"Coach Mattison told me what the Ravens were about, what he thought," Beyer said. "He definitely encouraged me. I hold his opinion in high regard."
This is beyond off topic but today I went to see The Nutcracker in San Francisco with not one but two of the most beautiful girls in the world. I was honestly a little concerned about getting bored having seen the Nutcracker almost 20 times. But, this season’s production in San Francisco was amazing. Everything was perfect: The dancers, choreography, sets, opera house, story edits… This is probably the greatest production of the Nutcracker I’ve ever seen. Clara was a ‘badass’ and can dance absolutely beautifully. I was stunned by how good the Sugar Plum Fairy was. The Russian dancers, my favorite, were amazing. San Francisco always has an entire cast of amazing dancers. I highly recommend this to anyone. I actually did cry when Clara woke up back in her living room. 5/5 stars.
And for Herm, the best Omelet:
Beat three eggs in a bowl. I prefer a fork, if you know how to use it correctly, rather than a whisk. If you're not lactose intolerlant, shred a mix of cheddar and jack with a bit of parmesan together and set aside. For vegetables, make sure you steam them, or grill them in butter, slightly before adding them to the omelet. Some vegetables require more time than others. Mushrooms are fine raw, asparagus needs to be steamed a few minutes, and onions are best grilled in butter. For the eggs, melt a tablespoon of butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Make sure it’s not too hot so that the butter or the eggs don’t burn. I prefer to add the vegetables and meat (cooked sausage or bacon) while the egg is still runny and not fully set so that they are cooked in the egg rather than just sitting inside the omelet. Flip over and add the cheese inside right away before the eggs are fully cooked. Fold over and you have the perfect omelet. Dude...
By the way, I also loved Les Mis, Phantom, Sunset Boulevard, and Miss Saigon on Broadway. We can all agree that Cats sucks. I haven’t seen the Les Mis movie yet but am looking forward to it. The best musical film is Man of La Mancha with Peter O'Toole. He was a badass in Laurance of Arabia. That's the first two times I've ever said badass. The best Bond could be Craig but I’m still a fan of Connery. Tarantino will never top Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs. His recent films are too campy.
Finally, the Nutcracker was actually amazing this year and my dates (7 and 10 years) are the most beautiful and sweetest girls in the world.
So it's that time of year again. Between New Years Eve and New Years bowl games, a lot of people are scrambling to come up with something to bring to the party. Back in August, a few people posted recipes (LINK) for tailgaiting and whatnot. I think it's probably time to revisit a similar topic for everyone who is either hosting or bringing food to a New Years party.
I'd like to offer tortilla española (best translation is probably Spanish omlette). Easy, cheap, and tastes great either hot or cold. You can leave it sitting out all evening and it'll be just fine. Plus it's a nice change of pace from the pizza that you will have been consuming all day.
- 6 potatoes, peeled
- 1 large white or vidalia onion
- 6 eggs, beaten
- olive oil
First off, slice the potatoes and onion into discs (the onion will obviously fall apart, but it doesn't really matter at all). Fry them both together in olive oil in a fry pan. You know they're done when they begin to smell delicious and you can cut them easily with the side of a fork. Take the potatoes and onions off the heat and put them in another fry pan (OIL the pan first!); they should form a layer about 0.75"-1" tall in the pan. Crack the eggs and pour them into the fry pan with the potatoes and onions. The potatoes and onions should be just about completely submerged in the egg. Add salt to taste and cook on low-medium heat until the sides of the omlette are golden brown and the top isn't excessively runny.
Here's where it gets very slightly tricky. Take the whole thing, invert it onto a plate, and slide the omlette back into the fry pan, now upside down. It shouldn't take that long to finish cooking.
Pat yourself on the back and revel in the fact that you are awesome. Serve either cut into small, 1.5" squares, or placed on a baguette. Makes great food for drinking with some classier beer.
What recipes do you have for the MGoNewYear?
Happy holidays kids.
Hope you wake up to many many many Xmas prezints.
For all you other chumps that are stuck at work like me, and you lucky bastards that don't have to work today, here's a fun little holiday thread to spread some Christmas cheer. And Kwanza cheer. And catch up on the Hanukkah cheer results. And wish everyone a happy holiday season. Here's some topics:
Me, I already got my new LED television a few weeks ago so I'm thinking I'll get getting a pair of socks and maybe a shirt from M-Den under the tree. That said, there won't be much space for my stuff anyway due to the vast number of gifts that we got our two kids. The oldest is getting a spectacular set of legos that I will likely have to help assemble (I love it!) and the youngest is getting a bunch of chewable toys. She is very likely to get her two front teeth this week and she's been gnawing on anything she can hold in her little hands. The wife is getting her 1,000,000th pair of shoes and some other odds and ends. Her best gift is the Kermit the Frog PJ pants that my son picked out for her. I plan on guilting her into wearing them often.
Happy Festivus everyone!
The traditional activities of Festivus will of course come later today, but first we must pause to note the Festivus miracles ocurring around us. Specifically:
- The Lions will not lose today
- The 25th of December falls on a Tuesday this year, which means most people get a long (4-day) weekend
- The Mid-American Conference is attempting to trademark the term #MACtion (LINK)
- My ESPN MGoBowl pick-em is in great shape so far
BONUS: You can buy a commercialized version of the unadorned Festivus pole, and it'll cost you 40 bucks for the privilege (LINK). Seems a little antithetical to the spirit of the holiday, does it not?
So how are you celebrating Festivus? Anybody celebrating in "real life"?
Friday night Thread for the Spreading of Holiday Cheer and Detailing of Consumption of Delicious Alcoholic Beverages
And what is everyone having as we head into the Christmas weekend? I'm getting an earlyish Sam Adams "White Christmas" in and will probably switch later to a half-glass of Sailor Jerry's (can't get too crazy since it's an early start tomorrow on the road to Atlanta for Christmas), all the while enjoying the simple idea of being inside with Christmas music queued up on the stereo with snow on the ground and a breezy wind outside. Beautiful evening.