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Date Night: Korean Rice Cake Soup

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Clarissa Brucato May 25, 2012

My friend Jenna and I both agreed to have date nights every week. We spend our time dancing to K-POP, talking about our biases, sharing a general dislike for the word "moist" and making food. We decided to make a Korean dish that we saw on an episode of SHINee's Hello Baby and it turned out great!

What you need to make Korean Rice Cake soup: one pound of rice cakes (definitely not the thin, airy snacks you're thinking of), six cups of meat broth (but since I'm a vegetarian we definitely substituted it with veggie broth), two scallions, two fried eggs, seaweed (but we didn't put it in since it gave it a fishy taste), soy sauce and pepper. You can find directions here

Because I also bought kimchi while I was at the market, Jenna brought rice with her and we had rice on the side with the delicious, spicy kimchi. It was definitely a meal of champions since we added Italian bread as well. It is seriously one of the most delicious meals I have ever had. 

Hopefully I'll have it again when I go to Korea in two years! :) 

Afterwards we did dishes (which took forever) and then we made cute cupcakes. Hopefully I'll post photos of them tomorrow. 

Have you tried any international foods lately? Post photos/recipes below! 


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Happy Birthday To David Bowie!

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Clarissa Brucato Jan 07, 2012

Today, January 8th, is a wonderful day because it is none other than David Bowie's birthday! Surprisingly, the thin white duke is turning 65 today! I can't believe we've been blessed to have such an amazing man on this earth for so long! 

Not only did David Bowie change the music industry for the better, he also changed film. He was the lead role in Jim Henson's Labyrinth as Jareth, The Goblin King. All Bowie fans either grew up with this movie or watched it as a result of his fame. Not only did he star alongside Jennifer Connelly, he also starred in The Man Who Fell To Earth. I remember when my sister went through a Bowie phase she asked for this movie and my parents didn't let me watch it. I cried because I just wanted to see beautiful David Bowie. 

I'm really happy to say that I grew up with David Bowie. Ever since I can remember, I have been dancing my heart out to Dance Magic, which is the song David sang for The Labyrinth. Every time the song comes on I dance and sing. I also grew up listening to his music. It wasn't until a few years ago that I began to get more and more of his older stuff and I am extremely happy I did so. I stumbled upon my all-time favorite Bowie song which is Lady Grinning Soul. I plan on getting the Aladdin Sane silhouette tattooed (lightning strip visible, of course), with the title underneath it. He's a big part of my life and always will be. Thank you, David Bowie.

His music still plays as if it was newly released, and his photos are plastered everywhere. You can't walk into a classic film shop or a record shop without seeing Bowie's face. He's truly one of the most influential men in this world and I am so glad to be wishing him a happy and healthy 65th birthday.

Happy birthday David Bowie! 

Think you know David Bowie? Take this quiz made by Rolling Stone to see how well you know the Thin White Duke!

When did you get into David Bowie? What's your favorite song of his?


Happy Birthday to Zacky Vengeance of Avenged Sevenfold!

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Clarissa Brucato Dec 11, 2011

Today is a wonderful day. Why? The guitarist of Avenged Sevenfold, Zacky Vengeance, was born this day 30 years ago! In case you didn't know, he is kind of the love of my life. So lets all celebrate this wonderful day and wish Zacky Baker a happy birthday full of cake, candy, Jack Daniels and lots of friends!

(more photos here)

I had the chance to meet him in 2007 (to all of you who know this, you knew this was coming!). I told him that I loved him cause I am a dork and he told me he loved me back haha. It was awesome and you can tell how excited I was. I bragged about it for days. And I still do sometimes

Anyways, Zacky is one of my greatest influences because he helped me through a tough time in eighth grade. The entire school was against me and instead of being depressed and letting everyone put me down, I became a better person thanks to Zacky's famous quote, "The best revenge is bettering yourself". I plan on getting it tattooed somewhere when I have money and the guts to actually get a tattoo. My parents tell me I have to be moved out to get one, even if I am old enough and have the money to pay for it. Oh well! One day I shall have that quote on my skin.

So happy birthday Zacky! We all love you and admire you for your strength and talent. You're a great person who will continue to do great things! Have fun today!


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Korean Pop Music is Out To Conquer The World

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Clarissa Brucato Nov 30, 2011

While enjoying a cup of Starbucks coffee with my friend on campus, we decided to head to Griffin Hall which is the newest building on NKU built and paid for by Dell (even though all the computers in the building are apple haha). Anyways, there is a giant marquee that usually posts information on stocks that illuminates the bottom floor. While sitting up on the balcony with my friend, she starts to laugh and mumbles something about "Korean music". Being a huge fan of Korean pop music I asked what she was talking about and she pointed to the marqeee. In neon blue, the marquee scrolls 'Korean pop music is out to conquer the world'. My jaw dropped.

First off, I have been absolutely obsessed with Korean pop music (K-pop) for a few months now, all thanks to my best friend. Pretty much all I do is listen to a few Korean bands/groups and talk about them. Not to mention my entire dash on Tumblr is always full of the beautiful Korean men who makes up K-pop groups. So when I see that NKU is talking about/posting Korean pop-music related things, I flip.

I posted a while back about how Korean music is definitely on the rise after pop/hip hop group Big Bang won 'Best Worldwide Act' at the MTV EMAs. Now that I see at a little university in Kentucky is talking about Korean pop music, I can't help but get excited about the explosion of this type of music.

If you're new to the whole foreign music, you have to look past the difference in the language. The music itself is absolutely amazing and quite frankly, better than America's pop music in my opinion (note I do not like any American pop music like Katy Perry, etc). I didn't really enjoy hip hop until I listened to Big Bang and Block B. So are you ready to listen to some good music? Watch the videos below!

Super Junior:


Big Bang:

Block B:


Don't mind Joon being naked in the shower in the beginning. I'm sure you don't mind, though..




There are a lot of other k-pop groups out there but those are the ones I really like and am really into. They're pretty good ones to start out on, too. I'm not a huge fan of the girl k-pop groups, but there are a ton out there. Check them out!

Are you a fan of Korean-pop music? Do you think it's 'out to conquer the world'?


Music Flashback: A Playlist For the 1960's

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Clarissa Brucato Nov 28, 2011

Oh the 60's. A time where I wish I was a teen/young adult so I could experience amazing bands performing live. I could have seen Jefferson Airplane, David Bowie and The Who in their prime. Every so often I get a little sad knowing I'll never get to see them but I made a playlist to make me feel like I'm in the 1960's! Check out my playlist below!

Space Oddity - David Bowie

The love of my life <3

Hello, I Love You - The Doors

I'm A Believer - The Monkees*

I got to see The Monkees this Summer and actually got to meet Davy Jones!

White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane

Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin

Nights In White Satin - Moody Blues

I fell in love with this song after reading Perks of Being a Wallflower. Since then I learned the flute part and have listened to it over and over on repeat. It was pretty much the soundtrack to my Summer.

Scarborough Fair - Simon & Garfunkel

Yet another song I found through Perks!

Dear Mr. Fantasy - Traffic

Pinball Wizard - The Who

Wild Thing - Jimi Hendrix

Me & Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin

California Dreamin' - Mamas and Papas

A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles

Those are some of my favorites from the 1960's. What music from the 60's is your favorite?


Happy One Year Anniversary To MCR's Danger Days!

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Clarissa Brucato Nov 22, 2011

Time sure does fly by. I remember rushing home from school so I could go out and buy My Chemical Romance's highly anticipated fourth concept album, Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys. My Chem seemed to have fallen off the face of the Earth after they finished touring for their third album The Black Parade. But they came back with another concept album that blew all of us Killjoys out of the water on November 22nd, 2010.

They first released their amazing single 'Na Na Na', followed by the music video in October of 2010, which made every MCR fan's dreams come true. We all know they are influenced by comic books and have even written some of their own (Gerard and Mikey) so to see a video where they follow a hero/villain plot was amazing. Not to mention we all cried when they all died. COME ON, WHY DOES A MEMBER ALWAYS DIE IN YOUR VIDEOS? (i.e. Mikey in Ghost of You).

MCR fans were even more eager for their album with the release of 'The Only Hope for Me Is You', the second single from their album. Their third single from the album, 'Sing', was released less than twenty days before their album released on the 22nd. I remember how angry I was at MCR for making me want their album even more than I already did. Releasing three songs off the album before I could get my hands on it drove me insane.

But alas, one year ago today My Chemical Romance released their fourth album, Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys. In my opinion, their best album yet.

Happy anniversary Danger Days! You definitely didn't disappoint!

Can you believe it's already been a year since we've had Party Poision, Jet Star, Kobra Kid, and Fun Ghoul?


8 Reasons Why You Should Be Watching Parks & Recreation

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Clarissa Brucato Nov 21, 2011

If you aren't into watching television, what, what, what are you doing? You should be watching Parks and Recreation on Thursdays at 8:30 on NBC. If you're an Office fan, it's the half hour before the show so you might as well watch it! The show is absolutely brilliant. But don't take my word for it. Watch the videos below.

Tom and Donna

Andy Dwyer

Ron Swanson

April Ludgate

Leslie Knope


Chris Traegger

Ben Wyatt

If you aren't convinced, something is wrong.

Who is your favorite character in Parks and Rec?


Music Flashback: A Playlist for the 1950s

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Clarissa Brucato Nov 21, 2011

The 1950s was such a great era. Rock n' roll emerged from big band music from the 40s. During this era everyone was doing the jive and group dancing, which you see in movies like Grease. I really wish I had been alive because I am pretty sure I would have been a champion at dancing.

Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues

Elvis Presley - Hound Dog

Buddy Holly - Peggy Sue Got Married

Ray Charles - What'd I Say

The Coasters - Poison Ivy

Les Paul and Mary Ford - How High The Moon

Patti Page - The Tennessee Waltz

Bobby Day - Rockin' Robin

If you're a fan of The Office, you will think of Andy Bernard's version haha.

I love music from the 50s because of how talented the singers and musicians were. Just listen to Patti's voice! No one sings like that anymore. Not to mention all of the amazing harmonies in the songs. It's crazy how different music is now!

I'm pumped for the 1960s playlist (: My favorite era of music!!

What song do you like from the 1950s?


Music Flashback: 1940's Playlist

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Clarissa Brucato Nov 16, 2011

If you're like me, you're a big fan of everything that happened music or fashion wise, years before you were even born or even thought of. I have always leaned more towards music from the sixties and seventies rather than the music from today. Along with music, I've always gravitated towards fashion from the sixties and earlier. As I was listening to Jefferson Airplane this morning I created a playlist on my iTunes and thought I would start something for all of you who share my interest. Every week I'll post a 'Music Flashback' and a playlist from a different decade with popular artists from that time. Sound good?

This week's 'music flashback' will be from the 1940's! *note: big band music dominated the 40's.

Glenn Miller - In the Mood

*This song was released in 1939 but did not become popular until 1940, so I figured I would add it. Plus this is one of my all-time favorite songs.

Bing Crosby - Swinging On A Star

Duke Ellington - Take the "A" Train

*fun fact, I played this song in high school. I can't find the recording to share with you though ):

Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra Featuring Frank Sinatra - Stardust

Frank Sinatra - All or Nothing At All

Harry James & His Orchestra - I'm Beginning to see The Light

Guy Lombardo - The Band Played On

I'm in love with music from the 1940's. Big band music is just wonderful to me. I'm pretty sure if I do get married, my "first dance" will be to 'In the Mood' by Glenn Miller. Inappropriate, maybe. But a great song!

Interested in more 1940's popular music? Visit this website!

Did you discover any new music you liked? What is your favorite era of music?


Rowling: 'Lupin Had to Die and Hagrid Had to Live'

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Clarissa Brucato Nov 02, 2011

J.K. Rowling recently shared that she seriously considered killing off Ron Weasley and now, because of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 DVD release is soon, J.K. Rowling is sharing more information about her writing. 

In an interview with Daniel Radcliffe who portrayed Harry Potter, she shares that she didn't plan on killing Remus Lupin, James' Potter's best friend who is a sometimes werewolf. Lupin was introduced in the Prisoner of Azkaban as Harry's Defense Against the Dark Arts professor. 

"Rowling telld Radcliffe that the image of Hagrid cradling 'dead' Harry — a bookend moment to the beginning of the series, when Hagrid brought infant Harry to the Dursleys – stuck with her the entire time she wrote the books and she never let it go. If she had, Rowling says Hagrid would have been a 'natural' target for elimination. 'That image kept him safe,' she says."

"On the DVD, Rowling shares with Radcliffe that when she created Lupin’s character, she planned for him to survive the events of the finale. While the author has said as much in other interviews, here, she elaborates, explaining that she changed her mind when she realized that her last Harry Potter story was really about war, and that 'one of the most horrifying things about war is how it leaves children fatherless and motherless.' The most powerful way she could dramatize that idea, she says, was to kill a set of parents that were dear to readers. 'I had no intention of killing [Lupin],' says Rowling. “But then it dawned on me he had to die."

I knew when I was reading the final book that if Hagrid died I would probably cry for days. I did anyways because of Snape, Fred, Tonks, and Lupin. But Hagrid has been with Harry by his side since day one! It'd be too sad for him to be gone. So I'm glad J.K. made the decision to keep him alive!

I am shocked that she planned on having Lupin survive but changed her mind to kill him. I understand why she did it, but it's so sad! ):

What do you think of Rowling's idea to change Lupin surviving and Hagrid dying? 



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  • Member Since: 2007-09-13
  • Relationship Status: single
  • Orientation: Straight
  • Religion: Atheist
  • Children: Someday
  • Education: In College

About Me:

I take photos and blog a lot. But I smile even more (:


Makeup, Music, Photography, Reading

Favorite Music:

Alice in Chains, Avenged Sevenfold, David Bowie, Matt & Kim, My Chemical Romance, Parkway Drive, Rush, The Monkees

Favorite Movies:

Anastasia, Dark Crystal, Despicable Me, Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, Labyrinth, Land Before Time, Nightmare Before Christmas, Pocahontas, Toy Story

Favorite TV Shows:

Community, Gilmore Girls, The Office, Top Gear

Favorite Books:

Brave New World, Farenheit 451, Game of Thrones series, Harry Potter series, Heart Shaped Box, Jurassic Park, The Outsiders