Monday, November 21, 2011

christening a new apartment

re-watching favorite movies

alex clare - caroline

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Pop Up Video!

Remember VH1's Pop Up Video?
With that catchy little tune and delectably informative tidbits about each music video?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

treats & snoozin

"Really, what you just have to want to do is take a ride."

Putty Hill DVD

"You watch Putty Hill with a sense of moment-to-moment discovery that's reminiscent of the films of Jean Renoir."


Monday, November 14, 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sunday Night Chili

While my neighbors were screaming next door over some football play, I decided to honor their excitement by making chili. I get antsy following recipes so combined a couple for vegetarian chili and worked with the spices I had on hand. It came out delicious and was a perfect supplement to watching football Boardwalk Empire. And I have plenty of leftovers for the week. 

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced 
2 1/2 cups butternut squash, cut into 1/2'' chunks
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper (in substitute of chili powder)
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 lb canned black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups organic vegetable broth
1 cup canned crushed tomatoes
(Cheddar cheese: optional)

Heat olive oil in a large pot, add onion and garlic, saute for about 10 minutes. Add butternut squash and spices, cook for about 2 minutes. Add beans, broth, and tomatoes, bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and cover for 20 minutes or until the squash is tender (can take a bit longer). Allow the chili to stew longer if it is still too liquid-y for your liking.

Serve hot with some grated cheddar cheese on top. 

Steve McQueen: SHAME

Despite my best efforts, I continually fall into the movie-hype stew...only to emerge inevitably covered in disappointment. Sadly, I came out of Steve McQueen's newest film SHAME today soaking in that same dissatisfaction. The film was void of any warmth and emotion. While that may be meaningful to the plot (Michael Fassbender plays a sex addict incapable of having a sincere relationship), this coldness forced the hopeful brother-sister relationship (between Fassbender's character and his sister, played by Carey Mulligan) into sterility. Mulligan's character supposedly functioned as a wake-up call for her brother, but even during their deepest conversations there lacked chemistry and energy. Their bond, regret, history, and mistakes read as empty and cold as the film's production design. It was a tableau of clean chrome minimalism that was reminiscent of AMERICAN PSYCHO. The numerous sex scenes (worthy of bestowing the film with a NC-17 rating) were effectively influenced by this indifferent air as well - they were never sensationalized, and successfully remained as cold as the rest. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Aloe Blacc - Tequila, neat with a cherry

Paloma Faith - 1 bottle of Cabernet, at room temp

Drake - Sipsmith Gin and Coco Lopez in a highball with watermelon wedge

The Zombies - Rum with a twist of grapefruit

Rihanna - Red Bull, Tabasco sauce, lemon sour in a highball with an olive

U2 - Vodka, stirred vigorously with nutmeg


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Florence & the Machine: Ceremonials

It literally feels like just yesterday that I was walking around London and wondering whose face I kept seeing plastered all over the city: 

Fall 2009
Now I'm seeing the same strong features posted in multitudes on construction sites and scaffoldings all over New York City: 

Fall 2011


Also, for a chuckle "like" Florence & the Machine on Facebook and follow all of Welch's costume changes, show stories, and shopping sprees. 

moving: utterly nuts

Heino Kalis/Reuters

Moving feels a bit like that.