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  • remember
    these are memories from places in my past


  • sadie jones: the outcast: a novel

    sadie jones: the outcast: a novel
    what is it with me picking really dark books at the moment? isn't there anything out there that is happy? (***)

  • andrew bavidson: the gargoyle

    andrew bavidson: the gargoyle
    dark, dark and more dark. i should have figured this out from the blackened book spine. good, thought provoking. not sure i would recommend it. (**)

  • stephenie meyer: breaking dawn

    stephenie meyer: breaking dawn
    didn't go to the usa as planned so had to buy this in hardback. (****)

  • rohinton mistry: a fine balance

    rohinton mistry: a fine balance
    my friend kelly warned me this was sad. without that warning i'm not sure i could have taken it, but knowing this, i really loved this book. mistry has an amazing ability to help you see why it's important to try to view things from another person's perspective. (*****)

  • stephenie meyer: eclipse

    stephenie meyer: eclipse
    yep still enjoying these. (****)

  • stephenie meyer: new moon

    stephenie meyer: new moon
    once i got started, i had to finish the saga...i saw someone say this made them wish they were 13 again and i have to agree. it's very well done. (****)

  • kate furnivall: the russian concubine

    kate furnivall: the russian concubine
    while i got a little confused between the characters for the first half of this book, and i wished i had a little more political context, i enjoyed this. set in pre-revolutionary china, this looks at a russian girl who falls in love with a chinese communist. (***)

  • stephenie meyer: twilight (the twilight saga, book 1)

    stephenie meyer: twilight (the twilight saga, book 1)
    i had four people recommend this over a two day period so when i saw it in the airport bookstore i picked it up. having liked buffy, i really enjoyed it and have now bought book 2. (****)

  • jane harris: the observations

    jane harris: the observations
    despite a relatively distracting voice, bessy--the protagonist in this story--grows on you and i enjoyed this story despite its flaws. (***)

  • sara gruen: water for elephants: a novel

    sara gruen: water for elephants: a novel
    four or five friends recommended this book before i wrote off to amazon to order it. i can understand why it has a viral following. it's great--good writing, gripping story, solid characters. well worth reading and my favourite new book of 2008. (*****)


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Hey, you can do your own Mexician. Got any leftover chicken? Just shred the chicken and go to the store and get some taco sauce, cheedar cheese, dice up some fresh tomatoes and see if you can locate some corn or flour tortillas. Coat the bottom of a frying pan with a little oil and on medium heat place a tortilla on it...spread a layer of grated cheese followed by a layer of shredded chicken, next a layer of taco sauce, a layer of more grated cheese and finally a layer of fresh diced tomatoes. If you have any fresh chopped coriander yoy can add that befor putting another tortilla overtop the entire thing. Then using a spatular, press the entire thing while it cooks, flip it over and do the same on the other side and when its done just slice and eat...poor man's Mexican! Let me know...I have recipes for salsa and other things spicy too!

Lain (Knit and Purl Grrl)

You crack me up!
The thing I missed most when we lived in Boston (and when I was at Syracuse) was good Mexican food. I would imagine it would be a difficult thing to find in England?


Does "The Second Oldest Mexican Restaurant in England" not deliver? :-).

Sr. Mary Hasta

Domino's and Mexican food in the same sentence frightened me. Isn't it amazing, though, how the most yuck takeout often tastes infinitely better than the leftovers?

Shoot. Now I want tacos.

Piers Fawkes

Shannon, How can I reach Richard please about his trends blog? Thanks, Piers

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