December 31st, 2003


Where to Eat, 2004 [c]

New York Magazine ( just released its "Where to Eat Now 2004" picks, and they're available not only in the magazine but online as well. Check 'em out here:

I've eaten at a few of the restaurants on the list, and the ones I tried were all quite good, so hopefully the rest are equally good.

(Crossposted to nyc_cuisine.)
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    The Beastie Boys - 08 - No Sleep Till Brooklyn

Someone get the plate...

...of the Mack truck that hit me. Oh... man.

Woke up around 10:40 feeling like complete (and utter!) crap. I had some breakfast and some OJ and some vitamins and some time to re-acquaint myself with the vertical plane and I'm feeling a bit less crappy now. But only a bit. Nnnggghh.

Had an amusing chat with djstorm about dead husbands last night, and stayed up entirely too late talking to alexandria (I think 3:30 am?! I was losing track of time towards the end. Oh, yeah, that's right, because a little while after signing off AIM I posted about NYMetro's dining out article, and the timestamp says 3:55 AM. Sweet.) about all sorts of things (including much venging and wrothfulness and discussions of matters of biblical importance).

So... I suppose it's possibly related, the whole staying up until 4 am whilst sick and then feeling like crap the next morning bit, but you'll have to prove it to me before I'll believe it. And hey, it was worth it in the end. Hmmm. Think I need to dig through my bag of tricks and see what sort of cold/flu medicines I've got stashed away.

(Musical Note: Driven To Tears was actually playing when I finished this post, but Don't Stand So Close to Me was playing for the first part of it and seemed more appropriate considering my sick state. Not the content of the song, I mean, the title. If I was even sicker, though, Driven to Tears would've worked Quite Nicely. As it was, though, it would've just been melodramatic, and as you all know I am never, ever, ever ever, never ever melodramatic. And so, well, there you go.)
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    The Police - 11 - Don't Stand So Close To Me

Hot toddy recipe [b]

Anyone have a good recipe for a hot toddy? I mean, I've found a bazillion online, but just wondering if anyone actually had their own that they like. I think I'd like something like that right now. And I've certainly got whisky in the house.
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    The Police - 18 - A Kind Of Loving

Hot Toddy - buttered rum - whatever! - not bad. [b]

So I took the recipe provided by jujubaba and then made some relatively minor modifications based on what I had seen in some other recipes, and because this is specifically for a cold/sore throat.

I stirred up about 3 tablespoons of butter and brown sugar on the stove, and added in a couple of shakes of cinnamon and about half as much nutmeg. I also threw in about a half dozen cloves. I mixed and heated and mixed until it was all nice (we're all out of vanilla extract, damnit!) and, uh, mixed. And then I boiled some water, put a couple of ounces of rum into a mug, added in maybe three teaspoons of the spice mixture and then poured in maybe a cup or so of water. Stirred. And yum. Good stuff. I think next time, though, more clove, and maybe add the spice and cloves and really really hot water to a cup, let it all really sit for a while, and then add the rum at the end right before drinking. The cloves really need more time to let their stuff out.

Anyhoo. There you go. Two thumbs up, even if I didn't have the lemon juice. (Which, honestly, I don't see helping the flavor.)

P.S. I blame all of the world's ills on CANADA. Yes. Including my ills too, like this damn flu. I wax most wrothful!
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