Friday Open Thread

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This is my last weekend to binge before I start the new nutritional program next week. I am going to eat everything. What will you be consuming this weekend?

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  1. melissajoulwan says:

    Ooooo…. what's your nutritional program?

  2. Heathered says:

    Hopefully a bunch of popcorn! And tea, since I'm being pretty lax about caffeine consumption these days (and next month if I really do NaNo it will involve a LOT of espresso + green tea). Trying to get shopping done and make it to a museum exhibit of art and poetry about the Northern California coast today, but every scrap of me wants only to go back to bed. Whither energy?!

    • CleverManka says:

      FUCK YEAH TEA. I hope you can make it to the museum today but if bed calls too invitingly, I recommend you heed the call. Especially if you're gearing up for a demanding November!

    • Lee Thomson says:

      art and poetry of the Northern California coast sounds like Ursula K. LeGuin's book Always Coming Home which made an ENORMOUS impression on me. I read it as art and pottery at first, and wondered how they differed, but nevermind!

      • Heathered says:

        I'll have to look into that book! It was totally worth dragging my misbehaving toenail out for a walk to the museum–this guy Tom Killion does woodblock prints & has collaborated with Gary Snyder and a bunch of other poets, but they somehow had a few Hiroshige prints in the mix for context, which was really exciting for knows-literally-nothing-about-art me because at least I've heard his name before.

  3. CleverManka says:

    Food-wise, I'll be shoveling all my treat-foods into my face. Banana bread, chocolate chip cookies, brownies (gotta use that bag of open chocolate chips!), whatever. I shall will myself the energy to make and eat them all.

    I might see the new Bladerunner movie, pending my energy levels. I'm prioritizing the eating, though, which I think is appropriate.

    ETA: MEL DO NOT READ THIS COMMENT

    • damngoodcoffee says:

      Prioritizing the eating sounds like an excellent weekend plan. Banana bread! I haven't had that in so long.

    • littleinfinity says:

      Ughhh that sounds so good. Smitten Kitchen has an amazing recipe for double chocolate banana bread!! It's basically chocolate cake with chocolate chips, but with a delightful banana bread undertone. And you can eat it for breakfast because it is not "cake" but "bread" ๐Ÿ˜‰

      FWIW, I saw the new Blade Runner last night and felt like it was a sensory overload while not living up to the original in terms of narrative. You might feel differently, but if low energy/ potential for overstimulation is a thing, then just be warned that there is a lot of bass rumbling, weird light effects, explosions, etc.

      • CleverManka says:

        it was a sensory overload while not living up to the original in terms of narrative
        That is exactly what I was concerned about from just the previews! Like, for all its violence and tough material, the original is kind of a…quiet movie with a steady pacing.

        The brownie recipe in World's Easiest Paleo Baking is fucking amazeballs if you ever feel like trying something else chocolatey.

        • littleinfinity says:

          I'd say your concerns are justified. That's exactly how I felt – the original is narratively/ psychologically intriguing in addition to having violence, etc, and plus it has more of a sense of humor? Or kind of an experimental edge? J characterized the new one as a "French art-house action movie" which is pretty accurate, with a side of Arrival-style, semi-menacing surround-sound vibrations. It's more serious and dramatic, and definitely has a slower pacing (2.5 hrs). There are some interesting elements and some thought-provoking updates on the technology involved with AI, and it wasn't terrible, but it just didn't live up to my expectations.

          • CleverManka says:

            Very helpful, thank you. I shall feel no hesitation at prioritizing baked goods this weekend.

          • Kazoogrrl says:

            I went in with no/low expectations, so I liked it. The friend I saw it with also recommends some shorts that were pre-released, so I'm going to look them up. And as I was watching it, I was thinking, "Here's more fodder for high school/college ethics and philosophy discusions!", which considering Michael Green is one of the writers is not surprising.

            A big criticism, it was super white in the main cast and a lot of the extras. Jared Leto's character felt overblown. And having Deckard return was really completely unnecessary. I also felt like they left the ending a bit ambiguous in case they want to do another one.

            Overall rating, B+, I love overblown rumbling music/sound, visually stunning, loved Robin Wright, tried to think of it as an in-universe film and not really a sequel.

          • CleverManka says:

            it was super white in the main cast and a lot of the extras. Jared Leto's character felt overblown. And having Deckard return was really completely unnecessary
            These are all things I was worried about from previews. The Burgomaster is pushing SUPER hard to go see it with him asap. He saw it Friday afternoon and desperately wants to discuss it which tbh makes me want to see it less bc I barely have the energy to go to a movie much less talk about it.

          • Kazoogrrl says:

            I didn't watch any previews because I was afraid of what was coming. I'm a natural pessimist!

            Yeah, the 2 1/2 hour run time may be a bit much for you too.

        • Kazoogrrl says:

          I was just reminded, did you ever see Arrival? If not, you might like it, for a sci movie it's very quiet, slow, and moody. I really loved it.

    • Kazoogrrl says:

      I liked the new Bladerunner, though it is not as concise as the original, which is one of my top 5 films. I did appreciate the visuals and music, and how they riffed off the original without making it seem like gratuitous bits for fans. I know nothing about Ryan Gosling except for memes, so I was pleasantly surprised at his performance. ETA: I put some more of my opinions in my reply to littleinfinity above.

  4. Rillquiet says:

    Mass quantities, if past experience with our host is any indication. Sisquiet and I are heading up the coast to introduce her year-old dog to the big salty noisy water, and we're staying with someone we're not related to but whose family is so intertwined with our own that the friend/family line is moot. He expresses love with food, so we'll definitely eat back whatever we burn swimming, bodysurfing, biking, or photographing the local zombie parade. (NB: no weapons permitted at the zombie walk, so the shambling undead will have to claw out brains the old-fashioned way, without the use of range options.)

  5. Thujaplicata says:

    I'm doing a 3 mile run tomorrow that has a chili feed afterwards, so I'm looking forward to all the chili and cornbread!

    • Xolandra says:

      Corn bread!!!

      • Thujaplicata says:

        I adore cornbread, especially when it's also covered in honey!

        • CleverManka says:

          Have you ever tried it with butter and maple syrup? A friend of mine fed me that for dinner once (ah, early adulthood cooking) and it was fucking magical.

        • Xolandra says:

          It's such a dang rarity here that I have no opinions on how it should be prepared/consumed. My only opinion is "GET IN MY BELLY"

          • Rillquiet says:

            I'm a firmly anti-cake-style cornbread partisan, going for a slightly gritty and savory version. I recommend frying up bacon in a cast-iron skillet, pouring off most of the fat and saving/enjoying the bacon, and making cornbread in the remaining grease and heat. If you aren't into bacon-related hedonism, at least preheat the cast iron in the oven; the crisping essential (IMO) to good cornbread happens when cool batter meets hot metal. Then serve the bread with chili or stew and allow it to play its roles as both savory side dish (buttered) and delicious dessert (honeyed, jammed, or syruped). Afterward, lick your sticky paws and get ready to hibernate.

          • littleinfinity says:

            I have never done this but I need to immediately!! Bacon-related hedonism ๐Ÿ˜€

          • RoseCamelia says:

            I can vouch for the US Deep South authenticity of Rillquiet's preferred corn bread. My mother's people have been making it this way for generations. I ate corn bread this way at least weekly through my childhood and had no idea anyone would make it differently.

            When I was in my 20s and first encountered US East Coast "corn bread", I was shocked. It's very enjoyable, but I'd call it corn cake. Mostly white wheat cake flour and sugar. Just enough corn meal for color.

            Whereas the ancient recipe in my mother's family calls for more corn than white flour, and a mere tablespoon of sugar in a 9 inch square of corn bread. I'm told that tiny bit of sugar is necessary for chemical reactions essential to baking.

          • Rillquiet says:

            Culture shock is getting sweet cornbread and rearing back in culinary horror: "Now wait just one ding-dong minute, this is NOT what I was promised."

            ETA: A few years back my mother went through security at Austin-Bergstrom after a family visit and got flagged by the TSA x-ray for "unrecognizable object in carry-on." A supervisor glanced over and said to the person manning the screen, "Aw, nah, that's a cornbread pan, right, ma'am? You'll learn."

          • RoseCamelia says:

            Of course it was a cornbread pan. I love that story. And I'll bet most of the women working for TSA in Austin knew exactly how important that pan is.

          • Rillquiet says:

            And the supervisor was a feller! Some things everybody better know.

          • Kazoogrrl says:

            I like it both ways, and if sweeter, with some actual fresh corn cooked into it. I am an equal opportunity corn bread lover.

          • RoseCamelia says:

            Agreed. I enjoy both. But. Do *not* bring me cake if I have ordered and am expected to pay for corn bread. I know we'll never get more accurate descriptions, so I assume it'll be cake if ordered outside of the Deep South.

            It goes along with ordering clam chowder only in New England, and ordering margaritas only in the Southwest. Geography is context. And some things are reliably done right only in the proper context.

            If you're spoiled and you know it, clap your hands!

          • Kazoogrrl says:

            I thankfully have amazing margaritas from the place next to my work, but then the owner is from Sinaloa, Mexico and their focus is on mezcal and good tequila. I emailed Manka the extensive mezcal menu once, I think it ran 6 pages.

    • CleverManka says:

      Happy running! Wishing you great weather and delicious refill foods.

    • redheadfae says:

      Oh yum!

  6. Xolandra says:

    O hey! It is Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend! I have been invited to a friend's folk's place for dinner, and they know we're veg, so we'll see. I did grab a bottle of Pouilly Fumé, so that is in the cards. And yesterday I roasted a squash, so tonight maybe I make squash cake, just like my grandma used to make ^_^

    Getting into SJW shit with a friend on a social media in re: Scott Thompson and his present-tense upsettedness at "the PC police". le sigh.

    A work friend got moved to our team, and this is what he wrote to me this morning:
    lmao I love that your voice is a part of the sound tapestry here
    "words word words GARBAGE FIRE??"

    It's nice to be appreciated.

    • Xolandra says:

      ALSO this weekend – 88 Fingers Louie (the drummer in my boyfriend's band is adorably into them, I am Bringer of Parties, so the band + me is going to the show. It'll be runaroundinacircle good times, for sure) and local favourites The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol for a stoner rock good time: https://thebandwhosenameisasymbol.bandcamp.com/al

      Sunday promises coffee and hair-setting, and Monday ima try to tailor another shirt even though I HATE SEWING. hates it

    • CleverManka says:

      Good lord, you're vegetarian? So we are actually different people in the same universe. What a relief. I was worried if we were ever to meet in real life, the universe would collapse.

      If someone ever told me my voice was part of a tapestry I would probably explode in shock and glee. What a great compliment!

      • Xolandra says:

        hahahaha, yep. A lazy one tho (my rules are no lungs no legs – shrimp = NO, fish = ok, shellfish even = ok), and always wondering if I should swap "no meat" for "local meat", but… effort.

        Yeah, it really, really, really is. This new work friend understands me, you know?

    • vladazhael says:

      OH SCOTT NOOOOOO

      • Xolandra says:

        Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeah. A friend of mine walked out of his last tour because hahahahaha isn't [thing category of people that aren't me do] funny?!?!?!.

    • Thujaplicata says:

      Squash cake sounds really tasty!

    • redheadfae says:

      "Pouilly Fume"… oh I haven't had that in ages!! :adds to liquor store list:

      Someone who uses the words "sound tapestry" would be a person I'd want to get to know better. What a lovely thing to say!

    • Lee Thomson says:

      Happy Thanksgiving!!

  7. vladazhael says:

    After my trip to Wisconsin and the floating-slightly-outside-of-reality recovery period, I am trying to get back to eating healthy-ish stuff at home, for the sake of both my wallet and my general health. (And also my waistline, because I just really don't want to have to shop for new pants.) I do have a mango key lime pie in the fridge to finish, though.

    Does anyone have recommendations for good audiobooks? I've found them to be excellent for long solo road trips, and since I have one of those coming up, I may as well stock up. I don't have a steady audiobook habit, but I do have a notable preferences for books both (capably) written and read by female entertainers – Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling, Aisha Tyler, Judy Greer. I tend to tune out if it's just some person reading me a story, though there may be exceptions I haven't encountered yet.

  8. Fancy_Pants says:

    My most exciting food plan is that I'll be making pumpkin pie this weekend (because Thanksgiving, and also because delicious)!

    I've been doing some light "intermittent fasting" (i.e., skipping breakfast, but trendy) through the last few weeks, and it's basically eliminated my sugar/carb cravings??? I literally kept an open bag of chocolate chips in my cupboard for two weeks, which I never ever thought would be possible. Buuuut I start feeling a bit weak if I do it for too long because my appetite is a lot lower and easier to ignore.

    Anyways, long story short, I ate an entire large pizza by myself last weekend, and I felt AWESOME and also like a fucking BEAST at the gym the next day, so I think maybe a weekly carb re-feed (i.e, bingeing on junk food, but trendy) might be a fun regular activity, so that might also be on the horizon for me food-wise this weekend.

    What should it be this weekend? Another pizza?? A pint of Haagen Daaz???

    • redheadfae says:

      If it were me, it's a big ass bowl of tortellinis with a garlic parmesan cream sauce. *sigh*

    • CleverManka says:

      Yay yay yay! So glad you found something that works for you. I love how my body feels when I fast, but it's a no-no for people (especially most women) with endocrine issues. My old trainer did a binge day a week like that and it worked great for him.

      Enjoy your pie!

    • jenavira says:

      I can strongly recommend Haagen Daaz's new blackberry-vanilla ice cream with chocolate layers.

    • Lee Thomson says:

      There is local restaurant with penne pasta with spinach and chicken (although they will make it for me with salmon) and a creamy gorgonzola sauce that is my go-to comfort and/or binge food.

      • RoseCamelia says:

        We could be binge buddies. But we each get our own plate of penne. Sharing could get ugly. I don't want to hurt you.

  9. Flitworth says:

    No specific food plans but I am having wine right now! Took today and Monday off for family visit. I spent the whole morning burning through to-dos and have finally got sat for some Blacklist.

    I was thinking of making that slow cooker korma.

    This morning I mentioned to TH that her dad's a decent (artistic) painter and she informed me it doesn't take any skill to paint her room (which we are in the midst of).

    • CleverManka says:

      I hope you like the korma! DRINK FOR MEEEEEEEEEE

      it doesn't take any skill to paint her room
      Dang, kids can really put you in your place.

      • Flitworth says:

        Yea, I sway between loving the honesty of youth and feeling like I already have fucking teenager somehow.

    • LaxMom says:

      I love that TH feels so comfortable to say that! Kids definitely know how to puncture egos, that's for sure, unintentional though they may be.
      What color is the room? Teengirl went through a very very brief pink stage and will never forgive me and forbids any talk of her bedroom walls during that stage!

      • Flitworth says:

        Dude. She is so into pink and purple. The room was originally pink and the previous owners painted a dog that looks like our dog + a bit of Satan on one wall ( facing away but looking back at the occupant of the room….). We settled on a darker purple accent wall + very light purple. The room is oddly shaped because it used to be attic (wicked old house) so the light is asymmetrical. I am resisting the urge to add glitter.

  10. jenavira says:

    This weekend I am doing a cocktail crawl with friends (and hopefully introducing my oldest friend to my newest friend, I really hope they get along) (I mean I'm sure they will BUT WHAT IF). So food is kind of secondary to the heroic quantities of booze I plan on consuming. I've been starting to get that tension in my back again, probably directly related to reading the news again after vacation, and I can't wait to make it go away.

    Today I am eating beet and red lentil salad with feta and Japanese salad greens, because I have another CSA pickup on Tuesday and I have not gotten even halfway through my last share.

    On a mostly unrelated note… Does anyone else sometimes think about all the time lost to depression/chronic illness/brain fog/trauma recovery/dealing with capitalism and just get TOO ANGRY TO THINK?

  11. redheadfae says:

    I'm glad you've had good days with the T's. That's so lovely.
    And anything in garlic and butter is a weakness of mine.

  12. redheadfae says:

    Leeway Franks has a special today of Lamb Stew with curried root veg and coconut milk, and I am Very Tempted.
    Best wishes with the new feeding plan, I hope for you.
    On life plans, I am off again on STD, going back to work did not go well, and after reviewing my MRI, my back surgeon's office called me to make an appt. I'm a bit anxious about it, which is not helping the other mental health issues, but I'm also finishing up my SSDI application this weekend. Fingers crossed on how that goes.

    • LaxMom says:

      oh, all the SSDI support vibes I can send are coming your way! I am sorry about the back surgeon, spines are just too problematic and badly engineered.

      HOLY COW they just toppled a tree with a chain saw in my front yard boundary. Oooookay, sorry for that, I just don't often have experiences with trees falling sideways into my yard….

      I hope you get some relief from back issues soon, chronic issues are so draining to mental energy. At least for me.

      • redheadfae says:

        Thanks! Unfortunately, chronic pain (other than my cervical spinal issues) is a given for my life. But hopefully, with all the treatments I've had and my medical records, I may have a good chance to be approved.

        Aw, toppling trees always makes me sad.

    • CleverManka says:

      GET THE STEW THAT SOUNDS FUCKIN' AMAZING. I'm so leery of cooking with lamb, because $$$ and I'm spoiled with meat prices from buying my animals in bulk. I know I like it every time I've ordered it or had it cooked for me.

    • Flitworth says:

      Good luck!

  13. vladazhael says:

    Anybody care to rant with me about this bullshit? https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-sc

  14. littleinfinity says:

    I have been craving bacon for about a week and I finally satisfied my craving this morning! I got bacon and scrambled eggs and hashbrowns and a biscuit from the old school diner across the street. They gave me like six strips of bacon and I managed to eat all but one… saving that guy for lunch, mwahaha. BACONNN.

    There is a gastropub/ restaurant in my neighborhood that has a PB&J bacon burger. It is a super juicy beef burger, topped with a thick chewy strip of bacon, a swipe of berry jam, and a thin gooey layer of peanut butter on a brioche bun. It is obscene and delicious and I would eat it every single day if I could.

    • jenavira says:

      Ohhhh that burger sounds heavenly

      • CleverManka says:

        Agreed. I would not have put those things together, but now that I've read them like that I want it.

        • littleinfinity says:

          Yeah! I was skeptical too the first time I heard of it, but it's actually insanely good.

          • jenavira says:

            There's a sandwich place in Chicago that makes a barbecue fried chicken sandwich with a smear of grape jam and it is so absurdly good.

          • RoseCamelia says:

            Mr Rose adds grape jam or cranberry sauce to his barbecue meatballs crock pot. No one can identify the flavor, but everyone knows it's there and finds it irresistible.

    • Lee Thomson says:

      My mother was ahead of the times? She'd make PB, bacon and lettuce sammiches for herself, and we've always put grape or strawberry jam on grilled cheese sammiches. Just a thin layer! It works, but I can't tell why.

      That burger sounds amazing!

  15. Merripat says:

    This week has just been getting worse and worse, so I feel like I should reward myself for getting through it with extra good food. On Saturdays there's brunch in the dining hall, but I haven't really connected to people yet, and just asking to sit down with people I vaguely know didn't work out so well today, so I'm not sure I'll actually do that. On the other hand, brunch!

    Other than that, probably going to the pub or just getting something from one of the fancy chain restaurants we don't have in Germany – I can't cook here because I didn't bring pots and pans and need to buy them at first. (Also we don't even have an oven.)

    And currently I should be reading Crime & Punishment, but I am watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine instead. /shrug

  16. Flitworth says:

    a wishlist:

    A music video to Flo Rida's My House which acknowledges it as an introvert anthem and is comprised entirely of a guy singing to his cat.

    An action film in which the last mini boss is a surprise reveal: Paul Hollywood

  17. Lynn says:

    Not a lot of time to type probably for the next few weeks while very important meeting approaches, but boyfriend's knee surgery went well (he only had to spend one night in the hospital and is already surprisingly mobile with a cane). Meanwhile, new hire started yesterday and has already taken to this job in a way that is taking a HUGE weight off my shoulders. I was literally bouncing around the office yesterday after this became clear. I might actually make it through October after all.

  18. snickies says:

    I am Canadian so I'll be doing Canadian Thanksgiving. I am extremely excited to put all the stuffing and pumpkin pie into my mouth.

  19. LaxMom says:

    ok I have been craving this and was thinking about having the excuse to eat it during my one hour drive to campus the other day. BEST combo ever: red wine and grilled chocolate sandwiches. I want to have a party and make them for all of you.

    make a ganache (melt equal parts dark chocolate into some sort of milk or cream, soymilk works just fine). Chill a bit until spreadable. Get sweet-ish bread, or just plain white bread. Spread ganache, press edges to seal. Spread liberally with salty butter and fry like grilled cheese. Die of heavenliness.

  20. Lee Thomson says:

    I am going to the orchard and pick (as in choose) a bag or two of apples, for healthy, and pair it with cider donuts, apple pie, and the potential to make applesauce, and from/with the applesauce I shall make these darlings: https://www.nordicware.com/recipe/caramel-applesa… without the nuts, and possibly without the raisins as well, and also (for no reason that I can put my finger on) coleslaw with 1/2 the mayo and 1/2 some nice sharp salad dressing. Oh – because I can put apples in it!

    I had to spend Wed night with my dad, because my step-mother was in the hospital getting IV antibiotics on account of being punctured by a pussycat. That was an exercise in patience, and faintly surreal. And DREADFUL sleep, eugh. I managed a nap Thurs, and finished the suit of Bones in my tarot deck, which I shall blog later – they are pretty gorgeous if I DO say so.

    Also I have decided I can cope with any Bob Dylan songs that are sung by women, but when he sings them I want to punch him.

    • CleverManka says:

      I always want to punch Bob Dylan whether he's singing or not.

      Oooo I can't wait to see what you did for the cards!

    • snickies says:

      Ooooh all those apple combinations sound delicious. Apple season is the best.

    • Flitworth says:

      I live in a town that's a popular apple-picking destination and keep bringing up my proposed town slogan "Apples 'n Assholes". I want Christopher Guest to make a movie about the town starting an annual event to attract tourists and realizing that the only thing defining to the town but also unique among festivals Is poison ivy. And running with it.

      PS: your tarot is amazing, I love your work

    • LaxMom says:

      Alton Brown has a great curried apple "waldorf" salad that takes away the lettuce and it is SO good and now I want to make those cakes and that salad and eat it all weekend.

    • exitpursuedbyaclaire says:

      "Dear sir or madam,
      ride your steed to the mountain of time and space. kiss the strong devil, then activate the talking bag the elves created during the spellwar.

      only then can you finally avenge your fathers death."

      I could make a NaNoWriMo out of this…

    • Lee Thomson says:

      Dear sir or madam,
      ride your steed to the forest of ancient symbols. set aside your differences with the clockwork queen, then say the magic word to activate the messed up leather jerkin that is currently in the possession of the mages guild.

      only then can you bring light to the cave of darkness.

    • CleverManka says:

      "take an airship to the sea of madness. strike down the invisible ghost, then crush the mysterious amulet created by the titans. only then can you bring peace to the two kingdoms."

      This sounds like a metaphor for running for political office.

    • SquirrelGirl says:

      Mine is: "Look at all these fucking words. Walk through the cave of weird rock formations. Set sail with the mastadonic thief, then activate the cursed leather jerkin that can only be held by a hero. Only then can you commune with the gods."

      • CleverManka says:

        I think you and Lee need to adventure together and solve this shared leather jerkin issue.

      • redheadfae says:

        "Your fucking task is at hand.
        Run to the cave of weird rock formations. Explain your quest to the glowing ghost, then steal the sticky sword that is unexplainably larger when held in your left hand.
        Only then can you slay the giant."

        Why is the quest shouting at us? Why is the sword sticky? Why do I have to run to the cave when SquirrelGirl gets to walk through it?

  21. meat_lord says:

    Arriving quite late to say that I feel like pocket lint, emotionally, but I do have some fun stuff coming up this weekend. About to go to dinner and an art show with newest buddy–do y'all think we should do an Asian restaurant of some kind, tacos and Mexican-style ice cream, dressed-up diner food, fancy ramen shop?

  22. exitpursuedbyaclaire says:

    Oh I am so glad I'm logged in to this site still on my laptop, because I have no idea what e-mail and password I used to sign up for this account in the first place.

    I have no idea what food I'll be eating this weekend as a whole, but tonight I have fantastic leftovers from the meatball restaurant downtown (it took my fiance more than a year to convince me that a restaurant centered around meatballs was something I should try. It's now one of my favorite places.)

  23. Onymous says:

    Bojack horseman continues to be the most brutally accurate show about me ever made. Also it's hilarious.

  24. Rรคven says:

    Today, some younger-generation friends and I went to one of our chinatowns and ate an extremely upscale Sichuan seafood feast. The centerpiece dish was a whole perch in broth with pickled cabbage, that was so complex and astonishing that it took our breath away. The meal took hours to finish and – we had thought afterward we'd wander around for a while getting dumplings and so forth at some little counters in the area, but when lunch was finished we thought actually instead, perhaps we would just Never Eat Again. However! I had the presence of mind to go notwithstanding to the bakery with the best egg custard tarts and buy a bag, so that right now in the middle of the night I am having this perfect comforting flaky little treat, and I am delighted to know that I am a genius.

    • Kazoogrrl says:

      I am applauding your forethought. Baltimore has almost nothing in the way of non-take-out Chinese food, and even that is not worth it from most places. I have heard rumors of decent dim sum that I need to investigate.

    • CleverManka says:

      A+ GOLD STAR BEST LIFE

    • Rรคven says:

      Rest of weekend: made white pizza with caramelized onions and kalamata olives; Spanish omelette with a frying pepper tossed in for good measure; my favorite new vegetable the regrettably named "vitamin greens" which are somewhere between chard and spinach? Very sweet and tender. Spigarello broccoli with garlic. Cherry tomatoes with pasta. Baked bread, ate hot with butter. Expat Canadian thanksgiving with pistachio-stuffed squid, butternut squash soup and the Marian burros plum cake made with apples and whiskey.

  25. Kazoogrrl says:

    Friday: Bladerunner, popcorn, a delicious fried chicken sandwich with pimento cheese, lots of beer.

    Saturday: Yarn, coffee, doctored up ramen at some point, or I'll make kim bap again

    Sunday: More yarn, bagels, maybe white chicken chili

    Also, plotting savory and sweet hand pie/pasty recipes for next week, we're going to go lounge at a local winery that looks like The Shire, while wearing Ren-Faire-lite costumes and stuffing ourselves with Hobbit approved foods.