Saturday, May 22, 2010

My Fave food...

My list of favourite foods is slim: Sushi, Pizza and Poutine! But living south of the border, it is difficult to find the good stuff. Luckily there are a few Canadian eateries that keep this craving at bay, even a food truck, Frysmyth that offers the original Poutine as an off menu option.
But, today I wish I were back in Canada for Smoke's Poutinerie World Poutine Eating Championship in Toronto (a much contested location for the event).  This contest, similar to Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, gave poutine eaters 10 minutes to scarf down as much of the cheese curd and gravy covered french fries deliciousness that they could. Once this feat was accomplished the winner, aside from walking away with a belly full of goodness, also got $1,500 in prize money, a win-win in my book.  
The Original Poutine
Many thought that because the delicacy was first made in Quebec that it should not be held outside the province, but due the demanding rules and regulations of the Quebec government, many national contests simply exclude the province.

As in many stories of invention, there are many theories on who first came up with it.  Stories stem from the late 1950s somewhere in rural Quebec, Canada, including Drummondville, Victoriaville or Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu. CBC.com - Greatest Canadian Invention list Poutine #1, created by Fernand Lachance as he hurried to prepare an order of fries and cheese curds. He threw them all in paper bag saying "├ža va faire une maudite poutine" ("That's going to make a damn mess"). Later in another restaurant, the owner noticed that his customers were adding cheese curdes to his french fries and gravy, so he just added the dish to the menu. Regardless of its origin, it is a tasty treat that migrated across the border to New York and New Jersey in the 1970s, where it was sometimes called "disco fries".
Rajas Fries
If I have now piqued your interest in poutine and you live in the L.A. area, you will love this tasty news.  On May 25th  Frysmith is opening up the truck for an all-you-can-eat night at The Verdugo Bar, 3408 Verdugo Rd in Glassell Park.  $9.99 plus tax and plenty of beer to wash 'em down from 6:30p-9:30p.

 If you cannot make it to the all day feast, try making it home.  You can always do a search, or try this simple recipe.  I have not tried it yet, but will report as soon as I do!

You'll need:
French Fries (cooked however you choose)
1 can beef gravy (Poutine sauce)
2 cups cheese curds
Once the fries are cooked, place them on a serving platter, and sprinkle the cheese over them. Ladle gravy over the fries and cheese, and serve immediately!  Enjoy!

Stay hungry my friend!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Angry v. Inconsiderate

I know over here at Angry Chix, we have a tiny anger problem, but we seldom lash out to the world around us, that's why we play hockey, and even then we don't hit (because fyi: that's not what hockey is about).  We however do not enjoy selfish inconsiderate f***ers!  There is a difference.

What brings this on, you might ask?  Well today while making my twitter rounds I  came across this photo:

The thing that struck me as funny were the comments after this photo.   I would be pissed off on both sides of the argument.  First for the selfish F***er who thought it was OK to park in a no parking zone.  I mean really how can you defend this guy?  It says no parking, so don't park there.  Oooooo, you're some kinda rebel to park there big man (or woman, whichever, it still doesn't make it a diff), I'm sure I sound like a fuddy duddy, but seriously, why?  What makes you think that you deserve to park there, I'm sure there is some policy maker, or city designer that thinks it was a good idea.  You are obviously saying "hey law biding citizens, you're stupid because you drove around the block a million times looking for a parking spot when you could have just parked here in this red zone with a pretty sign that says no parking, that's only a suggestion, I know better, oh I mean I am better than you, hence I will park here".

Secondly, I'd be pissed if I was the the arrogant F***er who totally parked illegally and someone had the gall to put that sign on my car, I mean, sure I parked in a no parking zone, but heck yeah I'm better than all these others who actually listen to "the man".  I'm here to exercise, so I have to park right up front so I don't tire myself out before I work out...

Yeah, no, that just sounds stupid.   Yeah, the more I think about it, the person who wrote the note deserves a shout out for telling this "law breaker" what I'm sure everyone who walked by the car was thinking.  But in the end, I'm sure it did no good because this person hasn't a clue about common decency and thinks the world owes it to them.

Have an angry day!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Food ugh!

Loving and enjoying food can put a lot of stress on the body and mind.  You see, when we go out and eat, our choice of restaurant is usually dictated by cravings or "what we're in the mood for".  My choices are never a big plate of veggies.  Ok, sometimes I get a salad craving, like for a Cobb salad or a chopped salad, but those occasions are rare.  My taste buds usually crave something deep fried, like mozzarella sticks or deep fried mushrooms.  I would love to shake that person's hand.  I mean how does one get the idea to to bread some cheese then pop something that melts when heated into 1000 degree hot oil.  I love that person! 

So after months of overindulging in deep fried goodness, one comes to the conclusion that "hey, is my ass getting bigger?  I swear those pants fit me just last week."   You have aches and pains because you haven't gotten your newly huge fat ass of the couch in months to exercise.  You don't want to go out in public because guess what? you have huge ass and all you can wear is stretch pants, and you don't want to buy bigger clothes because that means you're ok with being a huge fat ass, which "heck no" you're not. 

So now as bathing suit season nears you are sweating out that deep-fried goodness as you worry how in the heck you can lose 50 lbs in the next month.  Ok 50 is a lot of an exaggeration, but that's what that body dismorphic disease has done to you.  So every Monday you start your weightloss battle anew.  "Ok, today I'm gonna exercise and cut back on my carbs, only veggies for me."  "Yeah, it's Tuesday, yesterday wasn't that bad, so let's go out get some exercise and you know what steaming your food isn't that bad".  "Hmmm, Wednesday....I'm bored, I think I'll have another bowl of whatever that just was...ok ok, that bowl of steamed spinach and mushrooms was actually good, how could I ever imagine eating these wonderful fungi in a crusty breaded goodness that I dip in blue cheese dressing.....Ughhhh, (insert Homer donut sound here, drool dripping from my limp food dreaming body).

Trying  to wrap all this healthy living around your head is mind bending experience.  Reading books and articles about peoples success stories is frustrating.  How can these now skinny people spew this crap?  Do they truly believe that admitting to their friends and family something they already see is really helping?  Seriously?  I've said it out loud.  Nothing.  No help.  Just the same 'ol same 'ol.  "Wanna beer with that?  You like mayonnaise right?  How 'bout another helping, let me get it for you?"  What the heck am I supposed to do now? 

Ahhh, forget it, I'm gonna have another bowl of something.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

A little bit of work!

A wonderful opportunity to work with Native Voices at the Autry and read the character of Christie Anne in the MISS JULIE SHEH'MAH by Tara Beagan.

Stone Soup is pleased to sponsor a special Staged Reading by Native Voices at the Autry following Tuesday's performance of Miss Julie of a scene from the new adaptation Miss Julie Sheh'mah by Tara Beagan. A special post-performance discussion with A.C. Harvey and members of Native Voices will follow!


Miss Julie
By August Strindberg, Translated by A.C. Harvey
Directed by Lisa Berger and Carrie Klewin
April 26- May 5 at 7:30 p.m. at North Coast Repertory Theartre
987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Solana Beach

For more info, visit: http://www.stonesouptheatre.net/ or call 858-481-1055

August Strindberg's steamy classic battle of the sexes finally comes to North County stages! MISS JULIE is the fateful drama of a willful young aristocrat's seduction of her father's valet during a Midsummer's Eve celebration. As the two battle for supremacy over each other, the looming figure of Julie's father threatens to expose them both.

Tickets $15-$25 available by clicking here or calling 858-481-1055

Performances Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday May 3, 4 & 5 at 7:30

MISS JULIE will be directed by Lisa Berger and Carrie Klewin and stars Rebecca Johannsen, Jason Maddy and Erika Beth Phillips. For more information, visit http://www.stonesouptheatre.net/.