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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Drummer Boy aka Metallica Head Is Clueless

Doesn't he know that most people on a Saturday morning at 7:30am are either sleeping or wanting to quietly enjoy a cup of coffee in peace?

Dang it anyway! I have no idea why I woke up early (I was out not so late, midnight maybe, for a birthday party at a lesbian club. Then I was up later pillaging on Facebook until maybe 2am.)

Is it too much to ask for a little peace and quiet?

Get off my lawn dammit!

Oooh, by the way, at the party last night the birthday girl thought I was 32 years old. Helz ya! I'm 32! Damn that was sweet! (And no...she's already taken, but still it was sweet!)

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Cookbook Review - Nigella Kitchen Recipes From The Heart Of The Home, By Nigella Lawson

I recently received a copy of Nigella Kitchen Recipes From The Heart Of The Home, By Nigella Lawson. You know her from The Food Network.
This is a great cookbook. And hefty in size. Lots of recipes and tips. Just look at the chapters:
Kitchen Caboodle - The items and equipment that make my life easier.
Kitchen Confidential - Tips, shortcuts, and habits either inherited or acquired during the course of my cooking life.
Part I: Kitchen Quandaries
What's For Supper? -Favorite family go-tos to fend off that day-in, day-out feeling.
Hurry Up! I'm Hungry! - Dinner on the double for those days when it feels like there's scarcely time to cook.
Easy Does It - How it's possible to feed friends when you're frantic without losing your temper or your sanity.
Cook It Better - Recipes that make the most of what's in the kitchen, or how to gratify good sense and greed at the same time.
My Sweet Solution - Desserts that save the day.
Off The Cuff - Pantry suppers and feasts from the fruits of the fridge-freezer.
Part II: Kitchen Comforts
Chicken And It's Place In My Kitchen - My mother's legacy and the taste of home.
A Dream Of Hearth And Home - Shaking off the all-too-familiar workday frenzy with a spot of weekend baking, or how to find that warm glow and swallow it.
At My Table - Or how I found culinary contentment by banishing the dinner party from my life so that I could enjoy both the company and the cooking.
The Solace Of Stirring - The risotto route to relaxation.
The Bone Collection - The stuff I really sink by teeth into, or delights for the die-hard carnivore.
Kitchen Pickings - What I give people to eat when I don't want to make a meal of it, with easy cocktails and party food for those who cannot contemplate a canape.
The Cook's Cure For Sunday-Night-Itis - Cozily substantial suppers that provide support and succor, or how the foods of yesterday can make tomorrow feel more manageable.

This cookbook is full of color photographs for nearly every recipe.

Want to zip up your Ramen noodles? Check out page 82 for Vietnamese Pork Noodle Soup.

Some recipes that I'm looking forward to trying:
Spanish Chicken With Chorizo and Potatoes, page 100
Chocolate Banana Muffins, page 138
Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding, page 142
South Indian Vegetable Curry, page 154
Indian Roasted Potatoes, page 206
Sweet Potato Supper, page 340
Nigella Lawson is doing book signings in November. To find the information on a book signing near you, click here. (For my Chicagoland blog pallies, there are book signings in Oakbrook, Chicago and Winnetka, beginning on November 9th.)

About the Author:
Nigella Lawson, food enthusiast, television personality and journalist, is the bestselling author of eight books: Nigella Express: Good Food Fast, Feast: Food to Celebrate Life, Nigella Fresh, Nigella Bites, How to Be a Domestic Goddess, How to Eat, which have sold in excess of 6 million copies worldwide, and Nigella Christmas: Food Family Friends Festivities. Her groundbreaking iPhone App debuted in April 2010 and her new book, NIGELLA KITCHEN Recipes From the Heart of the Home, which accompanies her television series of the same name seen on Food Network, is a return to her signature focus on feel-good food for the way we eat today, published by Hyperion in October 2010.

Nigella’s 2005 book Feast: Food to Celebrate Life inspired Nigella Feasts, which debuted on Food Network in fall 2006. The Domestic Goddess returned in her second Food Network series, Nigella Express, launched in fall 2007 in conjunction with the release of Nigella Express. American audiences also know Nigella as host of Forever Summer with Nigella, her popular cooking/lifestyle series that aired on Style, and Nigella Bites, which aired on E! Entertainment Television and Style.

In July 2003, Nigella launched Nigella Lawson’s Living Kitchen, a range of kitchen items designed in collaboration with Sebastian Conran, to widespread acclaim in the U.S.

Nigella was Deputy Literary Editor of The Sunday Times before pursuing a successful freelance career. She has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers, including The Sunday Times, Evening Standard, Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Observer, Times Magazine and in the U.S. for Gourmet and Bon Appétit magazines. She originated the restaurant column in The SpectatorBritish Vogue for several years. Nigella also wrote a bi-monthly food column for The New York Times Dining In, Dining Out section.

Hailed as Author of the Year by the 2001 British Book Awards, Nigella was also named Bon Appétit magazine’s 2002 "Tastemaker of the Year." How to Eat was honored as the 1998 British Books Awards Illustrated Book of the Year, while How to Be a Domestic Goddess was named Cookery Book of the Year by the Guild of Food Writers in 2001. Nigella Bites received the WH Smith Book Awards 2002 Lifestyle Book of the Year, with the cooking series based on the book winning the Gold Ladle for Best Television Food Show from the World Food Media Awards in 2001.

In 1992, Nigella married the journalist and broadcaster John Diamond. John was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1997 and died in 2001. They had two children together, Cosima and Bruno. Nigella remarried in 2003 and lives in London with husband, Charles Saatchi, and her children.

Lola's Diner Disclaimer: I was given this novel to review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this book review.

Lola's Diner ©2008-2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Review - XXX Rated Product Review

A while ago I became part of Eden Fantasys Ambassador Program and had a chance to choose another product to review. (I have previously reviewed Belladonna's Toybox, a 3 dvd set.) I was asked to select among a list of adult toys available for review. I selected Pink Performs Lust G-Spot Vibrator.

At Eden Fantasys you can find adult toys, adult dvds and games. The selection is amazing.

I have to say this did look impressive, however I found it very disappointing. There just wasn't a very strong intensity level. The ribs and nodules are ok, but as far as the vibrator goes, it's not very powerful and because it takes a single AA battery, battery life is extremely low. (I think in the future I will look for a model that takes at least 2 AA batteries or C batteries. You can scroll down the page of the product to find out what type and the number of batteries it takes.) If you find vibrators you've tried before were too intense, then this may be the one for you. I didn't care for it.

It is made of silicone and very flexible, which is nice. And it does have ribbing and heart shaped nodules...also nice.

Using the Eden Fantasys rating scales
1 to 5 stars, I'd have to give it 1 star.
Intensity Level 1 vrooms. It just didn't seem very intense.
Noise Level 2 bees. It was not overly noisy.

So did the product have the intended effect? Nope.

Lola's Diner Disclaimer: I was given product to review by EdenFantasys.com to facilitate my review as part of their Ambassador Program. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. Links within this post will direct readers to EdenFantasys' site, which contains adult material.

Lola's Diner ©2008-2010

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

REVIEWS

FOOD/WINE REVIEWS:
Review And Giveaway - Green & Blacks Organic Chocolate 02/10/11

Review And Giveaway - Chex Mix 12/28/10

Review - Hickory Farms 12/01/10

Review - Druids Fluids - Wine 02/25/10


PRODUCT REVIEWS:
Review - CSN Online Stores - Burton Backpack 01/28/11

Review - Qwik Shower Gym Class Wipes 12/27/10

Review - CSN Online Stores - Throw Pillows 12/21/10

Review - CSN Online Stores - Eureka Mighty Mite Canister Vacuum 11/18/10

Review - CSN Online Stores - Storage Ottoman 09/30/10

Review - CSN Online Stores - Fiesta Dinnerware 09/16/10

Review - CSN Online Stores - Tailgate Toss 08/20/10

Review - CSN Online Stores - KitchenAid Roaster With Rack 03/08/10


BOOK REVIEWS:
Book Review - Ripley's Believe It Or Not 11/17/10

Book Review - Good Enough To Eat, By Stacey Ballis 09/23/10

Bookazine Review - Light & Delish: 400 Calories or Less 09/15/10

Book Review - The World In Your Teacup 06/12/10


COOKBOOK REVIEWS:
Cookbook Review - Crazy About Cookies, By Krystina Castella 11/27/10

Bookazine Review - Easy Delish & Comfort Foods 11/20/10

Cookbook Review - In The Kitchen With A Good Appetite, by Melissa Clark 11/12/10

Cookbook Review - Princess Party Cookbook 11/10/10

Cookbook Review - Nigella - Recipes From The Heart Of The Home 11/05/10

Cookbook Review - Boost Your Metabolism, By Chef Susan Irby 10/27/10

Cookbook Review - Two For Tonight 09/12/10

Cookbook Review - The Complete Jerky Book 08/19/10

Cookbook Review - Homesteader's Kitchen Recipes From Farm To Table 08/23/10

Cookbook Review And Giveaway - The Complete Berry Bible 08/12/10

Cookbook Review - Tea With A Twist 06/15/10

Review - Substituting Ingredients A - Z 06/09/10

Cookbook Review - Substitute Yourself Skinny, By Chef Susan Irby 05/24/10

Cookbook Review - Vegetarian Slow-Cooker - Over 200 Delicious Recipes 05/11/10

Cookbook Review - Daisy: Morning, Noon, And Night 02/21/10


CD/DVD/TV REVIEWS:
NBC TV's Claymation Episode of Community 12/08/10

CD Review - Norah Jones - Featuring Norah Jones 11/11/10

CD Review - KT Tunstall - Tiger Suit 10/19/10

DVD Review - Grey Gardens 03/24/10

DVD Review - The Invention Of Lying 02/15/10


ADULTS ONLY REVIEWS:

Review - EdenFantasys - Get the Fireworks Started 06/27/11

Review - EdenFantasys - Ambassador Program 03/13/11

Review - EdenFantasys Spring Clearance 02/27/11

Review - EdenFantasys - Still Time For Valentine's Day Orders 02/06/11

Review - EdenFantasys - Valentine's Day Ideas 01/24/11

Review - EdenFantasys - Remember Valentine's Day 01/09/11

Review - EdenFantasys 12/20/10

Review - EdenFantasys 12/06/10

Review - XXX Rated Product 11/10/10

Review - XXX Rated Product 10/21/10

To have your product reviewed, simply send an email with the details (a Press Release will do) and a contact person to: lolasdiner@yahoo.com. I will email you back with my shipping information. If you have a specific time frame in mind for your review to be published, please include that in your original email. I try to accommodate as much as possible.

Lola's Diner ©2008-2011

NOW ACCEPTING ITEMS FOR REVIEWS

Lola's Diner is now accepting merchandise for review. Items such as Cookbooks, books, "adult" merchandise (toys, dvd's), food/beverage items, wine, gift boxes, cookware, furniture, appliances, sporting items, dvd's, gift ideas for the holidays.

You name it, I'll review it.
All reviews are unbiased.

Lola...have you done reviews before? Yes, check out my "Lola's Reviews" tab at the top of my page. (Watch for it, it is currently under construction and will be up soon.)

How do I get my product to you to get reviewed on Lola's Diner? Just send me an email lolasdiner@yahoo.com. A press release will do, and a contact person. I will email you my shipping address. If you have a particular time you would like your review to run, please let me know in your email, I will try to accommodate you as best I can.


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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

So Saturday I went to a Halloween party of an LGBT social group I belong to. I had to fly solo because my girlfriend came down with a horrible cold.

OMG! I have never been to an adult costume party before. I will definitely be attending in the future. I had sooooo much fun! And the parties from the social group are always must see events, but it always seems like I miss the one where something interesting happens. Well...not this time! More on that in a bit.

I spent several hours and about $12 bucks on part of my costume. The rest of my costume was doctor scrubs way back from when my 17 year old daughter was born. Amazingly enough I still had them! There was supposed to be a costume contest, but they never did name a winner. I think I had a pretty good chance...considering my costume...and that 98% of the other guests were lesbians. Here it is:

This was taken before the party. Yes, my eyes are closed, but I'm not schnockered, the cell phone caught me with my eyes closed. Unfortunately no one has posted any better pics. What an awesome costume to wear to an LGBT party! You would not believe the attention I got. One woman was more than shamelessly flirting. I think I was darn lucky I went solo or there may have been a chick fight. In fact there was almost one anyway. One member of an engaged couple was getting hit on by the same chick that hit on me and her partner was just about ready to take it outside. I have to say, if you a straight single guy or a single lesbian this is the costume to wear.

So did you dress up for Halloween this year? What was your costume?

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