— Lemony Snicket (via closedforprayer)
sketchup screenshot of potential changes to the new (to us) lunchroom space, including a curtain for the stage, the PA system permanently set up, a gallery created by movable walls, and a small recording studio!
Help us do this with your dough (http://www.razoo.com/story/Thenewps1) or by volunteering! Community planning meeting this Wed 12/4 at 5:30p, or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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M.J. Rogers: Baby Versus The Bar (2012)
One day only! The epic showdown that will leave you growling for more! sunday Sunday SUNDAY!
And is that a loaf of bread on their night stand?
Skeletal Creatures Carved Out Of Everyday Objects
Artist - Maskull Lasserre
THIS WEEK’S THEME: QUESTIONABLE CONSENT
Julia James: Bought for the Greek’s Bed (2007)
Jane Porter: At the Greek Boss’s Bidding (2007)
Both of these books are part of Harlequin’s “Greek Tycoon” Series. Man what is it about the Greeks and their constant bids for money, power and manipulated women? Let’s be honest: tycoons are a well documented trend in greek history. I mean we’ve got Agamemnon, Paris, Menelaus…and probably some real people too? Even the word “Tycoon” is so deeply rooted in Greek culture, it was folly for Harlequin not to make a series about this long-standing tradition and not pick, say, any other culture. Italy gets Berlusconi. The Greeks get
an economic collapsea tycoon romance novel series where they buy women for pleasure.
Hey, at least there isn’t any question about what he’s buying her for.
The original recipe for this drink was given to me by the talented mixologist, Mustafa Hammouda, at Relish: Local Foods Global Flavors. It was developed ensemble with Cary Speck, who has several amazing drinks on the Relish menu. If you want to taste the most delicious mojito of your life, check out Relish’s bar menu during the spring and summer.
The Original Recipe:
2 oz. Clear rum**
12 mint leaves
1 T. simple syrup (honey works best)
1/2 oz. - 1 oz. lime juice
1 t. - 1 T. sugar
**”I’ll kill you if you use Bacardi or something of equal or lesser shelf-standing” -Mustafa
Slice kumquats. Dump in mixing glass. Top with small amount of raw sugar. Muddle. Top with mint, more sugar. Muddle. Add rest of ingredients. Muddle again. Dump over ice in a tall glass. Top with a small amount of soda water (1-3 oz). Sir. Drink.
I originally asked Mustafa for this recipe after I found a row of kumquat trees one street over from the apartment where I am spending my winter in Santa Barbara. Further down the street I found lime trees. Perfect. The kumquats were relatively small so I picked as many as I could find ripe. They were all at the centers of the bushes. I was not wearing a good foraging shirt. My mistake.
At our local grocery we only found Bacardi clear rum (or those of equivalent or lower shelf standing), and so fearing our mixologist’s wrath, we chose instead, Kraken, our favorite dark rum to experiment with. The dark rum made the drink sweeter, so during the second trial we cut back on the quantity of sugar we muddled with to next to nothing.
We also lacked a muddler or a pestle so we mushed everything up with the bottom of the shot glass in a low tumbler.
Okay, and I forgot to get soda water, so we used ginger ale and cut down on the sugar even more.
In short, we didn’t really follow the recipe at all. But you, dear reader, will be smarter.
"I like to be able to chew on my cocktail between sips."
Even with this sage advice from our mixologist, we removed about 3/4 of the kumquat rinds before pouring it over the ice. As you can see there was still plenty of seeds and rinds left. Some of the taste testers said they would have preferred the entire drink strained so they weren’t spitting out seeds. I thought they were fine.
FINAL EXPERIMENTAL RECIPE:
2-3 oz. dark hipsters rum
8-10 small, locally foraged kumquats
12 locally grown mint leaves bought at farmer’s market
1-2 t. white sugar simple syrup (we were testing the recipe for some vegan friends and wanted to try without honey syrup)
juice from half a lime, locally foraged
1 t. sugar for muddling
poured over a lot of ice and topped with 2 oz. ginger ale.
RESULTS: Clear rum is still better than spiced rum. The spices in the rum reminded you of the liquor’s presence with every sip and overshadowed the taste of the kumquats. Clear rum conceals better behind the acid of the citrus. But if you like a drink that makes its potency known, dark rum might be the way to go. Also never use ginger ale. It was gross. It added both flavors and sugar which were not needed.
CONCLUSION: Use the original recipe. It’s delicious. Modifications are not.
kumquat mojito by Cary Speck and Mustafa Hammouda is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Today we remember Nobel-Prize winning British author Doris Lessing by revisiting our interviews with her from 1988 and 1992. Lessing published more than 50 books, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and memoir.
She passed away on Sunday morning at the age of 94.
via Nobel Prize
THIS WEEK’S THEME: QUESTIONABLE CONSENT
Maggie Cox: Bought: For His Convenience or Pleasure? (2009)
Deborah Hale: Bought: The Penniless Lady (2011)
Today we start a weeklong series of romance covers with problems of sexual consent. And trust me, there will be no shortage of these titles. These first two are are examples of many “Bought” titles brought to us by Harlequin. I’m secretly hoping that this series will in time morph into a “Consensual Contract” but I’m not holding my breath.
So let’s talk…
Sex Trafficking book #1: “For His Pleasure or Convenience?” This is a very confusing question. How are pleasure and convenience at odds? If the black-suited white man is buying you, you should just hands down assume it’s for convenience. And if you’re a blonde in a pink dress in this Western culture, let’s also just assume that it’s for his pleasure. I also love the street they decided to make out on. It’s like they’re coming home from the Colonial Williamsburg senior prom.
Sex Trafficking book #2: “Forced to wed…” Hey girl, at least he’s making an honest woman of you. Because let me tell you, that’s not what happens to most broke women a rich man picks up in his car and takes to his ivy walls. You should tell him to trim back that ivy, though. That shit’s damaging to the long-term structural integrity of your palace.
And none of that was intended as a sexual innuendo.
STAY TUNED! Later this week: “Me Thinks She Dost Protest Too Much” Romance Novels and Rape Culture
TODAY’S THEME: CALIFORNIA
Tara Taylor Quinn: A Daughter’s Trust (2009)
Suzanne Barclay: Man With A Mission (1993)
Based on the position of the Golden Gate Bridge in the background of both these covers, it’s been getting hot and steamy in San Francisco’s Presidio for the last 20 years. Must be all those old white military buildings with red roofs. Does the National Park Service know there are men in suits fondling babies on its land?
I’m trying to decide whether “A Daughter’s Trust” implies some type of weird incest storyline or if the man in the suit is going for that blonde’s trust fund account. Either way, the baby totally knows what’s up.
I’m living in California for the next 4 months so I thought it would be a fitting theme to kick off Lovers on the Covers.
Kicking off my new blog, Lovers on the Covers, wherein I post way more secondhand romance novel covers than you every thought a small town library could give an artist. Stay tuned for hilarity.
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