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{July 22, 2009}   so….

Anyone else read books about quantum physics in a bubble bath with a mojito after crazy days, or am I alone in that one?

On that note – what kind of drinks go with what subjects?  I think we need a whole list of drinks here!  Answer any/all in the comments, or suggest your own.  🙂
a.) __________________ is to zoology as mojito is to quantum physics.
b.) Tequila is to __________________ as mojito is to quantum physics.
c.) __________________ is to forensic anthropology as mojito is to quantum physics.
d.) Sake is to __________________ as mojito is to quantum physics.

E is for extra credit!
E-1: Mojito (white rum + sugar + lime + sparking water + ice + mint) = quantum physics.  Which part(s) represent(s) simply physics?
E-2: That taken into account, please explain this version of a chocolate martini:
1 shot chocolate vodka + 2 shots white Godiva chocolate liquor + 1/2 shot creme de cacao + 2 shots whole milk = __________________.

Wait! you say.  Fox the above post has NOTHING to do with physics and everything to do with chaos!
To that I can only reply: did you forget who I was? And have you had the pleasure of reading Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman?

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Who is up for a rum and chocolate tasting with me?  OMG – come on…lazing about in the Caribbean?  Chocolate and rum tastings?  Chilling on beaches with rum?  Going on expeditions to find more rum?  How can it be wrong?

Need the Caribbean experience in less glorious but more affordable tasty bites?  Try these Dark Chocolate Rum Cordials!

Finding rum filled chocolates can be hard!  Learn to make them here! I must confess that I now have the strange desire to drill a hole in Christmas Santa chocolate, fill it with rum, and reseal it.

Alternately, check out these divine looking creations!



{July 24, 2008}   ~hello to the cosmos~

The internets amuse me today.

It is difficult to be lonely today – I have notes from Molli and Ashish, I have e-mails from a gollum today, I have chatters with many peoples.

It has been requested that we have a saltwater fish tank behind the bar instead of a mirror – which meets my approval.  The plans for a restaurant are in discussion – themed menus are the good!  Especially with themes like mango, chocolate, and coffee.

The internet is full of things to share!

One thing comes from the extra-adorable bunnyZombieWalk!!!

Also, Peace Day (September 21) approaches!!!  Visit the site for Peace One Day to make a commitment that is tiny-sized to galaxy-sized and get banners, e-mail signatures, and things!!!  I think I may make a pair of jeans with glued on accents in fabric (like the koi pants) for Peace Day.  The peace signs will have to be fuzzy.  Fuzzy peace sign pants!!!  Okay…moving on…..

And the internet is also still full of chocolate!

A recipe for chocolate zombie fingers (decorated chocolate-covered pretzels) from Extreme Chocolate (yes, extreme chocolate!).

Also this site mentions the existance of chocolate beer! There is a link to recipies, but nowhere to order chocolate beers!  Sooooooo…I have found some places where one can find the chocolate beers!  Shenandoah Brewing Company does chocolate donut beers (Alexandria, VA) and you can brew your own beer, which sounds pretty cool.  Mountain Sun does chocolate beer (Boulder, CO – which is closer to someone’s tall, tall city than VA, though I’m still looking for chocolate beer in Denver – will has updates) and has a beer listing that makes me wish that I was a) in Colorado and b) liked beer at all.  I want to like raspberry beer dammit!  [Totally a tangent: BEER RECIPIES – note to self, make chili with beer!]  And…Desert Edge Brewery (Salt Lake City, UT) has chocolate beers.  If I missed anyone for chocolate beers, let me know, and I will try to find the chocolate beers just for you.

EDIT: Order Young’s Double Chocolate online – Australia only!

EDIT II: Young’s Double Chocolate online

EDIT III: Arcadia “Coco Loco” Triple Chocolate online

Read about places for chocolate tastings near where I will one day return from exile.

More things will come!  For now I posts this!



[As often done, to make my Ravyn smile.]

A chocolate CD.  Shipped in a CD case, naturally.

Save The Earth!!!  This is our new Earth Day shirt!!! [Also, it totally makes me want to say “Save the chocolate.  Save the world.”]

And a tee-shirt for the prowlings!!!  In pink for the amusement of your gender neutral pronouns!!!

Chocolate-Cherry Mouse Kisses –  I would totally make these for you right now if I thought they’d survive shipping!!!  Why don’t you live close to me?  I would be showing up with chocolate-cherry mouse kisses and rum!  *looks curiously at truffle box and ponders logistics-first step, eat all the truffles; second step, snuggle chocolate mouses into the truffle cushiony papers…third step, do I have cherries?  Where is our house slave my brother?*

Chocolate Bunny in Sportscar-from Nirvana.  [Click here if you want to order one, I linked to the enlarged photo.]

It’s New Age Chocolate!!!  Chocolate and Yoga!!!  [With seven chocolates-one for each chakra!  Yes, it really goes there!]

Peace, Love, Chocolate.  Lookit!  It comes on thongs!  And boxers!  I would have though we could have matching underwear….

When Pigs Fly-um.  Um.  Uh.  Murr.  I think you have to see this one to believe it.



Back with the chocolate and the playful!

Want to show off for your date? Start practicing these Floating Hearts with Raspberry Sauce now!

What about ice cream? White Chocolate-Rose Geranium perhaps? I’d be impressed. Need an ice cream maker? Check out MakeIceCream.com – from the rather sane additions to a kitchen like the Cuisinart ICE-30BC ($79.99-sale), to the quirky crank-handled White Mountain 4 Quart Manual Ice Cream Maker ($139.99), to the Musso Pola ice cream maker (generally reserved for those moments after winning the lottery or having a great night in Vegas at only $1,999.99).   You can also find recipes and trivia poking about this site. Having an ice cream maker might totally make the lack of easily findable lavender ice cream more bearable! I shall have to consider this thought once I settle down in a place (here in the land of loud birds I’d have to make the ice cream in the garage or something – tiny kitchen already full of delightful gadgets!).

Want to give desserts without the calories? This set of links is dedicated to the cute! Cake roll washcloths, chocolate cake towels, and cake wedge washcloths add extra fun to the slightly more predictable default calorie-free bathroom decor. The petit four lip balm set is darling overkill.

Making breakfast? Check out the heart egg mold.



{October 31, 2007}   Halloween Fun!!!

I cannot have a zombie movie marathon with fun treats this Halloween, because I have about zero local friends here in the land of loud birds. However, I will post these things up here, because they are fun. Hopefully next Halloween I can have a party (and all this stuff will be waiting!). And my Ravyn says I can visit him next Halloween for zombie movies and cutsey spooky treats! This is excitements!

Halloween Cakes on AllRecipes: Spider cupcakes, Mummy cupcakes, Graveyard cakes, + more!!!

Bat sandwiches-Which should of course be made with sweet curried tuna and apple sandwiches.

Halloween Drinks!!!

Cherry-Berry Spider-not that I see the spider, but this looks like a fun, non-alcoholic treat.

Green Grog-How can you say no to any drink that involves both limeade AND rum?

Boo Beverage-It’s all about the floating ghosts on top!

Apple Cidertini-Need I clarify?

Brain Hemmorage-Anything with this in its description honestly kinda scares me: “The schnapps curdles the Irish cream and the result looks like a brain floating in your shot glass. The grenadine adds the hemorrhage affect.”

Transylvania Punch-I might have to make this even with no one else here to love it.

Hot Buttered Cranberry Cider-Hot. Cranberry. Cider.



{October 22, 2007}   Monday Morning Madness!!!

Good morning to the cosmos!

This romp through the internet is for people who would like to follow me on my search for the decadent, the strange, and the unusual – this time with alcohol. I figure some playful and occasionally outrageous madness is good on a Monday morning (though most of this was typed by an insomniac fox late Sunday night).

Recipe for Rum-Soaked Veal Chops with Pineapple Salsa–while I am not a fan of veal (tortured baby cows make me sad), this recipe could be easily adapted to something else. As it’s grilled, some manner of steak would be appropriate, most likely.

Ambrosia Nectar Cigars–cigars with rum! Makes me think of the Baron.

For having the audacity to actually use the phrase “L.A.’s rum-soaked jungle cultureThe Wit of the Staircase gets a place here. The Wit of the Staircase comes “from the French phrase ‘esprit d’escalier,’ literally, it means ‘the wit of the staircase’, and usually refers to the perfect witty response you think up after the conversation or argument is ended.

Rum-Soaked on DeviantART

The description for this Caracas Cake at Bertrand’s Inc. is “chocolate genoise soaked in rum, chocolate truffle ganache, coffee mousse, marbled chocolate wrap, coffee glaze and marbled chocolate shavings.” Um…I want….

The Nibble reviews Dolcielo Brownies. Flavors include: Amureo (Apricots/Amaretto Disaronno), Bellasanti (Cherries/Cherry Heering liqueur), Celesola (Pineapple/Bacardi Gold), and Donamato (Plums/Kahlúa Especial). For more about what sound like brownies inspired by some manner of divinity (and their special holiday flavor) do visit The Nibble!

Holdsworth Chocolates offers quite the selection of alcohol infused truffles!

Recipe for Warm Chocolate Cake with Brandy-soaked Apricots and Caramel–Despite the decadent picture, it looks relatively easy to make. I may make some for local beggars or beggars that I go to visit.

Rum-Soaked Figs in Chestnut Honey from Jacksonville Mercantile.

Rum-Soaked Sultanas! What is a sultana? I have no clue! But you can buy them soaked in rum and dipped in chocolate, so I think I lean toward approval…. They don’t call it dipped in chocolate, but “chocolate enrobed.” I like that.



{September 28, 2007}   I love you!!! Smile!!!

Once again I searches the Internets for chocolate and cute to make my Ravyn smile.

Chocolate Pirate from Drink Mixer:
1 1/2 oz Bacardi 151 Rum
1 oz Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
1 oz Milk
2 scoops Chocolate Ice Cream
***Mix in blender until smooth and serve in a chilled wine goblet.***

Chocolate Bytes! A chocolate blog! Find more pirate chocolate madness!

If I could ever get behind a $10.00 bar of chocolate, I think this might be it! In Conneticut there is this guy named Fritz Knipschildt and he is clearly a genius. Check out his burnt carmel and Hawaiian sea salt chocolate bar at chocolate.com or check out his place Chocopologie where you can buy that same delicious chocolate combination in truffle form!

Witch Crossing Chocolate Bar – I don’t even have anything to add to that!

Love Hurts! Heart Shaped Jalapeno Dark Chocolate Truffles! I think those chocolates are like the statement of the year! Give them to that special person you hate to love or love to hate for Valentines Day!

Mistletoe Man Magnet Chocolate Bar – I could say something, but I can’t beat their text! “Hold strategically above head and standby for action. NOTE: Individual results may vary.”

Another reason to move to where you are…. Cacao

And in closing…chocolate kitten!



{August 21, 2007}   Meme

This meme is stolen from Dreamer.

-RED-
1. Closest red thing to you?
Red on the DVD cover for Season 1 of Supernatural.
2. Has anyone ever cheated on you in a relationship?
All of my relationships for the last…seven years have been open relationships. Before that…I suspect perhaps one person.
3. Last thing to make you MAD!?
Everything makes me mad this week. Emo-puppy, was the last thing, when he jumped on me and caused the slamming of my thumb in a sliding glass door.
4. Are you a fan of romance?
Yes. Especially when I give out black roses for Valentine’s Day.
5. Have you ever been in love?
Yes. I fall in love as easily as the rain. I stay in love too. But it seems that I am not so easy to love or to stay with.
6. Do you have a temper?
Yes. Though I tend to sulk more than fight.

-ORANGE-
1. Closest orange thing to you?
The bits of newspaper that my bonsai tree tray was wrapped in have a lot of orange in them. Whole pages of Walmart ads.
2. Do you like to burn things?
Things is not descriptive enough.
3. Do you dress up for Halloween?
Yes. Some people thing my Halloween dress up doesn’t count (it is most often a new outfit and wings – but I look forward to Halloween every year. It is the one time I can justify spending money on clothes (and I’ve spent like…$400 on stuff for Halloween on years I also get boots – usually closer to $200).
4. Are you usually a warm-hearted person?
Yeah.
5. Do you prefer the single life or the security of a relationship?

Relationship. I am seriously not happy when single.
6. What would your superpower be?
Mmmmmmm…that question always makes me giggle now, after one of my friends answered with ‘the ability to make anyone, anywhere orgasm.’ He then proceeded to explain how he would not only use this power on hot girls at bars, but detailed his plan to use it to bring world peace. Mine, I’m afraid, is tamer – I go with Dreamer, healing.

-YELLOW-
1. Closest yellow thing to you?
The yellow chair that I can remember having in my houses forever. Not the one my brother and I covered in smiley-face stickers.
2. The happiest time[s] of your life?
God. Um. Fuck. I have no idea.
3. Favorite holiday?
Winter – which blurs into one big holiday for me. Halloween leads into it with some fun, some drinks, and a party or two. Thanksgiving is generally a pretty community affair – I love cooking for people, when I have a place, I’m hosting Halloween indefinitely. Indefinitely being until I’m dead. Then comes Christmas, which I love – cookies and gifts, you don’t have to believe Jesus is your savior to enjoy baking and shopping! And…New Year’s Eve finished that up with…well…a lot of booze and a lot of kisses to ring in the new year. And traditionally with at least one group of people, I wear lingerie. And heels. Valentine’s Day I’m actually kinda twitchy about – primarily because mine normally suck.
4. Are you a coward?
Oh god yes.
5. Do you burn or tan?
Mmmmmm…Joe’s affectionate nickname for me was vampire. You decide.
6. Do you want children?
Yes!
7. What makes you feel warm and safe?
Ravyn. The sound of cats purring. Not having to be in control of anything.

-GREEN-
1. Closest green thing to you?
Either the coconut smelling orchid, or Cleopatra (my juniper bonsai).
2. Do you care about the environment?
Yes.
3. Are you jealous of anyone right now?
Mmmmmm…jealous of people who get snuggles…I am far from all of my snuggly peoples.
4. Are you a lucky person?
Yes. Very much so. I may not always be happy, but I am very lucky.
5. Do you always want what you can’t have?
Not always.
6. Think of six green things that make you happy!
Love. Ravyn. Plants. Ocean. Lizards. Money.
7. Are you Irish?
Um. Not so much.

-BLUE-
1. Closest blue thing to you?
Pepsi bottle.
2. Are you good at calming people down?
That is so situational. Generally I’m the reason people need to calm down.
3. Do you like the sea?
Yes. I could never live where I was far from the sea.
4. What was the last thing that made you cry?
Not being able to find the salt. (Yes, people, really.)
5. Are you a logical thinker?
Not at all.
6. Can you sleep easily?
No.
7. Do you prefer the beach or the woods?
Yes.

-PURPLE-
1. Closest purple thing to you?
Lingerie.
2. Like being treated to expensive things?
Yes. I like being spoiled.
3. Do you like mysterious things?
Depending on the mystery.
4. Favorite type of chocolate?
Hot chocolate, with liquor. Kahlua, Godiva chocolate or cappuccino, or whatever we have about that goes with chocolate.
5. Ever met anyone in royalty?
No.
6. Are you creative?
Yeah.
7. Are you a lonely person?
Yes.

-PINK-
1. Closest pink thing to you?
My dragon necklace. Yummy dichroic glass.
2. Do you like sweet things?
Yup. [Dreamer – you know the glory of Häagen Dazs Hawaiian Lehua Honey & Sweet Cream Ice Cream? I knew I loved you!]
3. Like play-fighting?
Depends.
4. Are you sensitive?
Yeah.
5. Do you like punk music?
It can be charming.
6. What is your favorite flower?
I don’t even know.
7. Does anyone have a crush on you?
They come tumbling out of the woodwork.

-BLACK-
1. Closest black thing to you?
My bed.
2. Do you like morbid things?
Sometimes.
3. Do you like being underground?
Yes, actualy.
4. Are you afraid of death?
Mine? No.
5. Do you prefer neutral or vibrant colors?

That’s very mood dependant.
6. What is your worst sin?
Oh dear, I don’t even confess to priests. I might confess to Frank Warren. But I will not confess for a meme.
7. What’s your favorite text ever?
Mmmmmm…no idea.



As always, walking through the market makes me whole again. This market was the Hilo Farmers’ Market and was complimented by a stroll along the Bayfront shops. The first stop of real interest (defined as where I bought something) was the tobacco shop where I found cloves (Djarum Blacks) and while looking for those found something else from Djarum (do they make things I don’t like? Not that I’ve ever tasted!) Spice Islands Cigarillos (baby cigars!). I have never had a baby cigar (or even a grown up cigar) but Jason likes cigars and I hear generally good things. However, I would have to try to come up with a way to not look like a goof with a cigar grown up enough to have babies. These tiny cigars that smell like clove and vanilla and lust just might be my compromise.

After the tobacco shop (Where I got carded! People – I’m 26!) I proceeded to the the market by way of about four other shops. I saw some gorgeous coffee and tea sets (I am a home things addict and I want a nest! Now! My baby clock has confused itself with the countdown timer on a bomb!) which I passed only because I both had not enough money with me and had nowhere to keep them.

At the market, everyone wanted me to come see their things! If I keep walking, I’m not buying, and they have this habit of meeting my eyes. This is my undoing. I HAVE to acknowledge everyone who meets my eyes. I look. They look. I smile. They smile. I nod. They say hi. Now it’s escalated and I’ve already had to stop walking so I might as well look at their stuff. I deliberately carry under $40.00 to the market, because if I carried $4,000.00 I would still spend it all. I am in love with all things handmade, set in silver, made of Thai silk, or offered by a real human being and not a full on advertising campaign. I cry when tiny, locally owned stores are bulldozed for Walmarts.

This time at the market I got delicious soap in vanilla (Gentle Earth Vanilla) which is heavenly. I also got orchid soap, which smells amazing. If you need soaps….check these people out! The only way they could be better is if they also had chocolate soap. Which I will suggest next I see them. Yes – see! Because I met the person who makes the soap. She smiled at me. Clearly her soap would smile if it could! Fox, you say, this is no way to judge soap. To which I can only respond, this soap is fantastic, just like I knew it would be.

I also picked up a chocolate scented orchid. This is also like heaven.

There was a time I loved floral scents, but lately, this last year or so, it’s vanilla, chocolate, and spice. That’s what I want to smell like. That is what I want people to remember me when they smell. Smell is very linked to memory. Strawberries and champagne is not me. Please god, let people not associate me with freesia (which scent I wore for years as a teenager, actually). I want to be rum and death by chocolate mousse. Vanilla. I’ll take Grand Marnier.

Hello universe. I think that your fox has come home to you.



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