Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Despite My Previous Post....

Phoenix has enough good food that it made me want to visit in March for Devoured (despite two prior trips already this year.  Enough).  Shannon and I ate our way through the festival last year, and it just needs to be a tradition. 

I was relieved to see much lower gas prices in AZ.  

I rolled into town Friday night.  Chantal was out on her million man dating project so Megs and I decided on a late movie. We almost had the whole place to ourselves.  Is it awful if I said I kinda liked The Vow?  I think it's because I mostly watch really depressing movies and don't get into the sap of romance.  This was a movie of hope and love overcoming terrible obstacles like memory loss, for a change!  I also have never understood while people love Channing Tatum, but I was converted a little bit after the buff bod scenes.
We filled our bellies with a vegetable soup for dinner - easily digestible, yet filling, so our stomachs would expand and we could eat a ton on Saturday.

Okay - time to eat.  Megs, Shannon, me = Team Food.

Another gorgeous day in AZ.
I took notes on almost everything, but I'll refrain from sharing them all here.  Overall, there was a lot of pork, a lot of salmon, and a lot of corn cakes.

New discovery - Sierra Bonita.  Their dish was divine.  One of the best of the day.




The Vig had salmon and pork tacos.
We were getting full even 45 minutes in.  Not good.  Eventually we'd take one dish for the 3 of us, take one bite each, and discard.  Not enough room in the belly, however delicious.  Too many things to try!

Vegan anything scares me.  But the cupcakes were pretty alright.

District was back with their cotton candy.  The apple is awesome!
This year there was an entire room in the art museum devoted to desserts.  How can you pick just one?

We had a rest/planning session to decide what other booths we needed to visit.


And then we saw some art.


Back to eating.  I was amazed that Windsor was giving out these entire sandwiches.  People, this is my favorite sandwich that I have probably ever eaten.  Go order a brown bag chicken sandwich and love your life.  My belly hurt at this point, but I had to have a few bites.

Churn had ice cream with chocolate covered Pop Rocks.  Fun!

Fez had a nice shrimp with tabouli, goat cheese and pine nuts.



Another new and good find - North.
The salted caramel was excellent.  I think Meg had two.

Red velvet ding dongs?  Yes, please.

Smiling faces, hurting bellies.
These raspberry and lemon macarons were beautiful.

Talavera - asparagus and goat cheese soup.  It was okay.  The veal short ribs were tasty.

The glacier lettuce was gorgeous.
We suffered through more sweets.
And saw some fireflies.
And Frank Lloyd Wright.



And some miniatures.
One more lamb meatball on the way out from Province, added to the list of where to dine next.
And cotton candy to go.
Until 2013, thanks Devoured.....

A Little Bit Guilty

Just a little bit.

Foursquare + Twitter + Instrgram + food = I can't help it.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

It's Raining on My Face

If you know me, you'll know that I am not an overly emotional person.  Meaning, I don't really cry or get upset over much.

However.

I finally saw A Better Life.  I'm sure glad I watched it at home, cause I pretty much cried through the whole thing.  Tug at my heart strings.  I still wonder what happened to the teenage boy I tutored in DC.  He left school to work and support his family.  I still think about the nice man I saw get arrested one morning at Food City in Phoenix.  What happened to his family?

Ah, what to do....



The few other movies that have made me cry:

1) Garden State - not because of the movie, but an emotional breakdown due to surrounding circumstances that had been building for days.  One can only be even-keeled in a crisis for so long.  

2) The Kite Runner - I had read the book, knew everything that was going to happen, sobbed like a baby through the whole movie.  Thankfully watched it alone in my grandma's basement.

3) The Road - Once again, had read the book.  Saw it over Thanksgiving break with a guy I had just started dating.  Cried in every scene with the man and the boy.  I'm sure my date thought I was a total weirdo.


Monday, March 26, 2012

Musical Monday - Part II

I attended a musical performance last night at the LA Stake Center (which is probably cooler than your Stake Center), and this closing number was excellent. The arrangement took Charles Wesley's verse to the tune of one of my favorite hymns.  Here's some church choir singing it a couple years ago.



I need to play the organ again.  I want to be good at it!

It was a great way to start off the week, as I prepare to watch  General Conference this weekend.
  Come listen to living prophets

Musical Monday

With the magic of technology, I know that KCRW listening is just an Internet connection away, but there's something about tuning in on the old car radio while driving through a rainy Los Angeles night.

A few tracks that kept me company last night:
California - Delta Spirit
Apartment - Young the Giant
Father John Misty - Nancy From Now On

New Sigur Ros album in May!

And go listen to this (they've kind of grown on me over the years):

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Scenes from Sick Days

Advantages to being sick:
Reducing the Netflix queue
Library books
Lots of March Madness!
Resting my poor body from boot camp



Thirteen of the Sweet Sixteen
Seven of the Elite Eight. (Close one, Kansas)
Number one in my pool.  
I love this month. But Hoyas, why you always gotta choke?

Yes, I'm still watching Bon Iver's SNL performance.

Going on day 3 though, this is getting old.  Please say adios, fever/headache/sore throat.  I've got things to do.

Skop-meh and the good parts of Macedonia

We arrived back in Skopje after that early bus ride from Prizren, and while we had to check out of our Airbnb apartment that morning, we we...