Sunday, November 8, 2009

Monday, August 10, 2009

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Friday, April 17, 2009

Peyton Place


Peyton Place in Springfield Va., is as an unassuming restaurant as it gets, blink and you miss it, you have to squint to see it. It's stuck in between a strip of stores 75 feet wide off of Backlick Rd., but I think it's got the best fried chicken I've tasted. They pressure cook their chicken, so the result is a light and thin skin and ultra crispy. This picture doesn't do it justice, when you get it, it looks as great as it tastes, very flavorful and very moist. I've eaten here many times and only once was the inside a bit dry, but I wasn't complaining.

Pictured is what they call a Snack Pack, a two piece meal, I added one wing to the order, but you get a choice of white or dark, and it comes with slaw, two giant potato wedges, two sour-dough rolls, sour cream for the wedges and butter. All this came to $7.36, pretty good deal, but I would of paid that just for the chicken. A very small fraternity of us know about the fried chicken at Peyton Place and want to keep it that way, it's already difficult to carry-out their popular chicken in the evening as it is.

They also have steaks, entrees and sandwiches too. Within the restaurant there is also an american saloon and a stage for live music. Note: when carrying out a large order, whichever box/container they use, it's best to release the hot air a few times to avoid moisture build up, it keeps the pressure cooked crispiness longer.

6516 Backlick Rd., Springfield Va., 703.451.6620 MAP

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A "D" for effort.

Even if you have a mild interest in sports, you've seen the cards of the players that go along with that sport. And more than any other decade, I think the 70's take the cake when it comes to bizarre simplicity and just sheer wretchedness in personal hygiene and appearance. And more than any other sport, hilariously, hockey by far is the worst offender.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

My Boat


This is my motor yacht, (in my mind) the Princess V Class V62. Due to financial restraints, a very small percent of the population of the world are able to own watercraft that exceeds the 40 ft length. But that doesn't mean we can't still get over by perusing their websites!! Some of my favs...

Princess 95MY

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

F#ck Copter


If your having a crappy day, just fly the Fuck Copter around your office and let everyone know how you feel.

Hey… we’re all jaded and sometimes you just don’t give a flying fuck… but wouldn’t it be nice if you could? Now you can give a flying fuck to a friend or loved one. This fine r/c helicopter is in the form of a giant hovering FUCK. It has two-channel control meaning it is always moving forward slowly. You control the hover and right and left turns. It’s really a genuine gift from the heart… Rather than telling someone you don’t care a rats ass about them, you can let them know you respect them enough to give a flying fuck. Awww… We’re tearing up right about now.

Important Note
The FUCK in the image above is blurred out, but when you get the real copter it’s not blurred… Capiche?

Ricky & Elmo

If you haven't seen this video of Ricky Gervais and Elmo by now, from the out-takes of Sesame Street, I'm proud to bring it to you here. It's very endearing and funny.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Monday, February 9, 2009

"Preamble" Mike Wilkins, 1987, metal on vinyl and wood, 96"x 96" Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Tauba Auerbach

K 50"x 38" ink on paper 2007

Conceptual graphic artist,
Tauba Auerbach creates artistic studies of the language and the written word, also relating the verbal to the symbols used in written language. She is one of my favorite artists. To see more of her accomplished and innovative styles please visit her website.

Subtraction (Startling) ink and pencil on paper 27"x 27" 2007


Friday, January 23, 2009

The 133rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show February 9-10


Those eyes, those ears, those nose! Aahhh roooo! It's time to get your dog on, for the one hundred and thirty third time! Can you believe it's been going on this long? That's alot of ticks! Even the ticks on these champions get a grooming. Last year's winner UNO, was the first beagle ever to claim Best In Show. That smacks of canine bigotry.

Who will be Best In Show this year? Will there be another great story?,.. a long shot defies the odds?,... It better not be some dumb yapper mutt!! I'm very sorry for that outburst, I don't know what got into me, I apologize. Anyway,.. watching the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show every year is like someone handing me a steaming bowl of homemade chicken soup. It's comfort! So please go to the website, it's very informative, and it will give you the complete broadcast information where you can watch. Here are a couple of links for last years show pics. 1), 2), 3).

2008 winner "UNO" Hound Class (K-Run's Park me In First)

The Empire State Building is bathed in Westminster purple and gold annually for the show.


Crab cake at Faidley's Baltimore



This is the award winning lump crab cake from Faidleys Seafood in the historic Lexington Market in Baltimore. You can get a platter with fries and a side but got just the crab cake. They, and most everyone say it's the best in Baltimore, and that's saying alot because crab cakes are the claim to fame for a ton of restaurants in this city. The crab cakes here are basically a large ball of almost entirely lump crab meat, surrounded by a perfect blend of tangy and sweet filling. Don't let the look of it fool you, that thing is almost ALL lump meat! The best crab cake around? I couldn't say, I don't eat many crab cakes but these were awesome. The atmosphere is great, they serve cold beer, and the staff have a good time.
For more of my pics of market see here.

200 N .Paca St., Lexington Market, Baltimore Md., 410.727.4898 MAP

Thursday, January 22, 2009

cold and briny


I ducked into the Main Ave. Fish Wharf in SE Washington DC today for a half dozen clams for the always cheap $5. Make sure you go to the far end of Jessie's Cooked Seafood stand, I find it's got the best. Everytime I go there, the clams are always bigger, colder, and tastier than the other stands. Tip the guys before they start shucking and they always take care of you.
See: Captain Whites Seafood CityJessie Taylor Seafood

1100 Main Ave., SW Washington DC. 202.314.5759 MAP

the White Onion at Vace


This is the White Onion pizza at Vace Italian Delicatessen in Cleveland Park, Washington D.C., pronounced (vaa-chay). I could go on and on and tell you how much I like this pizza, but I won't. I'll just say It's my favorite pizza pie. All the others like The Italian Store, 2 Amy's, Pizzeria Paradiso and so on, have their own specialties and their great but this is by far my favorite. Very thin crust with the best tasting mozzarella, and plenty of shaved, sweet Vidalia onion. Their other pizzas are also made with fresh ingredients and are delish. Please visit their website for more info. It's located directly across the street from the famed Uptown Theatre. Many people consider Vace the best kept secret in D.C. and I agree, their pizzas are the best.

3315 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington DC, 2008, 202.363.1999 MAP

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

El Pollo Rico


There are alot of Peruvian chicken restaurants around the D.C. area, but the one place that keeps coming up in blogs and articles is El Pollo Rico in the Clarendon district in Arlington Va. It was recently featured on an episode of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations show. Around lunch or dinner time the activity in the parking lot of El Pollo Rico is reminiscent of the frantic drive-in restaurants of the fifties. People going in and out, doors opening and closing, cars jockeying or spots. Folks, everyone is saying this is hands down the best chicken of this type in the area.

Chicken is the only entree on the menu here, you can get a quarter, half or whole. They'll ask you "with everything?" and you'll get cole slaw and fries on the side along with as many tiny containers of (dangerous) green chilli and their delicious mustard/mayo sauce as you like. The chicken really is delicious and very moist. Great unusual spices flavor it, and the skin is cooked crispy so it's almost like another side dish. The slaw has heavy horseradish and the fries are from frozen but crispy. Yuca frita or plantains would be a better side but what are you gonna do. A fork-full of chicken, skin, chili, and mustard/mayo sauce and you know why the lines are always long. Wash it all down with cold Inca Kola. So is it the best Peruvian chicken I've ever had? Yes.

The dining room is huge, it's cash only, and typical of a Clarendon eatery, the parking is sparse. It's all worth it though, it's the very well seasoned, very moist chicken that people show up in droves for. Also a bargain, my half chicken meal pictured above, with everything and the Kola came to $9.57.

El Pollo Rico, 932 N Kenmore St., Arlington, VA. 703.522.3220 MAP

Friday, January 9, 2009


The name of the Lamborghini Embolado comes from a Spanish festival called the "Toro Embolado". The festival involves releasing a bull into the streets with a burning ball attached to it's horns. The Lamborghini Embolado concept by Luca Serafini, possibly the big brother to the Gallardo.


I think I'll stick with Scrabble.