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A 20 something culinary school graduate. Lover of la cuisine, style, coffee and travel.

Month: April, 2011

Midnight in Paris

Woody Allen? Paris? Marion Cottillard? Carla Bruni? PARIS?? Done.

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Such thing as too many?

I get ragged on sometimes a lot for my striped-dominant closet. Usually I just laugh and say silly roommates, classic is as classic does! La di da, right?! I’ll admit, though, at times I’m slightly concerned I have an issue. So when I came across this photo..

… many sighs of relief ensued. I am not alone! There are many others out there and united we stand! And we are in good company:

photos via closet visit and la mariniere: a french classique -opening ceremony

Shades of Blue

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bow lines. Sail away from the safe harbour.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain

Photos mine, Greece sailing trip 2008

3 places to eat: in the sky, in a field, out of time

Dining out has come a long way from the restaurant-bars, known as thermopolia, of ancient Rome and the 11th century catering industry in Kaifeng, China. These days, it’s difficult for a restaurant to distinguish itself amongst such vast company. The following places to eat, however, have done a superb job in setting themselves apart.

Dinner in the sky has been held in over 30 countries around the world. A crane (and a team of professionals) suspends a table of up to 22 people and 3 chefs 50 meters in the sky. Which air space would you rather eat a five course meal in? Maybe Las Vegas on New Years Eve? In Paris over looking the Eiffel tower? Chilling next to the Amiens Cathedral in Picardy?  If you can settle your stomach enough to digest a meal or two, the sky’s the limit. Literally.

Outstanding in the Field is a little more down to earth (pun intended), but equally as incredible. Since 1999, Chef Jim Denevan and his team have been traveling the world in a big red and white bus, organizing intimate farm to table dinners which showcase a particular regions farmers, artisans and chefs. Dining in the great outdoors, with spectacular skies and seas and mountains surrounding you, that is what food is all about.

Next is Chef Grant Achatz’s newest and most talk about venture. You can find the restaurant in Chicago, but once you enter the building you will find yourself in an entirely alternate location and time. There will be four menus a year, each featuring a different city in a different era, from Paris in 1906 (the opening menu) to Hong Kong in the 2030’s. The innovative restaurant is surprisingly affordable, although I can imagine it is not so easy to pin down a reservation. The cocktail restaurant next door, The Aviary, doesn’t even accept reservations, instead it will send out text messages to waiting customers in the (unlikely) event of a table opening. Even more mysterious (if that’s  possible) is the speakeasy which will be located below the lounge. Intrigued? I know I am..

Guacamole! Ole!

How to make guacamole with a mortar and pestle. I normally just make mine with lime and sea salt, but I’m loving Ruhlman’s suggestions, like letting the salt dissolve in the lime before adding the fatty avocado, and how leaving the shallot and garlic in the acid for ten minutes will diminish their sharpness.

 

Photo mine. What a wonderful day it was opening up this baby!

Loving the sound of this.

The civil wars are Joy Williams (anyone remember the blonde Christian pop singer of 2001?) and John Paul White. USA Today calls them “musical soul mates”. I completely agree, the harmonies these two create are breathtaking.

 

Girl crush!

How stoked was I to see Emerson on Tomboy Style this morning! She is the bees knees. Go check it out now.

Pretty things

1. Pink tulips.

2. Blue sky (!!!).

3. Coffee macaron.

4. French onion soup, inspired by this.

5. A giant Parisian matchbox.

Not your ordinary farmers market

A Swiss farmers market with Lake Geneva and snowcapped Mont Blanc as its backdrop? I’m longing for warmer days as much as the next person, but amidst this childish game of tug-of-war winter and spring seem to be playing, let’s just say I’m Swiss, babe. I’d take winter all over again if it meant brisk mornings spent picking up morels at Vevey Market.

Photo via David Lebovitz.

Tumblr warning: do not browse hungry.

photos via ffood (click for source)