Summer Blues, Introversion, and Stout Beer (not necessarily in that order!)


Just can’t shake this summer lassitude. Wish there was a beach nearby. Been dreaming about visiting a friend in Hawaii. And, still having a bunch of other really vivid dreams. Ho hum.

This week, in addition to laziness and despite my social ineptness, I’ve kinda been wanting a friend, or a sidekick. I’m sure it will pass, and I’ll be back to my usual introverted, loner self soon enough–no worries! *laugh*

I’m not much of a drinker (I prefer milkshakes–sorry, cows  :-(–or a nice cup of tea), but I do love a good stout/dark beer from time to time.

Disclaimer: The Chaos Fairy not remotely a beer expert at all. *laugh*

I have so many fond memories of pubs in England, Scotland, and Ireland that I associate stout with my travels overseas. Also, I’m not really a fan of IPAs, ales–they’re just too sweet or something, or just not rich enough?–(like I said, I’m not really a beer connoisseur!)

I love Guinness draught, of course, but haven’t tried the Guinness Extra Stout, surprisingly.

I looked and looked but couldn’t find any gluten-free stouts (of course!).

Any recommendations, in general, for stouts and other dark beers?

I love this one. Samuel Smith Imperial Stout

A list of “Best Imperial Stouts.”

For a well-rounded breakfast.

Whew. Time for a lazy summer nap (if only!).



“On your mark, get set…Bake!”

Yay! The Great British Baking Show returns to TV land tonight!

In keeping with the British spirit, I decided to review one of my favourite local places in Santa Fe…The Teahouse!

I went here in winter, but the summery (and shady!) outdoor seating makes it even more fabulous!

Be prepared to spend a long time perusing the tea and beverage menu…they have an incredible amount of teas–all with intriguing, and sometimes comical, names. I was in tea heaven just on the selection alone. Plus, they have delectable tea latte blends that can be had hot or iced. With tea latte names like “Dublin Fog”, “Tokyo Fog”, and “Oxford Haze”, how can you resist? (My favourite is the “Smokey”, with lapsang souchong, milk, and vanilla.)

But, never fear, coffee lovers, they have a good variety of coffee drinks…everything from a classic espresso to  specialty iced chicory coffees cold-brewed in the New Orleans (cream and sugar) or New England style (cream and maple syrup).

And, yes, they have beer, sake, and lots of other alcohol-filled libations.

For tea nibbles, they have scones (of course!) served with clotted cream and lemon curd, as well as other pastries (flavours depending on the day)–and they also have gluten-free pastry options.

Even better they have a full breakfast and lunch menu! Breakfast choices, sandwiches & paninis, tantalizing entree dishes, and scrumptious desserts!

I generally have the Irish grilled cheese (aged Irish cheddar and mustard, according to their menu) on gluten-free bread. It’s so frickin’ good.

The Teahouse is located on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, which is lined with art galleries and other shops. You can walk up Canyon Road and check out the art galleries and other shops along the way, or you can drive straight there and park in their lot, or use public pay-for-parking lot right next door.

Let me know what you think!

The Teahouse
821 Canyon Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Food for…Football!

From Trainspotting:

Gail, Lizzie: What are you two talking about?
Spud, Tommy: Football! What are you talking about?
Gail, Lizzie: Shopping!


It’s been a very strange, dreamy week in the Chaos Realm. A fellow blogger is going to see The Cure in concert, and it’s been bringing up a lot of memories (bloody nostalgia LOL) from my experiences when I saw The Cure (hope your experience is just as magical and wonderful, This Nerd’s Life).

Maybe I’ve just been exploring too many alternate dimensions while I sleep…having very intense dreams. Or something else is afoot.

So, another shortcut blog after I skipped a few.

I’ve been watching (European) football while I (pretend to) write. It’s been exciting so far! Can’t wait until it resumes on Saturday.

I stumbled across this article on the UEFA website while trying to come up with an idea for this week’s food blog.

“What do Europe’s football fans eat?”


“Football Food around the World”

If gourmet eats are your thing:



Goodbye for now. Off to wander amazing realms.

Music for dream voyages  (courtesy of The Cure and Legendary Pink Dots):

On Another Shore


To Wish Impossible Things

A Thousand Hours

A Few Hours after This

Dredd Song

Cut Here





Gettin’ my culture on in New Mexico!

Sitting down to a simple breakfast of beans on toast, accentuated by a cup of Girl Scout cookie tea, on a typical sunny New Mexico morning. Yep, you read that right: GIRL SCOUT COOKIE TEA! How amazing is that? Bigelow Tea has come out with a line of teas based on the iconic flavours of Girl Scout cookies. They come in a Thin Mints® flavour and a Samoa-type caramel and coconut tea blend. And, unlike (most) of the actual cookies, they are gluten free. Better yet, the box says the teas are also GMO-free. According to the Bigelow website, it seems that they are really trying to make their teas more eco-friendly in the cultivation and harvesting process. But, unfortunately, they still have excess packaging in that the tea bags are individually wrapped. Check out the Girl Scout cookie tea press release, here.

Okay, I’ll quit being a tea nerd, for now. Here’s my take on the classic British breakfast, beans on toast. It makes for a quick yet filling breakfast. (Hint: this may not be the best choice of breakfast for jobs that are heavily customer-service orientated. Beans, ya know. *laugh*)

Recipe (one serving):

  • Two slices of Toasted Bread (For me, it’s Canyon Bakehouse’s gluten-free Mountain White bread)
  • Organic/non-GMO Black Beans (in a can)
  • Shredded White Cheddar.
  • Hot Sauce.

Heat the beans just to a simmer so you don’t burn away all the liquid. Lightly toast the bread. Put the toast on a piece of tin foil. Spoon the beans on the toast. Douse the beans with hot sauce to taste. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the top. Set the oven on broil (or use your toaster oven on broil) and put the beans on toast in the oven until the cheese melts. The temperature doesn’t really matter…my toaster oven automatically heats up to 450 on the broil setting, but I have to watch it carefully as it can burn pretty fast. So, try not to wander away from the oven. When the cheese is melted, your delicious beans-on-toast breakfast is ready!

I might try this Smoky Texas Toast recipe for the base of my beans-on-toast. I have a feeling it might be overpowering, but I’m excited about the potential savory kick it could add to my breakfast. Will have to experiment on a weekend morning.

However, since summer has finally hit New Mexico (it’s hot, even without the humidity), this Peach Toast recipe also from PBS Food might be a better summer alternative to my beans-on-toast breakfast staple. It can easily be made vegetarian by omitting the prosciutto.

But, I’m not sure I’ll be in my humble kitchen too much, as there’s some great foodie events in New Mexico this summer.

This lavender-themed dinner, hosted by Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm, looks divine for those of you whose palate may be more sophisticated than mine.

For me, I like to eat the food equivalent of ready-to-wear (and, often, do end up wearing whatever I’m eating) but that doesn’t mean I like to sacrifice taste or avoid food-related adventures! So, this Greek Festival in Santa Fe looks deliciously perfect—a feast for all the senses!

And, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a festival like this one: New Mexico Fermentation Festival. But, I probably just need culturing. (Get it?…Culturing?…Fermenting?…Anyone? *crickets*)

So, that’s it for this Foodie Friday blog. Until next week!

Tea-Time Friday!

Tea reigns supreme in the Realm of the Chaos Fairy! I spent part of the morning watching a couple of tea videos from the Anglophenia channel on YouTube (my eyes are a little tired, now, so this post has to be quick.) and that inspired this post.

Are you a tea-totaller, or a coffee fanatic? What’s your favourite tea-time ritual/accompaniment?

My favourite teas are Earl Grey, Russian Caravan Tea, and if I have the time and energy, I do prefer loose-leaf tea over tea bags! Like Ducky Mallard from NCIS!

This tea site looks like fun!

Okay, off to rest my eyeballs! And have another cup of tea!

Fun Ways to Enliven Eating at Home! Even if You’re a Single Dweller!

In an offshoot way, I was a little inspired by Reflections of a Modern Philosopher’s post, Popular Prescription: Patriotic Porch Pie, which got me thinking about the food rituals we practice, which led to this blog’s inception.

When I was in undergrad school, I went to stay with a fellow student over one of the school’s holiday breaks. She and her mom would have theme dinners. When I was there, they had a “yellow” dinner–all yellow foods and yellow plates. It was such a fun idea, that I (almost) yearned to have friends IRL so we could all get together and have fun theme dinners like that. *laugh*

Somebody I knew, once, suggested we get together and cook dinner once a week, so that we (both single) could have a home-cooked meal. It ended up in an argument, because I was in the kitchen and I turned around to find this person sitting on the sofa, playing with my cat. “Oh, hell no,” were my exact words, I think.

So, I thought I’d post some fun ways to liven up your meals, regardless on whether you’re someone whose world is populated with hordes of friends, or a prickly loner like me. Most of these have a nerdy theme, of course!

The Geeky Chef has recipes ranging from the X-Files to Twin Peaks to Legend of Zelda! There’s even a cookbook!

Mulder: Did you bring enough ice cream to share with the rest of the class?

Scully: It’s not ice cream… it’s non-fat tofutti rice dreamsicle.

Mulder: Ugh… I bet the air in my mouth tastes better than that.

Check out this amazing database of recipes from everything from games to comic books to movies to manga/anime…can’t wait to try some of these!

Here’s a list of some fun cookbooks to get you started (some appeared on an earlier post):

Here’s some menu ideas for geek-themed parties for all your (imaginary?) friends:

My preferences are all geek/nerd related (unless it’s Halloween!)–what sort of foodie themes would you like for your dinner-and-a-movie/TV/Book-nights? Share your creative ideas in the comments!

Food for Funeral Parties…

To follow up on yesterday’s blog post, I’d thought I’d also incorporate it into this week’s “Friday Food” blog…

(Excerpt from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.)

“Look, food!” said Ron.

On the other side of the dungeon was a long table, also covered in black velvet. They approached it eagerly but next moment had stopped in their tracks, horrified. The smell was quite disgusting. Large, rotten fish were laid on handsome silver platters; cakes, burned charcoal-black, were heaped on salvers; there was a great maggoty haggis, a slab of cheese covered in furry green mold and, in pride of place, an enormous gray cake in the shape of a tombstone, with tar-like icing forming the words, “Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington died 31st October, 1492”.

Recipes courtesy of the Huffington Post:

“The Last Supper” by Tom Junod

“Ten Customs around the World”:

Here’s the link to the book mentioned in the above article:

A handy map, listing funeral foods by (U.S.) region:

Southern Funeral Foods:

Funeral food, Texan-style:

Jeez, there’s even a page on Pinterest about funeral food:

Guide to Sympathy Meals:

If you got to pick out your funeral feast, what foodstuffs would be on the banquet table?