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Happy Thanksgiving, all!

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Richmond Weather


Hopefully this will not be the forecast for Sept 15.

TA-DA! (Truffles!)

It took two tries, but the first batch of Sea and Tea Truffles are finished! I’m calling these Double Bourbon Dollops (again, made with totally badass and radical Grenada chocolate plus 2 secret bourbons) . Yes some of them are shaped kinda weird. Oh well!

The Very First Batch of Sea and Tea Truffles!

This weekend Sea embarked on an exciting adventure–making homemade truffles! After weeks of shopping online for candy-making accoutrements, painstaking selecting the chocolate to use (I went with Grenada Chocolate, a worker-owned radical collective on the island of Grenada), and finding a recipe I wanted to use, it was time to begin!

The first part happened yesterday: the creation of a delicious ganache! It was much easier to do than anticipated. First the chocolate had to be chopped but AWAY FROM ANY AND ALL WATER DROPLETS. The recipe was adamant about that. Then I mixed in the boiling heavy cream and whipped it all into a yummy emulsion! Sadly there are no photos of this because my hands were covered in chocolate.

I let the ganache sit for a day and then piped it into dollops (technical term) on a cookie sheet and put them in the fridge to cool/firm. Once they’re cool I’m gonna roll them into lovely balls and let them cool again. And then….the big challenge–creating tempered chocolate and then dipping the centers in it!! YUM. Check back for updates…

 

 

Cross those fingers for us, y’all!

As you NYers know, the NY State Lotto MegaMillions Jackpot is up to $640 MILLION–a record! For funsies, we bought a lotto ticket. Our numbers are:

03, 11, 38, 46, and 56
and our bonus number is 34.

Wish us luck! Of course if we win we’ll treat all y’all to the fanciest dinner of your lives. Other favors like paying off student loans, purchasing of cars, luxury vacations, etc etc will be considered on a person-by-person basis 🙂

Simone Felice at the Mercury Lounge/First Aid Kit at Webster Hall!

Last night I (Sea) took my dear friend Encie to see Simone Felice in concert for the very first time! We caught his set at the Mercury Lounge and then doubled our concert fun by also catching First Aid Kit at Webster Hall!

Simone’s set left me feeling a little conflicted–there were moments that were absolutely breathtaking and then moments that felt a little strained and even lifeless. Highlights included seeing him back at the kit on “Hey Bobby Ray” and part of the finale “Radio Song” (I originally became hooked on Simone when I saw him playing drums with his brothers and a broken foot while opening for Conor Oberst at the DAR Constitution Hall in November 2007); his always-charming banter and sly crooked smile; a hilarious cover of Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door; the seriously amazing slide guitar action going on courtesy of Simone’s friend he identified only as “Matthew”; and a riveting version of “Your Belly In My Arms”.

Low points included the fact that a lot of the harmonizing sounded a little off; there seemed to be some tension between Simone and Simi (the violinist) especially towards the end: when she looked at him it was with a look of pure confusion and later he angrily swatted at her outstretched-to-stabilize-the-mic-stand hand; some of the more intense/slow songs felt laggy and even some of the upbeat ones dragged a little. However, I believe we can chalk all this up to the growing pains of working with a semi-new group and of course whatever capricious moodswings that artists are wont to have.

Final verdict from a first-timer: “I was awash in his hillbilly/tender sex appeal and totally stoked on the amazing slide guitar skills of his bearded friend.”

The First Aid Kit show on the other hand, was one sustained sparklefest–no super low points but no super high points either–except maybe the final song, King of the World, which was rollicking and great and only dampened slightly by the fact that I had hoped Conor Oberst might do a cameo verse (as he does on the album).

PHEW. Now on to getting through Thursday…

Springtime in Dreamland

PHEW! As always, it’s been much too long since our last update and we feel just terrible about it. Lots lots lots has happened and here’s a quickie update for all y’all who are curious!

  • Sea’s little sister was arrested in Richmond (along with 29 others) during a protest of a new regulation forcing women to have medically unnecessary ultrasounds before having an abortion.
  • T(ea)’s mom got a brand spanking new hip and can already walk around the house without a cane! Talk about badass.
  • Sea applied for a graduate program at VCU and is still waiting to hear if she was accepted (insert nailbiting here).
  • Sea and her bestie-since-age-8, Meg, decided to run the Run with Grace 5K in honor of their friend Grace Lovegrove who passed away in 2005. They train 3 days a week and hate every minute of it (except the warmup walking).
  • We signed up to bowl for abortion access at the NY Abortion Access Fund’s 3rd Annual Bowl-A-Thon! Please consider donating even a tiny bit ($10 aka 1.5 Starbucks lattes) to our team, Bowl Against the Machine.
  • We went on a beautiful and extremely fun long-weekend expedition to Vermont with a fabulous crew of mischief-makers from all over the East Coast (photos below).

On the horizon:

  • Lots of great concerts including Simone Felice and First Aid Kit (BOTH shows TONIGHT) and Radiohead in Montreal
  • Other fun cultural NYC things like a chocolate-souffle-making class at Dessert Truck Works and our second visit to the epic Sleep No More
  • An Easter trip to Roanoke for familytime and of course The Shadowbox’s Zombie Prom
  • Further exploration into Sea’s newfound hobby, chocolate-making
  • Possible bunny-adopting?
  • …and lots more!

Love love love to all and sorry for the lack of updates. We promise to try harder!

xo
Sea and T(ea)

VERMONT!!