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Weekend Reading, Volume 9

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  • Roger Ebert writes about movies that hurt too much to watch.  I can’t bring myself to re-watch either Brokeback Mountain or Schindler’s ListBrokeback breaks my heart or, rather, reminds me too much of my broken heart.  And there’s the recent loss of Heath Ledger, too.  My feelings about Schindler’s List are a little bit complicated.  At the theater, I cried so much that I considered leaving; I felt like I was bothering everyone else.  It wasn’t so much the inhumanity depicted in the film, though there was that, of course.  I was crying in response to the good things that some characters did, at enormous risk to themselves.  It’s a manipulative film, spectacularly so.  (Link via PeaceBang)
  • Mamihlapinatapai: (Yaghan) a look shared by two people with each wishing that the other will initiate something that both desire but which neither one wants to start; eye-contact implying ‘after you…’; ending up mutually at a loss as to what to do about each other (Link via Kottke)
  • In Japan, Buddhism is one the wane, according to this NYT story.  I’ve always really appreciated the “easygoing, buffetlike approach to religion” taken by the Japanese.  We Americans could learn something from that.
  • When I was a kid, way before it was cool, my dad was an organic gardener.  We lived out in the sticks, and no one else got it.  At all.  Least of all me.  So, anyway, this list in the NYT of the 11 best foods we aren’t eating has some, er, special resonance for me.  Actually, though, I already like, and eat, several of these foods.  But Swiss chard?!  Please, God, please tell me I had enough of that stuff in my childhood to last a lifetime.  Please.
  • And another NYT story that I can recommend this week—can you tell what I was reading this week?—details the recent collapse of catfish farming in Mississippi.  Times are hard in the Delta.  Eat more catfish, people!  (Check out the cool slideshow accompanying the story, too.)

Written by Jimmy

July 19th, 2008 at 8:58 am

St. Louis Cardinals 2, Philadelphia Phillies 0 (Psst, this post is actually about mead.)

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I don’t really have much to report from my attendance at last night’s game.  The Phillies were offensively in-offensive.  Or something.  My pre-game roast pork sandwich was good but not life-altering.  Worst of all, I didn’t meet the Handsome Stranger™ of my dreams.

I did have some delicious post-game mead at Tria Cafe.  I guess that’s something.

The mead was Makana‘s ¡Qhilika African Herbal Blossom Mead, which I blogged about at the old homestead.  It’s a South African mead flavored with—among other things—rosehips, cinnamon, apple, and licorice.  It’s spicy enough to sort of counteract the sweetness of the honey, and it’s sweet enough that you don’t feel like your swigging something from your spice rack.  In other words, it’s well balanced.  It’s mighty tasty, and I highly recommend it.

I paired the mead with a delicious banana, goat’s milk caramel, and mascarpone panini.  Zowie!  The sweetness of the dessert helped to sharpen the spiciness of the mead.  When I visit Tria, I usually pair my dessert with a good beer, but the Makana mead was a nice change of pace.

(By the way, it looks to me like Makana may have changed the name of its African Herbal Blossom Mead to Honey Sun African Mead.  Does anyone know for sure?)

Written by Jimmy

July 9th, 2008 at 7:22 pm

Posted in Food,Philly,Sports

Los Angeles Angels 6, Philadelphia Phillies 2

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My buddy and I hit the ballpark last night for some more interleague action (that still sounds dirty to me), this time involving the California Anaheim Los Angeles (insert eye roll here) Angels of, ahem, Anaheim.  The Phillies had almost no offense.  Manager Charlie Manuel finally gave the apparently exhausted Chase Utley a night off, and the rest of the Phillies line-up seemed to have nothing to offer.  The Phils lost, 6-2.

In the seventh inning, when there were already two outs, the Phils did manage to score two runs to tie the game.  Jayson Werth hit a solo homer.  A few minutes later, Pedro Feliz doubled, sending Chris Coste—who had walked—home.  Eric Bruntlett, who was subbing for Utley, ended the rally with a baserunning mistake, but it wouldn’t have mattered.  The Angels roughed up Phillies starter Brett Myers, as well as reliever Chad Durbin, in the eighth.  The fans, disgusted at the fourth straight loss, streamed out.  Not me, though!  I hung tough, until the final out.

Myers, by the way, pitched fairly well for most of the game.  He gave up two solo homers to Vladimir Guerrero early in the game, and I guess I wasn’t absolutely shocked that Manuel sent him out to pitch the eighth.  In retrospect, though, that was a mistake.  Myers got two outs and then gave up a two-run homer to Erick Aybar (who?).  Myers is a real puzzle this season.  He’ll be pitching really, really well, and then, suddenly, he gives up a home run.  Then he’s back to pitching well…and then, suddenly, well, you know.  He’s given up a league-leading 23 homers already this season.  Ouch.  And that’s our opening day starter, you know?  Ouch, again.

But I have to put the blame here pretty squarely on Manuel.  With the game tied in the eighth, Myers—whose pitch count was nearing three digits—should’ve come out.

But on to more important things.  I got to the game extra early so I could stand in the long, long, long line at Tony Luke’s for a roast pork sandwich.  Damn, it was delicious—all moist and meaty.  It might’ve been the best thing I’ve eaten all year.  It’s certainly the best thing I’ve eaten at the ballpark this year, and that’s high praise because I love those crab fries from Chickie’s and Pete’s.

I don’t have time to do it justice right now, but remind me to go on a real tear sometime about baseball teams that change their names to something silly.  Yup, I’m thinking about the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  But I’m also thinking of you, too, Tampa Bay Devil Rays.  Bay Rays?  That is so dumb.

I think I need another roast pork sandwich right about now.

Written by Jimmy

June 22nd, 2008 at 2:33 pm

Posted in Food,Sports