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last updated: march 22, 2004

hodgepodge of bits:

first off, CONGRATS to andy for being on lloyd schwartz of the boston phoenix's
top ten classical music moments of 2003 list:

actually the only other thing i feel like posting right now is a link to the new york times' art section's best of 2003 section. despite taking all of his reviews with a grain of salt or two, i was glad to see brantley single out donna murphy again for her performance in wonderful town.

posted by fwc | 12/29/2003 2:17 PM
funny cartoon, and oh so true:


posted by fwc | 12/19/2003 10:39 AM
finishing up the mammoth food post ...

andy and i went to the nightingale on tremont last week. i'd been there for a very mediocre brunch once and andy had been there for a good dinner. i found it to be quite ordinary once again, which wasn't helped by a wicked annoying, loud show-off kid sitting behind us. i started with a mushroom tart which came with some overly oily watercress with huge leaves. the tart was good, but not amazing. i really didn't want to get mushroom risotto AGAIN which, like so many other restaurants, was their only vegetarian entree, so instead i got a plate of sides. the couscous was really weird. usually couscous is small, but this was sort of engorged and chewy as well as quite bland. the butternut squash puree was ordinary and the plentiful escarole rather salty. the fingerling potatoes were good, though, but they tend to be pretty foolproof. andy had the pork chop which he readily demolished although again it wasn't anything special.

per winnie's strong recommendation andy and i checked out sultan's kitchen in the financial district. i had the artichoke fritters, andy had some falafel and hummus. the flavors were quite good, although with all fried food that's not directly out of the fryer, it was rather too greasy and dense. i like my falafel to be crunchy on the outside, and so far cafe jaffa in the back bay is my favorite in boston, although there used to be a food truck that served similarly good falafel. went to cafe jaffa this week and although their falafel is pretty good i feel there must be better out there ... their grape leaves though are still the best i've had in boston, although their baba ghanoush is curiously without a strong taste.

last of all, last month andy and i checked out the new korean place, buk kyung ii in allston (globe review). it's owned by the same people who own the "home town" restaurant in somerville, which most korean people i know refer to simply as the "jjajjangmyeon" place b/c they're one of the few places in boston that serve the korean (via china) black bean noodles. when we went to buk kyung ii i got something that was vegetarian but very close to jjajjangmyeon which was huge and good. andy had cheopjae which was about average. we'll have to try it again. so far suishaya in chinatown is still at the top of my list of favorite korean places in boston.

posted by fwc | 12/19/2003 10:34 AM
the latest on the food front (i have some catching up to do i think) ...

first off, went to gramercy tavern when i was in new york (for my 24th birthday, heh heh) a month ago. it turns out that we were lucky b/c andy had wanted to go to see a bartender who had left one of his favorite places, hamersley's in boston, and was waitressing there. it turned out that the day we went was the last day she was going to be there, so it was cool that andy got to see her there. i'd been there before w/ winnie and the place has a nice ambience. our waitress (not the one andy know) wasn't particularly helpful, though. andy got a fish ragout which he said was good. i started with a salad with grilled slices of portabello which was quite excellent, but in a misstep i got the same roasted vegetable sandwich i had last time (one of their few vegetarian entrees) which also had portabello mushrooms -- a detail that a more competent waitress would have pointed out i think. this time i had it w/ the tallegio, though, which is a really really stinky italian cheese. as before the sandwich was greasy, heavy, and hard to handle, which in retrospect i shouldn't have gotten but oh well.

last night andy and i went to joe v's, a new gourmet pizza place that recently opened on shawmut in the south end, pretty much around the corner from the franklin park cafe. the place was stiflingly straight, and the ambience definitely wasn't helped by the fact their electricity was down. so basically we were stuck in a chilly, acoustically dry, small room with very patchy, too bright emergency lighting. despite these drawbacks the food was quite decent. we started with the bruschetta which was plain but good. the tomatoes were fresh and nice and garlicky. the bread was rather spongy instead of well-toasted which i found to be not to my taste, but this may have been due to the lack of electricity. andy had a caesar salad which he said was quite excellent. he especially appreciated the fact that it had anchovies which i had assumed was requisite for a caesar salad, but he says that 9 out of 10 places don't include them. for my entree i had a mushroom and caramelized onion pizza with a cream sauce. it was quite good, although it was heavy, the small plates they gave us were completely unhelpful, and i prefer my crust to be crispy instead of soft. i'd give them another try i think, but not any time soon.

a month or so ago andy and i checked out cambridge, 1, the gourmet pizza place that recently opened near the border cafe in harvard square. this is the place that's owned by the same people who own the miracle of science and audubon circle. (i got tired of not knowing their names, so i found a review from the globe of the pizza place .... their names are chris lutes and matthew curtis.) the decor is definitely very similar to the miracle and audubon, lots of wood and dark walls. this place only had pizza and salads (i.e. no sandwiches or pastas), which i find a drawback although i suppose that's a matter of opinion. andy liked that the back faces a cemetery, although i think that's a little on the weird side. the pizza we got was pretty good but not extraordinary. also, i find it annoying that they have a comma in their name, heh.

all in all going to both of these pizza places just reminded me of my preference for a nice greasy slice of american pizza from a place like nicole's on tremont. also, worth mentioning, although i hate bertucci's pizza i have to say their bruschetta is tops and i'd go back there just so i could have it. they put together a plate with six pieces of bread, three different toppings, one eggplant based, one tomato based, and i forget what the third one is. yummmm.

whoa this is getting long ... i'll post the rest of this later i guess.

posted by fwc | 12/16/2003 12:32 PM
this is a little old (from mid-october), but i thought it was pretty funny:

p.s. hey, winnie, i taught myself to crochet left-handed. apparently people who are really hardcore and work on heavy afghans learn how to crochet with their non-dominant hand so that they don't have to turn their work over at the end of every row. i figured i would learn it to distribute the stress on my hands, and it's actually pretty easy to pick up, although i'm still a little slow.

posted by fwc | 12/11/2003 11:35 AM
sorry for the stark bitterness of my last post. today's been one of the first days since i've been sick that i've felt well enough to put a coherent thought together. i owe any and all recovery i've had and may have to my man andy who has been diligently taking care of me. (hi, andy.)

i've had some things i've been meaning to post for a while, but the one that i'm thinking about right now is windows CD players. a couple of months ago or so new versions of windows media player and real one player came out, and itunes came out on windows for the first time. first off, itunes looked like it would have some interesting features, like organizing playlists and being able to burn CDs, but it really didn't work for either my windows 2000 machines at home or at work. it starts up a secondary process to help it run on windows which seems like a hack to me, but regardless of the setup there was this ridiculously long delay everytime i wanted to try to do anything w/ itunes. also, i seem to remember it taking up an unusually large amount of disk space. if they ever fix these problems i may give it another go, but there didn't seem to be anything particularly phenomenal about it esp. since i'm really unlikely to ever want to buy a single track from their digital music store.

windows media player's new version was an improvement mostly in that it finally accesses the cddb database to bring up the tracklisting info for pretty much any cd you put in. among my gripes is that i hate the box they put for visualizations that i think are incredibly pointless but my biggest gripe is that every time you use the slide bar to skip to a different part of the track the player has a big delay. this definitely is not a limitation of the hardware b/c itunes and real player let you skip around w/out any delay.

which brings me to the winner of this round, the new real one player. i'd never really used real one player but i checked it out b/c of the new version and right now it's my windows CD player of choice by far. you can put it into various compact modes, it's really reliable in bringing up the correct CD info, and you can instantaneously skip to different tracks or to diff. spots in a track (the downside of that, though, is that the CD will continue spinning for a couple of minutes after the CD has finished playing to anticipate you accessing the CD again). another big plus for me is that if you change the volume using windows' system volume control, real player respects the system's volume setting, which windows media player doesn't do. in other words, if i adjust the system's CD volume while WMP is running, WMP resets the system's CD volume back to what it was in WMP when the next track starts, completely ignoring the change in volume you had just made. real player does reset the system's CD volume if you change it w/in real player which makes sense. what makes less sense and which is rather annoying is that it also resets the system's wave volume if you change the CD volume in real player. this is prob. due to the fact that real player plays other audio types, but it's the only downside and if like me you just use the window's system volume controls and steer clear of real player's everything works quite well.

to wrap up this long post, i've finally gotten around to listening to belle and sebastian's new album. one word: boring. was that harsh? i mean, when was the last time they did something "original"? "the loneliness of a middle distance runner" (from the jonathan david EP)? ... that was june 2000. their last three albums (inc. this one and storytelling) didn't interest me nearly as much as their first three (with their related EPs). won't be getting their next album. oh well.

posted by fwc | 12/5/2003 12:39 PM
if you were wondering where i've been for the past two weeks, i've been SICK SICK SICK. i've been sick since before thanksgiving, and i am STILL SICK. along with being sick, i have also been extremely sick of being sick. if i'm not better by monday i think i'm going to shoot myself in the foot. or something. if you're having a bad day, just think about how much worse MY DAY is. right now i'm feeling very entitled to some bitterness.
posted by fwc | 12/6/2003 6:01 PM
saw wonderful town this weekend and it was about as fun and frothy as i hoped it would be. there were some weak spots in the book, but i have only unabashed raves for its star donna murphy who was completely magnetic and who has shot way up on my list of idols. she was intense and dramatic and completely captivating in sondheim's passion, and is no less captivating in her wonderfully comic role in wonderful town. she has a distinctive voice, with a beautifully dark, resonant low range and yet she can toss off surprisingly brilliant high notes, and her physical comedy and comedic timing are accompanied by a natural charisma that has you enjoying every moment she's onstage. here's hoping she wins her third tony for this show -- she deserves it! I HEART DONNA!! hahahaha ...






some links:
- official site
- broadway.com: some excerpts from reviews, most of which are raves
- new york times review ("Ms. Murphy is giving one of the most dazzlingly accomplished comic performances that you're ever likely to see in a musical.")
- AP review
- USA today review

posted by fwc | 11/24/2003 1:51 PM
one of the perks of going out w/ someone (among others ... heh heh heh) is that it motivates me to go out and do and see things more. in two weeks andy and i went to three concerts. the first was for some of his student composers, and it was entertaining. the second was a solo recital by a violinist for her doctorate in performance. although familiar with them, i'd never seen bach's ciaconna and paganini's 24th caprice live, and they are definitely show-stoppers. hearing them back to back was pretty amazing. also, last sunday we saw mit's gamelan, a group i've been meaning to check out b/c i know people in it. it was a bit loud and just a tad long, but overall it was quite good. need to borrow some balinese cds from andy ...

in web news, i have to say that i'm really impressed w/ amazon's holiday ad campaign. their holiday a-list highlights a particular person (author, musician, actor, etc.). they've had worthwhile people like jack black, k.d. lang, and michael stipe as well as worthless people like "the bachelor", but overall i think it's a very clever scheme.

posted by fwc | 11/19/2003 9:41 AM
lately i've been getting some really weird fortunes ...


posted by fwc | 11/18/2003 10:25 AM
here's a picture by matisse that i'd never seen that i liked.


posted by fwc | 11/16/2003 10:34 AM
on the food front ... went to cafe jaffa on gloucester in between boylston and newbury this weekend. it's middle eastern and i go there every once in a while. the falafel is nice and crunchy on the outside which i like. the grape leaves i had were also nice and lemony, although andy's hummus wasn't garlicky enough to our taste. also got these things called bourekas which are bready on the outside and a mashed potato mixture on the inside, which was all right. i go to nicole's on tremont closer to mass ave more often b/c it's close to andy's, but i'd say overall cafe jaffa is better. don't really remember steve's which is also in the back bay even though i've been several times, so i'll have to go back there again before i can comment on that.

also recently went to one of the few ethiopian restaurants in boston. it's called red sea and it's on tremont in the south end near metropolis etc. i've been to the other ethiopian place in central square and from what i remember from the other place i liked this place marginally better b/c the bread was less sour. andy and i agree that ethiopian food just isn't that interesting. some of the spices are tasty, but everything has the same texture, sort of pureed and only slightly chewy.

finished listening to the postal service album. i def. liked it better than the latest death cab cd and in general i liked the majority of the tracks, but none of them really bowled me over, with the exception maybe of "such great heights" and "brand new colony".

p.s. sorry to hear about your dog winnie :(

posted by fwc | 11/10/2003 9:31 AM
kucinich's website has just added a section w/ testimonials of people who have switched from dean to kucinich ... some of the issues they bring up: they were turned off by the lack of grace in dean's comment about (and attempted recovery from) courting those who show the confederate flag, his slickness and the appearance of pandering to voters at the expense of a firm stance, his 100% NRA approval, and his talk about foregoing federal campaign financing, and turned on by kucinich's positions on global trade (i.e. getting out of NAFTA), support of gays and lesbians, stance on iraq, and perceived sincerity.

on the local front, the kendall cafe just closed ... this boston globe article has some interesting things to say about why ... sad.

posted by fwc | 11/7/2003 8:03 AM
i love these quotes:

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/TheMatrixRevolutions-1127201/

"The Matrix Revolutions sucks."
-- Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE

"Reloaded was certainly a lumpy, gaseous treatise of a movie, but viewers of Revolutions may find themselves looking back on it fondly."
-- A.O. Scott, NEW YORK TIMES

hmm, to go or wait until it's on DVD? that is the question ...

posted by fwc | 11/6/2003 3:44 PM
interesting. the shins' new CD debuted #6 in billboard's top 20 bestselling indie albums last week ... more surprising is that the postal service has been on billboard's top 10 bestselling electronic albums for 29 weeks and is currently #7. mariah carey's remix album is currently #1. hmmmmmm. i love lists.
posted by fwc | 10/30/2003 3:56 PM
when i was home a few weekends ago i went to a reading of maureen morehead, my high school creative writing teacher. she has just published a collection called a sense of time left, and it is simply quite extraordinary. i was actually surprised, and among my first reactions was the thought, "wow. i knew she was good, but i didn't realize she was -that- good." the majority of them are worth reading over and over again and pondering and some of them immediately feel like mini-masterpieces. she takes all the elements of "good writing" you learn about in school and uses them all in a virtuosic way (in "Plans" she wonders, "What if ... God's brain had been full of stars, not mud, that night" and in "Sabbath Poem" she observes, "three ruby-throated hummingbirds / vie for one needle of bliss. / They'll chase one another to winter."). her language is relatively simple and she has often been compared to a modern day emily dickinson. she uses repeated images throughout the collection as motifs and symbols (such as planes, trees, sky, particular species of birds, and even weather reports and baby teeth, as well as colors like red, yellow and green, and light and dark). like the title, she also juxtaposes the personal past with the present and the future as well as the historical past in startling ways. one of the more idiosyncratic things she does is twist the poem in the last few lines as a sort of spine-tingling punchline. she also has a way of using seemingly jumpy narrative (as in "A Chorus") to force you to make connections between the lines, or intentionally ambiguous word structure as a little hiccup to force you to stop and unravel a crucial line's meaning or to suggest multiple meanings (as in "all human plans one has here" in "My Body"). i also love how the collection is arranged. it's divided into five sections, and i'm sure different people will have a different favorite section, although mine is "how hurt you had been" which focuses on poems about a third person, and "september meant the end of summer" which are poems related to teachers and teaching. the only bad thing about this collection is that it's not more readily available and that, poetry being the little-read genre that it is, it probably won't get half the recognition it deserves.

it was hard for me to pick out poems to post, but here are two that i think will give a good idea of the scope of this, yes, i mean it, great writer.

from A Sense of Time Left by Maureen Morehead

THE HESSIAN IN PHILADELPHIA, 1778

`A young man when he first comes into a house
is invited to dinner in a friendly manner. If the master
of the house has one or more daughters, after the table
has been cleared, he offers that stranger should also
stay in his place and pass the night in bed with his daughter.
This offer is, quite naturally, seldom refused.' Hessian
soldier in The Hessians (Cambridge University Press) by
Rodney Atwood

I said he should wash first.
I said he should lay his coat and musket over there.
I said no need you should talk to me.
I said sometimes I talk, sometimes I'm just thinking.
I said my mother planted that sugar maple.
I said her arms were long, and she had tangled hair.
I said when we came here, she brought her mother's letters.
I said my grandmother's words are brown and in a hurry.
I said the sky turns gray, then black, then morning.
I said you are not my first.
I said one kissed me here, one here.
I said when my father kisses me, I smell woodsmoke and oil.
I said he killed a Patriot.
I said all night is long and square,
I said I'll lie here, though you can see me.
I said I'll lie here very still,
but once my mother hears me thinking,
I'll either be or be not real.


MY BODY

is busy healing itself,
here in this quiet house
with no one to thank or love or answer.
Mine is a wall of windows.
October's filtered sun invests me.
Jays alternate between the broken tree and goldfinch
   feeder,
between the fidgeting squirrels and rusty sedum.

When I was ill,
my mother placed warm cloths upon my head,
one, two, three, and then another.
Veronica wiped the brow of Jesus.
Did he rest his eyes upon her?

Just last week I lay on the road
unlucky as a sparrow who cracks into the windshield,
The neighbors ran out,
placed a blanket on my broken bones
and called an ambulance to get me.
Perhaps it is to them
I should be grateful,
but for this I am grateful finally--
my shattered leg will mend.
I am not broken irreparably,
but when Jesus reached the hill, he died there;
lifted into the falling night,
all human plans one has here.
I had conceived a hundred letters
but did not write them,
ignored a hundred poems
called home for making.

posted by fwc | 10/29/2003 10:15 PM
whoops, i meant the 'ville as in louisville, not somerville. my whole point is that louisville's food is sooo bad. i think i mentioned this before, but i think the distance b/t louisville food to boston food in terms of quality is about 100 gastronometers, but the sad thing is that the distance b/t boston food to new york food is about the same (i.e. 100 g'meters) ... SAD!
posted by fwc | 10/25/2003 11:02 AM
went to the 'ville last weekend. can i just say how bad the food there is? i went to this medium nice restaurant and the curry i got was so subpar. it was about on par w/ something you'd get at i dunno, friday's or something. our appetizer, which at least had tofu in it, was equally sad, although marginally better. oh well, at least it was cheap.

went to the rialto for the first time a couple of weeks ago. it actually wasn't bad. had a really dull redleaf (is that what it's called?) salad and a vegetable dish they whipped up. the vegetable dish would've been rather boring, but they had a lot of different types of interesting mushrooms, all of which were quite tasty. i should learn more about mushrooms, i think. the people i went with said their food was about average. our desserts weren't bad. i forget exactly who had what, but there was a whisky-ish (?) custard that was interesting and a maple walnut ice cream that was pretty good. i don't know anything about the place, but i get the impression it's rather standard, not particularly adventurous. this report is kind of skimpy b/c i have a bad memory, sorry, winnie, heh. going to diva tonight and sultan's kitchen (from winnie's recommendation) w/ andy tomorrow for lunch. found out diva is owned by the kashmir people. not surprised. going to sit down and rank my fav indian places in boston this weekend i think. i keep thinking i've already done this, but i can't find it so i guess i'll just do it again.

posted by fwc | 10/24/2003 4:08 PM
the other day i was walking to work from andy's and took some pictures randomly. i think that having lived in boston for so long i've really forgotten that the city has a definite look and has some really great visuals. here are two (click pic for slightly larger image):



also, just a reminder of how unbelievably cute my little kitty is:


posted by fwc | 10/22/2003 7:59 PM
allow me to take a minute to rave about fastmail.fm ... i really really love this email. some highlights:

- 5 times the space of hotmail (10 MB)
- you can mask your address so it looks like you're sending everything from whatever account you want
- you can set it so that the webmail and your home mail is perfectly synched. i use pine at home and the webmail at work. works like a charm. super easy to save messages i don't want to read anymore to my computer at home. warning: i only send messages from the web interface. if you want to be able to send messages from another email reader, i think you have to upgrade your account.
- you can also use it to retrieve your yahoo/hotmail or from any other account you have
- stylesheets! you can completely change the look w/ one of their stylesheets or make your own.


there are only a couple of downsides to the guest (i.e. free) version:
1) they put a line at the bottom of every email saying something about fastmail but it def beats yahoo or hotmail's multi-line sigs
2) no spam filter, but they have this "bounce" feature that deters spammers from spamming you again
3) you have to watch your traffic quota, but that's prob. not a big deal if you don't send loads of email and the first upgrade is only $15.
4) you have to automatically poll for new mail, but there's a free program called eprompter that you can use as a workaround that will notify you when you get new mail.

my username is spacedog7 so you should tell them i referred you (or use the link above). try it, you'll like it! :)

posted by fwc | 10/22/2003 2:06 PM
in case you didn't hear, bush (fascist) has declared this week to be "marriage protection week" ... here's a petition supporting marriage for all. to give you an idea of the incredible ignorance of the people we're fighting against, here's the ludicrous quote of the week: posted by fwc | 10/16/2003 8:46 AM
funny pic from a family trip to portsmouth when my mom and lil sis were in town. -> enid points out that this picture is actually from the beginning of the summer when the three of us went out to dinner before g moved to sf.


posted by fwc | 10/15/2003 1:39 PM
i need to read more poetry i think. found a really great quote from a kentucky poet named frederick smock on writing:

"For I have always felt that one does not write in order to explain the world; rather, we write to deepen its mystery, to unfold, like a blown rose, its power to enchant us. Science will explain the world to us. Art, like religion, like childbirth, teaches us how inexplicable the world is."

posted by fwc | 10/14/2003 10:54 AM
is merriam-webster's word of the day great or what? today i learned that in latin opera is the plural form of opus. COOL.
posted by fwc | 10/14/2003 10:46 AM
somewhere in china there's a bitter old chinese man writing fortune cookie messages.


posted by fwc | 10/10/2003 9:15 AM
been listening to a lot of opera lately. in particular, a sumi jo disc i had, a naxos release i got wicked cheap from newbury comics that people on amazon seemed to like by a woman named luba orgonasova, and a recital disc i got from the library by leontyne price ... i really like how in opera a little less so than in other art forms like film or musical theater, the appearance of the singer doesn't really affect what roles they can take.

not sure why i'm on this particular kick ... (do i need a reason? heh) ... i guess i'm just getting back into it. in a lot of ways opera bores me, but there's something strangely beautiful about the sound of it. as in, there are things that a professional singer can do with her voice that most singers can't. which isn't necessarily to say that the non-classical singers are inferior in any way, but i think it's nice to change it up every once in a while. right now i'm hankering for a recording of a mozart opera ... i guess i'll have to dig up that copy of the magic flute i have w/ dawn upshaw (and james levine?) i think ...
posted by fwc | 10/9/2003 9:18 AM

i've been listening to some really old school P5, before the irreplaceable nomiya maki-chan joined ... some of the lyrics read like twisted haiku poetry ... i think this is true of their lyrics in general, but i was particularly struck by this when reading this particular song, called "t.v.a.g."

(translation thanks to the pizzicato five lyrics database)

we two always
dream a different dream
even though they sleep
arm in arm in the same bed
...
we two will always
take life as a game
tell me you love me
right now, you can lie
...
though the TV is on
we two are always so
bored we could die
even though we're in love

this brings me back to my original thesis: P5 RULEZ. i just won a P5 video collection off of ebay ... you can bet i'm eagerly checking my mail every day when i get home from work.

posted by fwc | 10/5/2003 9:20 PM
americans are finally catching on ... about @!#)( time.
Poll Shows Drop in Confidence on Bush Skill in Handling Crises

posted by fwc | 10/3/2003 9:07 AM
register to vote:
https://www.workingforchange.com/vote/index.cfm?ms=YVM003
posted by fwc | 9/29/2003 12:16 PM
pizzicato five RULE ... this picture is from pizzicato five's a television's workshop e.p. (only available as a pricey import :( sadness) ... the lyrics are equally hilarious, especially on the track "shakitori".


posted by fwc | 9/21/2003 11:46 AM
i've been meaning to post something about how ridiculous this 87 billion dollars for iraq is. anyway, here's a link to a petition that summarizes all the reasons why bush sucks.
posted by fwc | 9/17/2003 9:00 PM
here's a pic for winnie:


posted by fwc | 9/15/2003 7:59 PM
speaking of the shins ... did you know james mercer wrote music for a gap ad?? the commercial had no less than that ashton kid. you can find it here.

also, on sep 23rd a new shins EP is coming out, followed by an LP in late october, plus a likely tour around then (inc. another concert at the bowery) ... whoo!

in other news, my latest pop culture adventure has been all about mary kate and ashley olsen (or MKA to fans). i forget what this was originally sparked by, oh i think it was seeing a pic of them at the MTV VMA awards. anyway, this article has a great quote:

some gossip, courtesy of the new york post

and some analysis, courtesy of the onion: Mary-Kate Olsen Is Dragging Ashley Down
... okay, i'll stop now.

posted by fwc | 9/5/2003 3:18 PM
eating in san francisco was largely disappointing. first off, green's was pretty good. andy had a salad and the ravioli which came in a tasty sauce although the pasta itself was nothing special. to start i had corn "griddlecakes" which ended up being eggy instead of flour-based as i thought the word "griddlecake" would imply. they were good, though. for my entree i had a stuffed peppers dish, and, like andy's dish, the peppers themselves were completely nondescript while the innards, which included pumpkin seeds, were quite tasty. the dish came with a few new potatoes and some kale. the food itself wasn't bad, but our waiter was probably the worst andy and i have ever had. it took him way too long to even come by to take our order and more than 15 minutes to bring our drinks after that and then once our food came he didn't bother coming back until we were finished. by that time andy was so fed up he didn't bother ordering another glass of wine and we didn't feel like sticking around for dessert. it was especially odd b/c he seemed to be extremely chatty to this teenage or a little older couple next to us whom he clearly didn't know. we talked to "andreas" (heh) the manager who was very apologetic, but all in all i don't know if i'd bother going back.

other than that the only other notable eating experience was at a place called nirvana in the castro. i'm not sure if it's a national chain, but it's a surprisingly solid pan-asian place. i had some noodles which ended up being super spicy (always a good sign) and pretty good. the appetizer plate was also surprisingly good; their renditions of such asian foods as samosas and egg rolls weren't too far off the mark. our waiter there was very cool ... one of those people who just radiate chillness. pretty good ambience out on the back patio (heated forunately).

andy found the bar he liked from the last time he was in SF called the red room which was great. pretty good music, good ambience, nice decor, mostly chill crowd. nearish powell st i think and def. recommended.
posted by fwc | 9/4/2003 2:18 PM

two pics from san francisco

posted by fwc | 9/2/2003 11:34 AM


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