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Spicy garlic HELP!

Help me, my foodie friends, you’re my only hope!

When we were in Seattle a couple of weekends ago, I had the most amazing dish at a noodle shop, and I desperately want to re-create it. They billed it as spicy garlic rice, and you can see it on this menu page in the bottom left.

As near as I can tell, the “sauce” was thinly sliced/chopped garlic, oil, and red pepper flakes (I think). It was thick, and I had to work it into the rice (it sat on top otherwise; you can see that in the picture). It was spicy, but not painfully so. It was sooooooo goooooood.

I asked the waiter what was in it, and he said they make their own sauce. Something about marinating (that wasn’t the word he used, though, argh) the garlic in the pepper sauce? He probably used cooking terms I don’t know, and it was also almost two weeks ago, and I knew I should’ve written it down right away, but no.

So, anybody want to take a stab at how to make this? Is it possible to buy garlic soaked in pepper oil, and if so, where? Or is it easy enough to make it? And then how would I cook it?

Please use small words and give very basic instructions, because although I’m perfectly capable of following a recipe (and even modifying it once I understand it), I’m not a hardcore or experienced cook, nor have I branched out into anything complex.

I have searched online but nothing has come up that sounds remotely similar. I could be using the wrong search terms, though. (Spicy + garlic + rice doesn’t work, anyway, probably because the rice was topped by the sauce, not cooked with it.)

Thank you! xo

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Help me name a vlog!

Photo on 2010-06-30 at 23.09_1I need a catchy name for a vlog/blog covering rock concerts, music news, etc. Think of the indie YouTube sites that are making a splash. That’s the sort of thing she does; not only posts photos and videos she’s taken, but a website with reviews and so on. She probably has at least a few thousand followers (still trying to figure out how many would make sense), and makes a living off the advertising, selling photos to other sites, that sort of thing.

It’s run by a single person, a woman in her twenties, so if her name or nickname can be part of it, that’s cool, but not necessary. (The character already has a name, but I can change it for the right title.)

For example, if she were a guy, it could be Rock Talk with Jacques. (She can’t be a guy.)

It doesn’t have to have her name, but it has to be something hip (do the kids say “hip” these days?) and catchy.

If I choose your idea, you’ll get a shout-out in the acknowledgements of the book.  🙂

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