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My Dates at Prom

Posted by Maddie on June 15, 2012 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (1)

Prom usually consists of three parts: pre-prom, prom, and post-prom. Pre-prom involves parents taking photos of their children with their children's dates, exchanges of corsages and bouttenaires, and hors d'oeuvres on silver trays making its rounds for takers. After the corsage-bouttenaire exchange with my date (it is impossible to pin on the bouttenaire without the flower falling lop-sided or the pin sticking dangerously out enough to stab someone) and an entire Facebook album full of traditional prom photos, I scouted the room for my favorite bite-sized snacks. In one corner of a large reception room, hidden behind crowds of teenagers taking photos of every combination, I found my go-to absolute favorite snack: cheese. I kept company with the cheeses, which were lonesomely forgotten in the corner. I was impressed by the selection of 6 cheeses from Murray's Cheese; in fact, I wasn't familiar with two of them! I would've expected the usual Brie, aged Cheddar, and Parmigiano-Reggiano.

From the left bottom corner and clockwise, the cheeses are Brunet (Pasteurized Goat), Westfield Capri (Pasteurized Goat), Casatica (Pasteurized Buffalo), Blu del Moncenisio (Pasteurized Cow), Fiore Sardo (Raw Sheep), and Castelrosso (Pasteurized Cow). In this cheese plate, I particularly enjoyed Brunet, Fiore Sardo, and the Blu del Moncenisio.

All in all, I was fueled up on cheese and ready for the next two parts of prom!

Between Walls by William Carlos Williams

Posted by Maddie on May 26, 2012 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (115)

In a KWH event in New York City held on Thursday, May 10th, Professor Al Filreis (UPenn) moderated a discussion on William Carlos Williams' "Between Walls." Indeed short, with each stanza carrying 3-5 words per, the entire room full of KWH supporters and alum analyzed the poem phrase by phrase. In "Between Walls," healing the self (hospital) is juxtaposed with harming the self (alcohol).

"Between Walls" reminded me of my English elective, "The Ache of Modernism" mainly because of the poem's title, "Between Walls," which conjures up wasteland imagery. It's funny that "Between Walls" is probably the shortest poem I've read and "The Wasteland" is probably the longest, yet the poems' touch on similar themes. In my modernism elective, I read T.S. Eliot's "The Wasteland"; the overarching message I gathered from this long poem was that our self-destructive actions are not contained within the self. In “The Wasteland” Eliot glorifies Shakespearian women and denounces modern women, juxtaposing two self-destructive women— Hamlet’s Ophelia to Lil—to reveal that modernity is a culmination of our snowballing self-destructive actions. 

If you have read T.S. Eliot's "The Wasteland," I hope you can see my train of thought and see how I analyzed Williams' "Between Walls."

 See my handwritten jots below.

Who Did It Better?

Posted by Maddie on April 12, 2012 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (1)

When dining out, whether you're the type who gravitates to one favorite dish or the kind who listens acutely to the daily specials, there is always that one ingredient that grabs your attention while skimming your menu. By now you know that if there's cheese in it, I probably ordered it. Confession: I'm an entree repeater. Take a look at my entree duplicates, and be the judge:

Who Did It Better?

Top: Dos Caminos: Queso Fundido (Mexican 3-Cheese fondue served with Mexican Chorizo)

Middle: Rosa Mexicana: Queso Fundido (Melted Chihuahua cheese served in a cast iron skillet with Chorizo and peppers)



Bottom: Via Quodrono: Crostini di Polenta (Gorgonzola cheese melted over cornmeal medallions)...An Italian twist, and with polenta.

Now, for salads, with goat cheese!

Top: Epcot's Les Chefs de France: Salade de Chevre chaud (Baked goat cheese,walnuts, fresh grapes, tomatoes, endive, salad)

Middle: Maui's The Pineapple Grill (Located in Kapalua Resort): Kula Baby Spinach Salad( Macadamian nut crusted goat cheess, Kapalua Farms cherry tomatoes, chilledasparagus spears, shaved red onions, toasted macadamia nuts,sherry-shallot vinaigrette)

Bottom: Serafina: Goat Cheese E Spinach (Baby spinach, warm goat cheese, pine nut, pine nut oil & honey vinaigrett)


Notice: Blog Under Construction

Posted by Maddie on March 22, 2012 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (1)

Hi Everyone,

In the next few weeks, you may notice changes with the site. Don't fret though, the blog will undergo some organizational and thematic changes. The goal for this renovation is USABILITY

Excuse any inconsistencies!


Disney Cheese?

Posted by Maddie on March 22, 2012 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

No, the cheeses are not named after Disney princesses or in the shape of Mickey Mouse's head. Florida's DisneyWorld had legit cheeses--for the most part. In my third of four days at DisneyWorld, I spent the day at Epcot and visited every country... really! Epcot's layout reminded me of the Shanghai World Exposition 2010 because each country had some sort of pavillion where they marketed their own products: ex: Germany sold Werther's Caramel Hard Candies, which I just happen to love. When we got to France, and I took a look at the Les Chefs de France menu, I knew I just had to make my friends eat there with me. I ordered a salad appetizer and the cheese plate to finish--no surprise!

Salade de Chevre chaud - baked goat cheese, walnuts, fresh grapes, tomatoes, endive, salad... just look at that goat cheese! Delish!

Assiette de fromages de France - Imported cheese plate with raisin and walnut bread.

I had the waiter write down the names of the cheeses so I could share them with you! I take the names of each cheese seriously, so I was at a loss for words when I received the names of the cheeses. (Picture Below). My favorite cheese? Probably the goat, the blue, or the Emmental. Wait, did you just read that? Emmental is Swiss! What is a Swiss cheese doing at a French restaurant?!

Food Diary: March (Thus far)

Posted by Maddie on March 4, 2012 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (4)

Five cheeses: Top: Brie de Nangis, Raw milk Manchego

Bottom: Vigneron, 24month Parmigiano-Reggiano, French Raclette

I find a dish with cheese in every cuisine... Mexican! Queso Fundido (3 cheese fondue served with mexican chorizo) that chihuahua cheese

Food Diary: February 2012

Posted by Maddie on February 16, 2012 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (4)

The Wasteland by T.S. Eliot

Posted by Maddie on February 11, 2012 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (12)

In my English elective, The Ache of Modernism, we read a poem by T.S. Eliot, "The Wasteland." A link to the poem is below. Personally, this is probably one of the most difficult poems I've ever had to analyze. "The Wasteland" is separated into five parts, but each part of the poem struggles to find a balance between excess and scarcity. My favorite part of the poem is called II. The Game of Chess. Not only is this the portion of the poem that contains all of Eliot's Shakespearian references, it is about a women's relationship to man in comparision to a woman's relationship to man in Shakespeare. For example, Ophelia goes mad and commits suicide out of her rejection from Hamlet and Polonious by drowning herself. The women sitting on Cleopatra's throne is going mad being alone. She is paranoid. Eliot's references to Shakespeare reveals the relationship he has with modernity. In the time period "The Wasteland" was written, there was war between countries, and a lack of guidance and organization. He alludes to Shakespeare to reveal that good things are coming to an end, and that high brow literature is replaced with cheaper alternatives. Take a look at the poem for yourself, and let me know what you think!


Poetry By My Sister:

Posted by Maddie on January 28, 2012 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (3)

Beginning (After Anne Sexton) By Kristen G

Whale on the beach, you dinosaur,

What brought you smoothing into this dead harbor?

I watched as you passed through: from water to sand,

Crabs to their shedded shells.

The fluffy waters swept you onto the thirsty shore.

You dropped tears of rubies

To the end.

Now, the bloodstained stones remain.

The red sea now is a red river,

Leading back.

Now, as the sand sticks to your wet skin,

You catch more glitter.

The Modern Restaurant, NYC : Selecting Cheese

Posted by Maddie on January 20, 2012 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)


Posted by Maddie on December 31, 2011 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Currently, I am in Hawaii. I'll post when I get back. There is no cheese here! I'm eating everything Hawaiian fish. On the airplane ride here, I brought my Emily Dickinson collection of all her poems. Found a new favorite!

Poem 668 by Emily Dickinson

"Nature" is what we see—

The Hill—the Afternoon—

Squirrel—Eclipse— the Bumble bee—

Nay—Nature is Heaven—

Nature is what we hear—

The Bobolink—the Sea—

Thunder—the Cricket—

Nay—Nature is Harmony—

Nature is what we know—

Yet have no art to say—

So impotent Our Wisdom is

To her Simplicity.

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope one of your new years resolutions is to eat more cheese and write more poetry!

Happy 2012!