Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Limited Editions

Wow, for once some superb and picture-perfect weather to accompany a holiday synonymous with the out of doors. I think any picnic or grill-out will be improved with these items:
What is better than fresh corn on the cob? Corn on the cob with lime and chili. Try it, you'll see...

They are da bomb. Ka-BOOM!

Tis the season.

Only available April thru July, so get your fill!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Oh Snap!

Discovered THESE during a visit home to Minnesota. I think they are a perfect little invention for outdoor picnics or gardening. They basically turn your can into a bottle. No more spilled drinks in the grass or little critters exploring your soda pop.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Two Vices, One Love

Two beverage discoveries continue to haunt the crave section of my brain since my return from Northern California. I thought I'd pass on the obsessions:

Are you surprised the first one is wine? I didn't think so. Although this was one winery we did not visit during our explorations, I was served this during an incredible meal at Bottega. I'm not usually into Zins, but this was the most easy to drink, delicious red wine I've ever tasted. Here is the description from Rosenblum's website: A deep, purple hue leads ultra-ripe blackberry, boysenberry, briar and cocoa aromas in our 2007 Rockpile Road Zinfandel. Across the midpalate, a complex layering of rich, dark fruit develops, balanced by complex wood tannins that flank the tongue and pick up bright currant notes through the lengthy finish.
I will definitely need to visit the Rockpile Road region during the next sojourn to California wine country.

The second obsession is coffee. Again, shocking, no?

Douglas had heard rumors of this exceptional bean, and boy oh boy, the rumors are true! An explosive flavor that leaves no doubt that you are consuming coffee. We tried their New Orleans version of iced coffee (mmm...chicory...) and I savored that 12 oz cup all the way up from San Francisco to Sonoma County. SO good. It seems to be quite limited in distribution as of yet, so fingers crossed that they move Eastward!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Color Me Happy

A quick break from wine country to discuss something other than tannins, bouquets, and vintages. 
I've adorned my toes with this color for over a week and it makes me oh-so happy:

It looks more dark jade/greenish in real life. Other polishes that appear to be in the same family are:

Also loving Essie's entire Resort Collection:

Or maybe I'm just wanting to go to a resort?

Thursday, June 10, 2010

La, La, La-Lah, La, La...La, La-Lah La Lahhh

Smurfs were second only to Rainbow Brite in my youthful mind. Loved those little blue creatures the height of three apples. Imagine my glee when I see they are soon to hit the big screen.

Here are some early shots of Hank Azaria as the evil Gargamel filming in NYC. Even the pictures make me laugh.
Love the red tights.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Copy Cats

My friend, Jen, has these super stylish and comfy Seychelles flats that I became envious of during her recent NYC visit. They come in many colors but for example purposes, I'll showcase the Pewter:

Seychelles is a decent brand that I've always found extremely comfortable after an initial wearing or two and very versatile. These flats will run you around $80 full price.

I was then surprised to see that Payless was advertising a virtual twin at a quarter of the price:
When researching online for the Payless comparison, I found additional knock-offs, all sold at dirt cheap prices (although many had limited sizes available).

I had no idea that you could rip off a style so blatantly. Is the money saved worth having a less quality version of the original? I'm not sure, I tend toward blisters. Maybe someone else can volunteer to be the tester...?

Sunday, June 6, 2010

If You're Going to San Francisco...

Ditch the hair flowers and be sure to have a decent gym in your hotel!

We haven't been in San Francisco 4 hours yet and there is already a week's worth of constant mealtimes planned. Of course, we aren't only eating but also enjoying the company of good friends and the scenery of both new & familiar locales, but the main point is - I better get to know those yoga mats pictured above very, very well.

Stay tuned for San Francisco eating!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

June Is Bustin' Out All Over...

Summer is in full swing, and along with wearing white (puh-leez, I rock the white all year round), here are a few items that I am craving:

A little bit of sparkle added to some classic pieces. I love this J. Crew tank top that has a fancy shimmer but still manages to be light and casual.
Mexican food. ¡AyAyAy! I saw Food Network personality Marcela Valladolid on The View the other day and totally craved everything she assembled. Tengo muy hambre...

A chic and roomy beach towel. All the beach towels I have in my possession are from the late eighties: a Trivial Pursuit navy blue themed one stolen from my parents' house, a Little Mermaid one (from my first trip to Disney World in '89), and a stained pink (I hate pink) one with ballet slippers and my name embroidered in cursive. It is time to graduate to a grown-up beach towel. I like Tracy Reese's exotic and bright designs.

A new season of So You Think You Can Dance. I continue to be blown away by the talent and artistry, unlike some other talent competition shows which shall not be named.
So You Think You Can Dance - FOX
Big batches of -ades, such as lemonade served in an old fashioned jar. Makes me want to live on Main Street, USA.
Mason Jar Drink Dispenser - Pottery Barn

And just in case you forgot how to make basic lemonade, I found this not long ago. We had a cooking day in daycare circa 1985. Cooking = making lemonade. I'm glad my spelling and penmanship has improved over the last 25 years.
5 Year Old Lucy's Lemonade Recipe