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Kiss My Grits

Kiss My Grits

Posted on 16 February 2012 by Michelle

I was so excited to have a good southern brunch with my husband.  Our sneaky way to celebrate Valentines Day the weekend before it happens.  That way we don’t have to deal with the overpriced, prefixed, terrible food that Valentines Day usually produces.

Having a craving for something with country style breakfast food led me to find Seersucker in Carroll Gardens.  Chef Robert Newton formerly of Tabla, Aquavit, and Le Cirque opened this small place with locally driven southern food.  Mainly from Carroll Street Green Market directly across the street.  Sounds great right?

The restaurant has a clean modern design with reclaimed barn wood and vintage light fixtures.  The tables are small, so be careful not to knock someones collard greens off the table when trying to sit down (like I almost did).

We started with bloody marys.  I always say, its not a good bloody mary unless you can chew on it, and theirs were perfect.  Mine had pickled crawdads, and both had just the right amount of horseradish.

The menu for brunch was simple and gave a great variety of sweet and savory to choose from.  I absolutely had to have the pimento cheese grits.  They were delicious, with bacon and a perfectly poached egg to break into my grits.  I was a very happy girl!  Regardless of the oily, overdressed salad that accompanied the meal.  I highly recommend the biscuits and gravy.  My husband and I shared an order.  They were definitely our favorite part of the meal.  Considering his country style pork hash was quite dull, and under seasoned.  Thankfully, the eggs and biscuits saved him.

Overall it was good food, but not WOW food.  The service was excellent.  But somehow there was a certain lack of homeyness that good country food needs.

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Review: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Review: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Posted on 28 June 2009 by Glenlock

"Holy crap, Marie!"

Is the phrase that comes to mind when I think of this movie. Unfortunately,
It was just that… crap. Being a fan of Generation 1 and Beast Wars, I found
that these movies are just 2 hour commercials for merchandise. This movie was
sorely lacking story, I mean real story. It looks like Michael Bay just grabbed
the script on top of the pile and said "Throw in some explosions and we’re
set" It starts out Sam (Shia LaBeouf) is off to collage because he wants to
be "normal" (sorry, you live with a transforming robot,
"normal" is out the window!) and is not allowed to have his car,
Bumblebee, the Autobot who transforms into a 2008 concept Camaro. Yeah, what 19
year old wouldn’t want to take that to college?!?! Hot car like that, a kid will
FIND away to bring it. Anyway, Sam finds a piece of the All Spark (from the
first film) in his clothes and it turns the kitchen appliances (ugh!) into
robots. Insanity ensues. Action was abundant, explosions, fighting robots you
can’t tell where 1 robot ends and another begins.

The Autobots

They brought back Peter Cullen (the Original Cartoon Prime) which is always a
pleasure, after all to me he IS Prime. The introduction of new characters
(barely!) Sideswipe, a concept Corvette and Arcee …sisters(?) 3 motorcycles?
But these characters were very brief.  Instead of using the afore mentioned
Transformers, Bay decides to waste time (ours and in the story) with Mudflap and
Skidz. These ‘bots were the Transformers equivalent to Jar Jar Binks (More like
Jar Jar Bots!) They were the writers way to try and connect with a younger
crowd, not a bad thing but it was done poorly. I’ve read online that some people
saw these two were robots in black face, and that may not be as accurate a
statement.  in my opinion this may be a case of some old guy trying to
speak street and failing miserably.  ( Nothing worse than a ageing
hipster!) Also, Jetfire made his movie debut, and going the other direction,
made this character some old, crotchety ‘bot that farted fire, had a cane, and
sported some sort of metal beard. Really trying to reach those 90+ Trans-fans!

As for the Decepticons…

Hugo Weaving (Matrix, Lord of the Rings) Returns as Megatron, and we find out
he isn’t the real Leader.  Some guy named The Fallen (HUH?) is.  Bay
did however manage to throw in genius voice actor, Frank Welker, (who was the
original Megatron, Soundwave, Rumble, Etc.  Check him out on IMDB, I
guarantee you’ll know some of his work) as wasted character Soundwave. This guy
sat in orbit and stole Earth’s Defense Satellite…Boring!  Constructicons
(robots who combine to form a giant robot, Devastator) make their appearance as
well.  Apparently the depiction of Devastator is only to get off a bad
joke.  Devastator has… balls. Yes, I said balls.

I know I didn’t mention all the robots, and be thankful. They really aren’t
worth mentioning. And worse, the less that’s said about the human cast, the
better. As my boss, John, would say; "They were about as useful as tits on
a bull". Hot girls, crazy parents, and army guys. They all seem pretty

All in all, it was 77% action+3% lackluster story+3% love story+6%
bad/useless characters+1% Devastator balls= 1 typical Michael Bay film.


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Bacon Explosion

Posted on 29 January 2009 by Ed Z

Two pounds of bacon + two pounds of sausage = explosion.  I can
only imagine.  I’m having chest pains just
thinking about it

This recipe is the Bacon
Explosion, modestly called by its inventors “the BBQ Sausage
Recipe of all Recipes.” The instructions for constructing this
massive torpedo-shaped amalgamation of two pounds of bacon woven
through and around two pounds of sausage and slathered in barbecue
sauce first appeared last month on the Web site of a team of
Kansas City competition barbecuers. They say a diverse collection
of well over 16,000 Web sites have linked to the recipe,
celebrating, or sometimes scolding, its excessiveness. A fresh
audience could be ready to discover it on Super Bowl Sunday.

Don’t forget to send the recipe to your favorite vegetarian,

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Random Thoughts on Writing

Posted on 21 June 2008 by Ed Z

Writing is like a sickness. Some people, its genetic, terminal, they’re
taking it to the grave and most likely it’ll be the death of them. Poor sons of
bitches, they never saw it coming.

Then there’s the ones who get it like a cold. And even then you can get it
real bad. Tears you up inside and kicks your guts in. But one day, you wake up
and it is gone. They knew that was coming, thought it never would, but they knew

Lastly, there are the ones who get a cold and it splits, but like
hypochondriacs, they refuse to admit it. They think they’re sick all the time.
They’re inventing illnesses. But everyone else knows it just ain’t so.
Ninety-nine percent of the people who put words on paper are like this. God
knows they think they got it, but baby, they don’t.


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New York City Waterfalls

New York City Waterfalls

Posted on 19 June 2008 by Ed Z

It isn’t a very good picture but after months of staring at the metal scaffold
the water has finally turned on.

It is part of an art exhibit simply called New
York City Waterfalls
, which consists of four man-made waterfalls located
around the city.  They are the creation of Danish artist Olafur

The Waterfalls are
deliberately located so that all four are visible from one
location – the South Street Seaport. By standing at the end of the
Seaport’s Pier 17, it’s possible to get a good glimpse of the
installations. The effect of seeing all four waterfalls rising
from New York Harbor is sure to be impressive, but from this
vantage point none of the falls are close enough to really get a
feel for their scale.


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Dungeon Master Gary Gygax, 1938-2008

Posted on 04 March 2008 by Ed Z

Gary Gygax, co-creator
of D&D died
Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Gary Gygax, co-creator of
Dungeons & Dragons and one of the fathers of tabletop
role-playing games, died on Tuesday at the age of 69. He had
suffered from heart problems.

The news was first announced
on the message board of Troll Lord Games, the publisher of Gygax’s
most recent works. It has since been directly confirmed by the
company, which will post an announcement on its Web site later

I spent many hours of imagination filled fun playing D&D with some of my
best friends.  Thank you Gary for giving us geeks an outlet,

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Peter Boyle: 1935 – 2006

Posted on 13 December 2006 by Ed Z

Peter Boyle, the actor who played Ray Barone’s father in Everybody Loved
Raymond, died at the age of 71 today.

Boyle died Tuesday evening
at New York Presbyterian Hospital. He had been suffering from
multiple myeloma and heart disease, said his publicist, Jennifer

I will always remember him for his role as Frankenstein’s monster in Young

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007 is Back

Posted on 28 November 2006 by Ed Z

I went to see the new James Bond move, Casino
, and I have to say I was impressed. The positives definitely outweigh
the negatives, the latter only being the length of the movie and sections that
seemed to drag on a bit too long. Otherwise, it had a solid story, amazing
action sequences, dialogue in a Bond tradition with out being corny, and most
important, fantastic acting.

Daniel Craig makes an excellent Bond, playing Bond rough around the edges as
opposed to the more refined recent portrayals. For the record, I believe Sean
Connery was the best Bond, and I’d like to see Craig string together several 007
performances like the one in Casino Royale before I can truly judge him, but he
is off to a great start.

If you’re a fan of James Bond, I recommend this movie.

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Top 10 Horror Movies

Posted on 30 October 2006 by Ed Z

In the spirit of Halloween, I have decided to give you my top 10 horror movie
list.  If you haven’t seen some of these, you might want to take a visit
to your local rental store.  Let me know what your top horror movies are.

10. Invasion
of the Body Snatchers (1978)

What would you do if everyone you knew was suddenly changing? They became
cold and unfeeling images of the people you cared about. A great look at the
individual against the masses.

9. Hellraiser

What makes this movie work so well is they set up a history that you could
believe. Violence with a purpose and a disturbing look at what our sins may cost

8. The
Thing (1982)

I love this movie for its feeling of suffocation. The severe cold lends to
the icy feeling between the characters. The ending is a wonderful departure from
the norm.

7. The
Shining (1980)

Is there any better movie that shows the downward spiral into insanity? All
work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. That scene alone is better than most

6. Jaws

Generations have had their days at the beach ruined because of this movie.
Honestly, can you go swimming in the ocean without thinking of the music? I can’t
even take a bath without thinking of it. Also, Shaw’s monologue about the
Indianapolis is masterful.

5. Alien

This movie single-handedly brought horror back to Sci-Fi. How many movies
have copied this formula since? This is the complete opposite of the clean
hospital look of Star Wars. The sets are like oil drilling platforms in space.

4. The
Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

The birth of the modern slasher movie. Low budget, but that makes it even
more believable. Tame by today’s standards, however quite disturbing in the
images of the grotesque.

3. Evil
Dead II (1987)

What happens when you mix the Three Stooges with Night of the Living Dead?
You get the Evil Dead series. This is by far the best of the three. Its clever
use of camerawork and awesome character, Ash, makes this a classic. Groovy.

2. The
Exorcist (1973)

The deep seeded Christian beliefs in the American psyche were the launching
pad for this incredible movie. Brilliant imagery coupled with idea of Satan
manifesting itself in a 12-year-old girl is an endless source of chills.

1. Night
of the Living Dead (1968)

Everything that every zombie flick wants to be is based on this movie. In
fact, any movie where the characters are trapped somewhere while the antagonist
looms about is based on this movie. What is so frightening is the realism, that
this could happen somehow. Also, I love watching the psychology of the group
trying to survive. Makes you wonder who is more dangerous, the zombies or the
people right next to you.

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That Book Meme

Posted on 13 September 2006 by Ed Z

Karol at Alarming News has tagged
me, and to be honest, I was clueless.  I thought to myself, "Cool, I
was tagged…wait what the hell does that mean?" Fortunately for you I
figured it out, so here it goes.

1. One book that changed your life?

I mentioned once that Steppenwolf
by Herman Hesse was a launching pad for my young adult life, but in hindsight I
must mention Narcissus
and Goldmund,
also by Hesse.  I read both books in succession, and I
have to say it was the latter that spoke to me and drove me to read more.

2. One book you have read more than once?

.  Quintessential Bukowski.  Never gets old.

3. One book you would want on a desert island?

Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook
. Yeah, well I don’t want to be on a
deserted island.  The serious answer would be I
Am Legend
by Richard Matheson.  Why?  Cause it’s just a kick ass
book and the whole last man on earth theme would fit well.

4. One book that made you cry?

Perfect Storm
had a very detailed description of drowning coupled with real
people you got to know along the way on the Andrea Gail.  It brought
a tear to my eye.

5. One book that made you laugh?

The writing is a bit disjointed, sort of like a music video in written form,
but Et
Tu, Babe
by Richard Leyner had me getting more than a few strange looks on
the R train.  In sorts, it is a satire on celebrity culture where the next
big thing is the visceral tattoo, not outside on your skin, but on the
internal organs.

6. One book you wish had been written?

Nothing comes to mind.

7. One book you wish had never been written?

If it was written, it should remain so.

8. One book you are currently reading?

I’m about to start The
Painted Word
by Tom Wolfe.

9. One book you have been meaning to read?

for a Dream
by Hubert Selby Jr.  I was first introduced to Selby by
reading Last
Exit to Brooklyn
then learned of and saw the movie version of Requiem
I just never got around to reading it.

10. Now tag five people…

I barely know five people in real life let alone with blogs.  I’ll have
to work on that.

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