Wednesday, January 29, 2014

5 things i love right now

1. dunkin' donuts brown sugar cinnamon coffee

believe it or not, i worked at a dunks when i was 19. it was somewhat character-building (i have so much respect for food service workers), somewhat cool (unlimited free coffee AND donuts, fo' real), and somewhat horrifying (i worked the 5am-11am shift, during which i had to make change for my smirking high school crush while wearing a visor and uniform 10 sizes too big for me). BUT I DIGRESS.

my point is that the only things that grossed me out a little bit were the coolatas and the flavor syrups. they just weren't my scene. but these days, i actually live next door to a dunkin' donuts -- my apartment building's parking lot smells like heaven. on a recent visit, i happened to notice a sign advertising a new brown sugar cinnamon flavor, and decided to face my aversion head on. it was glorious! it's all warm and cozy and a perfect pick-me-up for the dead of winter when i look solely to my morning joe to provide me with happiness and caffeine. 

2. rediscovering this mtv special, 25 lame

the year was 1999. chris kattan, denis leary, janeane garofalo, and jon stewart gathered together in an MTV studio to riff on the worst music videos of all time, and magic was made. VHS was still our device of choice, and you best believe that 13 year-old me "taped" this special and watched it until i accidentally recorded over it with making the band or limp bizkit's diary episode or some bull. i thought i'd never see it again, until a few years ago when a wonderful, wonderful person uploaded almost all of it to youtube. something made me think of it the other day, and i still cry from laughter every single time i watch. if you've ever seen the clip of vanilla ice destroying his own video, it's from this. one of my personal favorites, however, was the rico suave bit.  enjoy!

3.  the house fund wallet from modcloth

how did modcloth know that i just started house-hunting and need something cute to keep my funds in? but, um, i feel like this should be a piggy bank or something. because i usually spend the money in my wallet ...

4. this song, "temple," by kings of leon

at first, i loved KOL. then, right around the time i saw them in concert and "use somebody" was hitting hard, i started to hate them. and then "sex on fire" came out and i was just like "SERIOUSLY?". but i've gotta admit, they've redeemed themselves with their latest album, mechanical bull. 92.9 has been playing this one a lot lately and it's just a fun, solid tune. you're alright again in my book, kings.

5. this mug

...and oprah. and anyone else you admire. go get it!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

around town: pajama brunch at tremont 647

i've only been to this south end spot twice, so this might be a little presumptuous, but i'm pretty sure that tremont 647 is my spirit restaurant. you know, like a spirit animal, except it's a restaurant. i actually wrote about it in a guest blog post a while back, so things are getting kiiiind of serious now.

it's not just the menu (to which i nod and say "yep, yep, yep, that too" to almost every item), nor the warm and sorta whimsical ambiance, nor the extremely attractive bartenders and waiters (just keepin' it real). all of these things combine to make this place a truly special eatery. oh, and chef andy husbands was on "hell's kitchen" some years ago, so that's pretty legit.

i stopped in for their "pajama brunch" with a friend this weekend -- sans pajamas -- and it was the perfect escape from the torrential downpour outside. things were off to a great start when coffee was promptly delivered to our table by a server in HIS PJs. cute.

to start, we split the house-made cherry cheesecake pop-tart. there was an awkward food moan or two.

my friend ordered the croissant breakfast sammy (maple sausage, fried egg, cheese, and whatever "roasted garlic herb pistou" is) and i went for the pork carnitas benny (hash browns topped with seasoned pulled pork, poached eggs, and hollandaise). i could tell you how amazing it was, but the picture really speaks for itself.

perhaps best of all, the staff is super-friendly. i think we were greeted genuinely upon our arrival and thanked upon our departure by every single server and host in the joint. 

so, who's coming back with me for restaurant week?!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

the best of the selfie olympics

something called the "selfie olympics" has taken over the internet and i'm obsessed. i guess people got sick of your standard, boring duckface selfies and decided to step it up a notch. and so, a global competition to see who could create the most outrageous, elaborate bathroom selfie was born. the creativity is astounding. who says that the youth aren't doing anything worthwhile? i have no idea who's judging this, but i don't really care. check out some of my faves:

just brushin' her teeth, NBD
beachin' it

kind of breaking the rules, but hilarious


safari selfie

"ain't even my house" selfie

the "holy crap" selfie

the "forever alone" selfie

"the sandlot" selfie