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Taiwanese Dishes We Snagged in Toronto

You may have noticed we’ve  been playing a handful of Taiwan-related events of late (perhaps something to do with the Island X album). Well, one thing we’ve learned from these shows is that it ain’t a real Taiwanese event if it ain’t all about the food. By this standard, Toronto’s Taiwanfest this past weekend was… 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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Cafe Grumpy (Brooklyn)

Got this shot of Em passing through the inpossibly cute doors of Cafe Grumpy… and luckily she’s not looking so grumpy! A refreshing cup of Joe is always ideal before Exit Clov practice, especially since this one is scheduled for 4 hours and there is no A/C. Yikes!

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Tartines & Fruit: Breakfast of … My Guests (ie, Champions)

Guests are awesome because it gives me an excuse to ramp up my usual daily routine and embellish on the little things. The best part is that I get to share whatever it is I end up doing with others — namely my guests! My cousin Ellen & her bf Mykie, happen to be Cali… 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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Homemade Crispy Kale Chips

A couple of weeks ago, we successfully tested out a superfood snack that you can make at home and consume guiltlessly: Dried kale chips! And unlike the pre-packaged kale chips you’ll find in the store, these won’t leave a gaping hole in your wallet: At $2.50-$3.99 for a bag or head of kale, it’s a… 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 »

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Extreme Paranoia + Whole Foods Duplicity

My mom’s side of the family has a curious condition known as extreme paranoia … particularly about becoming the victim of a freak accident. Pair this with some headstrong genes and you get 4 bull-headed, yet absolutely lovable, uncles out to protect their extended family. About 10 years ago (when the world was still buzzed… Read more »

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NKOTB – Baji the Basil Plant

Introducing the newest kid on the block around our parts. Baji! We were grocery shopping the other day and saw a row of basil plants being sold. $2.99 a pop. For a never-ending supply of fresh basil? That’s a steal. So our hearts melted and we decided to give one of them a home. We’ve… Read more »