the sum of it's parts

thar desert people, originally uploaded by giac.

this portrait fills my void of inspiration. there's too much in this image that i love. feeling alive again.....


guac prep

guac prep

I picked up a Reed avocado from Rainbow the other day, and was eager to break it in with some guacamole. I like the fact Rainbow is selling other avocado varieties. Although I love the ubiquitous Haas, it's always nice to try something new. The Reed is smooth and buttery. Perhaps not as rich and fatty as the Haas, but a beautiful flavor nonetheless.

I've made many a guacamole over the years, but this recipe is my tried & true. Mexican inspired, but I add my Chamorro cooking influences with the Asian chili peppers, garlic and scallion.

1 avocado
1 sliced tomato or handful of cherry tomatoes
1 chopped sprig of cilantro (with root attached is best)
1 large diced scallion (roots and all), blackened over a flame
2-3 chopped roasted Thai chili peppers (or any small red chilis)
1 mashed clove garlic (roasted over a flame)
1 Tbs toasted, ground cumin
juice of 1 lime (rolled and/or heated to get it very juicy)
salt & pepper to taste

- Pit and de-seed avocado. Mash with a fork.
- In a mortar, pound together the garlic, salt, chilis, scallion, cilantro and cumin. Add to the avocado mash.
- Add the sliced tomatoes. Mash into mixture with a fork.
- Add pepper to taste, or more salt if needed.
- Enjoy!



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皱纹, originally uploaded by 安星安心.

Indian Summer is here. I already feel the faintest chill creeping into the night. Got to milk these days for all they've got.


The Mercury Program

track: Marianas by The Mercury Program

I finally got on the Pandora bandwagon, and I can't tell you how amazing it is. It's like radio and a psychic reading wrapped in one.

Anyhoos, in my Tortoise radio, this nice little track slipped in. At first glance, I thought it was Tortoise, but the sound was a bit more ambient-y/less bass. I looked up the group, The Mercury Program, and found a lot of love/hate for them. I think there are many Tortoisefan-haters, but as a huge Tortoise fan myself, I'd say there is room for this sound to expand.

It's like that time I played Eno's Thursday Afternoon on a loop for three days. I could really get into this.