alcohol, so this and a Sudwerk Pilsner kept me occupied very well on the patio for a couple of pleasant hours, and that works out to less than 15 bucks with tip and all.
Remember when local blogger Jeff Mcrory wrote that thing about what local blogs need and one of the things was "more pictures of Sacramento cats"? I'm here to oblige him.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Things I learned: 1) baby donkeys are the cutest things possible. 2) if you are falling asleep during a movie, the wild braying of a donkey will wake you up pretty darn fast. what I did not learn is that this was a religious parable. I missed that whole angle until I read it on the envelope. That wouldn't have made it more interesting for me, anyway. Major theme: the cruelty of life. Supposedly there was redemption. Maybe I slept through the redemption.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Ugh, monday. I'm sick of this economy, you know what I mean? Are you with me? What's the term for young, downwardly mobile professionals? ydppies isn't very catchy.
Friday, October 09, 2009
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Put them in a food processor and squeeze the juice of one juicy lime over them. You can use this paste to flavor all kinds of stuff. Of course it is fiery hot, but that's why you just use a little. Like a half teaspoon in a can of black beans? Amazing.
How about buy some crawfish at the farmer's market and then make some habanero lime butter to dip the meat in?
Crawfish porno shot.
P.S.-two reasons the internet is annoying me this week:
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
So, as I previously mentioned, the Davis Co-op now has the cult Drie Fonteinin Kriek. For you beer nerds out there, I got that glass at Drie Fonteinin and they don't make it anymore. Wow, I sound like a jerk when I say that. Or do I? Poll at right. I almost broke it right after this picture was taken! I know I will break it soon. This beer is the very essence of cherries, but without the sugar. The aroma and taste are just beautiful. And they lowered the price, it's now 21 bucks. Still pricey, but this is a very special beer and it came all the way from Beersel, Belgium. Handcrafted by a very nice guy who works very hard.
I have decided that two of my top five smells in the world are: trout frying in butter and roasted habaneros. I made trout almondine from a James Beard recipe. The "recipe" is really just fry the trout in butter with blanched almonds. Season with salt and pepper and parsley.
My current goal is to eat more trout.
Here's the finished dish with some roasted Yukon golds.
Monday, October 05, 2009
Here are a bunch more.
Then we watched the sheepdog competition, which was cool. This dog had just finished herding the hell out of some sheep and was taking a dip. The little girl is saying, "everyone said your dog wasn't very good, but I think he did a good job".
The only lamb to eat was free samples from the cook-off. This was teriyaki marinated lamb.
Shorn bunnies. They had lots of nicks and cuts and looked pretty miserable.
More wool nerdery. There was a lot of wool judging going on, and people guessing the conditions that the sheep were raised in by the dirt markings on the wool.
Oooh...look at that wool!
One of the only SHEEP there (notice I didn't say lamb).
Then, we (the royal we) headed to Operation Restore Maximum Freedom 8.
Hot young kids G. Green played and were quite good. I guess that guy on the right (who was hilarious) is in high school! I heard that he couldn't go to the !!! show because it was 21 and over but that his mom went!
I missed most of the Four Eyes due to a veggie burger debacle. But I did catch their agonizing (I mean uplifting) version of Keep On Rockin' In The Free World.
Then I shopped at the pop-up cassingle store. Check that Iceman cassingle. He's 40,000 years old! Also, look for the California Innovations cassingle out now.
The Mantles totally brought on the Fall during their set. It was a harvest moon, the wind came up, and leaves started to blow. I thought I had better pictures of them. Oops. Their album is super good!
This is the crowd dancing to MOM.
Good old MOM.
Then it was time to rush to the Dreamdate/Knock Knock show at Sophias.
I'm running out of adjectives, but Dreamdate were ON. Yea-Ming was doing some shredding on the guitar.
Knock Knock was reliably great of course. Al was too busy partying backstage with the Mantles to really focus on rocking, but other than that I loved it.
What a day!