Wednesday, October 25, 2006


-I am arriving a little late to the party, but is anything on the web better than The Show with Ze Frank?

-We are without an oven until the repairman gets our new oven door hinge ordered and delivered, which is who knows when. At the same time, our toaster oven has always been terrible at toasting. So I'm thinking of buying one of these newfangled countertop infrared ovens, which cook food twice as fast as a conventional oven and without the downsides of a microwave (which heat only water molecules, make things unpleasantly soggy or dry depending on your fate, and can't brown). The customer reviews claim that these make great toast. Anyone ever cook infrared?

In the meantime I hope that the lack of an oven will spur me to improvise and innovate (but I fear it will give me an alibi for laziness).

-I can't decide if I want to continue the GG for Foodies feature. This week's ep was so full of food I will need to watch it a second time to catch all the references, and my time budget might not permit that kind of investment. In case I decide to give up the GG-blogging, let me say here that Emily's observation about pears being great in a salad was obviously written by someone who just knows. My new theory is that the new showrunner David Rosenthal is a serious foodster and that he adds the culinary references to other people's scripts if they need a little help, the same way (in the old days, I guess) Tarantino might be brought in to pepper quips about kung fu and bad TV into your Hollywood action movie. ("The Great Stink" was written by Gina Fattore, whose previous work includes writing for Dawson's Creek, Skin, and Reunion.)

-Lots of videos related to Borat movie film are at YouTube, including the first four minutes and several deleted scenes. When Borat speaks his native tongue it often includes fragments of Hebrew and when he chants or sings Khazak prayers or songs it sounds like Jewish liturgical music. This makes it seem all the more silly that the unwitting subjects of his fakery accept his anti-semitism as genuine. (Speaking of YouTube, I love calling Google "the Google." Unlike calling the internet "teh internets," which I always thought was mean-spirited and too-cool, calling Google "the Google" makes perfect sense since Google is singular and iconic. "The Google" also sounds good.)


Blogger Kalyn Denny said...

I'm interested in a new toaster oven or possibly a convection/toaster oven combination (since I have an antique gas stove where the oven is not consistent.) If you do get this one, please let us know how you like it.

8:29 AM  
Blogger Robyn said...

Re: Zefrank


9:45 AM  
Blogger GreenEyes said...

Hahahahahaha... just clicked on your blog link and found this! I've been on the ZeFrank Train since 2000 (i have the emails to prove it!!) and there is no one funnier than him. I heart him and he hearts all of us.

2:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for stopping by my site, although I'm not quite sure how you found it. It's kind of reassuring to know that there are other people from my end of the world online...

As for Whole goes, well, I do buy produce there when the mood hits. They have a bigger (not necessarily better) and cheaper selection than Outpost. And now that the Farmer's Market season has pretty much faded it's time to look for heated, covered food sources. I am still partial to the Public Market, but like you said the location isn't that great. Kinda out of the way for me, but my egg farmer Yuppie Hill sells her eggs there.

I've thought about taking pictures at Whole Foods, but thought they might have some sort of policy against it.

10:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was unimpressed with Borat/Ali G/Baron-Cohen's opening on SNL last night (and also unimpressed with the fact that the audience didn't find Hugh Laurie's monologue funny, but such is SNL). Though really, if people actually think any of that is reality, particularly that he's anti-semitic, they should do some homework first. Geez.

12:36 AM  
Blogger mzn said...

Robert, thanks for your comment. I found your site like this. I am always pleased to find local blog content with a food connection.

Re Borat: didn't know he would be on. Also, is it possible that the uninterestingness of Studio 60 makes me even less likely than I already was to watch SNL?

6:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not really, mzn. Though I hear 30 Rock might actually be worth something. Maybe Sorkin needs to go back to half-hour work.

10:04 AM  
Blogger mzn said...

30 Rock is my fave new show. And I don't miss Rachel Dratch, either. Alec Baldwin is outrageously good.

I would be happiest if Sorkin got out of showbiz entirely.

11:17 AM  

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