Sep 30, 2009
Sep 28, 2009
I was very excited!
Balthazar was wonderful- I nabbed the last bowl of bouillabase, and devoured it.
Saturday was Carnegie Deli (a plate of pastrami was likely not the best idea for my slight hangover, but it was Hubs' trip and choices). Then we headed to the Yankees-Red Sox game. Ha- our seats were the very very tip top row. You couldn't get any higher- but no nosebleeds occurred thankfully.
I was so tickled my this dog, who sat perfectly still while people gawked, with a pipe in his mouth no less! I have this strange fascination with dogs and children wearing sunglasses. Yes, I am easily amused.
We ended up at the Tennessee alumni bar where we watched the game, then headed downtown to the Meatpacking District, then the West Village to meet friends for drinks. I had a wonderful time (perhaps a little too wonderful, as I slept til ELEVEN on Sunday).
After devouring a club sandwich (my room service order always, after a bad experience with crabcakes at the Chicago Ritz), Hubs and I braved the rain for some edification at the Natural History MuseumAfter the rain ceased we strolled through Central Park, window shopped and relaxed before heading to the airport for our (very) late return flight home. It was a wonderful weekend!
Sep 24, 2009
Sep 23, 2009
I adore this movie. So strange, yet late 80's good. Somehow, although Louise possibly does naughty things with the popular guy in an abandoned house, (because she has cast a spell on him, naturally), this movie escaped the ban imposed on similar slut-tastic films such as Dirty Dancing and Pretty Woman.
Teen Witch made an indelible mark on the cinematic world by its ground breaking implementation of rap in a movie set in white bread suburbia.
Just kidding. Top That is pretty awesome though.
Sep 22, 2009
Like I said- it is a quick, but very effective fix, to lose five pounds of WATER weight in 3 days. I'll be eating this til Friday!
Next up- is using Gossip Girl for packing advice a bad idea??
Sidenote- while watching said Gossip Girl last night, I decided since I was starting the 3 day diet tomorrow, I deserved a brownie. I keep a bunch of brownies in the freezer for such purpose (also so I do not I eat entire pan of brownies when first made- they must immediately be shipped off to Siberia). So I am anxiously awaiting my brownie as it heats in the microwave. Then I start to smell something burning. Confusion. How could microwave burn brownie?? I haul it out of there, and find a stray piece of aluminum foil stuck to the bottom. Drat.
I remove the parts of brownie that looked affected and ate the rest. Some of it had a slightly singed flavor that I handily masked with cinnamon ice cream. So I am I going to die of radioactive aluminum poisoning now?
Sep 21, 2009
Drew is another not so much for me. I hate skin colored dresses because of their tendency to make the most glowing people look wan. See Rose Byrne below. I understand that Ms. Barrymore is counteracting the washout with her lipstick, but it just looks off. Like she changed dresses at the last minute without changing her makeup.
Padma- I love you. However, when you are sporting the ten pounds you gain while filming Top Chef (I totally feel your pain), it might be best not to emphasize this with a bunch of flowers stapled to your tummy. Just saying. P.S. You are really really pretty.
I adore Mila Kunis' dress. A perfect youthful combo of a classic shape with edgy details. I am digging it more and more upon closer inspection.
I have an unreasonable bias against one shoulder gowns in general (ice skating outfit associations, they look dumb on me, etc.). But regardless of that issue- KIM! You are not Jenny from the Block. You are from Bev Hills, or similar vicinities. Stop trying. She will beat you because (a) she mastered the art of her own image and will not be usurped (b) she has actually talent (even if mediocre), and (c) she used to be a Fly Girl. Stop doing her faces, hair, and general look. Thanks!!
This is one of those dresses that are gorgeous in theory, then in real life- not so much. Plus it makes Elisabeth Moss look so much bigger than she is. Wrinkly mess. Sorry, Peggy Olson/Zoe Bartlett. You're still a bad-ass actress!
I really like Kyra Sedgwick's show The Closer. I also feel like her marriage with Kevin Bacon is loving and solid, which is delightful. I think her dress is ugly. I like her hair though!
Hey- Chloe Sevigny looks pretty, and not bat shit crazy!
Leighton Meester brings the heat. Awesome.
January Jones Art Deco number is one of those love it or hate it. I think it is cool, and she can wear pretty much anything. Also, I really want her entire Mad Men wardrobe.
Rose Byrne- I feel that we would have a lot to talk about because you are a now second year associate dealing with a demanding boss at your law firm. Then I remember you are actress, we have nothing in common, and I get waaayyyy too into Damages. Also- your dress is lovely, as is your hair. The color of your dress is blah- please see comments re: Drew Barrymore.
Saturday morning I met Gracie Beth at Starbucks to exchange gifts from the Football Swap. I love the Tennessee gear she gave me, and she was just delightful in person as she is on her blog. After almost throwing up on the elliptical (hmmm, Greek wine?), I decided to watch the UT-Florida game on the couch, while Hubs hit up a party.
Although the Vols lost, they played very well, and all of Big Orange country was putting up a 23-13 game as a victory. So hurrah!
After the game, I fixed myself up, and got ready for an engagement party. It was a great time.
JML, me, Carson, AB, the lady of the hour Surrat, who is getting married in January, Shan, MOH, who borrowed one of my fave dresses purchased for my engagement party, and JB
Sep 20, 2009
Sep 18, 2009
Getting to the good stuff- our swag bags! The highlight was Ellie Kreiger's cookbook- The Food You Crave. I tore into the minute I got home.
The following recipes are high on my to-make list- perfect healthy nibbles for a snackster trying to lose 7 lbs.
8 ounces Italian style poultry sausage*
8 large basil leaves
12 pitted calamata olives, halved
24 grape tomatoes
24 (6-inch) wooden skewers
Cook the sausage according to the directions on the package and cut it into 1-inch rounds. Cut the basil leaves lengthwise into thirds.
Put an olive half about 1/3 of the way down onto a skewer. Then add 1 strip of basil, folding so it fits nicely on the skewer. Follow with 1 grape tomato and a round of sausage. Position everything on the end of the skewer so the skewer can stand up on its sausage end.
12 asparagus spears
1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 thin slices smoked turkey (about 1/4 pound)
12 chives, optional
Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Break the woody end off each asparagus spear and peel the outermost layer off the lower 3/4 of the spear with a vegetable peeler. Place asparagus on a large plate, drizzle with the olive oil and toss gently so the oil is evenly distributed. Slice each slice of turkey lengthwise into three strips. Wrap one strip of turkey around each asparagus spear, leaving the tips of the asparagus unwrapped. If using, tie a blade of chive around each wrapped spear. Place the wrapped asparagus on baking tray and bake for12 minutes, turning once.
Sep 17, 2009
Brenda is looking sporty chic in her bike shorts and headband.
Back to the bodysuit- in maroon crushed velvet. I swoon.
Ooh, did Brenda let Donna borrow it for a party at the Walsh's? Or is Donna's a more expensive, designer crushed velvet maroon bodysuit? With no back! I don't think Felice would approve. Not very virginal looking, Donna.
Comparatively, this skin tight, off the shoulder floral number with matching headband is positively demure. And coordinates nicely with Steve's mini-floral shirt. Notice both he and Kelly and sported the pleated waist pant with black silver buckled belts. He however, is NOT wearing a pink bodysuit. For shame.
The following looks of Donna's were definitely in my 6th-7th grade wardrobe- short-all with elastic headband, and black leggings with oversized colored sweater on top. I was looking good!
Early nineties fashion. I can't believe it is coming back. Not for me folks! I've got awkward 6th grade dance pics to prove that it should stay in the past for me.
Sep 16, 2009
First purchase will be East Tennessee's own Blackberry Farm's tome. If you have an opportunity to visit Blackberry, go with haste! It is a little piece of super luxurious heaven. Sigh.
Follow the link to a recipe for Ginger Lemonade- sounds so yummy.
And finally one of my Top Chef Masters crushes- John Besh. I have a feeling after this purchase, there will be a lot of Cajun dinner parties happening at the condo.