Archive for March, 2010

I was at Borders yesterday procrastinating writing my paper for class, and I found that I had a 40% off on one item coupon! The frugality in me immediately won over so I then shut my computer and walked out of the Seattle’s Best into the closest section that also happens to put a smile on my face: the food section. Now, I’m not a very… experienced cook or baker, but in January I spent some time trying different recipes and only improvising a little bit. But though I am new to the gas burners, I love food and want to be wearing the apron (my cute little one from Anthropologie)!

So I started at the first cookbook shelf and found I was in the soups and stews section. Boy do I like soup. One of my quick and easy favorites at home was Top Ramen Chicken/Beef/Oriental. Classy, I know. But really, I do like soup; just hold the cream, please.

Anyways, finally I found the Food Network cookbooks section and almost bought the Everyday Pasta, cause I love pasta, Italian food, and Giada’s recipes are always easy to follow and delicious, but I didn’t want to limit my cooking extravaganza to pasta. I only had one 40% off coupon and I needed to use it wisely. That was the moment I happened upon Barefoot Contessa. That lady can cook! So here’s the book I chose: Barefoot in Paris.

Lovely French Cookbook!

It is a lovely French cookbook with classic treats, dinners, drinks, and desserts. I have yet to try a recipe, but I’m excited to work some French cuisine magic in my kitchen and also improvise on some of the meals! Wish me luck!


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I had one of the most delicious steaks three nights ago on the eve of my departure from the Northwest. My boyfriend and I were looking for an elegant, tasty restaurant for our anniversary which we spent in Spokane, WA. I was a bit apprehensive about being able to find a memorable restaurant for our anniversary, but as we were driving to our hotel (we stayed at the Davenport Hotel, which I highly recommend), we passed a burgundy awning with “Churchill’s Steakhouse” written in script on the right-hand side of the street. I looked to my boyfriend and asked: “How do you feel about having a steak tonight?” And that was that!

However, when we went to make dinner reservations, their number was unavailable and had been disconnected. Confused, I called the Davenport Hotel Concierge and he informed me that the hotel had burned down (or at least some of it had) a year and a half ago! Oy. However, the concierge proceeded to inform me that the steakhouse had just reopened last Friday but had yet to issue a press release of their reopening! Score 1 for the anniversary.

Needless to say, we had a delightful meal, filled with excellent wine, steaks, cheesecake, and a special bottle of champagne. Spokane may not be a tourist destination, but it certainly does offer a high-class steakhouse that delivers on all accounts. Delicious!

Interior of Churchill's
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Churchill’s Steakhouse

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I learned about a new designer rental service through RachelZoe.com and this time, they’re renting out designer dresses. Next time you’re stressing out over what to wear to an event, the choices are easily laid out in front of you and range from affordable $50 frocks, to the slightly less afforadable, though stunning, $250 gowns.

Check it out here:
Rent The Runway

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