Archive for November, 2011

November 30, 2011

Wedding Photo Preview – Homebrew, Dogs, and Nuptials

We got hitched and we have photos to prove it!  I don’t have the complete album yet, but here are some teaser photos.  Gotta love the shot of Fred.

November 29, 2011

Holiday Gift: Classic Timepiece

Already stressed about finding a present for your man?  No need to worry.  I did all the leg work for you.  But I am assuming you have the same impeccable taste as me.

My favorite piece of wrist candy this season is by Braun.  Yes, that old electric razor company.  It probably sounds a little cliche to give your SO a watch for Christmas, but this one is worth it and you won’t have to pay absurd Rolex prices.  I adore classic timepieces.  Thin leather bands with an almost completely flat face.  It is subtle and tasteful.

If you are a professional (young or old), do not wear the clunky and chunky disaster of a trend you see on so many men.  It is like putting ghettofied rims on your car.  Do you really want to wear a piece of ghetto on your wrist?  Or better yet…ladies, do you really want to be seen with your man while he is wearing a piece of ghetto on his wrist?  I didn’t think so.

Give him the gift of style this holiday season.



November 23, 2011

Jester King and Mikkeller Beer Dinner

We attended a Jester King and Mikkeller beer dinner at The Common Table last week, and I think I had more fun taking photos with my friend Tait than drinking beer and eating food.  It was quite the collaboration.  The photos are below.  Favorite beer of the night…Das Wunderkind.  It is surprisingly sour and funky.  The majority of the table loved Mikkeller’s Barrel Aged Black Hole.  Not my palette at all.

Favorite photo of the night…you decide.

November 21, 2011

Popcorn Recipe and a Bottle of Cristal

popcornI was making popcorn for dinner tonight and it occurred to me that a lot of you might not know how to properly pop corn.  Eating popcorn from a microwavable bag is like drinking Budweiser.  Or something else equally offensive.

Around 2 pm, the husband sent me an IM to remind me of his work dinner that I, of course, forgot about.  I immediately did a mental inventory check of our liquor cabinet, aka bottom of the pantry, and recalled a delicious bottle of Cristal champagne.  Okay, I left off a few letters.  It was Cristalino, Cristal’s ugly step-sister.  Whatever.  It does the trick and is delicious. I got home, sent the hubby off to dinner and settled in with Cristal(ino), popcorn, and a plethora of magazines.  Monday nights are good.  Now let’s see how Tuesday morning feels.

And here is how you properly pop corn.

  • Grab a standard pot.  A 2 quart saucepan will do.
  • Warm it up on medium high to high and add enough olive oil to cover the bottom.  Then add a little extra.
  • When it starts to feel warm, add the corn and cover with the lid slightly cracked.
  • It will start popping, so let it do it’s thing.
  • Now it is time to get creative!  Toss with S&P, but only the good stuff. Sea salt and fresh ground pepper.  Maybe drizzle with a little truffle oil or sprinkle with parmesan cheese.  Sometimes it is nice to add a little spice too.  You decide.

I can handle a Monday like this every week.

November 18, 2011

Come Clean Friday

It is Come Clean Friday; my favorite day of the week.  Here it goes.

I listened to Good Vibrations by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch at an ear piercing volume this morning.  I sang along, remembered almost every word, and recalled fond memories of early 90s Calvin Klein underwear ads.  ‘Nuf said.

November 17, 2011

The Perfect Pump

I have discovered the most illusive accessory every well-dressed woman is looking for.  The perfect nude pump at under $100.  Perfect 4” heel,  perfect 1” platform, perfect square toe that is not too square, perfect shade.  It is like finding the Mr Right of the shoe world.  Sure it is a piece of cake if you have $600 to drop on a pair of Brian Atwood beauties.  Well now I can have my cake and eat it too.  In fact, I am having two pieces of cake because I bought two pairs of the same shoe.  They are that tasty.  I also don’t want to be on a desperate hunt for nude pumps again when my pair starts to show a little wear.

They are my go to shoe for everything.  Literally everything.  Keep in mind that I wear heels like most people wear sneakers.  Paired with a chic sheath on Tuesday and then jeans and a fedora on Thursday.  They even made an appearance at the driving range on Friday when I forgot my golf shoes.  Like I said, they are perfect.

November 14, 2011

A great weekend…

November 9, 2011

You Sound Ignorant

Are people getting dumber?  I am noticing that English language is getting slaughtered by my coworkers and acquaintances.  I am not the smartest person out there, but I know how to properly use a pronoun.  Their mistakes are like nails on a chalkboard.  The offenders are even screwing up the usage of I and me.  Seriously!

So that you don’t drive me crazy and sound ignorant when you are not, take a peek at the link below.  I will appreciate it.


November 7, 2011

Cilantro Green Beans

I am addicted to green beans.  It is one of my many addictions, but this one has stood the test of time.  I am constantly finding ways to reinvent them and still maintain their healthy qualities. Meaning not covered in butter.

I came up with this recipe based on things we had in our fridge.  You can use any mushroom you have, but shiitakes are in season at the moment and have an amazing earthy flavor that makes the beans a little special.

Green beans
Shiitake mushrooms
Chopped cilantro (only fresh!)
Olive oil

Saute the sliced mushrooms with a little butter and olive oil.  Toast chopped walnuts in the mushroom pan with the leftover oil.  Boil the green beans with plenty of salt in the water.  This opens up their flavor.  Also be sure to the keep the beans pretty crisp.  No one likes a limp bean. Drain the beans and toss with olive oil, lemon juice to taste, and fresh chopped cilantro.  S&P to taste.  Plate as you desire with the mushrooms and walnuts.  I like to pile it all.


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