Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Rescuer Rocks

She got Parker neutered and adopted him!
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She's even keeping the name Parker. Hooray!

Too. Damn. Hot.

It is 9:14 p.m.
It is 91 degrees.
It is September 30.

!!!
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And the router is still broken and not replaced.

This is rough.
Yeah, tough life I lead.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Nuts About Knots

The Amazing Race is back! Woohoo!

Now back to your regularly scheduled blogging.

We had dinner tonight with Little Monkey Niece and her parents at Mamma's Brick Oven Pizza. Mr. Monkey's father is in Taiwan, which means we didn't have to eat Asian food. Word.
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Mamma's Brick Oven Pizza is a small no-frills restaurant on busy Fair Oaks Avenue in South Pasadena. If it were bigger, it'd be the perfect place for little rugrats after a soccer game.
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But it's tiny. And hot inside.
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Luckily the food is quite nummilicious. Real New York-style pizza, it is not, but it's damn good for South Pasadena.

The Margherita (fresh mozzarella, basil, zesty margarita sauce, parmigiano, and extra virgin olive oil). Light and lovely.
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The White Pizza (fresh garlic and basil, sun-dried tomatoes, ricotta, fresh mozzarella, and olive oil). Loved this one. Ricotta = yum.
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Garlic knots (6 for $1.75). Amazing little nuggets of buttery garlicky joy.
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Manicotti in creamy pesto sauce ($8.49) stuffed with chicken, ricotta, mozzarella, parmigiano, and Italian spices). So smooth and rich.
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Italian sub ($6.99) with ham, salami, mortadela, provolone, pepperoncini, lettuce, tomato, Italian dressing, mayonnaise, and mustard. I didn't actually eat it, but it looked good.
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Baked penne pasta ($7.99) in tomato sauce and melted mozzarella. Bubbly and cheesy and perfect for Little Monkey Niece.
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Gelato ($3.99). Left half hazelnut for me and right half lemonade for Mr. Monkey. A little on the icy side -- not so great.
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Little Monkey Niece was busy coloring until she found the wild berry gelato.
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Simple. Casual. Kid-tested. Monkey-approved.

Every Day Is Like Sunday

When I was talking to Mama Monkey on the phone yesterday, she said she hoped that I didn't "have any activities" today. She reads my blog and thinks that I "do too much."

Funny.

We don't have any plans today, except to have our weekly meal with Little Monkey Niece tonight. But we did make a short neighborhood jaunt to pick up our Dodger playoff tickets from the closest Ticketmaster outlet, Ritmo Latino.
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Ritmo Latino is close to the old beautiful Bradbury Building.
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It's also across the street from Grand Central Market, where we grabbed a quick lunch to go.
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These are times when I'm glad I always have a little point-and-shoot with me. I don't really "do too much," as Mama Monkey puts it. I just happen to document even my most mundane errands.
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After surveying the premises, we decided on Sarita's Pupuseria today over my usual haunt, Tacos Tumbras a Tomas (which I highly recommend -- the gorditas are incredible).
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I agree with this little newspaper clipping. So much tastiness for so little money! The article is a bit dated, though. A pupusa now costs a whopping $2.40.
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The pupusas are made fresh to order. This pic is way blurry because the owner of the little stand was giving me the stink eye, and I rushed to snap.
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What can I say? I prefer asking for forgiveness instead of asking for permission.

We took our food to go and had a feast at home. Mr. Monkey, who is enamored with corned beef hash, was intrigued by the comparatively expensive salpicon ($7.25). It was ok, but I advise sticking with pupusas.
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Here's our stack of pupusas ($2.40 each) and accompanying curtido and hot sauce. We sampled four different kinds: shrimp and cheese, carne asada and cheese, chicken and cheese, and a revuelta (pork, cheese, and beans).
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One pupusa is enough of a meal for me, but I nibbled on a little of each for comparison's sake. Needless to say, we have lots of leftovers. I liked the shrimp and cheese the most today.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Pier One

The Bean had her first birthday party today at the Santa Monica Pier.
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The festivities took place at the carousel.
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Tutu much cuteness.
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Nursing time. Shh!
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Dots cupcakes.
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The Bean goes to town on her personal birthday cupcake.
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Cleaned-up Bean.
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Good time had by all.
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Finis.
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