Archive for July 1st, 2007

01
Jul
07

No Pretty Blood Suckers On Staten Island

At least not at any Burger King on Staten Island. So what do you do if a peacock wanders into a Burger King parking lot on Staten Island? If you are an employee, you feed it bread crumbs. If you’re a crazed whack job, then you grab the bird by the neck, beat the crap out of it, kick it, and yell “I’m killing a vampire!”

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01
Jul
07

Dinner Tonight

The celebration of my 20th anniversary was put on hold for a few other pressing items (kids swim team, doctor visit, blah, blah, blah). We exchanged bands on the actual date, but our traditional night out was put on hold. Tonight, we are rectifying the situation and going to a tapas restaurant here in the Houston area by the name of Rioja. We’re taking the kids, too, because they’re adventurous eaters and after 20 years, having them along is not an issue. Next year, wifey and I will be able to get our swerve on and have the oldest drive us home! Anyway, we’ve been drooling over the menu and here’s what we’ve got planned…

Esparragos Blancos envueltos con Jamon Serrano
   White asparagus from Navarra rolled in Serrano Ham drizzled with rosemary infused XV Olive Oil

Pate de Salmon
   Smoked Salmon, green peppercorn and Brandy pate

Pulpo a la Rioja
   Sauteed octopus with garlic, smoked paprika, albarino wine, and garlic potatoes

Morcilla Frita con pure de pera confitada
   Fried black Spanish sausage with a sweet pear puree

Espinacas a la Catalana
   Spinach sautéed with pine nuts, roasted garlic, raisins and topped with Manchego Cheese

Paella Mixta
   Best Paella in Houston 2004 & 2005 1st Place Houston International Paella Festival Prawns, Shrimp, Mussels, Calamari, chicken and home-made chorizo

I suspect that we will all be very fat and happy afterwards!

01
Jul
07

More Music Industry Stupidity

The performer who went from singing about sex in all it’s myriad evolutions to crooning at the SuperBowl is also a bit of a marketer. Over in the UK, it was announced that Prince (or whatever he is being called right now) would be giving away the 10-track Planet Earth CD in an imminent” edition. Apparently, the Entertainment Retailers Association (I assume that is a counterpart to the RIAA; queue Imperial Death March theme) doesn’t like the idea of any music being given away.

The Entertainment Retailers Association said the giveaway “beggars belief”. “It would be an insult to all those record stores who have supported Prince throughout his career,” ERA co-chairman Paul Quirk told a music conference. “It would be yet another example of the damaging covermount culture which is destroying any perception of value around recorded music. “The Artist Formerly Known as Prince should know that with behaviour like this he will soon be the Artist Formerly Available in Record Stores. And I say that to all the other artists who may be tempted to dally with the Mail on Sunday.”

Two questions… What is a covermount culture? And… Is it possible for the recording industry to become even more out of touch with consumers?

01
Jul
07

All Your Coffee Are Belong To Us

Ladies and gentlemen… May I present the Jura Capresso IMpressa Z5. It’s a fully automatic coffee, espresso, cappucino system for which enough superlatives do not, as yet, exist? This thing sells for $3,249. But if you are interested in a factory refurbished and fully certified unit, you can get one from Wholelattelove.com for just $2,233.37 (includes shipping and sales tax!) I have an automatic espresso machine, but the whole steamed/frothed milk is entirely manual. With dimensions of 14.5″ tall x 12.2″ wide x 17.1″ deep, this monster is gonna take up some counter space. It’s got a monster 96 ounce water reservoir and a 32 ounce milk reservoir (detachable), built in water filter, and host of buttons that let you do all kinds of groovy things. It does not, however, have voice recognition. So this will not be an acceptable substitute for those that get all smug because they can order a triple, half caf, soy foam, skim steam latte with pinch pump of hazlenut.