Wednesday, March 12, 2008
TOP CHEF 4: Bourdain is in the building!
WooHoo! Acerbic and awesome rolled up in one slightly greasey package, Anthony Bourdain, my muse and catalyst of my obsession with world cuisine, is the celebrity judge! Sorry cheftestants.
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Top Chef Chicago: The Half-way Point...
Awesome quickfire challenge. Deep Dish Pizza is an art. I love Lisa! I'm really loving Richard! I want to be just like him when I grow up! Without the faux-hawk from 2005, of course.
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Top Chef Season 4: Chicago! Starts Now!
It's back and tastier than ever!
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Tuesday, March 11, 2008
What's for Dinner?
So here's a little something for my foodie homies. Tonight is "Asian Night" around my place so I whipped up a favorite of the wife's. Here's my recipe for "Uptown Eggrolls"

1/2 cup dried mushrooms
4 oz. Firm Tofu/Chicken
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon oil
16 oz. bean sprouts, washed and drained
2 cup small spinach leaves
1/2 cup green onion, thin sliced
1/2 cup bamboo shoots, thin sliced
2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon grated ginger root
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 egg roll wrappers
Vegetable oil for deep frying

  • Soak mushrooms in warm water for 30 minutes; drain and chop, discarding stems.
  • Chop tofu/chicken for filling. Stir-fry tofu/chicken and garlic quickly in 1 T hot oil about 2 minutes.
  • Add vegetables, stir-fry about 3 minutes more.
  • Blend soy sauce with cornstarch; stir in ginger root, sugar and salt.
  • Stir corn starch mixture into tofu/chicken mixture; cook and stir until thickened. Allow to cool.
  • Place egg roll wrapper with one point toward you.
  • Spoon 1/4 cup filling diagonally across and just below center of skin.
  • Fold bottom point of wrapper over filling; tuck point under filling.
  • Fold side corners over, forming an envelope shape. Roll up.
  • Fry egg rolls, a few at a time, in deep hot oil (365 degrees) for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Drain on paper towels.
  • Serve with fried rice or lo mein.

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Happy Birthday MP3 Player
No not mine or yours in particular, but the MPMan F10, the world's first portable MP3 player was first previewed in March 1998. Check these specs from the Official Website:

Eiger Labs MPMan
The World's First Portable MP3 Player!!!
100% Solid State: Never Skips or Wobble
32MB Flash Memory: 30 min to several hours of music
Ultra Compact: Ultra Portable
High Quality Music: CD-Quality
SRP $199.95: with NiMH Rechargeable Batteries!

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Now everyone let's thank Eiger Labs for paving the way for the creation of our constant companions and possibly the cause of our deafening.

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"Tracks To Vibe To"
Tuesday is Musician's Monday. After spending the real Monday trying to pretend to work and survive this weekend's hangover, I figure that we all need a little something to perk us up. No it isn't porn or cute kitten pics. This isn't that type of site often. Back on topic… here are this weeks picks for "Tracks To Vibe To:"

American Boy - Estelle ft Kanye West

1980 - Estelle

Wait a Minute (Just a Touch) - Estelle

He Said, She Said - Ashley Tisdale

Low - Flo Rida ft T-Pain

Finally the Guilty Pleasure Award goes to…

Yahhh! - Soulja Boy Tell'em ft Arab

Why… It makes me feel more ignorant just by listening to it and even worse because I actually like it. Let us all pray to our respective deities that this track doesn’t saturate pop culture as deeply as that which shall not be named


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Monday, March 10, 2008
The beginning...
Welcome to my little corner of the interwebs! My name is Allen and I'll be your guide for this journey into the life and mind of a twenty-something, culinary student at The Art Institute of Charlotte.

First and foremost... let's get the first question that you have out of the way...

"What makes this blog any different from the other eleventy billion blogs out there?"

Well the biggest thing is the fact that I'll actually update! Regularly. Semi-daily, in fact. If I miss a post someone better get the rescue squad on the line or the chicken soup with extra garlic and onions set to simmer.

"Why do I care what's going on with this guy?"

You probably don't but hey if you like food, gadgets (cooking AND hi-tech), live music, current events, OR even just live in Charlotte, NC-- you might want to bookmark/subscribe to me because I'm an info addict and just live to pass it on.

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