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These past few days have been tragic.

My iPod as died.

I had an majestic, indigo-coloured 4th generation iPod nano. I remember opening on Christmas about  two years ago (2008) and feeling the joy of seeing the gift I had been longing for since I had seen the glorious Apple commercial for it on T.V.

And now it is gone.

I woke up for band camp at 6:45 in the morning, and I wanted to listen to music without having to sit at my computer, so, naturally, I reach for my iPod and plug in my head phones. The harsh bright light that usually blinds my that early in the morning didn’t appear. Did I plug them in right? Yes. Ok, let’s not freak out. Flip the lock switch. Didn’t work. Plug it into the USB port. That was also pointless. Ok. Reset. That either. Reset again. Panic. Reset. Reset. Panic more. Reset. Cry.  It was clear what was going on. My iPod was dead.

It was like waking up to a dead pet.

I then had to trudge to band camp with sadness sinking in my heart. What will I do in the hour and a half I have for lunch? I can’t listen to music in that time without my iPod. It meant I would have to, dare I say it? Be social.

Well, that part wasn’t very hard. I think it was harder for my friends, who had to eat their lunch listening to me retell my tale of the death of one of my most beloved possessions more times then necessary.

So now I am stuck without portable music, and I feel like a nerd for it.

You just know everyone is thinking “Pshh. Look at that loser girl without an iPod. What is she? A caveman? Has she even heard of the concept of music.”

And I just think back. “Yes, I am in band and I don’t know what music is. I’m just that talented.”

Posted: July 29th, 2010
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Hot Doug’s

Ever stand in line for close to an hour for a hotdog? I have.

I went to Chicago on the last two days of my vacation, and the first thing we did (if you don’t count sitting in traffic for eight miles an attraction) is go to a place called Hot Doug’s. The actual restaurant is on a corner, the line goes around the corner and down the street, and yes, I stood in this line, with nothing to do but stare at a dying cell phone, and talk about how long the line was, oh, and this is on a very sunny day in July.

When we got near the doorway, we saw the hours, the place closed at four. It was about 3:46. That sounds devastating, but it never ended up being a problem, due to the fact that they have this kind of line almost all the time, even in almost four in the afternoon on a Friday.

Believe it or not, we got through the perilous line and ordered. The guy taking our order was the Doug from the name of the restaurant (a fact I didn’t realize until we were out of the restaurant, and in the car again). I ordered The Dog which is described as “Chicago-Style Hot Dog with all the trimmings: ’nuff said”. “All the trimmings” means yellow mustard, caramelized onions, relish (which was unnaturally neon green, but tasty), tomatoes, a pickle (half of a full sized dill pickle, just about as big as the hotdog), and celery salt. I was expecting this to be good, and it really was. I have no idea how they make a hotdog, especially with those random toppings, taste so good, but it does.

But wait, there’s more! Not only did this hotdog completely fill me up, we also ordered duck fat fries (something only available on Fridays and Saturdays) which we good enough to eat without ketchup.

I think Doug must have an obsession with ducks because we also ordered something to share, and I’m glad we shared, because it was insanely rich. Foie Gras and Sauternes Duck Sausage with Truffle Aioli, Foie Gras Mousse and Fleur de Sel – a nine dollar  hotdog. And with this, I didn’t know what to expect, but it was good, but completely different than anything else I had ever tasted. The foie gras (duck liver) was surprisingly creamy, and it was really nice.

Oh, and they had Fanta, one of my favorite sodas, so that just confirms the pure awesomeness of Hot Doug’s.

Posted: July 19th, 2010
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Nutella

Bloggity blog blog blog.

My life is so, truly uninteresting that I don’t have anything to put on the internet. Pathetic? Yes.
I haven’t tasted a crepe in so long. It’s quite sad, actually. I’m pretty sure going this long without crepes is considered cruel and unusual punishment in 38 states. But, when I finally do get to taste the joyous flavors of the crepes, I shall eat a sweet one. Maybe. Perhaps the one with Nutella! Ok, the rest of this blog shall be about my love for Nutella.

Nutella is the best. It has the consistency of creamy peanut-butter, but tastes much better. It’s a hazelnut spread with some kind of cocoa power or something in it. Because it is definitely slightly chocolatey. I’m not usually one for sweet things. But Nutella is an exception. It just sits there in its modest, white wrapper, practically saying “Pssshht. Peanut-butter? That loser? Well, I’m way more tasty, and not as flashy. So eat me.” In fact, it has said that to me before. Food speaks. You just gotta listen*.

I, personally like Nutella when it’s cold, even though it isn’t supposed to go in to ‘fridge. But, I like it that way. Mwahahaha. I find that Nutella is tastiest on a croissant. It’s delicious. Hazelnut out.

*Disclaimer: Food doesn’t actually talk to me. I’m not insane.

Posted: June 28th, 2010
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Avocado

Today, I was making guacamole for a sammich, and I happened to have the perfect avocado. It wasn’t too squishy, and it wasn’t to hard. I got the seed out very easily. It was green, and not brown & it tasted just like an avocado should.

Perfect specimen of an avocado if I do say so myself.

Posted: June 11th, 2010
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Crepes: Part 1 2 & 3

I had the idea for a crepe blog a while ago, but never posted the first two in the past. So, in this blog post, I’ll blog about those two and the one from this past Sunday.

  1. Spinach Artichoke.
    Walking into a crepe shop might not be the most normal thing around, so, leave it to me to pick the crepe that would sound utterly disgusting to most  people my age. This could be repulsive, or it could be wonderful. It was the latter. First let me tell you what’s in it, straight off the menu: “Smoked gouda cheese, fresh spinach, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, sauteed mushrooms and red peppers”.
    This crepe includes some of my favorite foods, gouda, tomatoes (come on, who doesn’t like tomatoes? picky eaters, that’s who), mushrooms, and red peppers. It’s they took me, and made me into a crepe. The flavors blended well, and the artichokes weren’t too overpowering of the other flavors. Good crepe, very good crepe.

  2. Florentine.
    “Swiss cheese, shredded chicken, fresh spinach, sauteed mushrooms and onions and hollandaise sauce.”
    Sounds promising.  And, it was delicious, actually, it was better than the previous one, which I didn’t even think was possible. The hollandaise sauce didn’t  drown the other ingredients with it’s rich flavor, which could be easily done. Yes, it was quite a fine specimen of crepe, if I do say so myself.

  3. Southwestern.
    This might fine crepe includes “Pepper jack cheese, shredded chicken, sautéed onions and red peppers, chipotle mayo.”
    Look at those ingredients, chipotle mayo, pepper jack cheese, and stupid me was surprised when it was bearably spicy. It’s named Southwestern for Pete’s sake. In my defense, I had woken up, about 20 minutes before I took a look at the menu, so I was kinda groggy still.
    The spiciness wasn’t overwhelming, if it were, I would’ve hated it. But for someone who expects it to be Tabasco-sauce spicy will be thoroughly disappointed. If you’re someone like me, who doesn’t quite enjoy their tounge being sizzled off, this crepe is perfect on the spiciness rating. The cheese was melty, but not annoyingly so. And I love red peppers, so, yum all around.

One thing I must let you know about these crepes: do not under any circumstances take the crepe out of the cone-shaped paper cup you hold it by, until you are at the very last bite. If you do, juices from the veggies and other such things will drip onto your lap, and ruin your crepe-eating experience. The paper cup is there for a reason, don’t taint the carefully constructed crepe-design!

Posted: June 8th, 2010
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Sunday Crepes

Downtown in Cincinnati there’s this restaurant called It’s Just Crepes. Decorated with IKEA furniture, and offering an assortment of crepes, it’s completely awesome. The menu is divided into two sections: savory and sweet, so, that makes it easy.

I have decided that I will try each and every crepe (not including the featured crepe that changed every month). I shall  try a new one every Sunday after church (it’s withing walking distance, yippie!), and blog about it! I am a person who favors savory instead of sweet, so I will start with those.

Watch out! 38 different crepes in one pitiful little blog.

http://www.itsjustcrepes.com/

Posted: June 8th, 2010
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Blog Back Up/New Design

After neglecting my blog, making it die, and other such things, I have decided to use if more ofter, especially this summer.

Also, I find this theme for my blog completely spiffy, though, you may not know whats going on if you’re new to the whole “blog” thing.

Explanation:

  • Header: “dagnymcewen.com/blog” click that, to go back to what you see when you first get here.
  • The white (or gray) words titles in the middle: blog entries, click them to read.
  • Sidebar:
  1. Pages: I don’t make pages, so don’t worry.
  2. Categories: Entries fit into certain categories. i.e. Entries dealing with food/restaurants and such will go in the food category.
  3. Archives: Entries archived by month/year.
  4. Links: Kinda self explanatory.
  5. Customise: Hey look! You can change the colour of the blog. How cool is that?
  6. Recent Post: Also kinda self explanatory.
    Posted: May 30th, 2010
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