Sunday, August 21, 2011

Eighties Mania!

Back in April, I won tickets to the Eclipse tour, which is a concert headlined by Journey. The other two bands are Night Ranger and Foreigner. It was my ultimate I-wouldn't-buy-these-tickets-but-would-go-if-they-were-free concert. Here's the official trailer for the tour!

The show was actually great! My concertmate and I knew we would be running late , but we saw most of it. I was mainly interested in seeing Journey anyway, and we caught their whole set. They played some songs from their new (who knew?) album, called "Eclipse" and all the songs I wanted to hear except "Who's Crying Now?" Their lead singer, Arnel Pineda, has a voice that deserves to fill an amphitheater or arena. He sounds a lot like Steve Perry, but he managed to make the songs his own. And you could tell he was having the time of his life! If you don't know his story watch the video from CBS Sunday Morning. It's a little corny, but sweet.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Almond Poppyseed Cookies

I made these cookies after I got an impromptu invitation for dinner at my friends' house. I looked around my pantry, flipped through some cookbooks and found inspiration. I ran to the store for almonds, but had the rest of the ingredients on hand. I had bought poppy seeds at World Market (a great source for spices and such) a few weeks before but did not have a purpose for them.

The recipe came from a KitchenAid cookbook, and I can't find a link to it online. It seems very similar to this one. They were a soft and slightly puffy cookie with a nice light crunchy exterior. They were similar in taste to an almond poppy seed muffin but with a cookie texture.