Apr 24, 2011

faves (list 16 of 52)

Things I love, a list

...on and on

Apr 20, 2011

something mighty

travel? design? office supplies? I'm in love. Not only is this an awesome concept but the name, it's perfect. I'm jealous, and I want it. RAD AND HUNGRY's Something Mighty Collection. Limited edition, locally sourced office supply kits that aim to infuse lo-fi design with travel.

Apr 17, 2011

ick (list 15 of 52)

things I dislike, a list:

(image from http://mirdinara.blogspot.com/)

  • folding laundry
  • unloading dishes from the dishwasher
  • cilantro (ick)
  • licorice/anise/fennel (double ick)
  • when people move your drinking cup by grabbing it from the top (thanks, stop pussyfootin around and just put your hands in my mouth instead)
  • using your/you're, its/it's, their/they're/there improperly
  • watching football (snooooze)
  • putting words in other languages on menus and then not knowing how to pronounce them (it won't make a grilled cheese more sophisticated, really)
  • chicken (gross, just gross)
  • children that are loud and annoying (I am a bad person, there's not really an excuse)
  • when people drive with their dogs in their laps (you should text and drink while you're at it)
  • driving in the snow (terror)
  • parallel parking
  • budgeting
  • blood/needles/doctors/hospitals (kryptonite)
  • turtlenecks
  • dry-clean/hand wash clothes
  • bad oral hygiene
  • coffee, unless it's loaded with sugar and artificial deliciousness
  • the smell of gasoline
  • my knees
this is probably not a good one to continue expanding...

is it vacation time yet?

An innovative vacation home in Kawakami Village, Japan:

Designed by Shin Ohori of General Design Co., the structure—Setsumasa bristles at the word “house,” since his desire was for something that “was not a residence”—and its wooded surroundings serve as a testing ground for the Kobayashis, who design outdoor clothing and gear (as well as many other products) for their company, .......Research. The shelter is constructed from locally harvested larch wood and removable fiberplastic walls and is crowned with two yellow dome tents used as year-round bedrooms.

Still, this is no primitive lean-to. There’s electricity, hot water, and a kitchen—not to mention iPads, Internet, and a clawfoot tub. By day, the couple trims trees and chops firewood. At night, they sit around a campfire and eat Japanese curry, listen to Phish, and balance their laptops on their knees. This is what a modern back-to-the-land effort looks like.

Read more: http://www.dwell.com/articles/A-Platform-for-Living.html#ixzz1Joz8Uf9v

Now that's my kind of camping!

Apr 10, 2011

why I'm not in advertising (list 14 of 52)

possible names for my cooking blog/shop/brand?
  1. happystitch
  2. taste craft
  3. sparkle & sass
  4. golden brown
  5. mise en place
  6. salted
  7. bake
this is where I ask for suggestions and hope something miraculous and perfect appears...


dinners of note

Roasted asparagus with miso butter and a poached egg from the genius that is the Momofuku cookbook. I was lucky enough to find this lovely book on sale at one of the Borders that is closing. It's beautifully put together, different from a traditional cookbook. There's plenty of amusing narrative, great photos and the recipes are more of a challenge, which I love, until they call for molds and space I don't have. Note to self, get a commercial kitchen and lots of money...

Apr 2, 2011

things I deserve a gold star for (list 13 of 52)

Things I do and do well, a list:

  1. picking up languages
  2. icing cakes
  3. getting lost (just saying, if you want to go somewhere new and confusing, follow me)
  4. the shaving and mohawking of heads that are not my own (I'm practically a seasoned professional)
  5. dyeing hair
  6. dreaming
  7. cartwheels (my form is superb)
  8. scratching heads (of animals and humans alike)
  9. deviating from a to-do list by finding something more entertaining to do (so, not being productive)
  10. making healthy things taste delicious