Wednesday, November 28, 2007

My new orchid!




(cue angelic choir music here)

Oh joy!

A mysterious benefactor has gifted me with a brand new orchid...after I accidentally killed my old one.

I'm keeping the scissors far away from this one!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Review: Pom Poko (anime)

My cousin CK and her husband are big anime fans, and they recommended Pom Poko to me. So I had some friends over to watch it.

It starts out as a charmingly cute story about these raccoon-like animals that are wild animals by day. And when humans aren't around they talk and party and dance around. Very cute.

The movie also has a moral environmental theme. The humans are polluting the earth, and the animals are starting to suffer.

About halfway through the movie, things start to get really interesting. Turns out that these little stripey Disney animals have superpowers! Which they access by growing their testicles! To the size of a house!

The first time the testicle-growing happened definitely caught us off-guard. Jaws dropped. Popcorn fell to the floor. "Huh? Is that...? Nooooo....Yes!"

I recommend Pom Poko for the environmental lesson...and for a good laugh.

CK's husband, who is Japanese, told me that it is actually a common folk tale in Japan that these little fur balls have testicular superpowers.

I love Japan.

Monday, November 26, 2007

persimmons + pineapple guavas




I drove up to wine country last week with some friends, and we bought some persimmons and pineapple guavas. The trees were growing in someone's backyard, and they were selling them at a stand by the street.

I had never seen a pineapple guava before. It smells like bubble gum! I cut one open when it was soft, and ate it with a spoon. It tastes like bubble gum, too!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

sheep chair

This is SO disturbing!

sheep chair

I want one.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

sheep in SF



I was walking through the city and stumbled upon this in someone's front yard.

Ah, I guess this is the closest I'll get to seeing sheep in San Francisco.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Review: Inuyasha (anime)



I'm SO in love with this anime.

I stumbled upon it two weeks ago on the carton network, on [adult swim]. And whoa, [adult swim] is a whole blog post of it's own---there's some crazy stuff going on there.

Inuyasha is a dog demon, and Kagome is a modern day girl who falls through a well back into time to feudal Japan. Sparks fly! There are funky looking monsters, a blood-sucking flea-man, and a cute little fox demon. Not to mention lots of fighting and kidnappings...and of course, a blossoming love story between Kagome and Inuyasha. The characters are all cute and spunky with creative (and bizarre) powers. Yura of the Demon Hair is an adorable pixie girl who uses her hair to turn into a big hair beastie and capture people. Classic!

Lucky me, there's a new episode on every day. I'm getting seriously addicted.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Spiderman

I can't believe the holidays are rolling around again.

Last year for Christmas, I went on a road trip through Baja. Of the 2200 miles long drive, the highlight of this trip was seeing Spiderman in the back of a truck.



Yeah, Spidey!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

oil spill


So sad. I live close to Ocean Beach in San Francisco, and I went there for a walk today. It was one of those days where it was actually sunny and warm there. It should have been lovely.

I was surprised the beach was so deserted, then quickly realized it was because of the oil spill in the San Francisco bay last week. I had been avoiding reading the news on this because I couldn't bear to watch all the birds covered in oil.

But now I couldn't avoid the glistening gobs of gooey oil all over the sand.

So much for a stroll--I grabbed a shell and started scooping up lumps of oil. Another oil collector was kind enough to lend me a plastic bag.

My attempts felt so futile, but I kept thinking that every little bit of effort helps. Especially if we all pitched in. I plan on heading back to the beach this weekend to do what I can...hope to see you there.

Monday, November 12, 2007

funny signs

I was in England, Scotland, and Holland this summer, and saw some funny signs. They're not supposed to be funny. But they are to me.

This one reminded me of the great Edward Gorey. Here's Edward Gorey's art:


And here's the sign I saw:


This sign is overstating the obvious:


And this is just classic:


Friday, November 9, 2007

Music Review: Shotter's Nation by Babyshambles

I think my cousin CK would disown me if I didn't listen to and review Babyshambles' new CD Shotter's Nation. So I had to get to it, and and get to it fast.

Shotter's Nation doesn't disappoint. Lead singer Pete Doherty continues to crank out good lyrics and good music. Delivery and French Dog Blues are my faves, but I'm liking every song on this CD.

Wasn't he in rehab the whole time he was making this?

Speaking of which, we all need to send Petey good vibes. He's back in rehab.

Oh, and am I the only one who's bummed out he's not dating Kate Moss anymore?

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Recipe: Pasta with alouette cheese

My mom loves to dip her crackers in alouette cheese. I have to admit, the garlic and herb cheese spread is quite addictive. There is a recipe on the box suggesting using the cheese with pasta. I jazzed it up a bit, added some more ingredients, and couldn't stop eating this! It's very simple:

I cut up 3 leeks, drizzled them with a lot of olive oil, and put in the oven at 350 degrees, until they started to brown and carmelize (about 25 minutes).

I cooked about 3/4th of a bag of pasta. The last 5 minutes of cooking, I threw in 2 cups of chopped broccoli, squash, and zucchini.

When the leeks were done, I mixed it with a full tub of alouette cheese, then added this to the pasta and veggies. I also chopped up some garden tomatoes and threw them into the mix. Delicious!

I wanted to do a before and after photo, but unfortunately all I have is an after photo:

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

seckel pears




I got a bag full of organic seckel pears from Oregon in my latest delivery from Planet Organics. I had never eaten one before. They look like little baby pears. So cute! And delicious!

I just ate 4 of them, and I'm ready for 4 more.

If you don't believe me, check out this fascinating size chart:



Yum!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

potato plant



It happened to me. I'm sure it's happened to you. You leave a potato waiting to be cooked for too long, and it turns green and starts to sprout spuds on you.

So I stuck this sucker in some dirt, and he quickly sprouted some leaves. I want to transfer him to my backyard so he can grow me some more potatoes, but I'm worried that the gopher will eat them first.

For now, he looks good sunning himself on my windowsill.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Book Review: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

When I heard that Barbara Kingsolver had written a book on eating locally and organically, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. The Poisonwood Bible is one of my all-time favorite books, and I was interested to see how Kingsolver would go from writing a novel about missionaries in Africa to writing about her own life.

In Animal, Vegeble, Miracle the author and her family move to their farm in the Appalachians and vow to grow their own food for the next year, and only eat this and food grown locally. I have to admit, I have bucolic notions about living on a farm and living off the land, and this book makes it seem easier then I had ever imagined in my child-like fantasies. With each chapter, I felt more inspired to eat healthier, cook at home, and support local farms. Kingsolver raises a lot of thought-provoking questions about how far removed we are from the food we eat. I don't agree with her support of tobacco farms, but her section on turkey sex is hilarious and actually quite educational!

I do have a couple of bones to pick with this book (as my mother would say). If you are a vegetarian, you'll probably take issue with a lot of the arguments on why to eat meat. As I mentioned, Kingsolver's life seems a bit too fairytale perfect and saccharine sweet. I was starting to roll my eyes every time she mentioned how perfect her kids are. Her older daughter contributes to the book, but her contributions are redundant to what Kingsolver has already written, and sound a bit preachy. She does include lots of recipes which I'm looking forward to trying. I already baked the zucchini chocolate chip cookies---I couldn't resist. They were delicious, but packed with so much fat and sugar, I promised to never make them again. I thought it contradicted the healthy perspective of the book.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle lists a lot of helpful websites and info for further reading. I've already found a farmer's market close to my house that I didn't know of. I also checked out this website for eating local in the Bay Area: www.locavores.com. I'm looking into becoming a shareholder of a farm which will in turn give me fresh veggies and eggs every week. If anyone has done this and has suggestions, I'd love to hear from you. Stay tuned, and I'll keep you posted on my food adventures...