Archive | May, 2010

Daily Fabulousness 5-13

13 May

Another reason why Central Market is my favorite grocery store ( and so much more) is it’s new Passport to Argentina: 

 

Here is a list of events I found at http://sidedish.dmagazine.com/2010/05/12/central-market-readies-for-passport-argentina/

—Cooking classes taught by world-renowned Argentinean chefs Francis Mallmann and Narda Lepes
—A “mini-version” of Buenos Aires’ San Telmo crafts and art market for gifts, trinkets, and apparel
—A Sampling of robust Malbecs and other varietals with world-famous Argentine vintners Susana Balbo, Laura Catena and Sebastian Zuccardi
—Tango lessons taught by Argentinean instructors
—Grilling “a la parrilla” outside the stores on patios and walkways, and featuring choripanes (a type of sausage sandwich) and South American beef
Central Market chefs preparing such authentic Argentinean treats as alfajores (a kind of confection) and empanadas (stuffed dough patties)

 

I personally cannot wait to go grab myself some empanadas! I hope that this is very successful so Central Market will do more Passports in the future such as Passport China, Passport France, Passport Russia, etc. 

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Adapting

13 May

Some of the best movies have been made from books- Shawshank Redemption, The Wizard of Oz, The Graduate,  The Godfather, Schindler’s List, Princess Bride, Scarface, Gone with the Wind, The Notebook, The Devil Wears Prada, etc. I also love any movies made from Roald Dahl:  Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (obviously the original), James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and Fantastic Mr. Fox. However, some of the worst movies ever made have been made from books too- Cat and the Hat, My Sister’s Keeper, Lovely Bones, and that list goes on… Usually I find movies adapted from books to be disappointing. Usually I’ve wanted something more and left kinda unfulfilled about the story. However, some of my favorite books are coming out as movies soon! Here’s a list of some that I’m very excited to see: 

1. Something Borrowed 

 

 

From IMDB.com- “A story about a Manhattan attorney who becomes involved with her best friend’s fiancé.” It’s staring Kate Hudson so it will probably be really predictable and cheesy just like Bride Wars or anything else she’s done since Almost Famous.  BUT, it also has John Krasanski in it- who i LOVE and who did an amazing job in It’s Complicated, so I think it will be worthwhile to check out.  Comes out in 2011. 

#2: Eclipse 

 

 

Okay, I’m definitely not a huge fan of either the Twilight book series or the movies. I feel too old for them but I’m still interested in knowing the hype. I can’t say I really got into the books very much- I got too bored in the 1st one and quit, did not like the 2nd one at all, began to enjoy the 3rd, and actually liked the 4th. The real reason that I am interested is that I saw Robert Pattinson once in person and he was so handsome I couldn’t help but start reading the books. Now, I’m interested to see where they go with the story on the big screen. Even if the movie sucks, at least its an excuse to get out of the Texas heat. Comes out June 2010 

#3: Life of Pi 

 

 

I LOVED Life of PI. However, I’m not quite sure how this will become a movie adaptation as he spends his time on a raft with what he thinks are animals. I am imaging this to be Castaway meets the ocean. Coming out in 2012 

#4: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows

 

 

There is no book series that I can say I love more than Harry Potter. I love anything British, anything magical, and I am a big fairy tale person. When my family visited a castle in the Scottish countryside, I almost died of shock&happiness to see that it was the filming location of several scenes in Harry Potter movies. This book was definitely the best and I can’t wait to see what they do with it. They are making the movie into 2 parts because of how much information there is. AND, at the first chance I get, I’m heading to Orlando to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park. 

#5: Eat, Pray, Love 

 

 

 

Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m only halfway through Eat, Pray, Love for the 2nd time (neither time I have made it to the Love portion) I kinda think that the protagonist isn’t very relatable and is bratty. BUT, i think this will be a fantastic adaptation because of the amazing settings- Italy, India, and Indonesia (Bali) and because it stars one of my all time favorite actresses- Julia Roberts! Comes out in August around the time TCU sorority rush begins. Sounds like a great movie for me and my roommate AB to go see during recruitment to de-stress! 

For the Elementary Teacher in Me: 

 

 

 

Property of Dr.Seuss

 

The Lorax and The Giver are two of the greatest pieces of juvenile&children’s literature out there. I cannot wait for these to be released. Great stories with Great Messages. 

I am also excited about: 

Howl (Life of Allen Ginsberg) 

Fahrenheit 451 

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh (only because I LOVED this in 5th grade) 

The Adventures of TinTin (my cousin did the sound!) 

Daily Fabulousness- May 12

12 May

 

 

 

One of my favorite things to do is to try new restaurants, new areas, and kinda get off the beaten path. Don’t get me wrong, I love restaurants like Mi Cocina more than anything but sometimes its fun to just try something new. Today, my family (parents, M&her bf, and bro-in-law M) and I went down to the Bishops Arts District in Oak Cliff. While immediately when people hear Oak Cliff they assume negative things but  it was such a great and pleasant experience. With its brick roads and unique shops&restaurants it did not even seem like Dallas.  It seemed so friendly with kids playing in sidewalk restaurants and old couples holding hands at dinner.  Unlike some areas in Dallas, there was none of the pretentious crowd- $30,000 millionaires, instead it seemed much more laid back. People seemed to enjoy peaceful meals and good wine.  We went to a delicious eatery called Veracruz which was Mexican mixed with more native (Aztec, Mayan) flair. SO good (Totally recommend the blue corn enchiladas). I loved my margarita which was made even sweeter by the fact that they had Happy Hour all day Monday- Wednesday. There was also a place called the Soda Gallery with 100s of unique sodas from all over the world and even a place where a couple made all their own soap! It was funky in the most perfect way. Definitely something we need more of in Dallas. Its pet friendly, artsy, and seems like your on a vacation just by going to any of the amazing restaurants. I would recommend anyone checking it out for something unique and it would make a great date! 

 

Restaurants Include: Hatties, Cafe Brazil, Eno’s Pizza Tavern, Tillman’s, VeraCruz, Dude, Sweet Chocolate, Cafe Madrid

 

 

 

Doggie Day Out

12 May

 

I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love.  For me they are the role model for being alive.  ~Gilda Radner

 

Mela

 

In February, we bought a  Cavalier pup after experiencing& loving my sister, J’s, Cavalier pup Mela so much. His name is Dylan and he is just the sweetest thing ever. However, our 4 lb papillion, Rocky, bullies Dylan so much that 22lb Dylan is really scared of other dogs&strangers. Which if anyone has ever seen a Cavalier, this is a VERY uncommon trait. We always say that Mela would kiss a stranger instead of bark at one- she’s just so friendly! Therefore, sister M and I decided that we should take Dylan to a dog park in order for him to become more comfortable with other dogs.  The weather is SO humid here, I feel like I am  living in Houston, so clearly the outdoor dog park was out. But then I remembered that my friend, DBG’s mom takes their puggle to a place called Unleashed.  

 

 

 

It’s a HUGE indoor dog park in Dallas, Texas. It is literally heaven on earth for dogs. At first, I was a bit apprehensive because there were dogs barking and Dylan has never been around big dogs. We went into the smaller/tamer dog area where the daycare dogs were hanging out. Dylan was so nervous at first but got really into it and was playing with all these dogs. He got dominated by a bulldog/Boston Terrier mix but he seemed to enjoy the park a lot. I paid $4.50 for a membership and $7 per visit and I completely think that it was really worth it. The next time we go, I think we might start into the bigger dog area where he could be more energetic. However, there was a doberman pincher in there today ( i LOVE dobermans!) but I was a little worried it might be too big for Dylan to play with. They also had a cafe, a store, and dog groomers. The only draw back to the place is that it is kinda a drive. If anyone has a dog and wants a fun activity to do with it, I would definitely suggest Unleashed!  In the pictures, they don’t show this but they have tons of balls and climbing things for the dogs to play with- they even have a pool for pups to play in! 

 

 

 

I definitely think I am going to make my bff, C, bring her dog, Penny Lane, to Unleashed with me! 

 

 

Dylan in the front, Rocky in the back

 

Princess Penny Lane

Daily Fabulousness 5-11

11 May

So, I literally almost died today. I went into a pet store near a resale shop as I was waiting for them to buy back some of my old clothes, expecting to see the usual puppies such as Yorkies, Poodles, etc that are at pet stores. BUT, instead what I saw was a PIG. Yes, there is a store near my house that sells BABY PIGS. It was so cute, I immediately began asking the man all kinds of questions about the miniature pig. It was all black, was using a litter box, and weighed 5 lbs. Something like this: 

From : http://ann.learnpysanky.com/blog/2007-10-15-minipigs.jpg

I mean, look at that oinker!! SO sweet. I could just imagine myself living on a big property with a little sweet piglet and some chickens. But, clearly I was getting carried away. So, of course, when I went home, I began to research these sweet little piglets. Turns out they are quite popular with the celebrity crowd. Everyone knows that George Clooney had one for like 20 years. But, Paris Hilton and  Posh&Becks are also pig owners!! I mean how could you not love a face like this: 

 

Pros of owning a pig: 

They are the cleanest pets to have

They are smarter than dogs

Once they bond to you, they are very affectionate 

Its unique&trendy 

Cons of having a pig: 

The grow up to look like this: 

 

Also, apparently, because they are so smart, they need a lot of attention or they get lonely. 

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I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals. 
Winston Churchill 

Future Foodie?

11 May

This summer, one of my main goals is to become a better cook. Harriet Van Horne once said something that I find pretty applicable to this situation- “Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” So here I go, entering the world of cooking head on with a little help from the Central Market Cooking School and using my family&boyfriend&friends as guinea pigs. I have 10 essential dishes that I am going to try to perfect (or at least try) this summer.  

1. Souffle 

2. Bread Pudding 

3. Cheesecake 

4. Enciladas 

5. Frittata  

6. Creme Brulee 

7. Chicken Pot Pie 

8. Asian Stir Fry 

9. Peach Barbeque Salmon & Scallops (i.e the demonstration I saw of Kent Rathburn) 

10. A meal from the following cultures: Thailand, Mexico, Argentina, French, Italian, Chinese, British 

And of course, I want to make all of these meals Weight Watchers friendly. Looks like I have my work cut out for me! 

Daily Fabulousness (From May 9th)

11 May

I want to thank my sister, M, for turning my attention to Glamour Magazine’s What To Wear for Your Body Shape spread. Usually, I flip through these, depressingly admit that I am a pear, and move on. In the words of my sister – “The lady from the bridal shop called me about my bridesmaid dress, she said I was a 0 on top but a 6 on the bottom.” We laughed. Clearly, pear-shaped-ness runs in the fam. However, this time I saw a dress that I immediately became obsessed with and called all of the Anne Taylor Loft’s in my area looking for my size. I honestly believe this dress would look good on any shape- not just pear and some of my “boy shaped” friends bought it. It’s colors and print are so in for the summer and the one-shoulder look has never been hotter. I got the petite (even though I am far from) in order to make it tighter and shorter for a younger look.  I would consider pairing these my my amazing Cynthia Vincent for target flats or wedges. I’ve loved Cynthia Vincent and her 12th street collection for a long time now so I was thrilled to see them at Target. With the dress priced at $60 (there is a sale going on and please Anne Taylor is great quality so its really a bargain) and the wedges priced at $30- you’ve got a US Weekly caliber outfit for under $100. Gotta Love Summer!!