Sunday, February 24, 2013

Ciao Bella!


In the springtime, I ache for the old days when I romped around the Lazio region in Italy. I called Rome home but engaged in all things Italian. I went to the green grocer every Wednesday in Campo Dei Fiori. I dined at our favorite restaurant, Suburra with my friends ( Yep, still friends with them). And drank plenty of Roman wine too. EST EST EST!

I sunk into La Dolce Vita, loving a 90 second breakfast of cornetti and espresso. I loved a romantic walk in Trastevere and I even attended the occasional mass.

The culture shock was not when I moved there but instead when I returned back to the states. I yearned for anything even remotely resembling the slow Italian lifestyle of pausa in the afternoon and a slow walk to some where significant.

In about 2006 or so (already 5 years after my return back to California) I found a magazine called Bene. I loved it. It was picture perfect and not pretentious. It was all about the Italian lifestyle. Sadly, I can't find it anymore.

As Spring has sprung here in Nor Cal (Crocus' abound),  I begin to make my usual pasta dishes, think about the tomato garden and create the plan for making my own Buratta. So I looked for pics from this great magazine that I enjoyed so much. It makes me pretty gleeful that I found some cover photos!




Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Cookie Chips

Cookie Chips are only the greatest treat I have ever found! The Original Flavor is 120 calories and tastes like you baked them yourself. They are like chocolate chip cookies sans chocolate chips, which personally I love! But wait! There's more....flavors, I mean! I also love the Salted Peanut Butter Flavor. I have only been able to find them at Safeway (which I hate because I think Safeway is sub par, at best). However, I'll use that store anyday for these delicious morsels of goodness. Check out HannahMax Bakery if you can't find them. I'm telling you, they are ridiculously amazingly great!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Pinterest, eh.

I use Pinterest DAILY! On some days, ALL DAY! I expect quite a lot from this little Palo Alto based Kingdom! But I do not think my expectations are unreasonable at all! When I find a photo I want to hoard, I expect to be able to use the pin it button and glue it to my board (with rhymes like that...Eminem, move over)! Today I have tried and tried and tried. I can scroll down the list of my boards, I cannot write in the message box, lastly and most importantly, I can't pin the pic....So...

This is what I wrote to them, today. How I really feel: Fix your effing $%#&!!!!!!!

Hi guys! Let me preface this expression with the fact that I absolutely love Pinterest and the entire team that makes it go. With that said, because the team is so small, it can be frustrating when things don't go right. My pinmarklet today will not pin. And I have been asked twice to rate the pinterest app, which I have. My answer: glitchy at best. Everyone else says, "I love it." "It's wonderful!" I say, "hogwash!" The site is great but the app is slow and when I repin another pinner's image, I get kicked off the app and have to re-open it on my iphone. Boo. Finally, today, I tried to pin something to a secret board - no go. Then I tried to pin it to a shared board - still, no go. Now, I'm writing to you. I know you are regularly pummeled with myriad requests and complaints, but would you mind (before moving forward) fixing these wee cockroaches? They're a real drag.

3/2/2012 Addendum:
I got an email today from Pinterest. They said I posted nudity and that it would have to be removed. I never pinned nudity and there is no link so I can see the pic. They are really pissing me off!
Monday, February 4, 2013

Blackbird Kitchen and Bar = Superb Seafood

Seriously, it is very difficult to find extremely high quality seafood here in Sacramento. And no, McCormick and Shmick is not quality. It is a high volume frozen fish factory.

But the husband and I seemed to have stumbled upon a gem with a capable staff and talented chef/owner. Blackbird is so extraordinary that it's worth the extra shift at work just so we can go once a week. The raw bar is amazing. They have created a mignonette for the oysters that is out of this world and the baked trout is mouthwatering. The thing that is so penultimate about this place is the expected good food of course, but the story behind the existence of it is really intense and worth a talk to the owner. Also, for a fresh seafood restaurant and an amazing atmosphere, the prices are reasonable. And, bonus, it's modern and hip without the hipster pretense. Needless to say, I love it!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Street Style - Anna

This one is a little cutie!

Her dress was thrifted as a long sheath and she hemmed it into a sixties, vintage amazement. Her shoes are Seychelles and are timeless and charming something you'd likely see on Zooey Deschanel. Her earrings are made by Shendoe Ceramics. But the sweetness of this ensemble is all Anna.

Et Voila! The finished product!