Thursday, January 28, 2010

Paper Tongues and Crash Kings at Lost Horizon

After seeing that the Crash Kings had tweeted that they were playing in Rochester, I checked their schedule, hoping that they had Syracuse somewhere in their schedule...I was in luck as they were playing 100.9's "low dough" show this week with a band that I had never heard of called the Paper Tongues. I immediately went to you tube this new band to see what they were all about and instantly got hooked on their songs.

Yes, I will admit it, I discovered the Crash Kings in a pretty tool bag kind of way (John Taylor, the guitarist from the Jonas Brothers band, tweeted about them and I checked them out on his very public recommendation)...After listening to a few of their songs, I decided to buy their CD off of iTunes and I have really liked everything I've listened to since.

So back to the Paper Tongues. They had such great energy on stage...they seemed a little randomly put together at first, but once they started in on their show and songs, you could see how together they were and how they fed off of each other's energy. They reminded my friend and I of a cross between Gym Class Heroes and the Flobots for their hip hop, yet act inspiring lyrics. You could feel the positive energy, that radiated so much from Aswan (lead vocals) and from Danny (bass), which was only added to by the rest of the band and contagious from an audience's standpoint.

They played a few songs off of their EP, "Ride to California" including "Trinity" and "Ride to California"... I bought their EP and you should ALL buy it if you like their music...check out their other songs on my youtube channel!

Both Aswan and Danny rocked out in the crowd with the crowd, and the rest of the band hung out in the crowd after their set and during the Crash Kings set. They're so nice and so talented and I am so ready to see them again!

The Crash Kings are a trio that reminded me of Rooney and Kings of Leon...their songs are funky and interesting and they put a lot of energy into their music and shows. I already knew most of their songs before, so I was immediately into their set, singing as many words as I could remember along with them. They played most of the songs off of their CD, Mountain Man, including my two favorites, 1985 and Raincoat, and many more, which you can find on my youtube channel. They also played a song that I really liked, but was unfamiliar with. They put on a great show and even stayed for an encore. Definitely check these guys out and buy their CD if you're into them! Not to be missed!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Frank's Chop House

If you are in Houston and looking for a casual, comfortable restaurant that is known for great steaks and comfort food, you should check out Frank's Chop House. There are many steak houses and great restaurants in Houston, but this one has stood out for me in a couple of different ways.

Frank's Chop House is essentially an upscale restaurant that serves fantastic comfort food in a great, casual atmosphere. The waitstaff is extremely personable, patient, and friendly. We actually went when a huge part of my family was in town, which includes children ages 8-14...and then the rest of us. They were very accomodating, and no meal was forgotten or messed up.

The menu is pretty reasonably priced for a pricey restaurant, and the food is good. They've got a lot of variety, but all of the food is familiar. Though it is a steak house, it offers far more than just steak; anyone can find a great meal off of their menu.

I tried their sirloin burger and it was fantastic. The meat was cooked exactly how I like it; it was tender and juicy and full of flavor. Their fries are amazing, and their macaroni and cheese is to die for.

Frank's Chop House is located at 3736 Westheimer Houston, TX 77027
Reach them at 713-572-8600

Have a meal and see what they're all about...I really don't think you'll be disappointed.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Heartiest Vegetable Soup you will ever make

Seriously...this is no joke...back to my being a health nut for this blog...I also love soup..and finding a good, not boring or bland vegetable soup isn't always easy...I bought Hungry Girl's cookbook and found this soup in it and decided to make it. It tastes amazing and can be spiced up to your liking.

v10 Soup

1 generous cup per serving is 60 calories, less than .5 grams of fat, 377 mg of sodium, 14 grams carbs, 3.5 grams fiber, 7 grams sugar, and 3 grams protein

  • 4 cups fat free vegetable broth
  • 2 cups chopped green cabbage
  • 1 and 1/4 cups chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 2/3 cup frozen green beans
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced
  • 2 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 3/4 cup sliced carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 5 asparagus spears, chopped
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Spray a large pot with nonstick spray
  • Cook tomatoes, carrots, onions, asparagus, and garlic over low heat for about 5 minutes
  • Raise heat to high, add all other ingredients, and stir. Once soup reaches full boil, lower the heat until soup is just simmering
  • Cover and cook for 20 minutes, or until the beans and celery are tender
Makes 6 servings

When I made the soup, I tripled the recipe and then froze and refrigerated what we did not finish for future meals. I also decided to add in other vegetables as well; my sister actually decided that this would taste good with some potato in it, which we will try next time we make it. Feel free to substitute in vegetables, or take some out if you don't like them. It also tastes great spiced with tobasco sauce. I hope yall enjoy this!

This recipe is surprisingly not on the website, but can be found in their cookbook called Hungry Girl: Recipes and Survival Strategies for Guilt Free Eating in the Real World. I am pretty much obsessed with this cook book. The recipes taste great and are easy to make...If you are interested in this, I definitely recommend buying this cookbook and trying out some of the recipes.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Fazeshift, Backseat Goodbye, and Rookie of the Year

So again, I have to thank Caitlin for telling me about this concert...I can't believe I've been so absent from the music scene in Syracuse for the past 3 years, but I'm glad that I've started to pay more attention to it. Funk n Waffles is a really chill waffle cafe that is basically on Syracuse's campus. They had a small show at the beginning of December with Fazeshift, Backseat Goodbye, and Rookie of the Year.

Fazeshift was the first band on. They are a local band from the Syracuse area with a really good sound. They actually had opened for The Academy Is...with Hot Chelle Rae at that concert, but we got there too late to see them perform at that one. They're still unsigned, but they open for a lot of rock/pop bands. They put on a great show and I am really looking forward to seeing more of them around Syracuse. Check out some of their set: Let Her Down, Ghost of my Good Side, Starfields, The Stars, the Sky, and Forgiveness (i LOVE this one). They also covered Battlefield by Jordin Sparks, which sounded awesome. Definitely check this band worth a listen and getting their EP's!

Backseat Goodbye was next...Chad was sick, but he still sounded great. He and his band are hilarious. They joked around between songs and also started breaking out in the Chewbaca noise. They were so comfortable and at ease during their set which made it really fun for us. Their music is kind of folky and unique; I first heard of them from Cara, and as soon as I had heard "Sidewalk Singalong", I was hooked. They're from Murfreesboro, TN and have 2 EP's; Dressed Up Like Dreams and The Wonder (which will be released on the 5th) Definitely check them out as well! Here is some of their set: The Great Unknown, Summer Drive Song, Swallow the Sun, and Technicolor Eyes.

Rookie of the Year was the last of the bands to play. They had the lights down low and played a lot of chill, relaxing songs from both their new EP, "Since I Left Your World" as well as some of their older stuff. Their harmonies were really beautiful, and really made the songs unique and easy to like. The guys in this band are really funny and cool to talk to as well. Here is some of their set: Since I Left Your World, Sign of Her Glory, Summer, Hey Lauren, Poison Ivy (cover), Slow Down, and The Blue Roses. Check them out too!

This show really was such a fun and chill show. The bands were great and it was a really good time. Check them all out and see if you like them! For more videos of this and other shows, check out my YouTube Channel, and for more pictures from this show, check out my Snapfish.