Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Real Cape Music Festival: Utter disappointment.

Not at all what I was hoping for. This year was my 1st time attending the The Real Cape music Festival and it will be my last. I was very disappointed overall and I know my friend was also. Trampled By Turtles and Guster were great, but not a choice venue for either.They should be drawing much larger crowds, but it was nice to see them up close. Some of the earlier bands were quite terrible. I should have known this was going to be all Grateful Dead and Phish wanna-be jam bands. (sigh) But I did discover a new band that I enjoyed and will follow their music.

 Right off the bat I was disappointed by the fact that I could not bring my full water bottle in nor any food. Being gluten free I would have preferred to bring my Certified Gluten Free foods in with me. I understand that they want people to buy food from the vendors, but I am talking about snacks. They did have some great vendors, like the Compliments Food Co. Truck which served amazing gluten-free fried cauliflower and onion rings! (They are based out of Somerville. Here's their website.) No gluten free pizza though. (sigh).
I was able to bring my empty water bottle in, and thankfully found a few taps to get some fresh water. One of the girls at the beer/wine/water station said she was sad that they were charging for water and that if it had been more than $2 she wouldn't have done it. It was great that Vita Cocoa was there and provided FREE coconut water all day long and free shade. The festival people did not seem to realize, or care, that this event takes place in August, in Falmouth, and it was nearly 90 degrees outside!

I am very upset by the fact that there was no re-entry. Sure this is a concert  event, but it was 10 hours long! I don't understand why the wristbands were were given as over 21+ were not enough to gain re-entry. This is a completely ludicrous policy. I arrived around 12:30 and left my portable chair and long-sleeve shirt in my car, and my friend, who drove from Providence, left her blanket in the car. We were both thinking we could go back out and get them, but were turned down by 2 different staff people. Ridiculous. What happens when the sun goes down and its suddenly cold? I guess I was expected to carry my long-sleeve shirt with me all day.

Also they have a beer corral. which is ludicrous. If you want an alcoholic drink you have to stay in there and drink it. There is very little seating inside, especially in the one closest to the food vendors, and absolutely no shade. NO SHADE AT ALL! I reiterate the fact that it was 85+ degrees out and this was in PEAK sun time. Sure I had sunscreen but that was not enough. Someone should have been selling sunscreen, wide brimmed hats, and long-sleeve shirts. They would make a KILLING. I was glad to be able to find some shady spots under the trees, and lots of other people were happy too. I felt like we were animals out in the Sahara trying to find shade. Next time they need UMBRELLAS and more shade. I am burnt to a crisp today.

I am glad I got the Cape Cod Daily Deal discount b/c the outright ticket price was not worth this shitty experience. They need to take some pointers from real festivals, like Boston Calling, and step up their game.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

On shaving and being raised by a single dad

My poor Dad raised me by himself, with help from my grandmother (3 hours away in Cleveland), my aunt (his sister who lives in OR), and my eldest sister (who lives on Cape Cod). I know with much certainty I was a pain in his ass and overwhelmed his poor soul. I don't think he expected who and what he got.

Today in the shower while shaving my legs, I recalled an incident from my past. I was in middle school, during that ripe, awful time of peer pressure and being an outcast or part of the in crowd, and I was made fun of in Mrs. Keyser's math class (or Keiser, who knows, I disliked her) because I did not shave my legs. I don't remember what my mean classmates said but I'm sure you, my readers, can think of a few things. I am sure I came home crying, feeling like shit, and told my Dad. I am sure he said some nice things that made me feel good, including something about not caring what others think, being who I want to be, and etc etc. My dad was good at making me feel good about myself, while at the same time training me to be independent, free-spirited, free thinker who ignored peer pressure,etc etc... something that would later backfire on him (independent, free-spirited girls have a hard time being told what to do, I am no exception). I recall that I eventually wound up shaving my legs, probably with his razors first then buying my own, and I used this AWFUL smelling pink crap like Skintimate or Pure Silk that was full of chemicals and scents I avoid now. I shaved my entire legs then I think, something I stopped doing in college. I now only shave when I feel like it, using a Clio razor, which I LOVE that doesn't require soap. I don't give a damn what other people think about my shaved or not shaved legs.

The point of this is that I remembered something great about my dad and I miss him ever so much. Today marks the 16th year without him. He was born in 1937 and died in 1999. He was a Sagittarius, a strong-willed, shrewd, stubborn man with a beautiful soul who loved kids, having a good time, drinking (unfortunately heavily), talking about anything and everything, having philosophical conversations, listening to Frank Sinatra, Hank Williams (THE Hank Williams), Crystal Gayle, Joan Biaz, and many many more, playing the guitar and singing, and lots and lots and LOTS of other things. He loved me, our dog, Teddy, my two sisters who lived away from us, my grandmother who died 2 years after him, my aunt (in OR), my cousin (also in OR), and his many good friends. He was an antique dealer and doll collector and we spent most of my childhood driving around the Eastern US, especially to MA, going from flea market to auction to yard sale.  I had a blast and most of the time i loved him without exception. Sure we fought, with me SCREAMING at him and stomping and flailing about (I have his temper of course!), but we also had a wonderful time and I would not change my childhood even if I could. Sure he he had faults, but he was awesome and he loved me.

Today, on this 16th death-iversary I am going to The Real Cape Concert with my friend Charlotte, whose birthday is today, and we are going to have a grand old time. Daddy, I carry you with me always. You are gone but never forgotten. I love you so much and I cannot express how much my soul aches for you. I'm gonna enjoy this day for you, no more mourning damn it.

love love love
Dad & I 1984


Dad 1999
Kate

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Blue moon upcoming and black bean brownies

Not only is tomorrow's moon a full moon, it is a Blue Moon! A coworker suggested to do something ONLY on a Blue Moon, on every Blue Moon. I haven't decided what that will be yet. Why is this moon called a Blue Moon? A Blue Moon occurs when there are two full moons in a month, such as this month of July. No, the moon doesn't change color, although I saw an article on Citylab.com that says otherwise. "[This Blue Moon] might subtly look blue in parts of the world. That’s because tiny particles from an unusually active fire season are flooding the atmosphere, and potentially scattering red light to give the moon the impression of a floating blueberry." Interesting. Here's the article. Either way, I love the moon, especially when it's full. The only downside about full moons is that, prior to screwing with my body's clock, my cycle usually falls right into line with the full moon. I still get hormonal and have chocolate cravings around the full moon, even without a cycle. (I do have one, it's just a 3-month schedule now. Endometriosis blows.)

Speaking of chocolate, tonight I decided I wanted, no, needed to make brownies. I spoke with someone at work today about black bean brownies and the idea stayed in my head, so I did some searching for recipes on Pinterest (Here is a link to my Pinterest account if you would like to follow me. I pin a lot of animals and gf recipes!). I found hundreds of recipes, skimmed a few, and settled on this one: Essential Recipe: Black Bean Brownies. I chose not to use any essential oils and added Heath chips along with the chocolate chips on top. This is grain-free and gluten-free, easily adaptable for dairy-free too. I subbed honey for organic maple syrup since I am out of honey (gotta get some local stuff!). I used Enjoy Life brand chocolate chips since I have about 18 bags (no joke-I won a contest). These turned out ooey, gooey, and scrumptious, although a little crumbly. I wonder how I can fix that...Any suggestions? Anyway YOU should try them! 

Don't these look tasty?!
I've been a bit busy this week with working every day and still kind of recuperating from my procedure. I haven't even gotten to the review for the book I just finished! But I will, I promise! Check back soon.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

best pb & j in ages

I just gotta tell you, this morning I had the best peanut butter & jelly sandwich I have had in years. Why you ask? I used Schar's new white bread, Artisan Baker White Bread, and just my normal organic peanut butter and home-made (by a friend) jam. Oh man it was so good! Their new bread is soft, light, and airy. This is definitely my new favorite bread. Schar did a seriously good job this time. If you have tried their bread in the past and found it unfavorable, please try it again.
http://www.schar.com/en-us/products/us-bread/artisan-baker-white-bread

Once again, I am NOT being paid for this or am I affiliated with Schar in anyway. This is seriously good bread.


Monday, July 27, 2015

Dinner of samples: Buddha Bread and penne from Schar

At the GF &AF Expo in Worcester I received 2 sample bags of Bonta d' Italia penne from Schar and a bag of Buddha Bread from Bread Empire.  Tonight I figured I'd give them a try.

Buddha Bread is a Brazilian style cheese bread which is supeeeeer easy to make (400*, no preheating, bake for 15-20 minutes, done!) and very yummy. Lots of "mmmm mmmmms" from me as I ate it. I even had the gluten-eater try it and he thought it was good too. I paired it with the  Schar pasta, some pasta sauce (sorry, not home-made), Parmesan cheese, and Aidell's Italian Style chicken sausages, and frozen spinach. Voila, dinner! I am still needing iron (from a procedure last week) so the spinach definitely helped.

The Schar penne pasta cooked up easily and al dente just the way I like it. It doesn't have that odd taste that some corn products seem to get, although it is made with corn, millet flour, and rice flour. These are quite similar to (what I remember) gluten-containing noodles to be. Folks, I may have found a new pasta to keep in the house!

**FYI the Buddha bread does have milk & eggs in it, thus it is NOT dairy free.
**Schar penne may contain soy, according to their product page.

Schar pasta you can find in most grocery stores. I know my local Shaw's and Stop & Shop both have them, as well as the independent stores nearby. On-line of course at: Schar's product page.

Buddha Bread is a bit harder to find. According to their website it's located:
and of course, on-line: http://www.bread-empire.com/collections/buddha-bread On their website you can order the Original, which is what I have, for $39.80 for 4 (6)-packs. Also according to their website, they will be introducing Buddha Bread-Guava and BB-Garlic in 2015. I will be looking forward to the Garlic version. Buddha Bread by Bread Empire
Dinner-all gluten free!




















I hope you have enjoyed this blog and my foray into gluten-free blogging.
***I was not paid for this, nor am I affiliated with any of the aforementioned companies.