Just kidding, I am no Burger Queen, but I’d love to be that bad bitch. I ate burgers three days in a row and realized how much I love them burgers. They are a quintessential American symbol. And I am American as can be, ya dig? Also, yummm, cow. I decided to dedicate this post to some burgers that came into my life. This is not my definitive list. I have also enjoyed the bugers from Holman and Finch, The General Muir, Farmburger, Flip Burger, and the Vortex from Atlanta, GA.
Tonight, I will be attending a free screening for “You’re Next.” It’s a horror movie that premiered in 2011 at the Toronto International Film Festival. The synopsis, according to IMDB is as follows: “When the Davison family comes under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway, the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back.” It’s supposedly horror genre, but it also has aspects of crime and comedy in it. I have seen quite a handful of free movie screenings: Footloose (2011), Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012), No Strings Attached (2011). Basically, I love free and I love movies. So naturally, I love free movie screenings. gofobo.com is where I go for free screening opportunities. Usually though, I get an access code from some social network I am part of, so I am almost guaranteed a ticket. Sometimes they let you bring a +1. The last time I went to a screening, the staff required everyone to put their cell phones in signal blocking bags.
“You’re Next” prompted me to think about my movie taste. I am kind of freaked out at the amount of horror movies I have seen. I have yet to meet anyone who’s seen more horror movies than me. I dunno, it could be because I only know like five people. I have seen ghastly, ghoulish, demented, demonic, and violent movies produced throughout cinema history. Even the cheesy, terrible F (for f*****-awesome!)-rated movies. Shizz, I fold laundry to those movies.
However, I truly enjoy all types of cinema. Nonetheless, my movie preference is akin to that of a prepubescent boy. I like crime, action, horror, sci-fi movies the most. Dramas and comedy are acceptable, especially if I’m not paying. I least like romantic (definitely not paying to see that). However, when they are all of the above, I am quite titillated. I have composed a list of ten movies I have enjoyed within the past couple of years (and whatever). They are essentially movies I would happily watch again. Truly however, there are so many awesome movies out there… and I can go on and on…
1. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
2. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
3. The Descendants (2011)
4. Chronicle (2012)
5. Attack the Block (2011, probs my favorite)
6. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World ( 2010, actually my favorite and EFF everyone who didn’t go see it! how dare you not support this genius movie!)
7. Bridesmaids ( 2011, exceptional chick flick… “you are *my* exception”) <– that was not lame if you get the reference!
8. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011)
Final Destination 5, just kidding, Tropic Thunder (2008)
10. Up (2009)
And for fun, here is a list of horror movies I enjoyed
1. Shutter (2004, original, Thai version)
2. I spit on your grave (2010)
3. Insidious ( 2010 and eff anyone who thinks this movie is a joke!)
4. Trick ‘r Treat (2007)
5. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
6. The Descent (2005)
7. Martyr (2008)
8. Inside (2007)
9. Severance (2006)
10. The Last House on the Left (2009)
Although it did not make my list, I have watched Zombieland 7xs. Alas, “The Human Centipede I and II” did not make the cut because I’d rather gouge my eyes out with my bare hands…The most effed up movie I have ever seen is “A Serbian Film.” It’s very graphic, beyond disturbing, and traumatizing. I’m so serious. Ugh, I hate myself for watching it.
I’ve been a Yelper for 4 years now. But I’m not just any yelper dawg. I’m an Elite Yelper. It’s pretty fun being an Elite yelper. There are also a lot of free perks. Namely, a lot of really good food and drinks, and Yelp SCHWAG, woot! Occasionally, we go on really cool road trips. For instance, there’s going to be a roadtrip to NOLA this May. I already know it’s going to be epic. I’m gonna make it epic, coz.
When I first joined Yelp, I was in beast mode and popped a review nearly daily. I was very insouciant about my reviews. Most of the time, it was written very light-heartedly. Even to this day, my reviews are written very conversationally. In my early years of Yelp, I had several businesses accost me because of what they considered a poor review. To me a 3-star review is not unfavorable, but understandably so, business owners who took pride in their business, were upset at my 3-star reviews. Most of the time, they were very diplomatic and usually offered me a free meal. However, I quickly learned to be more cautious of what I wrote for fear of retribution! DUN DUN DUN. I can taste the salivary amylase! No really, I realized even one poor review can devastate a business. Now I am more judicious about my reviews. I have a responsibility to my readership. Even if 90% of the readership are my friends. I have a responsibility to my friends!
Anyway, I’m going to keep writing because I want the highly coveted ( not really, although really to some) Gold Badge. Whaaa?! Gold badges are given to Yelpers who’ve been Elite for at least 5 years. That’s when I know I’ll make it big in life.
I recently nominated my boo for Elite status. I’m crossing my fingers the Yelp board of directors/governing council/ junta will make him elite. Otherwise, it’s over between me and him.
“On a completely different note, I’d like to nominate [my lover] for best person ever and for Yelp Elite 2013. Here are the following reasons why [my lover] should become Elite.
BF and I went to Snow Mountain the last weekend it opened in February. Snow Mountain is an event Stone Mountain hosts yearly. It opens in November and ends in February. The park sets up an artificial snow park for snow man/angel, igloo-making and whatever else your heart delights. There is also a separate area to go tubing. There are single riders and group tubing stations. They have a belt to escort you up the slopes. It’s pretty convenient considering you have to carry the single tubes up the slopes. Snow mountain is a great activity for the family or big kids like BF and me. Admission starts around $27 pp. This does not include park entrance fee, which is 10$ per vehicle. You can purchase an annual pass for 35$. I highly recommend making online reservations for Snow Mountain because it gets sold out quickly. You don’t want to get to the park and not be admitted. That would be LAME. Here are some pictures from our afternoon.
1370 Dorchester Avenue Boston, MA 02122
I am the duchess here, so booyaka! This has become my go-to Vietnamese restaurant in Boston. It’s located in the Dorchester neighborhood, which is where most of the Vietnamese businesses are located. The restaurant gets quite busy on the weekends and the service is fairly good, although the employees were slacking when the owner wasn’t there, namely the chefs.
Here is what I’ve tried at Pho Le thus far:
Com Hen accompaniment
Com Hen is a central Vietnamese dish. Com Hen literally means Rice (w/) Baby Mussels. At Pho Le, you have the option of having the dish prepared with rice or vermicelli (Bun Hen). As you can imagine, those baby mussels really don’t do much for the appetite, but the auxiliary ingredients will really fill you up. Pho Le’s Com Hen has great presentation. I counted 12 ingredients:
1. sliced Granny Smith apples. Interesting addition to the dish. It adds another dimension to the taste and texture of this dish. Probably a substitute for green mango
2. Mint leaves
3. Iceberg lettuce
4. Thinly sliced banana heart/flowers
5. Home-made Vietnamese pork rinds
7. Sesame rice cracker
8. Sauteed onions
9. diluted Mam ruoc (fish paste); has a subtle lemongrass flavor
10. Bac Ha (Elephant ears or Taro Stems)
11. Rice ( or Vermicelli)
12. and the star of the show, (drumroll please) Hen (baby Mussels)
The accompanying soup tastes like the base broth for the next dish, Bun Bo Hue. It has a slight lemongrass taste.
Bun Bo Hue. As the name suggests, this dish is also a Central Vietnamese Dish originating from you guess it, Hue. Dang, I never realized how much I liked Central Vietnamese food. I have to say, their foods are most varied, out of all the regions in Vietnam. This Bun Bo Hue is a winner. It has a clean lemongrass broth base. It’s served with pig’s feet traditionally. Sometimes, there’s huyet, or bloodcakes (yum!…yea I said it.). However, Pho Le served it with beef and pig’s feet.
Com Suong. I consider this a safe dish for individuals new to Vietnamese cuisine. The centerpiece is the juicy porkchop, but I like the eggcake. The stringy looking pieces are so much fun to chew. It’s like chewing on your hang nail. Just kidding, I didn’t say that. This side dish is called “bi” and it’s made of pork skin. It’s also served with diluted nuoc mam (fish sauce) on the side. Obviously you have the option of using the sauce or not. The choice is yours. Choose wisely. Reach for the nuoc mam. Do it.
Bun Thit Nuong. This is a variation of the previous dish. Instead of rice, it’s vermicelli. Instead of a whole pork chop, you get strips of grilled porks. This is a basic dish. Other versions include shrimp, shrimp pastes, eggrolls. etc. There’s a good bit of Vietnamese herbs (rau thom) such as mint and and basil. It is also a very textured dish.
This is Pho Le’s Pho Dac Biet. Pho, originally a Northern dish, is a perennial favorite for Vietnamese folks. This pho dac biet came with beef brisket, tripe, tendon. There’s scallions and cilantro in this pho. The cilantro is a recent trend. This pho came with a side of culanto, basil, bean sprouts, lime, and peppers. Legit. It’s outdid Pho Lemongrass, Pho Hoa, and Le’s Restaurant.
Finally, a Southern Vietnamese dish. woot! This is Hu Tieu. It’s a clean, wholesome, dish, but it will definitely leave you satiated. This Hu Tieu was served with shrimp, artificial crabmeat, pork, cha ( Vietnamese ham, sorta), and dried onions. You can also request the dish to be served with egg noodles, rice noodles, or both.
Banh Beo. This is another Central Vietnamese dish. It’s a rice flour dish garnished with shredded shrimp, greased scallions, and diluted fish sauce. While it can be a meal for some, let’s be honest here, this is more of a snack for me. My sister told me this dish tasted better on a previous visit. When we had it, the rice cakes were a bit hardened. I still cleaned the dish, but I have had better.
Bo La Lot. Grilled Beef wrapped in Betal leaves. This dish is listed under appetizers. It’s pretty good, probably because the meat is fatty and served with greased scallions! It’s served with pickled carrots and daikon, Vietnamese herbs ( namely mint), and cucumbers.
There are many street parking available, but there is a large marked parking lot behind Pho Hoa specifically for Pho Le patrons.
I am currently reading Cloud Atlas. The author, David Mitchell, has an impeccable vocabulary. I was certain some of these words were made up, as I often fabricate words myself. Merriam Webster informed me they are “veritable” diction. teehee. Here are my top ten favorite words from Chapter 1.
1. harridan – belligerent old woman. So much better than calling someone a female canine, yes?
2. Polymath – a person of wide-ranging knowledge. That’s hot. I’d like to get my hands on a polymath
3. scrimshandered – a scrimshander is apparently a maker of scrimshaw. Derrr!!
4. demotic – popular or colloquial. Actually, I’m not a fan of this word; it sounds demon-like.
5. tatterdemalion – A person wearing ragged or tattered clothing; a ragamuffin. What an endearing term.
6. hugger-mugger – confused, disorderly. Do you know anyone who’s been arrested for lewd and hugger-mugger conduct?
7. parvenu - one that has recently or suddenly risen to an unaccustomed position of wealth or power and has not yet gained the prestige, dignity, or manner associated with it. Becky Sharp (anti-heroine from Vanity Fair) is a total parvenu!
8. extirpate – root out and destroy completely. If it were up to me, I wouldn’t extirpate anything because we’re all God’s creatures. awhh
9. pidgin – simplified language. Babies spit on me when I use pidgin language with them.
10. viscount - A nobleman ranking below an earl or count and above a baron. As in, I was hoping to get a viscount with my purchase.