creole look

Reading about the Xena reboot and… I love this woman
“It came up all the time,” Liz told us at TCA. “The studio was very worried about it, and I was the one saying to them ‘Guys, no one’s ever gonna think they’re gay.’ Because my now wife, then girlfriend, and I would go to the supermarket and I am a white Jew, she’s Creole and people would look at us, and it was clear that we were connected in some way, and they’d go ‘Are you two sisters?’ That fuck each other! What was bizarre to me that lesbians were so invisible in the real world, but then something just happened and I just assumed no one would ever think that about Xena and Gabrielle.”

Solaris Kitchen Nightmares: Chapter 1 [AO3]

Characters: Edward Elric/Roy Mustang, Jean Havoc/Kain Fuery (background), Ling Yao, Riza Hawkeye, Lan Fan, Frank Archer

Rating: PG-13 ish (language)

Summary: Jean Havoc’s restaurant, Solaris Grill, is in trouble—once a five star affair, he’s now been forced to sell off most of the ownership and profits are nonexistent.

Enter Edward Elric, successful restaurateur and the main, foulmouthed attraction of “Elric’s Kitchen Nightmares,” a program that whips failing restaurants into shape in the bluntest way possible—if he can deal with the mess it’s become and an obnoxious, attractive host who won’t stop flirting with him.

Notes: A MASSIVE THANK-YOU to the FMA 18+ group chat (especially @uchiha-umeko, @gettibucket, @elothere, and @erlenwein, as well as @grandadmiral @moonbelowsea, @yourusernameisunavailable, and @verbosewordsmith; if I forgot anyone I am SO SORRY PLEASE TELL ME) for helping me make this happen and encouraging me and running with the idea to the point where this thing practically fell out of my fingers!  Check out the tumblr tag #Solaris Kitchen Nightmares for updates and art (LIKE THIS ONE)!

If you’re not familiar with the premise of Kitchen Nightmares, watch an episode it’s fantastic you can find a summary of it here, or just read on to find out!  As for Masterchef, it’s just a standard cooking competition, but I smooshed it together with Hell’s Kitchen and made the reward a restaurant, because I can.

“I’m beggin’ you, boss, Solaris needs your help!”

“When I gave you that restaurant, Havoc, I told you I wasn’t gonna hold your hand.”  Ed’s voice was tinged with irritation, but he tried to keep it at a minimum.  He had liked Havoc.  Sort of.  As much as he had ever liked anyone.

“I know, I know.  But it’s not just me—“

“Yeah, and what’s this I hear about you losing it?  You won a goddamn restaurant and then lost it?”

“I didn’t!  We were in a bad spot, and one of my people stepped in and offered to buy me out—“

“So he’s your boss now.”

“I’m a co-owner.”

“Uh huh.”

“Look, I can—I promise, we’ve got a crazy crew down here.  The folks on TV’ll eat it up.  Some people down here could really use a yellin’ at.”

Ed groaned, tipping his head back, staring up at the ceiling.  He had a reputation as a hardass to maintain, but… if this was as complicated as Jean promised, filming would go over schedule, and he really needed an excuse to get out of cooking for that godawful political candidate Ling had thought would make a great publicity stunt.  Yeah, he’d have the man destroyed before the soup course was over, but it would involve shaking his hand.

“Fuckin’ fine.  Consider yourself the next stop on Kitchen Nightmares.”

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emilio jacinto y dizon pt. 2

hangga’t may pag-asang dumadaloy sa akin at sa'yo patuloy lang ako sa paglalahad ng impormasyon kay precious ej

this one’s much much more comprehensive ur welcome friends

  • dapat ang pangalan niya (according sa calendar) is valeriano
  • ang swag naman nun
  • he signed his name like dis
  • emilio jacinto at dizon
  • bc he grew up as a dizon
  • and later on as a jacinto
  • i forgot why but gud 2 know
  • magaling na hilot mom (josefa dizon) niya
  • his dad (don mariano) sold books
  • kaya bookworm siya yay
  • may tindahan sila ng tabako
  • spanish-spokening si ej right
  • but creole yung spanish niya
  • i looked up spanish-based creole
  • apparently spanish creole is kastilang tindahan
  • sa pinakamababang class, sila ej yung pinaka may class
  • and may theory kami ni det na chavacano yung creole na ginamit nila
  • kasi ginagamit din ang chavacano sa ermita and cavite
  • baka galing dun si ej (or sa south) tapos nagmigrate na sa tondo
  • dahil among the marginalized families si ej
  • nanlilimos sila ng damit na secondhand
  • mga tela galing sa basahang itim nga ginamit niyang sintas ng sapatos
  • huhu bb
  • at kung ano-ano pang sobrang tela from his mom’s clothes
  • ginamit din as panali sa buhok niya
  • bc he used to have long hair don’t care
  • so he was bullied in school
  • indio na, hippie pa :c
  • nagpapagupit lang siya kapag so done na siya sa pambubully
  • but he ain’t backing down from a fight
  • tahimik yes but may iron fist yan if he had to
  • juan sumulong (classmate and later on a revolutionary) said
  • nag-aaral pa lang daw si ej nagpakita na siya ng malaking pagmamalasakit sa bayan
  • in ur face u big meanies
  • so he was forced to drop nung 1896
  • and joined the katip and cut his hair
  • headcanon ko na ej protected his hair-do at all cost bc for the first time in forever he damn looked good di na siya binully the katip actually admired him and look at the new clothes he would wear the signature white shirt he found home
  • i’d give ej all the best clothes in the world
  • he read on the french revolution as well kaya bros sila ni andoy
  • but he still wanted to continue studying
  • he actually asked help from pole
  • insert shady letters
  • spoiler: pole wrote to him with, “pinakamamahal kong kapatid”
  • another hc ko rin na gusto talaga siyang isama ni pole sa crew kasi parehas silang law students homies sila si ej lang makakarelate sa kanya
  • but sure ej says no
  • tutulong sana si pole pero outbreak na ng phil-am war
  • back to katip
  • umunlad talaga ang samahan bc of him
  • sabi pa nga na nagtitiis na lang si teodoro plata and restituto javier kay andoy bago dumating si ej like whut
  • anyway he got in bc of marina dizon his cousin
  • na kasapi sa mga kababaihan ng katip
  • ej was 18 then
  • oryang was 18 too
  • but mag-ina na sila
  • so ej learned tagalog in a span of a few months
  • imagine him struggling not to speak in spanish
  • and paying money kapag nagsasalita nga siya kasi nga bawal so may bayad
  • imagine the instances na dumarami pera ng katip bc of him :>
  • ej’s poem la patria was praised by lope k. santos
  • hawig daw sa mi ultimo ni pepe so wow
  • may isa pa siyang tula, a mi madre for his mom
  • such a sweet kid
  • he was proficient in tagalog essays
  • not much in poetry he preferred spanish poems
  • ej planned to establish a group consisting of farmers, tradesmen, businessmen para magbigay pondo sa katip ala la liga filipina
  • i don’t think it was carried out tho
  • kalayaan facts naman
  • always 90% ej writings
  • every 2nd of the month lumalabas ang ish
  • nabasa ko na yung budget nanggaling sa pagkapanalo sa lotto???
  • anyway papalit-palit ng place yung publication
  • kung hindi sinunog ng mga kastila yung papers
  • we could have had more ej writings to date
  • role model niya si rizal sa kabutihang asal
  • si tatang selo del pilar naman sa politics
  • kasama si ej nung may binisita silang isang japanese to pay respects
  • ambeth ocampo wrote na kung nagtagal lang sina andoy nun at nakipagkaibigan pa more, we could have made an alliance then with the jap and somehow avoided ww2 woah
  • si ej ang namuno sa paghahatol sa mga taksil sa katip
  • u bamf
  • once nung pinarangalan nila ang gomburza
  • they held those occasions twice in 1894 and 1895
  • ej made a speech
  • and the ppl legit cried
  • then may pista sa trozo
  • habang may procession may matandang lalaki na binully ng mga kastila
  • and pinagtanggol siya ni ej
  • so si ej na yung pinag-initan ng ulo inaway siya binugbog
  • noooooooo
  • nagulong pa si bb sa kanal naputikan
  • namaga ang byutipul eyes niya
  • dinugo ang labi
  • after siyang iwanan tinulungan na siya + dinala sa tribunal
  • then pagkauwi niya ginamot ni mommy josefa
  • nung nag-trek naman sila andoy sa bundok pamintinan
  • where ppl believe yung bundok na pinaghiwalay ni bernardo carpio
  • napagod daw si ej
  • one week ka ba namang nag-trek
  • imagine smol kid asking daddy andoy “are we there yet”
  • and diba nga he was one of the boys who asked pepe for advice abt sa revolution but pepe refused
  • yun nga he and pio valenzuela forged signatures ng mga ilustradong ayaw sila pondohan
  • so hinuli ang mga burgis nang walang malay
  • at dahil hinuli sila without a valid reason
  • unfair nga kasi friends sila with the spanish officals tapos “anong ginawa namin brad walang gantuhan”
  • they realized hindi sila makakatakas sa injustice
  • kaya nakisanib na rin sila sa ideals ng katip
  • nice one ej
  • isang kabanalan at tunay na makabayan daw ang pag-forge nila nun
  • so the katip gained more support from the gov’t
  • nagkaroon ng mga spies sa offices isa si ej dun
  • but before maging spy sa offices kailangan ng recommendation letter
  • ej got his from his letran prof
  • now to the instances when ej pursued pepe to go with them
  • andoy’s plan was to “kidnap” pepe
  • in his words, “agawin si rizal”
  • picture him begging ej to do him a favor
  • while nasa steamboat sa manila bay tinabihan ni ej si pepe
  • medj nainis si pepe kasi nga sinusundan when he’s having fun talking to other ppl there
  • nakakapasok si ej sa lantsa bc connections
  • pero pepe refused so mission failed
  • and andoy was waiting sa port
  • excited af andoy waiting sa port
  • imagine his sad face of “umasa ako” when ej returned alone
  • but hinabol ulit ni ej si pepe otw to isla de panay (pa-dapitan na)
  • disguised as labanderong taga-kawit :D
  • tho failed pa rin
  • insert messenger ej here
  • insert ej as punong hukbo ng hilaga (morong, nueva ecija, manila)
  • one time sa pasig he killed a secretary named florencio reyes
  • kinuha niya yung sedula na ito
  • mahalaga ang sedula later
  • other skillz ni ej
  • magtunaw ng bakal and make patalim
  • also make pulbura and dinamita
  • siya na talaga
  • ito na yung that one battle :((((
  • na ipinagpatuloy niya despite andoy’s death huhu
  • natamaan siya ng bala sa ibaba ng tuhod while riding on his horse
  • see siya talaga yung natamaan ng bala habang nakasakay sa kabayo HINDI SI GOYONG
  • so nalaglag siya and to evade his captors nagtungo sa gubat
  • odk he’s in pain and alone in the forest </3
  • nagpaanod pa siya sa ilog
  • nagtago sa maputik na sapa
  • from morning to afternoon yun all day
  • hanggang sa makarating siya sa nayon
  • at sa sobrang hapdi, sakit, gutom, at uhaw niya
  • nakahandusay na lang siya sa tabi ng tubig at nagsisisigaw ng saklolo
  • beh :’(
  • may tumulong sa kanya ako po yun na matandang lalaki
  • dahil dangerous na sabihin kung sino siya nilabas niya yung sedula ni florencio reyes at sinabing siya yun
  • nagamot naman siya ng mga good kastila
  • dapat nga puputulin paa niya PERO BUTI HINDI
  • nagtungkod na lang si bae
  • bumalik siya ng manila once cured
  • tapos pinagtripan na naman siya ng mga cazadores
  • binugbog na naman siya whyyyyy
  • dahil sa kahinaan dinapuan siya ng malaria
  • back to mahayhay laguna
  • there he took his last breath

SO AYAN. ANG HABA O DIOS KO. may this post make you love and appreciate ej all the more and sana marami pa tayong makalap na info sa kanya (!!!) HAPPY SEMBREAK (?) MERRY CHRISTMAS LAB LAB

source: Buhay at mga Sinulat ni Emilio Jacinto, Jose P. Santos


I’ve already broken out the grill this winter and cooked up some burgers outside on our patio. You could smell that amazing aroma of grilled meat doors away –  there were probably a few neighbors who were envious. What’s better than a burger right off the grill?

That being said, I’m always open to a different kind of burger. Here in Portland, Oregon, our local Little Big Burger serves up the yummiest, crunchiest veggie burger I’ve ever tasted. A couple of months ago my own version of a veggie burger appeared here.

I was perusing through my March/April 2015 edition of Cuisine at Home magazine last week and spied a Creole shrimp burger that looked amazing. I read through the ingredients and less than an hour later I was on my way to the store for a few items.

These burgers are so good. I doubled the recipe which gave us enough to feed our oldest child, who conveniently stopped by during dinner. As she leaned over and took her first bite, juice from this heavenly burger dripped down to the plate. She looked at me and rolled her eyes – it was that good. We devoured three of these burgers, which left this fourth one that you see here. It refrigerated perfectly and cooked up nice and crispy the next day for lunch.

The feature also included the recipe for a piquant rémoulade, which I decided to try – it was a winner, too. And while I was at it, I decided to make Cajun oven fries. (Homemade fries twice in one week!) 

The next time I do this I’ll make these burgers into sliders because the portion size is large and the burger is rich. You could easily get four sliders out of this recipe.


For the burgers

  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 1 rib celery, trimmed and chopped
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 12 ounce large or medium shrimp, peeled, deveined, patted dry and chopped
  • ¼ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 hamburger buns
  • Lettuce, optional

For the rémoulade

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 tablespoon minced kosher dill pickle
  • 2 teaspoons capers, chopped
  • Black pepper and hot sauce to taste


For the burgers, pulse scallions, celery, and zest in a food processor until minced. Add shrimp and pulse until coarsely chopped. Transfer to a bowl. Stir in panko, mayonnaise, Old Bay, and hot sauce. Form mixture into 2 patties, ¾-inch thick. Chill 20 to 30 minutes.

Heat oil in a cast iron or heavy skillet over medium high heat. Coat patties with nonstick spray and cook, partially covered (or use a spatter screen), until golden and firm, 5 minutes per side. Transfer to two plates. Toast buns in skillet 1 minute. Serve burgers on buns with rémoulade.

For the rémoulade, while burgers are chilling, stir together all ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to use.


Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

New York, NY 

During my last trip to New York, I had the opportunity to photograph the beautiful Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in East Harlem. This church and the famously elusive Rao’s restaurant are just about all that’s left of the Italian immigrant community in upper Manhattan.

During the major wave of Italian immigration at the turn of the twentieth century, Italians found themselves near the bottom of the immigrant barrel in New York. The Irish had already established themselves as the face of the Catholic Church here and unlike the Irish, the Italians didn’t have the benefit of already speaking the language of their new country. Italians were outsiders and even the religion they technically shared with the Irish was seen as foreign and less refined. The Irish style of Catholicism had in some ways been reformed by Protestantism so the Italian icons, saints’ processions and wax ex voto offerings seemed rustic and tainted by paganism in comparison. So the Italians set up their own community uptown and brought over an icon of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel from Polla, Italy in 1882. The icon became known for facilitating miracles.

Today there are hardly any Italians in East Harlem. Their days of being the misunderstood immigrant are over. Now they are the ones suspicious of more recent immigrants.

Getting in to see the church was difficult. When I called to ask what time it was open, the woman who answered wanted my name and the reason I was interested in the church. I obliged, but this was an unusual request. When I showed up, I talked to the sacristan a bit and found out why. Recently, Haitian immigrants had been drawn to worshiping at the church thanks to the Italian icon. Some were Catholic but others worshiped another woman in blue and white depicted holding a child: Ezili Danto, a Vodou loa.

 There were also concerns at the church that new Latin American parishioners might be coming to practice Santeria, substituting the icon for Oya, ruler of the dead. The sacristan asked if I was Italian-American. I am, so I was welcomed and given permission to photograph as long as I liked. The former underclass now holds a privileged position here.

Inside there is a palpable tension between cultures. The miracle-working Italian icon in the main altar has been replaced with a painting. The real icon is safely tucked away from the diverse crowd and taken out only during her feast, which is still planned exclusively by a dwindling group of Italians. A second icon of Our Lady is in a side chapel, surrounded by vases of flowers people bring her. “Do NOT write on the statues” signs warn, wary of foreign practices sneaking in. Instead people leave petitions on slips of paper near the statue, some in English, others in French Creole. They’re all looking for help. Everybody wants a leg up, and sometimes that just means having someone newer and more foreign, who’s beneath them. 

Welcome to New York.

I find this quite cool:

jìnjá ‘red haired person’ and jínjà 'ginger’ is a minimal pair in Krio (English-based Creole in Sierra Leone). The distinction lies only in tone!

So: a Creole is a language that is built on a Pidgin language, and a Pidgin is basically built on people being forced to communicate without having a language in common, and it is normally built around a European language such as English or French. This is mostly because of slave trade. Creoles are often looked upon as “bad” and “broken” language but this is just nonsense and does not make any scientific or communicative sense whatsoever. If one needs proof to tell stubborn language haters (and thereby most definitely racists) here is a proof: Creoles contain features that the parent language (in this case English) do not have.

Krio is also influenced by languages as Yoruba and Igbo, languages with tone and has its tone system of its own (this should maybe be looked upon as an areal feature). So Krio takes a word with two meanings from English, and distinguish between them, because they can. So where English pronounce both the person and the herb the same, Krio makes a difference!