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  1. Didn't know that! The Fast Lane includes boyfriends, too, right? The Eagles are gay? So that explains Victim of Love. Boyfriend trouble. It all makes sense now. But still boring.
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    Lou Reed

    I have to agree with you G. I discovered this album about the same time as hard drugs, and the two are forever linked for me. I am fortunate to have survived without buying into the myth completely, and listening to it is a real bittersweet walk down memory lane. Still, it would be an amazing show to see...
  3. See, there y'all go again. Just because a Jewish Lesbian can't imitate Don Henley, doesn't mean they aren't great on a karaoke machine. Saw them at the Rose Bowl and could hardly hear them sing over all the audience singing along. And would like the high school English teachers interpretation of Hotel California. Assume it is all about Camarillo State Hospital, right? And they called it paradise. That one. Did you know that Pepperdine University won't let it be played on the campus radio? Why? Boring? Double dare ya'. Personal taste my dear. To each her own. I find them tedi
  4. My high school English teacher once had us analyze "Hotel California" as a poem. Growing up 70's Southern California, the Eagles represented everything I hated about the banality of life here. That they were so readily embraced by my surrounding culture (or lack of) drove me nuts. Thank god I discovered Iggy and Bowie when I was 14 or I would have killed myself. Neil Diamond is another story. His kitsch factor and sincerity is very high. He's great for karaoke (Sweet Caroline anyone?) and impersonations. Nobody wants to imitate the Eagles. They're boring. Hot August Phranc
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    The Bond Films

    My favorite Bond is From Russia with Love . It's the least gimmick driven, has glorious shots of Istanbul, a great Gypsy cat fight, and of course, Lotte Lenya as dykey Rosa Klebb and her dagger shoes.
  6. Elvis Christmas album fer sure: "Well, it's Christmas time pretty baby And the snow is falling on the ground Well, it's Christmas time pretty baby And the snow is falling down Well you be a real good little girl Santa Claus is back in town Got no sleigh with reindeer No sack on my back You're gonna see me comin' in a big black caddilac Oh, it's Christmas time pretty baby And the snow is falling on the ground Well you be a real good little baby Santa Claus is back in town " Standards every year: "A Christmas Gift for You"- Phil Spector "A Merry Christmas"- Stan Kenton, s
  7. At a concert a few years back, Steve Earle reported that his teenage son had taken up golf. "When you grow up with a drug addict rock musician for a father, you have to find other ways to rebel." Absolutely. If you're lucky they don't turn out to be right wing god fearing christians. On an entirely surreal note, I just met Mr. P-Funk himself, George Clinton, sitting in a Jeep Wrangler eating a bucket of fried chicken on the corner of Fourth and Main in downtown LA. Very fabulous, but very greasy fingers. Did he say “Hey, man...smell my finger!”? I would have replied: "
  8. My 17 year old son singing 'Danny Boy" with full chamber choir behind him made me lose my cookies and sob uncontrollably during the performance... Boheme makes me cry as does Callas singing "Ave Maria". Sinatra's "Only the Lonely" is a great album to drink and cry with...
  9. Well, when are YOU coming by? I'm mixing pomegranate with prosecco these days. There's a glass with your name on it waiting... then we could introduce you as Mr. T to Mr. P next time I see him
  10. At a concert a few years back, Steve Earle reported that his teenage son had taken up golf. "When you grow up with a drug addict rock musician for a father, you have to find other ways to rebel." Absolutely. If you're lucky they don't turn out to be right wing god fearing christians. On an entirely surreal note, I just met Mr. P-Funk himself, George Clinton, sitting in a Jeep Wrangler eating a bucket of fried chicken on the corner of Fourth and Main in downtown LA. Very fabulous, but very greasy fingers.
  11. Great song. Stupid lyric about the cake. Always tempted to ask him about it when I see him play. Never had the guts. The song overall, though, is unusual, imaginative, dramatic and packed with melodies. He can write better lyrics, though - "Galveston", "Wichita Lineman". Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder rock this version...bring on the poppers baby! "Wichita Lineman" "Galveston" and "By the time I get to Phoenix" are brilliant. Nods to Glen Campbell as well. Since the 7o's keep rearing it's ugly head - Starlight Vocal Band - "Afternoon Delight". God I hated that song.
  12. Any song of the Eagles or Lynyrd Skynyrd. "Hotel California" makes me so immediately irritated that I will leave wherever I am. "Free Bird" makes me want to icepick the ears of the asshole who put it on. I guess I have huge issues with '70's boring white boy rock.
  13. How would you describe the level of moistness? I imagine having all that orange puree would make it moist but I'm just curious how you would describe it. Do the almonds leave any residual grit in the texture? Super moist -it's a cake that holds up well. One of the concerns while baking is that it will never set because the batter looks so wet, but it comes together nicely after about an hour. As for the almonds, if you use blanched ones, you don't get the mealy texture of the skin. I suppose you could use almond meal, but I never have for this recipe. (Frangipane and flourless chocola
  14. If a little is good, more is better I always say. At the cafe, we've been pairing Edmeades Zinfandel with dark chocolate truffles spiced with orange, clove, cinnamon, ginger and urfa pepper, which has a smoked fruity taste that's fantastic. Sometimes we also pair with dark chocolate brownies. What's not to like?
  15. That looks fabulous. Are you using bittersweet or something darker, like 72%? The darker the chocolate, the better I would think, but that's just my tatse. I usually finish mine off with a stencil pattern of powdered sugar and cinnamon. Sometimes I sprinkle a little orange blossom water on as well. It's a great cake.
  16. Here ya go... Orange Almond cake (courtesy of James Beard) 2 large oranges (preferebly naval seedless) 6 eggs 1 1/2 c. ground almonds pinch salt 1 c sugar 1 tsp. baking powder Wash oranges and boil them in water to cover, wthout peeling, until soft about 30 min. Drain, cool, cut into quarters. Process oranges into a moderately fine puree in a blender or food processor. Beat the eggs in a bowl till thick, then add ground almonds, salt, sugar, baking powder and orange puree and mix well. Pour into a buttered and floured deep 9" cake pan at 400 degrrees for 1 hour or longer, u
  17. Philly people hate everything, I wouldn't take it personally. But what about cheesesteak, Rolling Rock and that football team thing?
  18. I ate at Cut in August, and the U.S.D.A. PRIME, Illinois Corn Fed, Aged 21 Days 32 oz. Porterhouse I had was some of the best meat I've ever put in my mouth... The veal tongue salad is fabulous. The Kobe steak sashimi is unbelievebly good, like red butter melting in your mouth. However the sides were just okay, and the rockstar sommelier picked a wine that didn't play as nicely as promised... hated the room. Richard Meier may do cafeteria well, but if I was one of the poor schnooks paying $200 per person to sit in an office chair at a snarky two top in the middle of nowhere I'd be well pisse
  19. Hey. thanks for sharing. Same thing happens here in Santa Barbara. Only it's Jonathan Winters talking to the muffins in the deli case . . . The other night it was Jeffery from Project Runway, Richard Edson (Stranger than Paradise), Richard Montoya (Culture Clash) and Ryan Gosling within a two hour space one block from Skid Row...
  20. Yes but I think this cake calls for ground almonds as the base. Slightly different texture than almond meal.
  21. There is a recipe for this cake in "The New James Beard", which came out in the early 80's. I remember there was no flour, the ground almonds provided the base, much like a flourless chocolate cake made with almond meal. I have a copy of the book somewhere, give me some time I'll try to find the exact recipe.
  22. guilty . . . of making extremely poor choices in the tatoo parlor. Jeffrey is also a huge, huge jerk. Humongous. A villain. He will be a failure. ( I am still struck at how he treated that other competitor's mother, classless). Good luck Jeffrey. Jeffery just moved in across the street from me downtown. Comes in for espresso every morning, very nice and sweet. We've spoken briefly about PR, and I think you need to remember he had an existing clothing business before TV, and continues to do what he does best - make clothes for people who want that look. Wether he's real
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