August 13th, 2006

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Lone Ticket

Hey all, I have one $250 ticket I need to sell since I won't be attending this year (booo!)

Has the original envelope it came in, all the numbers and so on. Face value, I'll cover the cost of sending it to you fast.

Email me at if you want all the deets, or call 818.741.7213 if you absolutely can't wait.

Happy burning!

XSG's Recipes: Mid-week Gazpacho Soup

Unless you have refrigeration, any meat you've brought is going to be highly questionable by the 5th or 6th day. Always trust your nose. This recipe uses a few fresh items that do last this long on the playa.

Melon Gazpacho Soup
1 Cantaloupe
1 Honeydew
4 Cans of stewed tomatos, italian style
4 cloves garlic (pre-peel them before you leave for Burning Man and store them in a plastic bag in a dark place)
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tbsp ground coriander
a few sprigs of parsley
1 large can of tomato paste
First thing in the morning (once you sober up), start by emptying the can of tomato paste into your large pot.
Dilute the tomato paste with water until it reaches your desired thickness. It should be similar to the consistency of tomato juice.
Mash the cloves of garlic and toss into the pot.
Add coriander to the pot and stir.
Chop parsley, add to pot.
Add lemon juice and stewed tomatos to pot.
Slice melon into 1/2" pieces and toss into the pot.
Mix all ingredients and let sit in a dark, well-ventilated location.
At the hottest time of the day, usually mid-afternoon, serve your soup. It should seem slightly chilled.

Playa Cooking Tip: Limes

I learned this from Thai food.

Lime rinds are not only edible, they are delicious!

Reduce your moop by using the entire lime. The secret is to chop up the skin into really small pieces (less than 1/4 inch of rind per piece) and throw the pieces skins and all into your food. This is especially good on tacos, burritos, green salad, fruit salad, guacamole, salad rolls, and as a condiment on just about anything you'd want to use limes, lemons, pickles or vinegar in.

See you at home!
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Question for Playa People

Hey Everyone.

This will be my first year heading to Burning Man, and I have a question for some of you.

I'm currently on a restricted diet of no dairy, no sugar, and no wheat. This includes fruit as well.

I was wondering if some of you people out there who might have alternative eating lifestyles might have some suggestions as to what would make good playa foods?

I've only been on the diet for a month, and am still easing into it, but I think that being in the desert is going to be alot different than eating this way at home close to a grocery store.

Any suggestions?

Thanks for any input you can provide.