Ooh, my favorite!

Hello DJ
May 27, 2010, 11:41 am
Filed under: Mixes, Silly

I’d forgotten about this…I took it a while ago while I was shopping downtown. I’m a sucker for a good DJ; hey, they’re hard to find.

Daydreaming of Mallorca
May 25, 2010, 11:06 pm
Filed under: Home, Yes please

This beautiful luxury villa in Mallorca, Spain was designed by London interior designer Julia Palmer. I love the clean, neutral color scheme but I’m most taken with relationship between the indoor and outdoor spaces; the grand windows (and view!), the endless stream of natural light, and the patio seating and dining areas. I’ll be day dreaming of this for at least a while….

[via DigsDigs, click through for more images]

Simon Schubert
May 25, 2010, 6:50 am
Filed under: Art and Design

Check out this beautiful folded paper art by Simon Schubert. I’m not sure if the technique is folding or rubbing, but whatever the method, the final pieces are great. The scale and the depth are unbelievable, just look at the hallway and the staircase.

[via likecool]

Baba ganoush
May 25, 2010, 1:12 am
Filed under: Food, Recipes

Since baba ganoush is one of my favorite dishes I figured I might as well learn how to make it for myself. It’s a mess to make and not very pretty; the pictures could be classified as borderline offensive, but trust me, it’s worth every eggplant seed you’ll have stuck to your arms.

The grilling worked well, but perhaps a little messier since I decided to half each eggplant and cram all six of them on the griddle. I think next time I’ll just roast them whole in the oven. The recipe below will be what I’ll use next time, since the halving wasn’t the best method. It’s from The Pioneer Woman and she has a great step by step guide that I wish I had when I made my version. (She’s awesome, so I should’ve known to check her place. Please click through to catch up with her!)

Baba ganoush

Adapted from The Pioneer Woman Cooks

(Serves 8-10 as an appetizer/side)

– 3 whole eggplants, roasted

– 3 tablespoons of tahini

– 6 cloves garlic, chopped

– 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

– 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

– 1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped

– salt and to taste

Pierce the skin of each eggplant several times with the tines of a fork.

On the grill or under the broiler (set to high) blacken/char the eggplant for 25 minutes or so. You want the skin to be completely shriveled and dark, and the eggplant almost fall-apart tender. Just when you think it’s shriveled, let it go another five minutes. Set them aside to cool slightly.

When cool, peel off the skin enough to get a spoon into each eggplant and scrape out the flesh into a bowl. Try to get as much as you can, even the stuff that’s stuck to the inside of the skin. (This process is a total mess, so don’t worry.)

Mash eggplant with a fork. A few large chunks are fine, but try to get it to a relatively smooth texture without being totally pureed.
Add in all other ingredients, stirring and tasting before adjusting seasonings or other ingredients. Don’t undersalt!

Serve with pita triangles, baguette slices, chips, crusty French bread…or with a spoon.

Note: In my method I used a food processor, but was sure not to overprocess so there was still enough texture from the eggplant.

May 24, 2010, 3:32 pm
Filed under: Fashion, Shoes

I know not everyone is on the socks and heels bandwagon, but I’ve always loved it, and this picture is no exception.

[via Stockholm Street Style]

May 21, 2010, 5:18 pm
Filed under: Silly, Smile, Videos

Another fabulous Google home page today! A real working version of Pac-Man to celebrate his 30th anniversary! Just press the Insert Coin button and use your arrows to move. AWESOME!

Happy Friday!
May 21, 2010, 2:39 pm
Filed under: Nostalgia

I haven’t done a ‘Happy Friday’ post in a while. Even though weekends have kind of a different meaning for me lately, I still get really excited. This weekend I’m heading up to Seattle for a wedding and some time with the family. Lots of eating adventures planned too.

What about you? Any sexy plans?

Check out this footage, shown in movie theaters, introducing the rotary telephone. Crazy!

Spring is here dressing
May 20, 2010, 8:38 am
Filed under: Farmer's Market, Food, Recipes

Lately I’ve been attempting to become more aware of what makes me happy. In general I can always say a nice meal or a nice sale at Barney’s, but in my new life away from work I feel this need to fully know and understand what I want and why. Gone are the days of shopping and regular date nights, which I do mourn in some ways, but honestly I’ve found so much more to love. I feel like I’m at summer camp, able to do with my days as I please: a little field trip to the market today, and maybe a little picnic at Dolores Park tomorrow. Lately I get giddy over the smallest things, and I realize how easy it was to miss these when you’re living a life that’s not truly yours. This was the reason I took the leap away from being stuck, to start carving out the life I wanted for myself.

Last week at the farmer’s market I was elated to find that spring had arrived in the form of English peas, young garlic, and spring onions. My baggu’s filled with my list and the additional spring items, I was practically skipping down the aisle. Before heading home I took a few minutes to shell a few peas and sit in the sun. I made a note: this was happy-ness.

The happy-ness continued over lunch with this quick dressing I threw together. The quickly sauteed garlic and onion was mild, but had a wonderful taste and fragrance, especially with the slightly browned pieces from the pan. With the splash of lemon it was the perfect spring dressing.

Spring onion and young garlic dressing

(enough for 2 entree-sized salads)

– 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

– two spring onions

– two young garlic bulbs and stems

– 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

– 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Heat the olive oil in a heavy-bottomed pan and over medium heat. Finely chop the garlic and spring onions and add to the skillet. Season lightly with salt and pepper and stir frequently so the greens don’t burn, about 2-3 minutes. They should maintain their bright green color, but some pieces will be lightly browned. Remove from the heat and let cool. Add the lemon and fresh parsley and stir together. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.

I served with organic mixed greens, fennel slices, carrots, and freshly shelled peas.

Variation: Spring garlic has a short season, the vendor at the market told be about a month, so after the season I’ll rework this with regular garlic and scallions. Also, next time I think I’ll try adding a sprinkling of red chili pepper just before I pull from the heat.

May 18, 2010, 10:31 am
Filed under: Green, Silly, Smile

This was too good not to share. Topos Graphics and Sarah Riegelmann got together to create this magnet as part of a personal anti-SUV guerilla campaign. Ha! Love it.

[via the always awesome swiss-miss]

New Mix: SlimeBall
May 18, 2010, 9:17 am
Filed under: Mixes, Music

One of my favorite things to do is to go to work with my Lova and people watch from the DJ booth. It’s great fun and there’s always something interesting to see when you have girls in too-tight dresses and alcohol involved. Listening-in on requests from people is also an interesting past time; I won’t go into details in this post, but there is an etiquette to making requests, and most do not follow it.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a girl come up and ask “Umm, when are you going to play something that’s on the radio?” (This usually during a remix of a popular radio tune.) Song selection aside, this has to be one of the lamest things I’ve ever heard. Sweetie, there’s more to life than what you see on TV and what you hear on the radio. To be fair, I admit that I do love a good cheesy pop song, but to limit yourself only to things that are easily accessible is a crime.

So on that note, if you’re looking for something deeper than radio playlists of the same 20 songs, I present to you the club DJ’s answer back to all of the BS requests for Ke$ha and Miley Cyrus: Bass-heavy club music at its best, this is what dance music is.

Be sure to listen out for Starkillers (#5), Empire of the Sun (#7), Autodidakt (#9), and Lauren Flax – Richie Panic & UFO remix (last track).


1. Ill DJ Chris B & Curtis B – Get Up

2. Ludacris – Ho (FnDannyBoy Remix)

3. Canblaster – Chicken Run

4. Sub Focus – Could This Be Real

5. Starkillers – Cantina

6. Sub Focus – Move Higher feat Culture Shock

7. Empire Of The Sun – Walking On A Dream (Punk Rolla Remix)

8. Sharam Jey & Loulou – Monday Morning (Jamie’s Face Down Remix)

9. Autodidakt – 15 Seconds (GTRONIC Rmx)

10. FakeBlood vs Rye Rye – Banging on Mars

11. Momma’s Boy VS MikiX The Cat – At Night

12. Will Bailey Hot Mouth – Set It Off

13. Klipar – Hard To Get That Yo (Dirty Noise Remix)

14. Steve Aoki ft Zuper Blahq – I’m In The House (LMFAO Remix)

15. B Rich – Make Me Dance (KILLABIT Remix)

16. Hostage – Dubtch

17. The Beat Molesterz – iFreak (Beatmoesterz Remix)

18. Kill The Noise – Roots

19. Ladybox – Cookies (B. Rich & AC Slater Remix)

20. Craze – Drop To The Flo

21. Ludacris – How Low (Birdpeterson Remix)

22. Laruen Flax – You’ve Changed My Mind (Richie Panic and UFO Remix)

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