Food and Drink, 2013

Bob and Diane Varner have been friends of Self and The Man for decades.  This Chardonnay (2011) is hard to find, but self snagged a bottle yesterday at K&L Liquors in Redwood City

Bob and Diane Varner have been friends of Self and The Man for decades. This Chardonnay (2011) is hard to find, but self snagged a bottle yesterday at K&L Liquors in Redwood City

Fresh Mango for Breakfast at Abe's Farm, Magalang, Pampanga

Fresh Mango for Breakfast at Abe’s Farm, Magalang, Pampanga

Namesake Cheesecake + Delightful Raspberry Sauce (San Carlos Farmers Market)

Namesake Cheesecake + Delightful Raspberry Sauce (San Carlos Farmers Market)

Margarita D bought Margarita D found these artichoke hearts from the Rialto Market in Venice.

Margarita D bought Margarita D found these artichoke hearts from the Rialto Market in Venice.

A Trip to the Redwood City Farmers Market yielded this.

A Trip to the Redwood City Farmers Market yielded this.

Condiments at the Optimist Club's Hot Dog and Hamburger Stand

Condiments at the Optimist Club’s Hot Dog and Hamburger Stand in Stafford Park, Wednesday evenings in the Summer

Petit-Fours were provided by Jessika and Pepe.  Thanks a bunch, guys!

Petit-Fours were provided by Jessika and Pepe for the picnic before the Cal Shakes production of “Romeo and Juliet.” Thanks a bunch, guys!

More of that Fabulous Candy Bar --  Self wishes more schools borrowed this idea!

More of that Fabulous Candy Bar at the reception following commencement ceremony at Claremont — Self wishes more schools borrowed this idea!

Yum Yum Yum!  Son mailed these to self on Mother's Day.

Yum Yum Yum! Son mailed these to self on Mother’s Day.

Callos with two kinds of tripe:  a specialty of The Man

Callos with two kinds of tripe: a specialty of The Man

Relaxing.  On the sidewalk in front of Peet's.  It was a GORGEOUS afternoon!

Relaxing. On the sidewalk in front of downtown Redwood City Peet’s.

New Links (to Self’s Most Recent Publications)

Today, self had some time on her hands, so she decided to add a few links to her Recent Publications page.  Here are the links to her five most recent published stories:

  • “Hollow” appeared in 5_trope, Issue # 27 (December 2013), edited by Doren Robbins
  • “Bridging” appeared in the October 31 issue of Waccamaw.
  • “Desire” appeared in Manila Noir, edited by Jessica Hagedorn, published by Akashic in June 2013.
  • Self’s novella, Jenalyn, about a mail-order bride, was published as an e-book by Vagabondage Press (Florida), January 2013.
  • A Dictionary of Devotions appeared in Word Riot, October 2012.

Stay tuned.

ONE # 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

First, a digression:  Today, self and The Man went to see the first screening of American Hustle.

J-Law is just a-DO-rable!  Simply adorable!

Amy Adams was of course hot.

Bradley Cooper was the exact same speeded-up dude he played in Silver Linings Playbook.  Only this time, he was an FBI agent.  Many of the funniest scenes in the movie were his.

But Christian Bale.  CHRISTIAN BALE.  Since self had just seen him in Out of the Furnace, she couldn’t quite wrap her mind about this new Christian Bale iteration.  But — he was magnificent.  And also the only member of the cast whose Noo Joi-sey accent was firmly in place, from first to last.

The accent thing was quite a crucial thing in this movie.  Alas, self has finally spotted a chink in the J-Law persona:  Her accent was the messiest in the movie.  But self feels so chary in pointing this out.  For J-Law has the most hilarious scene with an exploding microwave.  Not to mention, she brings such vulnerability to her role.

And now to — the ONE!

Breakfast # 1 at Broiler Express in San Carlos: 1 egg, 1 pancake, and a strip of bacon.  All for $3.95!

Breakfast # 1 at Broiler Express in San Carlos: 1 egg, 1 pancake, and a strip of bacon. All for $3.95!

After the movie, we went to The Man’s favorite breakfast place:  Broiler Express on Laurel Street in San Carlos.

This time, when they brought her order, the pancake had mouse ears!

BWAH. HA. HAAAA!

Self’s pancake never had mouse ears before!

This was the very first time!

Self’s face broke out in a huge grin, she just couldn’t help it.  And the waiter was grinning, too.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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