gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (It's time for sweets!)

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CLEARLY I HAVE BEEN MAKING BREAD WRONG ALL OF THESE YEARS ;_;
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> ("Special stew")
Holy crap, today I discovered the most awesome place on my way home (temporarily; I have to go back for German in a few hours).

Those of you who are/were longtime IC residents probably know the Bread Garden, the cafe/restaurant famous for its soup, breads and pastries. Well, they've opened a grocery store in the Ped Mall! (Where Tait's Natural Foods used to be; for those of you who haven't been here in a few years and don't know where that is, it's basically part of the ground floor of the new office building next to the library that was under construction when I came in 2005.)

So I was pleased to discover that not only do I now have a small grocery store on the way home from campus again, but this time it's exactly the kind of grocery store I would wish for if I had a choice. Like Tait's did, it has lots of organic/healthy/high-dollar but high-quality items; unlike Tait's, it also has "regular" food (i.e., brands like Doritos and Coke and Breyer's and the like, with commensurate pricing). So basically I can stop both to buy the unhealthy things I like (Pringles, pop, etc.) but also to get healthy/nice items to cook actual food.

I think some will be leery because Tait's died a death of attrition, basically because it was trying to do what the New Pioneer Co-op (our local crunchy granola organic/healthy/high-dollar but high-quality items co-op) does. But for a while it really did fill a needed niche in that it basically served as a neighborhood grocery for people in the area; it died mostly because it didn't offer anything to fit student budgets. That's not the problem with this place; not only can you get the nice $5 organic brats, but you can also get the $3.50 Johnsonville beer brats as well, and for a lot of things it has both "regular" and organic/nice versions.

So basically, while Iowa City doesn't have enough crunchy granola people to support two organic grocery stores, I think it does have enough crunchy granola people and students who walk to campus to support a neighborhood market that offers both cheap and nice varieties of food. I'm hoping it will survive, and perhaps even expand the organic/quality food market (Tait's certainly seemed to; the Co-op said their membership rose after Tait's opened, which I can only put down as more availability of nice organic food leading to more consumers of it, and the Bread Garden Market may do the same).

Also, the coup de grace: like Tait's did (and unfortunately the Co-op doesn't), THEY HAVE KING ARTHUR BREAD FLOUR, HOO-YAH

:9

Feb. 27th, 2008 08:53 pm
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (Behold!)
Inspired by [livejournal.com profile] iowayehudit and [livejournal.com profile] jantalaimon's food blogs ([livejournal.com profile] yummyyehudit and The Spice is Right, respectively), I've decided to make my own, in hopes that it will inspire me to cook/bake more (and hence both to eat more healthily and to eat out less). I probably won't do full-on Cooking Photojournalism - if I do that, that'll probably go in this journal - but I am going to try to take pictures of everything I cook/bake that is new and/or out of the ordinary. :D

Edit: It would probably help if I linked to it, huh? It's at [livejournal.com profile] baketothefuture. XD;
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> ("Special stew")
Happy Monday.

Apparently my 1000th journal entry passed without much fanfare a couple of entries ago. Go me! Also, happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] dincrest!

Also, I am zesting a lemon to make buccellatti, and man, my fingers smell totally awesome. Lemony fresh and zestily sweet! Hopefully the cake will taste as good. I'm making it because [livejournal.com profile] lordtravis, [livejournal.com profile] teachingmusic and [livejournal.com profile] bshippotemkin are coming over for dinner, and I'd like to have dessert for them as well. :D

The other day I saw Saved! at Judith's...man, but is that a funny movie. Jena Malone was good, and Mandy Moore kind of rocked in it. Also, Macaulay Culkin seems halfway normal and slightly well-adjusted now! :O

Let's Positive Linking!
- Hott lesbo Victorian porn. (From [livejournal.com profile] jokersama.) Not worksafe, obviously (it's PORN); also has minor bestiality (so that's why those Victorian ladies all had lapdogs!), subliminal wangs everywhere, unorthodox use of a sundial, and a PENIS-SNAIL. (Those wacky Victorians.) Seriously, how can things get awesomer than a penis-snail? XD
- AHHHHH BIZARRE FRENCH AIDS AWARENESS AD WTF! (From [livejournal.com profile] naruto_nerd; quite probably not worksafe.) I mean, I understand the meaning behind it, and it's certainly memorable, but still, wtf. Though at least they ALLOW advertising for safe sex there...I don't think I've ever seen a TV commercial advocating it here.
- If y'all haven't seen Stephen Colbert's speech at the White House press correspondent dinner/lunch/thing, you should. It's hilarious, though it says something about our government that, like [livejournal.com profile] bshippotemkin, my first response was worry for Colbert's well-being. XD

Edit: Apparently the porn entry has been deleted. And I did not save any of it to my HD to show you guys. I'm gonna have to hunt it down again now, aren't I? D:

:D

Apr. 29th, 2006 09:47 am
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> ("Special stew")
Wow, ganache really is super-easy to make and looks AWESOME. I keep looking over at my cake, all "whoa, I made that? :D" I just hope it tastes as good as it looks. :D

Also, it's all rainy and wet out, bleh. It looks like it'll clear up by the time of the picnic this afternoon, though.

On the plus side, I got paid two days early, w00t! :D
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> ("Special stew")
Baking dorkery )

As I was finishing up my bread, [livejournal.com profile] lordtravis and [livejournal.com profile] teachingmusic called to see if I wanted to go to dinner with them. So we had a nice dinner at a Chinese restaurant and then Travis showed me The Neverending Story (which, I hesitate to admit, I had never seen). It was actually pretty good, especially compared to the somewhat similar Mirrormask that we watched last night (which, while visually striking, failed to impress me story- and writing-wise).

And more baking dorkery, or, Let them eat cake )

Anyway, that's probably enough baking dorkery for one entry. On to other varieties of dorkery!

As some (nay, most) of you already know, Nintendo has officially named their new console (formerly codenamed Revolution): the Wii. Now, see, a lot of people are making cracks about the name, but honestly I think they're just taking the piss. >D

(More about the Wii, if you're interested.)

Also, here's a great otakukin vs. otherkin wank: "We are otakin, hear us roar!" For those of you who are unfamiliar with ota(ku)kin/otherkin, let me give you a brief primer. You know furries, right? Well, otherkin are kind of like furries, only further out there; they believe that their soul is that of a wolf/fox/walrus/pixie/dragon/whatever. Otakukin are a step further- they're like otherkin, but instead of believing their souls are reincarnated animals/fairies, they believe their souls are reincarnated fictional characters. (So, like, Sailor Moon or Sesshoumaru.)

I mostly like this wank for the fact that people who think they're dragons or otters are heaping contempt on people who think they're Sailor Moon or Neo. I'm not sure whether it's amusing because it's a pot-kettle thing, or because they're like, "dude, we believe we're reincarnated animals, and that's too far out even for US." XD

Let's Positive Linking!
- Apparently Lestat: the Musical sucks. Though vampire musicals are not NECESSARILY bad, as the article argues. After all, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode is still one of the niftiest things EVAR.
- Porn stars' acting skills tested on West End. (From [livejournal.com profile] jokersama.) Debbie Does Mrs. Warren's Profession?
- VD is for Everybody! It's so creepily cheerful. D:
- C for Cookie. (From [livejournal.com profile] pekeana.) Sesame Street as envisioned by Alan Moore. XD

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