I'm off to Talloires, but will be back early next week. Until then, I leave you with this:
Dessert was very easy. I made an extra simple sauce of creme fraiche, honey, vanilla extract, and vanilla bean seeds to be served over more rasberries and a fancy brie.
It was a good meal, if I do say so myself. Ok, back to the beautiful day here. Hope you are enjoying a fantastic Memorial Day weekend...
Ok, I have to preface this entry with an announcement: I am writing this outside, on my balcony, in the sun. I am wearing shorts and drinking coffee. I am happy.
On Saturday, P and I headed down to the Esplanade for Earth Fest. While I consider myself ecologically aware and try to be environmentally sound on an individual level, I am not particularly crunchy. I must admit, the real reason for going to Earth Fest was not the planet, but rather, CAKE.
[Note: Earth Fest was sponsored by Whole Foods, so the event itself was not particularly crunchy, but more like yuppie-crunchy.]
It was tres fun. Added bonuses besides fantastic CAKE, was a performance by Cracker (remember them?), homeade Ginger Beer by Irie Tea, lots of interesting people watching, and a Zombie Parade. Nothing says "save the planet" like Zombies offering free hugs... 'twas fun.
Among my random obsessions (Kentucky Derby, Esther Willams, the weather), Canada ranks quite high. I suspect this affinity developed during my childhood in the NoCo where the closest civilized settlements were just over the river. Canada is great for many reasons:
Of course, there are so many other wonderful things about Canada (Ottawa, Stratford, Montreal, hockey, universal health care, same-sex marriage), but what prompted me to write today is this: www.amazon.ca
While its tagline says it is "Online shopping for Canadians" I would also add Canadiaphiles and people who want cheap(er) French books and music. Here's what happened: I set out on a quest to get the last Harry Potter book en francais so I could complete my task of reading all of the HP books in French. On a recent rainy afternoon, I popped into Schoenhof's because I was sure they would have numero sept: Les Reliques de la Mort. Indeed, they did, but at a whopping $55!! While I was tempted because I am a sucker for instant gratification, I said non, I will look at Amazon to see if I can find it for less online. Um, not successful. Here my coveted book was retailing for $75 (but, with Super Saver Shipping).
Feeling the pull of the $55-yet-immediately-available book, and cursing the weird self-denial shopping angst I experienced on a trip to Ottawa over Christmas, I reached to click the site closed. Suddenly, I had an epiphany -- what about amazon.ca....? This is what I found: CDN$ 22.47, no joke!
The last time I tried to be assertive with a hairstylist, I STILL ended up with those early 2000's trendy bangs (which I had explicitly forbade). J-P did not sound like my type at all. [Yelp quote: He was the most arrogant stylist I have ever interacted with, and the results made me feel like I had a more dull and predictable haircut than the one I walked in with.]
Then, while enjoying a post-Kentucky Derby beer at Bukowski, I received a text message from J: "I found Arthur."I immediately made myself an appointment at his cute new place and have since received a lovely short-hair cut. It's like old times. I love him becaues he says things to me like: "How Parisi-enne!" or "When you go to France, everyone will say, 'oh, your coiffure'!" Which, of course, makes me say "Teeeeeeheeeee!" He always ends my cut by asking where I'm going for a date that night because my hair (not just my hair, but I myself!) looks very sexy.
Tomorrow marks two auspicious occasions. First, it is my dear Father's birthday. Happy birthday, Dad. Secondly, this year's Kentucky Derby falls on the same day. Double the celebration.
Most who know me know that I have a slight obsession with the Derby, am quite fond of bourbon, and would love to live somewhere where it is appropriate to wear big hats. This pretty much makes the Kentucky Derby holiday-worthy in my mind.
Right now there is some contemplation in my household about a potential partially-impromptu KD viewing party. I'm thinking champagne brunch or lunch, followed by Mint Juleps and some friendly wagering. I even know what I'm going to wear (still gotta find a hat, though).
Now I'm trying to decide which horse I should put my money (or drinks, neck rubs, IOUs, etc.) on. Usually, I just pick a name I like. Here are some faves so far: Big Truck (whose sire was Hook and Ladder), Pyro, and El Gato Malo (pretty awesome name). If you have a favorite you'd like me to bet on for you, check out the list here.