Saturday, July 25, 2009

It's Official

TIFS is now 2 years old. I'll just start by thanking anyone that has ever checked this out, hopefully you continue to do so. What better way to celebrate than with a little brunch? Hit up a new spot I hadn't been to before, The Tallest Poppy. They apparently have a few vegan options for brunch so why not hit a new spot up? They had 3 options on this day but I didn't feel like muesli so it was a little split between Nate and myself. The selections were: Tofu scrambler, which tasted really good and came with hashbrowns,
and pancakes. The best vegan pancakes I have had at a restaurant in Winnipeg, plus the syrup had whole blueberries in it!
Not pictured is the humongous fruit platter they brought out for us all while we were waiting. That was a nice touch! Once again thanks to everyone for checkin up on this site and stay along for the ride.

A Beautiful Union

As we near the 2 year anniversary of TIFS I thought I would give a quick look at two of my prized kitchen possessions that have finally been united.
It was a long time comin. Speaking of a beautiful union, Skyzoo and 9th Wonder also do that term justice. I have been meaning to give this jam some shine for a while but sometimes you forget. Wrongs righted, act like you know.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Top Ten Records of 2008

Alright as we are approaching TIFS 2 year anniversary I thought I would get down to business and give you my second top ten records list of this blog. It's late and I don't really care! ha. Here we go and the order is always up for debate except the top!

10. Black Milk - Tronic
I picked this up at Fifth Element in MPLS from good words by the dude that runs the shop. I gave it a few spins and the kid is a great producer, beats are bangin. The rhymes are good as well but maybe not the best in the game. The real kicker is Black Milk production on a track with Pharoahe Monch and Sean Price. Game over.

9. Opeth - Watershed
I have a soft spot for Opeth, they have always been one of my favorite bands. This record has their classic sound with some extra weirdness thrown in like they have been hangin out with Porcupine Tree more and more. A welcome addition and another good record in the Opeth catalog.

8. Jedi Mind Tricks - A History Of Violence
Jus Allah is back and the beats are so good. JMT usually puts out a good record worth spinning but this is just a few steps beyond that and it stood out to me. If you like some classic JMT, this will be as close as you're gonna get.

7. Celestial Bloodshed - Cursed, Scarred and Forever Possessed
Yet another Ty Guy BM recommendation for me. This fills my wants and needs for raw sounding black metal. If that isn't your thing, this album won't do it for you but I just can't get enough of it. Questionable politics be damned!

6. Coldplay - Viva La Vida
This is the kind of band that requires me to listen to their records numerous times to really appreciate them. I wasn't overly into it when it first came out but after hearing it a few times and seeing them live I realized it was a great record with quite a few great songs on it. They are where they're at for a reason.

5. Atmosphere - When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold
I will be the first to admit that I am not really an Atmosphere fan except for the one song "trying to find a balance" since that songs just bangs. I gave this record a shot after hearing the first single and it blew me away. It's in my top 5, even I'm surprised. This record is just a mature MC working over really nice chill beats and it can do no wrong.

4. Misery Signals - Controller
Yet another band/artist that I just wasn't into before last year's record. Scott kept tellin me that it was great and he couldn't get enough of it and I was skeptical. I gave it a few spins and found myself going back. This record is so heavy, I won't even bother using some shitty metaphor so just go listen. Song structure is quite nice here as well. The clean singing even started growing on me after a few listens.

3. Jean Grae - Jeanius AND The Evil Jeanius
Two records came out in one year, maybe she didn't authorize either one. One of them has been floating around the internet for about 4 years already but didn't get an official release until 2008. Hearing Jean Grae, the best female MC in my opinion, flow over 9th Wonder and Blue Sky Black Death beats is damn near as good as it gets. Production is just silly on both of these records and Jean close to unfukwittable status. Clearly I am a fan so peep both of these, please!

1. Blacklisted - Heavier Than Heaven, Lonelier Than God
What can I say about the best hardcore record of the year? It's hard and groovy and I give it regular spins to this day. The touch of singy in the vocals is a great touch as well as good lyrics and great riffs. Anticipation was high for this record as they broke up when they were blowing up and they still managed to put out their best record. Playing with them in Fargo was a great experience and they tore it up and just solidified top spot.

1. The Foreign Exchange - Leave It All Behind
Phonte of Little Brother fame's other project put a record out and I was stoked to hear it as I read that Phonte and Nicolay, the producer, were never in the same room at any point in time during the recording or writing process(not even the same continent)! That is always an interesting situation as you get to hear how someone interprets the other person's vision. This record is so smooth and relaxing and I could listen to it everyday. Take Phonte's clean singing from Little Brother and expand upon that with soulful beats provided by Nicolay and you have a gem in your hands. They play with a full live band and to this day I have yet to experience it but I promise you that I will.

You might be wondering where the #2 record was but the tie for first place just couldn't be broken and I thought they both deserved the top spot for different reasons. Now here is to me promising to get my Top Ten Records of 2009 out a little sooner!

Movie and Music

Alright this is gonna be quick. I recently saw a preview for a movie starring Willem "Primo Box" Dafoe and it looked quite promising. I have had a jones for horror flicks for a while and this seems like it could give me a fix. For some reason Willem Dafoe's movies seem to draw me in. He's done some pretty classic work so check it out.
Now for the music. I saw Coldplay when they came to Winnipeg and it was the best arena band that I have seen. I normally get so bored at huge shows and just want to go home but they had something about them that kept me interested and it could very well be one of the best shows I see all year. This video just came out and it is quite visually pleasing as well as being a really good song so enjoy it.
Like I said, nice and quick.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

You Can Have Whatever You Like

I just got myself an ice cream maker since I had a gift card and money in my pocket from selling food. I also had strawberries and rhubarb in the house. I put those together with some sugar, lime juice, vanilla and coconut milk and then cooled them and tossed them in the ice cream maker this morning. Later on it was either this
or this
but definitely not the song that I referenced in the title of this post.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Fresh Picked Bounty

Strawberries picked on Saturday. Rhubarb picked today. Strawberry rhubarb cobbler made this afternoon. Soy ice cream picked up this evening. Deliciousness transpiring not long after that.
I love fresh fruit so much!

Sunday, July 19, 2009


One of the real signs of summer is getting my hands on some fresh picked strawberries. Well, actually going out and picking them is what I meant. These gems got picked yesterday and found their way into strawberry tarts, strawberry lime and vanilla jam as well as the freezer for smoothies. I will have to pick more soon and put them to many more uses. Very stoked.
The strawberry tarts were part of a bday party catering gimmick amongst other things. Let's just say that as long as my little bro Mac is down with my cupcakes I'm a happy man.

Friday, July 17, 2009

El Salvador

I have been waiting for so long to get my hands on some corn tamales etc and today was finally that day. I could eat 20 of them a day, true story.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Chicks Flip Out

Here is a promo clip for Chicks Flip Out happening 8/15/09 at The Plaza in Winnipeg. Brought to you in part by yours truly as you may notice when you peep the vid.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


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It's been a long time comin and I have slacked on getting this up here but finally my summer life is reaching it's full potential and you are now aware of it, along with that long sentence. Here is my baby cookin up some corn and tofu.
Here's the rundown: apple wood smoked corn on the cob, tofu marinated in apple butter BBQ sauce and grilled along with smoke from the apple wood and basted with every turn along with mac n teese with homemade tofu bacon.
I'm not sure how I lived without a charcoal grill for this long. The next thing I'm not sure of is how I didn't know about electric charcoal starters. Best Thing Ever. Just puttin this out there, I use natural charcoal because I love the environment.

La Masquerade Infernale

When I went to the gym in the morning yesterday I got a pleasant surprise with the wristband they put on me to prove that I paid or whatever. I was tempted to leave this bad boy on after the gym since it was so dope.
You might wonder why I thought that. Well it reminded me of Arcturus and I had been listening to them recently. Check the cover art for my reasoning.
These are two of my favorite records and it was an odd coincidence that I was listening to them more then pretty much wearing them on my wrist at the gym. Give Arcturus a spin if you want to hear some avantgarde metal.

Monday, July 6, 2009


I finally got this piece done by my friend Ryan framed. It took a while but was worth it right?
Down is finally coming to Winnipeg and not opening for someone and Phil being sick.
I also finally got around to making some Mac n Teese with soyrizo for a little treat.
That's it. Start enjoying summer and it's delicious bounty.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Vice Magazine

One of my homies got a little photo gig with Vice. Here is a picture from the article.
Now go check it out here.

Oh Big Weekend

One of my bros was in town on this last weekend and we started it all off with a nice little brunch. Sarde was there.
As well as Billy. You might recognize that french toast from a previous post and you would be correct except that this version has caramelized peaches on it.
After a big ol brunch we headed down to The Albert for a little lunch action. Bloggin the blogger before he enjoys a nice liked baked tofu sandwich and sweet potato fries.
After two great meals I had to get Billy to the Football Stadium and here he is. Silverstein sighting. *edit* Just before Silverstein played Theory of a Dead Man was on a different stage and played longer than they were supposed to and Shane opened with "give it up for Nickelback everybody". By far the best part of that whole day fest right there in one sentence. Serious LOLz.
Please tell me you know who this is.
If you don't, Nate will provide some assistance.
Silverstein's trailer got all kinds of messed up so they were stranded in beautiful Winnipeg for longer than they had planned. We took advantage of this situation and went out for a nice Sunday dinner to Delicious Vegetarian. Shane and Billy with that Silverstein money.
Someone enjoying my favorite falafel of all time while being watched over by the work safe bear.
Other than the constant downpour it turned out to be a great weekend. See you back here in September Billy!

It's Coming...

Get ready.