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You’re going to be excited

May 26th, 2008 No comments

When you watch me clean the garage and put a metal shelf together.

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Odd

May 23rd, 2008 No comments

I can enter 3:99 on my microwave.  It counts down from 99 as if there was such a thing as 99 seconds.  Interesting.

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Vom Fass

May 23rd, 2008 1 comment

Vom Fass is a specialty food store that sells very unique oils and vinegars.  I went to their store on University Ave. last night for their very first tasting event.

I got there at about 6:30 and the place was moderately full.  A few chairs were scattered around, but not enough for everyone to sit on.  I guess that’s ok, as most of the time we were standing anyway.  They started with a little overview of the store and mentioned the things we’d be tasting: caprese salad on toast, basmati rice, roasted vegetables, fruit salad, and a tart.  They also had (tiny) wine tastings.

The goal was to take each of those foods and try the different oils and vinegars on them.  The toast was very good wtih balsamic vinegar as well as a white truffle oil.  For the rice they had us focus on nut oils.  I found that the pumpkin and almond oils were best (and you needed to add a bit of salt to really taste any of it the way you should).  For the vegetables, they didn’t put enough out right away for everyone to have some.  So, by the time I got some, everyone else was milling around waiting for the next course.  Nonetheless, just about any oil or vinegar was good on those.

The fruit salad was very simple: oranges, pineapple, melon, strawberry.  A honey vinegar was really good with the orange slices, and an older balsamic was great on strawberries.  The tart was served with a scoop of ice cream.  The tart itself was perfectly fine without adding anything to it, so I added a bit of three oils to the ice cream.  It sounds odd, but oil on ice cream is actually very good.  Pistachio oil ($19.99/100ml!) was amazing on it.  It made the plain vanilla ice cream taste like pistachio ice cream.  I wanted to buy some right there, but held off.

They provided a gift bag before we left as well.  It included a sampling of three oils (including the pumpkin oil), three vinegars (including an excellent fig one), some chocolates, a recipe, and a 10% off coupon.  I enjoyed the experience enough to go back for another tasting at some point.  They have some specialty spirits (whisky, grappa, eau di vie) that I’d love to try, and I wouldn’t mind another gift bag either.  If you get the chance, I suggest stopping by at some point to check it out and try some things.

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Dear Apple,

May 22nd, 2008 No comments

I would purchase one of your iPods if you would offer a subscription option for iTunes.

Ryan

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Peronalized?

May 18th, 2008 No comments

Somewhere at the Wisconsin State Journal, someone’s keyboard is missing an S.

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Hong Kong Taxis (suck)

May 4th, 2008 No comments

We got up crazy early (ok, 5:15AM) to head to the airport in Hong Kong.  Opting against waiting for a bellman to get our bags, we hopped into the elevator and headed to the lobby.  A bellman, seeing we carried our luggage on our own, ran over to us (yes, ran) to grab our bags and get us a taxi.  We needed one to get to Hong Kong station, where we could hop on the Airport Express train (to use the final ride on our “Traveler’s Octopus Card”).

The bellman loaded up the trunk and I told the driver we needed HK station.  As we started to drive away, the cabbie decided to argue with us in broken English.  He said something about not taking us to the station and instead taking us right to the airport and we began to get nervous.  It was something about it was cheaper to just drive to the airport and not take the train.  Well, no, that wasn’t the case as we had free rides on our Octopus cards.  We told him that but he continued to argue for at least a couple minutes.  Thinking we might be driven right to the airport (30 minutes away even by train), we agreed to not pay him a dime (or a Hong Kong dollar) if that was the case.

I think the cabbie realized this too, so he took us to the station as we requested.  Upon arrival at the station, the cabbie unloaded our bags for us and sped away as fast as he could.  I think he was disappointed with the short distance he drove us.  Nonetheless, it was still a $40HK ride (about $5US).  After he sped away I turned around to find out that he had literally dropped our bags on the ground then drove off.  He didn’t move them to the curb or even make the effort to stand them up.  They were left in the street, on their sides, immediately behind where the cab had been.  Good thing I didn’t tip him.

Hong Kong taxis suck.

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Coffee Jelly

May 1st, 2008 No comments

When I first got to Japan, signs inside each Starbucks advertised an upcoming new drink: coffee jelly.  It was first offered on 4/15.  We ordered one (~530Y for a grande) and it was decent.  It’s basically a frozen frappuciono style drink with jellied coffee at the bottom.  It’s similar to bubble tea, I guess.  I didn’t get a chance to see how they store/dispense the jelly, but I’m curious how that’s done.  Is it my new drink of choice (when in Japan, of course)? No.  But it was interesting.

I wouldn’t look forward to seeing it stateside.

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Japanese Starbucks menu includes “short” size

May 1st, 2008 No comments

I thought it was interesting that Japanese Starbucks include the “short” size on their menu.  Americans can order a “short” drink, but they’re not going to see the size advertise on the menu.

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