I've Got DiSpirito

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Lady of Shalott

Yo yo my fellow blog people. So, yes, I'm a little down after the latest Badger mishap, but I'm recovering nicely. Just went out for a leisurely bike ride to the library and back, picking up some foreign flicks and a Jonny Lang CD. :)

Last night I was with my mom and we enjoyed a great dinner at Tutto Pasta and musical (The Drowsy Chaperone) at the Overture Center. At dinner, my mom was scanning the menu, when she announced to me an ingredient in one of the dishes: "Shalotts," she proudly declared. To which I replied, "Uh, don't you mean shallots?!?!" My mouth hung open, half amused and half worried to death for my poor mother's sanity. Needless to say, I teased her about it until she reached across the table and hit me on the head with a menu. It was funny and the pasta was good.

Moving along...this morning, the two of us went to breakfast (I know, loads of mother/daughter bonding time) and I made another joke about her shalott issue. She said she wasn't looking forward to the fact that I would probably tell the story to all my friends. I figured this was the best venue to get the news out quickly: my mom is dumb.

Well, happy spring, everyone. Happy March, let the madness continue.


Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Dancing with DiSpirito

You all may be shocked, you all may be in disbelief:
I have a new blog entry.
Rocco DiSpirito is going to be on Dancing With the Stars.
I went to a Stargate convention in Chicago. (see Emily’s NOT in Korea for all the gory details)

Well, needless to say, I’m super pumped up about the fact that I get to see Rocco dance. Now, my gut reaction tells me that he won’t be that good, but he is paired with an excellent partner who has a history of good successes in the show…Karina! Go Rocco!!!

Also on the show this season is Lacey Schwimmer, former contestant on So You Think You Can Dance. I loved her on the show and can’t wait to see how she handles the choreography aspect of Dancing With the Stars.

Sorry my entry is so fluffy, but that’s all I know. :)

Peace & Love


Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Stroppy Sheilas

I've been reading this book called Adventure Divas for the past few weeks and I've really been enjoying it. The author, Holly Morris, is a journalist who tours the globe with a crew of women looking for women (or divas) of action, women who are changing the world. The best part of the book, to me, is how Holly brings to life all of the places she visits. I can't wait to see the actual footage of her trips and interviews, which I plan to get on dvd soon.

Here is one of my favorite excerpts for a chapter about her visit to India:

"In Cuba, you hear something before you see it; in Borneo, you feel it before you see it; in India, you smell it before you see it. Diesel exhaust. Crushed marigolds. Smoldering cow dung. Old hot cooking oil. Milky chai. And always, incense. The smells of India swirl around us. 'We'll need to make a scratch-'n'-sniff film to do this country justice,' notes Julie, handing me a chai."

I think the writing is excellent. Current chapter: New Zealand. A little Haka, anyone?

Monday, June 12, 2006

Sibling Security

Over breakfast con mi familia on Sunday, I discovered that the first six digits of my social security number match those of my brother's. I was in complete shock and awe over this, but my brother was like, "I have no idea how social security codes are formulated, so there is no reason for me to think that this is amazing at all." What a downer. I still find this cool, since we were born 5.5 years apart and in different states (if that matters). Has anyone else out there noticed similar SS codes amongst siblings? I suppose I could research the topic, but I'm curious first to see if anyone else has noticed a similar phenomenon.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Why I've Got DiSpirito.

To the left is one of my most favorite chefs....Rocco DiSpirito. He is the inspiration for my blog (check out the title of my blog and you'll see) and for my passion for food and flavor (at least in my ideal/dream world). For those of you who weren't around me much during the airing of Rocco's wonderful television series, The Restaurant, you may not quite understand the extent of my love for Rocco, but believe me, it is strong. To my roommates during that period of my life, thank you for continuing to consider me a friend. Many of you may be aware that Rocco has a new cookbook out, called 5 Minute Flavor that is all about fast and wonderful dishes that you can make with ease. This new cookbook can be seen in the bookstore scene of the smash-hit movie, The 30-Year-Old Virgin. Yes, I do have an eye for the details. Sadly, I have yet to purchase any of his cookbooks, for fear that I will be unable to live up to Rocco's high standards of excellence.

Saturday, June 10, 2006


Thanks to all of my friends who have already checked out my new venture. And I'm glad I was able to inspire you all on some level. (A special nod goes to you, Liz). I started this blog just so I could have a picture appear next to all of my comments, but, who knows, maybe this will be a new and exciting adventure into blogdom.

Nikki and I watched a great documentary last night called 'Naked World.' It was about the photographer who goes all over various cities and countries taking nude photos of people in public spaces, even in the US, where public nudity is illegal. Here is a link to his website:

Friday, June 09, 2006

This is me.