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Some Other Reality

I’ve been absent from blogging at all. I’ve been working quite a bit.

I recently began working at The Blue Room, an upscale restaurant located in Kendall Square (Cambridge). I’ve been learning about food and wine. Being a recent graduate of Northeastern, naturally I thought I’d be particularly fond of learning the glory of wine. Quite frankly, it’s proven to be quite difficult for me – from understanding where wines get their names from to classifying how to describe characteristics of wine. Thus, I will be using my blog to hone my skills, organize my learnings and share my opinions.

I added a page to this blog dedicated to my tastings. See here, check for updates. Always open to questions, suggestions, comments, inspiration and corrections.

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Week of May 7, 2012 – ToDo

Tuesday

Watch: Boston Celtics @ Atlanta Hawks. 8pm.

Wednesday

Fitness: Hip Hop Yoga – class for anybody to try, inexpensive, fun and combines yoga with great hip hop beats. Back Bay Yoga Studio, 364 Boylston St. floor 2. Drop-in Community Class. 2-3:30pm. $5 cash only

Music: Opening night of Boston Pops at Symphony Hall, 301 Mass. Ave. 8pm $41-$125

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Fitness: Dress For Success 5k Power Walk – Dress for Success provides economic advantages for underprivelaged women. DCR Castle Island Park. 10am, registration 8:30am. Donation Suggested.

Music: Radio 92.9 EarthFest – music festival, features throwback artists like The Spin Doctors, Third Eye Blind and Switchfoot. FREE

Fun: Fair Trade Scavenger Hunt – not your usual scavenger hunt – use a phone app to learn more about efforts regarding fair trade. Prizes for winning and ice cream sold by Ben & Jerry’s. 12pm-3pm. FREE

Sunday

Shop: Sowa Open Market – weekly market in the South End, sells crafts, art, food and celebrates the sunshine with live music and fresh produce at the farmer’s market. 460 Harrison Avenue. 10am-4pm.

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Michael Natkin at Trident Cafe

Today, my friends and I went to Trident Cafe to see Michael Natkin give a free cooking demo. Natkin recently published a new book, Herbivoracious: A Vegetarian Cookbook for People Who Love To Eat, and showed us how to cook a recipe from his book, serving us samples of his creation.

Pre demonstration.

I found out about the demo through The Boston Globe’s events page, a tool I use frequently when trying to find things to do around the city.

We got to the cafe, a place I’ve been before. I like Trident, but I don’t love Trident. I think it’s pretty overpriced for the quality and amount of food served. They definitely attract a more “hipster” and young crowd, I always see kids with sweatshirts from Emerson, Berklee and Boston University. The menu is seemingly organic, and definitely vegetarian friendly.

However, I know the cost of juice. I have a juicer, I enjoy juicing. Tonight, I ordered the “Body Cleanse” juice. Carrots + Beets + Apple + Cucumber all juiced together for the $5. It was fine, but I like my juice served with ice, and the juice they served me was warm. Ew.

I asked for ice, and was promptly served a cup, so I can forgive them. Over ice, the juice wasn’t bad. Not necessarily worth the $5, but now I know a recipe I enjoy and can juice at home.

“The Body Cleanse” from Trident Cafe

Natkin began just after 7, and it was a short demo. He told us a brief history about the meal he was preparing, a Vietnamese sandwich, a popular recipe from his new book. He went step by step through the process, showing how easy it can be to make something delicious.

He was very personable, attentive to questions, and kept a smile through the whole demo. The ‘sandwiches’ were delicious – and he made them quickly. Slice of baguette + cucumber + pickled carrots + marinated mushroom + mayonnaise + cilantro.

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Vietnamese Sandwich Appetizer

They really were delicious, but making them seem like a simple dish isn’t entirely accurate. Pickling carrots can take some time, as can marinating certain types of mushroom. What he put together in about 15 minutes, is probably not going to be the actual preparation time for most people.

Regardless, the author did a great job selling his book, many attendees purchased his book and requested a signature.

Overall, the $5 juice was worth it, considering we got a free demo and samples. I love finding stuff like this to do, it’s easy to entice friends who aren’t trying to spend a lot of money, plus everyone loves free food.

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