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July 22, 2007

[Daniel] Bear's Hospitalization

This weekend turned out to be much more expensive than we had originally planned. We got up yesterday morning, let Bear out as usual and started the day. When he came in, we tried to feed him but he had to be herded over to his bowl before he'd eat, which is very unusual. A few minutes later, he was waiting at the back door like he had to go out. I let him out again and, after a few minutes, he was back at the door, ready to come in. Since it had rained that morning, I let him in but stopped him to towel dry him. That's when I saw the blood on his haunches.

We immediately took him to the Emergency Animal Hospital. They took a look at him, did a fecal exam and blood test. They kept him for the night for observation and an IV drip. The prognosis is that he had a gastrointestinal problem they couldn't directly identify as well as slight dehydration. After the stay last night, he had perked up and came home this morning.

He seems to be doing well again (though we're supposed to watch closely for several days) and is snoozing on the couch next to me as I type.
July 17, 2007

[Daniel] Tumblin' Search

After not touching Snow-Wolf (or any outside projects) for quite some time now, I've added a search function to the website. It's very basic but it works well enough. And the Javascript was a piece of cake, thanks to Prototype and Script.aculo.us. How very strange, to have fun with web development again. :P
July 12, 2007

[Daniel] Alamo Drafthouse: Super Size Me Vegan Feast

For our 5 year wedding anniversary, a unique opportunity presented itself. Rather than the standard restaurant fare, the Alamo Drafthouse hosted its first ever Vegan Feast, pairing a 5 course, all-vegan meal with the movie Super Size Me. Having never seen the movie before and after salivating at the menu, we instantly bought tickets.

The Movie: Super Size Me came out in 2004. By this time, Moriah and I had both been vegetarians for years so the idea of seeing a movie about how burgers are bad for you wasn't the most gripping new concept. Fast forward 3 years, one child and 1.5 years of veganism. It was worthwhile to see, though not quite worth the price of admission. The other major issue was that, while a great idea in principle, viewing a movie with vomiting, copious amounts of meat and a gastric bypass surgery doesn't go famously with delicious vegan dishes. Had the movie been a new(er) flick, such as "Over The Hedge" which also makes fun of Americans & food or Ratatouille, the ticket would've definitely been worth it.

The Food: The reason to go to the Alamo was the food. We were served a 5 course, all-vegan selection consisting of:

  1. Stuffed Mushrooms w/ TVP, olives and bulgar wheat and drizzled in oregano oil.
  2. A golden black bean salad with spring greens.
  3. A Lebanese lentil soup with spinach and lemon.
  4. Coconut Curry Delight w/ fried tofu, mint jasmine rice and sauteed green beans.
  5. And finally, a silken chocolate pudding made from tofu and agave.


On this, the Alamo Drafthouse deserves high praise. For a place that normally caters to the average person's eating habits and prepares a wide variety of meat/dairy based foods, it was very good indeed. In particular, the Stuffed Mushrooms and Silken Chocolate Pudding were phenomenal, easily competing with restaurants devoted to all-veggie cooking like Mother's Cafe and the Spiral Diner. The other dishes, while very good overall, had small things I would adjust, such as slightly less bitter greens in the salad and small adjustments to the Coconut Curry Delight. Still, all in all, well-worth the money.

The Service: As ever, the Alamo staff were uber-courteous, friendly and helpful. I don't know where the Alamo finds such wonderful people because most other businesses fail to come even close. It's because of this that the Alamo is continually high up on our list of great places for entertainment.

The Price: Given everything that was served, the price tag was warranted and a fair price. That said, it definitely couldn't be a routine thing for us. A meal half the size/price would put it well into our standard budget range and made for something we could swing much more often. A (bi)monthly offering would be fantastic.

The Crowd: Here's the big disappointment. When we heard about the Vegan Feast, it seemed like everyone was talking about it and we hustled to scoop up tickets. We arrived early, expecting the place to be packed. Instead, a handful of people (perhaps 20) had purchased tickets. I was shocked, given the awesome menu and the chance for veggies to get out and socialize in a way they don't normally get to. In retrospect, given the older gross-out movie and higher price tag, it somewhat made sense but it was still disappointing and you could tell that the Alamo staffers were hoping for more people.
It also doesn't help that virtually every vegan/vegetarian I know has little kids. It might behoove the Alamo to consider a family feast option where they can prepare fewer and larger dishes (like a vegan pizza option or large pasta dish, along with a simple dessert) that feed entire families, and show a movie that is targeted toward younger children rather than older adults.

Overall, it was a great time and well worth the money. I hope that the Alamo runs another Vegan Feast in the future as we will most assuredly attend and hope that more people will consider it as well.
July 2, 2007

Daniel wonders...

Screw Test-Driven Development, I think the world needs more Toast-Driven Development! Yum!

July 1, 2007