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Hi, I'm Joanna. I am a cook, music lover, neat freak, sister, risk-taker, booty-shaker and a list-maker. I am tempted to make lists of everything I've ever done. Enjoy.


Reasons Why I Love Virginia Stewart vol. 1

  • You are resilient
  • You like people and don't like people for the same reasons I do (we like the same kinds of people)
  • You are very strong-willed
  • You don't just do what you want, you usually do what is best
  • You are big and beautiful
  • You love the finer things, but you are content with regular things
  • You love animals and babies
  • You clean up nicely and like to dress up
  • You are polite and ladylike
  • You are hilarious, and you think I am, too
  • You follow your heart
  • You are not afraid to get your hands dirty and work hard
  • You love nature
oct 20 2011 ∞
oct 20 2011 +

I would like to mention first and foremost that I am quite an anomoly of fear. I am terrified of a couple things, yet I can also be incredibly bold and brave. For example, I am afraid of heights and very afraid of haunted houses and the like, but am completely unafraid of speaking in public, people, etc. Here are some others I really thought were interesting- and believable.

  • Anthropophobia- Fear of people or society
  • Asymmetriphobia- Fear of asymmetrical things
  • Brontophobia- Fear of thunder and lightning
  • Cacophobia- Fear of ugliness
  • Chiraptophobia- Fear of being touched
  • Chronophobia- Fear of time
  • Coulrophobia- Fear of clowns
  • Dystychiphobia- Fear of accidents (totall...
jul 13 2011 ∞
oct 20 2011 +
  • eggs
  • milk
  • half and half or cream
  • cheese- many kinds- always
  • onions
  • carrots
  • sugar snap peas
  • chips- always
  • garlic
  • EVOO/Corn oil
  • chicken, in some capacity
  • yukon gold potatoes
  • green beans and or spinach
  • sour cream
  • parsley
  • chives
  • butter
  • dry pasta
  • canned beans and tomatoes
  • lemon/lime
  • bacon
jun 22 2011 ∞
jun 22 2011 +
  • albondigas = meatballs
  • cebolla= onion
  • huachinango= cod
  • fuego= fire
  • anaranjado= orange
  • albaricoque= apricot
  • jodido= fucking
  • zafiro= sapphire (my nickname)
  • tranquilo= calm down
  • barrio= neighborhood
  • durazno= peach
  • zarzamora= blackberry
  • sonador~= dreamy
  • salchicha= sausage (another nickname)
  • relampago= lightning
  • esmoquin= tuxedo
  • papagayo= parrot

I like words, especially Spanish ones, with lots of interesting constants. I love how differently they're pronounced, in Spanish, too. The sound of the d and z, for...

jun 22 2011 ∞
jun 22 2011 +
  • Clamart- peas
  • Crecy- carrots
  • Doria- cucumbers(cooked in butter)
  • Dubarry- cauliflower
  • Fermiere- carrots, turnips, onions and celery
  • Florentine- spinach
  • Forestiere- mushrooms
  • Judic- braised lettuce
  • Lyonnaise- onions
  • Nicoise- tomatoes concasse cooked with garlic
  • Parmentier- potatoes
  • Princesse- asparagus
  • Provencale- tomatoes with garlic, parsley, and sometimes mushrooms or olives
  • Vichy- carrots

Recognize any of them from a dish you've had before? Nicoise salad? Eggs Florentine? Pomme de Lyonnaise au gratin?

apr 30 2010 ∞
jun 22 2011 +
  • Chris Marcinek
  • Nick Cosgrove
  • Tim Cap
  • Jon Sacha
  • Bill Willits
  • Alex Dabit
  • Ben Von Koenig
  • Paul Benigno
  • Johnny Summerville Jr.
mar 1 2010 ∞
jun 22 2011 +
  • cereal and almond or rice milk
  • salsa
  • guacamole
  • ratatouille
  • gazpacho
  • panzanella salad
  • coconut milk
  • peanut sauce
  • asian salad
  • vegetarian tacos
  • potato chips
  • tortilla chips
  • raw veggies and fruits
  • rice
  • pasta! ah. pasta.

I'm struggling right now. I don't think I could live without cheese!!!

jul 18 2011 ∞
jul 18 2011 +
  • Romaine
  • Iceberg
  • Boston/Bibb
  • Radicchio
  • Endive
  • Curly Endive
  • Mesculn Greens (baby lettuces of many varieties)
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Collard greens
  • Mustard greens
  • Dandelion greens
  • Swiss Chard
  • Rainbow Chard
  • Arugula
  • Red-tip leaf
  • Watercress
  • Mache/Lamb's lettuce
  • Frisee


jun 22 2011 ∞
jun 22 2011 +
  • humor- it is a universal must have, and it needs to be backed up by true wit and intelligence, or pure innocence (people who are so funny and truly don't know it)
  • big, beautiful, eyes
  • big, beautiful butts (yes, i'm serious)
  • open-mindedness- the kind of person who will listen to a point in full before they'll argue back at it
  • bravery, ballsiness, chutzpah
  • sweetness- 'ya gotta be soft in some way if you're my friend. a lot of people i love are slightly rigid, intense, or even crass, but they're sweet somehow. it's important.
  • interest! yes! a person who is genuinely interesting without being fake or boastful. a person who can always find something interesting to talk about and really engage in.
  • respect/courtesy/consideration- someone w...
jun 22 2011 ∞
jun 22 2011 +
  • coming home to someone at the end of the day
  • hearing your favorite song on the radio, or when you're not expecting it
  • foot rubs
  • the whirr and whoosh of a washer or dishwasher when its time for bed- always helps me sleep
  • incandescent lighting
  • things that are biodegradable
  • cleaning the whole apartment and then just sitting in it
  • giving advice, especially to a little kid
  • working on the hot line at our restaurant for 5 hours straight, calling out tickets and banging out 300 orders
  • making my bed
  • drinking as much water as possible
  • calling my mother on the phone
  • organizing drawers/cabinets/closets
jun 1 2010 ∞
jul 6 2010 +

A list of injuries that sent me to the hospital, or scarred me for life... literally.

  • Torn top lip, thanks to a dog who "kissed" me too hard, almost passed out from loss of blood, oldest memory I have, still have a scar, age 3
  • Wicked-bad skinned elbow, flew over my bike handle bars, saw my own flesh on the sidewalk, still have a really cool oblong scar, age 6
  • Broken left ring finger- broken in 5 places, smashed to bits, needed reconstructive plastic surgery, age 8
  • Wicked-bad skinned knee, tripped running down rock-paved alley, rocks went into my skin, still have awesome star-shaped scars, age 12
  • Reconstructive knee surgery/knee cap replacement, scariest shit of my life, 9 WEEKS ON CRUTCHES, age 14
apr 13 2010 ∞
jun 22 2011 +
  • They are brothers, and act like it every day
  • Oliver prefers his chair, while Simon prefers the bed- except when they sleep together on the chair or the bed
  • Simon is afraid of loud music, yelling and dancing- Oliver is not
  • Oliver is a little afraid of Johnny, Simon is not
  • Oliver is quite brazen and slaps things out of people's hands, steals, growls, and swats at whatever he disagrees with
  • Simon is elusive, elegant and sneaky, but often misses out and gets wimpy
  • Oliver loves to be held, kissed, squeezed and touched, much like a dog
  • Simon prefers gentle petting and only likes to be held and kissed when he is sleepy
  • Both kittens can eat for days, but Oliver is a true fatty and belongs to over eate...
oct 20 2011 ∞
oct 20 2011 +
  • Cilantro (Silly, for short)
  • Yoshimi
  • Olivia
  • Violet
  • Genevieve
  • Sonya
  • Jade (if she has green eyes)
  • Ryu
  • Kitana
  • Guile (if he's blonde)
  • Jasper
  • Willis (as in, whatchu talkin'bout Willis)
  • Quincy
  • Fig
  • Peach
  • Kiwi
  • Indigo
  • LuLu
  • Salchicha
jul 13 2011 ∞
jul 13 2011 +
  • a tube of lipstick, preferably clinique "raspberry glace"
  • paddington bear
  • my antique quartz ring, preferably on my finger
  • a really amazing mixed cd- yes, cd
  • something from Virginia, her choice
  • some really sweet flowers
  • something delicious and not too perishable
  • my chef knife or a tasting spoon
  • sunglasses- you never know how bright that bright light's gonna be...
  • a letter from someone I cherish; my husband, brother, mom, best friend, unborn child...
  • pictures, new and old
jun 22 2011 ∞
jun 22 2011 +
  • Rick Bayless
  • Alex Guarnaschelli
  • Mario Batali
  • Martin Yan
  • Julia Child
  • Michael Symon
  • Alice Waters
  • Chris Cosentino
  • Anne Burrell
  • Alton Brown
  • Anthony Bourdain
  • Guy Fieri
  • Ina Garten
mar 20 2011 ∞
jul 13 2011 +
  • being in a hurry
  • eating in a hurry
  • un-packing
  • food that looks good but tastes OK
  • food that looks OK but tastes awful
  • people who are in a hurry and mean to everyone in their paths
  • jealousy
  • undeserving people who spend/make lots of money
  • having no milk when you REALLY want it
  • having no cereal or cookies when you have a ton of milk
  • dust bunnies and/or cat hair clumps
  • bad hair days
  • having something in your eye
  • zits
  • people who talk way too loud or way too soft
  • feeling like you look pretty good until you notice everyone around you is better l...
apr 17 2010 ∞
jun 22 2011 +