Thursday, March 29, 2012

Trapped in the closet

You know when you go to the thrift store and you find that thing that you've been searching for forever? It's great, right? You know when you rent an apartment and you open the closet and you find old photographs in a worn out shoebox and you spend hours imagining who the photographer was, why they took them, etc? Sometimes. Well, imagine opening that shoebox and finding beautiful black and white photos of maybe Tina Turner, The Who...Yea, THAT'S A FIND.

After his photographer boss passed away, Dan Oppenheimer was responsible for sifting through his possessions. Read this and enjoy! P.S. James Taylor and Michael Caine. So Perfect.

Here are my small and pretty impressive finds from my day. I should add I've been looking for this particular drinking jar for a long time so, It's MY Tina Turner photo. Almost.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

She was a tomboy

I caught Kurt Vile at Ram's Head Live on Thursday night. Their opening act was an experimental band with a love of... fruit. So much so, the lead signer proceeded to eat a banana and perform with the peel laid gently on her head(she also shared an orange with the front row). Needless to say, we couldn't wait for Kurt Vile to hit the stage.

It was an intimate show with a small audience(thanks for inappropriately screaming weird comments during the pre-acoustic moments, dumb drunk girl). His natural and slightly awkward presence was really likeable and I loved every song.

Also, I spent today at the Smith College annual used book sale. Half off day! My modest stack is below. I'm hoping my Arabic language dictionary find will push me towards taking some classes soon.

**He didn't move much on stage so the pictures aren't very..dynamic. He DOES have lovely hair, drunk girl.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Kiss my grits

I miss the no fuss restaurant experience. Small menus, cash only, honest to goodness waitstaff, simple and comforting foods. That's it.

Pete's Grill in the Waverly Neighborhood of Baltimore is just that. There's only about 25 seats, all counter top seating. Perfect place for greasy but stellar home fries, the paper and a kind waitstaff. I found my morning spot(only took 9 months) seven blocks from my place.

**There's a few shots from outside my yellow and black door. Stunning and colorful row homes which are a nice window view with a church dome in the distance. The trees are blooming and my neighbor with amazing garden fashion(I wish I could have gotten closer!) has been outside for three days.

Finally, This Martha Reeves and The Vandellas song is a classic, BUT I love how adorable Martha looks in this video. Go ahead girl.

Monday, March 19, 2012

A Day with Charm

I realized my blog needed more personal photos. I also realized I wanted to photograph more of what I saw around Baltimore and all my other small road adventures and share them with you. Here's my day at Charmington's, courtesy of my new phone that makes my photo taking skills look pretty good(though, they are not). Enjoy!

A good spring afternoon. Even better when seen this way.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

I woke on sunday morning

Sundays have become my favorite day. They don't resemble the miserable, depression filled days of high school signaling the sad end of the weekend. Nowadays, it's my one usual day off so, I treasure it. I visited South Philly last Sunday which, I have to say, has been my favorite east coast city thus far. A warm community feeling, families, culturally diverse, young types appropriately sprinkled about(minus the neon caps and mustaches), long standing Italian cafes and restaurants, street markets galore, etc. I could go on and on. And the food. The food is beyond delicious. Make it your next east coast stop(after Baltimore, of course).

Today was a little less adventurous, but sometimes that's needed. I bought a Turkish area rug(finally), made some red lentil soup, took a walk right before sunset, got the Sunday New York Times for free(score!), bought a cheap bus ticket for NYC and listened to some of my favorite tunes. Sundays have been good to me lately.

P.S. I'll miss walking to a cafe 5 blocks from my house.

A little Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson to end the day.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Lee and John

Yesterday was record release day and in the spirit of acquiring and finding new music, I'll try to update on anything worth looking out for.

I wasn't rushing to the record store for anything new, but I saw that Old/New soul singer, Lee Fields released his new album "Faithful Man". Old school voice..It's a stone cold thing.

This blog has been keeping me happily distracted lately. It helps me to appreciate the foods I prepare and to pay attention to the details.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Super, indeed.

So, it's Super Tuesday. Whoopadee doo! Mitt, Newt and Rick(those names are even more ridiculous when spoken in a row). Oh, and Ron. This may be the moment Mitt Romney catapults himself into the front runner position but, this ain't a political blog and I heard enough state by state updates on my drive to and from D.C. today. I'm quite certain you don't want to hear it either.

But today WAS super! I'm a little over zealous right now because I'm hopped up on some serious caffeine. I lost count of the number of espressos I consumed today at my Espresso lab course with Counter Culture Coffee. It was for the sake of education. We can't turn our backs on education. Delicious education. On a real note: I learned quite a bit about the history of this precious bean and the finest ways to consume, maintain and distribute. At the very least, I'm a little more confident in my skills and knowledge.

Super Tuesday is more importantly super because it's record release day. And today, Bruce's new album Wrecking Ball is out. Here's a clip from Jimmy Fallon with Bruce Springsteen and The Roots. Say what you will about Jimmy Fallon, but he's a genuine music fan and I dig that about him(not to mention his near perfect impressions). He's just as excited as the rest of us music nerds.

Bruce Springsteen Performs "E Street Shuffle" - Music - Late Night with Jimmy Fallon