Day 11 – Favorite Food

Iā€™m doing the Fifteen Day Challenge ā€“ click here to read original post and view the list of fifteen challenges.

I’m a foodie – I like eating out and living in NY is amazing for being a foodie because the city is a smorgasbord and buffet of every kind of food, from cheap to expensive and shitty to orgasmic. It’s gonna be hard to narrow my favorite food down to just five, but I’ll do my best šŸ˜› In fact, I’ll even be more specific than required by picking my favorite dishes from different restaurants I frequent in the city.

Biscuits and Gravy from Cafeteria – you get two eggs cooked any way you want, a side salad of greens, and two biscuits with spicy sausage gravy. I typically order a side of bacon just to add more meat in the dish. It also helps that I love the restaurant’s blue and brown color scheme, because I love blue and I’m brown. Cafeteria is open twenty-four hours, perfect if you’ve been drinking all night and you need some comfort food.

Warm spinach and bacon salad from Vynl – notice the theme, bacon. I typically go to Vynl for the drinks (White Album, it’s like a white chocolate martini), but I recently tried this salad and probably one of the best salads I’ve had. Aside from the bacon, it has goat cheese, toasted sliced almonds and cherry tomatoes on baby spinach.

Mac and cheese from Schiller’s – yes, their mac and cheese has bacon. And it is by itself a meal! I have never finished the dish by myself and I would always have to share it with someone on the table. After I tried their mac and cheese a few years ago, I’ve become a mac and cheese snob, I made Schiller’s the standard of what is a good mac and cheese and frankly, no other restaurant has surpassed Schiller’s.

Oyakudon from Takumi Ramen – this is a very good dish and surprisingly very cheap. It’s basically a small bowl of rice topped with ground seasoned chicken and a raw egg. I’ve ordered two in one bowl before, and I recommend you do the same since one order is not enough if you walk in hungry. Another option is Chasyudon which is basically the same dish, but with pork instead (order just one instead of two).

Hummus chicken wrap from Nanoosh – if you’re in the mood for something Mediterranean, Nanoosh has lots of hummus dishes and their chicken wrap is one of the few dishes I’ve tried and is very good. It’s a simple chicken wrap with hummus and other organic veggies. You will be asked for a side and I usually get the quinoa salad. I know, it sounds like what Will Smith will name a future daughter, and I actually never heard of it before, but it feels like eating couscous.

And there you go – some of my favorite food.

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Day 10 – Where to be Buried

Iā€™m doing the Fifteen Day Challenge ā€“ click here to read original post and view the list of fifteen challenges.

I haven’t really given it much thought – burial arrangements. In fact, I haven’t even decided if I wanna be buried or cremated. I find it very morbid to think about – though I’ve been called a picture of morbidness more than once in my life.

In as much as I want to call New York my home, which really, it is – I have two “homes” that I can go to anytime. The Philippines with my mom’s family, and Colorado with my dad’s. I find it unfair if I get buried in either one because I really can’t imagine my brothers and sisters flying to Manila then driving down to Batangas for hours to visit my tombstone, nor do I imagine anyone from my mom’s side flying to Colorado Springs and driving to a cemetery in the mountains of Colorado. Logistics-wise, I’m better off getting cremated. I want my ashes to be scattered in the family ranch and in Lipa City, but still leave some behind in a small urn for Andy and our hypothetical kids.

All that burial talk reminds me of Buffy Sainte Marie – so enjoy the vid below. Is she coming to NYC at all, I may want to see her live.

Bury My Heart in Wounded Knee

Indian legislations on the desk of a do-right Congressman
Now, he don’t know much about the issue
So he picks up the phone and he asks advice from the
Senator out in Indian country
A darling of the energy companies who are
Ripping off what’s left of the reservations. HUH.

I learned a safety rule
I don’t know who to thank
Don’t stand between the reservation
And the corporate bank
They’ll send in federal tanks
It isn’t nice but it’s reality

Bury my heart at Wounded Knee
Deep in the Earth
Cover me with pretty lies
Bury my heart at Wounded Knee. Huh.

They got these energy companies who want the land
And they’ve got churches by the dozens
Want to guide our hands
And sign Mother Earth over to pollution, war and greed
Get rich… get rich quick.

Bury my heart at Wounded Knee
Deep in the Earth
Cover me with pretty lies
Bury my heart at Wounded Knee. Huh.

We get the federal marshals
We get the covert spies
We get the liars by the fire
And we get the FBIs
They lie in court and get nailed
And still Peltier goes off to jail

Bury my heart at Wounded Knee (eighth of the reservation)
Bury my heart at Wounded Knee (transferred it secret)
Bury my heart at Wounded Knee (of murder and intimidation)
Bury my heart at Wounded Knee

My girlfriend Annie Mae talked about uranium
Her head was filled with bullets and her body dumped
The FBI cut off her hands and told us she’d died of exposure
Loo loo loo loo loo

Bury my heart at Wounded Knee
Deep in the Earth
Cover me with pretty lies
Bury my heart at Wounded Knee
Bury my heart at Wounded Knee
Bury my heart at Wounded Knee
Bury my heart at Wounded Knee
Bury my heart at Wounded Knee

We had the Goldrush Wars
Aw, didn’t we learn to crawl
And now our history gets written in a liar’s scrawl
They tell ‘ya Honey, you can still be an Indian
D-d-down at the ‘Y’
On Saturday nights

Bury my heart at Wounded Knee
Deep in the Earth
Cover me with pretty lies
Bury my heart at Wounded Knee.
Deep in the Earth
Cover me with pretty lies
Bury my heart at Wounded Knee
Bury my heart at Wounded Knee

I’ve been Eyeing a Diana Mini from Lomography

I’ve been passing by the Lomography store on 8th for the past few weekends now, and I’m totally smitten by this camera. It’s teeny (like me) and a bit chunky (like me) – make this thing round and brown and it’s like looking at a mirror.
I got issues with it though, and I’m not sure if I can look pass those. It’s analog. And I’m not a photographer. Yes, I am amazing with composition – I’m trained for that. But I know zilch about speed, aperture not exposure. On top of that, you have to purchase film and have them developed. Seems archaic to me.
But I’ve seen pictures taken with it and they are amazing. They are all saturated, it seems like, which causes a very dream-like look.

Give me a few more weeks – I’ll probably get one.
http://microsites.lomography.com/dianamini/

Update, 04/12/11:
I got one last night.

Day 09 – Favorite Bands/Artists

Iā€™m doing the Fifteen Day Challenge ā€“ click here to read original post and view the list of fifteen challenges.

I’m a sucker for singer/songwriters – I’ve always thought that the person who wrote the song can sing it better. So here’s a partial list of my favorite artists – I had to consult my iPod for this, by the way: Adele, Aimee Mann, Alphabeat, Anggun, Barbie’s Cradle, Buffy Sainte-Maire, Carly Simon, The Corrs, The Cranberries, Damien Rice, Dashboard Confessional, Dixie Chicks, Garbage, Ida Maria, Jewel, KT Tunstall, Lady Gaga, Lily Allen, Liz Phair, Madonna, Maroon 5, Matchbox Twenty, Natalie Imbruglia, Nelly Furtado, No Doubt, Oasis, The Orion Experience, Pink, Paramore, Paula Cole, Semi Precious Weapons, Sugarland, 3OH!3.

This list also works for birthdays and Christmas if you’re looking for a gift for me šŸ˜‰

So I Crashed a Birthday Party Slash Parade

Last Sunday, I made plans to meet up with my best bud Ryan late in the afternoon to watch Red Riding Hood. I was basically free the whole afternoon, so when my friend Kathy asked if I can keep her company in her husband KC‘s friend’s birthday party, I said yes.

It wasn’t your typical birthday party. Even before I got there, KC has been talking about creating a Puerto Rican float to bring to a pub crawl. I found it odd but very interesting at the same time – like John Boehner’s skin tone or Rebecca Black’s song “Friday”. It turned out the birthday party was a parade AND a public crawl ending with a bbq house party.

Apparently, they were having a parade for the birthday girl. It was called the Eternal Youth Parade, and you can follow them on twitter at @eyparade. It was an interesting bunch of friends and everyone had either a costume on or “wearing” a float. It’s funny, because it’s like a parade of parade – the Puerto Rican parade was present, so are Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, Gay Pride parade and the Mermaid parade. Also present were a leprechaun, a lobster, Uncle Sam (worn by someone of Libyan decent – how current and political!) and Santa Claus.

Below are some pics I got (just click for a larger view):

See! It's Santa and an Arabic Uncle Sam! on Twitpic Santa and Uncle Sam getting ready for the parade.

It's a gay AND a straight rainbow at the  @eyparade on Twitpic Walking along Metropolitan Avenue towards the first bar stop.

It's the birthday gitl @eyparade #eternalyouth on Twitpic The birthday Rachel wearing an Easter float. She was hurling eggs with candies inside at people, but many of them were just perplexed with what’s going on.

Everyone, follow @eyparade! on Twitpic

The following day, they were some blog posts about the event. You can read them here and here.