Monthly Archives: August 2008

Brush your teeth like a rockstar

I can’t turn down novel liquor. I suppose one could have a worse vice, but I impulse buy the strange dusty stuff on the back of the shelves all the time. Dr. McGilligcuddy’s Mentholmint Schnapps has ended up in my hands on several occasions because of the old thyme style label of a man with a dog but never made it to the checkout counter because of a fear I had; namely the fear that a whole 750mL would go to waste. My spendthrift ways of not wasting food would kick in if this stuff was minty rubbing alcohol and I’d be stuck with a semi expensive bottle of 1800s cure all snake oil. When I saw an airline bottle I finally gave in to the mystery.

To solve this one for you- it’s really really good, as long as you like a fresh mint kick. I was expecting something along the lines of toothpaste and got a fresh and exciting dose of menthol that lingers in the mouth and throat. It perked me up and made my throat feel fresh and tingly in the same vein as an Altoid. It’s sweet and slightly viscous, and makes a fine post-rockstar-bender breath freshener/hair of the dog (if there is no Jack Daniels straight from the bottle laying around, that is).

Bottom Line: B+ for a lightly alcoholic, sweet, refreshing drink thats great on the rocks

So cliche it hurts: Rutt’s Hut

 

 

Weird Food Products

 

I know. You’ve all heard of it. Most’ve you have been there. Until the other night when my boyfriend and I attended a preseason Jets game, I’d never visited. And despite my negative opinions of it, which mostly formed after actually eating the hot dogs, it is just as true a piece of New Jersey history and present as anything else we have. 

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Useful MacGyver Skills: Opening beer

I’m excited about an online video I just saw about how to open a beer with a dollar. I can’t wait to try this out, as I’m all about being prepared but think keychain openers are retarded. Something about advertising how often you need to open beers in out and about situations that you need one with your keys is unsettling.

More like Julia Spy-ld

So prodding through cnn.com today I found an article about how Julia Child was a spy (on America’s side) during WWII. Just when you think you know everything about a nice lady who taught America how to cook well, new information pops out that totally blows your mind:

The full secret comes out Thursday, all of the names and previously classified files identifying nearly 24,000 spies who formed the first centralized intelligence effort by the United States. The National Archives, which this week released a list of the names found in the records, will make available for the first time all 750,000 pages identifying the vast spy network of military and civilian operatives.

So, from this we learn that not only was Julia Child a spy, but also some other famous names, perhaps more in food? Who knows. Until we find out today, that is.

Link: http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/08/14/spies.revealed.ap/index.html

Raw Bars: The Ron Puke Revolution

At a friend’s apartment recently, we were offered to sample a new product. Someone’s aunt (the crazy hippie aunt everyone seems to have) had sent them a box of raw food bars to try out. You know it’s going to be good when someone offers you food with a disclaimer along the lines of “do you want any of this before I throw it out.” Review and modern sculpture after the jump.

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Avoid the Ramen Diet

Lots of college students and young people living on their own eat like crap. Just own up to it, no excuses. Some people are pretty empty pocketed at this stage in their life, which is understandable, but no one can stay healthy on ramen and tap water. I like to budget thinking that some of my monies destine to entertain myself get added into food. I kinda find some zen in cooking for myself, and get healthy and tastey results. Well… at least vegetables and identifiable protein sources are involved kinda healthy.

If you were never taught how to cook at home, it might seem like a high mountain to climb. But you can always start with a basic cookbook, and just start making things that sound good to your tummy. Here is a great list of cook book recomendations from the NYTimes (free to sign up for if it prompts you for a log in). Steal/beg/borrow from the library, scrimp and save, just please for all that is tasty avoid eating ramen more than twice a week.

So little drinks, so much time…. No, Scratch that. Then reverse it.

Something happened to me the other night that hasn’t in awhile- at my girlfriends apartment the roommates were having a party and didn’t know what to make. Usually keeping a stock myself, such things rarely occur. In need of a drink recipe nothing beats the Willy Wonka explosion of Liqurious. A great site to browse, it’s a conglomeration of blogs about different drinks with recipes and (what really wins my heart) beautiful presentation pics. Just like a kid in a candy store, I usually want to try everything on their front page.

Website: http://www.liqurious.com/
Final Grade: A++, Great Site, Will Drink again!

Edit: Like, seriously, I just clicked on a link from there on how to make suspended frozen alcohol blobs to add to champagne to make it dance like a lava lamp. How cool is that?