"Psychologist Dan Gilbert challenges the idea that we'll be miserable if we don't get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel real, enduring happiness, he says, even when things don't go as planned. He calls this kind of happiness "synthetic happiness," and he says it's "every bit as real and enduring as the kind of happiness you stumble upon when you get exactly what you were aiming for.""
I must experience dining in one of his restaurants.
"He has even written a declaration of intent for his staff describing the philosophy behind the myriad tasting menus. 'With each course we want to strike quick, mean and leave without getting caught,'"
"When I see people wearing Crocs, I know immediately that we have nothing in common, and that we could never be friends or have any meaningful kind of relationship. They come in every color imaginable yet look bad with every other article of clothing ever created. The only thing that goes with Crocs is social ostracism."
I found this on iheartbacon.com
“Why would you have fries if you could have BACON fries??"
- Chuck H.
- Tim S.
"I'd like to think that food bloggers like me, who write about food and cooking and the occasional meal out, are allies of good, honest, hard-working chefs who have quality food to share and, perhaps, very few outlets in which to promote that food."
Here is why Mario Batali hates food bloggers.
Also read how Batali and Boudain argue about Adam Platt, the Egg Theif and much more.
Restruants vs. Bloggers read abou it here.
I agree with Bourdain's take on the subject. "It’s inevitable, it’s the tide, there’ s no fighting it."
I you live in KC, go here to express your thoughts on local grub.
Check out the ceramic knives he uses. Please send a set to me.
"The strength and density of advanced ceramic allow grinding to microscopic precision by diamond wheels. This hardness translates into a rock-like edge that will not roll like steel blades. Edge retention is the most significant benefit of using blades, which stays razor-sharp 10 times longer than conventional steel blades, including high carbon steels."
It was a great weekend. A group of us played Friday Night Fun League (FNFL), down-under at Rosedale Disc Golf Park. Skins doubles.... I witnessed some incredible golf shots. A skip birdie and a chain-crashing, near hole in one. Then most of us went over to the Tavern for some drinks.
Saturday I worked a lame wedding in the Bottoms. It was only lame because I didn't make many tips, $9 total. I was first-off and in bed fairly early.... I was exhausted. Got texted a few times around 2:30am. It sucked because it wasn't a booty text. So I didn't reply. Damn.
Anyway.... Sunday was cool. We were supposed to go to our favorite new town, Atchison, to play disc golf. It didn't happen. Instead my neighbor invited my friend Burns and me out to the Trouser Mouse in Blue Springs. They were having an all day blues jam. We met her out there and had a blast. There were some really good musicians in the place.
"Back in mid-July, when Tony became "One Trick Tony" with his "Bash-a-Day" obsession over Kansas City's Mayor, he started a "Cauthen Countdown", because he was convinced that Funkhouser was going to fire City Manager Wayne Cauthen.
While I had never discussed Cauthen with Funkhouser or anyone on his staff at the time, I knew that Tony knew as little about City Hall politics as he does about Sprint Center parking, so I offered a little wager - I'd donate $10 to a charity of his choice if Cauthen was gone by 10/26, and he would do the same to a charity of my choice if Cauthen was still in place.
It's now looking like I was right, though the date hasn't yet passed. Is Tony still confident that he was correct in his "Cauthen Countdown"? Or was it all just a shout for attention - one that he would rather forget now that events have undercut his credibility on the issue?
Kind of places his talk of Funkhouser's lack of popular support into a different perspective, doesn't it? It certainly sets the credibility bar for Tony's talk of recall . . ."
"It's disappointing that the national convention of La Raza is rejecting Kansas City because it disagrees with the politics of a member of the Parks Board, but, really, I'm glad it's all over. The drama and headlines were getting awfully tedious - especially when you realize that they were all over a convention that will take a few phone calls to replace. Yawn.
One of the amusing sidenotes to this controversy is the "economic impact" argument. People with no regard for the truth (and joke bloggers) will claim that La Raza just took $5-7 million away from Kansas City. Those numbers are made-up, porous nonsense. We do, however, get a free $75,000 because La Raza breached its contract. Love it.
Another amusing sidenote is that La Raza is having its next convention in San Diego! No, really, they are going to take their convention to a place where the STATE REPRESENTATIVE (that's a slightly more important office than Parks commissioner) is a huge, vocal supporter of the Minutemen, and much of the population is active with the organization. When asked about the hypocrisy inherent in the discrepancy, Janet Murguia claimed that it was somehow better that the state representative had been elected by the citizens!
WHAT?! Does that make any sense in any universe? La Raza would rather go someplace where racism has been embraced by the populace, rather than Kansas City, where there's an insignificant parks board member who supports the Minutemen?? Really?!
Maybe, just maybe, there's something else going on here. Maybe somebody talked a bit too much, and tried to spin this into a bigger power play than he could handle. Maybe vocal parts of the local Hispanic community got behind the loudest and most strident voice, instead of the most responsible and smartest voice. Maybe the local Hispanic community is going to be seeing a little shake-up in its leadership.
Or, maybe not.
La Raza thought it could bully our mayor around. In fact, they could have. Who doubts that he would have gone pretty far with concessions and compromises? But La Raza made the mistake of drawing their line in the sand, and pushing for the right to control every single appointment in this city, down to the Parks Board. And nobody in his or her right mind wants that.
So, La Raza is off to sunny San Diego, where they can see Minutemen supporters on every corner of every street. I wish them a safe and happy journey. Whichever convention takes their place here in Kansas City will see a far more tolerant community that can only be pushed so far.
Thank you, Mayor Funkhouser, for your good-faith efforts to bring the La Raza National Convention to Kansas City. Thanks, also, for not caving into La Raza's ridiculous demands. The vast majority of Kansas City appreciates your handling of this manufactured showdown."
Kansas City to La Raza....... Suck it!
I found the text below on the La Raza website.
"In recent months, however, an increasing number of states and localities are seeking to drive unwanted (they mean illegal) immigrants out of their communities and make it less attractive for new ( illegal) immigrants to arrive. Over the last several years, record numbers of legislation have been introduced at the state and city level. These measures included language that would cut benefits to immigrants, penalize persons who employ or provide assistance and services to undocumented (they mean illegal) immigrants, and require the police to enforce immigration laws. As the states and localities implement these measures, the U.S. is becoming a country with a patchwork of laws and regulations that are often unconstitutional, costly, and misguided. The implications for Latinos are vast and these measures create mistrust, fear, discrimination, and intolerance in communities.
On the other hand, there are states, counties, and cities that continue to welcome newcomers (those who have criminally immigrated) to their communities in ways that help those individuals integrate into the fabric of society."
If you don't criminally sneak into a country, you don't have to worry about all of these terrible injustices you could face.
"The chef, or cook, proportions, assembles, and prepares various products of the animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms, creating food for the epicure. The aesthetic pleasure induced by food can be so closely related to that produced by certain music and other arts, as to defy separation or separate identification."
Merle Armitage, 'Fit For A King' (1937)
"When we no longer have good cooking in the world, we will have no literature, nor high and sharp intelligence, nor friendly gatherings, no social harmony."
"She did not so much cook as assassinate food."
Storm Jameson (Margaret)
"Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all"
Harriet van Horne
"Those who have a profound indifference to the pleasures of the table are generally gloomy, charmless and unamiable."
Lucien Tendret (1825-1896) French lawyer and gastronome; great-nephew of Brillat-Savarin.
"You ought to have seen Frédéric with his monocle, his greying whiskers, his calm demeanour, carving his plump quack-quack, trussed and already flamed, throwing it into the pan, preparing the sauce, salting and peppering like Claude Monet's paintings, with the seriousness of a judge and the precision of a mathematician, and opening up, with a sure hand, in advance, every perspective of taste."
Leon Daudet describing the preparation of pressed duck at the restaurant, La Tour d'Argent.
“Anybody can make you enjoy the first bite of a dish, but only a real chef can make you enjoy the last.”
"Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water."
Hopefully this move will attract groups that oppose criminal immigration.
I commend Funkhouser for sticking to his guns.
Funkhouser =1 La Raza = 0
If you haven't been up there, you should go. It's only an hour away and it's very picturesque. Nice little day trip.
I'm going to be at this thing all weekend---
Decorating Sugar Skulls, 2 p.m. Main Library, 625 Minnesota Ave. Kansas City, Kan. www.kckpl.lib.ks.us. Free Celebration of Day of the Dead.
Just kidding. I'll be working.
East siiiiiiiiiide! Woof.. Woof.. Woof! Be sure to turn your speakers down.
"There is nothing more dangerous than to build a society, with a large segment of people in that society, who feel that they have no stake in it; who feel that they have nothing to lose. People who have a stake in their society, protect that society, but when they don't have it, they unconsciously want to destroy it." - MLK Jr.
"The greatest sin of our time is not the few who have destroyed but the vast majority who sat idly by." - MLK Jr.
"There is too much food in most food writing now—too much food and too little that goes further. When Liebling and Fisher wrote, they gestured from plate and glass to something bigger, outside the dining room—to France, or to appetite itself—and the gesture carried instantly, because there was little else in the room to absorb it."
"Like so many other subjects, food writing is constricted within these ever-tighter circles of opinion, when what we want from it is ever-broadening metaphors of common life. Metaphor is social and shares the table with the objects it intertwines and the attitudes it reconciles. Opinion, like the Michelin inspector, dines alone"
This is why I enjoy the writing of Anthony Bourdain. He sees beyond the plate in front of him. The realization that culture, tradition and even necessity is why this food is in front of you. A chef is the last link in the long passionate chain that is dining.
"what if your oven has decided to take an unexpected vacation and you have hungry mouths to feed expecting nothing less than a taste of Italy? Save the day by creating hot and delicious Spinach and Ricotta Cheese lasagna fresh from your dishwasher!"
After dinner Mom went home since she had to work early. Dean, Burns and I went over to a little dive bar named Shooters. I don't like going into bars north of the river, everyone has an attitude. This time they didn't. We had fun. We dropped Dean at his house and Burns and I went down to the Tower Tavern for more drinks. I walked out on my tab. I never do that. It caught up with me Sunday.
Saturday I wanted to make some soup. Cabbage-beef soup sounded good, but I know better then to plan a meal before going to the Sun Fresh in Westport. I was right.... the cabbage looked horrible. How do you have bad cabbage? Ask Sun Fresh. So I used kale instead. It turned out great. I would post the recipe if I had followed one.
Ground beef, chorizo, garlic, onion, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken stock, red pepper flakes, kale, corn and of course salt and pepper.
Sunday was game day at the Tavern..... (I know, I practically live there). Chiefs win.... Bears loose - there is no God.
"That's where Nicholson found the leaves for her bacon dolmas. She blanched the leaves and pickled them for a week before stuffing them to bursting with brown rice and bacon. Savory and tart, they are served in a deep bath of rich olive oil and fresh lemon juice."
“Well, I’ve always thought that heaven is going to smell like frying bacon.”- J.C. Hutchins, author
Check out Six Degrees of Bacon. It's a cool blog for all things bacon.
TAYLOR HICKS: I’d say bacon. When I think of smelling bacon, I think of not having anything to do. It’s one of those smells where it’s like, “Heck yeah. I don’t have anything going on.
If you want to give someone the best gift ever....The Bacon of the Month Club!
Friday I'm having dinner with the folks. We are meeting a good friend of mine up at Cascone's. I haven't eaten there in almost 20 years. I didn't care for the food back then but my friend insists the food now is excellent. "Best strip steaks in town", he says. We'll see.
Saturday a group of us are heading up to Atchison, Kansas to play their new disc golf course. Should be a good time.
Sunday I will most likely be at the Tower Tavern watching a game.
When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.
-Henny Youngman (1906 - 1998)
The new album, titled In Rainbows, would be released on October, 10th 2007 as a digital download in MP3 format which could be purchased on the website. In a surprising move that shocked the music industry, the band decided that the price of the download would be chosen by the customer, from £0 to £100.
Check this. Out selling Prince?
"In Rainbows may be the cornerstone of change in an industry that may soon see the biggest recording artists eschew the renewal of their label contract."
Music downloaders to the RIAA....... suck it!
More about it here.
I know the guy who owns this store. After being held up 2 days earlier, Dave was at home watching his security cameras over the interwebnets when he saw this robbery take place. He called the police himself. I used to live directly behind this place. Last year he was robbed twice in one day.
Those of us in the 4th district are increasingly becoming prey to the 3rd and the 5th. It's like a feeding ground for these thugs. The reason is there is nothing left to steal over there. Everything done been stolt.
These guys will probably sue the city for shooting at them. I hope none of them were pregnant.
How did Anthony's not make the list?