January 2017: What I bought, watched and read
WHAT I READ
IT MUST’VE BEEN SOMETHING I ATE
Steingarten is one of my favourite food writers. He writes with such sardonic wit that it makes it such a pleasure to savour each word on the page.
He talks about food of course, chefs and so on but more importantly, COOKING and the history and research behind each favoured item and dish.
Mouth-watering, I’d say.
Really highly recommended. I also really recommend his first book, The Man Who Ate Everything. It’s even funnier.
THE CURATED CLOSET
I love this book. LIKE LOVE. Thanks to Cassie & Adina, I discovered it and absolutely love it.
If your style is struggling or even if you are SURE of your style but can’t quite pin down what makes you tick, this is the book for you.
I found it immensely helpful.
It really is a survey and a list of questions to help you find your style and just reading through it without doing the exercises the first time, it clicked in me what my style is, although trying to find a few snappy catchwords to sum it up is proving to be a lot harder.
I am planning on doing each exercise but I need time to think about what my style is first. I have a good idea of what I like and what it is, but I can’t seem to pull all the pieces together because I love wearing a little bit of everything in small doses (or majorly large ones).
GARLIC & SAPPHIRES
LOVE this book. I only heard about Ruth Reichl from watching Top Chef, but liked the way she conducted herself on the show.
I decided to finally read some of her books, and man am I ever glad I did.
This woman is a born writer. I can’t put down her stuff. I was so engrossed in her book, I would read it while holding Baby Bun’s hand and walking around the apartment. She has a way with words to make you feel like you’re there, and her memories and stories are so vivid and clear, it’s incredible.
This one is about her work as a food critic and the stories are just captivating, from the food descriptions to the way she had to disguise herself.. fantastic stuff. Really well worth a read if you are even remotely interested in restaurants and eating.
TENDER AT THE BONE
Another great book on Reichl’s childhood and growing up with food, which surprisingly was not at all gourmet.
A nice look into her life, with excellent anecdotal stories about food, her childhood and her life. I really recommend reading it if you like that sort of food + biography + anecdotal kind of reading.
I.. think I liked it. I am not sure. I don’t want to read it again though, so maybe I don’t like it as much but I did find the process of it quite enlightening.
I really just hate the same old story of how a woman is always the one chasing after a guy she can’t have, and this book is all about that.
Why is it the woman chasing the guy?
Why is it never the other way around?
I think the writing was excellent, I really think she painted quite a vivid depiction of all the scenes and I saw them in my head.
I also learned a lot about the service industry and food which is the highlight of this entire book.
I am not sure what to think. I would say read it if you want to have your brain challenged but try not to gag at the parts where she pines over some guy. Ugh.
Another book by Reichl but a work of fiction, that is a food mystery of all things! My two favourite topics 🙂
It is REALLY GOOD. It isn’t chick-lit at all, and has a very distinct food-based background throughout the book, with a lot of cues taken from her own life (obviously, as I read her first book, I could spot them), and she is truly a gifted storyteller.
It is about a girl and a mystery.
Very little on the romance side (thank goodness this one isn’t chasing after some man who doesn’t want her as the main focus of the book), and heavy on the food & memories. Lots of WWII historical references as well.
PURSUIT OF LOVE
It is set in the past and covers the lives of different women and their own pursuits of love, in particular, one heroine’s love life.
I read it, I wouldn’t read it again, but I did enjoy reading it. Now that I am reading the synopsis again, the book is coming back to me.
It’s something to read to pass the time but it is not one I’d jump up and down and recommend.
Painfully good to read. In some parts, seeing as I am a mother, I cringed, but I very much enjoyed it. It’s set back in the past during the slave trade and a lot of it made me very teary-eyed and uncomfortable, and yet… I couldn’t put it down.
It reminded me a lot of this book I read in high school, not just because it was set in the same sort of style, the acclaimed Roots…
THE PERFECT MEAL
This is NOT AN EASY READ. You will be wading through a lot of science chat, but if you are truly interested in cooking and food, it will be interesting to you about how we perceive flavours and not just on our tongue but with our environment as well.
An interesting book for serious, science-nerdy foodies or restaurateurs.
Books I couldn’t continue reading or finish
Too boring in its prose/writing. Life is too short to continue reading books just for the sake of finishing them.
THE TABLE COMES FIRST
I wanted to like it. I found it pretentious.
ONE NATION UNDER GOODS
Yawn. Maybe it is from a Baby Bun-induced coma of exhaustion but it was just too dense for me to read. Not light reading.
SECRETS FROM THE EATING LAB
The first page gives it all away – being obese is not your fault, it’s genetics, being obese is not a real health problem and .. I can’t remember the third thing.
Anyway, it was boring. I stopped after a chapter.
WHAT I WATCHED
I like Jon Favreau. I liked his movie, found it lighthearted, easy to watch and funny in many parts. The food is to die for and made my stomach growl when I saw what he was making.
Of course, it’s a typical fluffy cliché with the father being a workaholic for his job and having to reunite with his son. If I have spoiled the movie for you already, then it was not worth watching.
I only have a bone a pick with this one thing I see constantly on TV:
SMOKIN’ HOT WOMEN WITH NORMAL GUYS.. #%@ WTF?
Why are leading men in films always paired with their polar opposites in looks?
CAN WE STOP THIS STUPIDITY IN FILMS AND TV??
Maybe Favreau just wanted to pretend he was with Vergara.. who knows. He wrote the film.
Why do men get a free pass to be paired with hot women but the opposite NEVER HAPPENS? Where are the normal women paired with super hot men!?
I found it to be a lighthearted movie to watch, but I can’t say there was much substance or meat in the plot, the character… it was just a movie to watch in the background as you do other things and pause to drool at the screen during the food shots.
WHAT I BOUGHT
TEAPIGS LIQUORICE & PEPPERMINT
If you like tea, and you like sweet tea but don’t want to put SUGAR in it, BUY THIS TEA.
I hate peppermint. I hate liquorice. …but I LOVE THIS TEA.
It has an aftertaste of sweetness, a mild minty flavour and it is ADDICTIVE. I am on my third cup today since receiving this package. Well worth it. Ordering more right now.
Trust me, give it a shot. You will not regret it. It’s mild and wonderfully sweet without sugar.
HANDMADE EASY RIDER LAMBSKIN SHEARLING JACKET IN CAMEL / TAN
I LOVE THIS JACKET.
SO soft, thick, comfortable. It isn’t quite as furry and soft as my shearling gloves, but it is soft enough that it doesn’t scratch my skin and it is of a way higher quality than the Acne Velocite & All Saints jackets I tried on here, that were triple and double the price of this one.
This cost me $600 CAD plus $200 CAD taxes, for a total of $800. Love. It. I almost want it in all the colours now, I’m terrible.
Made in Australia, so it did cost me in import duties too.
It was worth it. It is amazing.
[RETURNED] HANDMADE AVIATOR DARK BROWN SHEARLING BOMBER JACKET
It looks great in photos but when I got it the quality was not what I expected and frankly, not (for me) worth the $500 CAD price tag because I am willing to pay up to $1500 for something really perfect, rather than $500 for something so-so.
It was soft, but the stitching was not well done, it had a strange floral smell and I don’t think I liked the style on me in the end.
Returned it for a full refund!
FOSSIL VINTAGE MUSE THREE HAND GRAY WATCH
I’ll say I was greatly influenced by Cassie & Adina because once I saw this watch, the face was quite close to the very pretty Skaagen Anita Starry Night watch. I am actually not a fan of black watch faces, so that’s why I much preferred this design from Fossil. This one, is a nice mother of pearl design and feminine without being too strongly so. And in rose gold with grey!
And it was on sale. 🙂
Olive + Oak Sweater
YAY! Cobalt blue! I wore it in an outfit and found it very comfortable.
NOW FOR THE THRIFTED GOODS…
I also took a friend out and went thrifting to find these items:
NIRVANA BLACK TANK
I’ve always wanted a band t shirt but not just any band, one I actually like and listen to. This probably dates me but Nirvana is one of those bands that I still listen to, to this day. Kurt Cobain died far too young.
Anyway, it is a nice graphic addition underneath a blazer or I’m imagining it tucked into a tight pencil skirt with lots of pearls…. Possibilities are endless!
RALPH LAUREN KITTEN HEELED SANDALS
Like BRAND NEW. Never worn.
They are surprisingly comfortable, with a padded sole, and the straps are VERY soft and don’t cut in, & a very pretty kitten heel. We will see if they stay in my closet after a wear or two this summer.
I may end up doing something with them like a little DIY project. To be determined if I have the crafting skillz for this.
TRISTAN MONET RAINBOW FLORAL SKIRT
This pencil skirt is way too big (US 10) and somehow way too Rainbow Brite but something in the print made me think of Monet.
I want to see if it can be worked into my wardrobe without being altered, with some magic belting.
GEOFFREY BEENE WOOL OVERSIZED SWEATER
I love a good oversized wool sweater and this one fits without being too oversized. I think it is a men’s sweater but it says Large and is strangely woman-sized.
Perhaps it used to be a Men’s Large sweater but then it shrunk and got donated.
Only a slight little repair to be done on the cuff, as it is unravelling.
It goes well with my newfound love for the hobo bag lady Olsen style.. although I am not going quite as messy as they are.
SIMON CHANG LINEN WRAP SKIRT
A really pretty true wrap skirt in a nice thick linen that got donated because it is missing a button at the back. No problem! I will slap on a pretty one and it is as good as new.
It’ll be nice for summer, very light in a natural flaxen shade.
LOVE MOSCHINO GREEN GRADIENT GRAPHIC FLORAL SILK DRESS
I wasn’t sure about this dress, it is very low cut in front so I need a tank underneath but it was $5. I’m willing to give the pretty shamrock (?) print a try… who knows, it may end up being a favourite.