Archive | October, 2011

Anthony Bourdain & Eric Ripert at the Paramount


For about a year and a half, the only question people seemed interested in asking me was, “Is Tony working tonight?” I never really said what I wanted to say, “If you knew Tony as well as you’re acting like you do, you would know where he was because it’s on TV.”* Last night at Charlottesville’s Paramount Theater, […]

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Top Banana


What do you think I meant when I said, “THERE’S ALWAYS. MONEY. IN THE. BANANA. STAND!” Grady came home with a sack full of treats, some even home-made, like the pizza dough dog bones made by Sal’s. He’s stuffed and sleeping like a baby. Happy Halloween!                   […]

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What’s the Password?


Jo* begins the story of 9 1/2 by describing a visit to Nashville where she stumbled upon the Patterson House, a speakeasy so tucked away that she never noticed it – even though it was literally adjacent to the apartment where she used to live. She told us that she called her mom, who runs Fellini’s […]

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I Finally Get My Way


I’ve been not-so-subtly hinting at my desire to try Monsoon Siam* for a while now [scene: driving up market street at Vinegar Hill. Me: “Hey Shaun, I really really really want to go here. Really. REALLY.”]. I finally got my way this weekend, when we were both struck with a craving for Thai. The restaurant’s old-house look […]

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When Life Gives You Snow in October…


Make a pumpkin and bake your dinner! Last night, we had a winter storm watch [3-5 inches] in Virginia in October. It started raining around 6PM, which turned into cold, slippery rain, which turned into what now sounds like a pretty heavy storm outside [it’s 6:30AM]. It didn’t snow, but I still think the weather warranted a warm, homestyle […]

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Don’t Forget the TV:


We talked themed breakfasts, movies, and stories, but TV shouldn’t be overlooked, either. Whether you want to scare yourself or have a laugh at the holiday’s expense, here are some ways to do so this week: 1. The Walking Dead [AMC] – After the end of the first season, I was skeptical this show could […]

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A Welcome Break…fast


Last night was rough. Next Saturday is the “ethics” portion of the Bar exam: the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (“MPRE”). And yes, it’s as bad as it sounds. After my 2-hour seminar last night, Shaun and I sat through a review lecture that basically involved filling in the blanks on a 40-page handout with the […]

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Surprise! The 20 Unhealthiest Cereals


Breakfast really is an important meal. It’s the first fuel your body gets for the day, which is one of the reasons I find myself gravitating away from boxed cereals and toward untouched grains and oats I can decorate myself. I’m definitely the crazy in the cereal aisle that stands there comparing the labels of […]

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From Scary Movies to Scary Stories


Meet Stingy Jack. Source. Stingy Jack was a most unpleasant man who lived in Ireland. He was basically your modern-day drunk mess, who lied and cheated his way out of every deal. One day, he made a deal with the devil. Sadly for him, this deal backfired pretty badly. When Stingy Jack died his poor […]

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Just Two Adults Getting a Stew On


I’m glad last night’s butternut burritos derailed my original dinner plans because it allowed me to completely change what I had in mind before. The result? Pumpkin stew. I had a can of pumpkin open after this afternoon’s spicy pumpkin & soy sausage flatbread lunch [was too lazy to photograph], so into the stew it […]

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