Monday, April 07, 2008

I forgot to take the winning/spring flag down when the Phillies lost and so they lost again yesterday. My bad. Matthew says I shouldn't be concerned with switching the flags as soon as the Phillies lose, but I'm not so sure. I'm going to put the Phillies flag back up this morning and see what happens. What's up with Myers anyway??

Some cultural notes (warning: these are pretty highbrow - the air is mighty rarified up at the level of sophistication that I inhabit):

1. In cinema: "Horton Hears a Who" gets the MM thumbs-up. It was G-rated, and pleasant and funny and true to the spirit of Dr. Seuss. I think that Jim Carrey and Steve Carrell should have switched their roles, but that's splitting hairs.

What I was most excited about was the preview for "Speed Racer". The preview was full of mind-boggling action and hyper-saturated color. What cracked me up was when the preview was over I was sitting with eyes bugging out of my head and my jaw on the floor, and I look over , wild-eyed, at the three 8-yr-old boys with me, and they are practically asleep they're so unimpressed. They said they were excited to see "Speed Racer" but I think they were just humoring me.

2. In television: I have become a Bravo junkie. It started with "Top Chef", and then because I would be too lazy to change the channel and would be mentally bludgeoned by all of their preview commercials, I began to love "The Real Housewives of New York City" and "Make Me A Supermodel." At least "Top Chef" has a whiff of legitimacy and is genuinely interesting, but "TRHONYC" and "MMAS" are just like candy-coated car crashes - you cannot look away. Of course, when I saw that the season finale of "TRHONYC" was next week I almost cried from abject sadness. Fortunately, Bravo reruns their shows without pause, so maybe that will tide me over till next season.

3. In the world of letters: I am finishing up "The Surgeon's Mate", which is Book 7 of the Aubrey-Maturin series. I am still looking for someone to chat about these with. I browbeat (in a nice way!) Dad into starting the series again, but he is bailing after Book 2, because he has other books to read. Hrmph. I ask almost every customer who comes into the store if they've read them (which is a fine sales technique, by the way), and only got one hit. One woman said she listened to them on tape in the car, but it was so long ago that she didn't remember anything about it. What??

4. In fine dining: Let me tell you of the most yummerific cuisine-ery delight I just discovered. It is the cheesy, chocolatey, dippy world of FONDUE!!! The three of us went to dinner at The Melting Pot in Chestnut Hill last night, and my world was ROCKED. I wish I could eat there every day of my ever-living life!!! You can keep your molecular cuisine, your foams, your reductions, your ras al hanout - I'm going with the Choco-Marshmallow S'More Dessert Dipping Option!! I think my eyes literally rolled back into my head at one point. Plus I could actually feel my arteries clogging up. But in a good way!!

So that's all for now from the highbrow world of culture from yours truly.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Curlygirl said...

Here's my question about fondue, and clearly I don't know much about fondue. Besides dipping things in cheese and dipping things in chocolate, what else is there? (Does there need to be anything else?) I mean, that seems somewhat limiting in terms of food choices. Am I wrong?

I DVRed the UK:Make Me A Supermodel marathon on BRAVO. I think they could use a lesson in editing. I'm not sure that the cast is boring, but the pacing of the shows is soooo slow! It takes at least an epdisode and a half to get to who's up for elimination and then ANOTHER episode and a half before anyone is actually kicked-off. Then they spend the first half hour of the next show recapping the elimination. Sigh. They don't show their photos after the photo shoots. Plus its hard to understand with their crazy UK accents, and they all seem a bit whiny. And saddest of all, I've now put enough time in that I will feel compelled to watch the rest of it. Sigh. I'll give you the results in July!

3:43 PM  
Blogger everluvincuzin said...

CG has pulled me into the, no pun intended, "real world" of Bravo. So I'm now hooked on Top Chef, especially since I found out the host is S. Rushdie's ex-wife (alright, yes, I couldn't spell his first name!). It seemed only natural since I'm gradually learning all the cycles of America's Next Top Model. Not Bravo, but, well, you get the picture.

As to fondue, marinating just about any kind of meat and dipping it to cook in hot oil is sublime! You should try it. You get three fondue sets, and you can have your appetizer (cheese), entree (chicken, beef) and dessert (eyes-rolling-back-in-your-head marshmallow concoction) cooked the same way!

Not as highbrow as you MM, but as a weather channel junkie, I must say how much I'm enjoying Isaac's Storm by Eric Larson.

I'm off to make fondue!

8:24 PM  
Blogger diana said...

CG - the second, main course is meat bits cooked in broth - YUMM-O!

Re MMAS, both UK and US, I'm not sure how exciting they can make it. It didn't suck me like Top Chef or TRHONYC.

ELC - it's so nice to hear you chime in, even internetically! I believe you are speaking of the mighty Padma. CG keep trying to get me involved in America's Top Model, but it's only on once a week, as opposed to 30 or 40 times a week like the Bravo shows, so that requires too much mental effort on my part.

7:04 AM  

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