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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
(Just remove the ice cubes, serve it hot + in a mug, and add a splash of Jamaican White Rum!)
Very similar to my Korean Cinnamon Tea recipe is Sorrel, a Jamaican beverage made out of hibiscus sepals. I've seen fresh sorrel once, but most of the time, it comes dry, in a vacuum sealed bag, available at your Caribbean grocery store. It's the dry version of what you see in the above pic.
You can make it over the stove, but I make mine in the slow cooker.
And this is my more or less recipe for Sorrel, a drink that's supposedly good for the Holidays. After the first time you make it, you adjust to your personal taste.
Try it nuh!
posted by Stephania at 5:19 PM
On the Eve of Thanksgivukkah, I just wanted to put it out there that gefilte fish is gross. In fact, all if not most Ashkenazi - wtf is your sect named after your sworn enemy?? - is just barf worthy. Projectile barf.
Anyway, I believe this photo accurately depicts the Taste-o-vision experience.
Gefilte fish is basically fish paté, but the colour of it is reminiscent of something out of the Holocaust, re: greige. To make matters worse, the only way that it's somewhat enjoyable is by downing glasses full of Manischewitz, then washed all that Welch's sugar down with water/vodka, and slathering those fish balls with horseradish...the red kind. It's just a bad scene.
Sephardics definitely have the better food. By far.
Happy Thanksgivukkah! Have fun lighting those candles and discretely spitting up that gefilte into your napkin...
posted by Stephania at 11:58 AM
What a difference punctuation makes.
It's not so secret if it's on the cover of US Weekly!!! Oh you Kardashians are such a subtle bunch.
posted by Stephania at 10:51 AM
I hope you got past the Celtic intro 'cause it's worth it!
I really need to get Shazam. Heard a song - not this one - today and now I can't find it. :(
posted by Stephania at 12:09 AM
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Above image taken from rollingstuff blog. Click here for the actual post on the opera scarf.
Today, I rocked menswear. And I'll probably be rockin' menswear 'til Spring. No joke. Winter is the roughest season to be feminine.
I just don't know how some women can still wear heels. I haven't any of seen these unicorn women in real life - only in magazines 'n tv shows, but I'm sure they exist, just probably not here.
In the dead of Summer, I became obsessed with opera scarves. (I know, my mind works backwards sometimes.) I was looking for a scarf with a patterned silk layer and a warmer, wool layer. I ended up with 2 different patterned, light/mid-weight scarves, but unfortunately, they're both black. :( Not a huge disappointment, but I really wanted a neutral other than black since Winter seems primarily about black, black, and MORE BLACK!
Since I'm currently not taking any business meetings, I don't wear blazers much. So instead, I'm wearing my opera scarves underneath cardigans. I love the look of the 2 bottom pics that features various layers of different colours and patterns.
(What really sucks about Winter is that it's too cold to wear sunglasses. Total Dragon's Den idea, don't steal it!)
Aside from the opera scarves, I also like vintage fedoras and newsboys this time of year. And no Winter outfit would be complete without sportin' a pair of
sexy wool socks!!!
posted by Stephania at 7:30 PM
Monday, November 25, 2013
Bring Bill Wisth. Although something tells me that I, and the majority of you, may not be able to keep up with him...which isn't necessarily a bad thing!
Buffets, AYCEs may seem like a good idea at the time, but shortly after consumption, it is almost always a bad idea. Very bad and even worse, depending on the type of food, re: of the fried/greasy variety.
Anyways, there is a bit of selection involved in WHO to bring to specifically an all-you-can-eat 'cause you're essentially sharing the food. As opposed to a buffet where everyone serves themselves and is responsible for their own plates. Here are the people to NOT bring to an AYCE...
Vegetarians/Peeps with lotsa dietary restrictions/Picky Eaters. Not fun and probably will taste horrible. Since these people are usually smaller, they probably won't be able to eat their entire order, so guess who's left to pick up the slack of their veggie, gluten-free sushi rolls? Gross.
People who can't grasp the concept of numbers/portions, re: 2-4-6-8 pieces. Me: Mom, I'm going to order you a spicy salmon handroll. Next think you know, 2 X 6 pieces each of spicy salmon maki shows up at the table. And guess who has to eat both??
People who don't listen. See above explanation.
People whose "eyes are bigger than their stomachs", a.k.a. Greedy People. These people are too enthusiastic about the ordering portion, but not so much when it comes to the eating portion.
Kids. Obvious reasons. Kids are generally bad guests at any restaurant 'cause they distract you from getting your groove on and take away the joy of dining out.
posted by Stephania at 4:22 PM
Saturday, November 23, 2013
I don't wanna sex you up...
I adore mi lasagna...
All 4 Drugs/Alcohol/what??!!
posted by Stephania at 12:37 PM
a.k.a. Jordan Feldstein, a.k.a. Rob Ford's standin, a.k.a. Jonah Hill's older, and unfortunate looking brother. Read here on Daily Mail.
In other news...
posted by Stephania at 12:31 PM
Thursday, November 21, 2013
The Good, re: I'd purchase again
Harvest Blend Herbal Tea - $1.99, 30 bags
I hate apple-based drinks (cider, juice, beer - ok), but I LOVE this tea!!! It tastes like a warm hug...in a mug/teacup. ;) Main notes are apple, cinnamon, maybe a hint of orange peel. Other than that, I don't taste the hibiscus, ginger, or whatever else it says on the box.
Teabag is not super strong. Only good for a large mug or half a teapot. More than that, it's too watered down.
Last minute grab, but I'm happy I did it!
Frozen Croissants - $3.99, 8 mini
These frozen croissants kept coming up on blogs of what to buy at TJ's. This was a pretty good purchase, decent value - not dirt cheap. These were a bit tricky to find, so I had to ask for help. They weren't beside the macaroons, ice cream, or even pies.
The downside is that you should probably make them all at once since they're frozen. You let them proof overnight, then bake in the morning or whenever you want to enjoy them. SO, they're probably better for an occasion, re: brunch with friends, a sleepover, mid-morning staff meeting, etc. They were light 'n fluffy, a bit greasy, so I'd suggest that you use spray coconut oil on the rack/tin foil.
Dark Chocolate Edamame - $3.49, 284g
A recommendation from a fellow Yelper! Sounds weird, tastes good. Edamame are dry roasted.
Speculoos Crunchy Cookie Butter - $3.69
Another thing all over the blogs was this Speculoos Cookie Butter! I'm not really into spreads like peanut butter or Nutella (I actually hate hazelnut chocolate anything!), but I just picked this product up 'cause, according to numerous peeps, it was like the must-buy at TJ's.
It basically tastes like gingerbread cookie dough. I've eaten a coupla spoonfuls, but I'm unsure of what to do with it. I'm thinking of using it in a recipe for power balls, ball version of granola bars, and swap out the peanut butter for Cookie Butter. I'm sure that I'm compromising the health portion of the snacks, but oh well.
The Ugly - Don't think I'd buy again
Cheddar Horseradish Chips - $1.99
I initially thought that this would be a good idea, but this is not something that I'd buy again. Sounds as weird as it tastes. Ruffled, the BIG kind :(, kettle chips so they're super crunchy! I enjoy cheddar and horseradish (with roast beef), but not so much together.
Antiplaque Toothpaste with Fennel, Propolis & Myrrh - $2.29
Cheap? Hell, yes. Effective? I dunno, but it tastes like black licorice (fennel). Blech. And the paste itself looks lumpy. I think I'll stick to boring ol' peppermint.
posted by Stephania at 5:58 PM
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Are people runnin' out of shit to buy or something? What the hell is this crap about?? Balls are ugly enough as it is, so why in the world would anyone want to display that...on a damn car/truck/wheelchair/etc.??!!!
Whether it's flesh coloured, metallic, or LED lit, they're ugly. PERIOD.
posted by Stephania at 11:58 PM
Dear Hart of Dixie,
We're already a few eps into Season 3 and my verdict? You sorta suck now. Not sure what happened, but your cute, quirky characters have become boring, stale, and possibly dumber.
Other reasons why you suck...
1. George's hair is naaasty. 2 eps ago, he made an appointment to get that shit cut, but not sure what happened to that storyline 'cause it's still long and unkempt!
2. Zoe (Rachel Bilson) is now an airhead. I love Rachel Bilson, but there is only so much I can take with her standing, with her arms crossed, and giggling to herself. It happens so much that it's just embarrassing now.
3. Lemon (Jaime King) is lost 'n boring. What happened to her scheming? Why is she suddenly 'lost' in life when that's not within her character?
4. Wade is now two-dimensional...and not topless enough. When did Wade fall to the wayside, becoming a tertiary character??
5. Joel, the Jewish boyfriend is an absolutely pointless character. Other than being Zoe's puppet, doing whatever zany thing she suggests, he serves no purpose.
5.5. Speaking of pointless new characters, whaddup with Lavon's 20yo cousin, Lynly? So now she's with George Tucker, but isn't George in his 30s? I know, no biggie in real life, right?? But still, their relationship seems pointless.
6. What ever happened to Rose, the bookish lookin' high schooler who was Zoe's protégé? I actually liked her burgeoning friendship with Zoe, but aside from the first ep, she has literally disappeared from the series!
7. The weird little events that happen in Bluebell seem contrived. These events seem to happen in every episode now and they are just there to be a vehicle for "drama" to happen...even though the drama (or lack thereof) does not pay off.
8. I just don't give a fuck. The show is literally on in the background while I surf the 'net and I don't feel as though I'm missing anything, even the fashion!
The new peeps add absolutely no value/drama to the show and in addition, they're lazy, one-dimensional characters.
Story-wise, there are no major cliffhangers that continue from one ep to the next. So as a viewer, there's little-to-no incentive to keep watching.
Should I keep watching just to see what happens since there's nothing on a Monday evening anyway?
posted by Stephania at 12:47 PM
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
ba da da da da, I'm lovin' this:
Mahogany TeakwoodI have never step foot inside Abercrombie, but for some odd reason, right after I took a sniff at Bath & Body Works' Mahogany Teakwood*, I knew that it smelled like that store!!!
(I have a lousy short term memory, but an amazing olfactory memory...which unfortunately, aside from personal satisfaction, serves me little-to-know benefit in life.)
The description off the BBW website says, "The warming essence of cedarwood, lavender and oak come together in the late day chill of autumn at dusk.*" In regular person speak, the smell is of a clean man, but not a big, burly or hairy, manly man.
If you're a visual person, Mahogany Teakwood would smell like this...
* Thought up by a homosexual, I'm sure!
posted by Stephania at 11:59 PM
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