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7:10PM

Peruvian Aji Sauce

Oh... you're going to thank me for this one.  If you've been to any Peruvian restaurant, you know what I'm talking about.  The green sauce.  FREAKING DELICIOUS is what it is.  Usually comes in a squeeze bottle.  You put it on bread, rice.  It is one of the greatest things on the planet.  Highly addictive... as you'll see if you make this stuff.  Anyway... I was at my favorite Peruvian restaurant (also happens to be my favorite, period) and I finally met the owner.  I straight up asked her what goes into it and... she actually told me.  Well, friends... I got around to making it tonight and... she wasn't lying.  It's exactly like they serve in her restaurants. 

  • 7 serrano chili peppers (seeds and veins, as well)
  • 3 romaine lettuce leaves
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 head of lettuce
  • Olive oil (about 4 tablespoons)
  • Handful of saltine crackers (thickens it and provides a buttery flavor)
  • Salt and pepper to taste (I used a good amount)

Blend, then pour into a squeeze bottle.  Refrigerate for a bit.  Should last for a week in the fridge.  Get some good french bread and enjoy.  Put it on anything you eat.  Hell... bathe in it.

7:15PM

Beach Bum

I had the day off.  Decided to do some shopping and then head down to Corona Del Mar (about a 15-minute drive from my place).  It was great. Beautiful day.  The water was warm (got up to my knees).  Walked to one of the caves.  When I was done, I just sat down and looked out at the ocean, the seagulls flying overhead.  The beach was fairly deserted (just how I like it).  Days like this are good for the soul... and mine needs it.  Ugh.  I dread going back to work.  

Oh... click here for the rest of the pics.

9:11PM

Future Islands

Future Islands is one of my favorite bands.  Top 5.  They released a new album this week and made their national debut on David Letterman to perform the lead single, "Seasons."  Letterman (a guy who is rarely impressed by anything or anyone) was genuinely awed by their performance... as was pretty much anyone who watched it.  They're just an amazing band.  It's like New Order or Pere Ubu being fronted by an extremely charismatic Tom Waits.  I love them.

Don't just take my word for it, though.  Even Coldplay agrees.

Anyway... it's time I spotlight these guys.  Sit back, put the headphones on... and enjoy.

2:47PM

Best Songs of 2013

Well... the best stuff I heard.  Most of it was new.  Random order.

Click here for a direct link to the playlist.

11:19AM

Tim Rosenthal - I Like It When You're Gone

Beautiful track. Simple.