Food Fan Girl

I’m not usually a huge fan of most TV shows, but on occasion, I get completely obsessed with a new show.

That’s what happened with The High Road with Mario Batali on Hulu. And I have to admit, it’s a weird show to become obsessed with.

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Every week, I tune in to watch a short 5-8 minute episode where Batali interviews famous people in New York City. Oh, and it’s filmed in black and white. Sounds weird, right? Why would I get so excited about a show that lasts 7 minutes? But it’s fascinating and heartfelt and wonderful show. You get a sense that Batali is 100% in his element and genuinely talks as a friend to these people. The Liv Tyler episode? She a girl crush of mine. You truly get a sense that Anthony Bourdain is a close friend of Batalli’s. The funniest episode had to be Jimmy Fallon’s. The most surprising? Venture capitalist Fred Wilson was really kind of cool.

I was never a fan girl of Mario Batalli’s like everyone else seems to be. I never watched his shows, went to his restaurants or read his books, but I did read Heat, a memoir written by a writer who dropped his career to work in Batalli’s kitchen at Babbo. I didn’t expect it to be as great as it turned out to be, but it was a great book for a lot of reasons, but also with insight into who Batalli really is as a person. After I read the book and I was intrigued and even ate at Batalli’s family’s deli, Salumi.

Anywho… I think you should check the show out and if you’re looking for a cool memoir about cooking/food/working in a restaurant, check out Heat!

More Summer Things

IMG_1762We went to our friend’s house warming party and they had a giant fig tree, bursting with ripe figs. Naturally, I had to get a picture of my fresh figs and my lemon print sundress! IMG_1768 IMG_1774I’ve been dying to hike more! I actually borrowed a book from the library that dives into all Washington hikes and I’ve bookmarked dozens of them! I want to start getting into better shape (my poor friend had to listen to me panting through half of this hike), but in a relaxed, beautiful way! There are rainforests and hot springs and volcanoes… all within 100 miles of where I am now! What is stopping me?IMG_1787Though he is white, very, very white (see next picture) my boyfriend makes a mean kimchi! I grew up hating all “spicy foods” and yet this incredibly spicy food never bothered me one bit. My mom, sister and I munched on it constantly when I was young. John doesn’t really like kimchi much, though he loves spicy foods, but he whipped up this first perfect batch that tasted just like the brand I loved most growing up! IMG_1803Rare is the opportunity for me to take my pale, freckly red head out into the sun for more than a half an hour. We spent a wonderful 20 minutes sitting beside the fountain at Seattle Center, watching the kids play. IMG_1810 I’m an embarrassing cat mom and there’s nothing I love more than spending more cat cuddle time on the weekends. I call their hairy paws hobbitsies feetsies.

Some Things in August

IMG_1845 IMG_1846Prada would approve of this outfit. I wish I dressed this adventurous every day.

IMG_1858There’s a lot of things I don’t love about my neighborhood. The smokers, the homeless bums, the griminess of the winter and the dustiness of the summer, the stupid “hippy” kids running around… but I have to stop and remember that there are some incredibly wonderful things too. Though they are lacking in views, the parks are spectacular and a really good place for me to unwind.

IMG_1867One Sunday I convinced my mom to go to the beach with me and she showed up with wet hair tossed into a fedora and a maxi dress flying in the wind. Quite a big departure from my super fancy, but oh-so fabulous mom from just a year ago! I had hoped that she would relax when she got to Seattle, and worry about her appearance less… and she has even more than I could’ve hoped! (And she looks even more gorgeous)IMG_1879IMG_1881I’ve been dying to see Mood Indigo since 2012. The movie was phenomenal… quirky, colorful, manic, rushed, dark, sad, dreary… and it starred my two favorite French actors. I felt like I lived in a Mood Indigo dream days after seeing it. IMG_1885
I HATE doing the dishes. The only thing that makes the experience tolerable for me is listening to music. So I had it in my mind that I would buy a cute, cheap radio and save John the torture of another stack of dirty dishes. This one was from Anthropologie fit the bill. I even found an AM station that does 50’s music at 5:00. Now you know where to find me at 5:00!

IMG_1888   I meant to buy a pour over, I really did. But I wanted to splurge on myself and I thought, why not take it a step higher? So I bought the Chemex. I haven’t gotten it completely figured out yet… but I’m happy with my new technique! I’m still finding the right grind size and the right coffee beans for me. Plus, the one thing I skimped on was a kettle and oh how wrong I was. That darn tea kettle gives me grief every morning!

IMG_1910These beauties lasted me a full 2 days… but they were bright, colorful, beautiful days.

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I explored Carkeek Park alone and immediately felt at peace. The tiny shaded rivers and the hot, sunny beach were exactly what I needed.

IMG_1936 I’m obsessed with eggs benedict now. This brunch in an overlooked diner in Pike Place was perfect.

A Stand in the Night

I have lots of weird beliefs when it comes to decorating, but especially when decorating my own home.

A nightstand was basically impossible for me to find because I had about a trillion requirements. I wanted it to look:

-Mid century modern

-Have legs and come off the ground by a few inches

-Be made of wood

-Have a drawer

-AND a shelf

I fell in love with this nightstand over a year ago from West Elm, but couldn’t imagine spending over $300 on a nightstand. That amount is ridiculous, especially for literally the smallest piece of furniture in the room.

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When I moved in with John, I ended up making use of an old tray table that was just large enough to hold my lamp, a glass of water and a small (very small) book. I read a LOT of books… that just wasn’t going to cut it for me! So I scoured Craigslist, thrift stores, and even considered spending an exorbitant amount on something new just to get something that I wanted. Finally, after a few months of searching… I found the perfect piece on Craigslist. I got lucky, I truly did. For a small price of $50 it was mid century modern, made out of wood, painted white, sturdy with a shelf AND a drawer!

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To sweeten the deal even more? An ad popped up for me just a few days later, probably based on my previous searches for mid century nightstands, for this practically identical nightstand from Target… for $200!

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I couldn’t believe the deal I’d gotten on something that was exactly what I wanted! It’s always so worth it it to wait and find exactly what you want.

Birthday Photo Booth

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One of my most favorite movies in the world is Amelie, so when my birthday came around, I had it in my head that my birthday wish was to visit a photo booth.

One, because Amelie is the best movie ever.

Two, because everyone looks fantastic in a photo booth.

And three, I’ve never had someone to take photo booth photos with, and I thought June was the perfect time to celebrate that I have one!

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We found an old photo booth just a few blocks from our house in a bar of all places. The first strip is hilariously awkward (cutting off half our faces, not knowing where the camera was) but by the second and third strip we really got the hang of it. And I’m convinced that I could pass as Megan Fox in one of them (not shown here). The strips are on display in our apartment and they really are something I will treasure forever.

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