Sunday, December 10, 2006

Cranberry Lime Tarts and Turducken

Brie invited us over to her house Saturday night for a tri-meat feast. She and Jonathan prepared a commanding Turducken and a battery of delicious sides. I was tapped to bring dessert, so i made a set of Cranberry Lime Tarts.

See the magic:

The entire dinner was amazing, as is the tradition over at Brie's. The tarts came out great, too, and had many happy customers.

Some things I learned from this recipe:
- Vegetable peelers are perfect for making decorative curls of white chocolate
- DO NOT grease the sides of your pie pan.
- Some recipes take a long time. This one contains the word "overnight" twice.
- Crust is delicious

If you click through to the flickr, you can read all of the photo descriptions as well.

The recipe comes from epicurious.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

84 miles East and 5600 feet up

...from my apartment. Where I was at 11:45 on Sunday:

The Faint

Hugo and I just witnessed an awesome live show -- The Faint. We almost didn't make it because I had not secured tickets before the show sold out. Luckliy I was able to get some day of from an ... enterpenurial ticket reseller.

They played a great set, including a heavy dose of my favorite album, Wet From Birth. We heard my favorite song, Desperate Guys, as well as Paranoia Attack.

Thanks, Kayla for turning me on to this great band! I got you a sticker. Remid me to bring it home to you at Christmas.

I apologize for the sub-par picture. The Showbox had a no-photos policy, which I ignored, and a staff member threatened to confiscate my camera after I took a few snaps. Trust me, though, the show was beautiful. We were also front and center, thoguh we retreated a few rows of people to reach slightly safer ground. There was some pretty violent dancing going on up front. To get a really good idea of what a show looks like, check out Kayla's pictures.

At the risk of overdosing on YouTube embeds, here is the projection video from Paranoia, posted by The Faint themselves on their YouTube channel.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Article 17

"My client says you can't run from second base to home plate without crossing third."

via BoingBoing

Peace and Quiet

Imagine a generator...

Now imagine a locomotive...

Now picture a generator the size of a locomotive.

That is what is sitting outside my building, about 75 feet below window right now. It sounds like a freight train and smells like a schoolbus tailpipe. Why is there a locomotive-sized generator outside my window? That's how you restore power to a 25-story apartment tower! Harbor Steps had a catastrophic power failure yesterday, affecting my entire tower.

Last night turned out to be a glorious respite from electricity. I lit some candles. I cozied up with my a new novel and read for an hour. Then, I changed into some soft, extra-warm clothes, nestled snugly under my comforter, sleeping soundly in my pleasingly brisk room.

This cacophony will prevent such a peaceful slumber this night.

According to our concierge, we should be back on grid power by Tuesday.