Archive for November, 2007

This is why I love the Current

I’m so pandering to my primary demographic here, but I don’t care. Who doesn’t love the Current? Hey, if I really wanted to drum up some shameless reader camaraderie I could write a post called “This is why I love puppies”, so cut me some slack. Back to the task at hand, fawning over one of the greatest developments in Twin Cities radio history, 89.3 The Current.

The Current went on the air a year after I left the country to sample some of the world’s funnier toilets, so until a month ago I was only catching bits and pieces of programming during fleeting visits home and during that magical month in the summer of 2006 when I had stout enough internet access in Romania to allow for online listening. Then the Current imprudently effed with their online broadcast format and even with emails traded with their support people I was never able to make it work again. A few months later I moved to Italy where “broadband” internet amounts to about 15kps (when it works at all), so my online Current listening days were over.

As of last month, I’m happily wallowing in more new music than I can possibly absorb. I love it that 75% of the music played on the Current is music I’ve never heard of, but still dig nonetheless. And forget the dreaded same-song-15-times-a-day-for-three-months phenomenon that plagues 90% of popular radio, I routinely go days without hearing the same band, much less the same song.

Read the rest of this entry »

Music | 3.11.2007 12:34 | 1 Comment

This is why I love Maria’s Café

Further to the breakfast discovery undertaking I teased below, I was taken to Maria’s Café last Sunday and it was totally awesome. I’d actually eaten there twice before years ago, but I didn’t have vivid memories of the food due to the state I was usually in when I rolled in for breakfast back in those days.

Well, last Sunday I was only sleep-deprived from seven days of acute insomnia and stupefied from writing technology reviews for 13 days straight, so I was lucid enough to not only order a great breakfast, but also take note of how appetizing everyone else’s food was at my table.

Actually, I didn’t exactly break new ground with my plate, ordering the three egg veggie omelet and then de-vegifying it with sausage and cheddar cheese, effectively making an Everything Omelet, which is the omelet I’ve been eating every chance I’ve gotten for the past decade. But never mind that, it was a great omelet and I want another one right now just writing about it (and I just ate an omelet like five hours ago – I’m sick people).

Read the rest of this entry »

Eating | 1.11.2007 15:39 | 2 Comments