So, still thrilled about the frozen grapes thing, I cheated and bought some already frozen cherries (yummy, if not pretty), and frozen organic blueberries (after seeing that segment on Martha Stewart about the blueberry harvesting, and how often frozen fruit contains better stuff for you since it’s allowed to ripen while still attached to the earth). Then a funny thing happened – I didn’t like the frozen blueberries because they tasted like fake blueberry flavoring. Why is this? Because I have probably never eaten a proper blueberry in my life. So that synthetic flavoring which is meant to mimic the real flavor of actual ripe blueberries has always meant “fake blueberry flavor” to me.
The same thing happened to me a few years ago in my father’s garden, he grows wild strawberries and offered me a few ripe ones right off the plant we were standing in front of. And they tasted not like strawberry to me, but like the Bubbalicious my grandparents always used to bring to me. Again, because I had never had a proper strawberry, I didn’t enjoy it because the flavor of it was something I identified as fake flavoring. And I suppose such is the price for growing up in the age of mass produce farming.
Sometimes happiness is finding the last quarter you need for laundry in the pocket of the jeans you want to wash.
I’m very excited about my latest reading selection- Why Girls Are Weird, it was written by Pamie! yay! I may even be able to make it to one of her readings over in Oakland – they are listed in the left side bar.
One of my little secrets is that I like to go have dinner at The Olive Garden, it’s like a little escape into the Midwest. In a further misguided effort to make themselves seem more European, they now offer sugar and sugar substitutes in those long packets (like the Illy ones). However, they are labeled “Natural Cane Sugar”, “Pink” and “Blue”. (The stuff inside is still white, I checked.)
I bought some Crystal Palace circular knitting needles the other day without realizing that they have this super great rotating joint thingy where the cord meets the needle, thus eliminating all that frustration I’ve had with the stupid cord pointing in all weird directions despite my best efforts at making it relax using hot water and hair dryers. It was lovely.
how did I make it until my late twenties without every experiencing the delight of frozen grapes?
anh-minh wrote to tell me that wallcandy arts offers peel and stick unikko decorative wall panels, very cool. the site is Flash, and it will expand to fit your screen, but it’s fun. they also have designs for kids which aren’t too cutsey, and I kinda want for myself (go play with the drop and drag interfaces for grazeland or space creators). they promise that it is all temporary and removable.
I got very bored when I was stuck inside with my cold so I started drinking Shirley Temples instead of plain ginger ale (it’s still clear, right?). Now I’m hooked. They’re so cheerful, with the bright red maraschino cherries and layered pink fizzy liquid. Yum. Just wait until I start ordering them in actual bars.
Grenadine is colored and flavored with pomegranate, as a kid I always thought it was maraschino cherry juice (I never actually asked anyone what it was). Pomegranate, for some reason that seems really strange to me. I’m a product of the Eighties and expect that anything that syrup-ie would be artificially flavored like what Americans between the ages of 5 and 12 think red should taste like. Thank god for old fashioned things.
In the August Lucky Magazine the shopping guide is all about the Bay Area, including a shop called Pink Tangerine right here in Menlo Park. Ok, so I’ve never been inside of Pink Tangerine but I pass it all the time on my way to buy overpriced salads at Draegers.
The wedding we went to in Ohio was wonderful, the weather was perfect, the location was beautiful, and a sister of the bride brought a 5 pound bag of gummy bears which had been soaked in vodka for a week. This lead to some discussion of making jello shot orange slices, and someone came up with the idea of using tequila soaked gummy worms inside of (oversized) jello lime or lemon slices. I’ll have to work on this one.
ljc talked about finding Serendipity’s Frozen Hot Chocolate Mix at Williams-Sonoma a while back. I didn’t see any when I checked but it’s in the WS catalog I got yesterday, they have frozen coffee mix as well, I think I need both.
A few months ago I bought some pumpkin melamine mixing bowls because they were so cheery, and now I want everything orange – Waring blender, KitchenAid mixer, spatulas, chairs and stools, and even an espresso maker. My orange seltzer siphon is doing well, we use it continuously, I love it.
A long time ago I ran across a site about a girl who had an entirely orange kitchen, I cannot find it again, does anyone know what I’m talking about?
Blogathon ’03 is on, I’ll be sponsoring a few groups – Jennie who is blogging for Book Aid, and Pet Rock Stars* for The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. These people are brave, nothing could get me to stay up for a full 24 hours, I can barely make it past 11 p.m.
* full disclosure: one of these is my boyfriend, can you guess which?
Knitty’s Summer Surprises are up!
being inside sick all week has left me wanting colorful baubles:
- moxi from gimmick jewelry
- silk scarves from two things
- dinosaur design resin rings from the carrot box (who is in elle girl! yay!)
- shoes from garnet hill [and I adore these cynthia rowley rose cutout shoes]
and while I was sick I had plenty of time to make these little origami stars [instructions can be found here]