Some Saturday notes

The Tailor and the Giant, by James Kruss

The Tailor and the Giant (by James Kruss and Edith Witt) was one of my favorites growing up.

1. Do you find it hard to meditate regularly, or at all? That’s fine, says Adam Grant.

2. The German movie Phoenix is just great–see it if you get the chance. It has a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes. (I’m normally a scaredy cat about thrillers, but this one strikes the perfect balance of suspense, melancholy, and history.)

3. This Target boho blouse just nails it–pretty embroidery without being too peasanty. I am wearing it now.

4. During a Q&A at Town Hall the other night, Steven Pinker responded that he’s pro-Oxford Comma and the audience started cheering. (Who can’t love Seattle?)

5. I had no idea Chuck Palahniuk is irrepressibly hilarious until I heard this Live Wire interview.

6. Palace journeys continue: It’s almost time to head over here, hurrah!



Good Stuff – March

Hohensalzburg Castle, Austrai

I’ve be heading to Salzburg, Austria, in just a few weeks. So, I’ve been up to my ears in guide books, luggage shopping, and German websites that I can’t technically read.

1. Becoming a Seattleite has above all else taught me how to gawk at real estate. (See picture above.) This best-of slideshow on HGTV FrontDoor’s site is the perfect place to go for real-estate bingeing.

2. I’ve lived in Lower Queen Anne for almost 5 years now, but only just learned (thanks to friends Engel and Iliana) that Blue Water Taco Grill is not only adequate, but amazing. I’ve been getting the grilled tilapia burrito bowl. YUM.

3. It isn’t much of a secret that I’m not big into makeup–that stuff gets expensive! That said, the stylish, airy website Into the Gloss has been a huge help these last few months for all things beauty, many things wellness, and the occasional thing makeup.

4. I had never cooked with a plantain ever until reading about their benefits on Purely Twins. So glad I did! Plantains have become a staple in my kitchen these last couple weeks and their versatility comes in especially handy when you’re searching for meal inspiration. I’ve been reading this blog for a couple years now, and am always impressed by their posts’ upbeat tone and usefulness.

Poutine for Breakfast

Improvised Poutine

Sweet potato fries, mushroom gravy, and goat cheese.

After making luscious mushroom gravy last night, today I woke up with quite  a predicament. You guessed it: too much gravy. So, to start the week off right, this morning I threw an impromptu Poutine together by combining it with Alexia sweet potato fries and goat cheese.

C’est magnifique!

Inspiration came in part from this City Arts article about the real deal from Quebec.

Poutine’s origins are as muddled as its translation. The going story comes from a restaurant in the Quebec town of Warwick, “Capitale de Fromages.” Fifty-some years ago, a take-out customer at Le Lutin Qui Rit requested fries and cheese curds in a bag, prompting owner Fernand Lachance to respond, “Ça va faire une maudite poutine,” or “That’s gonna make a damn mess.”

While it took awhile to make, I really can’t exaggerate the gravy‘s deliciousness. Drizzling it over cereal tomorrow is a real–and tantalizing–possibility.