Calm Before the Storm
- “Play (feat. Sampha)” by Katy B
- “Feather” by Little Dragon
- “Almost Home (Washed Out Remix)” by Moby
- “Half Asleep” by School of Seven Bells
- “Snow & Taxis” by Gold Panda
- “Candil De La Calle” by apparat
- “Never Mess With Sunday” by Yppah
- “I Slept With Bonhomme At The CBC” by Broken Social Scene
- “Talamak” by Toro y Moi
- “Rusty Nails” by Moderat
- “The Keeper (Banks Remix)” by Bonobo
Musical Mondays are here & brand new on TB! Back in high school, I had this chunky external harddrive full of music I accumulated over the years with those massive CD mail-in-to-order deals in addition to my very tech savvy cousins burning me new albums from my favorite artists. If my friends weren’t over for the marvelous made-from-scratch cakes I made, they were over to play video games & to transfer my harddrive’s music over to theirs. A few of my friends would ask me to point them in the right direction for some new music to listen to & I always delivered whether it was heavy rock (think “screamo”), pop, or trance. Now with Spotify & the like, it’s so much easier to listen to a bunch of bands you’ve never heard of. This mix is a bit more personal because a human, me, put it together & not a fancy, often frighteningly accurate algorithm. Also, I get to be creative with the cover art!
This playlist is a calm & relaxing downtempo playlist that should help focus your brain less on stress & more on tranquility. It’s perfect for a 50 minute car ride, when you’re sitting around reading, having a night in, having dinner with friends, or just on as background noise while you surf the web. I hope that those of you who are into the genres I’ve packed into the playlist enjoy this mix. Not everyone enjoys tea the same way, so if you’re more into rap & hip-hop, you can check 8Tracks for mixes in that genre there.
I’m going to be busy studying this week, so I’m going to leave all of you with music in my absence. I’ll be back with recipes & more photos soon. Thanks for all of your feedback on the giveaway. That’ll happen soon, promise!
Although I’m not the type of girl who wants flowers & designer gifts ever, Josh surprised me with my favorite flowers, homemade dinner, & dessert for Valentine’s Day. The flowers have already been thrown out by now, but the half-eaten macarons are still sitting in my fridge. I should probably finish those before they start to harbor a safe haven for mold. Last weekend would be one of the most delightful weekends I had in a while, but every weekend with @CupofJosh is like a spoonful of honey. He made me dinner for Valentine’s Day–we make each other dinner every weekend, he just got me dessert this time–we had a night out on the town for Bryan’s birthday, we got work done together the next day, & to end the weekend, we celebrated our first anniversary as a couple. Without trying to melt your eyeballs out with cheese, I’ll make this quick & to the point: my year with Josh has been nothing short of wonderful & if you asked me, I wouldn’t be able to tell you when the “honeymoon stage” ended because I still feel over the moon because of all the feeelzz for mah boothang. As is evident, my level of literacy diminishes when I have to express the feels.
Last weekend + a new recipe in pictures followed after the jump!
Last year in August, I lightly reviewed some brand new items from Trader Joe’s new line of Asian products: Sriracha & Dried Kimchi. Today, I’m finally getting around to reviewing their instant ramen & seaweed salad. Recently, Trader Joe’s has pulled the seaweed salad off their shelves because they were produced in a facility that also produces peanuts & unknowingly sold them without stating that they were peanut-free. I’m not sure when they’ll be back, but I definitely hope they shelve them again because–spoiler alert–they’re actually pretty good.
Last month, I posted half of the results of a Blind Taste Test I conducted with my roommates MOA & Yuri along with MOA’s friend David. The first half of Part 1 covered Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts vs. Trader Joe’s Toaster Pastries along with Pirate Brands’s Pirate Booty vs. Trader Joe’s Corn Puffs. A correction must be made about the last post – I was incorrect about Pirate Booty not being available in other flavors because they also come in barbeque, sour cream & onion, & veggie. I’m human, I make mistakes, y’all!