Monday, January 2, 2012

The Best of 2011

In 2011, I spent a big chunk in Minneapolis, a moderate chunk in New Orleans, a sizable chunk in Tucson area, an inconsequential chunk in Detroit and a negligible amount of time in San Francisco and other miscellaneous spots in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.

It's difficult to avoid cliches about ups and downs and how fast the year went by so I just sneaked it in just now to get it over with...

For your viewing pleasure, I've compiled a list of things that altered my personal universe this year.

Personal Accomplishments I Sincerely Recommend:

Managed to live rent-free for 1/3 of the year...

Perfected red beans and rice
  • They are as good as anybody's mama's in New Orleans
  •  Well, I moved to New Orleans instead of running the Twin Cities Marathon in October, but I did manage to run 10 miles while I was training...continuously. 
    • Ten miles!
      • With my own body!
Was a street performer for an evening

Finally Launched Birds in Fox Dens Vintage
  • Enter promo code HECKYES for 20% off your entire purchase the entire month of January

Great—even if late—Discoveries I'd Like to Share:

St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur... I don't even know how to describe its flavor, but it will haunt you
Here is my own personal concoction—The St. Summer Grimes Flower:
    • one part St. Germaine Elderflower liquer
    • one part gin (preferably Hendricks)
    • 1/2 part fresh squeezed lime juice
    • a slice or 3 of cucumber, aggressively muddled
    • shake in a martini shaker with ice, pour in chilled martini glass (top with a splash of club soda if you like slash are a wimp)
 Ted Hawkins

  • This was a complete accident late at night on the road with Kady of A Lady Reveals Nothing while listening to This American Life
    Muffaletta sandwiches in New Orleans
    • There is simply no duplicating these
    Blue Door Pub  in the Merriam Park neighborhood of St. Paul (and now in Longfellow!)
    • Here is the description for their "Bangkok Blucy": We soak mozzarella in coconut milk before we stuff it into the burger and top it off with pickled carrots, cucumbers, red onions, and ginger. Served with a side of curry for delectable dunking...
    Instagram: a free iPhone application that puts filters and effects on your digital photos, rendering each and every one of them radder

    The Desert, to include Cacti in general, Saguaro National Monument Park, The Painted Desert, The Grand Canyon, Monument National Park, and others...

    Two Broke Girls
    • I sort of edged this one in...because Kat Dennings is intoxicating.
      • Yes you heard me right; I said intoxicating
    So these were just a handful of 2011 Highlights. What was one ~please please participate—it'll be so fun~ discovery or remarkable event of your 2011?


    1. Gah! I don't think I've ever had a St. Summer Grimes Flower!!!

      We also need to recreate that blucy. Best burger in the world.

    2. Last word of your blog - 2001 - typo? I learned to find and read your blog and post. And enjoyed it very much.

    3. In 2001 I went to Oktoberfest in Munich...weeks after 9/11. Remarkable, indeed. Also I had a huge crush on a guy from Colombia.

      Am I doing this wrong?

    4. Roxie said...

      In 2011, I almost died. I thought that pretty much topped the events of the year..until a few months later, I met a Hobo Siren and a Lady that reveals nothing...they were waaaay more fun and exciting than a little Code Blue!

    5. 3 Researches PROVE Why Coconut Oil Kills Fat.

      The meaning of this is that you literally get rid of fat by eating Coconut Fats (including coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut oil).

      These 3 studies from large medical journals are sure to turn the traditional nutrition world around!


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