party people in the house. so i'll be at the pearl jam concert on october 31st. yayz! my sis and i want to dress up. i need a creative idea. geeky/dorky is good. cheaper is even better. nothing with big hats though - don't want to get my ass kicked for blocking people's views. help! i'm so not creative when it comes to dressing up. but i want to have some fun at this concert.
i dropped a package of noodles behind my fridge. do i have to worry about my apartment burning down? b/c plastic too close to the coils in the back of the fridge? or is it fine - since the noodles are on the floor at the bottom of the fridge? i tried pulling the fridge out. way too hard to move.
i'm making a calendar of things to do for rest of the summer so i don't forget. if you think there's anything i should add - let me know. cheap/free = good.
Mon-Fri: 7:30-8:30am - adult swim at the Astoria Park Pool Sat: 11am - yoga at the sculpture park in astoria Tues/Thurs: yoga @ yoga for the people Sat: PS1 Summer Warm Up 3-9pm Fri: Free entrance to the MOMA and Whitney.
7/23 - the sting @ bryant park 7/26-7/29 - new paltz, ny 8/2 - basement bhangra 8/2 - Stardust preview 8/3 - bourne ultimatum 8/8 - sculpture park movie 8/10 - bollywood in brooklyn @ prospect park 7:30pm 8/12 - zap mama @ central park summer stage - 3pm. 8/12 - kitty nights 8/13 - casablanca @ bryant park 8/15 - sculpture park movie 8/19 - singapore chili crab festival - Noon - 6pm : Riverview, NY~Long Island City 8/20 - psycho @ bryant park 8/27 - bookclub night 9/1 - US Open 9/3 - west indies day parade
i also want to make it to the cloisters one day this summer too - take the staten island ferry - and hit up coney island one more time
oohhhhhh - and if anyone wants to play hooky and go to the beach w/ me ...... :) i'm all about the beach this summer and totally want to go a few more times.
The Modern. A very ... well, modern restaurant w/ scandavian themes associated with the MoMA that overlooks the MoMA sculpture garden. We had a work event there last night. excellent service. the hostesses personally walked the guests back to the private room. always refilled your class of wine. provided you with whatever you needed. majority of the food was fabulous. i liked the hors d’œuvres the best - which consisted of mini argula gruyere quiche, mini croque monsuier, risotto w/ mango chutney, panko breaded shrimp w/ lemon grass sauce, and fresh salmon w/ caviar. the second best was the appetizer - lobster bisque. the presentation was amazing. the served a bowl w/ a lobster cake in the middle and then pour the bisque part over it and the cake fell apart. the entree was steak w/ endives and some sort of bokchoy greens. the steak was perfectly done. but the seasoning they used was a bit too strong - i did not care for it that much - left a weird after taste. i prefer my steak w/ minimal seasoning so the flavor of the meat comes through. especially if it's an expensive piece of fillet mignon. the desert was a chocolate tart w/ pistachio ice cream - amazingly good - perfectly warm chocolate. petite fours consisted of lemon flavored crisps, chocolates that melted in your mouth and an average pound cake. ohhh - and the bathrooms are unisex which is a unique experience due to the clientèle. if you could afford it - i highly suggest stopping by.
how would you feel if you found out that a low-income housing project is being built across the street? would you stay in your apartment? would you ask for a decrease in rent? especially since you are paying high rent prices already based on the popularity of the neighborhood. would you expect the area to decrease in property value? concerns about safety? anything else that comes to your mind?
*edit* i should have stated - that i'm not worried at all. just curious about people's opinions and thoughts on low-income housing in their areas. and the noise is driving me nuts.
i love the way the dhol sounds. last night - i saw a group play - called the Dhol Foundation. amazing stuff. i've been a fan since their first album. they totally rocked. i don't know how to explain it. the beat. the rhythm. makes me want to dance. i love the straight up acoustic dhol the best. i've always had a thing for the dhol. i remember in singapore going to see a bhangra band Heera play - and their dhol player was hot! just watching his arms. and he wsa a really good dhol player. my girlfriends and i spent the whole time staring. lol. god - that was so long ago - i was like 15. when we were really little - my brother, sister and i used to perform bhangra shows w/ the other local indian kids - and my dad would lead the group on stage and play the dhol. i need to find the pictures and scan them. anyways - dhol foundation is talking about starting up a school in nyc to teach the dhol - and i really hope so - i want to learn!
here's a clip showing what i mean. not the best quality - but you can get an idea. the played the same song last night. (well shit - you need to keep on clicking on the video for a separate screen to pop up in order to watch the video - it's worth it - a little drum battle basically)
and here's another clip - just for the hell of it.
i love that they embrace all types of music - here they are combining w/ celtic music. true world musicians.
ok, ok - here's one more. it's the clearest video i found.
and as you'll notice - they're all about asian fusion/asian underground style as well. very innovative stuff if you ask me.
these 3 video clips are not that bhangra influenced - last night they played a few songs w/ more bhangra style beats - i need to find some clips. it's similar to what i posted - but more of a dance beat in it. i love drums.
i love mexican food. but it's hard to find good mexican in this city. at least i think so here's a review of a few places i've been to in the past few weeks.
Pampano. We went for a work lunch. so it was a pre-fix menu. but fabulous fresh guacamole. i didn't like the house ice tea - too much mint. i'm not a big mint person in drinks - i don't like mojitos etc. they had a melon drink though - very nice. i remember ordering the empanadas with fish - but i can't find it on the menu - i really liked those - wish that was my main course. and then the ARRACHERA as my main course. it was allright - nothing special about the steak. and i've come to realize i don't like chorizo. especially in mashed potatoes. then the dessert. i love dessert. i can always eat dessert. and the chocoflan was very yummy.
El Rio Grande i was not impressed with this places. only good thing was the fresh guacamole. the mango margarita had a really fake sweet flavor to it. ew. And I had the special - which was 3 mini items - one mini empanada, one mini quesadilla, and one mini chimichanga. i don't know. but something was off. the flavor was trying too hard to be fancy mexican and it just ruined it. i felt sick afterwards. like i was going to throw up any second - the subway ride home was difficult. not good. the place was too expensive for the quality of food.
five burro cafe i think this is one of the best mexican places in the whole nyc area. seriously good stuff. tiny little place. but the food is fresh (like they make the hard tacos on the spot for each order) and plenty for the price. the steak wasn't overcooked - still really juicy. nothing super fancy. just straight up good mexican food. the place was packed too. i just wish it wasn't so far away. i could eat here every day i think.
mama mexico. again - good fresh guacamole. we asked for spicy though - and was not at all spicey. they have a mariachi band. the place can get super loud. my coworkers were yelling at each other to talk. so by the end of the night i had a headache. the maragaritas are really strong. i've come to realize i don't like corn tortillas and mole sauce. I had the Enchiladas Mi Bandera - the cheese enchilada was yummy! should have just got a full order of that. and i love tres leches cake. for 6 people - 1 pitcher of margaritas, 2-3 beers, 2 frozen margaritas, 3 orders of guacamole, 6 main entrees, 3 desserts = $300+
i really wish i could find a place that offers fish tacos - like out in cali. sooo good.
So I am sitting in O'Hare and with the crazy weather, the flights are a mess. And people are going nuts. Which is ridiculious. Because you can not control weather so no use in getting mad. It is funny. When most people are flipping out I am at peace. And vice versa. Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile