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Archive for June, 2007

Stores to Love – Luxe

Luxe is having a sale!

Please join the LUXE girls as we host our First In-Store Sale!!!Saturday July 7th form 11am – 7pmLight Food and Wine will be served.LUXE – Atlanta will be marking down all merchandise an ADDITIONAL 25% – 50% off the already reduced, everyday prices. Designers include: Zac Posen, Christian Dior, Pucci, Galliano, Catherine Malandrino, Betsey Johnson and many others. Accessories by Pucci Whiting and Davis, Lowe also included. Come early for the best selection

Stores with Blogs – Pink Daisies

I have bought several cute items from this boutique. Super cute and great service.

However, I can not post them because they are gifts. Trust me, the stuff is great.

Fall trends – red bags

I have made the decision not to buy a new handbag for fall. (Unless something amazing comes along.) I am going to use my red, Marc Jacobs from 2 years ago. Classic, but the color is fresh this year for bags. And I am boycotting $2,500 price tags. Those prices are absurd. (unless it is for Chanel.)

Plus, the “pop” that a red handbag gives an outfit is very nice.

This decision was made due to the impending purchase of new Choo’s.

Conversation from Yesterday

Me: We are here to do the punch list and complete the job.

Evil Man: The hospital paid alot of money for this work and we don’t like the anything your company has done.

Me: (talking) Well sir, we had material in January to finish the project but for reasons beyond our control were unable to complete the project. (thinking) You are an a*****e and I am tired of putting up with this crap for the last year. You have no idea what you are doing and I don’t want to look at you anymore.

Evil Man: Blame Him!!! (pointing at other construction guy from another company)

Me: (Talking) Well, that is neither here nor there, let’s just finish the walk thru and I will send in a plan of action to complete the project. (thinking) The plan was started in January, you twit. Stop being incompetent.

Evil Man: Blah, blah, blah.

And now back to our regularly scheduled program of food, fashion and fun.

Planning for 4th of July

We are going to visit my in-laws over 4th of July here. It is very fun and laid back. I will be doing alot of the cooking while we are there and everyone else plays golf. This great because I get to try out new recipes/cookbooks/menu combos that I am continually acquiring.

I have been working on some menu ideas over the last couple of weeks. This is because we will be bringing a cooler with meat and seafood from ATL. Everything has to be planned in advance. The grocery stores up there SUCK, SUCK, SUCK.

Possible Menu #1
My special salmon dip with crostini – it is a stand by
Grilled rib-eye steaks with parsley-garlic butter
Roasted Asparagus
Grilled Corn
Horseradish and Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes, my red potatoes and basil or something else

Possible Menu #2
Fresh vegetables and dip
BBQ chicken – The Barefoot Contessa, the original cookbook.
My secret Macaroni and Cheese
Green Beans with new potatoes
Cole Slaw

I am thinking about a Mexican night too. I have several new enchilada and taco recipes which would be fun to make. Menu #2, I have made all those recipes before, but not for the in-laws. All are crowd pleasers.

Still need to figure out if I want to bake anything. Do know that I am going to be doing a breakfast. I think it would be a good idea to focus on testing this cookbook, which was a recent purchase.


But I have plenty of time to cook up there since we will be there for 5 days. It is a much needed break coming my way.

I might need new sunglasses – Gucci this time

There is a possibility that I left my classic, Chanel glasses somewhere. Why do I think this? I can’t find them. Contemplating branching out to a different designer, Gucci. Not sure though.

Here are two options.

Fun and different. But I think “classic” is probably needed in this situation.

Do I like GG’s over CC’s? Not sure.

Company is here and it is time to play

Carrie is here. YEAH!!! I have known her since we were 9 years old and she was my maid-of-honor. I still have to work, but long lunches come in handy.

Carrie, Mom and I went to lunch at the Swan Coach House for some tourist fun today. We all thought it was cute and fun. I wish my House Punch had included champagne, but today is a work day…. Ahyhoo!

We spent some quality time in the best (shockingly) gift shop. They really did have some good stuff. I got a couple books.

This is not morbid in anyway. There are funny stories from the South and some great recipes.

How could I resist.

Then we went to Boxwoods because Carrie had never had the pleasure. She absolutely loved it, but how can you not? She got quite a few items to take back to Nashville. I got a couple of candles.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE topiaries. Love them as candles too.

And there you go.

It is the Battle of the J’s

These are what I want.

Jimmy Choo

These are what I will get.

J.Crew

Honestly, who can tell the difference? (Kidding)

Restaurant Tidbits

I have out of town guest all week, starting yesterday. There will be much going out and good times for everyone. But here are few restaurant items that have occurred this week.

I went to Rathbun’s last night with my JLA group. The food was great, no question. Liza and I split that Greek, fried cheese appetizer thing that is to die for. My scallops were perfectly cooked. My appletini was fab. However, the service was beyond lacking.

Here is my complaint and do feel free to disagree. Myself and 3 others were early or on time. The other 5 were late. This was due to the horrendous traffic that occurred in ATL yesterday. Several people left 1 hour early from Perimeter and were still 30 minutes late. So we are fault, yes. If the restaurant did not want to honor our reservation it was their perogative to not. Tell us at the beginning to go around the corner to Krog Bar. We would have been OK with that. But, PLEASE, don’t seat us, treat us like crap, hit one person’s chair (HARD) and not apologize and then get caught bad mouthing the group to a busboy. We were easy for a large group. Come on! There was no excessive drink runs or to much indecision from a group of 9 who had not seen each other in a month. AND we all said “please” and “thank you”. We are in the South after all.

Everyone liked the food, but we were split 50/50, hate-to-indifference on the service.

My friend Carrie is in town from Nashville. There was a special request for a “melted cheese” night. So off to Nuevo Laredo we went. Food was typical. But the restaurant was having its 15th Anniversary Party. Nothing like Mariachis in your face while you try to eat.

Carrie did really like the food, though. She got the chicken enchiladas and said the chicken was much better than what she is usually able to get in Nashville. Ed and I always get the same dishes. Carne Asada tacos and cheese enchiladas. Good as usual.

More to come.

Recipes to Love – Creamy Asparagus Soup

This is one of my favorite soup recipes ever. It was a hit at a party I had last year, plus my father-in-law loves it. I recommend it for year around consumption and enjoyment.

Creamy Asparagus Soup

Makes 1 ½ quarts

Olive Oil or Unsalted Butter ½ cup
Onion, diced 2 cups
Celery, diced 1 cup
Flour ¼ cup
Asparagus, cut into ½ inch pieces, 2 bunches
(Reserve the tips)
Chicken Broth or Water 1 quart
Heavy Cream 1 cup
Dry White Wine 2 Tablespoon (optional)
Salt, as needed

Method:
In a 3-quart pot, heat olive oil. Add in Onion, Celery and Asparagus stems, cover pot and allow vegetable to cook over low heat until soft.
Stir in the flour, cook for 5 to 8 minutes
Gradually add in the chicken stock, whisking or stirring to work out any lumps.
Bring soup to a boil, lower heat to a simmer and allow soup to cook until smooth, usually 30 to 45 minutes. Stir frequently to prevent burning.
You can now puree and strain the soup or you can just strain through a fine sieve into another pot, pushing out as much liquid as you can from the vegetables.
Add in the Heavy Cream and White wine; Season with Salt
Garnish Soup with Asparagus tips, (cooked in salted boiling water just until tender and then quickly cooled in ice water), diced ham & Swiss cheese.