thoughts from New England

I was looking for Rapping Barney February 26, 2007

Filed under: consume,cooking,is this funny,wiggity — tim @ 2:28 am

Where he says “but to get the fruity taste, I’ve gotta trick Fred!”

but instead I end up with this.

This also came up on my search for “fruity pebbles rap”

This guy is great to watch because of the super-suburban factor — and I finally get to find out what kind of people buy those mini-hot dog carts you see only at Christmas time, because any other time of the year, people look at that and say,  “that’s the stupidest thing ever.” Only during shopping season to people lose their minds enough to buy things like that.

Anyway, sorry, yo, by hanging Jay-Z posters on the fridge doesn’t make you crunk.
Watch “other videos by this user” to check out the rest of the episodes — he’s up to Season 2, episode 3 so far. Looks like he got picked up for a second season! 🙂 Speaking of, I’m so glad It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia got picked up for another season. Funniest. Show. Ever.

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iBling April 28, 2006

Filed under: consume,wiggity — tim @ 1:42 pm



Bienvenue! March 27, 2006

Filed under: consume,food,Granby,Montreal,rachel ray,vacation — tim @ 10:36 am

holy crap! this is here in townWe are here in wonderful Granby, Quebec, celebrating our one-year anniversary. Granby is about an hour north of the Vermont border, and about 45 minutes east of Montreal. It's a quaint little town that is really a good mix of charming New England village and old-world European charm. We got here Saturday afternoon and first stopped at a supermarche and stocked up on some breads, cheeses, fruits and the like for a marvelous spread. We're staying in a nice hotel and just relaxing, enjoying some time away. Saturday night was fun as we swam in the pool, cruised around town and scoped out where we'd go Sunday. Yesterday we did some shopping in the quaint little downtown; we went to a wonderful bakery (Pain Pain – Une Boulangerie Artisanale) and got some cute baby clothes. Huzzah! Then in the afternoon, we went to the day spa located inside the hotel and got massages. C'est fantastique!

The camera has decided not to work properly and will not turn on, which is a major disappointment because the view from our room is a mountain view that is incroyable. And by incroyable I mean it's of a mini-golf place with a giant mountain on top of it with a bear eating a soft serve ice cream cone. C'est tres magnifique! This picture to the right is from someone's photojournal, but it's here in town on the main drag.

Speaking of magnifique, here in the Eastern Townships it's 90% French, 10% English. All the people only speak francais and my French skills…eh….n'est pas fantastique. Most of the time their English, even when poor, is 10 times better than my French. Case in point: yesterday in the spa we ran into a maid and she engaged us in full-on French conversation. She was talking about how it was cold outside but warm inside the spa; and she asked if we were staying here in the hotel. I said yes, and then she asked if we were staying one or two nights, to which I replied "petit dejeuner" (breakfast).

Yesterday evening we went to dinner at La Casa du Spaghetti (which really was a wonderful Italian restaurant) and then followed it up with a trip to Granby's microbrasserieLe Grimoire. Delicious!
Today we head towards Montreal and get some world-famous Montreal-style bagels at St. Viateur's — we first heard of these by watching $40 a Day With Rachel Ray where she tried some of these. What makes them different? The bagel is boiled in honey-infused water and then wood-fired ovens bake the bagels! We're also going to go to Ben's Deli (not the Ben's above) to get some viande fumée — smoked meat that's unique to Montreal. If you've never had it, it's like a corned beef but with different spices, and one of my favorites. We're definitely taking some home to eat later.

Tomorrow we conquer IKEA and head home. Weekend vacations are great!

Updated the SPINS page for the week.


runny noses are something you can never catch March 7, 2006

Filed under: cold remedies,consume,cooking,good eats,product reviews,work — tim @ 3:53 am

The weekend was fruitful to say the least. The seeds of ill health were spread, that’s for sure. H woke up on Friday with an inability to breathe from neither mouth nor nose; she stayed home and just took it easy. I slept most of the day having gone to Saugus, MA the night before for work. That’s not in my usual territory, but I had to meet with corporate bigwigs to learn about new techniques and upcoming changes in the biz. All in all, a ton of fun and Saugus is a horrible place to drive; I’m glad I don’t live there.

Saturday was spent celebrating a friend’s birthday in true surprise party fashion, which is always great. After much partying, Trivial Pursuit Pop Culture DVD Edition was brought out and let me just say it was a blast as always. It’s always interesting to see what other people know as far as pop culture is concerned. The DVD part can be sort of lame at times, but overall it’s a great game. I do enjoy the regular impossible Trivial Pursuit, but that’s just me.

Sunday was spent cleaning out what is going to be the nursery and getting a lot of crap taken care of around the house. A trip to CVS was essential, my nose was literally dripping non-stop by that point. Anti-histamine in system, we then went to BJ’s Wholesale Club and signed up for a membership. It’s been a few years since I’ve belonged to a warehouse club, but it’s still the same. Giant jars of mayo, multi-packs of canned turkey, and huge cuts of meat. We picked up a few essentials and headed home with our gallons of V-8.

Once home, we kicked out some wonderful ribeyes that H had picked up on Thursday evening; following this recipe from AB we seared them quick in the cast-iron frying pan followed by some high-temp heat in the oven; 10 minutes later we had beautiful steaks at a perfect medium-rare topped with a delicious gorgonzola mushroom sauce. I have never made steak this way but it was superbly wonderful to say the least. It was a little rare for me, that just means I’ll have to adjust the cook time next time. We watched the Oscars while we feasted and overall, it was a pretty good show. Jon Stewart started off a little stiff but by the end he had loosened up and any nay-sayers should just shut it. His adlibbing was definitely the best part of the night, hopefully he will be back next year and will feel even more comfortable doing it. My only fear was reading the pre-show press talking about how much people wished for Billy Crystal. God I hate Billy Crystal.

Take one of these and inhale!In dealing with our sickness, we broke out something I got H for Xmas: Shower Soothers. Now let me tell you about this miracle in tablet form. It’s essentially a bunch of vapo-rub compacted into a tablet that dissolves in the hot water from your shower. It comes sealed in a foil pouch and if you touch it, I think it gives you a rash because they warn you several times about not touching it directly. It looks like a 2000 Flushes tablet but you just drop it on the floor of your shower, step in and inhale. Holy crap! It’s a rush of mentholicious goodness that hits your sinuses like bam bam bam! I think the interesting thing about this product is that on the warning label it tells you that it is not to be taken internally. I am really not sure how you would or could do that, or what kind of cold you have to have to even want to shove it up your nose directly, but I’m glad they told me. I give the SudaCare Shower Soothers a hearty B+ for soothing my stuffy nasal passages and they only lost points for not actually having wavy lines of soothing goodness that wafted up through my shower and into my lungs. Plus, the whole do-not-touch kind of spooked me, so that can’t be that good either.

I’m going to try and focus more on cooking and things we make, so if you like that sort of thing you’re in for a treat.