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Friday, April 30, 2010

Boycott Arizona

Don't support Arizona's decision.

Flashback Overload

My music selection as of late can easily be divided into two categories, one inspired by disco wars with high school best Joyce Su and what other high school best Tashi refers to as my "sleazy music".

Para Joyce:

Ghibli- Looking For You

L'Affair - Secret Eyes

Brandi Wells - Watch Out

Teena Marten- Hey Tonight

Para Hook:

The Commodores - Nightshift

Phoenix - Definitive Breaks

Tina Turner- What's Love Got to Do With It (Extended & Greater)

I'd link Madonna's song Rain, but her You Tube channel isn't having any of that.
And since I'm just in that type of mood, here's a testosterrific double feature:

Eric Carmen- Hungry Eyes

Glenn Frey- You Belong in the City

Dissolution by Nina Menkes

Loosely inspired by Dosteyevsky's Crime and Punishment, Nina Menkes's HITPARKUT (Dissolution) combines an almost surreal fairy-tale energy with brutal black and white realism to explore the condition of violence which permeates contemporary Israeli society. Shot in Yafo in summer 2009, the movie follows the moral collapse and first glimmer of redemption, of a young, morose Israeli Jew, played brilliantly by non-actor Didi Fire.
-- Synopsis from Hitparkut's Transfax Film Production's page

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Bacon Wrapped Dates and Brussel Sprouts

... May I add, the brussel sprouts were surrounded by crispied yellow onion and shallot bits.

Boycott Arizona

For those of you who have been thinking to yourself, "Well, they are illegal," regarding the recent immigration bill passed in Arizona, shame on you for supporting an effort that creates a legal sanctuary for racial profiling. This should especially not be tolerated in a country that has long struggled to fight prejudice against skin color. Not only is it a giant step backwards in terms of understanding "race relations", but it gravely undermines the efforts our federal government has been trying to make towards effective immigration reform, a crucial, albeit complex issue to conquer.

I strongly urge you to boycott the state of Arizona, not exclusively from a Mexican American female perspective, but from the view of an adult who is baffled by the contradictory strides this nation makes towards improving the way its citizens treat each other. And I know there is a reader thinking Well, the citizens won't have anything to worry about. Just the illegals... But this law creates an environment of fear (and the U.S. is no stranger to the culture of fear), a dangerous climate where any person that looks the part is subject to being targeted in their own home, solely by virtue of their appearance. I've seen the word draconian sprinkled in every news site and read the debates over whether analogies to Nazism are appropriate from pro to con and back, and I can't say either of these references are entirely erroneous. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter what you call it, just what you do about it because the whole affair is anything but progress.

Below are some links worth checking and a short list of companies that contribute to Arizona's economy, and if you click here you'll get an alphabetized list of AZ based businesses.

Immigration Rights
National Network for Immigration and Refugee Rights
American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona

Arizona Based Companies

2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Location: Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ
Apollo Group (University of Phoenix). Headquarters: Phoenix, Arizona
Arizona Diamondbacks, Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Best Western International, Inc., Headquarters: Phoenix, Arizona
Cold Stone Creamery. Headquarters: Scottsdale, Arizona
Dial Corporation, Headquarters: Scottsdale, Arizona
Discount Tire Company (America's Tire Company). Headquarters: Scottsdale, Arizona
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, Headquarters: Scottsdale, Arizona
Go Daddy. Headquarters: Scottsdale, Arizona
Grand Canyon
Mesa Air Group (Mesa Airlines, Go!, Freedom Airlines). Headquarters: Phoenix, Arizona
P. F. Chang's China Bistro. Headquarters: Phoenix, Arizona
PetSmart. Headquarters: Phoenix, Arizona
Sky Mall, Headquarters: Phoenix, Arizona
Taser International, Headquarters: Scottsdale, Arizona
U-Haul. Headquarters: Phoenix, Arizona
US Airways. Headquarters: Tempe, Arizona

Gracias a Joel Tena for the list

Saturday, April 24, 2010

These Guys

My weekend has consisted of watching these guys:

And these guys:

The latter should hurry up, and I think with consistent sun out there now it will happen. I can't be buying parsley and basil every other 4 days, and chives would be nice to have on hand. A geranium will be filling up that empty white pot by Sunday. Regarding the former, I have been on the hunt for the perfect trench coat. Any leads would be greatly appreciated!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Monday, April 19, 2010

Bluebs Never Fails

Blackberry Bramble with Orange Bitters and St. Germain:

My contribution- Chilean lime potato chips with Sriracha and citrusy guacamole:

Eggplant parm:

The best cookie I've ever had (it's all in the sea salt),
which she made from scratch using this recipe:

And a night of Kubrick vs. Nabokov ensued...

Her house leaves me at peace.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Lisa Talbot

An L.A. pal, Lisa Talbot, just enhanced my recent streak of stimulation. I usually don't "fan" pages on Facebook, but when her's was suggested I felt flushed with inspiration. This week felt like the world and everything in it was contracting and waiting to explode. Everyone around me is going through unforeseen waves of tumult in unison. I'm glad the week was punctuated with rain tonight; even the clouds were balled up with tension.

Thanks, Lisa.

I Like Where This Is Going...

Las Soldaderas

Con motivo del primer centenario de la revolución mexicana de 1910, la Casa de las Américas en París consagró una exposición a "Las soldaderas", mujeres que acompañaron a los combatientes en esa lucha que cambió la historia de México. Aqui para mas informacion.

Saturday, April 10, 2010


After a serious stimulation drought, I am happy to say that I am finding Tristes Tropiques tremendously inspirational, and an invaluable text containing a delicate and masterful balance of perceptive observation and personal meditation. It's really allowed me look inward and, although I'm only almost halfway, the introductory chapters (like Part Two) have been particularly moving. The section where Levi-Strauss describes how he came to study anthropology resonated with me, especially when he mentions his fickleness regarding what to study during his adolescence! And such mesmerizing prose...

As a sidenote, I also appreciate his love for wordplay.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Sunday at Fort Tryon Park

Sometimes days like this are best experienced alone... This one wasn't, but the scenery was breathtaking, nevertheless.

The last photo is a composite I made from several shots I took overlooking the giant arch. My new camera phone is not as sharp as the old one, I'm sad to report.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Cowgirl Margaritas

After aimlessly meandering around the West Village, we stumbled upon this kitschy jewel of a restaurant, Cowgirl. Their happy hour offers these frozen margaritas made with fresh, pureed fruit. And their quesadilla wasn't too shabby either.

Pictured above is the blood orange margarita.

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