Author Archives: jahoodie

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.

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?

Mystery of the Dorito Revealed in Quest

We all go on quests now and then. Frodo went on a quest to get rid of the rings. Sonic the Hedgehog went on a quest to get the rings. Spinal Tap went on a quest to be the best band possible. But maybe Doritos shouldn’t go on a quest.

The Quest mystery Doritos truly had us baffled at first–one guess was margarita, another key lime pie. As it turns out, these salty-limey-sweet Doritos were…Mountain Dew. While they tasted okay, they also tasted like something a pregnant woman would absolutely love to nosh on inbetween her smoked salmon and beetroot sandwiches. Or maybe something a pirate would take with him to the high seas to battle scurvy.

Bottom Line: The cheeseburger ones were better. 

 


Don’t Know your Kobayashi from your Kobe

It’s time for summer, beaches, and shoving processed meat tubes down your throat. There is a fun article on the famous Coney Island hot dog eating competition on ABC online. It sets up Kobayashi, the 128 pounds Japanese dude, against the 210 pound American that broke his long winning streak last year. It also has the drama of moving the contest from 12 minutes to 10, after finding the original contest pamphlet from the early 1900s put the time limit at 10.

I love competitive eating and how freakin’ intense these guys are about it. One of the best phrases in the article is ” The diminutive 30-year-old Kobayashi – a legend on the surprisingly serious competitive eating circuit-….” That pretty much sums it up, especially if you remember some crappy FOX show where they had a hotdog eating contest of Kobayashi VS a Kodiak Bear. I think the same show answered the age old question how many midgets it took to push a 747 around.

Happy Birthday means Explosions

Happy birthday to Jim, Jess’ boyfriend. Fancy be damned: nothing says birthday like a Cosmic Brownie with a sparkler in it. And yes, he ate it while the sparkler was lit.