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Jan. 1st, 2014

Drink Recipe: Melon Soda

In honor of New Year's, as well as for two of my New Year's resolutions (learn how to cook better and bartend), last night I made a Melon Soda cocktail. I really liked the non-alcoholic melon soda I had in Japan, and this comes pretty close, I think. Just a bit more alcoholic. There's also not really any exact measurements here, because I mostly just eyeballed it- it comes out alright, but you can adjust to your taste.

What You Need:

Midori melon liqueur
Regular Sprite (DO NOT use Diet Sprite or Sprite Zero- it tastes really weird if you do)
Two lemon wedges
Ice cubes
1 teaspoon lemon juice

What You Do:

Get a big cocktail glass (I used a Hurricane glass, because that's what was in my house, but you could probably use a highball glass as well) and put the ice cubes in. Put the lemon juice, and one of the lemon wedges in on top of the ice cubes. Pour in the Midori, filling approximately 1/3 of the glass. Pour the soda over that and stir. Because the Midori is heavier than the Sprite, it likes to sink to the bottom, so you might need to stir again while you're drinking it. Garnish with the other lemon wedge, and enjoy.

Aug. 8th, 2012

Kaboom vs. Salmonella

So it turns out that nasty illness I contracted on my trip was salmonella poisoning. I don't want to get into the disgusting details of what I went through, but suffice to say that I cannot remember the last time I felt that bad, and that includes the times I broke my collarbone, the time I fell off a cliff, and the times my cysts acted up. I still feel kind of poorly, and I'm going to the doctor tomorrow again to make sure that everything is okay, that I'm not relapsing or so,mething like that.

The problem with salmonella is that once you get it, it can take a few months for you to totally recover. You'll stop throwing up in about four or five days, apparently, but it can take months for your system to totally go back to normal. Another potential serious issue is a side effect from the bacteria called Reiter's syndrome, which causes premature arthritis. While I was told that this side effect is very rare, knowing my luck with health issues, I wouldn't be surprised if I did get it.

My dad and I are both pretty sure we got the illness at a Cracker Barrel, so that's the last time I am ever eating at one. I know it was probably a once-in-a-million incident, but still, it's the principle of the thing. I won't eat at Taco Bell, either, since I got sick after eating there once in grade school. If something makes me sick once, I wan't eat it again. It's the same way if I eat something and then get very sick afterwards, even if it wasn't from food poisoning. I won't eat pickle relish either, since the last thing I ate before the flu knocked me on my ass a few years ago was a hot-dog with some pickle relish. There's a few other things I'm paranoid about eating, since I got fevers or migraines or my other medical issues acted up after I ate them.

All in all, though, I'm actually very glad to be back at home. Being sick and having to sleep in the spare room in your grandmother's basement on the lumpy-ass bed that's been there since 1975 really kind of sucks and isn't all that conducive to healing.

Sep. 21st, 2011

Yuk or Yum?

So there's a new ice cream flavor out called Schweddy Balls, based on an SNL skit. And to be quite frank, it doesn't sound very appetizing. But now I almost kind of want to buy some to piss off One Million Moms.

It's apparently rum and malted milk ball flavored, which actually sounds rather nice, but still... I would probably find it hard to get past the name when I'm eating it. But since One Million Moms is against it, I think I might go get some.

Although there is one thing that sticks out in my mind- these people support the free market and want to support American jobs. Ben & Jerry's is based in Vermont, which last time I checked, was part of America. Therefore, they are an American company that employs Americans for American jobs. Also, since we have a free market, shouldn't Ben & Jerry's be able to do as they please as long as it brings in the profits? Like, technically they could call their product whatever they want. And if they want to call it Schweddy Balls, then that's their right, even though, to be perfectly honest, it doesn't really engender the reaction of “FUCK YEAH I WANNA EAT THAT! NOM NOM NOM!”

Ah, I don't know. It hurts my brain trying to figure out the thought processes of theocracy proponents.
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Mar. 18th, 2011

I have found the Holy Grail

So we had no dining service at university tonight, I'm not exactly sure why (I think there may have been some kind of event going on though), so that meant I had to go find my own food. Which isn't a problem either- I can rent one of the campus cars and go to Chipotle, which I've been craving for the past week. Anyway, on the way back from the Chipotle, I realized that the rental car was down to 1/4 of a tank of gasoline, and they get angry if you return it with less than that, so I stopped by the 7-11 on the way back. I was thirsty, and decided to go pick up a bottle of soda to drink, and then I found this (not exactly this- this is a random can I found on the Internet and I had a bottle, but it's still the same product). Everyone I know who's had Mexican Coke, that's made with real sugar, said it's amazing and that I should try it.

Well, they didn't have any Mexican Coke at the 7-11, but they did have Pepsi and Dr. Pepper Throwback. So I bought a bottle of each and decided to give it a try. I was expecting something that tasted like normal Pepsi, only maybe a bit sweeter.

What I got was the goddamn nectar of the gods.

Seriously, this shit is the most amazing soda I've ever had in my life, and I'm quite the soda connoisseur (once my mother said that I must have more soda running through my veins than blood). I've tried some weird-ass soda in my life, just to see what it was like. Some of that soda was amazing: Pepsi Ice Cucumber, although it sounds disgusting, is actually quite nice. Others, like Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray (yes, it's celery-flavored soda) tasted like ass.

This was definitely in the former. Seriously, if you can, go buy some bottles of this stuff and try it. There's also apparently Mountain Dew Throwback, but Mountain Dew tends to give me indigestion so I'm still trying to decide whether or not to try that one.

Dec. 21st, 2010


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I didn't take any pictures of the cutout process because I ended up to my ass in flour and I didn't want to get flour in the camera (that shit is a bitch to get out of electronics- don't ask. Long story how I know that), but here's the dough-making and the decorating process. Don't they look delicious?

Nov. 25th, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is Thanksgiving Day, for everyone in the U.S. For my family, it's a time when we get together, make traditional Thanksgiving food (minus sweet potatoes and green bean casserole. Everyone in my family except my mother hates sweet potatoes, and my dad absolutely despises green beans), and traditional Lithuanian food (kugelis, anyone?). So far, everything is cooking well. It took about an  hour to get the kugelis ready to cook (grating five pounds of potatoes tends to take a long time), and as usual I grated myself in the process. At least I didn't majorly cut myself this year, like I have in the past. Bleeding all over the potatoes is kind of disgusting and ruins the dish. Thankfully that didn't happen this year.

My one major complaint about Thanksgiving? The turkey. I don't like turkey. I don't like the game-y taste, and other than that, I find it to be incredibly bland. Every year I try to get the parental units to get a chicken, or a ham, or even a duck, just because I really do not like turkey. It hasn't worked. And the one year I suggested Tofurkey? My dad threw something at me and started yelling about how while he was alive this family would never have Tofurkey for Thanksgiving. Which I can kind of see his point. I like tofu, but Tofurkey might be a bit much. (And I really like typing Tofurkey because it's a funny word).

Yesterday I took the AMTRAK home from university. Usually the station where I get on is relatively quiet. There might be twenty or so people, max, and TSA is nowhere to be found. Yesterday, there were about 150 people trying to get on the train, and TSA officials were there waving those wand things at people. So many people were taking the AMTRAK because they wanted to avoid flying with those new security measures in place, the pat-down and the naked body scan, which apparently causes cancer as well. But I guess the government wasn't about to let people go over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house without having some security measures, so they sent TSA in. Which a lot of good that did for them. There's no baggage scanner, no metal detector, no "take your shoes and your belt and your sweatshirt and everything else that might cause the scanner to go off, off and walk through this thing that will beep if you even have a little tiny bit of metal on you, then get patted down." I like to travel, but seriously, air security is getting crazy, and I'm really not sure how much safer it makes us. After all, all the metal detectors in the world can't pick up a ceramic knife in a body cavity, and the whole thing is just causing problems for people who legitimately need liquids/metals on the airplane. What if you're diabetic? You're going to need your insulin and your sharps to jab yourself with. I guess TSA would be smart enough to be able to tell "This person is diabetic and needs these things to be healthy," instead of thinking, "OMFG! INSULIN TERRORIST!"

I do appreciate the work they do to keep us safe, but there's a difference between keeping people safe and treating the elderly and people with medical conditions like terrorists because they try to take their meds on the plane. I'm just glad that my meds are pill format so that I don't have to worry about not being allowed to have them if I need to travel by plane.

Unfortunately, this break is too short before I have to go back to university, but then it's only two weeks until the end of the semester. With any luck I can manage to survive until then, and not go berserk. Only with exams coming up, good luck with that. :P

Anyway, have a great holiday and remember to reflect on things you're thankful for. I'm thankful for the Internet. I'm thankful for my friends and family. I'm thankful for soda. I'm thankful for slash!! :D (Hey, everyone's got to have something less serious to be thankful for, otherwise the holiday isn't as entertaining!)