Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Mavericks and Empanadas

Sometimes Apple releases updates to their OS. When they make it free is super exciting and you totally must have it. You'd think because it's all the same platform everything would work. Oh no, stupid. We at Apple basically just want to flip Microsoft the double bird, and shit that used to work for you will not. So buy new iPhoto. But Garage Band and iMovie is free. Also, your copy of Office is dunzo. 

I didn't see that fine print in the Terms of Service, so now I just had to buy iPhoto   And I have no Office suite. Thanks, Apple. Fan-fucking-tastic. I get that you're not Microsoft, but you pulled se real shit there and your attempt at being nice was kinda bulsh. The $15 for iPhoto didn't put me out, but seriously with the Office mess. I know there is some techie blah blah behind it, but I really don't care. You done pissed me off. 

Oh, and that download you anticipated taking forever that you did last night, to be safe. That's not going to work. Now you have to do it during the day. And it will take 5-6 hours. Good. Times. Write your blog post on your phone. Oh yeah, that's happening. 

On to things that don't make me seethe with rage. ("Seethe" just corrected to "Seth." Things that make me want to throw things.)

YumYum and I took a trip to get some good cheap food. She picked Empanada Mama (which I will link later because my effing phone won't let me...MAVERICKS!!!!!)

The restaurant is really small. Like insane small. All of the seating is counter seating. Luckily, we got to sit. Together even! YumYum already knew she was getting a soup, and I decided on empanadas. The empanadas are delivered in a little paper envelopes. Like little presents!! They also came with red and green hot sauces. What they were, I don't know, but they were damn fine. 

I got four empanadas, which ranging from $2-3, it was a cheap meal! Roll call, from the top going clockwise: traditional Columbian ground beef in corn-based shell, spicy chicken in flour, cheese in corn, shredded beef in flour. All of these were delightful. I honestly had a hard time not crushing through them. My favorite was the shredded beef, least was the chicken, however it's not like were any bad. I felt that the cheese had bit more complexity in the flavor and texture combination, an the beefs both had such amazing seasoning that it didn't really stand a chance. 

YumYum got the Pollo soup which has no description outside of "chicken" under the soup column, but don't be deceived by such a simple description. This soup packs some serious seasoning, which we amped up with some of the hot sauces. It had carrots, corn, cilantro, noodle-y things and rice. Now, I don't like soup as a rule. I think it's a nothing food. Simply a filler for when you're sick or broke, but this was not the case flavor-wise. I'd definitely order this for myself. And maybe a couple empanadas. 

I am dying to hit this spot up again, but I'm falling into the classic NY problem - so many options that it's hard to justify a repeat. 

Apologies for typos and brevity. Typed on a mobile device. 


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

officially obsessed with my nails

There have been too many nail posts in a row. I'm really sorry. But, really I'm not, because if I were I'd stop buying it and giving myself more of it to write about.

For this experiment, I used a really old nail polish I bought in London - it's some kind of L'Oreal black with blue metallic stuff in it, and I have a lot of it left, so I think it's going to be my testing standard. You can't buy it anymore. I think. Don't know. I don't live in London.

A long while back I bought the Nails, Inc. Matte top coat - the color is Westminster Bridge. I finally used it. And? I hate it. It's matte-ish. Your nails are still mostly shiny, which is not what I wanted at all.  It makes it look like your nails are smeared with lotion and need to be cleaned off. But no. It's just what it looks like. AND it takes forever to dry, which means getting to pee is out of the question and we all know how I feel about that.  I have smudged nails after HOURS. I'm returning it, pronto.

Look at the not matte-ness. How annoying is that?? I will say, this top coat feels interesting. My nails feel think, like I have acrylics or gel polish on, but feeling cool isn't enough to diminish my disappointment. You suck top coat. 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Black Nails and Green Eggs

A while back, I decided to purchase Nails, Inc. Leather Effect nail polish in Noho. This stuff goes for $11 a pop, and promises what it name says - a leather effect. It goes on smooth, then hey presto, it goes all bumpy. Two coats, no topcoat, because it's matte and the matte-ness gets ruined with topcoat. Or I guess it would be like really shiny leather?

Anyhow, the reviews of this stuff on Sephora were mixed. People either loved it or they hated it, with more leaning towards the hate side. I have to seriously disagree with the detractors. Their complaints largely were regarding texture and chipping.

Don't get something that is textured, then bitch about how it looks smudged. It's textured, and therefore by definition will NOT look like a smooth perfect manicure. Have you ever really looked at leather? It looks like smudged wrinkles that have been pressed skin. Because that's what leather is. I can see how people would think it's "weird," but again, that's the point. This shit is supposed to be fashion, and not your grandma's cuppa tea. I also found that you could up the shine factor and lessen the harshness of the texture by doing three thick coats. I personally did two thicker layers, which remained quite matte and like a finer grain leather, and bad ass all around.

People complained a lot about the longevity of this stuff. I have no idea what they were doing with their hands, because I had no such problems. I used a base, two (thick) layers, and that was it. I washed my hair, I cleaned our entire kitchen and all the windows, did laundry, unpacked, did dishes on the daily without gloves, and it lasted 5 days. I will say this is less than normal polish, which I'd say normally is about a week, but 5 without a topcoat is pretty good in my book.

Overall, I like this stuff quite a bit. I'd recommend it.

And now for the food surprise...

I have a penchant for Cadbury's Creme Eggs. Yeah, I know they're basically little tiny bombs of diabetes, but I still like them and since I can only get them at Easter, it's okay. Well, now they're doing Halloween ones, and I was gifted one by my friend and coworker, Boxer. I did not realize that they were colored differently. I do not do well with foods that are the wrong color. Some people may remember that colored ketchup crap that came out in the early 00s. I couldn't bring myself to eat it. Anyway, I ate my egg gift. It was green inside. I was not happy. But then I ate the rest of it it anyway. Can't be rude.