mardi 23 novembre 2010

boulder bites

i've just been with the Delichapittas bunch for a lovely and hectic weekend in Boulder/Denver - a weekend filled with singing, dancing, bowling, playing non-stop iphone games, riding the free tram in Denver, breaking air coonditioners, watching Glee, and of course, experiencing "Finders Keepers Losers Weepeers", an incredible whirlwind play by the Band of Toughs. you must go see it.

and... as vacations should be, our weekend was scheduled around meals. so if you're in boulder, here a couple great spots to check out:

come here for a yummy southern creole style brunch. but as for most brunch places, if you want to avoid waiting in line, you have to do 2 of 3 things:
1) go as a small party
2) go early or,
3) go on a week day

we went early (930am), but we were a big party (7) and we went on a saturday... so we still had to wait 45 minutes!

"Eggs Jennifer" with cheesy grits. mmm... cheesy grits.
a delicious taqueria. my next post will be mia's ranking of best "chicken, rice, and cheese" burritos (pica's made the top 3).

the "wet" veggie burrito. um. YUM!

that's all for now. sign out.

samedi 13 novembre 2010

Prague: a (rather unusual) food and drink guide

If you like beer, meat, and "fat food" (as my Czech colleague calls anything fried), you will be happy pretty much anywhere you go in Prague.

For instance, there are hot dog and sausage stands on every street corner. Where you can get something like this (yup, I gave in, but only managed to finish half):

Otherwise, imagine traveling as 3 girls, 2.5* which are vegetarian, 1 which doesn't drink beer, and you realize quickly that you have to get creative. Lo and behold, we did manage to find pretty awesome gastronomic delights such as ... - a vegan cafeteria - ... and - a bar that serves white russians for "any price we wanted to give"- ... so read below to find out more.

Food tips:

#1 "Dumplings". Don't be fooled. "Dumplings" are just soft white bread that accompany a huge plate of MEAT. Like my "dumpling plate" ... served with 5 different styles of pork:

#2 Country Life. A yummy pay-by-the-weight vegan cafeteria in the Old Town. Highly recommended, even if you're not a vegetarian. Melantrichova 15, Praha 1

#3 Soup in a bread bowl. I think this was my favorite thing we ate in Prague (that's not saying too much....shhh....). It was a potato and mushroom soup in a bread bowl! Delicious! And the setting was lovely too - we were right near the Strahov Monastary outside with a gorgeous view (and blankets!).

#4 Smazeny syr. If you find yourself in a typical beer hall or Czech restaurant looking for something other than meat, just go for the fry. Fried cheese. Fried onions. Fried bread (served with garlic). Of course, this tactic is not sustainable for maintaining that flat tummy...

#5 Tredlnyk. For some reason, we were on a hunt for warm pretzels and apple strudel - instead we found something in between: Tredlnyk. Delicious hot rolled cinnamon - not really buns, but more like bracelet-shaped desserts.


And now, for some drink suggestions:

#1 Mulled wine. You can find hot wine on pretty much every corner with the hot dogs and sausages (and pickles which I forgot to mention).

#2 Pivovarsky Klub. Right near the Florenc stop (thanks for the tip, Jason).
A pretty awesome beer joint with long tables and good atmosphere. Though, the guys at our table looked at us funny when we ordered: 3 onion soups, a side of cabbage, a side of fried bread, apple strudel, and beer bread. "WHERE'S THE MEAT?"

Can you tell which one of us doesn't like beer?

#3 Boulder Bar. That's right. A bar with a bouldering wall in the Zizkov neighborhood. And you can boulder and rent shoes for 5 euros. Not bad. Beth's inspiration in life!

#4 The Big Lebowski. Last but not least, this was my personal favorite. Another bar in Zizkov, it's a small packed-in little joint, with a loft of people playing board games, smoking the sheesha, and of course, drinking white russians. And the coolest thing about this place was that there was no menu no prices. You paid what you wanted. And there's some really funny and cool Czech guys and girls there too! Hopefully they'll still be there if you decide to stop by.

Hope this gives you some good insight on eating and drinking in Prague. Na zdravi!!

* I wasn't a huge meat eater before, but yea, traveling in Prague with two vegetarians definitely made me swing completely the other way for a couple of days.

dimanche 7 novembre 2010

Mick's rules to brushing your teeth

1. You can't brush your teeth if you've recently drunk beer (or any alcohol really). Otherwise, you'll lose the delicious taste in your mouth!

2. You can't brush your teeth if you've eaten anything recently. The mix of different tastes is unsettling.

3. Likewise, you can't eat right after brushing your teeth (same reason as #2). And if you've just brushed your teeth, and someone suggests that "you try something and then just brush your teeth again afterwards", that person might as well jump out the window.

4. You can't brush your teeth on an empty stomach. Because it will make you nauseous.

obviously, due to my teeth-brushing obsessed mother, i don't follow the same school of dental hygiene. my rules are: brush in the morning and in the evening. at least. if not more. who cares if you had beer or ate or haven't eaten, just brush damn it. and flossing is as important (if not more) than brushing! (though i'm not good at doing that on a daily basis).

sign out. :-)

lundi 1 novembre 2010

the ultimate sustainable eco-friendly halloween costume

this year, we were very last minute on halloween costuming planning (as opposed to every other year....).
on saturday afternoon, we were sitting around leti and pablo's place, deliberating what group outfits would be interesting, cheap, and feasible to put together in less than 24 hours. this is what we came up with. can you guess ?

if you're thinking red hot chili peppers... that is ridiculous.

(shoutout to laura)

so. little did i realize, after countless delicious halloween cookies and "eyeballs" and booty shaking at beth and thomas' place, ... that this simple costume would also be ...

the ultimate sustainable eco-friendly halloween costume.

ok, are you ready to hear how it's done?

Step 1: Go costume shopping (aka go to the market)

Step 2: Put on your costume (aka have an allergic reaction to the oh so cute "spicy pepper" earrings you made)

Step 3: Eat your costume

Step 4: Use your costume as decoration !

amazing, huh?

it's easy. cheap. delicious. pretty.

and zero waste. the ultimate sustainable eco-friendly halloween costume.