Friday, May 18, 2007

"All Over You Like Egg on a Bowl of BiBimBap.."

In another sign of the Mothership's increasing influence on global pop culture -- Stephen Colbert throws down in a battle against Korean pop icon Rain.

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Rain Dance-Off
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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Red Rope Screening

If you're around NYC, and have some time tomorrow evening , please come by the "Red Rope Screening," at the Tribeca Cinemas. You'll have a chance to see some great films, and show your support for some great artists. Per the Tribeca Cinemas website:

The Red Rope Screening will assemble more than 200 leading filmmakers, producers, musicians, artists, designers, and local celebrities, to
celebrate highly acclaimed yet still relatively unknown films and offer ideal networking opportunities.

According the press release by Red Rope Productions, the screening will feature:
2007 "A Nick In Time," by Be Garrett; Sundance/Tribeca/Cannes selection
2007 "First," by DB Woodside/Nick Sivakumaran; in festival circulation
2007 "Spread The Love," by Matt Lilly a.k.a NewguY
2005 "No Menus Please," by Edward Shieh; 20+ international selections
2000 "Mutual Love Life," by Robert Peters; Oscar finalist
2006 "Our Time is Up," by Rob Pearlstein; Oscar nominated

Followed by our networking after-party with DJ Tabu and Stretch Armstrong.

Adidas will also showcase short student-filmmaker documentaries about New York graffiti art for their "End to End" sneaker collection designed by internationally reknown graffiti artists (

Two FREE screenings by RSVP ONLY @ 7:30pm @ 9:00pm
Limited seating available.
10pm After-Party.

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007
Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick
(and Canal Street)

2/3's of Chai, Matt & Phil

Most exciting for my peoples representing Pittsburgh , is that our friend and filmmaker Matt Lily will be having his film "Spread The Love: A Day In The Life Of Allen Valentine, Freelance Entertainer," screened at this event. And as if having one former yinzer represent on the silver screen wasn't enough -- the soundtrack to the film also includes the song "PB & J" (click for clip) by our boys ChaiBaba, who will also be coming through the city to come see the movie.

For some earlier Matt Lily & ChaiBaba collaboration check out Matt's video from ChaiBaba's
Slow Brewed CD release party shown in the YouTube video below.

If you can go, please remember to RSVP for the movie at Red Rope. And Spread the word!!!

Friday, May 11, 2007

Der mensch trakht ur got lahkht

Need to keep the blog chuggin' along -- so just posting some photos that I just uploaded to a new set on Flickr (click LES, to see the whole set). These were taken just yesterday afternoon, on a trip HyeRyung and I took down to our friend's Matt and Mara, who live in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. As we live in Queens, and work in Midtown or sometimes further downtown, it isn't often we get to hang out in this part of town. Also Matt and Mara have access to a roof which has some of the most incredible views of the city I have ever seen. Next time I'll be sure to take my camera over at night, but until then, check these photos out.

HyeRyung & Mara checking out the view


The last holdouts in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood

Here comes progress!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce

Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce

Marinara Sauce inspired by Lidia Bastianich's Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen as adopted by Serious Eats

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 3 pounds ripe fresh plum tomatoes, peeled and seeded, or one 35 ounce can Italian plum tomatoes (preferably San Marzano), seeded and lightly crushed, with their liquid
  • Salt
  • Crushed red pepper
  • 10 fresh basil leaves, torn into small pieces

1. Heat the oil in a 2- to 3-quart nonreactive saucepan over medium heat. Whack the garlic with the flat side of a knife, add it to the oil, and cook until lightly browned, about 2 minutes.

2. Carefully slide tomatoes and their liquid into the oil. Bring to a boil, and season lightly with salt and crushed red pepper. Lower the heat so sauce is at a lively simmer, and cook, breaking up tomatoes with a whisk or spoon, until sauce is chunky and thick, about 20 minutes.

3. Stir in the basil about 5 minutes before sauce is finished. Taste sauce, and season with salt and red pepper if necessary.

Steamed Acorn Squash with Cashew Nut Dressing

Steamed Acorn Squash with Cashew Nut Dressing

HyeRyung found this simple dish in a Korean Vegan cookbook she recently picked up online (송학운 김옥경 부부,의 자연식 밥상, Song Hak Uhn and Kim Ok Kyung's Natural Dinner Table)

The squash are simply chopped and steamed for about 20 minutes or until fork tender. The Cashew Nut Sauce(the book actually calls it Mayonnaise) contains the following:

- One Lemon
- 60g Cashew Nuts
- 25g Onions
- 4Tbspns Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 5Tbspns Honey
- 1tspn Sea Salt
- 1/2tspn Minced Garlic

Once you've assembled the ingredients, just throw them into a food processor and blend until smooth. As with anything, follow your instincts and make any adjustments to the ingredients accordingly.