Tuesday, April 23, 2019

According to Robert Simonson, the White Negroni was invented in France when British bartender Wayne Collins had to make some Negronis, but couldn't find Campari or sweet vermouth. ... He instead reached for Suze and Lillet, two classic French apéritifs, and created the White Negroni.Sep 17, 2018

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Friday, March 29, 2019


Japanese has wonderfully short words that can replace paragraphs in English. Tsundoku is one such example. Here’s part of the Wikipedia entry:
Tsundoku (積ん読) is acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one's home without reading them. The term originated in the Meiji era (1868–1912) as Japanese slang. It combines elements of tsunde-oku (積んでおく, to pile things up ready for later and leave) and dokusho (読書, reading books). It is also used to refer to books ready for reading later when they are on a bookshelf. As currently written, the word combines the characters for "pile up" (積) and the character for "read" (読).

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Olive Oil Cake

Recipe from Maialino Restaurant in New York City, where they also serve it at breakfast in muffin form, and they've been known to turn it into a birthday cake, layered with mascarpone buttercream.

Makes: a 9-inch round cake 
Prep time: 15 min 
Cook time: 1 hrs
  • 2cups (250g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4cups (350g) sugar
  • 1 1/2teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/3cups (285g) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/4cups (305g) whole milk
  • 3large eggs
  • 1 1/2tablespoons grated orange zest
  • 1/4cup (60g) fresh orange juice
  • 1/4cup (55g) Grand Marnier
  1. Heat the oven to 350° F. Oil, butter, or spray a 9-inch cake pan that is at least 2 inches deep with cooking spray and line the bottom with parchment paper. (If your cake pan is less than 2 inches deep, divide between 2 pans and start checking for doneness at 30 minutes.)
  2. In a bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and powder. In another bowl, whisk the olive oil, milk, eggs, orange zest and juice and Grand Marnier. Add the dry ingredients; whisk until just combined.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour, until the top is golden and a cake tester comes out clean. Transfer the cake to a rack and let cool for 30 minutes.
  4. Run a knife around the edge of the pan, invert the cake onto the rack and let cool completely, 2 hours.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Cool stuff I've sold on ebay this past year:

The ship of Theseus, also known as Theseus's paradox, is a paradox that raises the question of whether an object which has had all its components replaced remains fundamentally the same object. The paradox is most notably recorded by Plutarch in Life of Theseus from the late 1st century. Plutarch asked whether a ship which was restored by replacing each and every one of its wooden parts, remained the same ship.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

DOLCE FAR NIENTE  pleasant relaxation in carefree idleness

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Sunday, October 6, 2013

“You are what you settle for.”

Janis Joplin

Friday, July 26, 2013

Saturday, July 20, 2013

heatwave: hike in park.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

"Listen to many, speak to a few"
-Wm Shakespeare

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Saturday, June 22, 2013

beach hair
plate rack: new auction buy...

Friday, June 21, 2013

Traveling light

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Sunday, June 2, 2013

10 most nutrient-dense green vegetables and their respective ANDI scores.

1. Mustard/Turnip/Collard Greens – 1000
2. Kale - 1000
3. Watercress – 1000
4. Bok Choy/Baby Bok Choy – 824
5. Spinach – 739
6. Broccoli Rabe – 715
7. Chinese/Napa Cabbage – 704
8. Brussels Sprouts – 672
9. Swiss Chard - 670
10. Arugula - 559

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

On the power of ugly: "Ugly is attractive, ugly is exciting. The investigation of ugliness is, to me, more interesting than the bourgeois idea of beauty. It touches the bad and the dirty side of people. In other fields of art it is common: in painting and in movies, it was so common to see ugliness. It was not used in fashion and I was very much criticized for inventing the trashy and the ugly."

Miuccia Prada

Monday, May 27, 2013

memorial day: fried chicken

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Monday, April 8, 2013