January 21, 2008

Holy Burger from Food Heaven

Allen @ 4:20 pm   |  Comments Off on Holy Burger from Food Heaven
Filed under: Food,The End Is Near


Eaten at Rare, 37th Street and Lexington Avenue.  Take a ribeye steak, and grind it up.  Make it into a patty.  Grill it, rare of course.  Serve it with red wine poached foie gras (in the rammekin), two thick slices of aged cheddar, half an avocado, and a grilled cipollini onion.


Where do you GIKKU?

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Filed under: Advertising,GIKKU Approved


Observation Room, Schlesinger Market Research Facility, 500 Fifth Ave, 10th Floor, NYC, NY.

January 20, 2008

Which Color?

Allen @ 10:44 am   |  Comments (6)
Filed under: Interior Design

Help me pick a color for the dining room… currently, the walls are stark white.  Vote for your favorite color!


Let the knaves know this: I am in The Palace.

Mike @ 10:38 am   |  Comments (1)
Filed under: Advertising,Travel

Wenches, bring me my drink!


And my dwarrrrrvvesssss…


Palace Hotel. 50th/Madison. Manhattan.

January 19, 2008

Salaryman Reunification Schedule

1.19.08: Mike Boston, Allen LA, Ben Boston
1.20.08: Mike NYC, Allen NYC, Ben Boston
1.21.08: Mike NYC, Allen NYC, Ben DC (Current knowledge: 1.20.08)
1.22.08: Mike NYC, Allen NYC, Ben DC (Current knowledge: 1.20.08)
1.23.08: Mike Boston, Allen NYC, Ben Boston
1.24.08: Mike New Jersey, Allen NYC, Ben Boston
1.25.08: Mike Upstate NY, Allen NYC, Ben Boston
1.26.08: THE END TIMES: Mike NYC, Allen NYC, Ben NYC

January 18, 2008

Straight Outta Hampshire

Mike @ 8:37 am   |  Comments (3)
Filed under: Food

Tamara took pity on me and cooked macaroni and cheese the other night. Which I ate most of. And then finished the rest for lunch the next day.

In food tradition, it featured lots of bacon.


We will die of coronary artery disease. But we will die happy.

pre-heat oven to 375

4-6 cups cooked pasta of your chosing (elbows, ziti, any tube pasta, really)
6 tbsp unsalted butter
2 cups milk (heated but not boiled)
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded monterey jack or gruyere cheese
1/3 cup flour
salt & pepper
2 plum tomatoes (sliced thinly)
1/4 cup chopped scallions
5-6 slices of bacon
pinch of nutmeg or allspice (seriously)

for cheese sauce:

melt butter in saucepan over med heat, slowly whisk in flour (it will be kind of pasty) and then add the warmed milk combining all ingredients. Add two cups of cheese and let melt. Add cooked pasta, pinches of salt & pepper and spices. pour mixture in 9×12 baking pan. top with tomato slices and bacon. bake for 25 minutes or until top is bubbling and bacon is browning on sides. then broil for however long you want the bacon to cook.

add scallions to garnish.

January 17, 2008

Let There Be Light

Allen @ 10:47 am   |  Comments (8)
Filed under: Interior Design


Garland metal light shade, designed by Todd Boontje (from, $69), draped over a Kvintett ceiling lamp (IKEA, $20). 

I left off the glass shade the IKEA lamp came with and used a globe light blub + the Garland instead.  Best part about this ceiling light is that it has a retractable cord, so I can vary the height of the lamp.


Mike: I think this lamp will mesh nicely with your idea of painting the wall surface of the dining room.  Light, warm gray?


January 16, 2008

Happy Dumplings Ahoy!

Allen @ 8:37 am   |  Comments (1)
Filed under: Food


Made some yummy dumplings last night.  A perfect winter food, slurping up hot dumplings from a steaming pot.  Some would have had jasmine tea with this meal… I say Coca Cola is better.  Look how happy they are, sitting in the pot of boiling water:


1 package potsticker wrappers (the round kind, about 50 wrappers)
1/2 lb. ground pork
1/4 cup chopped bamboo shoots
1/4 cup chopped, blanched napa cabbage
soy sauce, sesame oil, white pepper, salt (to taste)
bowl of cold water

For dipping sauce (mix to your taste, all optional):
Rice vinegar
Hot garlic chili sauce (rooster brand or similar)
Soy sauce
Sesame oil
Thinly sliced ginger

Mix pork, chopped bamboo, chopped cabbage and spices in large bowl.  Place a lump of meat mixture in the middle of the wrapper, about the size of large marble or small walnut.  Dip a finger into the water bowl and wet half the edge of the wrapper.  Fold the wrapper in half, over the meat, and pinch the edges together to seal the dumpling:


 Place dumpling on a plate or baking sheet covered with aluminum foil (so it’s easy to freeze them later, if you want — the foil keeps the dumplings from sticking to the plate when frozen).  Repeat until finished.  You can freeze the dumplings at this point and cook them later (they keep for weeks).

Bring a large pot of water to a hard boil.  Drop the dumplings in and give it a quick stir to prevent the dumplings from sticking to the bottom of the pot.  Boil until the dumplings float up to the top of the pot, then boil for another 5-8 minutes (frozen takes longer than fresh).  Drain and ladle to a serving dish.  If desired, sprinkle sesame oil on top to keep the dumplings from sticking to each other.  Mix up your own dipping sauce, and enjoy!

(Hint for advanced dumpling masters: at this point, instead of serving the dumplings, you can fry them up and make potstickers.)

January 11, 2008

Snow: The Great Peacemaker

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Filed under: The End Is Near

(Compare and contrast to what happens on a typical snowy day in Boston…) 

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — After weathering nearly five years of war, Baghdad residents thought they’d pretty much seen it all. But Friday morning, as muezzins were calling the faithful to prayer, the people here awoke to something certifiably new.

For the first time in memory, snow fell across Baghdad.

Although the white flakes quickly dissolved into gray puddles, they brought an emotion rarely expressed in this desert capital snarled by army checkpoints, divided by concrete walls and ravaged by sectarian killings — delight.

For a couple of hours anyway, a city where mortar shells routinely zoom across to the Green Zone became united as one big White Zone. As of late afternoon, there were no reports of violence. The snow showed no favoritism as it fell faintly on neighborhoods Shiite and Sunni alike, and (with apologies to James Joyce) upon all the living and the dead.

January 10, 2008

Welcome to Thursday.

Mike @ 11:29 am   |  Comments Off on Welcome to Thursday.
Filed under: cats,lol*


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