Monday, March 26, 2012

Just Buy It - Alex Clare . . .

Just released in the US iTunes Store today for the steal of $7.99; Alex Clare's The Lateness Of The Hour!

Clare's song Too Close is currently featured in the television commercial for Internet Explorer.

The music is Dubstep influenced Electronica rooted in Jazz R&B and Soul.  Imagine Amy Winehouse and Adele vocals sped up with a pounding baseline.

And if you still need more convincing he does a hot cover of Prince's When Doves Cry!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Just Art Explosion Open Studios . . .

The perfect rainy day activity presented itself on Saturday with the 12th annual Art Explosion Spring Open Studios show.

Over 120 local San Francisco artists at two locations.  Painters, sculptors, jewelers, fabric artists, mixed media, photography, drawings and more presented in the artists own studios.

Admission to the event was free and refreshments were provided.

Below is just a sampling of the pieces on display.

Tuan Tran

Artist Not Present - If you are the Artist please let me know so that I can give you credit

Artist Not Present - If you are the Artist please let me know so that I can give you credit

Lucky Rapp

Artist Not Present - If you are the Artist please let me know so that I can give you credit

June Li

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Just A Shamrock Shake . . .

My six year old self told my thirty seven year old self that the McDonald's Shamrock Shake was so delicious that I must re-live that magical childhood moment when my taste buds first came in contact with the green-dyed mint milkshake that is only available for a limited time.

The reality is I could not even remember what a Shamrock Shake tasted like.

It had to be good right?

I mean it was held with such high regard in the deep recesses of my brain.

So in honor of St. Patrick's Day I stopped into my local McDonald's for what was sure to be a highlight in culinary experiences.

After placing my order I watched as the dark green liquid shot through a clear tube and mixed with the vanilla ice cream to make my Shamrock Shake.

The milkshake reached the top of the cup and the McDonald's employee popped the lid on, shot some whip cream into it and topped it off with a bright red cherry.

My inner six year old self was giddy with excitement as he handed the Shamrock Shake to me.

This green milkshake seemed darker than I remembered.  Or maybe that is because back in the 80's it would have come in a paper cup rather than a clear plastic McCafe cup.  I had probably never seen the color of a Shamrock Shake in full view. 

I stuck a straw into the shake and closed my eyes as I sipped my first taste.

That's it?

It was just kind of a bland mint milkshake.

I remembered McDonald's milkshakes to be so thick you had to put two straws through the lid to suck it up.   This was like drinking a Frappe.

So I guess the Shamrock Shake was better left as a cherished childhood memory.

On that note Loyal Readers I bid you a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Just Wine And Crackers . . .

Saturday was the 32nd Annual Black Cuisine Festival in Bayview which featured three stages of jazz, soul, blues, and gospel music.   There were also vendors selling soul food, artwork, and jewelry.

I had spent the first part of Saturday doing some projects for work and as the weather was spectacular I allowed myself to take a brief break to go check out the festival that was only a block away.  I convinced myself that I would be back to work within an hour.

Well once I made it to the festival I ran into a couple of my neighbors who with very little twisting of my arm convinced me to join them for a bite to eat.

We took the food back to our complex where we uncorked some wine and eight hours later I realized I had never made it back to my spreadsheet. 

Photo by Eric

Best fifteen minute break ever!

Just Disney Housewives . . .