Archive for January, 2008

Butternut Vest

Last week I finished the Back to School Vest by Stephanie Japel. I am happy with it and it reminded me a little of macrame so I decided it needed a long hippie necklace to go with it. So I went to Forever 21 and spent 5.20 on this :
today I am wearing a garment I knit to work

All day I got compliments on the necklace, and only a few on the vest (by other knitters) oh well, I love that vest and will actually wear it.

Looking at the photo for a week really made me want some butternut squash soup. So I yesterday afternoon I opened my new food processor and whipped some up.
butternut squash and apple soup

It was yummy! I still have some left, you can come have some if you want.

Almost Pinkberry

When I traveled to L.A. with A.A. I got my first taste of Pinkberry, and I’ve been craving it ever since. I had been banking on my next visit to NYC to give me my next Pinkberry, but a few days ago I was alerted that a knockoff popped up on Thayer Street. I had to see if it had the same crack-like qualities as P-Berry.

The store had a nice minimalist feel to it & the topping choices were similar, though Captain Crunch was replaced by Fruity Pebbles and a cooler full of fun Japanese drinks will surely attract Asian Culture Fetishists.

I decided on Original with Pineapple with Chocolate Chips topping and I got something that was more Frozen Yogurty than Pinkberry, but still sour enough to be interestingly odd and palate pleasing. I will be going back, that is until Pinkberry issues them a cease and desist.

Juniper = Almost Pinkberry

P.S. I will still be going to the real deal when I am within 50 miles of one, so maybe they should just leave our PVD version alone.

down with intp

I discovered at work this week that my myers briggs type is “INTP”.
I’m not sure if this activity was fruitful, as some of the more competitive types naturally now feel that there type is best. But what I got out of it was how rockin’ Katherine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers are…


I also really want an INTP tattoo.

p.s. I heard the Olson twins are also INTP’s therefore its the best type to be.

Hungarian McDonald’s : check

One thing I often do while abroad is check out whats on the local McDonald’s menu. I’m not a giant McDonalds buff, like the folks at the McChronicles obviously are, but its pretty interesting. I think it may have started when I first discovered the Cadbury Egg McFlurry in London, which I was lucky enough to have again last year in Dublin.

In Budapest I was able to experience the the Rosztiburger menu.
Alpine burger at mcdonalds

Not understanding a stitch of Hungarian, I could only guess that it was a burger with a fish filet on it. Which was so odd and wrong that I had to try it. I had guessed incorreclty though, it was actually a burger with a hash brown on it, and some kind of sour cheese sauce oh and the best bacon i have ever had at McDonald’s. (Have I even ever had bacon at McDonalds before? I can’t confirm this) The bun itself had ham and cheese on it. I was able to eat about half of it (the man that was sitting near us that smelled like pee didn’t help much either). Needless to say, I dont’ think i ever need to eat another Rosztiburger ever again.

the Rosztiburger

Szimply Awesome. (ha)

I just came back from a week in budapest (!) I got to visit this amazing bar called Szimpla. Budapest has these things called romkocsma or RuinPubs, basically bars/coffee shops that set up in giant amazing abandoned spaces. Szimpla Kert was open in the winter because they have a metal roof over the courtyard and heatlamps warming the place. The place was huge. The strangest thing was they had toilet paper on a rope before you go into the stall, you just had to grab what you needed before you went. Those crazy hungarians.

The night we went to was indie-britpop night, and much like every other britpop night in the world they opened with some Morrissey. No cover to get in and cheap enough Dreher (a lot like Narragansett for you PVDers). Szimpla Kert reminded me of an apocalyptic AS220 (again for you PVDers). Tubs and torn out cars were transformed into seating and they had bike workshops and rentals in the front. If I lived in Budapest, I’d probably spend some time at these places.

We also got to check out Szimpla Dupla for some coffee, also really cool.

I love the idea of occupying otherwise unusable space like this, but here we have all these dastardly codes we need to worry about. Blah.

More about Budapest later.