Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Girl From Ipanema Empanada Enchilada

We went to an event in the Mission on Monday night, and, as usual, left the house late and thus didn't have time to grab a burrito beforehand. We arrived at the venue just in time, grabbed a couple of chairs, then a couple of beers (didn't some famous literary type once say "beer is food"? Um, no.), and settled in for the entertainment portion of the evening.

The MC got up on stage and announced that the Girl From Empanada was in the house, and I couldn't help but love her for her clever name, but fell even deeper in love when I overheard her saying she had homemade vegan empanadas in addition to all the non-veg varieties. Stoked. We got two for a tenner, and they were delicious. It was too dark to see what was going on inside, but I tasted olives and raisins and other non-meaty things. Yum.

I had singer/animal advocate Astrud Gilberto's "The Girl from Ipanema" stuck in my head last night as I prepped dinner for our guests, Scott and Jenn. Enchiladas were on the menu again, so the song morphed into "The Girl from Enchilada." We didn't do an exact replica of our last dinner-party meal; this time we had fried plantains, black beans, and homemade vegan sour cream to accompany the main course. I'm still full. We won't be having enchiladas again for a long, long time.

All that food and drink activated our chatting mechanisms to the nth degree. Conversation zoomed from Scott and Jenn's recent trip to "Uncle Gary's" pad in Nevada City to Jenn's upcoming trip to Ireland, then careened over to eviction notices and alternate modes of housing, before zipping over to the FIFA World Cup games in South Africa and the recent opening of S & J's friends' new beer joint near Encuentro and Souley Vegan in Oakland's Jack London Square. This was about the time Scott shattered my world with the news that the family behind that finest of Belgian exports, Duvel (aka my favorite beer), are militant right-wingers who oppose nearly everything I hold dear. I'll have to investigate that; I'm just not ready to bid Duvel adieu quite yet.

Before saying nightnight to Scott and Jenn, we were able to fob off a few no-longer-needed-because-we're-moving items, including books and some ancient cassette tapes. There's lots more where that came from, so if you need anything (books, shoes, purses, plants, sunglasses, that sort of thing), holler.


  1. Oh, I'd love your books/plants/sunglasses, but unfortunately I don't think it would be economically viable to ship anything to Tokyo. (><)
    (I think that's supposed to be an angry/annoyed/disappointed/tired face, though I guess it kind of defeats the point of an emoticon if it takes several adjectives to describe it).

  2. I'm sure you've distributed your wanted goods by now, but just so you know, I'm always accepting donations! Especially if they're Aurelia originals and not something I picked up at 46th and Taraval (read: my entire living room).

    PS--I'm sure you're insanely busy building up to the move, but if you ever want to grab a drink, let me know.

    PPS--Still jealous!

  3. Abby, i totally want to get together and have you show me some ukulele strumming techniques! I've been loving your videos (esp. the vegan guys one) and getting inspired. I hope you're amenable! (We don't leave 'til July 1, BTW.) You can have virtually anything you want of mine, except my Aer Lingus Air Hostess dress, aka the cute kelly-green sixties number I nabbed from your free pile before you moved the last time. That one's coming to France!


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