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Kalila: The Slug and The Shell (More Metaphors)

19 Nov

My latest song and live video ūüôā

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The Slug and The Shell (More Metaphors)

One board
off my body
replace it with two more.

The years we spent
caught in
yes, it shows.

Stuck and still
thinking of
the same things
who said it would stop?

We build
we absorb.
And wood to flesh
bury me in this house
for good.

For Good.

Snail, snail.
You wouldn’t dare leave this house!


Vanilla Matcha Kale Smoothie (A.K.A Mega-F@%king Awesome Smoothie)

13 Nov
Vanilla Matcha Kale Smoothie

The Mega-F@%king Awesome Smoothie

Although I started this blog for musicians who like food rather than health nuts and athletes, it would appear that the food I like to make is appropriate for the latter. On a whim I’ve ¬†decided to take up Ashtanga Yoga again and since I’ve been biking downtown on a regular basis I’m noticing and increased need for protein. To top things off I’m a vegetarian (sort of) so protein is already a source of concern for me. What I’m saying is that there’s going to be a lot of protein/ smoothie posts for the next little while because I’m attempting to come up with creative solutions to combat potential deficiencies.


I actually drank some of this before taking the picture… I couldn’t wait.

Most people know by now that Kale is a super veggie. If you’ve spent anytime on the internet looking at food blogs you would have learned this by now because kale is EVERYWHERE! And truly for good reason, the stuff makes you feel like a boss. Besides being high in iron and fibre with absolutely no fat, kale is a great source of vitamin K (cancer preventing supposedly) and vitamin A ,which helps repair skins cells. To top it all off kale is high in antioxidants (stuff that prevents you from the bad stuff that hippies are always warning you about). Being ever so knowledgable of the ultimate powers kale possesses, I decided to throw in another super-hippie cancer preventing thang to create a mega-f@%king-awesome antioxidant smoothie. That supreme ingredient I’m spending way to long building up to revealing is matcha. Matcha is finely ground up green tea leaves that will provide people with an energy boost and extreme levels of antioxidants. Basically this stuff is also boss at preventing the bad stuff from giving us cancer. Combine these two with protein powder and you’ve got a great drink to have after a morning exercise. I recommend visiting your local tea shop to buy some matcha, you can also find it at various health food stores.

The song to drink with this awesome cancer preventing godly drink is Morcheeba‘s “Gimme your love” from their latest album Head Up High.


This is that Matcha stuff I’m talking about


  • 1 tbsp. Whey Protein Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Matcha
  • Two Kale leaves (stems removed)
  • 1/3 cup Almond Milk (or cows milk… or any kind of milk.)
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 tbsp. Agave or Maple Syrup


  1. Combine ingredients together in a high powered blender such as the Nutri Bullet.
  2. Blend until completely smooth
  3. Drink and enjoy!


White Chocolate Key Lime Pie

22 Oct

I love key lime pie… this is happening soon.

Great performers, great composers, greatness all around!

22 Oct

The Dodos:

Great performers, great composers, greatness all around!

Great performers, great composers, greatness all around!

The Dodo’s released their sixth album,¬†Carrier¬†in August. The Dodo’s never disappoint and although this album¬†has a darker, more ambient sound to it than their previous albums, I had it on repeat for a couple of weeks. This has been the case with every Dodo’s album I’ve listened to, I’m a fan. ¬†This is the first time I’ve seen the Dodos live and I couldn’t be happier with the experience. The Dodos are incredibly engaging with their audience, their live performance was as good if not better than their recordings and at the end of the show, I got to geek out and talk with them.¬†The¬†nice thing about being a fan of musicians that play in small venues is that you get opportunities to meet your idols.

What turned out to be especially exciting is that Meric Long, the lead singer of The Dodos is totally into cooking! There was another girl talking to him and she actually gave him a cookbook the last time The Dodos were touring in Canada. After hearing this I immediately launched into telling Meric my Starving Musician’s Kitchen idea (which is a secret until I decide to write a post about it…). This led to Meric telling me about his favourite chicken recipe. It turns out Meric used to work in restaurants in San Francisco before going into the music industry! ¬†I’m still waiting for a facebook message with a chicken recipe, but I’ll survive if it never comes, the experience in itself was all I needed!

In addition to finally seeing The Dodos live, I also met Joe Haege, the lead singer from 31knots. Joe has been touring with The Dodos playing the guitar and he recently released a solo album under the name Vin Blanc/ White Wine called “In Every way but One.” A quick Joe Haege google search reveals that he is “the creepiest guy in Portland…”¬†and I have to admit, “In Every Way but One” reinforces this idea, but also shows that Joe Haege has some serious talent. I’m thoroughly enjoying this album and I highly recommend checking it out! Click here to read my post, which likens Joe’s album to celery.

Here’s a Dodos video for a song off their latest album. Do you like it? Yes? Awesome,¬†buy an album!

Joe Haege’s Latest Album is a bit like Celery

22 Oct

For those of you who don’t know, Joe Haege is the lead from 31Knots and currently a solo musician under the name Vin Blanc/ White Wine. ¬†Joe has also worked with bands such as Tu Fawning and Menomena. I’m not going to give you a whole history of Joe’s career you can look into that by following a wiki link (come on, I’m too lazy to copy that stuff). What I would like to talk about is Joe’s latest album, “In Every Way but One,” which he gave me when I met him a few weeks ago at a Dodos concert in Toronto.

First of all, I had no idea he would be touring with The Dodos, second of all I was kind of thrilled. After the show I awkwardly approached Joe to confirm that he was in fact the lead from 31Knots. We talked for a little while about his music and the odd coincidence that I, a fan of 31Knots, would know about the Portland band. That’s when Joe announced that he wanted to get his solo album for me. When Logan Kroeber, the drummer from The Dodo‘s heard that Joe was giving me his latest album he said something along the lines of, “oh no you’re going to ruin her innocence!”

vin blanc

At the time I didn’t really get what he meant. I TOTALLY DO NOW. And it’s great. Phooey to innocence. If lost innocence means exposure to good art that’s fine with me. On the inside of CD cover of “In Every Way but One” Joe talks about his struggle in the music industry in terms of gaining recognition and his coming to terms with the reality of his career. This album is a product of Joe coming to terms with his frustrations and accepting his passion for music and I think it’s a thoroughly enjoyable and honest piece of work. This album reminds me of an¬†Aldous Huxley quote I once saw on the internet, “I’m afraid of losing my obscurity, genuineness only thrives in the dark, like celery.” On that note, “In Every Way but One” is a lot like celery, it grew in the darkness of obscurity and it’s pretty great. This album is also calorie free… it might even help you lose a couple calories. (Terrible pun.) You can listen/buy his album by clicking here.

Kalila’s Hangover Omelette

21 Oct


I know there is a billion omelette recipes on the internet that are very similar to this one, but this is my favourite quick meal to make and I had to add it! I also believe that a good omelette is one of the best cures for a hangover! I know most people aren’t down to dice vegetables when they’re hungover, but I guarantee that after you eat this omelette you will feel 50 times better! I don’t usually pair this with french fries, but there were fries in the fridge and I thought I would indulge a little today. Normally I just eat this with a piece of toast and some sort of banana smoothy. Or just water, depending on how much fun I had the night before…


Kalila’s Hangover Omelette:


1/2 tsp canola oil

1 egg

3 Kalamata Olives

1/8 small cut out of a red pepper

1/8 small cut out of a green pepper

1/8 of a tomato diced

1/8 small yellow onion diced (can also use red onion)

75 g grated mozerella

black pepper

Himalayan Pink Salt

2 drops of Black Truffle Oil


1. Heat a small cast iron skillet on medium heat with 1/2 tsp canola oil, spread evenly around the skillet.

2. Take all of the ingredients out of the fridge. Have a cutting board, a paring knife and a tomato knife (serrated knife) on hand.

2. Crack egg into a bowl and thoroughly beat. Sprinkle a little bit of pepper and a little bit of Himalayan pink salt. Check to see if the skillet is hot enough by hovering your hand about 3 inches above the pan, if you can feel the heat, the pan is ready, pour the egg into the pan.

3. Dice tomato, onion, peppers and olives. The toss a small amount of cheese onto one half of the egg. Add diced vegetables on top of the cheese and add the rest of the cheese on top of the vegetables.

4. When the egg looks less gooey and the bottom of the egg is a light brown, fold half of the omelette onto the side with the vegetables and cheese. Press down on the top of the omelette with a spatula and cook until cheese is completely melted. Vegetables will spill over the edge, don’t fret, this is still delicious!

5. Remove omelette from skillet and season with salt and pepper and a light drizzle of black truffle oil.

P.S If you like spicy stuff, add a bit of Frank’s Hot Sauce! I put that shit on everything. (Yeah I said it.)


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