argh!

Apr. 5th, 2011 02:06 pm
verbicide: (AHHH HAIR by breezybee)
There's this quote in my head that's driving me crazy because I can't remember the movie it's from.

I think it has to do with two people who are going to be parted for some reason, I don't know if is for work, by death, or something else. And the quote is something like, 'and... [X] was having a hard time pretending to be anything other than devastated.' I don't know if the quote was first person or not, but I'm pretty sure it's a voice-over.

I could be totally wrong, but it feels britishy or something like that. I think it's about a couple, but I'm not sure.

Does anyone know? Please know, or I have to go rewatch every movie I've ever seen!

[Update: I JUST REMEMBERED THANK YOU JESUS. It's from Fried Green Tomatoes. The dying thing really triggered something in my brain. AHHHHHH.]

[Updatex2: Now I'm not sure. I just looked up the script for the movie, and it's not in there. HRM.]
verbicide: (Default)
Today I took a two-hour lunch with a co-worker to French cuisine heaven. Also known as the 35th Street Bistro (Fremont).

I had some crispy calamari with aioli over a balsamic spritzed dark green salad to start; a really well made cassoulet for the entree (with another green salad, with some more notably delicious balsamic); and to finish: a perfect tiny ramekin (little bigger than a shot glass) of pain perdu with hazelnuts and bourbon caramel and vanilla ice cream.

Fucking kill me now. It was so perfect, I could fall to my knees and melodramatically beat my breasts and weep.

The portions were perfectly sized. The preparation was perfect. The service was leisurely, but not inattentive. (Hence the two hour lunch.) Also we talked about the awesomeness of cats for 45 minutes, which = yay. This is my second time at 35th St. Bistro, and the first time was pretty fantastic, too!

This is my second meal participating in Dine Around Seattle (which offers the fantastic deal of three courses for $20 (lunch)/ $30 (dinner).

Sunday night, my cousin and I went to Barolo (Westlake/7th) and it was a pretty great meal. Delicious focaccia with tapenade on the table. The starter was the best part for me--a grilled shrimp over the most amazing cannellini beans in an with pancetta and salted imported ricotta. I actually called the restaurant when I got home to heap some praise on the chef, because I couldn't stop thinking about it. SO GOOD. Made me realize I need to play more with cannellini beans. I had some ravioli stuffed with artichoke and provolone, which was good. And dessert was a tasty pistachio gelato with a single, perfect blackberry, and some raspberry coulis on the plate.

Dine Around Seattle is going on through the end of this month, and there are many more plans in the works to take advantage. Whee!

top chef

Mar. 10th, 2011 03:23 pm
verbicide: (OMG)
Cut for spoilers! )

god

Mar. 9th, 2011 03:50 pm
verbicide: (what the fuck are you talking about?)
Why are things so fucking cute on Etsy?
verbicide: (mrrrh)
...contestant that is.

My dad's coming tonight, and I'm making roasted tomato basil soup. I have both oversalted my dish and sliced my hand*, but kept working (so obviously I wouldn't be the Jaimie of top chef contestants). At least the one thing I have learned from the show: taste your food and adjust. Second (un-salted) batch is simmering, to be combined with the first.

Though as always, I think the show is insane, because if I were a contestant, my time would probably be up and I wouldn't be able to do anything about it. So mad that I got all Anne-Burrell with the salt sill.

(* Not badly at all, though. This isn't like when Jeanne was here and I needed stitches but was really pissed I had to stop dicing my onion.)
verbicide: (movies)
Also, I now feel like I have to suck it up and watch 127 Hours. I really would like to see all the Best Picture nominees.

The Social Network )

The Fighter )

True Grit )
verbicide: (danny  - smitten - by quettaser)
So, I saw this post on [livejournal.com profile] food_porn for this cake, and I am so freaking obsessed about it, I can't stop thinking about it, and omg I must make it RIGHT NOW.

The amazing baker who did this posted a tutorial today for the rose-frosting, so I think I'm going to try to make it tomorrow. Happily, I have somewhere to take it--going to Judy's for dinner. I wasn't planning on bringing anything, or maybe just bringing the brownies I made. But now--I have to do this. And I'm (pessimistically as always) totally convinced my first attempt is going to suck, but I don't care. I really really want to try this out. I'm sad she hasn't been able to do the tutorial on the vertical cake because OMG I WANT TO DO THAT HOW HOW HOW? *shriek*

Anyhow, she has a buttercream recipe she recommends that I'm going to use to try to help me out. I don't normally like buttercreams because they always seem too greasy to me (unlike cream cheese frosting, which is my favorite, but is a total pain in the ass to work with). I did try a swiss buttercream once, and I did like that better. But I can only imagine that for this decoration, a really solid stiff frosting is needed. So.

AHHHHHHHH I WANT TO GO DO THIS RIGHT NOW RIGHT NOW!!!! *FIXATED*

OMG between this and watching The Social Network last night (a topic on which I have much to say) my own incredible lack of a giant brain or awe-inspiring creativity is so glaringly obvious. Vertical cake! WHO THINKS OF THAT OMG! And I mean, I don't care, it can't be helped, but how are some people so freaking amazing? And is there a well from which I can drink to be more like them?? AHHHHHH!!!!
verbicide: (Default)


Unfortunately the House passed it, but the Senate has said it won't look at it. (Info and link from Sarah.)

[x-posted to FB]
verbicide: (daydreamy - belle)
Okay, I know the entire eastern side of the country is miserably buried in snow and we're having a mild winter, but my feet have been so freaking cold ALL DAY. And I'm not rebelliously running amok in bare feet either, I have fleece footie things on for once. I kept fantasizing about immersing them in really hot water. But then I didn't have a magic wand to make that appear, so.

I can haz spring?

Oddly, I am obsessed with ffwding to summer. I mentioned this to someone who said that maybe it was because we didn't get much of a summer last year. I'm dying for summer foods and they're just not available right now. (TOMATOES. I WANT TOMATOES. And I'm not even a big tomato person. WTF. I want to eat them sliced on a plate with some salt and pepper. Why?)

So, I made brownies. Because that is the answer to all woes. New recipe for me. (Test Kitchen.) Hope they are good. Will take them into office.

I'm still having vivid Black Swan flashbacks at night, which aren't helped by all the trailers for it that are still running everywhere. Also, I wish Sarah were here so we could play more Mario. We have a standing slacker-date for Monday nights, and it's beyond glorious. And that is all I want out of life. Mario with Sarah. And pizza. Oh, and cherry coke zero. But that's it. I swear.

I so desperately want a cherry coke zero right now. And we even have them in the house! But I'm insomniackish lately enough without pre-bed-time caffeine. BOO.

This being a grownup thing suuuuucks. I want a refund.
verbicide: (movies)
So, going to bed at 6pm with a headache is not a good idea because five hours later, I will be wide awake and unable to sleep for hours. Also, this is why I don't watch creepy/horror movies.

Black Swan )

Winter's Bone )

I think on my 'must watch' list that leaves:

Social Network (seeing on Feb 2 when it releases to Amazon as a rental)
True Grit (seeing next weekend with my cousin)
The Fighter (seeing next weekend with Pete)
The Illusionist (haven't been able to get a handle on yet)
Restreop (netflix instant watch queue)
Exit Through The Gift Shop (netflix instant watch queue)
verbicide: (movies)
I've seen a fuckton of movies recently. Cutting everything for length, but no real massive story destroying spoilers.

How to Train Your Dragon )

Tangled )

Salt )

Rabbit Hole )

Blue Valentine )

2 more

Jan. 26th, 2011 09:00 pm
verbicide: (movies)
The Town )

The Kid's Are All Right )
verbicide: (movies)
And this is where I begin a series of posts yammering about every Oscar-nominated movie I've seen. And because I am not a movie critic, nor do I have those skills, these will largely be me cooing or bitching over performances and pacing.

The King's Speech )
verbicide: (determination)
So often I decide I don't want to watch a movie. And then the Oscar noms come out and suddenly I want an informed opinion.

I don't think I'm going to be able to (or want to) watch all 56 nominations. But... I've got a good start on the major contenders and have plans to watch a heap more in the next month.

The nominees, and some comments. )

DONE

Jan. 15th, 2011 02:58 pm
verbicide: (yay!!)
Everything except transport and final assembly!

Whew.

I am so freaking relieved to be done!!


Peach and raspberry cake
From Project Ninacakes


Lemon blueberry cake
From Project Ninacakes


Triple chocolate cake with white chocolate mousse filling
From Project Ninacakes
verbicide: (cooking)
From Project Ninacakes


(And terrible photo, ugh!)

But, the three cakeses are filled and crumb-coated. I keep waiting for something to go terribly wrong, but *POUNDS ON DESK*. I didn't quite plan for it to look so neopolitan-y, but I suppose that's alright!

Everything tastes fine, thank god, and while I'm still unsure about the final looks for the cakes, I have still 4 hours ahead of me to work on them and the cupcakes.

I think round cakes are so much prettier and elegant than rectangular cakes, but I'll be cursing my love for aesthetics when I'm trying to cut each one of those suckers into 17 pieces each. I'm SO glad I decided to make the 24 cupcakes now, because otherwise I'd have been trying to cut them into 25 pieces each. Eeek.

I need to take a break from cake work and let the crumb coats set properly.

What's left:

- final coat on cakes
- cake decoration
- wrap the tier pillars with ribbon
- frost/decorate cupcakes
- package everything for transport

I'm worried that I won't have enough raspberry creme frosting to fully frost that cake, so I may need to run to Safeway at some point, too.
verbicide: (anglophilia)
So, I saw the amazing Julian Fellowes BBC special, Downton Abbey, and it's ALL I WANT TO WATCH. The next episode isn't until a million years from now (or, a few days) and I am DYING.

Maggie Smith is so freaking awesome. The story's intriguing. I want it all NOW. And I want it to be 1000 hours long, and not just 6 hours.

WANT WANT WANT

Though if Netflix had Return to Cranford on instant play, I might be mollified a bit. But, nooooo.

Julian Fellowes needs to do a million more Things. He's so awesome!! Maybe I'll put in Gosford Park for the eleventy millionth time.

I realize the world probably doesn't need another Pride and Prejudice adaptation, but I want him to do one anyway. With a reasonable Jane. He doesn't need to do Sense and Sensibility, because the other love of my life (Emma Thompson) has already done that quite well.

Okay, done yapping on this. Must go make mousses for cakes and bake cupcakes.
verbicide: (boom de yada!)
I couldn't sleep last night. It happens sometimes. I go to bed, read a bit, turn off the light, and my eyes just stay wide open. By the time I realize it, it's too late to take anything for it.

So, this morning, I slept in and decided to take today off. And, since Monday is a holiday, I decided to take Friday off too. It's very, very liberating.

I'm in the midst of the big house reorg, and also the cake trio for Saturday. I didn't absolutely need the extra time, but it's gonna help!

First stop today: cake supply store
Next stop: Fred Meyer, where Sarah says they have great org container stuff
Finally: Happy Hour sushi with Sarah and Neelz! Whee!

The rest of the cake schedule is as planned---make cupcakes and fillings tomorrow, frostings on Saturday morning, assembly and decoration for the rest of the day until the party.

Also, I would very much like for it to stop raining! Though have I mentioned how much I freaking love my new boots? I make everyone who comes near me put their legs in them. LOVE!!

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