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Posts for September 21st 2007
Our very own LilPeaPod wanted to let us know that Bevmo's buy one bottle, get the second for 5 cents sale is going on right now! There are nearly 200 bottles to choose from, so go ahead and read through the descriptions and see if anything strikes your fancy!
The other day my bff Emily told me all about her new favorite drink, a vodka press. We are huge vodka drinkers, and when we're not guzzling Grey Goose martinis, we're sipping vodka tonics or vodka sprites or vodka on the rocks — you get the picture. What happens when we are in the mood for a vodka that is neither too sweet (like a vodka sprite) nor too strong (like a vodka tonic)?? Enter the vodka press. It's the prefect refreshing mixture that combines both drinks.
In a vodka press, vodka is diluted with both a club soda or tonic and Sprite. Hello?! How come we are just now learning about this drink?? If you love vodka as much as I do and want to make this cocktail, read more
On Tuesday night I had the honor of attending the Barneys opening after party. Barneys, the New York fashion mecca, has finally opened their doors here in San Francisco. To celebrate their arrival, a blowout bash was thrown in clear plastic tents, in Union Square, several blocks from the store.
- The party's 70s glam, meets Las Vegas showgirl theme, was set by the invitation:
You would be insane to miss the Barneys New York Opening After Party
Burlesque Glamour - Mardi Gras Realness - A Disco-Inferno
- The Look was an interesting mix of sleek, lux, and casual accents. Disco balls, sunflowers, silver accents and graffiti abounded. The ground was covered in a lush carpeting and deep purple banquets offered a nice space for lounging.
- The Menu was originally meant to be an all dessert one, but instead there was a full buffet meal catered by Quince and chef Michael Tusk. There was creamy pasta with mushrooms, incredibly juicy smoked duck, and a scrumptious heirloom tomato stuffed with cheese and basil. When the desserts were finally rolled out, I could not stop popping the fabulous chocolate truffles in my mouth.
- The music was a mix of classic hits, like Prince's "Kiss," and current favs, such as Rihanna's "Umbrella". FabSugar and I danced the night away and were both wonderfully surprised when we looked over and realized Simon Doonan — Barneys creative director — and Jonathan Adler — interior designer extraordinaire — were dancing beside us!
If you live in the Bay Area, be sure to check out the new store. If you don't, browse through the pictures of the event and read my tips on how to host a similar party in your own home! Just read more
I can't believe that summer is just about over. Seems like we were just eating ice cream sandwiches yesterday... oh wait, we were! But in all seriousness, the end of the summer also means the end of our summer of sandwiches — after all, we have to make room for new fall features! However, just in case you missed any of them, here's a full recap.
- Minty Fresh: Fresh Mint Ice Cream with Ice Cream Cone Cookies
- Classic Choco-Vanilla: Chocolate Cookies with Vanilla Ice Cream
- The Americone Dream: Americone Dream Ice Cream with Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- Peachy Keen: Peach Ice Cream with Ginger Cookies
- Salty Sweet: Vanilla Caramel Ice Cream with Saltine Crackers
- Graham Caramel: Dulce De Leche Ice Cream with Chocolate Covered Graham Crackers
- Cravers: Crave Treat Cookies with Coffee Ice Cream
- Puff Ups: Cherry Chocolate Ice Cream with Puff Pastry
- Bisco Inferno: Chocolate Citrus Biscotti with Orange Ice Cream
- Minis It's Its: Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream with Bite-sized Oatmeal Cookies
- Berry Heaven: Vanilla Berry Ice Cream with Fudgy Brownies
- PB Choco: Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Ice Cream
- Old School Nilla: Strawberry and Banana Ice Cream with Nilla Wafers
- Coo-Coo for Coconut: Coconut Macaroons with Creme Brulee Ice Cream
According to my gal geeksugar, tomorrow is Hobbit Day. When I think of Hobbits — the heroes from "Lord of the Rings" — I think about folks with insatiable appetites, the kind of folks who need eleven meals a day in order to survive. Or, the kind of folks who could eat several pieces of elvish waybread — something a normal man only needs one bite of — in one sitting.
If all of this Hobbit talk has gotten too geeky for you, let me translate by saying: Elvish waybread is something that Tolkien made up, but according to his hints, it is a thin honey bread that is darker on the outside than on the inside — sort of like a honeyed griddle cake with a hint of citrus.
Now you might not care for hobbits or elves, but citrus honey griddle cake?? How could you not love it? You know you need the recipe!
And if you do care for hobbits, someone has spliced together different movie clips and created an ad for Lembas bread.
To check out the ad, and the enchanting recipe for Lembas bread, read more
Wondering what to do with all of that extra party stuff you might need easy access to during the event? A space will quickly look cluttered when unused napkins, plastic cups, bottles of wine, etc. are left out. Yet with a simple solution, the problem can be solved in no time.
A few weeks ago, at the Sugar office party, I was running around enviously watching the caterers set up the party. During the set-up, I witnessed a great storage tip in action — one that I have used on multiple occasions — instead of leaving stuff out, they stored it under the table!
To solve your unsightly storage problem:
- Use a very long, but elegant tablecloth in a color that matches the theme of your party.
- Place all of the ugly extras under the table.
- Hide with the tablecloth.
Voila! The room and your party instantly looks cleaner and more fabulous!
Tomatoes make a great edible vessel for a variety of fillings. For tonight's dinner, I propose a rich and indulgent stuffing in the form of creamy spinach, cheese, and ham. When baked in the oven, the tomatoes explode with juiciness, and the inside oozes into a wonderful taste sensation. Salute the weekend with crusty French bread for dipping and a glass of sparkling wine. To make this delicious dish tonight all you need is the recipe — and the groceries of course! — so read more
- Fall is the time for apples. Here are several recipes — including one for Apple Caramel Cheesecake — to help you turn apples into delicious dishes. - iVillage
- Unsightly kitchen sink? Here are some simple tips to make your sink shine. - CasaSugar
- Football Foodies, Bravo's new website just in time for football season, will feature recipes and blogs by former Top Chef contestants. - Bravo
- If you're interested in oysters, be sure to check out this excerpt from The Geography of Oysters: The Connoisseur's Guide To Oyster Eating in North America. - Culinate
- Would you use a bacteria reducing food machine? - FitSugar
- Ever wondered how to make filled cupcakes? - Baking Bites
- Are you ready for National Meatloaf Appreciation Day? - Serious Eats
- It's just a concept, but wouldn't it be great if you could actually leave notes on toast? - Slashfood
- If there are no cherries in your clafouti, then it is just a flognarde. - Apartment Therapy: The Kitchen
- Martha Stewart launches her very first line of wines. - Yummr
- Just how healthy are these so-called superfoods? - Chow