Saturday, December 09, 2006

Restaurant Quote of the Weekend

"I didn't see it-the shrimp was in the way!"

Said by me, in response to BigD pulling down PRMan01's pants (underwear and all) while he was standing directly in front of me.

When asked if I liked the show, I responded "I didn't see it-the shrimp was in the way!" implying his penis was so small, a shrimp blocked the view.

Really, it was a platter of shrimp, but still, it made for big laughs, and ongoing jokes all night.

Beat up, tired, hungry and thirsty...still loving every minute of it.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Blockage

I fully understand the novelists and song writers who appear in movies-jotting down passages and prose on coffee house napkins.

Words come to me, it seems, at the most inopportune times-on the way out the door, when my hands are covered in dough, or while drifting peacefully off to sleep. "I'll remember this one." I say to myself. "This one's worth remembering."

But life happens, and other thoughts come and go, and my words disappear.

What stories could I have told you, my dear readers of the friend I have never met, or the lover who is destined to find me? Could I have captured your hearts with a single sentence or perhaps it would have taken longer...

Alphabetically they dance, waving their beautiful music in my brain, simply waiting for me to remember...

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Cooking Class 2

I didn't bring my camera because I thought it would be geeky, which, coincidentally, was someone else's sentiment. I think we both wish we did. The paper camera pictures will be good, but I find myself wanting something electronic to scan through today to remember my favorite moments.

Last night I conducted a cooking class for 3 Quinnipiac University students. With the exception of the fact that we ran a little late on time and the rice was overcooked, the class was a success.

In my opinion, it was because my students were amazing. Not only were they enthusiastic and attentive, but they asked questions like, "When you are eating this potato, what are you looking for?"-a question that not many adults would even care to ask. It was refreshing to be around these young, smart "kids" who were eager to soak up every little bit of information I was willing to give.

Teaching people how to cook, I've learned, is one of my favorite things to do. I like the look they get in their eyes when they see a whole mushroom turn into perfect slices, or when they "feel" the difference when slicing it. I love that I am helping someone learn how to love someone. Food is love, and by being able to make a dish that comforts, or excites, or nourishes, they are sharing that love with others.

And I helped.

I had such a good time it barely felt like I was working. I guess that's the beauty of doing what you love...

There was no traffic this morning. That surprised me. Overall, I think it's going to be a good day.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Randomivity

I hate my blog template, even though I'm the one who made it. I'm in the agonizing process of trying to piece together something I like. This one's going to be more...girly looking I think. If it ever gets done.

Weird things continue to happen in the bathrooms at work. Yesterday someone stopped me and asked what size shoe I wore, and told me they've been looking for someone to give shoes too. Normally, this would be my most favorite thing in the world but:

1. I don't know the person at all

2. They've been worn

What do I do when she comes in with these shoes and expect to see me sometime in the bathroom wearing them? Ick.

We had a luncheon at work yesterday at an off site restaurant. Upon arrival, my boss ordered several pitchers of beer and wine for us. This is definitely a different environment than my other location...

I hate it when people randomly burp in public and don't say excuse me. It's not the burp that annoys me-it's their lack of understanding or care that it is rude.

After several phone calls from unknown callers, bill collectors and other random people, I changed my answering machine to say, "You've reached 888-888-8888. If I don't know you personally, please have the courtesy to leave a message-otherwise, I will never answer the phone, and you will never get in touch with me."

I went out to get sushi with one of my classmates during our break yesterday. It was weird being at dinner with him without everyone else. Luckily, we each had a drink, and so it was less awkward.

Some said, "Be your charming self" to me. I'm charming! ;)

The same sushi boy from class ordered absinthe through the mail. For those of you who don't know, it's illegal to drink here, and it wipes out your brain.

I've made a decision about my life and put a deadline on it.

While reading the news yesterday I came across a story about a man who'd been shot 3 times. He lives 1 street away from me, and they think it may have happened there.

Putting a lavendar scented air freshener in your car is a bad idea.

I took my first "bow" as a culinary arts student on Monday. It was a good feeling.

There's not enough time in the week to do all of the things I need to before the end of the year. And I'm tired.

TLWFM. IBN.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Toosdae ?'s

Happy Toosdae everyone! It snowed here this morning, which you all know I LOVE! Happiness comes in the form of frozen water for me...have fun!

1. Do you buy yourself Christmas presents? If so, do you wrap them? Do you wait until Christmas to open them?

2. When picking out an outfit to wear for the day, do you usually choose comfort or style? Are you a spontaneous dresser (go to the closet, pick a shirt) or a planner (decide the night before)?


3. Going in the other direction...if there were no social stigmas attached (including people thinking you look bad) and no health risks involved, would you prefer to live your life nude or would you opt for clothes?

1. I don't purposely buy myself Christmas presents with the intent of wrapping them...but...well...it just happens sometimes. I justify the purchase by wrapping it and putting it under the tree telling myself I deserve to treat me well too!

2. I think most of my clothes are for style, but they are also mostly comfortable. On my best days, I pick something out the night before, on most days, I pick whatever is the least wrinkled and match it with something else.

3. I've gotta say I'd stick with clothing most of the time. Though I enjoy a naked nap (tmi?) now and then, I also enjoy sweatshirts. In the summer though, being able to skinny dip without repercussions would be awesome.

And also, being naked all of the time leaves very little to the imagination, and that's almost the best part of sexuality, IMO.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Menu

Yesterday, as you know from the post below, was mostly spent working on my menu planning project for school...I've finally finished the mock up of the menu, including loose descriptions of the dishes. Here is my menu-tell me what you think:

Starters:

Crostini Plate
prosciutto wrapped crostini with fresh melon salsa and Bruschetta with white beans, sundried tomatoes and basil.
Soffio di Calamari
Crispy calamari puffs served with a chili lime salsa.
House Salad
Spicy watercress greens tossed in a light sherry vinaigrette, topped with Maytag Blue Cheese crumbles.
Classic Caesar
Hearts of romaine, house made Caesar dressing and croutons with fresh Parmesan shavings.
Soup:
Mushroom Soup
A rich mushrooms oup with chestnuts and roasted fennel
Apricot Lentil Soup
Classic lentil soup with a sweet and tangy twist.
Entrees:
Mediterranean Short Ribs
Slow braised short rib of beef served with a citrus wine sauce over creamy mashed potatoes.
Risotto
Tender risotto with shrimp and asparagus, classically served with freshly shaved parmesan cheese.
Gnocchi with Sausage & Fennel
House made ricotta gnocchi tossed in a sausage & fennel ragu. Topped with Pecorino Romano.
Herb Crusted Veal Tenderloin
Slow roasted veal tenderloin with celery root & pear sformato & cherry sauce.
Parmesan Encrusted Chicken
With tomato basil sauce and fingerling potatoes.
Dessert:
Decadence
Flourless chocolate cake with fresh raspberry coulis, served warm with Tahitian Vanilla Gelato.
Panna Cotta
Creamy vanilla bean Panna Cotta served with fresh berries and chocolate sauce.
Apple & Cream Tart
Sweet, flaky crust filled with tart apples and topped with Calvados whipped cream.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Menu Planning-Ugh

Some of you may know that I am in the middle of the biggest project of my school career. It's for my Menu Planning class, and it involves "creating" a restaurant from start to finish as if I were really going to open it when I graduate.

Demographic research...rent and square footage information...equipment needed...style...payroll/staffing list...costing and yes, the menu.

Each menu needs:

2 Appetizers
2 Salads
2 Soups
5 Entrees
2 Desserts
Drinks

Along with accurate recipe cards, cost cards, yield cards, descriptions and an actual menu. My last 5 hours (No exaggeration) has been spent filling in my recipe cards online and creating my menu. I had to do something fun otherwise I'd go batty...you can't really see it, and the descriptions are not really there, nor are the correct prices, but it's below.

I'm beat. I still have no idea what I'm going to call my "restaurant". Any ideas? It's an Eclectic Italian place that will cater to young yuppies. I'm thinking it's gotta be one word.

Right now, I'm thinking it's gotta be "HELP".