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Resort eye candy
October 30, 2010, 1:05 am
Filed under: Fashion, Shoes, Uncategorized

In order to offset the over the top nerd confession in my last post I figure I should try to redeem myself with some eye candy from some of the resort trends that are online now at Neiman Marcus. I know, I know…you think I’m crazy. After all, autumn is only just arriving, and we’re still getting used to the shorter days and foggy nights,  but why not take a little peek ahead and see what’s in store?

Espadrilles are still in, but these lovelies from YSL are a great twist instead of the typical wedge. I typically gravitate to the chunkier heels like this, so I could definitely see this at home on my shoe wall. Ooh that killer yellow, and the rosy platform. Swoon! See them here.

YSL Rope-heel sandal

Glitter is also going to be showing up in resort collections as well. I don’t find Jimmy Choo’s shoes to be particularly comfortable but I just adore these peep toes. I love these because it just screams classy but has just the right amount of flash to make them stand out. Paired with an LBD and pearls and I’d be set. Oh, but there’s more! I’m not typically a bag kind of gal, but the matching shoulder bag is gorgeous! Both at Neiman’s too.

Jimmy Choo open-toe platform pump

Jimmy Choo Glitter Chain shoulder bag

And what would any shoe list be without a pair of Louboutin’s. Neiman’s is calling this trend category Parisian Chic, and all I can say is je veux ces chaussures maintenant!

I admit, I worry that perhaps there may be some over-saturation with this brand, but every time that thought creeps into my head I see a new pair that gets my heart racing all over again, so really what do I know? Well, I at least had the sense to recognize that these are FIERCE with that 6-inch heel and leather and mesh backstay. And I would also venture to say that they’re sweet with that peep toe and cut-out with bow. Don’t look at the price, you’ll just cry, but if you’re up to it check ’em out.


Maleva Peep-Toe Mary Jane Pump

Happy Halloween!
October 30, 2010, 12:08 am
Filed under: Silly

As usual I had the best intentions for Halloween this year, and of course, time escaped me and I am without a pumpkin, cider, costume, and candy. I’m not completely out of time to post something festive, so I figured I’d scramble and try to save face with my small but lovely group of loyal readers. And, truth be told, I wanted to share a couple of my Halloween favorites.

I am a certified cartoon junkie. Aside from being a Family Guy addict, I have always been fascinated by classic animation (Disney especially). I have no idea why, other than the fact that I’m also a ho (that’s right a ho) for anything nostalgic. When I recall some of my happiest memories I most often remember the Classic Disney cartoons that invariably came during the holidays. Halloween was certainly no exception, so counting down the days until Disney’s Halloween Treat would air was torture. I remember trying to figure out how to read the TV Guide, which was a skill I didn’t master until an age that I should probably be embarrassed about, but fortunately Dad was a pro. I would hound him daily to make sure he didn’t forget to tell me when it was on; very much an “are we there yet” scenario, so when I say daily that may be bit chintzy. All I can say is poor guy. (Mom was safe since she probably didn’t know what the TV Guide was.) I think because of this incessant pestering he rigged some sort of recording mechanism so he had the VHS ready and waiting for the next year. (If you saw my earlier post on the blue heron contraption you know that my dad is quite the engineer.)

Originally a Silly Symphony from 1929, this is listed as #18 on the 50 greatest cartoons of all time.

Even as I enter the last few years on my 20’s, I still look forward to the times of year that I can indulge in getting lost in my childhood memories; I figure life is crazy and being a grown-up kind of sucks sometimes, so I rather enjoy getting lost in old favorites. In honor of being a nerdy sort-of-grown-up who still loves her cartoons, here’s to acting like a kid.


Had to throw in the original Skeleton Dance poster too. I just love it!

[image via Wikipedia]


Another Halloween favorite. Definitely not a classic, but one that I specifically remember waiting for. Donald’s dance toward the end had me rolling on the floor.

Donald Duck’s Trick or Treat with Huey, Dewey, and Louie from 1952.


Potato leek soup
October 27, 2010, 1:14 pm
Filed under: Food, Recipes

I’ve got nothing clever or any personal anecdotes to share that could in any way relate to this soup. Bottom line is that work is crazy, autumn is here, and I needed a nice comforting dish to make me happy. That’s it, that’s all I got.

Potato Leek Soup

–  2 slices bacon, cut into lardons

–  3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

–  2 small leeks, chopped

– 1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into quarters

–  1/2 cup white wine or vermouth

–  5 cups chicken or vegetable broth

–  1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

–  2 sprigs thyme

–  2 bay leaves

–  chopped chives

–  6-8 peppercorns

–  salt and pepper to taste

–  creme fraiche (optional)

Reserve one outer leaf from the leeks and set aside. Cut the tough green stalks away from the lighter, more tender part of the leeks, slice in half lengthwise and rinse well. (Leeks are very sandy!) Dice into small strips crosswise and set aside. Using the long leaf, place the peppercorns, thyme, and bay leaves on the stalk and wrap into a small package and secure with kitchen string. Voila, this is your bouquet garnis! (This step can be optional, so if you opt-out just grind a bit more pepper and throw the herbs in whole, but don’t forget to pull out the stems and leaves afterward.)

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-heat and add the bacon lardons. Cook until crisp, remove and set aside. Add the sliced leeks to the rendered bacon fat and saute with salt and pepper. Once tender, add in the diced potatoes (skin on) and again lightly season with salt and pepper. Stir to coat the potatoes and allow to cook for a minute, then add the white wine and scrape any browned bits from the bottom. Add the bouquet garnis, chicken broth, and cayenne pepper and simmer for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.

Using an emersion blender or a food processor, puree the soup mixture until it reaches your desired consistency, but be sure not to over mix as it will become gummy. (I like a bit of texture so I don’t worry about getting it perfectly smooth.)

Serve in a small bowl and top with the bacon lardons, chives, and a dollop of creme fraiche (optional).

Other serving options:

–  Stir in a few tablespoons of creme fraiche after removing the pot from the heat, for a richer soup.

–  Top with a small amount of grated gruyere and allow to melt. (Anything reminiscent of a baked potato soup has my vote.)

Black Swan International Posters
October 22, 2010, 4:45 pm
Filed under: Movies

These international posters for Black Swan are incredible! I thought the US poster was great, but these are even better.

I’m really excited to see this one.

[via Slashfilm]

Happy birthday (tomorrow), Lova!
October 22, 2010, 3:17 pm
Filed under: Personal

There are really only a few rules that we have at home. The first is that the second you walk in the door, jeans are off and jammies are on. What can I say;  I’m a homebody and I love being cozy. The second rule is that chef does not do the dishes. Easy enough right? With only these to enforce you’d think it wouldn’t be that hard, but somehow rule number two never quite goes into effect.

I have not mastered the art of cleaning as I go, so when I’m done cooking, our tiny kitchen it is TRASHED, and of course, in these instances the rule is most certainly enforced. However, the instances when I am not cooking and my Lova is the one slaving away, I still manage to escape dish duty. Isn’t that terrible! How much of a brat am I?

All of this is to say that on my Lova’s birthday weekend one of my gifts to him will be dish duty after I make his favorite weekend breakfast: a big pot of Jok. Regardless of how I can bend the house rules (or how I have a tendency to steal his towel when he gets a brand new one) he loves me and deserves a killer birthday weekend filled with good music, food, and friends.

I hope you all have great plans ahead of you!

(I promise to get caught up on my blogging habits, it has been quite a week.)

Aidan’s Monsters
October 20, 2010, 4:41 pm
Filed under: Art and Design, Compassion, Simply Amazing



Five year old Aidan is battling Leukemia and undergoing chemotherapy, but he’s also quite the artist and has an Etsy shop filled with pictures of his monster drawings. Purchasing one of his pictures helps contribute money toward his medical bills!

I’m glad to see there’s a note on his page that deliveries will take 6-8 weeks, due to the response.

Sweet, Aidan. Sending lots of love and monster-inspiration your way!

–  Visit his Etsy shop.

–  Visit his Zazzle page. (I’m loving the purple monster tee!)

Happy Friday!
October 15, 2010, 1:58 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Girls resting their feet at first formal dance at Naval Armory, 1956. Cornell Capa.

I’ve got nothing planned for the weekend and I’m not sure how I feel about that. I’ve had a busy few weeks so I’m kind of excited to leave my weekend activities to chance, but then I’m also wishing I had something festive. I guess that’s just the planner in me, but I should take advantage of this nice break. I really need to get the house in order, but that can’t be the extent of my weekend, or that will make for a grumpy Monday. How about I clean my closet to earn a night about town on Saturday night? Can you tell I feel guilt about my messy closet? It’s like I’m asking mom for permission to go out, even though my chores aren’t done!

Hope you all have sexy plans, or non-plans, ahead of you this weekend!

[image via Monroe Gallery]

Bus Roots
October 14, 2010, 4:43 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

What a cool idea! Bus Roots was second runner-up at the DesignWala Grand Idea Competition, so this is still very much an early prototype, but the thought of busses topped with lovely green gardens would be quite a sight.

The team behind it claims that:

If we grew a garden on the roof of every one of the 4,500 buses in the MTA bus fleet, we would have 35 acres of new rolling green space in the city.

I’m really curious to know how much this would change or offset air quality.

[via inhabitat]

October 14, 2010, 2:52 pm
Filed under: Personal

Hi friends! I’ve taken the leap and I’m officially on Twitter. (I’d been resisting but working for a social media company, it was only a matter of time.) I’m actually having a blast but right now I’m only tweeting to my coworkers, so if you’re so inclined please do check me out @NatiraSu.

Tartine Afterhours
October 13, 2010, 2:05 pm
Filed under: Food, Restaurants, San Francisco

Sometimes I’m embarrassed at my blogging habits. There I was, bragging about scoring two seats to dinner at Tartine Afterhours, and here I am, two weeks later just posting the review. It was a lovely dinner, and most certainly post-worthy the very next day, but I must admit that I am slightly embarrassed at the quality of the images. I need a new camera, but even then I don’t want to be that annoying person that uses a flash and offends everyone else trying to enjoy their dinner. In this family-style setting especially, a big flashy camera would not have been the most appropriate addition to the table.

So in a pinch I used the flashlight app on my phone as lighting and my Lova took the pics. We must have looked ridiculous, but at least I didn’t attempt to employ this tactic to take pictures of the community appetizers and mains. Bottom line: these pictures don’t do the food or the dinner justice, but because Tartine bread, and beautifully fresh vegetables were involved I must share with you all.

We arrived a bit early and sat out front on the bench, and to be completely honest, we shared a cup of Bi-Rite soft serve while we waited. (I didn’t have lunch, so there.) Once the space was ready we got our table assignment and happily I think we got the best seat in the house: a smaller table in the small nook by the coffee bar, away from the commotion of the main thoroughfare of the small dining room. Cozy candle light and small bites were waiting for us.

Gazpacho and tomato granita with bread croutons

The first course was a perfectly seasoned tomato gazpacho.  So many different textures, temperatures, and flavors this dish was a delight. The tomato granita was gorgeous, and with the addition of the fresh crunch from the cucumber and shallot, and the hearty croutons, it was a wonderful start.

Family style – halibut with romesco, roasted vegetables with arugula

I’ve always loved romesco, actually I’m nearly obsessed with it but have been disappointed by half-assed versions so I’ve taken to making my own. This version, however, was not a disappointment and was a great accompaniment to the perfectly cooked halibut. And the vegetables. Oh, how I loved the vegetables. To be honest there was a pretty name for the dish, but I can’t for the life of me locate the menu I brought home. I believe is was a spanish name (eek!), but essentially eggplant, squash, zucchini, and onion were roasted until they were almost creamy and tossed with a light vinaigrette and topped with a peppery arugula and served chilled. I’ve been dreaming of recreating this ever since that night. Once I receive my copy of the Tartine Bread cookbook I’ll check to see if it’s there so I can try it out.

Affogato with toasted coconut ice cream, caramel sauce, and candied bread

When I saw affogato as the dessert I was so excited (even after having a Bi-Rite snack just before). Ever since the affogato at Blue Bottle I’ve been hooked. This version had a nice twist with the toasted coconut ice cream and caramel sauce. The ice cream wasn’t quite set, so it was closer to its custard form, but I know how hard it is to make from scratch so I’m not saying a word, and it was still really good. The little bits of candied bread were a nice touch too, a little tough on the teeth, but still very tasty.

Once again, another wonderful culinary experience with my Lover. I’d love to go to the next one but figure I should give others the chance to enjoy a lovely night with new friends and good food at Tartine Afterhours.

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