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Feb 22, 2012 PurrlGurrl commented on Concessions 90210.
Some years the nominations are richer than others. This is one of the poorest years yet. The best film I saw all year was Margin Call, a fictionalized yet accurate depiction of WTF happened to all of us in mid-2008. The best performance by an actor in my book was Paul Bettany in Margin Call. But the film is conspicuous in their absense from the nominee lists. Without even thinking too hard I'll guess that The Help gets all the awards it's up for. It appears to be one of those years when Hollywood wants to pat itself on the back for being complacently progressive.
Sep 24, 2011 PurrlGurrl commented on Real Live Italians.
Most Italian restaurants in the US today seem to be run by either Greeks or Middle Easterners. Yes, these cuisines share some of the same pedigree with Italian cooking, but unfortunately the Greek or Middle Eastern influences often overwhelm the "Italianess" of the food served.

One rule of thumb I have with Italian restaurants, the more pretentious and concept conscious the restaurant usually the farther away it is from real Italian cooking. The food is almost always pretty bad, too.
Mar 11, 2010 PurrlGurrl commented on Another Backward, Half-Baked Idea for Seattle Center.
Seattle already has plenty of green spaces. What it needs is either more parking at them (only 75 spaces at Carkeek per its site info) or more bus routes that go to them.

Unfortunately, many of Seattle's existing parks are treated as though they are the private front yards of the wealthy homeowners who are their immediate neighbors not public spaces that belong to all Seattlites.

I support the idea of gradually transforming Seattle Center to more of a cultural mecca rather than a place for Belltown dogs to chase frisbees. A new museam there is a good idea. Whether or not it should be devoted to Chihuly is another conversation altogether.
Sep 14, 2009 PurrlGurrl commented on The Perfect Burger.
I'm with you. I thought I was the last person in Americam to add crumbs, eggs, and minced onion to ground beef for burgers because it makes them lighter and tastier. My Mom made them that way and we loved them. I don't know that it's really a moneysaver, but who cares when they are sooooooo good.

Besides, I make it a point to NOT cook like a Food TV robot.
Aug 31, 2009 PurrlGurrl commented on District 9: Apartheid, Xenophobia, and Human Shrimps.
Video game graphic violence, and way too much of it, made this a disappointing film. I expect its greatest appeal to male adolescents under 18, who more than likely won't understand the plot's referencing of South Africa's history. Still, Sharlto Copley does a fine job as the dorky stooge transformed into a hero with a consious. He's the only really interesting thing in the film.
May 18, 2009 PurrlGurrl commented on Northside Grill.
Northside Grill is long gone and too bad because it was an underappreciated and undervisited little treasure. Meanwhile, somebody at The Stranger needs to update these listings.
May 15, 2009 PurrlGurrl commented on Red Mill Burgers.
The New York restaurant style queue and wait are totally annoying. No food is worth putting up with that.

The burger meat tastes far too much like Swedish meatballs without the gravy, not at all like a really great basic American burger.

May 15, 2009 PurrlGurrl commented on Mae's Phinney Ridge Cafe.
Let me elucidate:

Ordered veggie omelet cooked soft. Served overcooked crispy brown omelet with cold raw veggies straight from the fridge inside. Biscuit cold, stale and too hard to bite into. Potatoes tepid and exceptionally greasy even for restaurant potatoes.

Prompted by the Mae's experience, I've started cooking breakfast at home and stopped going out. It was that traumatic.
May 15, 2009 PurrlGurrl commented on 74th Street Ale House.
It's about the beer. Eat somewhere else and go here to down brewskys.
May 15, 2009 PurrlGurrl commented on Phad Thai.
The Phad Thai was sickeningly sweet and had the consistency of a dish prepared the day before and reheated in a microwave. Truly awful. For those of you who think this is a neighborhood treasure, it's all yours. The teriaki place next door is a better bet.