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Love for Classics

my love for books started when i was introduced to the library as i started school. back then i thought having a library card at the towns library was so grown up! hahaha!

i heard mass at greenbelt and visited national bookstore to calm my nerves. running through the tables of books on sale took my mind off the stress.

title after title i looked as if i knew there must be a good buy among these seemingly unwanted hardbound pages. after 3 tables, and a number of precious minutes i should have been spending somewhere else, a smaller book caught my attention because of its yellow and blue cover and more so with the name Truman Capote in bold letters.

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i did not see either of the two movies about the life of Capote because, well, hubby and i are not really into such films.

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but i know this literary genius from his novel breakfast at tiffany’s which was made into a film that cast audrey hepburn as the main character holly golightly in the 60’s. this film started my penchant for classic movies after i had bought a copy during the days when i had more time to spare and i have been a turner classic channel fan ever since.

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and so with just damage of P49 in my slowly dwindling funds, i decided to get capote’s novel Summer Crossing.

on my way back to my makeshift review table for the day, i read the excerpt on the dust jacket of my new find.

i found out that breakfast at tiffany’s and in cold blood were the two novels capote was more famous for but summer crossing, the novel turned treasure in my hands, was his first novel written at the age of 19, after starting out his career as an author for short fiction stories.

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there’s more…

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apparently, capote had, for one reason or another, claimed to have destroyed the manuscripts of summer crossing and it was considered lost work. however, in the 60’s capote’s housekeeper got hold of the literary piece and stole it. it was not until 2004 that it was found and later printed!

interestingly enough, capote was a good friend of harper lee

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who authored of one of my favorite classic novel, to kill a mockingbird!

the character of the author, an interesting storyline coupled with intrigue surrounding the novels manuscript, is just too much to bare!  i cant wait to start reading Summer Crossing!

(the info and the photos other than that of regandmitzi2009 are care of this site )

March 19, 2009 Posted by | Meandering | , , , , , | Leave a comment

when you wish you were doing something else

Today i wish i could lounge & watch TCM movies the whole day.  Most classic movies are surprisingly entertaining & comical!  Im not really sure why but i love watching old movies just like im fond of watching foreign film.  Must be my propensity for the unusual. There is an audrey hepburn film festival at rockwell mall which i had wanted to go to but my conscience will eat me through if i dont attend to more pressing matters so i passed.
The lure of a newly opened food place however is always a strong temptation i cannot resist. After all, eating is a necessary activity. So sunday snack before work was spent at elberts cheesesteak at rockwell.

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Hubby & i (both very much carnivores) had waited impatiently for its opening ever since we saw the “soon to open” sign.

Ive heard a lot about this place from people who were able to try the cheesesteak on opening day & i was eager to see for myself.

I ordered d provolone cheesesteak & hubby tried the unadulterated philly steak sandwich.

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The bread they used was definitely one of the best ive tasted. Its a soft baguette which to hubby’s pleasure did not need too much pull to get a bite. The cheesesteak sandwhich had sweet white onions drizzled on top of it.  Now i love white onions but they placed it right where the two sides of the bread were parted.  It sort of made it difficult to eat because the onions kept falling off while i chomped on the sandwich, which i hated because i love white onions!!!  i wish they placed some inside with the steak so that you still have onions to eat after spilling the ones on top.

Ok, ok, i know, you want to hear about the steak…well, i decided to save the best for last!

The steak meat was deliciously soft, just like i imagined it!  Sliced into thin strips with provolone cheese melted onto the steak.  the meat was scrumptious and i wish there was more of it!

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Admittedly, finishing a whole cheesesteak sandwich is for the hungry. I however found that i tasted more of the good bread than the delicious steak meat and that the serving gave just a hint of the provolone cheese as opose to the smothering cheese taste i like.  For the price of P390 i thought this sandwich was a little pricey. Its worth trying once for curious cheese loving carnivores like me but i dont think a regular visit is in plan. elberts cheesesteak is good, but the price is a little too exuberant for frugal old me especially without commensurate uniqueness to the dish (like uber extra provolone cheese pretty please…).

ok, back to reality…were having sisig tonight!!! hehehe!

February 10, 2009 Posted by | Gastronomic experience, Meandering | , , , , | Leave a comment