04
Sep
10

Girls just wanna see 80’s icons


  

Yeah, that’s Cyndi Lauper.  Yeah, we got to see her on September 1, 2010.  And, yeah, she can still rock the house.  Well, in this case, she rocked the Oregon Zoo here in Portland.  My only regret is that I never saw her perform live during the 80’s.  But I’m really glad I got to see her this week.  The fact that she is 7 months older than me and bouncing around like a little kid up on that stage was totally inspiring.  Her most recent song styling is the blues, and baby, she can sing the blues.  I believe she can sing anything.  Her range is phenomenal.  A couple times she apologised to the elephants (the open lawn amphitheater was near the elephant habitat) because she would hit these amazing notes and hold ’em for a crazy long time.  

She still uses some of her old moves from the 80's

We were camped a bit far from the stage, but thanks to Katie and her trusty Nikon D70s and a fancy pants zoom lens, she was able to capture some pretty good shots of the diva.  Actually, it was probably a blessing that we were a bit farther away with our camera.  There was one woman who actually caught the rath of Ms. Cyndi Lauper.  Apparently the woman was videoing the show instead of appreciating the fact that she had a perfect spot to watch all of the action live, up close and personal.  Cyndi wasn’t havin’ it.  She told the woman to get the camera out of her face.  She told her that she was up there singing for her and that she should have the courtesy to watch and enjoy the show, because she was there now.   Later, I guess the woman continued to tape, because Cyndi looked at her in disgust again and said “You’re really pissing me off, girly!”  Tell her how you really feel, Cyndi.  

As I mentioned, the venue was an amphitheater lawn affair.  That means people drag blankets, lawn chairs and food to these concerts.  Thankfully the zoo allows outside food.  The only thing you are forced to purchase (besides the tickets to the show) are beverages.  I saw A LOT of wine bottles being purchased.  And, the sight of A LOT of staggering zombies at the end of the night tells us that the zoo made A LOT of money off the sale of booze and semi expensive concert tickets.  

Of course, Vampire Gran dragged a blanket, lawn chairs and food for the evening.  Our picnic consisted of Spicy Veggie “Chicken” Wraps, watermelon cubes, grapes, bagel chips, hummus and Molasses Ginger cookies.  I had left over ingredients so I made the wraps again for dinner last night.  Here’s how I made ’em: 

First I make a sauce using equal portions of frozen orange juice concentrate and Veganaise.  Then add habenero powder to your desired heat preference. 

three ingredients, could not be easier

 

mix it up, there's your sauce

I sauteed Trader Joe’s chickenless strips with garlic and onion powder, dried oregano, kosher salt and cracked pepper. 

tastes just like.........

Then I mixed it with the sauce to keep it moist. 

The strips soak up more flavor and keeps it from drying out

While the strips are soaking, I thinly sliced some green cabbage, julianned red and yellow bells pepper, small diced some red onion and rough chopped cilantro.  Mix it all together ala salad. 

Ooooo, purty!

Then, in individual shallow bowls, I prepared the innards for these spicy wraps.  I made two wraps hence I used two bowls. 

almost ready to toss

You could actually serve this as a salad at this point.  I tossed it, then added cubed avocado. 

this is making me hungry

Ok, now heat up a wrap on a griddle or wide saute pan.  I used Trader Joe’s 100% whole wheat wraps – mighty good.  Heat until soft and pliable. 

Nice and pliable? Lets get ready to wrap it up!

Now we're cookin'

Mound the filling in the center of the wrap…… 

Step 2....

Fold the bottom up and away from you, sorta burrito style, but only the bottom gets folded. 

Almost done

Fold one side over and then tightly roll until the whole shebang is encased with the top open, showing off the delicious, mouth-watering contents.  This may take some practice, but if you are familiar with making burritos, you will have no problem. 

Mmmmmm.......wanna bite?

Nice!

Oh, brain fart!  I forgot one very important SPICY ingredient.  Jalapenos.  You can use fresh or jarred.  I opted for the jarred in this case.  We do like our food spicy and hot, so I get a little heavy handed sometimes. 

Now we're talkin' spicy

Right, now wrap that all up again.  These wraps make great road food.  Since we didn’t want to haul an ice chest to the zoo, I just wrapped them in plastic wrap and popped ’em into my backpack along with all the other food.  If you’re not going to devour them within, say an hour and a half, I would keep ’em cool in the refrigerator or an ice chest. 

I mentioned Molasses Ginger cookies up there, didn’t I?  These are, hands down, my favorite cookie.  But, guess what?  I’m gonna leave you hanging like a season finale.  And I, like Cyndi Lauper and her band here, am going to take a bow and hopefully leave you wanting more.  Good Night!!!!!! 

 

 

THANK YOU AND GOOD NIGHT!!!!!!

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12 Responses to “Girls just wanna see 80’s icons”


  1. September 4, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Oh great, now I’m hungry too… whatcha gonna do about it?

    I have so much fun with you no matter what we’re doing, but this concert was particularly fun. You’re so cute bouncing up and down to the song “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”, and it was good fun sitting there in the middle of the lawn watching the drunks stumble/stampede for the exits until it was just us and the security people telling us to get off our butts and get the heck out. Yup, I think they thought it was cute that we said we were waiting for the monkeys to do an encore for us.

    I’m sorry we didn’t get Cyndi to sign you “Cyndi Lauper” collector series Barbie Doll… Cyndi, I don’t want to scare you, but I’m putting you on notice right now that we’re going to turn up at your shows again and again until you sign that doll… just sayin’.

    Katie

  2. September 4, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Yeah, Cyndi. I didn’t want to scare you by your tour bus and most of all, I didn’t want to get kicked out of the zoo. Having been kicked out of a concert before, I didn’t want to repeat that experience of the 80’s! That show was great, our picnic was delicious and I am definelty wanting more.

  3. September 5, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    She really was a rockin superstar – such an amazing voice!!!

    I wish I had one of your wraps at the concert!! Those look DELICIOUS!!! I am going to try to make the exact same wrap next week-yum!! We were pretty close up-in the first row behind the blanket section, but I don’t have a fancy pants lens (yet). Your pics did turn out great. My son and I both went down to stand right in front of the stage and took some pics down there, but were too afraid to use the flash after she scolded others so our super-close pics didn’t come out that great.

    She was awesome and I’m with you-I wish I could have seen her long ago.

    I’m subscribing to your blog-so I can steal some of your recipes in the future. 🙂

    • September 5, 2010 at 7:43 pm

      Sweet! I hope you find some recipes you like. Yes, Cyndi Lauper was totally awesome. We’re already talking about the next time we see her. I actually brought my Cyndi Lauper doll with me in hope of getting her to autograph the box, but did not feel like getting too much in her face. Thanks for visiting my blog and becoming a subscriber!

  4. September 6, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    It all sounds so amazing and the pics are really great. What a wonderful experience – thanks for sharing it!

    Sunshine

    • September 6, 2010 at 1:02 pm

      Hey there, Sunshine! Thanks for visiting my blog. I am really enjoying reading about your adventures, too. The show was amazing and the food – yummy! I look forward to future communication.

      Patty aka Vampire Gran

  5. September 7, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Paricia…what a fun experience for you to enjoy.
    This has brought back memories of so much that happened for me during the 80’s.

    Here’s wishing you many more fun moments…and maybe more luck attaining signatures ;o)

    Ciao for now,
    Claudia

  6. September 22, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    ok, so i keep coming back to look because i lust her! and you know that word one should NEVER EVER use on a menu? ZESTY???

    Well the food is zesty and so is she, and I happen to like that kind of Z word.

  7. September 22, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    You’re pretty zesty yourself, Elisa! Thanks for checkin’ in. I know I’ve been lazy again about posting, but have some tricks up my sleeve for Halloween!

  8. September 30, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Cindi Lauper is such a fun artist! Never had the chance to see her live though.

    And those chicken wraps of yours look so good. I’ll definitely try something like that this weekend, the sauce looks so nice. Have to see if I can get hold of the juice concentrate, don’t think it’s so common over here..

  9. October 5, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Hey Patti, I have something for you at my blog!
    Sunshine x

  10. October 5, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    And she has great hair.


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