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Name: toan
Location: Maryland, US

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Jamon Serrano

A while ago, I was having a craving for Jamon Serrano--my staple diet during a visit to Spain this Summer. Problem is, no where around here sells Jamon except for expensive restaurants. I had some Jamon at Jaleo in Bethesda and it was awful (to be fair, some other dishes were great except for Jamon and paella). What the hell should I do?

So I turned to Google for help. A few seconds later, I found plenty of sites selling and shipping Jamon Serrano. What caught my eye was What the hell, you can buy meats on Amazon now? Have I been on Mars? The whole time I thought you can only buy books, CDs and electronic stuff. What else do they sell here: Clothespins? Yes, much to my surprise, you can buy clothespins on Amazon. Not only that, you can buy other things such as--I am not kidding--men's boxers, mountain bikes, olive oil, Prosciutto (I would rather buy it at a nearby supermarket), bed sheets, soap, pillowcases, drill bits, nails and so on. Speaking pillowcases, I went out to a laundromat to do my laundry one day and when I got home, the pillowcase disappeared. So I use a t-shirt temporarily before I could have a chance to buy a new one. Well, that was 2 years ago. Apparently, buying pillowcases is not high priority on my list. Ha Ha. Damn, I need to get a life. Just checked on Amazon, no luck.

Anyway, I've heard Andalucia, family-owned restaurant, has gotten great reviews. (Maybe I should give it a try before buying Jamon online). Plus, Andalucia has flamenco dancing on Thursday night.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Birthday Party

Went to my cousin Kimmy's 29th birthday last Saturday. Dave, Kristin, Chip, Alicia and I went to the Walnut Room in Philadelphia where Kimmy's party was held. We got there around 10:30 pm and proceeded to blend in--didn't want to look out of place without drinks in our hands. The place was packed with people. Kimmy managed to introduce us to some of her friends, who seemed very nice btw. I ordered another rum & coke and moved around the room. People were talking, dancing, sipping drinks and having a good time. Glad I was part of it.

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