Surprisingly or not, if you put a clove of minced garlic in the broken yolk of a fried egg (I prefer my yolks broken and cooked through—your mileage may vary), the results are delicious.
I’ve got so much garlic in my kitchen that I’m always trying to find ways to put it in my meals. This got me wondering if this is healthy. Wikipedia says that garlic is said to prevent heart disease, though recent tests show that it doesn’t actually do anything for your cholesterol, and that it’s an effective antiseptic.
I know from experience that copious amounts of garlic can be a tummy cleanser (my dad had these roasted garlic snacks lying around our kitchen for a while). Once when I had a particularly nasty cold during an important schoolweek my friend Jamie had her mom make this signature chicken and garlic soup of hers. My cold disappeared!
Maybe it’s psychosomatic, maybe wishful thinking, but I have a feeling my garlic experimentation isn’t harmful to my health. At any rate I hope it’ll undermine, if only slightly, the modified corn starch and high-fructose corn syrup in the Blackberry Pomegranate yogurt cup I just cleaned out.
P.S. One time in Gilroy, CA (the garlic capital of the world), I tried chocolate ice cream made with garlic in it. Then and only then did garlic not make anything better.
I must have been finishing “Green Rain” or starting “Clocca” on my walk to work when a little white butterfly fluttered beside me for about half a block. You’d have to be an old scrooge not to realize how perfect that is. Simultaneously energetic and delicate, Exit will wake you up in the morning and send you off to sleep at night.
The music is airy, between Tokumaru’s mellow tenor and the plinkplinking chimes and tambourines. He sets this off with the mid-to-bass strums and plucks of acoustic guitar and either banjo or shamisen, I can’t tell. The songs are short and sweet, some more relaxed and some more fascinated. Listening feels like looking at family photo albums from when you were three.
Don’t let the Japanese scare you off: his vocals are more part of the instrumentation than they are vessels for lyrics, and as precious as Exit is, it’s a lot more accessible than a lot of what’s come out of the Land of the Rising Sun. I’ve included “Hidamari,” one of the album’s gentler tracks. Web darling Neil Cicierega brewed his own video to “Button”, starring an adorable cassette-tape (?) robot, which you can check out here. At Tokumaru’s MySpace you can hear “Parachute” and “Future Umbrella,” as well as a couple of his earlier songs.