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Comfort Food: Hangover Special

It’s 2:30pm.  You just opened your eyes after a crazy time out the night before.  Your head throbs.  Your stomach feels miserable.  You swear that your blood stream might actually be running with alcohol.  What is the first thing you reach for?  Advil.  The second thing?  Water.  Third?  Your car keys to take yourself to McDonald’s, Arby’s, IHOP, Norm’s or whatever greasy fast or diner food establishment is closest to your house.  The below recipe from the Town Talk Diner in Minneapolis, MN may not be an Egg McMuffin, but it will certainly fill up your aching tummy to the brim.

Comfort Food: Hangover Special by comfortadpole1

Upcoming shows…

Terraplane Sun is playing a few shows around the city next month.  On June 3 at Silverlake Lounge with Bear Face, then on June 16 and 21 at the Stronghold in Venice.

Today we have an AWESOME credit sequence from the show True Blood.  It’s grimy, it’s greasy, it’s sexy.   Brought to you by the fab Gary Calamar (who also produced the soundtrack):

And if that’s not enough, there’s an entire program on the Food Network devoted to terrible-but-oh-so-delicious eats – Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives hosted by the slightly crazy but generally enjoyable Guy Fieri.  Check out a list (with addresses and websites!) of some of the places he visits here.

Town Talk Diner Brat Burger

INGREDIENTS

Brat Spice Mix

2 tablespoons freshly ground white pepper
2 teaspoons rubbed sage
1 teaspoon ground mace
1 teaspoon ground celery seed
1 3/4 pounds pork shoulder, diced
1/4 pound fat back, diced
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon brat spice mix

Spicy Kraut

1 cup store-bought sauerkraut

1 tablespoon diced bacon
1/4 cup onion, sliced
2 tablespoons white wine
2 juniper berries, crushed
1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds
1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 tablespoon garlic-chili paste

Garnish

8 slices gruyere cheese
8 slices bacon, cooked
Large hamburger buns, toasted

PREPARATION

Combine all the spice mix ingredients.

To make the burgers: Toss the pork shoulder and fat back with the salt and the spice mix and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Grind through the coarse die of a grinder and form into 4 (8-ounce) patties.

To make the spicy kraut: Soak the store-bought kraut in water for 20 minutes, drain excess water. Render the bacon; add the onion and saute until translucent. Add white wine and cook off the alcohol. Add sauerkraut and spices and enough water to cover. Simmer for 1 hour. Cool. Mix in garlic-chili paste.

To assemble: Cook burger patties until medium-well. Melt 2 slices of cheeses on top of each patty. Place on toasted bun and top with spicy kraut.

This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.

Roshambo: Paper Beats…Rock?

“Roshambo” or “Rocks, Paper, Scissors” is one of the oldest games in existence.  While the name “roshambo” is Egyptian, most believe the game was actually created in 200 BC Japan before migrating West in the 1700’s to become a favorite of Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, Comte de Rochambeau.  He may have actually been the one responsible for bringing it to the new world as well – the Count of Rochambeau was the general of the French troops sent in to support George Washington in the American revolution.  Even so, no one is really sure where and how it spread, as there are origin stories from the Scandinavians and the Celts too.  One thing for sure is that from Finland to Ancient Rome EVERYONE knew about it – and the same still holds true to this day.  The game is so ingrained in world culture it has even been used in Federal court, by a Japanese CEO auctioning priceless works of art, and of course, at the official World Series of Rock Paper Scissors.

Roshambo: Paper Beats Rock by tadpolopoly

Upcoming shows…

Acclaimed UK duo The Turin Brakes are doing an acoustic show at The Echo on May 14.  Get your tickets!

Catch 1, 2, 3 at the Silverlake Lounge on May 10 – FREE show with War Tapes, The New Room and Tracy, Dean and Jesus.  Info here.

I’m going to be honest, when I free associated the word “paper” my mind immediately goes to “paper heart” – the phrase, not the movie.  But there is a movie.  And I did find this ADORABLE scene.

Meet Roy G. Biv: Mellow Yellow

Recently green and yellow have both been in the forefront of my color preferences. I had a green iPod Nano, and now I have a green iPod shuffle. I am attracted to any yellow sundress like a magpie to shiny objects. I don’t understand why sick cartoons are always depicted as turning green. I’ve never seen one person turn green in my entire life, and it’s giving such a wonderful color a terrible connotation. Similarly I feel like yellow is also often considered a “sickly” color because of jaundice. When someone looks “jaundiced” they are faintly yellow. How sad for such bright, lovely colors. In light of such injustice, please enjoy a few tracks celebrating their awesomeness. Enjoy.

Meet Roy G. Biv: Mellow Yellow by colorfultadpole

You can also catch the rainbow live…

Bipolar Bear have a song called “Cape Verde” and will be at Spaceland on April 30.   Listen to the song here, and get your tickets!

So Many Wizards finishes out their residency at the Silverlake Lounge this coming MONDAY, April 26.  Perhaps they’ll play “Yellow Hands,” but if not you can check it out here.  There’s no excuse not to go – it’s free!

And you can catch Spirit Vine at Spaceland on May 6.  Get their new Golden EP here.

Lastly, to send you off into the weekend, a dose of awesome/extremely weird:

Meet Roy G. Biv: Caught Red-Handed

After a crazy weekend at Coachella, I thought I would go back to basics.  And by basics I mean something learned in kindergarten: the color wheel.  Who doesn’t fondly remember the discovery of purple?  Green?  Orange?  And the disappointment when it became clear that mixing them all together created not a magical rainbow of color, but gross brown.  So many failed fingerpaintings.

In following with the timeless ROYGBIV, we begin with red, orange and variations thereof.  AND in following with kindergarten-level activities, I shall name all items I can think of in that color spectrum:

Tomatoes

Clifford the Big Red Dog

Doritos

Oranges/Clementines/Tangerines

Kitten noses

Watermelons

Erasers

Sunburns

Meet Roy G. Biv: Caught Red-Handed by tadpolemusic

Upcoming shows…

Spindrift – May 6th at The Echo.  Tickets here.

Pepper Rabbit – April 29th at the Silverlake Lounge.  Tickets here.

Warpaint – May 8th at the Bootleg Theatre.  Tickets here.

To fully launch us into the week – check out this amazing (and colorful) commercial that perfectly marries explosions, paint and music:

Now, orange you glad you came here today?

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