Thursday, April 28, 2011

oy vey zmir

as of tomorrow, there are exactly two weeks until my recital.
and three weeks until gradiation.
i think i am extremely terrified... but i am keeping myself calm with strong mustard and early morning bike rides. 
this week the only mustard that will do the trick is the amora dijon that my french teacher brought in for me. it is so strong. 
so. so. so. so. strong. 
why anyone needs a strong drink when they could have a strong mustard and still be able to bike home is beyond me...
but i digress.
i can't wait for the day when i won't have to stress out about other percussionists taking instruments from my setups,
or worry about what is really going to happen in my recital,
but at the same time,
i am totally in love with studying the pieces that i've chosen,
working towards a fun goal {planning the reception for the goal...}
and having a reason other than iambeinglame for going to sleep before 10.

and there it is, past my bedtime.


Sunday, April 24, 2011


1 lemon + chili SCRATCHbread focaccia
2 freedom toast @ egg
3 hole-in-the-middle {aka eggs rothko?? i had no idea} @ egg
4 a midday taco from the taco stand @ artists & fleas
5 i mean... why not?

school was closed this weekend. actually, it was just closed today and i pretended that it was closed yesterday so that i could... walk around and eat. in between doing productive things, of course, such as: shopping for a graduation dress! nevermind that though {the perfect sequined dress has yet to show itself to me, so in a way, i was not so productive this weekend}. but when you consider the asparagus soup that i experienced at northeast kingdom and the wasabi linguine that i purchased at the brooklyn flea, it was an absolutely wonderful weekend, edibley speaking.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

take me there, i want to go there


1 aziz makes a new acquaintance!
2   there is never enough sunscreen. 
3 local mustard whose taste will remain unknown until it gets shipped to me on the count of it being over three ounces. 
4 & 5  the bissel breakfast @ the metro diner. a perfect prelude to a long day of practice.
6 z + m in casual wear
7 z + m in formal wear

i am back from jacksonville. back from the beach, back from rehearsals, back from timeless nights at the hookah lounge.
it took a second, but i really do enjoy jacksonville. it has a really adorable amount of birgadoonian mystery that you wouldn't find in a traditional city. like, you'll be driving around and see a cute downtown area with fun looking pastry shop or a coffeehouse... then you'll come to a residential area, or some water, or a highway, and likely a strip mall... then tout á coup you are in a whole new cute downtown area, but it is still jacksonville. i estimate these discoveries could happen about four or five times. it is very cool and i envy it. the largest town in the lower 48 states shouldn't feel this homey but it does. aziz must have told me the politically-driven reason for these cute separate areas twelve times. but alas i am a space case and couldn't stop trying to decide which area was my favorite in order to listen to his political banter. 
playing with the orchestra was great fun! it embarasses me to say that the bass drum and the triangle are two of my most favorite instruments. but guess what, i got to play them and i go to play them loudly!!! that makes a happy molly. 


here are some eating places in jax that i enjoyed, described in the style of a typical jacksonville symphony orchestra trombone player:
the metro diner "fact: this place is nailguns and i am about to blast through a bissel breakfast with biscuits and gravy on the side and eggs over medium and then hit on the waitresses. fact: this place is the best. and i might blast back for a crabcake benedict before they close."
bowl of pho "fact: this is the greatest pho in jacksonville, possibly even in all of florida. and it's cheap so i can blast more money on beer later. and asian waitresses. what's not to luv."
casbah "if you want to blast through some hookah, get some. here. and then blast their pita and hummus and also some red velvet cake because it is the best. ever. fact that's what she said blahblahblahhhh."

Sunday, April 17, 2011

a jacksonville morning


naked feet {i guess you would call that barefoot}
a red porch swing
the man waving hello as he passes
"and resisting the initial impulse to flick him off?"
strawbees + almonds + vanilla yogurt
lizards hurry scurry
the american flag
and a dead cell phone 


Monday, April 11, 2011

to jacksonville, to jacksonville

to play the bass drum,
to sit on a porch,
and to make mac and cheese with aziz.

 sunny florida, here i come!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

the hurricane club, featuring donuts and coconuts

the best thing about having a friend from jewish summer camp who now lives off the path and who is friends with the guy who wears the ear piece at the hurricane club is that you get secret crab donuts. 
mmm hm.
i'll start from the beginning:
the hurricane club is not a restaurant i would normally choose for a friday night dinner. as of late my friday night dinners are spent at the greasy pizza place around the corner where the guys behind the counter know me by moelly. but when summer camp boy said the magic words {secret menu items!} i hopped on the next cross town shuttle, hurry scurried down park avenue and rolled through the entrance corridor with negative three minutes to spare. 
 sporting a secondhand red leather jacket and a scarf the size of france, i immediately saw a bump-it and said to the imaginary terrier at my feet,
we are not on the upper west side anymore.
so fast-forward to the part where we eat warm sugar donuts filled with crab meat and catch me while i die. because you know how the only thing you ever want in a crab cake is more fried shit? this is the answer. yeah, it's weird, especially because they were dusted with powdered sugar, but it worked. it was the whole sweet/salty thing with a spritz of the sea and a doughy texture. you want them now. why they're not on the menu, i don't know. 
maybe because it would force the place to strictly be a donut joint.
the rest of the meal included some super tasty ducky sandwiches,
and the highly anticipated croque monsieur spring rolls. 
a croque monsieur spring roll, as i found out, consists of cheese and hammies inside of spring roll wrappers and served with mustard. which is a little anticlimactic when you're imagining the filling of a normal spring roll colliding with béchamel and pigs and then broiled for a crispy edge. but they tasted good, so i'm done complaining. 
the cocktails were out of this world and then some. my second one surprise arrived and it was in a coconut. that's never happened to me before. it was delicious. i have no idea what was in it, but something* tells me they're all that quality. 
{*i swear i didn't taste about a third of the menu. promise.}
and that was before the rum fountain. there's a rum fountain. in the basement. did you know that rum fountains exist? i didn't. you just get a little bottle and fill her up. just like a water fountain! the end there was steak, chicken brushed with gold dust, and a delicious chocolate cake.
it was a total experience meal. 
and forever those donuts will be in the history book that is my diary of favorite things.

the hurricane club is on 26th and park. wear heels.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

two stoops on the television

well, it's airing!
this weekend!
watch it on the food network on sunday at 10pm est and look for challenger schneider's sous chef because that's my sissy!! 
and pray with me that the part where alton brown calls her a
"crafty little minx"
is not on the cutting room floor. 


on tuesday,
watch the cooking channel at 8pm est for the u.s. series premier of 
which will have a segment on the mothership that is the schnitzel truck
...and yours truly will be doing what she does best 
{eating a schnitzel, duh}
and if you're in canada, i think it was just on food network last night but hopefully they will show it again!

so get your jammies on and watch the tele!!
and karadashian sisters, watch out: stoops are coming to reality tv.


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.

my bike ride this morning + my bike basket
the croque monsieur at bar boulud
empty to-do lists
an unexpected trip to florida next week
my coffee mug with drawings of famous republicans
my coffee mug with drawings of famous democrats
swedish pop music
onigiri, including the frozen kind from trader joe's
colorful things
warm sleepy socks
the 80s pop culture lesson that i got today
red velvet tea!

...these are a few of my favorite things.


Saturday, April 2, 2011

my first oyster, in two haikus

sorry little guy
horseradish and lemonies
alright in you go

shuckity shuck shuck
oyster you taste like a sea
slimy refreshing

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