187 entries from srah blah blah tagged with 'food':

A Tale of a Bunch of Cities

The following is a stupid story, but we have a lot of Pepperidge Farms cookies around the office this week, so it keeps haunting me every time I see them. I'm hoping that by blogging it, I will exorcise my demons. Once upon a time, my family received a Pepperidge Farms variety pack of cookies. "Rock on," thought I, because I sometimes think in terms like that, even if they are not things I would say out loud. "Now I can taste them all and figure out which ones I like, without the expense of buying a full package of...

srah - Wednesday, 15 December 2010 - 6:36 PM
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I love you, Dr Johnson, and I want to have your babies.

I love Scattergories¹. I rule at Scattergories². I love being given a letter and having to come up with words that start with that letter³. So the dealio with this meme is: You leave a comment on this post, and I'll assign you a letter. You write about ten things you love that begin with your assigned letter, and post it at your place. When people comment on your list, you give them a letter, and the chain continues on and on. Allthewine did N, and gave me the letter B. Breakfast. The best meal of the day, any time...

srah - Thursday, 11 December 2008 - 5:36 PM
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Before the cream sits out too long/ You must whip it

Every once in a while, a topic comes up that I am surprised I've never blogged about, because I have some long-held and violently strong emotion one way or another. Micah and I were having a conversation that went like this: @srah: I just remembered that when Thanksgiving happens, I get pumpkin pie! Are we there yet are we there yet are we there yet are we there yet? @jmblya: What's stopping you from buying a pie from the store now? Or making your own? You should never deny yourself pumpkin-based foods. @srah: No, pumpkin pie is more about anticipation...

srah - Saturday, 8 November 2008 - 11:14 PM
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What do you mean you're not lucky? You lied to me? And what are you, a sheep?

More notes from China: I am kicking myself for getting my hair cut before leaving for China because a) it's got some weird bits that don't look right and b) it's not long enough to put in a ponytail anymore. I am collecting a lot of sweat on the back of my neck. I am gross.I sat in on a class where we learned to sing the birthday song in Chinese. ♫ Zhu ni sheng ri kuai le... ♫That semester of Mandarin I took in college keeps coming back to me in little pieces. Unfortunately, it is all mixed up...

srah - Tuesday, 23 September 2008 - 6:52 PM
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I went to Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend to visit friends. We had a gang of seven and did a lot of fun things like live karaoke and wine tasting, but what sticks out most for me about this weekend is that I ate The Most Delicious Sandwich Known to Man. This sandwich was perfect in every way. The bread was warm and fresh and delicious. The fillings were delectable and varied. The taste of the mayonnaise perfectly complemented the salmon. The textures all worked beautifully together and there was neither too little nor too much mayonnaise, salmon or onion. The...

srah - Wednesday, 30 April 2008 - 10:27 PM
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In which I call shenanigans on United Airlines

Tuesday, March 25 - Wednesday, March 26 When I woke up on Tuesday morning, I checked my flight status and discovered that my flight from San Francisco to Chicago was delayed something ridiculous like 4.5 hours. So I called United and asked them to change this in some way, even if it involved putting me on a different airline. "Okie doke," the operator replied (although perhaps not in those words), and she booked me on a US Airways flight leaving slightly earlier that would take me through Charlotte instead. However, she told me, I would have to stop by the...

srah - Saturday, 19 April 2008 - 12:52 PM
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She's my daughter! She's my sister!

Oh yeah, I'm not done with this, am I? Monday, March 24 On Monday, Cari took the day off work and we went to Chinatown. We went on a tour where the group was made up of us, a mother-daughter pair, and a half a billion German high school students and teachers. So there was this weird Chinese-American-German amalgamation as the Germans translated things for each other. The tour took us around Chinatown and taught us a bit about the history of Chinatown and the people there, especially focusing on our guide's own family and experiences growing up in Chinatown....

srah - Saturday, 19 April 2008 - 11:32 AM
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No family and too much money makes Mrs Winchester something something.

Sunday, March 23 Looking back at the pictures, I can believe we packed so much stuff into one day! It seems like this had to have been spread over several days! Cari and I got up bright and early Sunday morning to go to the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. We thought we were going to be the only people out being touristy on Easter Sunday but there turned out to be a sizable tour group. This was one of my favorite parts of the trip, I think, just because it was something I knew nothing about before going...

srah - Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 8:22 PM
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Feel my cocoa beats. Je m'appelle Joe le Lait.

Saturday, March 22 On Saturday, Cari, Matt and I went to Berkeley to go on a tour/tasting at the Scharffen Berger factory. Unlike the last time I went to a chocolate tasting, I was actually able to appreciate the quality chocolate and the different flavors therein. The key is not to use your teeth at all. You break the chocolate into little pieces, then let each individual morsel melt in your mouth, releasing all the fruity undertones that come from the fermentation process applied to the cocoa beans. IT WAS AWESOME. I tasted all kinds of flavors that I don't...

srah - Friday, 4 April 2008 - 5:34 PM
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When I grow up to be a man...

Friday, March 21 Cari and I got up bright and early on Friday morning. Actually, only I got up bright and early, because - even though I was exhausted from my travel - I was still pretty much on Eastern time. That gave me some time to get myself organized before Cari and I left for our morning drive to Año Nuevo State Natural Reserve, where we went on a tour and learned about the elephant seals that come there every year to lay their eggs have their babies. Then the mothers go back out to sea to feed, and...

srah - Thursday, 3 April 2008 - 6:49 PM
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Grape Mrs Carillon... and GRAPE YOU!

Well, hello everyone. This is the famous srah here, gear fab. I have been warned that I am blogging before an audience of untold dozens and am suitably terrified. All day I've been racking my brains to come up with something clever to say, and I'm afraid I'm never going to produce anything of the quality I'd hoped. So I'm just going to babble away and make a greaaaaaat first impression on you all. Congratulations! Here goes! I would like someday to be an aunt or an honorary aunt or something, so that I will have someone to buy lots...

srah - Tuesday, 18 March 2008 - 5:58 PM
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Hey, look over there!

I guest-posted at Jamelah.net today. So if you're interested in insane rants on the intersection of food and children's literature, that is where you should be....

srah - Tuesday, 18 March 2008 - 5:57 PM
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Say hello to Bono and Sandra Day O'Connor!

("Those are the stupidest fist names I've ever heard.") Danny boy, don't be afraid, to shake that ass, and misbehave Danny boy, I know you got time, but what are you waiting for, Anyway the dust may just blow away, if you wait for a windy day But you may find the chance has passed you by; - "Sewn" by The Feeling, who are probably slightly more Irish than the author of "Danny Boy" because at least they've been to Ireland before There is a yearly tradition associated with Srahtown and The University I Work At, wherein local bars start...

srah - Monday, 17 March 2008 - 12:19 PM
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All the decisions have to be ratified at a special bi-weekly meeting by a simple majority in the case of purely internal affairs...

I have been eating a lot of peanut butter this week. This can mean only one of two things: My body is telling me, "Sarah, we¹ need more protein! We will make you crave peanut butter so that you will put more protein in us!" OR My body is telling me, "Sarah, you bought peanut butter on impulse at the store last week. Why did you waste money on peanut butter when you don't even like peanut butter? We have to use that stuff up!" I don't know why my body is so concerned with my spending habits. ¹ My...

srah - Wednesday, 27 February 2008 - 11:25 AM
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This is an outrage!

I wanted an egg salad sandwich, so while out running errands on my lunch hour, I swung by The Place Uptown That Sells Egg Salad Sandwiches. Unfortunately there was no parking available anywhere near TPUTSESS so after driving around the block three times, I gave up and bought an egg salad sandwich from the student center cafeteria. It was half as expensive, but not half as good as the egg salad sandwich from TPUTSESS (and I would have gotten a pickle from TPUTSESS!). If the economy of Srahtown comes to a crashing halt because I'm not supporting it with expensive-but-delicious...

srah - Wednesday, 2 January 2008 - 12:57 PM
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I can neither sew, nor cook, nor read or write my name

This was one of the most productive Sundays I've had in a long time. It helped that I had multitasked by folding laundry and tidying the living room during the football game on Saturday, so that meant I could spend Sunday doing whatever I wanted. I decided that I wanted to make meatloaf, and ended up making meatloaf, mashed potatoes and muffins. If someone would come and do the dishes for me, that would be great. I may be feeling productive, but I'm not that productive. The meatloaf was an interesting adventure. I found the recipe online but there was...

srah - Sunday, 18 November 2007 - 10:49 PM
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The clue is not in the title this time!

It occurred to me this morning that my breakfast came from a musical. So you get a visual clue today instead of lyrics. I'm shaking things up around here. Guess away!...

srah - Sunday, 4 November 2007 - 9:02 AM
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Where's the beef?

I went to Chicago last weekend! I am very slow at writing these travel-weekend writeups, and even moreso when I spend the week trying to catch up on sleep. Fortunately, the weekend is almost here, so I can clean, claim I'm going to clean and then not clean, and - most importantly - sleep. I drove up to Chicago for Lewis's birthday celebrations Saturday afternoon/evening. It takes about 5 hours to get to Chicago, although it took me a little longer because - no matter how good my directions are - I always second-guess them and get lost when I...

srah - Friday, 12 October 2007 - 12:06 PM
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Thank U India

Some things that srah likes: things that are Indianthings that are cheap and/or free It has been a good week to be srah! The University I Work At's Office of Employee Health and Well-Being has come through again! Although their toning classes conflict with my Arabic schedule, they're now offering Indian Classical Dance classes on Thursdays from 12:10 to 12:40. I have been to one session and - as I'm sure you can guess - I am ready to go on stage and perform professionally any day now. In reality, I don't think half an hour a week is going...

srah - Saturday, 22 September 2007 - 12:17 PM
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Carl Kasell, eat your heart out

What a marvelous food is the waffle As are soup and french fries and falafel But while muttar paneer Makes me drool in my kheer "Cock-a-leekie" makes me want to rofl....

srah - Wednesday, 29 August 2007 - 5:19 PM
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... did someone say they wanted toast?

To whom it may concern: Let it be known that Zingerman's Bakehouse is baking their Green Olive Paesano Loaf this weekend. This bread only comes about twice a year as a special bake and I am very fortunately on their call-list but very unfortunately located in Ohio. So all you Ann Arborites, go and buy up this delicious bread this weekend and think of me as you chew. And try not to spew. You can also call ahead and have them reserve a loaf for you. Yay Zingerman's!...

srah - Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 7:47 PM
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Chocolate Rain!

I don't normally like to post about products in my blog because it feels like I'm selling something. But I want everyone to know what delicious chocolate things I am enjoying right now! Wheeee! I feel like Mindy Kaling. No Sugar Added Fudgsicles are theeeeeeee greatest thing ever. I can't stop eating them, which is okay because they only have 10g of carbohydrates (2g of sugar). Wheeee! Guilt-free sweets! They are artificially sweetened, but don't taste like artificial sweetener. This is good because I hate artificial sweeteners. The only side effect that I've found so far is that they cause...

srah - Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 7:41 PM
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Did you troy the pline cike?

It's going to take me a while to tell you all about my weekend in DC, but in the meantime I will give you a short post to tide you over: I am very boring and like plain cake doughnuts the best. Powdered sugar gets everywhere and chokes you when you inhale it. Glazed doughnuts are sticky. Doughnuts with filling explode all over you, and the cavity in the middle is never exactly centered, which bothers srah more than it should. The doughnut shop in Srahtown only sells glazed doughnuts. It makes srah sad and fits into her assertion that...

srah - Wednesday, 8 August 2007 - 12:05 PM
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Maybe my pants will fit better, too (huevos jueves)

En mi viaje en Mexico y en el barco, comí demasiada azucar y ejercité demasiado poco. Estaba dificil tomar buenas decisiones! En el barco, había mucha comida buena y postres deliciosos y los camareros me las trajeron. Y en Mexico, busqué comida y bebidas sin hielo, sin lechuga y sin agua peligrosa. Entonces tomé muchas bebidas con alcohol o azucar (como la Coca-Cola) y comí mucho arroz y tortillas y pan. Ahora estoy en mi casa de nuevo. Nadie me hace comida! Necessito hacerla yo! No es justo. Por lo menos, quizas harĂ© selecciones mejores. (Translation below)...

srah - Thursday, 28 June 2007 - 9:55 PM
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Eight is Enough

I've been tagged by Tiff for this meme. Here are the rules: Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.Don't forget to leave them a comment telling them they're tagged, and to read your blog. Ever since I started trying to change my diet because of the whole PCOS/insulin resistance thing, I am a big weenie when it comes to sweets. Whereas I could...

srah - Saturday, 12 May 2007 - 5:32 PM
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You can call us Aaron Burr/ From the way we're dropping Hamiltons

I knew this was going to happen. I'm always coming across interesting things and places, only to discover that they only exist in New York (or LA or San Francisco or wherever). So I sigh sadly and continue on my slightly-less-merry way. Then when it turns out I'm actually going to NYC, I can't remember what I wanted to see, so when I discover that the NBC Studio Tour is sold out (sad), I end up just wandering around Manhattan aimlessly instead of picking up 2 6 12 BAKER'S DOZEN cupcakes. I don't even like eating cupcakes, but that's beside...

srah - Monday, 30 April 2007 - 9:59 PM
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Today I had a cheese sandwich.

April is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month. So that totally justifies buying a grilled cheese sandwich from the school cafeteria for lunch today and yesterday. I like mine with worcestershire sauce. You?...

srah - Tuesday, 17 April 2007 - 12:29 PM
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Cup cup cup cup of of of of...

Dear The Tea Industry, I really don't like drinking my tea with the tea bag still in it. I thought it was just that I don't like my teabag and milk to touch, but now that I have been forced (by Science!) to branch out and find a tea that I can enjoy without milk or sugar, it turns out that my craziness extends to drinking the tea while the tea bag is still in it. Restaurants and cafés never provide them, so what you should do, The Tea Industry, is to market a line of tea bags that come...

srah - Tuesday, 10 April 2007 - 12:47 PM
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Sorry, Champ. I think I ate your chocolate squirrel.

Let it be known unto the world that Hedonist Artisan Chocolates is now selling their truffles over the Intarwebs and shipping them to places that are not Rochester, NY. I am quite sure they are delicious, because Zahra and Jennie said so. Go forth and buy! If truffles are not rabbit-shaped enough for you, then you should take a gander at these delicious little bunnies. I am told that the Lepus Corsicanus has but one desire in life: to have his head violently bitten off by me. Good bunny!...

srah - Wednesday, 28 March 2007 - 10:03 PM
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Dem pancake bones

Awesomest search term I've seen in my stat counters lately: are there bones in pancakes? Depends on the pancakes. Blueberry pancakes, not usually. Bone pancakes... probably....

srah - Thursday, 8 March 2007 - 7:46 PM
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What... is your favorite word?

Pancake! This is just a reminder, since I never remember about this until the last minute, that this Friday is Candlemas. So get your crêpes and tamales ready! I never seem to manage to hold on to one crêpe recipe from year to year, so I don't have a tried-and-true favorite to give you. Here's the one I'll probably be using, though....

srah - Tuesday, 30 January 2007 - 12:29 PM
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It's a marshmallow peppermint world in the winter

I am caught up in the baking season! I went to Kroger this weekend and saw some Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips for sale. Like the excellent savvy shopper that I am, I thought 'Ooooh, neat! I see something pretty and new! I want to buy some, even though I don't know what I will use them for!' Yes, it's amazing that I'm poor. I don't understand it either. Fortunately, I later remembered a recipe that Slashfood published a few days ago, which involved crushed peppermint candies. The baking chips seemed a perfect alternative to unwrapping and hammering at dozens...

srah - Tuesday, 5 December 2006 - 6:19 PM
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I have something in my pocket that belongs inside my face...

I posted this as a response to a call for brownie recipes in the LiveJournal Cooking community, but it occurred to me that a) you might like to read it too and b) (and possibly more importantly) the front page of my blog was starting to get empty. So here you are: srah's favorite brownie recipe 1½ stick butter 4 oz. unsweetened chocolate 2 cups sugar 3 eggs 2 tsp vanilla ½ tsp salt ½ tsp baking powder 1 cup flour Melt butter and chocolate together in a saucepan, remove from heat. Stir in sugar, then eggs, then vanilla, then...

srah - Wednesday, 6 September 2006 - 9:11 PM
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Waiter, there's a DELICIOUS in my soup

It is lunchtime and all I can think of is the Gorgonzola Ale Soup at the Firehouse Brewing Co. in Rapid City, South Dakota. I don't like beer and I don't like cheese soup, so I don't know why I ordered it. I suppose I was intrigued and I had a headache and didn't want anything more complicated than soup. And it was DELICIOUS. And it is SO FAR AWAY. And it is IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. And I will probably NEVER RETURN. And I didn't even think to TAKE A PICTURE, which I very strangely did with a...

srah - Friday, 11 August 2006 - 12:11 PM
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I have discovered the joys of Bowling Green, Ohio! On my way home this weekend I set off with half a tank of gas just so that I would have an excuse to stop in Bowling Green. A little birdie named BobaFind had told me that there was bubble tea to be found there. I had planned to take my aunt out for bubble tea while she was in Ann Arbor, but I forgot all about it until after she'd returned home. No bubble tea for Aunt Pat and no Ann Arbor bubble tea for me, which only made me...

srah - Tuesday, 16 May 2006 - 8:19 PM
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A slight tetch of insulin-resistance denial

You know what I don't particularly like? Butterfingers. You know what else I don't particularly like? Peanut butter. You know what is totally awesomely awesome? Butterfingers "creme" eggs, made of a hollow chocolate egg filled with a mixture of peanut butter and little bitsy bits of Butterfingers. Quick! Go out and buy them if there are any left! They are probably on sale! Go now! Quickly! Someone will take your Butterfingers creme eggs and then you won't get any and then you'll be sorry but don't come crying to me because I told you to hurry, foo'! Of course, this...

srah - Tuesday, 25 April 2006 - 5:11 PM
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Sugars be damned!

Next Tuesday is Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day! Thou shalt eat iced creams and thou shalt enjoy it. So let it be written, so let it be done....

srah - Wednesday, 19 April 2006 - 1:13 PM
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Tales from tiny srah

When I was much younger and an avid reader of food packaging, I was always fond of diglycerides. Mostly this is because in my mind, "diglycerides" was pronounced "diggly-CER-uh-deez," which sounds like a totally awesome dinosaur. I still pronounce it that way in my head, although I've since learned the correct pronunciation and know better than to call them by their dinosaur name in public. Strangely enough, my brain has always pronounced "triglycerides" as "triglycerides" and has no desire to turn that ingredient into a three-horned version of the first dinosaur. I got a kick out of the ingredients in...

srah - Thursday, 6 April 2006 - 8:20 PM
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Adventures in protein

Alright, you've convinced me - the point is not to avoid carbOHYDRATE-rich foods altogether, but to eat them in moderation. So I will buy myself almonds and convince myself to snack on those instead of all the lovely lovely candy in the candy bowl on my desk. For the record, Blue Diamond Lime 'n Chili Almonds are awesome (I went out and bought some the last time I got on a protein kick). Sunkist Buttered Up Almond Munchies are not, but in their defense I should have read the package better. With a name like "Buttered Up" I thought they...

srah - Wednesday, 5 April 2006 - 5:27 PM
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Like the deserts miss the rain...

I am eating a Dole Tropical Fruit Bowl¹, which is made up of pineapple and some pinkish chunks and some yellowish chunks and some other yellowish chunks with a slightly different texture. I can't decide if the pink chunks or the firm yellow chunks are my favorite, but the point is, while this fruit salad is delicious, I have no idea what I'm eating. I think there's papaya in there, and maybe some guava. There might be passion fruit, or maybe mango. Because of my ignorance of the world of tropical fruit, I feel that it is time to make...

srah - Tuesday, 21 March 2006 - 5:50 PM
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Stranger in an even stranger land

Dear Southwestern Ohio, Who the hell puts cupcake frosting on a friggin' pączek?...

srah - Tuesday, 28 February 2006 - 7:01 PM
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Haiku is a way/ to make a boring entry/ tons more interesting

Srah has a craving for couscous, although she would accept tabouleh. Searching for restaurants? Fruitless. The school dining halls Likewise are devoid. Couscous here must be prepared at home, which is not Feasible for lunch. Alas....

srah - Friday, 17 February 2006 - 12:07 PM
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Two legs good, fake 'water' beverage baaaaaaaaaad

Sometimes my blog posts serve to inform others, and sometimes they serve to record my thoughts so that I do not make the same mistake over and over again. For the record, Glaceau Vitaminwater "Focus" kiwi-strawberry flavored beverage is a mistake I would prefer not to make again and also one that I would like to warn the world about. Isn't that handy? All that this beverage is managing to make me "focus" on is the fact that it tastes bad. That and the fact that it claims to be a drink made up of vitamins + water but also...

srah - Monday, 6 February 2006 - 4:52 PM
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Pancakes is ready!

I have just realized that today is La Chandeleur, or Crêpe Day. I had actually been planning on this all week, but somehow the date snuck up on me and left me with no eggs in the house. Never fear: Kroger's shall be visited and I shall be a-flipping this eventide! Join with me! P.S. Damned rodent....

srah - Thursday, 2 February 2006 - 1:01 PM
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As I bit into the burger, it had a crisp juiciness about it that was very pleasurable...

My parents and I went to Miller's Bar on the way back from the auto show yesterday. The burgers were moist and juicy and the onion rings were addictive. I want moooooooooooooore....

srah - Tuesday, 17 January 2006 - 12:51 PM
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The world is not sufficiently marshmallowy this winter

Dear Nestlé, You so stupid¹! Marshmallows and hot chocolate must be in separate packages, so that when you stir the hot chocolate, you do not disturb the marshmallows. When you disturb the marshmallows, they melt and look like little maggots floating atop the steaming mug of brownness. That is, quite simply, just not right. Not that resemblance to maggots usually prevents me from drinking things. ––––– ¹ NOTHING! NOTHING is in the box!...

srah - Tuesday, 20 December 2005 - 12:06 PM

'Tis the season of yuletide amnesia

Just think of it!, thinks srah, Egg nog! It sounds so delicious and seasonal! Then she goes out and buys for her candy dish at work a holiday variety pack of tasty chocolates in egg nog, cinnamon almond and peppermint flavors. Which shall I sample first? ponders srah the simpleton. She takes a dainty nibble of an egg nog flavored chocolate and suddenly has no desire to eat anything ever again, for her taste buds have been tainted by the horror that is The Nog. Christmas comes but once a year, and fortunately, so does egg nog. Unfortunately, I never...

srah - Monday, 12 December 2005 - 5:02 PM
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'Oh, that's nice. Is he Cuban?'

I was looking up Everfresh Juice online, because it is Teh Nast, and noticed a little animated logo that proclaimed the following: We care more than others think is wise, We risk more than others think is safe, We dream more than others think is practical We expect more than others think is possible If I were a juice company - or in any food-related industry - I don't think I'd like to go around advertising that we're not as safe as others think we ought to be. I would half expect to swallow a jagged metal Krusty-O along with...

srah - Monday, 14 November 2005 - 7:43 PM

'As I bit into the nectarine, it had a crisp juiciness that was quite pleasurable...'

Dear nectarine, I don't reckon you're supposed to make a noise like an apple when I bite into you. You were delicious but¹ the texture was all wrong. Please try harder in the future. ––––– ¹ I wanted to write "delicious, but toooo filling." As in a breakfast burrito. YOU know what I'm talking about, don't you? OH YEAH. Crap, I'm nuts....

srah - Monday, 24 October 2005 - 10:29 PM

In which I do not use subliminal messages

make me some cheesecake brownies! You know what I would really like right now? Cheesecake brownies. you know you want to!...

srah - Saturday, 24 September 2005 - 1:56 AM
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Make me a dang quesadilla!

I had a light lunch and now I'm hungry and I want some cheese. But I'm at work and there's no cheese here. *cries* What's your favorite kind of cheese? Tell me all about cheese and perhaps that will ease my craving. :'(...

srah - Friday, 12 August 2005 - 3:52 PM
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Tastes like... chicken?

Apete, SarahM and I went to a chocolate tasting at Zingerman's earlier this week. I never got around to blogging anything about the balsamic vinegar or sea salt tastings we went to earlier this month, so I decided I had to make an effort to get this chocolate thing blogged! What this chocolate tasting did was confirm my worst suspicions: I am a chocolate philistine. After a lengthy explanation of the chocolate making processes and everywhere where the cheapo chocolates cut corners, we were given little cups with samples of different chocolates. We tasted them, then were asked to describe...

srah - Saturday, 30 July 2005 - 1:30 PM
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Rule #1: Sarah is always right. Rule #2: If Sarah is wrong, see rule #1.

Dear Internet, I would like your assistance in a little argument that apete and I are having: If you use one of these machines to make something consisting of pie filling between two slices of bread, is the resulting confection a sandwich or a pie? I will refrain from sharing which of the arguments is mine (and therefore correct) until you have discussed it amongst yourself. I'm sure that you will all come to the correct conclusion....

srah - Thursday, 14 July 2005 - 4:24 PM
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Reason #45934 Why I Should Be Locked In My House And Not Allowed Out

Snyder of Berlin Sea Salt and Malt Vinegar Potato Chips are the best salt and vinegar chips I've ever had. But I may just think that because I'm being disgusting and licking the salt and vinegar off before eating them. At work....

srah - Tuesday, 12 July 2005 - 4:28 PM


Punaise, que je suis nulle! Je viens de decouvrir que j'avais supprimé le fil RSS de Kim de mon agrégateur sans me rendre compte. Ça explique, un peu, pourquoi je n'ai pas eu de nouvelles de sa part depuis quelques semaines (je dépend des fils RSS!). Craints pas, cherie! Je t'ai rajouté et j'ai ajouté le fil de from rooster to donkey en plus. Alors, c'est assez difficile de bloguer tous les jours en anglais et c'est même plus difficile en langue étrangère. Mais aujourd'hui c'est Kim qui est mon sauveur (ma sauveuse?), parce qu'elle m'a transmis une mème en...

srah - Tuesday, 5 July 2005 - 5:00 PM
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You would think they'd be able to save themselves, what with the friggin' lasers on their heads...

Apete and I went to the Common Grill last night, filled up on appetizers and split the Chilean Sea Bass as our entrée. As the waiter set the plate on the table, he informed us that we were the lucky eaters of the last Chilean Sea Bass. That the Common Grill would be serving. EVAR. Apparently the sea bass have been put on the endangered species list and their suppliers are just selling off the stock that they have left. At first, we felt guilty about it - when the waiter stopped by to see how our food tasted, I...

srah - Thursday, 26 May 2005 - 7:08 PM
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'I get it! French class!'

I bet Little Debbie® allowed their product to be used in the movie so that whenever we saw Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, we would think of Oatmeal Creme Pies. But whenever I see Oatmeal Creme Pies, I think of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Do you have any examples of your own of this backfiring product-placement?...

srah - Wednesday, 25 May 2005 - 3:07 PM
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Skim is fo' suckahs!

On the way to work today, I stopped to get an iced chai. I need some kind of beverage to keep me awake in the morning and iced chai is my new kick. "Whole milk or skim?" the counterperson asked me. I replied that I wanted whole milk and both of the people working there cheered. Apparently skim is the popular choice, so they get really excited when someone chooses the other. I said, "Life's too short to drink skim milk" and they agreed. We bantered some more over my newly-acquired punch card and now we are Best Friends. I...

srah - Monday, 16 May 2005 - 10:13 AM
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I am a geeeeeeeenius!

I went to Cold Stone Creamery last night, home of the most annoying ice cream makers in the world. You know you are singing too often and too loudly when customers' orders can't be heard over your noise. Sigh. Anyway, Cold Stone is a place where you make your own ice cream. They have ice cream bases and things to mix in, then they mix it for you and give it to you. I have to say, it's not that different from something like a Dairy Queen Blizzard, except it's served in a dish instead of a cup and you...

srah - Monday, 16 May 2005 - 8:41 AM

Hop on pop!

Several weeks ago, Apete told me that he was addicted to Coke and wanted to quit. So I became his personal watchdog and yelled at him whenever I saw him with some. Believe it or not, yelling is not an effective motivational tool. I think I learned this in my psychology class. Or perhaps that was electric shock. No wait, electric shocks are always good. He was not very committed to the whole quitting thing until I made it into a personal challenge - like Let's see how long you can go without Coke. I decided that I would be...

srah - Thursday, 28 April 2005 - 2:28 PM
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Mmmmm, ratburger

The McDonalds nearest to my house was torn down recently and a suspiciously McDonalds-shaped building is going up on that same lot, though it looks like it's turned at a 90° angle in order to trick us. I like to think that it was so full of disease and pestilence that the health inspector recommended they just start over....

srah - Thursday, 14 April 2005 - 1:14 PM

For the record

In addition to my Dharma Bums (the name of this drink probably bothers me most because I know someone named Dharma and don't really want to think about her bum), I bought myself a blueberry scone. Because, remember, the whole point was to Put Food In Me, not to Put Beverage In Me. Here is a rule of thumb: real blueberries are good. Fakety fake-ass blueberries of fakery are not good. What are these things? They ain't blueberries, that's for sure. Real blueberries have a nice tartness to them and a crisp juiciness about them that is very pleasurable*. These...

srah - Monday, 4 April 2005 - 11:06 AM

Attention: There is no point to this post

Right. Haven't blogged in a while, so I guess I'd best do so before I lose the touch. I'm in a foul, cranky mood today, which I thought might be improved by Putting Food In Me*. I had some extra time, so I went to Amer's on the way to work. While waiting in line, I actually looked at the menu instead of mindlessly ordering a chai as I usually do. They had something called Dharma Bums, which I'm almost positive also exists at the Amer's on Church Street, but with a different name. It's half hot milk, half Earl...

srah - Monday, 4 April 2005 - 9:34 AM
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As long as I'm trapped at Bubble Island for hours on end...

Lychee fusion tea With lychee jellies. It tastes like perfumed fruit juice. Lychee fusion tea has lychee jellies that look like diseased maggots. Lychee fusion tea has lychee jellies that feel like diseased maggots. And yet, overall I find lychee tea to be quite enjoyable....

srah - Thursday, 24 March 2005 - 8:04 PM
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Poetry corner

Ode to my dinner tonight Oh muttar paneer You are made with peas and cheese I have leftovers. Ode to a conversation we had over dinner about Mongolian delicacies I like peas and cheese. I like the two together. I like both of them. I like butter, tea. I like them separate, but Not butter in tea! Ode to yuckiness in a bottle I've just taken some Robitussin to fight off A cold I'm getting. It tastes rather crap. Medicine men, please work hard To make it tasty. It has maken me Jittery - and nauseous too Not really sleepy....

srah - Monday, 21 March 2005 - 3:01 AM
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On thought and language... I guess

In French, herbal tea is a tisane, whereas real tea is thé. I like that they have two different words for it, because herbal tea is for suckahs and when you're really desperate. It seems like by having two words, there would be less confusion and you could more easily express the idea that you want REAL TEA as opposed to herbal. Unfortunately, in my experience it doesn't make things any easier because a tisane is usually still considered a kind of thé. I don't know what my point was... probably something about Sapir/Whorf and cultural understanding across languages. But...

srah - Monday, 14 March 2005 - 5:03 PM
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Nutrition galore!

I've just realized that I've eaten chicken fried rice for one meal or another for five out of the past six days. I'm so ashamed of myself!...

srah - Friday, 28 January 2005 - 8:50 PM

Reunited and it tastes so good

The best thing about being sick is that once you're over it, you have a new appreciation for food. You know what's good? Cookies. And olives. And tortilla chips. And cheese. And Dove chocolate hearts. And bacon. And... well, food is good. How I've missed thee, chéri....

srah - Saturday, 8 January 2005 - 5:06 PM

My analysis

Pepsi Holiday Spice: tooooooootally weird. Weirder with every sip. Strange and bizarre. Seriously very weird. As is this. Update halfway through the can: Forget "weird"... this stuff is nast!...

srah - Sunday, 5 December 2004 - 9:04 PM

Never the twain shall meet! If I can help it!

Guess what? I have insane compulsions. I bet you were in no way aware of this. I, myself, am sometimes unaware of my own compulsions until they are pointed out to me. Apparently it is strange to threaten someone with bodily harm when they try to add the milk to your tea before removing the teabag, without being able to explain exactly what it is that you find so distasteful about the two touching. It's just wrong! It just is! Who would do such a thing? GAH!...

srah - Tuesday, 19 October 2004 - 9:57 PM
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Compendium Chicagodus

Unchronological, disorganized thoughts from my weekend in Chicago with Jez: My hair and I can never live together in Chicago. If I were to be employed in Chicago, we would have to be parted. (My hair is normally parted, but in this case, it would have to be parted from me.) The Windy City is, indeed, quite windy. My poor head. We went to The Melting Pot for fondue on Sunday night. Mummmmmnummmyummmy. Bread, apples and vegetables in cheese. Seafood and vegetables boiled in oil. Evurrrrrrthing dipped in chocolate. 'Twere wonderful. You know what's funny? Museum space exhibits that list...

srah - Monday, 18 October 2004 - 10:13 PM
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Inspired by a conversation overheard on the bus

I like a good caramel apple, me.* That's not entirely true. The idea of the caramel apple is a delicious one. The sweetness of the caramel combines with tartness of the Granny Smith (the best variety of all for caramel appling) for a delightful mixture of flavours. Unfortunately, it is impossible to eat a caramel apple without looking ridiculous eating off a stick and without getting your face and hands all sticky. And as you may know, avoiding messiness is one of my top priorities in life**. It's a conundrum for me, so I often only catch myself halfway through...

srah - Wednesday, 6 October 2004 - 10:02 AM

People Are Stupid, #412 in a series

I received a sample of Ice Breakers Liquid Ice™ Instant Liquid Mints, stuck to the cardboard protectory-thing on my chai tea today. On the back of the package is written: Safety Warning: Avoid contact with eyes. Right. I hate it when that happens. Update: People Are Stupid, #413: Especially me. These mints are awful!!!1...

srah - Monday, 30 August 2004 - 12:31 PM

'Or as the Indians call it, 'maize'. In conclusion, Libya is a land of contrast.'

Dear France, Popcorn is meant to be salty. Sometimes it is also meant to be buttery and delicious. We are the continent that spawned popcorn, so we should know. Stop your crack-smoking, popcorn-sweetening ways! You are wrong and we are right; get used to it! Sincerely, SRAH who got her hopes up when she found out there was, for some reason, a brand-new popcorn vending machine in the abbey...

srah - Friday, 9 July 2004 - 5:27 AM
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My compliments to myself!

Dear World, I would have it known that today, June 29, 2004, I did make The Greatest French Bread Pizza Known To Man. Except we're in France, so it's just a Bread Pizza. Whatever. Of course, when you finally get around to eating dinner at something like 10pm, anything is good... but I highly suspect this may have actually been tasty. But why would anyone be eating dinner at 10pm? you ask. You nosy bugger. As a matter of fact, a new look for the blog is underway......

srah - Tuesday, 29 June 2004 - 6:38 PM

Mrs Igor

The woman in front of me at the supermarket today was buying brains. Braaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaains! Echhhhhh....

srah - Monday, 28 June 2004 - 4:01 PM

My salsa makes all the pretty girls want to dance and run around fanning their mouths

When I went to the grocery store last week, I bought some tortilla chips and salsa, knowing that at some point, I would be homesick and need some good old-fashioned American food. As I stooped by the exotic foods shelves, I saw one kind of dipping salsa. I couldn't see a label indicating whether it was Mild, Medium or Hot, but I knew that this is France and they are afraid of spicy things here, so if they only had one salsa style, it would probably be fine. So I tossed it in the cart along with the triangular chips,...

srah - Monday, 14 June 2004 - 12:11 PM


On the way to work this morning, I picked myself up some sushi for lunch. The sushi place where I went serves eleven-piece sushi boxes. Why eleven? Not ten, not quite a dozen. Is eleven a lucky number in Japan? It's made even weirder by the fact that most of their sushi boxes are labeled as 1/2 and 1/2... or, you know, 5 avocado and 6 crab. In a restaurant, I always feel compelled to eat with chopsticks and make a mess of myself. Luckily no one is in my little desk-pool at work today, so I am able to...

srah - Thursday, 6 May 2004 - 12:59 PM

I'm a little tea-snot

I have always been a snob and am no less snobby when it comes to tea. As a tea-drinker, I like to think that I have something over all of the coffee-drinkers out there. I like to imagine that I am in some way more sophisticated than the java-guzzling proles*. I imagine that one day, scientists will find out that - like cigarettes - coffee is really bad for you, but all of the evidence has been hidden for years. Meanwhile, millions of people will be addicted to caffeine and I, who have only tasted coffee once or twice and...

srah - Friday, 9 April 2004 - 5:01 PM
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Wish they all could be California rolls

I love California rolls, but I don't like eating them in restaurants, with chopsticks. I either have to stuff the whole thing in my mouth and choke on it, or I have to try to take bites from it and the whole thing falls apart and falls into my lap. I much prefer eating them at home, where I can eat with my fingers. The whole thing still falls into my lap, but at least no one can see me picking bits of rice and avocado out of my lap....

srah - Sunday, 14 March 2004 - 12:34 PM

Glutton for... well, food actually

We went out last night to the Gandy Dancer to celebrate my dad's birthday. I had a mozzarella-tomato salad, Coquilles St-Jacques and coconut sorbet. I don't really have anything interesting to say on that subject, except yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum....

srah - Tuesday, 9 March 2004 - 10:00 PM

'So, Cari... buy any pants today?' [Day 3 of the DC trip]

We went out for dinner last night in Adams Morgan (an area of DC with a lot of restaurants and bars). Half of the group went to an Ethiopian restaurant and the other 11 of us had Indian. We didn't have reservations, but they were still able to seat us all together at one table. Amanda and I ordered a samosa (sort of a fried pie/dumpling thing with potato, peas and spices inside) each as appetizers, but they ended up being two each. I lurrrrve samosas and these were filling enough that I couldn't eat much of my entrée, much...

srah - Monday, 23 February 2004 - 11:00 PM
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Any Washingtonians out there?

I spent Fat Tuesday 2000 in Louisiana. 2001 was in Grenoble. 2003 was in Vichy. I didn't expect them in France, but I was disappointed to find that paczki seem to be a Michigan tradition that has not spread around the US. This year, I will be in Washington, DC. Does anyone know where one can find paczki in Washington?! Do I need to go and scratch at the gates of the Polish embassy? My parents are willing to buy and freeze one for me to eat when I get back, but it's not the same. I really don't want...

srah - Tuesday, 17 February 2004 - 10:37 AM

I'm not an addict (maybe that's a lie)

Today was Crazy Bubble Tea Day for some reason. I was mopey in the afternoon and frustrated at my blog-block, so I dragged Mr B------ down to Bubble Island for a treat to get us through our discussion section. Standing in the hall and waiting to enter the classroom, we raised our glasses to a fellow bubble-tea drinker, who came over to observe our strange hot beverages in their styrofoam cups. Someone else remarked that ours were the largest straws they had ever seen, and we had to explain that the wide straws were for sucking up the bubbles of...

srah - Wednesday, 28 January 2004 - 6:58 PM
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Variety is the spice of life... and mine is very bland

Never let it be said that I don't like to try new things. For the record, cold almond milk tea with black bubbles is nowhere near as good as hot almond milk tea with black bubbles....

srah - Monday, 26 January 2004 - 6:46 PM

Yet another food-ku

I have spent so much time shopping, wrapping and cleaning that I haven't had more than a cup of soup in over 24 hours. I was at the point where I was so hungry it made me nauseous to think of food. I am now easing myself in with tea and am looking forward to a cheese sandwich. O My Cheese Sandwich! With Ossau and a bagel come to my rescue!...

srah - Wednesday, 24 December 2003 - 1:04 PM
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Savouring flavourless moulded sweets

While generally I am all about clutching any British traditions to my bosom, I am gnawing at a sugar mouse and wondering who on earth came up with this idea. I like the idea of eating a mouse made out of sugar... I just wish it had a flavour. Other than... sugar....

srah - Saturday, 20 December 2003 - 4:58 PM

Mind you don't get your terry cloth sticky!

Monkey cooks a bit more with his feet than I care to, but he has a lot of good ideas and has fun while he's doing it. [via The Pie in Paris]...

srah - Friday, 19 December 2003 - 6:41 PM

Mmmm, saaaaalty.

Irony: eating Lipton Cup-a-Soup from an American Heart Association mug....

srah - Saturday, 6 December 2003 - 11:29 AM

Am I not... INVISIBLE?!

(Sometimes I think that I subconsciously make things happen in my life so that I can use the titles I want to use) I went to buy some lentil soup at Rendez-Vous Café today, because I am dangerously addicted to it. I could, quite possibly, survive for the rest of my life on lentil soup, tea and Junior Mints. And wouldn't that be healthy? I went in with the intention of buying lentil soup, then realized I was running late, so I would have to settle for potato pie. But they were out of potato pie, so I had to...

srah - Tuesday, 2 December 2003 - 12:27 AM
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'Bubble Tea is not a fad. It's a trend.'

Bubble Tea is the greatest thing ever. Her Cariness introduced me to it at a trip to the local bubble tea joint during one of our ever-productive User Interface Design group meetings and it fascinated me. It's sweet, milky tea with squishy tapioca "bubbles" at the bottom, which you suck up while you drink the tea. While doing my Network Computing homework in the computer lab today, I had a terrible craving for bubble tea. I decided I would have some when I finished my homework and the desire for the squishy sweetness almost drove me to stay on task....

srah - Sunday, 30 November 2003 - 5:02 PM
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Me so soupy

David and I went to Sushi.Come for lunch today. I had never been there before and had actually only been to a Japanese restaurant once in my life. I had California rolls, which were garnished with fish eggs. When is it caviar and when is it just fish eggs? I don't care. I love the little buggers. I imagine that most people just swallow them down, but I love to bite each little one and feel the tiny crunches between my teeth. I truly am the Queen of the Chewers, which explains why I only ate about four of my...

srah - Wednesday, 26 November 2003 - 2:36 PM

Early edition

Had a 501 editing meeting this morning at 9 that has not finished yet. And probably won't finish for several hours. I am surviving on a constant stream of Starbursts and chocolate mint Kisses. I have the mother of all sugar highs and I am going to crash and burn when I run out. I think my veins hurt....

srah - Sunday, 23 November 2003 - 4:51 PM

Haiku explanation for stains

Lunchtime incident: Lentil soup should stay in bowl Not on Sarah's shirt....

srah - Thursday, 20 November 2003 - 1:05 PM
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You'll never guess what's being squished at the bottom of my bookbag

Quotes running through my head: I'm so hungry, I could eat brownies! Smashed brownies need the most love. These berries taste like brownies! My cat's breath smells like brownies. Mrs Hoover, my brownie crawled into my mouth and I ate it. Brownies. Glaaaaaaaaaaagh... It's bringing brownies! Break its legs! Is it lunchtime yet?...

srah - Wednesday, 19 November 2003 - 12:39 PM
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The camels are for the stupid tourists

I went out to dinner in Dearborn tonight. One of Robin's engineering buddies is from Lebanon and wanted to show off his country to some of his friends. And their friends. And their friends. So we were a group of about 40 in all. We had a banquet room reserved for us, we paid a set amount, and the food appeared and appeared and appeared and appeared. We had hummous, Lebanese bread (we weren't allowed to call it pita, although I don't know why), salads, tabouleh, falafel, shish kebab, shwarma, freedom fries*, and a million other things I didn't know...

srah - Saturday, 15 November 2003 - 12:58 AM

Damn hippies and their damn hippie food!

Mr B-------, the Urstodian and I went to Earthen Jar for lunch today. It's a vegetarian buffet-style restaurant, so I got to try a little bit of everything. Good vegetarian food is so yummy and flavorful and creative. It makes me want to be a vegetarian. Only, you know, the kind who rips into a steak every now and then....

srah - Thursday, 13 November 2003 - 1:41 PM

Speaking of nibbling...

My lovely assistant, Mr Dave, brought Twizzlers Bites to class today. I don't even like the damned things, but it's a three-hour class and I need chemical assistance to stay awake, so I had one. And it wasn't any good at all. So I had another one. And that one wasn't any good either. But I kind of had the taste of the last one lingering in my mouth, so I figured I would have another. And another. And another. And another. At one point, I decided to carefully nibble away at each damned tiny candy in order to make...

srah - Wednesday, 5 November 2003 - 7:33 PM
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srah likes to write to inanimate objects

Dear candy corn, You are gross. Please stop existing....

srah - Wednesday, 5 November 2003 - 12:34 PM

Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie

If you don't already think me mousy, you should see me eat an almond. It occurred to me while eating a bag of Almond M&Ms on the bus today that it's really quite a disgusting sight to see. This is one of those times where I wonder who lets me out in public. Generally, when I eat a candy with whole almonds in it, I eat away the candy, then suck on the almond for a while. Eventually, the skin softens up and I can eat that separately. Then I can finally break up the almond and eat that. The...

srah - Tuesday, 4 November 2003 - 6:19 PM
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Life and a bowl of cherries

Someone brought a bowl of chocolate-covered dried cherries to work today and left them in the kitchen for the staff. I tried one and despite being covered in dark chocolate, it was quite tasty*. So I had another. All in all, I had at least five in the time it took me to make a cup of tea. So I have self-imposed a ban on kitchen visits for the remainder of the post-season play day. Yeah, like that'll work. In other work-kitchen-related news, who is stealing my tea? And why are they nicking the Earl Grey with my initials on...

srah - Monday, 20 October 2003 - 9:45 AM
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Note to self, who always forgets these things

I am always retrying and rebuying things because I forget I hate them. So I will try to remind myself by recording it here: Bigelow Plantation Mint? Booooooo. Not nearly minty enough. One might even say anti-distinctly minty....

srah - Wednesday, 15 October 2003 - 10:29 AM

Geroosterde kaassandwich

It is The Fall Study Break, so I am at home alone and forced to make my own lunch. I have made grilled cheese sandwiches. Some people make their grilled cheese with cheddar. I, on the other hand, have to make everything into a big exotic production, so I have made one with cantal and another with three-month gouda and they taste... well, they both taste exactly the same as with cheddar. I suspect that all grilled cheese sandwiches taste like bread fried in butter. Ho hum....

srah - Tuesday, 14 October 2003 - 12:58 PM
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Am confused; need comfort food

Why isn't there a fast-food restaurant in the Union that sells tuna salad sandwiches? I waaaaaaaant one....

srah - Monday, 13 October 2003 - 12:51 PM

Badger badger badger badger MUSHROOM

Why don't my friends like mushrooms? Everyone seems to hate them these days, whereas in the past things were pretty well divided between the violently anti-mushroom and violently pro-mushroom camps. I don't see how you couldn't like them. They don't have much flavor. It must be the texture - I can see how the canned ones are a bit squishy. Is that the problem? They're wet and raw and wriggly... like fisssssssshessssss. As my grandma says any time we disagree with her about anything, "You just don't know what's good."...

srah - Monday, 13 October 2003 - 10:14 AM

Letter to a favorite vegetable

Dear onions, Thank you for existing. Please continue to do so. srah...

srah - Friday, 10 October 2003 - 11:58 PM

Today's tea-total: one cup (and seven imaginary ones)

I am probably dangerously addicted to tea. I laughed at all of the coffee-addicts and their caffeine cravings, but I think I may be having a similar problem. I was in a hurry yesterday morning and didn't have time to make myself tea before I left home. I felt dead when I got to work, so I went to the kitchen and made myself a cup of tea. As I drank it, I could feel my senses waking up, much like the stupid guy I heard on NPR the other day chronicling his pre- and post-coffee morning. There really isn't...

srah - Thursday, 2 October 2003 - 10:53 AM

A house made of cheese? I'd move in tomorrow!

Sheri has requested a story about cheese. And I am a people-pleasing kind of people. All of my life, I've been rather obsessed with cheese. Not necessarily with eating it or being a connoisseur - because I only really developed a taste for exotic cheeses in the last year - but mostly with the word and the concept of "cheese". In middle school, "cheesy" (and its middle-school-French translation, fromagey) was one of our favorite words. We used it in the normal connotation, of something that was kitschy or ridiculous, but I seem to remember also going through a period where...

srah - Friday, 26 September 2003 - 8:16 PM
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Success measured in deaths, or lack thereof

Last night I tried out my cooking skills on my parents. This is something I've only done two or three times since I got back from France, because it requires all kinds of advance planning and warning so that I can be sure to have the right supplies on hand. It was also only the second time I've ever cooked chicken, which was terrifying for me. Vegetables and legumes are pretty nice, but I've avoided meat because it has the scary potential to be undercooked or have something else wrong with it and kill everyone at the table. Nobody's dead...

srah - Friday, 26 September 2003 - 6:25 AM

Canned sauerkraut makes an excellent birthday present

I could really go for a glass of Riesling with my lunch (peanut butter sandwich, or whatever it is). But we are in the United States and I weigh about 25 pounds, so I suppose I would be regarded as some kind of alkieholic. What would go with my imaginary Riesling? Now I'm craving choucroute. France, why have you forsaken me? There's still a half an hour until lunch. Must stop thinking about food......

srah - Thursday, 21 August 2003 - 11:27 AM

Would you like some Fourme d'Ambert with that St-Pourçain?

Before I left for Grenoble, I would tell people I was going to live in France for a year, and they would inform me that I was going to return full of valuable knowledge about wine and cheese. I did eat some cheese and drink some wine during the year, but not huge amounts of either. I never knew what I was eating or drinking because it was whatever was in the bottle or the cheese box at my host family's house, and it didn't make much difference to me. I found a cheese or two that I liked and...

srah - Friday, 8 August 2003 - 10:17 AM
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Of all the things to be Queen of...

I think my menu choices in American restaurants are solely based on which menu item will taste the best re-heated. I never ever finish anything in restaurants. I am the Doggy Bag Queen. They give you way too much food, and we are trained to clean our plates and think of all the starving children in Ohio or wherever the hell children are starving today. No wonder Americans are so fat. The thing I hate is that you can order a salad and it's this enormous monstrosity. There are no small portions of anything. I don't want just a salad....

srah - Wednesday, 18 June 2003 - 11:17 AM
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My life, or lack thereof

Uh-oh Oreos are the devil. They have shaken the base of my existence. Or something. My mom bought a pack and my first thought was that they tasted just like regular Oreos. My second thought was that they tasted just like E.L. Fudge. Now I'm all confused. Which do they taste like? Do all three taste the same? Why, then, do I like regular Oreos, but not E.L. Fudge? Is it because I'm a racist and don't like white cookies? Do I like these Uh-Oh Oreos or not? My life is so sad....

srah - Tuesday, 3 June 2003 - 9:56 AM

Feed a cold, feed allergies

It could be a cold. It is a possibility. But I think my eyes are a bit too itchy for a cold. Anyway, at this point, I would kill for a Cantal-and-butter baguette sandwich. But why must it come to that? Feed me, and save humanity....

srah - Tuesday, 27 May 2003 - 10:49 AM
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The Friday Five

1. What brand of toothpaste do you use? Right now I am finishing off a tube of Aquafresh bought in France because it was the only kind I could find that stood up. Normally in the US I buy Colgate because I like their packaging better than Crest's. They're all the same, anyway. 2. What brand of toilet paper do you prefer? Whatever my mommy has bought. In France, I bought The Pink Kind That Is On Sale brand toilet paper. I was very loyal to this brand. 3. What brand(s) of shoes do you wear? I don't have any...

srah - Friday, 23 May 2003 - 9:09 AM
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Be glad you only know me online

Robin and I went out for bagels for lunch today. I wanted to try the garlic-dill cream cheese, so I asked for it on an onion bagel. Unfortunately, they were out of onion bagels, but the bagel lady suggested a garlic bagel. So I had garlic-dill cream cheese on a garlic bagel. Garlic-dill cream cheese on a garlic bagel. I have been mocked and avoided all day, but it really is quite atrocious. It is so noxious that I can smell my own breath. It isn't just my breath, though. I seem to be exuding garlic odor from my pores...

srah - Tuesday, 13 May 2003 - 12:10 AM

Ann Arbor, cultural mecca

"You can't find herbes de Provence in the US," said an unidentified person named Renata who shall not be named, "and if you do, they're super-expensive." I just want to make the observation that not only did I find reasonably-priced herbes de Provence in every grocery store I went to today, but I have also managed to locate Salers, Fourme d'ambert, Bleu d'Auvergne, St-Nectaire, and Tomme. Strangely enough, no Cantal so far, but Salers is close enough for now. Boo-yeah. Thank you, Ann Arbor, for being a weirdy-beardy hippie-town full of people who eat things like imported cheeses and organic...

srah - Sunday, 11 May 2003 - 2:06 AM
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I now pronounce you Belgium

Christianna packed me a little snack for the train, which included both a bar of chocolate and a chocolate-covered waffle. I am so going to marry this country....

srah - Tuesday, 29 April 2003 - 4:25 AM
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"I can't believe I ate the whole gopher"

In Belgium, you can buy waffles from a vending machine. Is this a great country or what? I am also quite content to be in a country where I can say nonante for 90 instead of quatre-vingts-dix. I don't know where this desire to say nonante comes from, as I've never spent any significant time in Belgium or Switzerland, but it makes so much more sense than the ridiculous compound "four twenties and ten" numbers the French use....

srah - Sunday, 27 April 2003 - 3:04 PM
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Renata's money can buy knives

Renata, Jennifer and I made a trip to Thiers this afternoon, to revisit the site of one of our first voyages ensemble, and so that Renata could buy some knives. We had a walk by the river and up and down the hills of the town, enjoying the delapidated romance of the lovely city. We returned to the same pâtisserie we'd loitered in the last time and I had a thiernoise, the local delicacy: layers of meringue and praline cream covered in a chocolate shell. Jehosephat, it was tasty. We returned to Vichy and - much to the delight of...

srah - Wednesday, 16 April 2003 - 5:57 PM
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Undisputable fact o' the day

American sauerkraut and French choucroute are like chalk and cheese. That is to say, one is inedible and the other is delicious and French. Pass the Riesling, please....

srah - Saturday, 12 April 2003 - 7:35 AM
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Today's longing

I miss popcorn and toast....

srah - Saturday, 12 April 2003 - 4:15 AM
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Hoy día en la clase de español hablamos de McDonald's. Mis estudiantes, que son estudiantes de hoteleria, y que deben tener standards, van al McDonald's dos veces por semana. Might as well use my Spanish, or I'm going to keep forgetting it. When Sonia asked the students who enjoyed going to McDonald's, the hand of the petite ricaine was one of the few that wasn't raised. I was afraid during the whole class period that I was going to be asked for the American opinion on McDonald's. In Spanish. I wouldn't say that I don't like fast food - because...

srah - Friday, 4 April 2003 - 9:30 AM
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Another filling meal at the resto gastro of my school. This time, I was showing off the restaurant and my 1AHOTs to the other assistants. On the menu: Talmouse forestière Cuisse de volaille poêlée aux artichauts Pommes noisettes Assortiment de fromages Crème brûlée et pain d'épices au miel I am going to burst....

srah - Wednesday, 26 March 2003 - 9:18 AM
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Why don't we have kebab stands in the US? Maybe we do, but certainly not in Ann Arbor. I think we need some, but just for the sake of having kebab stands, because I'm not overwhelmingly fond of eating kebabs....

srah - Monday, 24 March 2003 - 3:00 PM

I'll settle for Whole Nut

Every time I go to England, I am stunned and delighted by the huge variety of candy bars they have. There is a veritable cornucopia of chocolate confections, most of which are impossible to find in the US or in France. Unfortunately, none of them are particularly spectacular. I seem to buy a Toffee Crisp every time I hike it over to the Isles, forgetting every time that I don't particularly like them. The idea of a Toffee Crisp is so appealing that I forget the reality. You have things like Aero, a straight chocolate bar with air bubbles in...

srah - Sunday, 16 March 2003 - 12:28 PM

Sarah, with an English R

I was a bit concerned about taking The Fam to the restaurant gastronomique yesterday because it is exam period and the students would be graded on their service. I didn't want to make it more difficult or stressful for them, so I considered cancelling our reservation, but their service teacher, M. Merlino, wanted butts in seats, so we came. Our server was E. I don't know why I feel like I need to protect his anonymity when I never do with any of my other servers in the resto gastro, but voilà. He handed us the menu and I started...

srah - Friday, 21 February 2003 - 9:05 AM
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I have not yet decided who is the third member of this Axis of Evil

I have written before about the evil deceit of some citrus fruits, and I come before you today to warn you of another such menace: the clemenvilla. Like the tangerine before it, the clemenvilla tries to pass itself off as a clementine and it is only the Pure of Heart and Clementine-Obsessed who can unmask this fiend! For the clemenvilla, while not as dastardly as the dreaded tangerine with its thick skin, sour taste, and seeds, has greater weapons of disguise than its comrade in crime. It is only slightly larger than the average clementine and to my eyes, the...

srah - Monday, 27 January 2003 - 3:20 PM

Wasting away to nothing

Would you hate me if I told you that one of my big problems at the moment seems to be that I've lost weight? I don't remember this happening in Grenoble, but these days my pants seem to hang a bit lower, which means I have to cuff them, then I keep stepping on the cuffs and I have to yank them up so as not to expose my underpants. Whereas other people try diet after diet, I have never had any desire to lose weight, and here I am with what butt I had rapidly disappearing. Thus I bring...

srah - Monday, 27 January 2003 - 6:39 AM
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Repas de Noël

We had our Christmas lunch in the cafeteria today. I had sanglier, wild boar. I felt very much like Asterix and Obelix, minus the wingèd helmet....

srah - Thursday, 19 December 2002 - 7:57 AM
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The Partridge Family en Auvergne

I spent the weekend travelling in the Cantal department of southern Auvergne with a group consisting of three Americans, two Colombians, and Stefan, the partridge in our pear tree. We picked up Nelson, a Colombian friend of Andrés' and Stefan's and a non-stop dragueur, in Clermont, and continued south in Stefan's famous Orange Van, a VW camper with a moose on the side. We stopped for lunch at Super Lioran, a cross-country/downhill ski station with a great view. We hopped up and down in the cold while Stefan worked his magic, converting the Orange Van into a kitchen/dining room. He...

srah - Sunday, 15 December 2002 - 5:47 PM
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Moi vendre céréales un jour

I introduced myself to my classes at the beginning of the year and shared some information about Michigan. Of the people and things from Michigan, the most impressive - with more murmurs of approval than Madonna, Eminem, or the Ford Motor Company - was Kellogg's. I have decided I am going to be the French liaison for Kellogg's, with one goal in mind: to be able to get my hands on Extra in the US. We don't have it yet, do we? It would have to be marketed as a snack rather than as a cereal, but that's how I...

srah - Friday, 13 December 2002 - 4:26 PM
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Waiter, how do you say assortiment de fromages in English?

I went to lunch at the resto gastronomique today with Christine, the prof d'allemand who is also new this year. We both have the THOTs in class (I have all of them, she only has the three who have chosen German) and wanted to see them in action. We didn't know each other well previously, but we had a good time talking about the world and the school. We also had a good time bothering Damien, our waiter and student, by asking him questions in English and German and asking him if he knew the German and English translations for...

srah - Thursday, 5 December 2002 - 10:31 AM
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Je ne sais pas si vous l'avez pigé, mais je collectionne les citations

I bought a bag of papillotes, a French Christmas candy. They are lovely chocolates in fancy wrappers that are supposed to resemble papillons but look rather like British Christmas crackers. The chocolate is yummy and delicious, but my favorite part is that each papillote has a quote wrapped around the chocolate. I have found one that I think should become my motto or something like it, because it is exactly what I strive for in my blog and everywhere else: "Le talent consiste à dire les mêmes bêtises que les autres, mais plus élégamment..." - Philippe Bouvard...

srah - Monday, 2 December 2002 - 4:54 AM
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Sorry, I was not raised on cheese!

Today I had lunch with Agnès, Marie-Claude (a math teacher at Valéry Larbaud and friend of Agnès') and Claudine, a friend of theirs who teaches at Presles. This would not have been blog-worthy, except that we ate at the "resto gastro", the fancy restaurant in the school where Valéry Larbaud's hôtellerie sections get to practice their art. Today it was the Première Adaps' turn to serve, so I was surrounded by the class I met last Thursday, looking serious and professional. How scary. It was an incredibly enormous meal of: gnocchi à la Parisienne truite meunière pommes à l'anglaise et...

srah - Wednesday, 13 November 2002 - 2:09 PM
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Spice girl

As I try out new things in an attempt to learn how to cook, I am amassing a collection of spices. As if you cared, I will tell you that I am the proud owner of ail, cumin, curry, origan, paprika doux, poivre noir (which comes in a container with a grinder attached to it - so it's nice and freshly milled), and sel. More shall be amassed, I am sure, when there is a need for them, and once I figure out what things like cerfeuil are in English. I feel so grown-up, owning spices. How sad....

srah - Saturday, 2 November 2002 - 2:17 PM
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Look out, Martha Stewart

In all my whinging about how I don't know how to cook (I really don't - I had to call my mom for help with hard-boiled and scrambled eggs), I forgot that there is one thing I know how to do, thanks to Baldwin: stir-fry. So I went out and bought veggies and sauces and spices, and have come to one certain conclusion: I am - to paraphrase Ana Gasteyer as Celine Dion - the best cook... in the whole world! No, seriously, I am very happy to have put in all of the chopping and frying effort and to...

srah - Friday, 1 November 2002 - 4:24 AM
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Restauration rapide

Once again, we have managed to commit a deportation-worthy offense: that of squatting in a restaurant. We went to a chocolaterie/patisserie/restauration rapide for lunch in Thiers and sat there for an hour and a half, nursing various foods and drinks and chatting and giggling, while waiting for the rain to let up. Thankfully the lady was very nice about it, but we still felt guilty afterwards. And here's a message for one of my favorite pastries, in case it's out there reading: I love you, flan....

srah - Sunday, 27 October 2002 - 7:53 PM
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Getting clean

I have suffered for some time from an addiction to coke. My own parents first introduced me to it, and my boyfriend is the most frequent user I know. But now, away from all the pressure at home, I am working on kicking the habit. Oh, I'm sorry. Silly [shift] key. I meant to say Coke, of course. I've only had it twice since I've been here, and neither was out of any real desire for the nasty stuff, which is so bad for you between the sugar, caffeine, and carbonation. The day after I arrived in France, when Françoise's...

srah - Thursday, 24 October 2002 - 12:26 PM

Whodunnit? (12.10.02)

What idiot bought me Carambars when she went to Monoprix, starving and bored? I can't stop eating the damned things. Yum yum yum. I am out of control....

srah - Monday, 14 October 2002 - 10:23 AM

La débarquement (9.10.02)

Agnès and I went this afternoon to LeClerc, the big Meijers-style supermarket in Bellerive. She noticed that in the yogurt aisle, they were carrying cottage cheese (marketed under the very French name of "cottage cheese") and said that it was the first time she had seen it in France. Now we just need to get fromage blanc going in the other direction. Have I told you I love Petits Suisses?...

srah - Thursday, 10 October 2002 - 5:30 AM
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Help wanted (9.10.02)

Any recipes or cooking advice for a beginner in the world of the culinary arts can be sent here. Nothing fancy, please - I've only just mastered boiling pasta. The word "culinary" reminds me that in the staff list of the handbook that I got from Valéry Larbaud, the yet unnamed Hôtellerie et Technologie Culinaire teacher was referred to as Mr X HOT CUL. I giggled....

srah - Thursday, 10 October 2002 - 5:30 AM
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Grand discovery @ Monoprix (9.10.02)

As I walked past the cereal aisle, what should catch my eye, but a box of Chocapic! I am so excited....

srah - Thursday, 10 October 2002 - 5:13 AM

Okay, but I think I prefer the poultry kind (9.10.02)

Let's see if you can identify this yummy but not-very-appetizing-sounding food from the ingredients on the package: Pork fat, pork liver, water, decorative gelatin, onions, milk, seasoning, corn syrup, milk proteins, dextrose, sugar, lactose, blood proteins, preservatives, ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbate, sodium nitrate, natural aromas. To quote Mr Green, "Urp. Is that what we ate?"...

srah - Thursday, 10 October 2002 - 3:43 AM

La dernière gorgée de Petit Suisse (5.10.02)

The best part of a Petit Suisse is the last spoonful of the first one, hence the need for a second. That taste is so lovely, you think it can only get better. But no spoonful in the second is as good as the last spoonful of the first....

srah - Monday, 7 October 2002 - 4:37 AM

Mini-profile (5.10.02)

Name: Sarah Nationality: American Favorite fruit: clementines Likes: finding another clementine segment sitting on the table when I thought I'd just eaten the last one; eating the individual fruit capsules in each segment of clementine. Best thing of all: a bat carrying a block of wax. Never mind. I don't expect you to understand how my mind works....

srah - Monday, 7 October 2002 - 4:29 AM

Hot potato 1-2-3 (30.9.02)

At our soirée raclette this weekend, I learned that the French are taught that to speak English, you have to pretend you have a great big potato in your mouth. I can sort of see how this would work, but I don't find it particularly flattering or effective. The nice thing about this revelation, however, is that it creates a nice code word for anglophones. When we were walking around the grounds of La Grande Chartreuse yesterday, Françoise turned and whispered to me "Attention, il y a de grosses patates qui arrivent" when the people behind us passed us, speaking...

srah - Saturday, 5 October 2002 - 11:59 AM
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"Yum yum" said Max

Do you know Max? Never mind. Another delicious gastronomic specialty of the Auvergne is... beef tongue. I am in a "Tex-Mex/Français" restaurant where that is the plat du jour. I am having a steak-frites instead....

srah - Thursday, 26 September 2002 - 5:01 PM
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Welcome to historic Vichy! (23.9.02)

I arrived, set off on the wrong street, got lost. Pulled out my bulky guidebook (the one with I AM A TOURIST written all over it in bright orange flashing letters), got to the hotel, pulled on the door, and it was locked. Why was it locked at 6:30pm? I tried again. I looked around for a doorbell for a while and thus was just standing outside the hotel when the manager came up to the door and pushed it open. Do you see our little problem there? There's really nothing to say in these situations, in English or in...

srah - Thursday, 26 September 2002 - 1:05 PM
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Earlier this summer, the ol' high school gang and I would go out to the bar every night. After a few weeks of this, we were exhausted and destitute, so we had to come up with a new way to waste our time: baking. It's something we used to do all of the time when we were in high school. It was a return to the old days, when we were underage. The best thing about baking is that you spend a fun evening together, then you get something out of it at the end. Sophie and I baked chocolate...

srah - Friday, 20 September 2002 - 8:40 AM


Another lovely thing about Auvergne, Let's Go points out, is their regional delicacies, including tripoux, which is sheep's feet stuffed with sheep's stomach. Sounds almost as appetizing as haggis!...

srah - Tuesday, 17 September 2002 - 2:34 PM
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Tuna salad is a fascinating topic to blog about

I brought up tuna fish in my last post because I'm hungry and looking forward to lunch because my mom made me a tuna salad sandwich. Her tuna salad has tuna, mayonnaise, and raw peas and carrots. I love it. What do you like in your tuna salad?...

srah - Monday, 26 August 2002 - 9:46 AM

I could never be a vegetarian

Although I don't eat a lot of meat, every once in a while, I crave a big hunk of steak. I'm not very good at giving things up for moral reasons, either. I once tried to give up tuna fish because I heard that the tuna population was being depleted because they had to be older than other fish to reproduce and we were picking them out of the sea before they had a chance. That didn't last too long. I like tuna fish too much. My paternal grandmother was a vegetarian, as were her ancestors, going back to the...

srah - Monday, 26 August 2002 - 9:04 AM
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I don't like peanut butter

I don't like peanut butter. There, I've said it. Twice, in fact....

srah - Monday, 12 August 2002 - 3:20 PM

Dulce de leche doesn't show up on the product locator

My favorite flavor of M&M is almond. What's yours? milk chocolate | peanut | crispy | almond | peanut butter | dulce de leche...

srah - Wednesday, 7 August 2002 - 2:52 PM

The waitstaff would like to ask you to leave, ma'am

I was cursed yesterday with waitpersons who, for some reason I never identified, hated me. Or they hated everyone at our table. But mostly me. At lunch, we went to the restaurant whose name I can never remember. Either Round Robin or Red Robin. Anyway. We sat at the same table we sat at all three times I've been there. I'm going to start calling it my "usual table". Last time, it was I who hated the waitress, because she kept calling me "hon". Different waitress this time, but equally evil. We all placed our orders and the waitress left....

srah - Friday, 7 June 2002 - 9:12 AM
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Mmm, tastes like chicken

Email from the college president: "Becky and I hope you can join us as our special guest at a cook-out celebrating the 2002 Senior Class! The theme this year is "Derby Days" so gallop on over to Bellemont Manor on Wednesday, May 1 at 5:00 p.m. for the final lap before Commencement." Note on the cafeteria menu: "Wednesday, May 1, there will be a special party for seniors only hosted at Bellemont Manor by Peter and Becky Mitchell. It will start at 5pm and end at 7 pm and a very special and unique menu has been planned for your...

srah - Monday, 29 April 2002 - 2:47 PM
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ISU made chocolate chip cookies tonight and watched Tampopo. Apparently they used pre-packaged dough last semester, but I actually went out and bought the ingredients. Making them from anything other than raw ingredients is unheard of in my house. Do you make cookies from pre-packaged dough, a mix, or from scratch?...

srah - Wednesday, 24 April 2002 - 1:46 AM

The Friday Five

1. What is your favorite restaurant and why? Mmmmmm, food. Let's see. I like Mongolian BBQ... I like Zingerman's Delicatessen, if that counts as a restaurant. I like Chili's. Generally I'm not a big fan of chains. I like to eat at lots of restaurants, so maybe my favorite is Whichever One I've Never Been To. 2. What fast food restaurant are you partial to? Subway is yummy. Local Ann Arbor fast food restaurant Y & S (yogurt and sandwiches) is lovely. I am also rather partial to Arby's ("I'm so hungry I could eat at Arby's!"). I like Boston...

srah - Friday, 12 April 2002 - 12:31 AM
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Science in the hands of Psych and French majors

What do you do with Peeps that have gotten so stale that they are physically inedible? Yes, that's right, you torture them in every way possible. Twenty seconds in the microwave is good for a Peep. They expand to enormous sizes and become sort of edible again. And if you were curious, Peeps are flammable, just like normal marshmallows. I wish we had a digital camera - now we're going to boil poach one. It smells like toasted marshmallows in here. Mmmmmmmm....

srah - Sunday, 24 March 2002 - 3:25 PM

More fun with Peeps

An American Peep in Paris...

srah - Friday, 22 March 2002 - 1:48 PM

Baldwin recipe

Krista and I talked about sharing Baldwin recipes... Yesterday I had a sandwich based on something Roommate, Stephanie and I used to do freshman year. It was toast (although when the three of us did it, it was sub buns) with mayonnaise, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms and green pepper between the slices. Nothing fancy, but rather tasty. It's good with black olives too, but the likelihood of finding both mushrooms and olives in Baldwin is low....

srah - Tuesday, 19 March 2002 - 1:26 PM
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Peeps Advice

Chewy, crunchy Peeps are good, but there are limits. Our recommendation: leave the box open for about a week, but eat them quickly afterwards. Otherwise, you never know what will happen. They may begin dancing, attacking each other, going places they oughtn't, staging elaborate theatrical performances, boiling in oil, or offering sexual favors. Or they may just become inedible. [some links via Luxomatic]...

srah - Monday, 18 March 2002 - 9:21 PM

Pass the Frosted Sugar Bombs, please

When we went to visit my great-uncle in England this summer, he apologized for not having any cereal in the house. We all scratched our heads at that, but it turns out Americans have a reputation for eating cereal all the time. I've had this confirmed by someone else, too. I think this is from the rushed American way of life rather than any real love for cereal. Or maybe that's just me. We don't want to or feel we can't take the time for anything that involves more work. Personally, if given the choice between cereal and milk or...

srah - Thursday, 14 March 2002 - 10:01 PM

I hope that jar wasn't being saved for anything

Question: What is the greatest breakfast food known to man? Answer: Nutella. You would never spread chocolate frosting on toast and eat it for breakfast, would you? Maybe you would. But many wouldn't. And basically, that's what Nutella is. It's a chocolate hazelnut spread that is tasty at any time of the day. I usually put it on bread, but I'm sure there are plenty of other great ways to eat it. You may be able to find it in the peanut butter or International areas of your local supermarket. Plus, it's apparently Kobe Bryant's favorite spread. If that doesn't...

srah - Friday, 8 March 2002 - 11:09 AM
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You can dress up like a guinea pig in your Peruvian hat

Alex's host mom, Nancy, went on a trip to Peru and Ecuador. She brought me back a hat. Isn't that great? Where does the V come from in "Peruvian"? Isn't it funny how we just pull letters out of the air at random? I know "Peruian" would sound funny, but why V? Nancy had a lot of great stories to tell about the trip, like washed-out train tracks, sea-lions that weren't at all shy of humans and sharks and whales swimming around the boat they were in. One guy on the trip had guinea pig, which is apparently a Peruvian...

srah - Wednesday, 6 March 2002 - 12:28 PM
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Ann Arbor, Cultural Paradise

I think I take growing up in Ann Arbor for granted. Just down the street from me, we have the Thai/Laotian grocery, the Indian grocery, and the Middle Eastern grocery. Not to mention the Korean/Greek restaurant across the street. Heh heh. Christianna and Nasko were saying how the US doesn't have real feta and I said "I bet they do in Ann Arbor," which is what I say about any exotic foodstuff you can't find in the Albion area. Nutella? Orangina? Cornichons? Raclette cheese? Dal? Tapenade? Kriek? I know where you can get them. I should remember how lucky I...

srah - Wednesday, 27 February 2002 - 9:27 PM
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Cafeteria Food, etc.

I complain about cafeteria food as much as the next person. But really, we're quite lucky. We may not have a noodle bar, like Wooster, but we do have a lot of interesting foods. You can always find something to eat, if you have enough imagination. I think that's what's wrong with Albion students in a lot of cases. There's nothing to doooooo in Albion... I have no problem finding things to do with my friends. Playing games, watching videos, going to the movies, campus-sponsored events, visiting friends, going out to dinner, or sitting in Baldwin or the KC or...

srah - Thursday, 21 February 2002 - 5:02 PM
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Blogging into the void

I went to dinner with this and had this. Later, I moved on and had dinner with this and this (should have used flash. darn). This year's International Week theme is Mexico. Tonight was the Mexican dinner. Yum yum yum. I was very upset that most people seemed to be ignoring the Mexican food and eating sandwiches or something. I tried a little of everything. 1) Some kind of salad with avocado in it. Mmmm, avocado. Avocado and lots of it. The French words for "avocado" and "lawyer" are the same word. When the lawyers went on strike last year,...

srah - Wednesday, 20 February 2002 - 11:29 PM
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Happy Birthday to Satoko

We took Satoko out last night to celebrate her birthday so I finally got to go to the "new" Chinese place that opened while I was off campus. What an odd place. We placed our orders, then the counter guy sat down and ignored us for a while so we thought "Well, I guess we pay when we get our food." Then the guy got upset when we walked away without paying! I don't think wonton soup is supposed to be spicy, but the crab rangoons were good. And they let us stay there for hours, just talking....

srah - Saturday, 16 February 2002 - 3:16 PM

Happy Mardi Gras!

I spent Mardi Gras 2000 in Louisiana - visiting various Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, Lafayette, and some crappy podunk town I hated because their parade consisted of the paraders getting really drunk and then trying to ride their horses into the crowd and their costumes were suspiciously similar to KKK robes. Louisiana is not my favorite state. I think it's mostly because I didn't like the weather and I didn't like Mardi Gras. And the fact that I had to ride around in a van with Carlos, the Spanish Native Speaker who didn't like to bathe. And the...

srah - Tuesday, 12 February 2002 - 5:54 PM
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Last night...

Last night we (several members of ISU and the Wenzels) went to the Japan America Society of Western Michigan's New Year's rentai (networking) and film. What a great experience. First we filled up on Japanese food like rice, noodles, fried vegetables, shrimp and vegetables, and sushi. There was a lot of food and it was all excellent. We all at least tried to eat with chopsticks. Then we went into the auditorium and saw a Japanese juggling group. Normally, if I hear the word juggling I start to squirm and look longingly towards the exit. Not such a big fan...

srah - Sunday, 27 January 2002 - 12:22 PM
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I am eating ramen noodles...

I am eating ramen noodles with chopsticks. This is unusual and extraordinary on several levels. First of all, I don't usually like ramen noodles but I sort of bought them on a whim when I went to Felpausch last night. Second of all, I am eating them with chopsticks. Unusual. Laura and Rachel brought us all chopsticks when they went to Vietnam over Winter Break so I thought I would put them to some use. Third of all, I am eating them with chopsticks, as opposed to attempting to eat them with chopsticks and instead dropping noodles back into the...

srah - Sunday, 13 January 2002 - 1:25 PM

Ketchup may have "natural mellowing agents"

Ketchup may have "natural mellowing agents to help you relax and enjoy life", but I don't like it. I find my mellowing agents in tea and ice cream. If I don't get any ice cream or tea, I start to go crazy. Do you prefer ketchup or catsup? (You can blahblah when it comes back online...)...

srah - Saturday, 12 January 2002 - 10:12 PM


Deeeeeeelish. This is what I want, when I am grown up and have things like food preparation accessories and have to entertain guests with more than a room temperature Cherry Coke and some popcorn. Raclette is one of my favorite foods. I have an excessive number of favorites, though....

srah - Thursday, 10 January 2002 - 11:50 PM

Poutine, anyone?

Poutine, anyone?...

srah - Tuesday, 8 January 2002 - 1:04 PM

Blogstickers are fun

Blogstickers are fun. I've never had poutine, but it sounds like something I'd like to try sometime. Something to do with french fries, gravy, and cottage cheese. Mmmm. Good foods, why not put them together?...

srah - Monday, 7 January 2002 - 10:08 PM

I just had one of the worst...

I just had one of the worst cups of tea I have ever had in my life. I made it myself. I am so proud. *gack gack gack*...

srah - Monday, 7 January 2002 - 8:23 AM

Here at the library...

Here at the library, we have Tea every Tuesday and Friday - we all take our afternoon break together (except one rotating person to sit on the reference desk) and take turns bringing in treats. Anyway, today is Mommy's turn (I should be calling my co-worker Marilyn, shouldn't I? I usually call her "hey you" at work) for Tea and she brought something Amy suggested. You take a big bowl and cover the bottom with brownies, then pour Kahlua over it (since 26 August, the Bentley staff is of legal drinking age. Ha ha), then a layer of whipped cream,...

srah - Friday, 21 December 2001 - 10:19 AM
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On a happier note...

On a happier note, someone brought pistachios to the library today. They were big and very yummy. If they're small, it's hardly worth all the trouble to get them out of the shell. Are pistachios nuts? Or are they legumes, like peanuts are?...

srah - Tuesday, 18 December 2001 - 7:04 PM

I like chocolate-covered cherries.

I like chocolate-covered cherries. Not the echhy kind with white creme in the middle, but the kind with some thick red cherry-flavored liquid. Mmmmmm. Cella's makes good ones, as do (I think) Whitman's. But mostly you see the white-creme ones around. I'm just sayin'... if some good chocolate-covered cherries found their way under my Christmas tree, I wouldnae be complaining......

srah - Sunday, 16 December 2001 - 4:20 AM

While Tostitos Mild salsa is pretty good

While Tostitos Mild salsa is pretty good, their Medium salsa seems pretty gross. I decommend it....

srah - Monday, 26 November 2001 - 12:34 PM

I think I prefer fountain Pepsi

I think I prefer fountain Pepsi and canned Coke. I don't like ice in my drinks. I would rather suffer warm beverages than diluted ones....

srah - Tuesday, 20 November 2001 - 12:32 PM

In addition

In addition to marshmallow Peeps, Twizzlers are also best when they are stale....

srah - Thursday, 15 November 2001 - 1:47 PM

There are few things

There are few things in life as pleasurable as a crunchy, stale marshmallow Peep. It's the only way to eat them. They make Peeps for all holidays now. I haven't seen any little turkeys, but I bought roommate both jack o' lanterns and now snowmen. They have Xmas trees, but those aren't quite as satisfying because they have no heads to bite off. MNEARGH. I can pretend I am a praying mantis....

srah - Friday, 9 November 2001 - 5:36 PM

Carrots have a texture

Carrots have a texture that's sort of like wood. Try not to think about it....

srah - Tuesday, 6 November 2001 - 5:09 PM

Whoever heard of

Whoever heard of cherry pie with chocolate sauce on it? Baldwin, you suck. New vocabulary addition - the one I forgot was not a word, but a phrase: way aller - an exclamation of encouragement, meaning 'way to go' - "Way aller, you got some thé au lait." I love CKane. I have a good time with her. I have an English Language test tomorrow. Eventually, I should start studying. Blogging is fun....

srah - Thursday, 25 October 2001 - 7:42 PM
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