Moving from our station behind a jagged bar of haphazardly nailed slabs of wood molding, we stepped to the front of the faux-dilapidated crowd to watch Shigeto play a set before a backdrop of pink paper clouds. It was that freezing January weekend in Brooklyn, so anyone at Glasslands Gallery showed some serious effort to get there. Shuttering and stuttering, Shigeto's beats took Pac Man and threw him into a lounge at a hazy 2am. The ingredients were smooth and familiar, but given several intriguing layers of chatters and whirs (as many as I wish I'd been wearing outside that night).
Monday, January 30, 2012
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Travelers to Bangladesh will find themselves inundated with a hoard of smells, tastes and textures. The crowded dirt roads of the capital city, Dhaka, are home to rickshaws, miniscooters and microbuses all jostling about en route to open air fruit and vegetable markets or air conditioned megamalls where shoppers browse through colorful silk and chiffon saris and salwaar kameez.
In the midst of modernity and bustling populations and infrastructure, one can find solace and serenity in Bangladesh. The tiny country - roughly the size of Wisconsin – is home to nearly 150 million people Dhaka has one of the world’s highest population densities. There’s green here somewhere: you just have to look for it.
Ahsan Manzil, Dhaka
In the capital, do as the style-savvy (and wallet conscious) do and take to the streets of Gauzia and New Market and haggle your way for bangles, scarves, and handicrafts.
The streets around the Dhaka Art College are perfect places to pick up unique, student-made artwork ranging from watercolor prints to clay pots and wire sculptures. Exhibits in the Art College showcase contemporary art in Dhaka and mix traditional, nostalgic Bangladeshi crafts with contemporary design.
A visit to Bangladesh would be incomplete without leaving the pressure of the sweaty city and breathing easy in the countryside. Combined with the charm of quiet village dirt roads and thatched houses, the Brahmanbaria District takes one back to a simpler time. Lush green palm and banana trees and the swell of the Padma River offer a relaxing stay away from Dhaka’s chaos. Juxtaposed with picturesque fields of grain in the autumn, however, are the TVs in the village shop (incidentally lit by a single bulb), blaring the cheers of the latest cricket game.
Sagornal Tea Estate, Sylhet
The Sylhet District offers another languorous excursion. Here, walk through tea gardens where thousands of tons of tea are exported every day, or visit an ecopark preserver where, if you’re lucky, you’ll see an elephant.
Elephant with trainers, Sylhet
Peace and relaxation, whichever way you prefer it, is all a state of mind in Bangladesh. -TN
Thursday, January 26, 2012
I'm always searching for a good chocolate chip cookie recipe. You'd think it'd be an easy one to come by, but honestly I find that most recipes either have too little salt, too much vanilla, get too skinny and flat or are hard as a rock. So I'm pleased to share with you a marvelous recipe I've adapted that is still pretty straightforward, but somehow gets the balance I'm looking for in a casual dessert.
5) Reduce speed and slowly add dry ingredients. Beware of explosions of flour on the countertop.
6) Mix in oats & chocolate.
7) Sample dough again. Share samples with anyone else nearby. Then, using 2 tbsp of dough at a time, roll into balls and place 2 in apart on baking sheet. I hate when the get all stuck together, so I'm willing to place fewer and just do more batches. All that waiting time is a perfect opportunity to explore new music, or browse the interwebs.
8) Bake until golden brown. The baking part is always a variable for me; it completely depends on what kind of oven you have. So I find myself just lingering in the kitchen, checking every couple of minutes. I also prefer to take the cookies out when they might still be a little underdone; they continue to bake once you remove them since they're all heated up.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
You look better with a drink in your hand. You definitely look better with a drink in my hand. I think we should all be honest about this and focus on the best way not only to look good while we drink, but also before and after. (I’m here to help you with the before and during parts; you are mostly on your own afterwards).
You don’t need to be the world’s smoothest bartender to look good making a cocktail and putting some care into it. In fact, just the act of concentrating on making that perfect drink will probably take your mind off the fact that you aren’t as impressive as you think you are and that your mate doesn’t think you’re as impressive as she thought you were. So delve in, mix it up, and strain it out. You’ll thank yourself in the morning.
We’re going to walk through a basic martini, which all but the most expert bartenders fuck up on a daily basis because they either bustle too busily behind their brass bars or they simply toil in ignorance. You don’t have to be ashamed of being ignorant, for it is one of the easiest sub-optimal states to remedy, but you do have to be ashamed if you don’t keep reading and listen to what I’m saying very carefully.