Monthly Archives: July 2008

A Great Weekend

(First, I should note that this blog should be changed to just tart.wordpress.com and the title should just be Taro. Take out the Kevin! He doesn’t do anything anyways :P)

So this weekend I got to go somewhere I’ve wanted to for a long long long time. I got to go the the Roger’s Cup and watch tennis! I was so happy. Although it did rain, twice, it was still awesome. We were hoping that we would either see Nadal or Federer play, but when Federer was beat by Gilles Simon that plan was sort of wrecked. We ended up watching some of a doubles game and all of the singles game, Gilles Simon (a little bit hot, mostly his body) and Nicolas Kiefer (who is also somewhat hot). I was hot too. From the heat, that is. I got burnt and it hurts but oh well. I had fun. I also ended up buying $5 popcorn and water for $3.38. How ridiculous. But I was really thirsty. And I just like popcorn. A lot.

THEN, get this, THEN after tennis we got a BANANA SPLIT from Marble Slab. Yum Yum Yum! I enjoyed it very much 🙂

There were also many other parts of the weekend that were awesome. Basically who I was with was awesome in itself. So whatever! A great weekend for me. I liked it.

♥ Taro

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Apparently Everybody Loves Marine Land

There’s a place I know in Ontario where the sea lions kiss, so the story goes…

I have never liked Marine Land. I went there once when I was a kid and apparently I cried the whole time because I didn’t want to see the whales in aquariums, I wanted to see them in the ocean. With a new commercial every few years and running every single summer, we are reminded that everyone loves Marine Land, or everyone loves the belugas, or everyone loves a holiday. And every time I see the part in the commercial where the whale comes out of the water and “kisses” the trainer I keep hoping that one day the commercial will magically change and the whale will try to eat her. “Take that! That’s for locking me up in an aquarium one thousandth the size of my natural habitat! I bet not everyone loves Belugas now!” is exactly what the whale would be thinking. I don’t really know enough about the animals there to make an opinion on whether or not they are unhappy. Of course PETA people would say the whales and everything are horribly treated and living in small confined areas is not good for them, and the people who work at the aquariums are going to say they are treated perfectly fine and there is nothing wrong with where they live. The only people who REALLY know are probably some sort of marine biologist who specializes in those types of animals. I like whales. I like dolphins and seals and whatnot, but I think I would rather see them in their natural habitat rather than being used as entertainment for paying customers. I don’t plan on ever going back to Marine Land. Nor will I take my kids there. If they want to see whales, we will go on a whale watching trip. Even though I am scared that they will tip the boat…

♥Taro

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America’s Greatest Dog or America’s Worst Show?

So there’s this new tv show on, and it’s called America’s Greatest Dog. I don’t know how they did the casting for that show, but none of those dogs or their owners are anything spectacular. Ya, I watched the first episode, and cringed the whole way through it. But I couldn’t change the channel because I felt bad for the dogs. Most of the dogs had some sort of clothing on. Why. Why put clothing on your dog? Especially when the dog obviously isn’t enjoying it as much as you are. And the handling of these dogs is ridiculous. You can tell 9/10 dogs are not “fully” trained, a.k.a. don’t come when called or listen to their owner at all. During the final test thing or whatever it was, one lady even physically corrected her dog. On national television. Uhhh, please come join us in the 21st century here, it’s all about REWARD training not PUNISHMENT training. And she didn’t even get kicked off. It was a guy who obviously had a way better relationship with his dog than that dumb bitch. Basically all I am saying is that the show SUCKS. I feel bad for the dogs. I think there is one pair that I don’t mind. And it’s an old man and his dog. A normal relationship and the dog listens to him. Oh and don’t even get me started on the LAME host, LAME competitions, LAME ideas and all the pre-recorded things the host does. Don’t watch it.

♥ Taro

(my dog!)

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A Cake Experiment

There were some left over egg whites in the fridge from when I made a cake for work, and my mom had just asked me to do something with them while her and my dad went golfing. “Make a sponge cake or something” she says. So I start hunting for a good sponge cake recipe. And of course I can’t find any, and I lost the one I used to use all the time. It was absolutely perfect and such a shame I can not find it anymore. Anyways, I settle on a recipe I find, and the only review it has is 1 out of 5. (I didn’t even notice this until the cake was in the oven.) It calls for 12 egg whites and 8 or 9 egg yolks. I only have 4 egg whites in the fridge, and I know there are only a few more eggs in the fridge, so I only use 4 eggs, making in total 8 egg whites and 4 egg yolks. I follow the recipe and while doing so, decide I don’t want a boring old plain favoured cake. So into the egg white mixture I add some coconut. And in the egg yolk mixture I beat in some lemon juice. And before putting the batter in the pan, I put some raspberries on the bottom. I spoon in the batter, and sink a few more raspberries into that. I put it in the oven and wait. In the meantime, I decide that the lemon flavour probably won’t be strong enough. I only want a light flavour of lemon though, but I only put a small amount of lemon juice in the batter itself. So I decide to make a syrup to brush over the cake when it comes out of the oven. I throw some sugar, lemon juice, and raspberries in a pot and put it on the stove over medium heat. Let it come to a gentle simmer, and then strain out the raspberries and the seeds. Leaving only the most beautiful light pink coloured syrup I have ever seen. I not only want the lemon and subtle raspberry flavour to soak into the cake, but I also want that beautiful colour. It’s so pretty!

I sit around, playing solitaire, petting the dog, painting my nails while waiting for the cake to be done. I can smell it, and good god does it smell good. I can only hope that it tastes as good as it smells. What I do know though is that the syrup tastes really, really, amazingly good. And I am proud of myself for not using a recipe to make it! haha.

So the cake finally comes out of the oven, and of course I have to wait a little bit longer for it to cool a bit. I give it half an hour, I can’t wait any longer. And I turn the cake out of the pan. It looks good. Didn’t sink like the person who reviewed the recipe said. The raspberries on the top look pretty. I cut myself a piece (of course! who else would try it to make sure it doesn’t taste like crap before I feed it to my family.) and put some of the lemon/raspberry sauce on top. Sprinkle it with a bit of icing sugar, and dig in. The texture is good. The cake itself is lacking flavour (maybe coconut extract next time and omit the lemon? yum!) but with the raspberries and coconut inside as well as the syrup on top, overall the cake is pretty damn good.

♥Taro

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