Drinks »Flavored Margaritas at Cafe El Portal

Flavored Margaritas at Cafe El Portal We went a few months ago with Doug and Astrid and tried the cucumber and a hibiscus varieties. Both were awesome. There were several more flavors to choose from, these two just jumped right of the menu.

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Posted on December 5, 2005

Desserts »Chocolate souffle with Cava sauce and balsamic vinegar

We got it awhile back, but my mind frequently wanders back to when I ate it.

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Hunks »Belinda Carlisle

Belinda Carlisle Back in the old days, the lead singer of the Go-Gos was totally hot. And there are rumors about some crazy backstage sex tape that make the Belinda of yore seem even hotter (as if that's possible). Up until “Heaven is a Place on Earth”. After that, forget about it.

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Places to Visit »Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Whenever I'm in Colorado Springs, CO, I make a point to visit this extraordinary mountaintop zoo. Imagine a really clean, relatively uncrowded, pleasant smelling, non-depressing zoo. That zoo you just imagined is this zoo!

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Recipes »Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies I don't really bake anything, but I love it whenever these cookies are baked for me. The two sticks of butter make all the difference.

Recipe available here.

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Restaurants »Vietnam Banh Mi So 1

Vietnam Banh Mi So 1 This is amazing and it's really cheap too. French bread with Vietnamese cold cuts are a match made in a colonial culinary dream. There's one with pate (which is awesome) and there's one that's just called the Number 1. You probably should get them both.

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Albums »Original Bad Company Anthology

Original Bad Company Anthology I know, at first two whole discs of anything can seem overwhelming. But come on, it's Bad Company, a band that loves to sing about love. Listen to these extremely romantic song titles: “Can't Get Enough (of your Love)”; “Ready For Love”; “Good Lovin' Gone Bad”; “Feel Like Makin'
Love”, “Hammer Of Love”. When I was a kid, before the Stone Temple Pilots were considered Classic Rock by idiotic FM deejays, Bad Company dominated the airwaves. I've heard the title track from the band's debut LP almost as many times as I've heard “Hotel California”, and I'll never get sick of the moody storytelling and power piano. Other tracks on this compilation couldn't rock any harder (or drop any more participles). “Movin' On”; “Smokin' 45”; “Burnin' Sky” and “Rock and Roll Fantasy” will blow you away. Did you know Bad Company was a supergroup featuring former members of King Crimson, Mott the Hoople and Free (best known for the song “All Right Now” featured on the American Beauty soundtrack but, surprisingly, not in Dazed and Confused).

However you feel about Classic Rock, “Feel like Makin' Love” probably won't put you in the love-making mood exactly, but it will sound amazing.

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Movies »Joysticks

Joysticks Joe Don Baker (I don't know if you've ever seen “Mitchell”–if you haven't, rent the MST3K skewering right away) wants to close down a video arcade run by a guy who can't have sex or play video games because of what he saw reflected in the darkened screen of a broken Miss Pac console one terrible night. The theme song “Totally Awesome Video Games” brings a smile to my face every time I hear it, as does another awesome song from the soundtrack, “Vidiots”.

Characters called Dorfus and King Vidiot are involved in a video game contest with the future of the arcade on the line. There's a scene where a hot dog gets stuck between a girl's' tits and no one really does anything for like 2 minutes. “Joysticks” is a little hard to find, it will probably never make it to DVD, but we usually watch it at least once a year.

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Laughs »Crazy Lady with Skateboarders

Crazy Lady with Skateboarders This lady is sick and tired of the photographers that keep coming around and photographing her illegally. This clip goes on for four minutes, it just keeps getting better and better. When the crazy lady starts insisting that the dudes are breaking the law, one of them just has to ask, what did we do wrong? The Crazy Lady responds: One, trespass. Two, illegal photograph. Three, you're not allowed.Four, you've been yelled at.

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TV Shows »V – The Original TV Miniseries

V - The Original TV Miniseries Marc Singer (Beastmaster) plays a tough guy news cameraman convinced that “The Visitors”, humanoid aliens that have landed on our planet led by the beautiful Diana, are evil. Singer is totally right, the Visitors are evil, and they quickly enslave the human race by expertly manipulating the very news station Singer once worked as a photog for. This 3 and a half hour mini series began the whole V cycle, continuing with V – The Final Battle and concluding with V – The Series. Throughout the story, poignant parallels are drawn between the alien regime and Fascist movements of the 20th century, sometime there parallels are a little too poignant (I remember Robin ((who I hate)) having to say goodbye to her grandfather or something equally schmaltzy being a perfect time to order take out). All in all, this series is great, and even though there are some evident shortcoming and the production feels a little bit dated (it was a TV show made in 80s, after all), this is an ideal program to commit to on a chilly weekend if you happened to find yourself too hung over to really leave the house.

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Web Sites »Thottbot: WoW Database

Thottbot: WoW Database The other day I just could not find the location of this specialized leather working trainer (Peter Galen,the dragonscale leather working trainer). I knew he was in Azshara, but I didn't have the time to fool around looking for this guy in some very dangerous territory. That's where Thottbot comes in. It's not cheating, it's more like a tool to help you maximize the amount of quality time you put into playing WOW.

www.thottbot.com

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Spend a Couple Minutes »Wish Happy Birthday to Mike Stermer!

Mike Stermer My good friend Mike becomes one year older on Wednesday, and since my birthday is the day after, I never forget his. Or Pearl Harbor–don't forget about that.

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Books »Infinite Jest

Infinite Jest This book takes place in the future (the future Wallace envisioned in the mid 1990s, the future we envision today is a bit different, there's really no place for the Clean Party in the coming years), in the Year of the Depend Adult Undergarment, which I think is 2009. Set in the Metro Boston area, about half of the story takes place at the Enfield Tennis Academy, an elaborate campus atop a scenic hill offering a view of the massive catapults that hurl waste north to the Great Concavity, while the other half of the book (it's a massive tome, 1000 or so pages including the copious foot notes, which you really can't skip) focuses on a halfway house half way down the same hill. A number of unforgettable characters populate the pages, the entire Incandenza family (including the long departed patriarch, the “Mad Stork” James Orin Incandenza, who visits Don Gately in wraith form after Gately gets shot by the Canuck with the “Moose” shirt after the coke addict who kills the dogs… it gets complicated.) The book is excellent, the first fifty pages or so may not be exactly easy going, but soon the book opens right up and you< do not want it to end. Which it does, eventually. Kind of. Oh–and there's Eschaton and the wheelchair assassins and the Madame Psychosis radio program and the Whataburger invitational and Pemulis buying that DMZ...

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Style Icons: Female »Goldie Hawn

Goldie Hawn No matter where she's appearing–from Laugh In to the one where she's rich and gets amnesia and Kurt Russell and his kids take care of her until she gets her memory back but she still loves them–Goldie Hawn has an awesome style. Not like that so-called daughter of hers, the one who married the stoned brother from the Black Crowes.

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