Sunday, April 30, 2006

Spring in the Garden State

Ah, New Jersey.

Just look at that baby dogwood in the foreground with the pink blossoms. Mr. Fishpatty planted it with his own hands, last November, and it's hard to believe it survived the ordeal. I christen it Dagwood: a pun and a half.

Thanks to our Stockton neighbors, the GLicklens, for causing just a little peonies-envy.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Calling All Comments

I realized this week that Blogspot was requiring people to register before they could leave comments. That is no longer the case, so feel free to use the anonymous or alias options to drop the Fishpatties, et al. a line.

Mr. Fishpatty = Urban Noise Machine, Sid Viscous, and Cheeses of Nazareth.
Mrs. Fishpatty = Mrs. Fishpatty and Dr. Fishpatty.


Friday, April 28, 2006

Paris Morning Mix

Finally! Now you all know what we listen to in the morning here. Sujata's been dying to know.

Notes: The Electric Six is my new favorite band. They have a song called "Jimmy Carter" on their new album that sounds like the Crash Test Dummies. No wait! Stay with me! The chorus comes after these lines "The world is ending, but 5 teenage boys danced and sang their ways into our hearts." Hmm. Who are they talking about? I wonder. Next line is the chorus, sung in a deep and melodramatic baritone: "Back Streets back, All right."

So awesome.

These guys are totally metamusic, and I love it. They take cliches from disco, 80's trash metal (think of every band you're embarrassed to admit you like), and techno. Then they blend in very clever lyrical cliches. They reference David Lee Roth's pseudo-masturbation/sex in a car monologue in Van Halen's "Panama" and "ease the seat back." They're so over the top it's outstanding, and their lyrics are all about dancing, sex, fire, and Nuclear War. In fact, their favorite rhyme seems to be "Dance Floor" and "Nuclear War:" hence the song "Nuclear War on the Dance Floor."

They've also got songs like Gay Bar. Click the link for the video, featuring Viking Kittens in battle dress.

If Beavis and Butthead dropped out of college and started a band with the musicians from The Darkness, this would be they. Check it out!!! My links (on the right side of the page) go to Electric Six sites. Try Lemon Party for the alternative Gay Bar video featuring Bush and Blair.

Oh, yeah! Here's the Paris Morning Mix. Notice it moves seamlessly between cool indy stuff like Editors, 90s crap pop/rock like Nelson, dance club ditties like Daniel Bedingfield, and Kanye West.

"Run It!" - Chris Brown
"Spit It Out" - Brendan Benson
"Soul Meets Body" - Death Cab For Cutie
"Sugar, We're Going Down" - Fall Out Boy
"Dance, Dance" - Fall Out Boy
"Hey Julie" - Fountains Of Wayne
"Dance Epidemic" - Electric Six
"I'm The Bomb" - Electric Six
"Feel Good Inc." - Gorillaz
"Lips Like Sugar" - Echo & The Bunnymen
"Blood" - Editors
"Somebody Told Me" - The Killers
"Gotta Get Thru This " - Daniel Bedingfield
"It's My Life" - No Doubt
"Mr. Brightside" - The Killers
"All Eyes On Me" - Goo Goo Dolls
"Acoustic #3" - Goo Goo Dolls
"Ring Of Fire" - Johnny Cash
"Talking In Your Sleep" - The Romantics
"All The Small Things" - blink-182
"Nightingale Song" - Toad the Wet Sprocket
"American Idiot" - Green Day
"Stacy's Mom" - Fountains Of Wayne
"I Walk The Line" - Johnny Cash
"The Boys Of Summer " - The Ataris
"You're Beautiful (Album Version)" - James Blunt
"Bad, Bad Man" - John Cena and Tha Trademarc feat. Bumpy Knuckles
"Better Man" - Pearl Jam
"We're Going To Be Friends" - The White Stripes
"Dare" - Gorillaz
"Gold Digger (Album Version (Explicit))" - Kanye West
"( Can't Live Without Your ) Love And Affection" - Nelson (Pop)
"Dirty Little Secret" - The All-american Rejects
"Never There" - Cake
"Speed Of Sound" - Coldplay
"I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor" - Arctic Monkeys
"In Da Club" - 50 Cent
"Walking With A Ghost" - Tegan and Sara
"Yeah!" - Usher
"Beverly Hills" - Weezer
"Your Love" - The Outfield
"Catch Your Wave" - The Click Five
"Since U Been Gone" - Kelly Clarkson
"Behind These Hazel Eyes" - Kelly Clarkson

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Maltesers in Paris, and Beyond!

Good times follow the Maltesers, so we were really excited about their visit. This is their arrival in Paris on, oh, did I mention? AIR INDIA! They enjoyed the food, the service, and the liberal policy regarding oversize curry-ons. (Oh, yes I did!)

In the medieval town of Pérouges (13th Century) we asked for a wine list with dinner and they handed us this scroll on deer skin. Really. The prices were in pencil, which killed the effect a bit, but it's still a cool picture.

More Pérouges. Here are some rooftops at sunset.

Here's a little history: after plague and the mechanization of weaving, the population of Pérouges dropped to 12. But the city was so old and so historical looking that the government stepped in and, shockingly, subsidized its continued existence. Ah, the French! Soon they'll be paying people to learn their language, like the Welsh. It's cute.

Nice picture and backdrop, right? This church is in Annecy, near the French Alps. It looks majestic and remote, an amazing feat of building. We hiked up to check it out, see the view, and go inside. Strangely, the stained glass window characters looked like Apostles Cartoons, and the serene choral we heard was a CD playing on a sound system. On our way out, we noticed that the corner stone read MCMXXIII. That's right, 1923. We all looked at each other and felt cheated, like we'd been tricked into making the hike and being impressed by history, but it was just a newish church in France.

I guess they exist, but who wants to see that? I could go to a Mormon temple or some other new religion's church in the US to see that. Pretty lame, Annecy. The World's Biggest Ball of Aluminum Foil would have been more satisfying, but that's what I get for judging a church by its cover.

Liberté! Egalité! Realité!

Race Riots in Paris?! Cars torched every night for a month over injustice to minorities? No. Never. The French love black people.

(This little vignette was prominently displayed in a restaurant window on the Ile Saint Louis' main drag: tourist central. )

L'Oignon (Paris, France (Nov. 20, 2005)): After weeks of simmering racial tensions, Paris smells delicious!

Genius at Work

This is a photo shoot on the Seine, across the River from Notre Dame. We've seen a few shoots along the Seine, usually involving female models in summer clothing and a wintery backdrop of grey skys; swollen, choppy rivers; and bundled up passersby.

In this picture, the photographer is giving her artistic direction, or he's just tortured by his maddening intellect and the inability of the universe to conform to his vision. Either/Or.

"My god, I'm brilliant! Seine water in her hair making rays like the corona of medieval suns about her face. Heavenly beauty in the muck of human existence."

"Uh, Henri, I'm cold, and some dog poop just floated by. Are we almost done?"

"Dammit, Condolezza! You can't rush me. You must never rush me.... Wait.... Did you say 'dog poop?' That gives me an idea!"

"No, Henri. Not again! Get my agent on the phone! NOW!"

Friday, April 07, 2006

More to come, Mordechai!

Don't worry. I don't have bloggeritis. I have more photos and more stories of la vie a Paris.

Here's a quick one: Today's lunch was blood sausage and frites. Oh yeah. Tastes like ... pepperoni, only blood sausage-ier. I felt like Hannibal Lecter having a friend for dinner.

Upcoming topics are the photo shoot we saw on the Seine, and our adventure into multi-culti alley.

Stay tuned.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

A 17 Euro Feast

So what does 17 Euros buy you these days?

Well, at our covered outdoor market, fromagerie, and boulangerie, you get:
  1. a baguette,
  2. a baguette campagne,
  3. chevre au poivre,
  4. cheese so stinky and runny it comes in a dish,
  5. 3 bananas,
  6. 2 tomatoes,
  7. an apple,
  8. a bell pepper,
  9. mushrooms,
  10. fingerling potatoes,
  11. an eclair, and
  12. a merengue.
Take that Fairway! And there's no way we're eating all of this tonight, so it's a double whammy on Fairway. Booyah!

Fishpatty, out.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Pacifique Bleu

So we just got back from a lunch of crepes and cidre and two rollerblade cops, that's right! rollerblade cops, were writing out a ticket for a car parked illegally.

If only I'd had my camera!

Does everyone remember Pacific Blue? -------->

Rick Rossovich was the star of show about Boardwalk Bike cops in Santa Monica, CA. Hailing from Palo Alto, CA, he was flexing his acting muscles just a bit -- much like this picture from the homoerotic volleyball scene in "Top Gun," in which he played Lt. (j.g.) Ron "Slider" Kerner to Val Kilmer's Lt. Tom "Iceman" Kazanski.


That Maverick. He's just too dangerous!

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Food Review: L'Enoteca

25 Rue Charles V
75004 Paris

WOW! The best food we've had in Paris, and it was Italian. Shocker, right? Well, here's what happened:
  1. They fit us in without a reservation: score 1.
  2. The table itself was low for a man of my size, and my knees are paying the price: minus 1.
  3. The sparkling Riesling was a surprise when it arrived at the table, but it was great: score 1.
  4. We ordered two antipasto misti plates because Dana was thinking and I don't like to appear indecisive, so I just sent him away with two orders on his tablet. Chiding about assumptions and ordering for the lady of the house ensued, but when the dishes came, all was forgiven: score 2 for the food, but minus 1 for Aaron -- whether it's sexist behavior assuming and making an ASS of U and ME, you lose points.
  5. Dana's white Verdicchio wine, and my Bresciano were great, and with the fresh olive oil and house-made foccacia, we were very happy: score 1
  6. I ordered the Pappardelle with a veal ragout infused with ginger. The pasta was made on the premises, and the stewed, tender veal with an undercurrent of ginger made that poor calf's suffering all the tastier. Score 3.
  7. Dana had a green lasagna. It was made with pesto, tomatoes, ricotta, and lasagna noodles. She really like it and plans to order next time. Score 1.
  8. The tiramisu was truly excellent, and, at 8 Euros, I was going to burn the place down if it wasn't. Score 1.

Total score:

l'Enoteca: 9

Aaron: -1.

Don't Worry, it's Standard

Happy Birthday, Jeremy!

We talked about taking this picture last time we were in Paris. So when Dana and I saw this DEVIATION sign on the rue Montmartre, it was a sign.

To quote Hannibal (George Peppard from the A-Team, for all you low-culture illiterates in the crowd), "I love it when a plan comes together."

All the best to Jeremy from the Fishpatties.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Le Brunch

Eggs (with pecorino cheese cooked inside), toasted bagels, pampelmousse juice, coffee, milk, Pelligrino, chevre cream cheese, and gouda. Yumbo!

Finished the brunch with a game of Yahtzee! A game of skill for none but the brave!

Here's the breakdown:
Sylvestre: 325
Dana: 259
Katherine: 197
Aaron: 143

I'm not used to bringing up the butt-end of the measuring pole; that's usually the job of my opponents.



Our first real mail in France! Brought to you by the Rocky Mountain Oyster capital of the US. I've named this little piggy Roast Boeuf, and what a great looking piece of jambon he is.