Friday, August 29, 2008
Pictured here is the Yellow Daisy cupcake from Billy's, which is what I had on my birthday, so it's got to be good. And yes, the PB&J cupcake from Buttercup is really good--better than I had imagined.
I can check off most of these as ones I've tried, which is pretty good. The one I haven't tried is that chocolate souffle cupcake. They are located in my old neighborhood -- too bad they weren't there when I lived there.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Then we went to the concert and said, "Totally worth it!" Then I woke up yesterday, the day of my actual birthday and said, "Why didn't I plan to go to Saratoga Springs to see him play there?" I'm just a junkie and I can't get enough!
It was a GREAT show! Definitely in the top five. We were sitting far enough to the left of the stage that we could see backstage and his parents were there. He dedicated "Stop this Train" to his parents, which he rarely plays, about getting older and the fear of losing parents. Before the show, Kathy and I made our wish list again. I think they were the same, but this time we decided to do our three choices of his songs and then instead of an alternate, we chose one cover song. We both chose "I'm on Fire", which he did not play. But he did play "Why Georgia" and "Belief" for me. He played all of Kathy's, "Why Georgia," "Gravity," and "Waiting on the World to Change." In the middle of the show, he did five songs in a row, all acoustic. I loved it! Then he switched gears and went into a blues number, "Mercy," which was about 10 minutes long (this link isn't from our show).
Here are some photos of the two homes we visited. Did you know that HBS and Mark Twain were neighbors? Literally, they lived next door to each other.
Mark Twain's home (look at that great balcony -- right off of his writing/billiard's room)
And here's Harriet Beecher Stowe's house
Friday, August 22, 2008
All the stuff that is happening in the "news" lately detracts from my feelings about the whole thing, so I have to just get back to the basics. Here are the basics:
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
My comments are these:
If you are eating only chocolate/chocolate cupcakes, like these jokers did, it's true that Magnolia won't be on the top of the list. I call this Cupcake 101. However, if you get the yellow/chocolate cupcake or the yellow/buttercream cupcake, you will be in heaven. Just as everyone was in heaven over the weekend when my sister made some of these for a party. I think because Magnolia is credited for starting the cupcake craze, people expect a lot from them and maybe are disappointed. They also don't have the variety that other bakeshops have. But from my point of view, they are definitely some of the best (as long as you don't get the chocolate).
I don't know about Buttercup chocolate cupcakes. From my memory, they are much more moist than Magnolia. I think I have enjoyed everything I've had from Buttercup, but these people said it's the worst. These people must be on crack. Try the lemon!
Crumbs is the best? These people really are on crack! You may as well eat Entenmann's, because their cupcakes are pretty much the same thing. Yes, they look beautiful, but when you bite in, there's something missing. Heidi says they're too dry -- I say they are too airy and therefore sort of tasteless. Don't get me wrong... they will definitely do in a pinch (as will Entenmann's).
Cupcake Cafe definitely have the most beautiful cupcakes (seriously. check out the link). I used to live about 7 blocks from there and everytime I walked by, I fantasized about having some huge celebration so that I could buy this cake with sunflowers. Since then some work people have ordered these cakes for someone's retirement party and another for a graduation so I have had them on several occasions. They are definitely not the most delicious cakes. I think the cake has the consistency of poundcake and the frosting isn't sweet enough. To prove my point, at said graduation, when they brought out the cake, I ran upstairs to resist it. If it had been from somewhere else, I probably would have indulged, but in this city, you have to pick your battles. Cupcake Cafe lost this one.
The other one they tried, Make my Cake, is new to me. I had never heard of it before, but I will be going there someday to try it and then I'll let you know. It's in Harlem, and the only time I go there is to go to the gym because it's the closest to my apartment. I guess I could always do an extra 30 minutes at the gym and then go there. We'll see about that...
Monday, August 4, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
here's the set list for concert #2
Tenth Avenue Freeze-out
Prove It All Night
The Promised Land
Spirit in the Night
Light of Day
Blinded by the Light
Because the Night
She's the One
Livin' in the Future
Incident on 57th Street
Last to Die
Long Walk Home
* * * Encore* * *
Born to Run
Dancing in the Dark
The highlights for me were (1) Jungleland. This song is one of my favorites and it was wicked awesome performed live! (2) Tenth-Avenue Freezeout (the ringer on my cell phone), (3) Rosalita, (4) Prove it all Night, (5) Badlands (just as good second time around), (6) Spirit in the Night, and (7) Jersey Girl, which he sang, by request. and, yes, I was wearing my Jersey Girl shirt!
The concert started late due to some insane accident on the Turnpike and they were "nice" enough to start the concert late. So it started at 9:30. Part of me wanted him to go ahead and play all 3 hours worth of music and the other part of me wanted to go home and be in bed at a decent hour. Well, he went ahead and played a full set and I got home at 2:30 am. Which would have been fine if I didn't have a training the next morning that started at 7:45 on the East side.
Something else of note about this concert was the crowd. A few different friends went to the show and we all waited for the bus going back to the city together. In totally independent conversations, we all said that we had not seen a dude-fest like this before. For the show on Monday, our seats were pretty terrible. Our seats were the worst ones, the worst you can get (upper tier), but in the second row. The only people I could see were the two couples in their 50's in front of me and the one to the side of me (the woman right next to me plugged her ears the whole time). But on Thursday, we were in the lower tier about half-way up, so we had a good view of the audience. There were a few couples, but mostly groups of men high-fiving each other when a new song came on, singing the words to each other, and shaking their fists to the music. It was pretty interesting.