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Good Hair
February 23, 2010, 9:58 am
Filed under: Beauty, Movies

Image via Sundance.org

I’ve always thought I was missing that gene most girls have that enable them to style their hair. I don’t hate my hair, I just don’t know what to do with it most of the time; and to be fair, I probably wish for different hair more often than I should. Well, that all changed after watching Good Hair.

When Chris Rock’s daughter came home upset that she didn’t have “good hair” his mission became clear, and he set out to investigate how this notion had entered her young mind. The result is a brilliant documentary that is hilariously funny, honest, and just plain astonishing. (With a 94% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes!)

I loved watching Chris go from a hair show in Atlanta, to barbershops and salons across the country, and even to an Indian temple half-way around the world. His candid conversations throughout the movie are  interesting and entertaining, and when you’re not laughing out loud you’ll be shaking your head in disbelief. I walked away with a whole new appreciate for what women all over the world will do with and for their hair.

Check out the trailer.



A funny thing happened on the way to the market…
February 22, 2010, 6:01 pm
Filed under: Food, Restaurants, San Francisco

In short: we were on our way to pick up ingredients for Zuni chicken, passed by Zuni Cafe on the way, took an unexpected detour and ended up with a lovely table in the cafe sipping cocktails, downing oysters, and patiently waiting for our chicken.

Fresh squeezed orange juice mimosa, and a spicy bloody mary


Washington Kumamoto oysters


Caesar salad for two


Roasted chicken for two with warm Tuscan-style bread salad

So there, that’s the truth. Now, I realize that my point that anyone can and should try this at home will totally be negated by this admission, but I promise that this was just a nice moment of spontaneity that was seized, and has nothing to do with the fact that Zuni chicken at home takes hours…nothing at all.

So here’s the background. If you haven’t yet heard of Zuni’s famous chicken, just know that it takes about an hour from the time you place your order, and some would argue a fairly sizable chunk out of your wallet (considering it’s chicken), but to me it is worth every second of the wait and every penny charged.

My first Zuni Cafe experience was when I moved down last year. I’d heard of the chicken, but was skeptical since chicken isn’t typically at the top of my list of things to order when dining out. The funny part about our first chicken venture was that we really liked it, but for some reason it went from a strong like to an obsession over the course of the next few weeks. (I wonder if there’s a clinical term for this?)

The chicken is amazingly tender and juicy, and the skin is crisp and salty with a wonderful smokey flavor from the wood fired oven. And then there’s the bread salad. Oh my gosh, the bread salad…a mixture of fire roasted and lightly charred pieces with others perfectly damp from the light vinaigrette and chicken juices.

It’s because of this obsession that I needed to learn to make it myself, and thanks to the extremely detailed recipe I’ve had wonderful success each time.  It is an amazing labor of love and yumminess, and my point here (yes, I’m finally getting to it) is that while I love to stop by the cafe every now and then, taking the time to plan and make this meal at home is one of my all-time favorite ways to celebrate a special occasion (even if there’s nothing to celebrate).  This meal has so much love wrapped in every step, there’s no reason to be scared away if your heart so desires to try this at home.



Christopher Lee Illustrations
February 22, 2010, 1:45 pm
Filed under: Art and Design

Now you know what happens when children get lost during field trips to the aquarium.

This One Is Mine – print


When the reporters asked me if I saw anything unusual in the park that afternoon, I told them “No. Nothing out of the oridinary”.  But we all know the truth.

Wherever I Go, He Goes Too – print

I love these illustrations (and clever captions!) by Christopher Lee.  Some of them remind me of my favorite Bill Peet books when I was a kid.

(via Everything All The Time)



Happy Friday!
February 19, 2010, 6:35 am
Filed under: Art and Design, Photography

How genetics works

Welcome to the weekend. Even as a four-day week it seemed just like the usual five. Any sexy plans for you?  I still have to tell you my funny story from last weekend, but in the meantime just wanted to wish you a wonderful Saturday and Sunday.

(Image via 24 Free Dinners)



Jamie Oliver
February 18, 2010, 6:48 am
Filed under: Food, Health, Simply Amazing

Image via TED/James Duncan Davidson

I loved him as the Naked Chef years ago, and still today his Jamie at Home recipes are amazing; they’re simple, healthy, and oh so yummy. Who said Brits couldn’t cook? Oh yeah, my grandma–who was a Brit. Well, times have changed, and now Jamie Oliver has made it his TED prize wish to teach the children of America about food. His efforts were a success with grade school children in England, so he’s had his sights set on the States for a while now. (You may have heard about his work in Huntington, WV last year.)

He shares his wish along with a vitally important message on food education in his wonderfully impassioned speech for the TED audience. This is a cause that often gets me on my soapbox, so it’s so exciting to have the someone like Jamie Oliver helping to change the landscape of our food culture. Watch his wonderful speech from TED below.

(Sign his Food Revolution petition too!)



DVF, why can’t we make it work?
February 17, 2010, 9:12 pm
Filed under: Fashion

Oh Diane, every season your runway shows have me falling head over platform-pump heels in love, and your fall 2010 collection is no exception. But something happens between the runway and the rack, and when I race to see your latest styles as they hit the shelf I’m left confused and alone. Is it the fabric or the prints that photograph better than how they present themselves in person? Or is it me? That may very well be the case, but either way, I still hold out hope that with each new season I may find a new outfit for me, from you. (My fingers are crossed that the second look below will be the winner!)

Images via Style.com



Simply Amazing: Roger Ebert
February 17, 2010, 12:39 pm
Filed under: Health, Movies, Simply Amazing

The Esquire magazine interview with Roger Ebert is a must read!

His blog is wonderful too; a new staple for my favorite reads.

Image via Esquire.com




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