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vintage and hand crafted items to wear, look at, and serve on, at your fabulous memorial day bbq. hoorah

1. timebombvintage

VINTAGE 50s Red and White Checked=
STALKS IN BLUE - Original TtV Fine Art Photography Print - Signed and Dated --BUY 2 GET 1 FREE--
Yellow Metal Stars Garden Ornament
Crab salt and pepper shakers
Let's Kick It, Gocco Screen-Printed Card
Kitchen tea dish towel, Virgin of Guadalupe, Mary, free shipping
and what will you serve at this fabulously stylish bbq, you wonder?
this grilled tuna is really really delicious and super easy (make sure to marinate for at least an hour). this corn and tomato salad is perfect for the summertime — fresh and crisp and ideal for outdoor eating on a hot day. if grilling isn’t yo thang, this heirloom tomato pasta is one of the yummiest things ever (hopefully your farmer’s market is open for the summer and you can get some very very fresh tomatoes and basil). and also veggie kabobs (zucchini, onions, mushrooms, campari tomatoes, etc) and corn (shuck it, slather with butter, sprinkle on some cajun seasoning, put the leaves back up, wrap in aluminum foil, and grill baby grill) and applie pie of course and homemade popsicles and memorial day wouldn’t be memorial day without some delicious summery beers (we like anchor steam, harpoon ipa, and brooklyn summer ale) and maybe if you are lucky some delicious mojitos.
remember your sunscreen.
[ stefanie ]

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55 cent delight

At the eleventh hour on the third day into a 3-day voluntary, self-imposed liquid diet (blame the vegan/raw cult people!) I got really hungry. Duh.

I spotted a muffin mix on my pantry shelf and noticed that it called for only two other ingredients: milk + 1 egg.  My otherwise bare fridge was in fact stocked with these very non-vegan friendly items (odd because recently my fridge has had only condiments and/or items that won’t expire before the apocalypse- the Mayan one, not the cinematic one, which has already come).  Check, check, cranked my oven to 400 (an otherwise unintelligent decision given the suffocating humidity blanketing New York), combined ingredients, and spread out batter into these super cool muffin top stand-alone liner/wrapper things imported from Austria or something and designed to give you only the tasty, barely crispy muffin top and eliminate the inferior stump. I have these exact ones, actually.

not even homeless people like muffin stumps*

Amidst all this baking, I also noticed the hot orange price tag sticker affixed to this muffin mix: 55 cents.** 55 cents? What?*** Nothing costs 55 cents and gives you 4 (in my experience) to 6 (what it says on the box) servings.  Nothing.

This got me pretty excited. Cheap, easy to make, not too bad for you (except for the possibility of some hydrogenated something but it only says “maybe” in the list of ingredients), available probably everywhere in America, ready in 15 minutes (or should I say… ‘in a jiffy’?), AND utterly DELICIOUS…

What is this glorious mix, you ask.  Well, my friends, it’s the humble old…

maybe you passed by Jiffy mix in the supermarket because the packaging looked a little… vintage, shall we say

The box does not lie: “add egg and milk”, bake, and slather with butter (or not, doesn’t really need it) for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  This should be your new pantry staple.  Never again will you have to revert to What the F*ck Should I Make For Dinner.


** Was my price tag missing a 1 or a 2? Like it rubbed off? How much does Jiffy Corn Muffin mix cost by you?

*** Is this freakishly low price due in some way to corn subsidies and gross agriculture practices in the US? Maybe. Probably. There’s always a rub!

* Elaine at the muffin shop, Top of the Muffin to You.

Elaine: Wow. Look at this. We’re cleaning up.

Lippman Oh, Rubin, get me another tray of lowfat cranberry.

Rebecca: Excuse me, I’m Rebecca Demore from the homeless shelter.

Elaine: Oh, hi.

Rebecca: Are you the ones leaveing the muffing pieces behind our shelter?

Elaine: You been enjoying them?

Rebecca: They’re just stumps.

Elaine: Well they’re perfectly edible.

Rebecca: Oh, so you just assume that the homeless will eat them, they’ll eat anything?

Mr. Lippman: No no, we just thought…

Rebecca: I know what you thought. They don’t have homes, they don’t have jobs, what do they need the top of a muffin for? They’re lucky to get the stumps.

Elaine: If the homeless don’t like them the homeless don’t have to eat them.

Rebecca: The homeless don’t like them.

Elaine: Fine.

Rebecca: We’ve never gotten so many complaints. Every two minutes, “Where is the top of this muffin? Who ate the rest of this?”

Elaine: We were just trying to help.

Rebecca: Why don’t you just drop off some chicken skins and lobster shells.

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I go out to eat a lot.  The general rule of thumb when you (the omnivore that you are, maybe) go out to eat is DON’T GET THE CHICKEN.***  Why? Well, because, we eat a lot of chicken at home, right? And you know how to cook it already.  And mostly because it’s not that sexy or exciting.

Unless, that is, you eat it at Le Barricou, a brasserie (sort of) style place in the heart of south/east/central Williamsburg *Brooklyn*.

Never in my life have I craved chicken… until now.  In this very moment, I would love for nothing more than to sink my teeth into their chicken sandwich* or devour their coq au vin** (yyeaah–ahh!).  These are the juiciest, sexiest chicken dishes I’ve ever met, and I’m coming back for more.

Also- no small matter: their chicken dishes are decidedly much better than their beef/seafood- this is unheard of, people!

*With avocado, tomato, provolone cheese, chipotle, mayonnaise on country bread. Served with mixed greens & pommes frites

**Chicken stewed in red wine & served with mashed potatoes

***So you’re a vegetarian. My condolences.  Psych! Sike! Whatever… I actually crave vegetables even more than I do chicken (psssh, until Le Barricou, that is!) so I know where you’re coming from.  Luckily Le Barricou has a f*cking scrumptious option for you: roasted vegetable salad with zucchini, squash, eggplant, yukon potatoes, arugula, honey balsamic reduction & parmesan. It’s a godsend.

I’m done with all the stars, but I just want to point out: Le Barricou is ridiculously wallet-friendly for the quality food the kitchen churns out, so if I lived closer, I would be there every day feeding my new-found poultry addiction.


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but we went to the most delicious little restaurant in brooklyn a few nights ago, called moto, in the south of williamsburg, yumyum.

moto is tiny dark and rustic, the light fixtures were lovely, the live music was folky and great, and the food was so so good. the menu looks small but once you look closer there are many delicious options (such as a panini with portobelle mushrooms, goat cheese, and arugula; saffron risoto with vegetables; spicy tomato soup with brie crouton; grilled doughnuts; and many more!) that were all $16 or less. the wine list was extensive too. vegetarians and meat eaters alike delighted in the delectable delicacies. only one bathroom, but you can’t win ’em all.



[ stefanie ]

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zero waste home is a blog (and a lifestyle) by a crazy thoughtful woman in california who, along with her family, produces no garbage. whatsoever. hell yeah!

if, like me and many i know, you do not live on your own or do not have a lot of money, the idea of completely eliminating garbage from your life seems daunting. when i think of no waste i think first of food and the packaging it comes in, so alright, i’ll try to buy fresh produce and stuff like that that comes without wrappers. which is impossible unless you buy everything in bulk but even then you need to find something to hold the food in besides the plastic bags they have at the store etc etc. and then you get into the nitty gritty of it all and realize that pens, when they run out of ink, are trash. and so are drinks in plastic cups at parties and the cardboard that paperclips come in etc etc. and if you continue to read the blog you’ll find even more items that bea, the writer, makes sure will never ever enter her home.

so while she’s taken the idea of zero garbage to an extreme it’s still a worthwile read because, at the least, it will lead you to be a bit more mindful in your consumption habits. personally i have a bad habit of always putting produce in a plastic bag at the supermarket, even if i’m only getting like three apples or an orange whose peel i won’t be eating anyway. and if i am aware of every little decision like this (if we are all aware, i mean) then slowly but surely everything is a choice, and you can choose to buy the products you feel comfortable with and the ones which represent companies with the same no-garbage scruples as you.

and then slowly but surely we’ll stop buying from companies who waste energy on excessive shipping and then we’ll all support local food economies and eat cheese from the cows down the street etc etc.

and then lalala we’ll close our eyes one night and wake up the next morning and there’ll be flowers and butterflies and unicorns and no pollution anywhere.

LisaFrankPenguin.jpg image by kroquet


thank you, lisa frank.


[ stefanie ]

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are fashion and food.. and this blog.  Meet Carol Han:

you looks fabulous

Via my workplace Twitter feed I’ve stumbled upon Ms. Han, fashion stylist, & her recently launched blog Milk & Mode.  It’s my new The Sartorialist.  …and by that I mean that it’s an addicting, minimalist blog rife with fash-photog.  There are other goodies as well, including a log of her social goings-on* (voyeurism!) and rando recipes.  The real pull here is her insider status: she posts the newest and the best.  Her editorial eye is spot on for young fresh things.  I am particularly hearting the following knits from her recent trip to Hudson Jeans fall preview:


When can I buy you?!

Another recommendation culled from her recent writings, this post on inspirational, funky NYC apartment interiors.  I like these two a lot:

that mirror is reminds me of the one in Jan Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Wedding painting

this room is a study in textures: chair, lime green cushion, zeba rug, couch, etc.

A+ for your mish mosh framed print collage, A++ for your clothing storage pieces

From blogger to blogger, kudos to Milk & Mode for the fabulous (dare I say poetic?) titling of some her posts.

Finally, check out her awesome pup:

*Ms. Han seems to roll with Rick Owens-loving Andrew from Kell on Earth


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Good morning, New Yorkers! It’s a beautiful day.

cloudy with a chance of meatballs
sunny with highs in the 60s!

Why not take advantage of the suggestively springlike breezes to go outside and do some grocery shopping?

if you don’t look, you might miss it

May I recommend Tedone Latticini at 597 Metropolitan Ave in historic Williamsburg (…Brooklyn)?  I had first seen this store window back in May while watching One in 8 Million, nytimes’ audio-visual series on random New Yorkers (e.g. “The Urban Taxidermist”).  “The Mozzarella Maker” is Georgiana DePalma, a 90-something-year-old who still makes mozzarella, manning the counter at Tedone on Saturdays:

If I didn’t have my own independence, that would be putting me in a coffin.

One afternoon this January I almost walked right on by that storefront, until a vision of the stunning photograph of Georgiana sitting behind the counter said to me:  Hold on.  This is Georgia’s place.  Without searching for it, I found it, and there was Georgia right in front of me, greeting the steady flow of  neighborhood patrons.  Everyone calls her Georgie– Jawrrr-jeeee— pronounced like the cleaning lady George was screwing in The Red Dot/cashmere episode.

Before heading out for your own mozzarella balls (or a fine eggplant/mozzarella/prosciutto sandwich), watch “The Mozzarella Maker” for its stunning black and white photographs and to hear DePalma’s transporting voice.  Afterwards, there’s no way you can miss Tedone and its very special lady behind the counter.


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