Ooh, my favorite!

As if!
March 31, 2010, 6:00 pm
Filed under: Fashion, Shoes, Yes please

Okay, so maybe these wouldn’t be considered “timeless,” and maybe they evoke a certain Alicia Silverstone Clueless outfit accessory but I don’t care. The chunky platform and heel, the soft pink and sparrow printed silk, and the oh-so sparkly sparkles have me totally buggin’.

There are actually more great prints and a few pairs of Miu Miu’s that I’ll be eyeing this fall, but I think these are the front-runners for my fave.

Bob’s Red Mill
March 31, 2010, 2:39 pm
Filed under: Food, Organic, Simply Amazing

This is a great story!

Bob’s Red Mill Natural Products has been a staple in my kitchen for years because of their awesome selection of organic, whole grain, and gluten-free products. (Flaxseed meal, whole wheat flour, and polenta corn grits are a few favorites.) The name may not grab you, but I bet the label will seem familiar. With over 400 products and over 30 years in the business, chances are you’ve bought something or at least seen it on the shelves.

Ok, here’s the coolest part…

On Bob’s 81st birthday last month, it was announced that an Employee Stock Ownership Plan would be created, making Bob’s Red Mill an employee-owned company, even with several opportunities to sell for much, much more. I love stuff like this! Somehow I can’t wait to restock.

Google Maps Photography
March 31, 2010, 1:34 pm
Filed under: Photography, Technology

I came across this cool feature at NPR about some of the photos that Google Maps Street View captures. Jon Rafman has pulled a collection of photos for Google’s portfolio after scouring through the images. After a quick Google search, it looks as though there are quite a few sites that pick out memorable images, but these mostly focus on and girls flashing the car as it drives past or kids falling off a bike. While some are funny, there are some great catches on the list that Mr. Rafman pulled. Here are some of my favorites:

Dodge, Iowa

Victoria Highway, Gregory, Australia

Main Street, Rapid City, South Dakota

Edinburgh, Scotland

Unknown location

[Images via Google]

Basic French vinaigrette
March 30, 2010, 9:32 am
Filed under: Organic, Recipes

We eat a ton of salad every week, so here’s my favorite quick and easy recipe for a basic vinaigrette. If I’m really on my game I’ll triple the recipe so I have enough for a few days. (Just store in a mason jar or a leftover glass jar and it’s ready and waiting.)

I think a true basic vinaigrette would use regular dijon mustard and champagne vinegar, but for this go-round I used a coarse stone ground mustard with apple cider vinegar. So I don’t get bored, I’ll usually try to switch or add an ingredient here and there. Sometimes I’ll add a finely grated clove of garlic, or a diced shallot. These small changes make a big difference in the taste of the salad, so it’s a nice little cheat.

Basic French vinaigrette  (Serves 2)

–  1 Tablespoon cider vinegar

–  1 Tablespoon dijon mustard

–  few dashes Worcestershire sauce

– 1/2 teaspoon honey

–  salt and pepper to taste

–  3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Whisk together the vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, honey, salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in the olive oil. (Or just add it in with everything else…I don’t really notice a difference.)

Toss gently with salad greens just before serving.

Happy b-day, brother!
March 29, 2010, 2:36 pm
Filed under: Personal, Silly, Videos

Yesterday was my crazy-awesome brother’s 23rd birthday. So in honor of this, I have selected a special video to remind him of the good old days.

When we were younger we used to call into the radio station on Saturday night’s when it was Saturday Night Fever. This was way past the disco era, but for some reason we loved requesting songs. Here’s one of his favorites.

Happy Birthday T!

(The saddest part about this is that I am five years older, so for him it was cute. For me it was just tragic.)

Weekend fun: True Blood
March 29, 2010, 1:36 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Sadly, I wasn’t able to make it out to the Salsa music festival, and I flew solo for the group date night later in the evening. Yep, there was a man cold in our midst, so I was called to active duty. But while our exciting weekend plans were changed slightly, we were still able to squeeze in some entertainment…even if it was inside, in bed, on a warm and sunny day.

Our Saturday fun came in the form of three episodes of HBO’s True Blood. I haven’t been up on the latest vampire craze (I just saw the first two Twilight movies last weekend!), but I’m loving this show. Well-written with interesting characters, settings, and story lines, I’m definitely hooked. A great replacement until Dexter comes back around, but still too early to tell which is my favorite. Dexter is gonna be tough to beat.

Super-quick premise: with the creation of synthetic blood for sustenance, vampires have left their tombs to join society. Based in a small Louisiana bayou town, the show follows Sookie, a telepathic waitress at the local bar, after she meets Bill, the towns first resident vampire.

Our friend already has viewing parties slated when season three starts this summer, so I’ll be pacing myself through the first two seasons until then.

Are you watching True Blood?

March 29, 2010, 6:38 am
Filed under: Smile, Videos

It’s feeling extra Monday-y today, so I needed a bit of a boost. I dare you not to fall in love with this cute and sassy little one.

(Complete with the hand and eye-roll, she’s got it down.)

Happy Friday!
March 26, 2010, 3:28 pm
Filed under: Nostalgia, Photography

Let’s start the weekend off with “The King of Cool,” shall we?

I hope you have a killer weekend ahead. I hear there’s a Latin Salsa music festival this weekend, so I’m hoping to make it out to that tomorrow afternoon, and thankfully the weather’s supposed to be beautiful. Then I’m off to my friend Eve’s dance show, followed by drinks and snacks with the whole gang. It’s going to be a great Saturday.

What do you have planned? I hope you’re able to unwind, go crazy…or maybe have a healthy mix of both.

[Image via nights and days]

The Pig & The Butcher
March 26, 2010, 12:36 pm
Filed under: Food, Videos

My crazy-awesome foodie friend (and mentor) shared this video with me a few months ago. I know many of you will be turned away, but I urge you to watch this truly lovely video of butcher Vadim Akimenko. The way he works is an art form, with so much respect and meaning in every movement he makes.

From a 211-pound pig, only a single pound was thrown away.

This may not be something you’re interested in seeing, so let me just say that after watching this I was mesmerized and came away with a whole new respect for the art of butchery. I admire and respect vegetarians, and there is a part of me that wishes I could be one as well. But I am not, and I do not think I ever could be, so that is why it has become so important for me to understand and honor the food that I choose to consume.

Read more here, and pledge to help Akimenko Meats start a sustainable location in Cambridge, MA.

[Thanks, Brian]

Clean water
March 25, 2010, 11:47 am
Filed under: Clean, Health

Yesterday was World Water Day, and as I’ve written a lot about the importance water treatment reform and dirty water, I thought it was a good time to share my latest favorite kitchen accessory and finally focus on clean water.

I chose the Aquasana countertop filtration system since it was easy to install, filtered the most contaminants, and was also the most cost effective. It’s a funny feeling, but I’m actually able to drink water from the tap again. You just attach it to your faucet and pull a little nozzle to redirect the flow of water through the filters.I wasn’t expecting to notice a big difference, but I was actually stunned by the taste and texture of the filtered water. Somehow it’s silky and light…kind of hard to explain, but a welcomed difference none the less.

The unit itself was $100, but of course the filters are an on-going investment at $48 every six months, which works out to about $8 a month. It’s available through Amazon or directly from Aquasana.

Take a peek at this water filtration system comparison chart to see how each brand ranks. Sadly, I don’t have a standard shower head, so I can’t get the shower filter, but I’ve heard great things about it.

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