Archive for April, 2010


Cabaret Metro

April 7, 2010

If you’ve passed Nuts on Clark, you’ve gone too far

That’s how someone told me how to get to the Cabaret Metro for the first time.  I’ve never forgot that advise.  I’ve even said it to others who have asked me where it is.  Not it’s down the street from Wrigley, just if you’ve passed Nuts on Clark you’ve gone too far.  I’m not even sure if there is a Nuts on Clark any more.  Back in the day you had to ask someone you knew directions to places.  Crazy, huh?

Have you ever seen the movie Blink with Madeline Stowe?  She performs at the Metro in that funky Irish band she is in.   It’s dark and sticky.  It always seem humid inside no matter what the weather.

I saw Sinead O’Connor at the Metro before she hit it big and upset millions by tearing up a picture of John Paul II on national television.  Her appalling behavior aside-she was awesome.  Sinead has the most wonderful voice with a range that cannot be believed.  She was touring to promote the Lion and the Cobra and was in the process of making I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got.  Nothing Compares 2 U, the little ditty by Prince was not out yet. 

This is where I saw Michelle Shocked for the first time and almost fainted.  The Metro is not that large of a venue and SRO.  The place was so packed you could not clap between songs.  Suddenly I could not breathe.  The place was too hot. I needed to sit down for a bit to get my bearings.  Love that song Anchorage. The next time I saw Ms. Shocked was at the Chicago Symphony Hall.  What a drastic difference. 

I saw the Pixies there when I worked at the radio station.  That is a fun band that knows how to entertain a crowd.  They were part of another group tour but I can’t for the life of me remember who it was.  It was the one and only time I was at the Metro and went to the balcony.  I never even knew there was one there.  What a view!

It’s the first place I saw the Violent Femmes.  The Femmes are awesome in concert.  I’ve seen them more than once and  they have never disappointed.  That trio can rock with their crazy lyrics and those goofy Horns of Dilemma.


How’s your Keaster this fine Easter?

April 3, 2010

I’ve been working petty hard the last few days getting ready for Easter.  I’m having brunch.  I love brunch it has everything good about lunch and breakfast. 






Cake pops.

Lamb cake.

Look at these!


 Meeshie decorated these.

Look at her go!


Oh and these.  She did a good job.  I used the empires recipe.  I just used the frosting left over from the lamb cake.

I even made these.  I saw this post and it reminded me of the raisin bread my mom used to make at Easter when I was a girl.  I made them on Good Friday and forgot that I had given up bread for lent.  I’m dreaming about these puppies and can’t wait until Sunday.

I’m making a few more things like kugala and something called Indian Bread pudding.  I’ll be posting about those later.  I need to get back to coloring eggs, cleaning, and ham.

I’m making a spiral ham that I cook in vodka that has pineapple fermenting in it.  I started the process back in October.  Just take some pineapple rings and put them in a jar (I actually have well glasses that come with lids that are perfect for many things, this being one of them) and fill the jar with vodka.  I use just canned pineapple rings that are drained.  Stick it in the back of the fridge and forget about it.  Then when you make your ham, put the pineapple on the ham and pour the vodka on top.  No need to make a glaze.  Cook the ham according to the directions and enjoy.  The alcohol will cook off and all you have is this yummy tasting ham. No glaze is needed. 

Happy Easter!

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