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01/31/08 05:16 - 23ºF - ID#43115

Jobs and such

Today I was called off of work. This is the second time in two weeks. So I decided to make good use of my time off to apply for a new job. I dropped off my resume at 4 of the 6 sushi bars that I know of in the area. I have no idea if any of them are even looking for waitstaff, but I need to get a new job. I avoided O because I didn't really like it all that much, and Kibirashi because they have had problems with the tax man. I have never been to some of these places to eat, but I figure its all pretty much the same minus the strange specialty maki that places prepare. Obviously some places are busier and serve fresher fish. I really hope I hear something back soon.

As a reward for not killing anyone when I was called in I checked out the new beer store VBM on elmwood. I think it opened this week. The shelves are partially stocked with some delicious brews. The guy working there told me they intend on stocking over 1000 kinds of beer. They have about 8 taps to fill growlers. I was shocked to see that they have Delirium Tremens on tap, but at $24.95 a hit I opted for a sixer of Dogfishhead Raison d'etre instead. They certainly aren't winning any awards for being the cheapest beer store in Buffalo, but they will still get a good majority of my business. Besides beer they also have a small deli, some expensive looking prepared foods, a small selection of cheese, hot sauces and some foo foo crackers. I'm guessing the markup on the beer isn't good enough to sustain the business? Despite the prices I am really excited that this store opened. This means I can walk to get good beer!!!
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01/24/08 01:35 - 20ºF - ID#43011

Too excited!

I just bought my plane tickets to go to Budapest!. I have no idea exactly what I'm going to do yet when I get there but I guess thats half the fun. I still can't believe how cheap the tickets were. I almost waited a few days to see if they would go down but then the price of $707 from Buffalo came up and I had to take it. I really hope the dollar doesn't get any worse between now and then.
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01/22/08 12:03 - 28ºF - ID#42984

I need help!!

Ok computer savvy peeps, I really need to find out the best or at least the cheapest way to run a windows application on my mac. I know absolutely nothing about any of this and I figured somebody here probably did. Do I need to buy a copy of windows? Because I would really rather not. Does anyone know of a free download that will do this? All I can seem to find is stuff for intel macs, which I don't have. Please help!
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01/21/08 11:04 - 12ºF - ID#42972

Ticket of shame

So I went to Holiday Valley yesterday to get some practice before I go to Whiteface in February. I guess I'm in slightly better shape than I thought because I'm a whole lot less sore than I anticipated. Anyway Holiday valley is kinda overpriced considering how small the vertical drop is. It looks like its probably a good place to learn. All ski places have the ski patrol and they are usually pretty cool as long as you are skiing in control. Holiday Valley has the added safety patrol, They have nothing better to do other than bust people skiing on trails that are closed but should be open. There was one trail there called chute, I believe, which was closed all day and towards the afternoon I decided all that fresh powder should not go to waste. My friend was apprehensive about going till I said "what are they going to do, take away our lift tickets??" It was the best trail we skied all day. When we got to the top of the lift "Sharon" armed with a pair of diagonal cutters was waiting for us. She took our regular tickets and gave us our tickets of shame.

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I get so annoyed with some ski places. Why they have perfectly good trails closed just because they aren't groomed makes no sense to me. Some people actually like skiing ungroomed snow. I thought she was being way too dramatic about the whole situation. I'm already skiing at my own risk anyway, why shouldn't it be my right to decide whether or not I'm capable of skiing a trail?

But I did have a good time. They good about the mountain is at least they have a couple of high speed quads. So the time between bombing down the mountain is reduced by a few minutes.
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01/19/08 05:08 - 20ºF - ID#42956

Skiing anyone???

Ok so this is kind of last minute. I'm going skiing tomorrow, either at Holiday Valley or Bristol Mountain. Is anyone interested in going? I will probably leave around 7 or 8 am and ski all day. I have some extra clothing if you aren't equipped, I definitely have an extra coat, goggles, ski socks, and maybe a pair of pants but I will have to check. Sorry no extra gloves, I had to buy a new pair today because I lost my old ones. I'm not sure what it costs to rent skis or a snowboard, but I think the lift ticket at bristol is around $50, and at Holiday maybe $45.
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01/14/08 04:16 - 36ºF - ID#42880

Here we go again

I am so not happy about retaking Statistics. Apparently UB's intro statistics course is much better than my former college's. I'm amazed that everything else I took at OCC transferred, I would be willing to bet that the Organic Chem I took was slightly easier than UB's, but they transferred it.

Today I finally got a copy of the syllabus for my stats course. Luckily I saved a copy of the other syllabus from the last time I took it. I cannot figure out any significant differences between the two. They are nearly identical right down to the Minitab assignments which I despised the first time around. I know there is probably no chance of getting out of taking this course no matter how hard I try. But I really want someone with the power to change the transfer agreements to explain exactly what I will be getting out of this class that I haven't already received. I'm almost hesitant to bring this to the professors attention right off the bat because I would rather be anonymous. Thats the only thing I have embraced about taking classes with 449 other people. I almost wonder If I should speak with the department head.
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01/12/08 02:42 - 37ºF - ID#42856

Travel in May

I was wondering if anyone was interested in traveling to Hungary and Croatia around mid may for two weeks. I found a pretty decent deal to Budapest on May 14th from Buffalo for $757.00. The only plan I have in place is to get all the way down to Dubrovnik for a few days. We could do the rest of the planning on the fly. If it works out I will be purchasing flights within the next few weeks. I have to do more research on exactly what a reasonable budget would be, but I'm guessing around $1000 for two weeks should be sufficient, it may even be less but that will depend on what it costs to get all the way to Dubrovnik and back. Fortunately neither or these countries uses the Euro yet so its still a bit of a bargain for Americans. You wouldn't need a visa, just a passport. I think they are about $100 if you don't have one. I'm usually pretty fun to travel with and you get the added bonus of watching me eat strange shit. Anyway let me know if you are interested.
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01/05/08 11:58 - 38ºF - ID#42764

Behold the power of music

Although it isn't quite my bedtime, sounds of construction above my head at 11:45pm is not my idea of relaxing ambiance. I am amazed how quickly the noise stopped after blasting the sex pistols louder than I could stand.
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01/02/08 10:28 - 16ºF - ID#42730

Woops

So I have wanted to try this recipe for Bánh Bò Nuong(Vietnamese honeycomb cake) for the last two months. It didn't quite turn out the way I expected. It called for single action baking powder which I thought I found. However I couldn't seem to find my measuring spoons tonight so I just took a guess at what 2 teaspoons was. Also the recipe I used didn't say what size pan to use. Apparently I was wrong about something. When I pulled it out of the oven it was almost touching the top of the door. It was larger than a basketball.

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Less than 3 minutes later it deflated and now looks like this.

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I wish I had the sense to video it as it died a quick and dramatic death.
Even though it looked really pathetic I had to try it. It tasted nothing like cake, more like a lightly sweet glutinous omelet.
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01/01/08 02:06 - 34ºF - ID#42713

Korean dinner tutorial (part 2) Jhampong

So this soup has lots of ingredients but the finished product is well worth your efforts. There are a couple of things that will be difficult to find at Wegmans. I suggest going to Sungs on Niagara Falls Boulevard, because they will know what you are asking for. The first which is probably the most crucial Kochukaru. Its a Korean red pepper flake and more than likely the package will either be entirely in Korean or what is english won't state Kochu. The other is fresh noodles, don't use the dried stuff, it will be a strange texture. Look for either vermicelli or Chinese water noodles. Basically they are the same thing. But these are what you are seeking.

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apparently I'm partial to the Wang brand

Prep list:

Noodles
1 cup pork thinly sliced
1/4 lb squid (tubes and tentacles) Wegmans sells it already cleaned
1/4 lb shrimp shells removed and deveined
10-15 mussels
5 or 6 shiitake mushrooms thinly sliced
small onion thinly sliced
1/2 cup carrots julienned
4 cups shredded Napa cabbage
4 green onions cut into 1" lengths
2 red chilies sliced and seeded(I couldn't find fresh this week so I used dried)
tablespoon minced ginger
tablespoon minced garlic
Oil
8 cups of chicken stock
soy sauce
Slightly less than 1/4 cup of Kochukaru

Most of the prep list is self explanatory except for maybe cutting up the squid or cooking mussels. In all honesty I'm not certain I did this right but I was experimenting so I'll show you what I did. Cut the tubes down the seam and make it look like this

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Slice into small pieces

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Take a small knife and score a criss-cross pattern across the outside surface of the squid. Cut about half way into the meat.

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This is supposed to give that "pineapple" look to the squid once its cooked. I think it would have turned out better if I had a heat source that was worth a shit. They did curl up but I think i would have worked better if my wok was hotter.

Clean the mussels well. If there are any broken or open shells discard them. If you tap on the shell and it closes its okay to use, that means its still alive. I don't envy the amount of time you will spend in the bathroom for the next several days if you cook bad mussles. fill a pan with an inch or so of water and boil it, toss mussels in and cook till the shells all open, about 4 minutes. You can either remove the meat or leave it in depending if you want shells in your soup or not.

Ok so once you have washed, chopped, sliced and "measured" your mise en place should look vaguely like this

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Alright the hard part is over, have a beer and relax for a minute. Heat the wok or heavy bottomed dutch oven till screaming hot. Dump in some oil till just about smoking and add garlic and ginger, stir fry for about 10 seconds, next add the kochu and fry for another 10-20 seconds. Add pork and stir-fry, add shrimp, squid,mussels and stir-fry till it is all cooked through. Remove the meat and let the pan get hot again and add onions, carrot, chili pepper and stir-fry for a few minutes. Once the veggies have started to give off their juice add the meat back into the pan and mix with the vegetables. Add Napa and green onions and let it cook down a bit. Add the stock and a couple of dashes of soy sauce and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low and let it gently simmer for about 20 minutes. If it isn't spicy enough add a little bit of Sriracha hot sauce and salt and pepper if you think it needs it. While the soup is simmering boil some water and and cook the noodles according to the package directions.

Place the noodles in the bottom of a deep bowl and ladle soup over them. Garnish with some green onion and sesame seeds. Bon appetite!

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