Spices

Sep. 28th, 2010 03:33 pm
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (ykk)
Can someone tell me why the jaggery powder at the nearest Indian market has fat/saturated fat in it? o_O I was in there for cumin and I thought I'd take a look at it (I'm thinking about switching to something like muscovado for my coffee and tea, since it has vitamins and minerals that even turbinado sugar doesn't). It didn't list any ingredients other than dried cane sugar, but as I've noticed on the labels of Japanese items, the translated labels are completely wrong as often as not.

(This is true even on things that would be to their advantage to list, like fiber, protein, and vitamins--I'm guessing there are high fees or laborious processes involved in getting those things officially re-tested by the FDA or something. :/ I don't know whether the manufacturers realize how obsessively certain Americans read food labels, particularly foodie and health nut types who shop at Asian markets; they're probably depressing their sales quite a bit this way. Enough to offset the fees that I imagine exist? I have no idea...)

I need to get more glass or metal jars. If there are some out there that come with little spoons attached, that would be ideal...I paid $1.29 for 100g of cumin, but I could have gotten 200g for $2.29 or 400g for $3.99. The price difference on the cardamom compared to Safeway is really striking, even considering that I am not cool enough to deal with the pods (yet). Anyway, we use a lot of cumin around here, so it'd be good to be able to keep more of it around.

I'm reading Monsoon Diary: A Memoir with Recipes, by Shoba Narayan, and it's both interesting (a firmly placed view of a specific part of India [outside Madras], a specific class, being a girl and a woman, etc.) and appetizing. I like Indian vegetarian food, but as with many topics, I often learn better from a narrative than from reading a list ("South Indian food often features flavors x, y, and z, but does not include a, b, and c more commonly found in the north.") It's much better to have an image of young Shoba's dad drinking coffee (not tea) or her orthodox Brahmin aunt making a fuss about an eggless cake made in a pan that had previously had a cake with eggs in it. I know memoirs are personal memories, and those are always up for debate (C.'s international students from the same used to argue about whether certain dishes were authentic, what certain symbols meant, and so on, and I've gotten in similar arguments about slang and food.) So when I was younger, I used to acquire history by sort of triangulating among the best-researched historical fiction, rather than basing what I took in on any one book.

EDIT: Narayan's book goes places many food memoirs don't--college, grad school (not culinary school), etc. I'm still reading it and it keeps changing. :)

Anyway, I recommend it, and it's one of the rare food memoirs that will be good for vegetarians. The recipes will make anyone hungry, though, so don't read it on an empty stomach!
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (ghibli-totoro-holidays-me)
Here are the personal projects of my LJ friends and their friends and family, which I think are great places to start your holiday shopping. I think I posted everything that was sent to me, but if I missed something, please let me know. (And I'll keep adding to this post if you missed the previous requests for your info!)

[livejournal.com profile] whytraven has a book, Raven's Roads: A Little Twist of Texas (Also, all you librarians should see if this is something you can/should order!) She says "It's the tale of what it's like to take a long solo motorcycle trip. (Scary, but ultimately quite an awakening.) I've had many comments along the lines of "Oh, now I understand why you ride" from non-riders. If you like travel essays you'll probably enjoy it. :)"

[livejournal.com profile] cissa has many projects:

  • Electric Celt: "My original Celtic designs on jewelry, greeting cards, t-shirts, switchplates, and more! One can also get my Celtic ogham divination system, "The Voice of the Woods," there."

  • AFMetalsmith: "My artisan jewelry in silver and gold, with glass enamels, and precious and semi-precious stones. Some of this work is for sale; some of it is not but shows my range of work. I am happy to accept commissions" [ED: but since I, [livejournal.com profile] wintersweet waited so long to post this, I think it's too late now--you can always give a certificate or promise, though! I was very happy with the item I commissioned for our wedding :D]

  • And my Etsy shop: "There's some overlap here with the other 2 sites, but a lot of unique work too, in a price range of $10 and up. It's all handmade jewelry in silver and gold (mostly), and many pieces have gems. Pieces like my Trinket Rings, made to order in any size, generally ship within a week; however while I can also accept original commissions through Etsy," [same thing as above].


[livejournal.com profile] tewok says: Port Righ: "I'm in a folk band called Port Righ, which mostly does trad. Scottish music, plus some Irish, sea shanteys, and some originals. I play pipes and concertina and sing for the band. We have one CD, "Na Bi Gorach" ("Don't Be Foolish", in Scots Gaelic) that's available at here and at CD Baby. Jo Morrison: My wife is Jo Morrison, and she's a superb Celtic harper. She has five CDs, including her latest "Flights of Fantasy" that's all original music. Her CDs are available at her website here and at CD Baby".

[livejournal.com profile] banzchan says: "Studio Capsule - We have a zazzle account. We sell t-shirts, buttons and other stuff. All our stuff is super cute and fun. I especially, like our panda and our penguin."

[livejournal.com profile] dreadpiratetait promotes her mom's stuff, saying: "I'm personally very partial to her Celtic tiles--I can vouch for the oak tree which I got for my birthday and the Celtic swans which she sent us for our anniversary. www.karenpierre.com (I mention the tiles because they're very affordable.) Then there's my sister's jewelry. There's not a huge amount on her Etsy site yet because she spends far more time making jewelry and at her physical store but this gives a good idea of her work and she does do custom stuff. It's under SilverSwanDesigns. She really needs to get more of her work up there."

[livejournal.com profile] jenstclair has an Etsy shop: http://www.flotsam.etsy.com
and says: "I also have four books in print and have copies on hand to sign if anyone is interested. They will also be on my etsy shop, though. My youngest sister Jessica has been making jewelry, and she also has an etsy shop: http://www.stclairbeads.etsy.com and she really does great work."

[livejournal.com profile] two_star says: "I still have a bunch of copies of my laser-cut acrylic geometric puzzle L-topia, which I'm selling for $15 a pop."

[livejournal.com profile] ellyssian's Zazzle shop: http://www.zazzle.com/ellyssian [some very appealing nature photography, and if you know any covered bridge junkies, there's a really nice calendar with images from 3 bridges.] There's a Fungus Among Us book on Blurb.

[livejournal.com profile] bossymarmalade's BFF (hee!) has a shop on Etsy, Amias, with beaded jewelry and handmade crafts.

[livejournal.com profile] dlandon has an Etsy shop, Dena Stoll Designs, with "handmade, cloth bags of various sizes and bags specifically for knitters."

[livejournal.com profile] niac says: "I have available photographs, my flickr stream. Anything that's not people I will print for $15/print + shipping. Ask about the people. Some have signed releases, most not. http://flickr.com/photos/gabrielcain/ "

[livejournal.com profile] cortneyofeden says she "can make chainmail bracelets and necklaces. They're made from aluminum, lightweight, and I can use lots of fun colors." She can make other jewelry as well.

Finally, my ([livejournal.com profile] wintersweet's) brother-in-law has cool stuff, weird stuff, and pretty stuff at Zazzle, including ties (a betta fish tie AND a Squid Pope tie?) and we both have stuff at Cafepress, including some solstice holiday items.


(Sorry, at least it's out on December 1 this time. Yes, you can still get listed if you comment. Yes, services like web design are fine to mention too.)
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (ghibli-totoro-holidays-me)
Sorry, I realize that for some of the custom-made items it's too late for Christmas or Yule--and it's ALL too late for Hanukkah! Well, except for the downloadables. Oh well, hang on to it for future reference anyway.



I didn't list anyone who I know has a store or business but who didn't comment previously, figuring you're swamped or whatever right now, but please leave a comment if you still want in. :) I'll just edit the post. I'll make two exceptions, though:


I do hope [livejournal.com profile] skzbrust and [livejournal.com profile] tattermuffin don't mind.

ADDENDUM:


Another great store name! This is why I wanted your help coming up with a name for my new blog for EFL/ESL teachers....
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (christmas: can't sleep)
Amazon has an online Black Friday sale from 6am to 6pm PST that day, including .99-cent gift-wrapping (Amazon referral links). Stuff will change hourly. I would dearly love them to have anything along the lines of the real Black Friday sales, because I @(#$*& hate standing in those lines. (And I need a bunch of Black Friday-type stuff, including a TV ... and a Wii. They're having a Customers Vote thing where you can vote for them to carry various ludicrously marked down items and then you'll have a chance to buy one--hopefully!--later. I voted for the $79 Wii!!! Man, do I want one.)

Now, let me see if this thingie works ... if so, when they start doing the limited-time offers, they should be displayed here:

wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] hoshizora pointed out this post about a Japanese Rolling Stone list of the 100 best Japanese rock albums. It was kind of timely because I was just talking with a couple of Japanese friends about rock music, and their definition was really, really different than mine. The list is actually closer to my definition than theirs, so I have no idea if they represent the ordinary Japanese conception of genres and the list is a specialists' conception which is closer to an American framework, or that's just their own personal definition and the list is mainstream Japanese, or what.

Anyway, there's a lot of older stuff on the list that I've never heard and would like to. Actually, I've heard very few groups that are on the list--the ones that I am pretty sure of are just X, the Boredoms, Yano Akiko, Southern All Stars, Dir en Grey, Shonen Knife, Kahimi Karie, Guitar Wolf, Buffalo Daughter, Tei Towa, Ken Ishii (OH HEY I OWN THIS ALBUM LIKE ON A DISC AND EVERYTHING!), Pizzicato Five (I thought they'd been neglected in Japan!), Puffy (seen them live, randomly enough), Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Mr. Children, Supercar, Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, Shiina Ringo, Rip Slyme, Number Girl, Spitz, V.A., Quruli, and Utada Hikaru (buh?). And I must have heard Char at some point, but I don't recall. I can't say that I like all of the above by any means, but I do like several of them. Quruli is probably my favorite of this lot.

Spitz and Mr. Children were among the groups that we discussed, actually--I think Spitz is rock; they don't. I find Mr. Children so bland that I usually forget what the hell they sound like as soon as I finish hearing it. (Like a lot of British and American bands these days...)

In other news, I got [livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor a second dress shirt for his second interview. Macy's doesn't carry his neck size (said the barrel-chested suit-area salesman regretfully) but Sears does. I need to remember this! I went into Sears totally at random. (Our Macy's sucks--they carry no party or formal dresses in plus sizes, no socks for over a size 12 men's shoe, and no big & tall dress shirts!) I really wanted to get this heathered plum color that they had, but it wasn't big enough, so I went with a kind of garnet color--he already did blue for the first interview. Now I need to find a tie. Everything was on sale! Most excellent. Also, GameStop had Dragon Quest VIII for $14.99, so we may grab it when we go look for ties tomorrow.

And now I'm going to go listen to "Sake in the Jar" by Yano Akiko and the Chieftains.
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (Default)
I have a "mundanities" filter for daily life stuff such as the following (plus occasional health posts and such). Today, I don't feel like posting under it for some reason. Anyway, I've had a few new LJ friends lately, so just so they know: I have a few "opt-in" filters. These are the Mundanities filter, the Japanese filter (my horrible Japanese attempts, rarely used), and the Bay Area filter (for people who live here, sometimes visit or work here, or just want to be kept updated about my local questions and events).

If you want to be on one of the filters, just leave a comment. :) (Or, of course, if you want to be removed from one)

Anyway, I have really good luck shopping when I go with my friend K. Although we had unseasonal rain (it shouldn't start till late fall), there were still a few yard sales. It was her first time yard-saling in the US. At the first place we went, I got a pile of cool Halloween stuff for $6.50. (Does anyone know for sure whether glow-in-the-dark items will light up under black light the way plain white things do?)

We visited Half-Price Books when we ran out of open yard sales. HPB was running on emergency power generators for some reason, probably related to the unexpected rain--their new building was built after the last rainy season. It was very dark in the store. AND YET. A least a dozen people were in there browsing, because they hadn't closed. Booklovers cannot be held back by petty obstacles such as inky darkness! I was so amused. Several people had their cellphone or keychain flashlights out as they inspected the shelves.

We also went to a thrift store, which didn't have much except for a handful of Halloween cookie cutters. But they had a Halloween metal archway (with "Welcome" in a Gothic font and purple lights) that I really wanted and didn't get. It was only $16, and we could have gotten it, but the problem is there's just no storage in this townhouse. Augh.

Randomly, I think it's a little stupid that in this episode of "House" people are assuming that if a woman is on the Pill and her husband has condoms, that he must be cheating. Because, you know, the Pill is perfect, everyone takes it 100% perfectly, and no one ever feels a little paranoid. *eyeroll* Hopefully Foreman's dissent will be supported later on in the episode.

Curses!

Sep. 3rd, 2007 11:14 pm
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (Default)
Newport News' fall clothes are out, and they have several blouses and tops, sweaters, and skirts that I love but absolutely cannot fit into or afford. :p

I reeeally want to get sewing lessons from [livejournal.com profile] tattermuffin, but I'm looking at my schedule and kind of...whimpering. It's not that I have a lot to do, really, it's more that the scheduling is just bizarre.

Sorry about all the pointless posts lately. I guess the scattered nature of my life lately is really reflecting itself here.

Music

Jan. 3rd, 2007 12:38 am
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (ai yazawa-nana-searching)
Overstock.com has CDs from Japan (and probably other places), both albums and singles. How random!

The problem is that their search won't let you look at CDs by geographic origin, so the best way I've found to browse is to go to Google and enter a search string like this:
"subgenre: japanese" site:overstock.com
because the Muze info includes "subgenre: Japanese" but that info isn't looked at by Overstock's search function. So give it a try. I've run across Gackt, Kodo, Janne Da Arc, L'arc~en~ciel, Dir en Grey, Namie Amuro, etc.

I'm not guaranteeing the prices are good, because I don't have any point of comparison for anything that's not brand-new, but it's worth a look.
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (Default)
If you're mall-phobic or stumped for ideas, please check out the nifty offerings I rounded up from my small business/entrepreneurship/alternatives-to-wage-slavery community, [livejournal.com profile] buildyourwings.
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (ghibli-wtf-me)
I'm comparing a list of grad school book purchases from Amazon.com and bn.com. B&N's prices are slightly lower on all of the items, but I thought I'd double-check. When I check the final total with shipping, Amazon.com a) won't be shipping most of my order until September 19-21, and b) coincidentally, attempts to sell me a "free 3-month trial" of Amazon Prime, with guaranteed 2-day shipping. B&N, on the other hand, will ship all of the items except one in 24 hours (and that one will ship in 2-3 days).

I can't help but wonder if the long delay before shipping at Amazon.com is part of the aggressive campaign to promote Amazon Prime. If so, it backfired. I'll be ordering from B&N, thanks.

Thanks for nothing,

Me.
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] m_cat got locked out on the patio the whole 2 hours I was gone this morning. Poor baby. (I haven't dared go see if she went to the bathroom out there...)


I had two cups of coffee. As a result, I'm both tired and jittery. Explain that one to me. (And my stomach's none too thrilled.)


If Pantene does test on animals, as mentioned by [livejournal.com profile] whitecrow0, I'm going to have to switch shampoos. Pantene's the only shampoo my hair has ever responded positively to--although, not so much lately, so it was probably time for a change anyway. I'm the worst kind of omnivore; totally lacking in integrity or commitment to either my ethics or my desires. I eat meat (but don't want to touch it raw or think about it too hard), wouldn't do vivisection in school; yet want to use a cruelty-free shampoo. You'd think I could be more consistent.

Responsible Shopper is a website sort of in the same vein as Buy Blue, but considers broader issues. ([livejournal.com profile] jenniferward will be happy to see that Borders is rated the best out of the book retailers, including Amazon.) They don't have a very comprehensive list of companies yet, though. I hope they're continuing to expand, but if you know of a more extensive website that considers social and environmental issues for shopping, pass it along, please. I'm gradually trying to green our home--replacing cleaners with Method products, paying more attention to recycled items, etc.

Went by Buy Blue again. Some places I won't have to feel guilty for patronizing according to Buy Blue: Google, Burlington Coat Factory, Aloha Air, Jo-Ann's, Panera, Skechers, Apple, BB&B, Overstock.com, Lane Bryant.

Surprisingly blue: AFC Enterprises (Popeye's), Sonic, LL Bean, a whole bunch of hotel chains, Hess Gas Stations (I don't think we have 'em in CA). I wonder what makes it more profitable for hotel companies to donate to the Democrats? I'm sure it's all about the bottom line. I'm also amused that apparently Progressive Corporation is actually progressive. Who would have guessed?

Might need to reconsider: Amazon.com, Jones Apparel Group, Books-A-Million, MBNA, Safeway, SBC, Walgreen's, Staples, Target, Southwest Airlines, Hallmark, Papa John's, Raley's, IHOP, GEICO, Dollar Tree, Michael's, TJ Maxx, Marshall's, Chipotle (owned by . Whoa, look at all the grocery stores. We really need a Whole Foods in Fremont now. I already do a lot of shopping at Trader Joe's, but damn. And Michael's? Not only do they give 100% to conservatives, but it's a very large amount. Too bad it's practically the only craft store in the Bay Area.

Already disliked: Capital One, Blockbuster, Microsoft, AT&T, Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch, Guess?, Harley-Davidson, UPS, Clear Channel, Sears, Wal-Mart, PetCo, PetSmart, Circut City, Curves, Best Buy, Campbell's Soup, Dell, McDonald's, Applebee's, Outback, and various other "Duh!" corporations like Chevron. Dell executives gave money to Rick Santorum. EW. [livejournal.com profile] jenniferward, you might want to consider Gateway instead, although they donated some money to the Republicans too. What is it with the lack of liberal tech businesses? I guess it's not surprising; big business of any flavor tends to be Republican, so it's really more remarkable when a big company, such as Apple or Starbucks or Costco or Mattel, is not on this list or is on the Democratic list.

Can't give up: In-N-Out Burger (all fast food is evil, and I persist in my belief that In-N-Out is the least bad of the bad), Krispy Kreme

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