i'd like to conduct a little survey here on my LJ--
(whether or not this will happen is another story, HA.)

WHAT would YOU like to see more/less of on my LJ:


a)   food porn/food-related entries
b)   recipes
c)   emotionally raw access into my brain (usually grim)
d)   photos (of anything and everything)
e)   personal life stories
f)   what i actually do with my time on the weekend/weekdays
g)   my psychotic, highly visual dreams
h)   mini-reviews of anything really, from films to mascara
i)   random intardnet findings
j)   artistic influences/creative stimulus
k)   shameless nekkid pics

update:   btw, thanks to those who gave feedback.

tangent:  an easy-peasy dinner for two for UNDER $10!

toss the following into a pot/wok & cook for 10-12 minutes (!!)

sliced onions
fresh spinach leaves
a can of lentils
boneless, skinless *chicken thighs
(*marinated in the same ingredients below)
olive oil
freshly ground black pepper
garlic cloves minced
freshly grated ginger
GENEROUS pinch of ground cumin
fresh lemon juice

it's healthy, verrrrrry tasty, cheap and so easy to whip up~
(and for all you crazy vegetarians you can omit the chicken.)

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another reason why i envy those damn bay area peoples--

i was watching Ciao America with Mario Batali tonight
and i watched him sink his chops into one of the most
phenomenal-looking hot foccacia meatball sandwiches, EVER.
man, i was salivating like some sort of savage woman in heat.

he went to this historic italian joint in North Beach called
Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store. now i don't know if the locals go here,
but i don't care because that sandwich looked THAT damn good.

"Thinly sliced roasted meatballs, Swiss cheese,
sliced onions and our homemade marinara" for just $6.95!!


so i've recently come to re-discover that
dark grey pinstripe jackets
make me severely weak in the knees.

whether the the damn thing is paired with a..

 silk tie
 brown paper bag

ohh my....

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Born Into Brothels

Directors: Zana Briski & Ross Kauffman
2004. USA. 83min.
English and Bengali with English subtitles.

[*taken from:   www.kids-with-cameras.org]

Born into Brothels
Calcutta's Red Light Kids

"The most stigmatized people in Calcutta's red light district, are not
the prostitutes, but their children. In the face of abject poverty,
abuse, and despair, these kids have little possibility of escaping
heir mother's fate or for creating another type of life.

In Born into Brothels, directors Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman
chronicle the amazing transformation of the children they come
to know in the red light district. Briski, a professional photographer,
gives them lessons and cameras, igniting latent sparks of artistic
genius that reside in these children who live in the most sordid
and seemingly hopeless world.

The photographs taken by the children are not merely examples
of remarkable observation and talent; they reflect something
much larger, morally encouraging, and even politically volatile:
art as an immensely liberating and empowering force.

Devoid of sentimentality, Born into Brothels defies the
typical tear-stained tourist snapshot of the global underbelly.
Briski spends years with these kids and becomes part of their
lives. Their photographs are prisms into their souls, rather
than anthropological curiosities or primitive imagery, and a
true testimony of the power of the indelible creative spirit."

so this was a docu-film festival screening that i really wanted to see,
but wasn't able to at the 2004 VIFF & later kicked myself HARD for it.
this past weekend, i came across an article in the paper again about the film,
the directors behind the documentary & their vision put in action-- so incredibly


beautiful lyrics


Well it's time to begin as the summer sets in
It's the scene you set for new lovers
You play your part painting in a new start
But each gate will open another

June July and August said
"It's probably hard to plan ahead."
June July and August said
"It's better to bask in each others."

Gatekeeper seasons wait for your nod
Gatekeeper you held your breath
Made the summer go on and on

Well they tried to stay in from the cold and wind
Making love and making their dinner
Only to find that the love that they grew in the summer

February April said
"Don't be fooled by that summer again."
February April said
"That half of the year, well we'll never be friends."

Gatekeeper seasons wait for your nod
Gatekeeper you held your breath
Made the winter go on and on

Gatekeeper, Gatekeeper, Gatekeeper
Seasons wait for your nod

-- written by Feist/Gonzales   (2004/Polydor)


Helping the kids out of their coats
But wait the babies haven't been born
Unpacking the bags and setting up
And planting lilacs and buttercups

But in the meantime I've got it hard
Second floor living without a yard
It may be years until the day
My dreams will match up with my pay

Old dirt road   knee deep snow
Watching the fire as we grow old

I got a man to stick it out and make a home from a rented house
And we'll collect the moments one by one
I guess that's how the future's done
How many acres how much light tucked in the woods and out of sight
Talk to the neighbours and tip my cap on a little road barely on the map

Old dirt road   knee deep snow
Watching the fire as we grow old
Old dirt road   rambling rose
Watching the fire as we grow   well I'm sold

-- written by Feist   (2004/Polydor)

recent local eats:

CHAMBAR  562 Beatty --

'haute' belgian food, curious martinis, a buzzing newbie hipster joint
worth enduring. heavenly braised lamb with honey, figs & cinnamon.
we went for the Dine Out Vancouver, they were booked solid within days.


one of several izakaya-type eateries that have recently spawned. Hapa Izakaya
still reigns in my book, but the deep-fried giant ebi with spicy mayo is a MUST.
long ass line-ups, avoid dinner primetime. i've gotta go back for the dessert though,
they had a handful of temptations including nato bean/ice cream, black seasame brulee.

BIN 942  1521 W.Broadway --

best chocolate fondue bargain in the city for only $11 and plenty for two!
dark chocolate ganache with fresh strawberries, bananas, house-made cinnamon
doughnuts, mini marshmellows, cape gooseberries. no elbow room = meh heh heh

NOORU MAHAL  4354 Fraser --

a sri lankan/south indian place that specializes in SUPER-tasty dosas. apparently
this spicy little hole-in-the wall has been there for ages, & i can totally see why..
you could pretty much order anything on the menu and not go wrong. satisfying.


a wife/husband team who serve up shanghainese comfort food, she's so sweet!
you can find a half dozen siulongbao order here for less than $4, and man,
the cold 'drunken chicken' is sooooo good here. cheap, tasty and consistent!

RIME  1130 Commercial --

feeling hungry and craving healthier choices? or maybe stuck with *cough*
(pain-in-the-ass) vegan/vegetarian friends for dinner? a bohemian newbie,
they claimed to be turkish in cuisine but i found it more fusion-y.. verrry
fresh, flavourful, casual & friendly, plus you get to pick any table you want!


happy eating--
(even though less than 15% of my fellow lj-ers are vancouver locals..)

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