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Bangin’ Books! The Music & Writer Edition

There are two books currently occupying our must-read book list: How Music Works (David Byrne) and The Good Girls Revolt (by Lynn Povich). We’re particularly giddy with excitement because they tie in two of mousybabe’s favorite hobbies: music and writing! The Good Girls Revolt (Lynn Povich) In The Good Girls Revolt, Lynn Povich recounts a seminal lawsuit… Read more »

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Smoked Salmon From Seattle’s Pike Place Market

The smoked salmon from Pike Place Market in Seattle is DEE-LICIOUS with a capital D. And more. Chops spent a few days visiting his friend in Seattle this past week, and lucky for us East Coasters he brought back a pound of this smoked salmon from the famous market! When I opened up the paper… Read more »

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FOOD FINDS #1: ‘2 Chefs and a Table’ in Vancouver, BC

As avid seekers of yummy eats, we’ve started cataloguing our food posts into a little series called Food Finds. These posts include casual reviews of the unsung culinary gems we encounter on the road–or even right here at home in DC and NY As with a lot of Exit Clov tours of late…ahem, our trip… Read more »

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Rib-Crackin Top Tweets on #GOP2012

(photo from Funny Or Die Tumblr) We’ve been tickled pretty funny these last few days from tweets on the presidential election. Check out some of our faves: From @PaulRyanGosling (“the better Paul Ryan”): Hey girl, don’t worry about saving the planet. Mitt says we can always get a new one. Hey girl, I’m a little worried… Read more »

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Getting All Warm ‘n Fuzzy with the Chocosol Traders!

After our show on Saturday, the Chocosol vendor on site at Toronto’s HarbourFront Centre was so nice and offered us (Exit Clov) each a complimentary cup of “ice chocolate” and bar of handcrafted chocolates! All made from cacao that was “horizontally traded through friendships with farmers and communities from southern Mexico.” (Aw, don’t it just… Read more »

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Off to Rock the Socks Off Them Canucks!

So in a matter of days, we (and the rest of the Exit Clov gang) will pile into a van and make our way 500 miles northward to visit our neighbors in the land of Canada! We’ll play two FREE shows at TaiwanFest in Toronto this weekend (Aug. 25-26) and in Vancouver the following weekend (Sept…. Read more »

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Happy 100th Birthday, Julia Child!

  “You have to eat to cook. You can’t be a good cook and be a noneater. I think eating is the secret to good cooking.” Today would have been Julia’s 100th birthday. Google has a special tribute (pictured left). Chefs across the country are creating special menus (check out a special JC100 round-up of Washington,… Read more »

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Baristas & Bankers: A Blue Bottle Heaven at 30 Rock

Since the beginning of time, Suz and I have been java junkies and coffee house prowlers. Whenever we toured with Exit Clov, our first order of business after soundcheck was to grab Brett (our bassist and fellow coffee enthusiast) and track down the city’s quaintest coffeehouse, where we’d set up shop with our laptops and wait for… Read more »

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“Put an ‘Owl’ on It!”

Last year, I got hooked on a sketch comedy series called Portlandia that satirizes, ever so gently, the righteous lifestyles of the Pacific Northwest’s boho-urban elite. One of our favorite episodes parodies the cliched “bird” prints as an icon in Portland’s earth-loving, greener-than-thou, eco-fashion sensibilities. You’ll recognize references to the sketch whenever you hear the phrase: ”… Read more »

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Inaugural HTOTD: Magic of the Chia Seed

When he was still around, our dad had a thing for ancient proverbs and witty quotations. In our basement, he kept a small trove of quotation books filled with wise words from philosophers, politicians, literary greats. Every once in a while, he’d email a favorite quote to his children and extended family with the subject… Read more »