September 22nd, 2006

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Goth Pride

Last night I dreamt that Atlanta had a Pride event, only it wasn't the regular pride with rainbows, mardi gras beads, short shorts, lots of skin, etc. No, instead it was like a huge Goth Pride event, so the marching groups were like all Goth costuming groups, there were Victorian funeral ware contests, and the vendor booths at the park were all crazy thrift stores, make-your-own-gravestone, and instead of drag queens and groups like B-52s on stage, there were these really morbid things like a super scary haunted house, a creepy maze, games involving real knives, a Goth film festival, etc. It was pretty fun, although I remember I was scared at times that I was going to cut my arm off with the big Arab sheik's sword I was carrying. LOL.
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From thefridayfive - Cooking

1. Given a choice, and imagining that money and time were no object, would you rather cook dinner, eat out or order in?
Although I love cooking, cooking isn't expensive really, so with money no object... I say I go out to Imperial Fez again.

2. What is the most elaborate meal you've ever prepared yourself or purchased at a restaurant?
For purchased at a restaurant, it has to be that five-course meal I had at Imperial Fez last week. For preparing myself, I've made some damn elaborate meals and/or cakes, pastries, etc. One of the more memorable was the time I made a fairly complete French meal, including roast Provencal vegies and a dessert of baked peaches with raspberry sauce.

3. What food do you find yourself making and/or eating way too much?
Anything German -- rouladen, butter cake, plum cake -- if I make it, I will eat it, diet be damned. I made rouladen for a party I had for my coworkers last June and even though it's meat (roast beef and bacon) and fattening, I ate it for around three days. And if I buy licorice or get it as a gift? It's gone.

4. What was your most disastrous cooking/eating out experience?
For cooking myself, probably the time I tried to make pudding for a dinner Caleb was having and it came out really... weird. Caleb and his friend Carolina made fun of me for weeks. For dining out, one time Caleb and I went to one of the fanciest restaurants in town, Bacchanalia, to celebrate selling our condo, and it turns out we HATED it. Not that the food was bad, but the service and atmosphere was DREADFUL. We will never, ever go back there, no matter how many times they win restaurant awards. We DO shop at the attached gourmet food store, but then again the service there is excellent.

5. Would you rather cook for someone else or have them cook for you?
Cook for somebody else. I looooove cooking for people. I do love when Caleb makes fancy meals and invites Daniel and me over though!

P.S. In case anybody has ever wondered, this icon is me enjoying ice cream and bubbly apple juice at a cafe in Trier, Germany, four years ago on a trip with Caleb.
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The gods smile on me

So I haven't been to that French cafe downstairs in a month, I think -- since the day I lost my job and went there for a sort of celebratory/"Get Over It" party. One of the waitresses threw in a free glass of wine because she thought I needed it. Anyway, haven't been back for a month because it's kind of pricey and not entirely good for me either, but today I really felt like having some fine food so I went down. And not only did I get fine food (tea, exquisite fresh cheese w/honey, and amazing lemon ravioli), but do to some problems with the service (waitress forgetting me, things arriving in weird order), I got my meal FREE courtesy of the longest-standing waitress, who's been serving me for years. And she didn't even know I was out of a job. The gods are smiling on me!