Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I'm Back

Image from The Sartorialist.

Well what a very very long absence that was.

No excuse... (although I was in China for some of the time away from my trusty blog, and have been juggling a few other uni/work things).

Image from here.

So what is news with all of you? You'll be glad to know I remained up to date with your gorgeous blogs during my absence.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Sex and the Noughties

As the next installment of the Sex and the City film begins rearing it's box-office, hype-building head... I've noticed I've not the same buzz for those four gals as I have had in times passed.

A few reasons ran through my mind, but when I watched the latest trailer it smacked me in the face; they're getting too old to be doing what they were doing. It'll be like watching my mum sleep around now - not good.

Before anyone of an older age jumps down my throat, hear me out, I'm not having a go at mature age actresses. Rather I'm really fed-up with the girls' antics. The end of the trailer alludes to a possible mistake-heated-affair between now married (to Big) Carrie and old flame Aiden. Honestly? After all she's been through with the cheating Big?

It also got me thinking of the SATC girls of today. If the producers were to recreate the series with today's late 20 early 30-somethings; what would be the main archetypes?

Here are my guesses based on the fads/trends of lifestyle in the noughties:

Carrie: obsessed with alternative fashion (indie/hipster labels) rather than the big brands.

Charlotte: into "being green" and interested in sustainable food.

Samantha: probably still a PR girl, who loves her men - her character is still current I think.

Miranda: still a rigid lawyer - again her character is still fairly current.

What traits do you think the "noughties" SATC girls would have?

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Library of Congress

I really love the Library of Congress' photostream on Flickr. It features great quality images of immigrants first arriving into the U.S. and other ones of the past.

Here's a collection of my favourite:

Soda jerker flipping ice cream into malted milkshakes.

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Lyman, Polish tobacco farmers near Windsor Locks, Connecticut.

My favourite is Mr and Mrs Lyman, they are just so happy!

Which one is your favourite? What's your favourite Flickr photostream lately?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

You Make Me Hot

Image from Milk.

I love this message...

A Market Scene

I'm having flashbacks to my time in Lille, France - where each Sunday morning I'd cycle to the markets and choose from the abundance of fresh and unusual produce.

I'd end the morning by buying a fresh, pastry I hadn't yet tasted and a beautiful rotisserie chicken...

Excuse my post-lagging, I'm busy on many levels at the moment and lacking in a little inspiration.

So tell me, what inspires you?

Monday, April 12, 2010

Tech-Anxiety Killed the Radio Star

I had university radio prac today and wow was it a whirlwind! My entire body was tense with tech-anxiety.

Image from child of the 50s.

Bloggers, I may have fooled you into believing that I'm all tech-savvy just because I use Twitter and have a blog, but no.

Anything slightly technical; pushing buttons to switch from phone to computer, quickly hanging up the phone, adjusting the recorder on screen - sends me to nervous land. Technology can simply be so unreliable... things have changed since Edward R. Murrow's time.

People on the other hand, I can handle. I enjoy cold calling unknown contacts in search of a good quote.

I have prac for the rest of the week, and going by today I think I'm really going to enjoy it. It felt really rewarding to just start with a story concept in the morning, and have a complete news radio package by lunchtime.

Will keep you posted... what have you all been up to?

What has got you all tense at the moment?

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Naughty Easter

Sorry for the hiatus, I've been on an Easter break at the coast, so there's been much chocolate, lots of surfing, sun and reading.

A naughty Easter-themed image from we never existed.

I'll be off the radar for a few more days, but will be back with some yummy recipes (orange, lemon and coconut cake is in the oven now!) and some other bits and pieces.

How was your Easter break? What did you get up to?

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn?

It's that Mad Men question... are you a "Jackie" or a "Marilyn"?

I'm can't decide on who I'm more like.. who are you?

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Make Your Own Adventure

At the moment I'm really inspired to cook everything myself.

I'm on a "Make Your Own Adventure" discovering just how much a normal, domestic cook can make at home.

Maybe I'd be as happy as this woman if I made my own olive oil? Image from VintagePosters.

I want to; make my own butter, bake my own bread, create my own pasta, make my own soft drinks (like ginger beer)... I'm even trying to get my head around making my own chocolate - anyone done it?

I'd prefer to use up my time in order to make something delicious and special - rather than buy something prepackaged and uninteresting. I think the quality is always better when you've made something yourself.

I'm also inspired to make everything myself because of one of Michael Pollan's "Food Rules", #39 Eat all the junk food you want, as long as you cook it yourself. The caveat is probably "in moderation" - little does he know I'm determined to cook all of my favourites!

How do you feel about packaged foods?

Have you tried making butter (or anything labour intensive) from scratch?

Friday, March 19, 2010

MYO Birthday Cake?

I am extremely sorry for my lack of posts, but in order to get online I have to squeeze onto my Mum's desktop in the moments that she's not using it - the small timeframe, and sterile-ness of her computer leaves me completely uninspired.

I am still awaiting delivery of my new laptop - which they now tell me is going to be at the end of March (hopefully in time for my birthday).

Image from ThomWatson.

In the meantime answer me this; is it sad to make your own birthday cake? Or completely acceptable? I want to make mine because I love baking!

P.S. If you think it's completely acceptable - what should I make!?

Monday, March 08, 2010

Death by Laptop

I didn't realise until early last week just how much of my life revolves around a machine.

My laptop has died - and with it has gone much of my inspiration.

From boingboing.net - a wonderful collection of retro computer ads.

Luckily I have most of my files backed up, and will be able to access the rest of my files because the hard drive didn't "drop off it's perch".

However, this will mean a continued lag from blogging until I track down a new one (hopefully next week!)

So far I like this one.

What computer/laptop do you use? Can you recommend any?

Tell me honestly; does a tiny piece of you lie in the contents of your computer/laptop?

Monday, March 01, 2010

A Boulangerie Teleporter

The past week has been an absolute blur... Uni started again, P. moved to an apartment in a wonderful neighbourhood and my lovely Granny arrived from England.

I've been running to keep up with it all - but here I am. Tired and wanting to hear from all of you.

Image from jmvnoos.

First, a quick story. I love where P.'s living. The first morning there (Saturday), I went out to get us some fresh croissants from the French boulangerie up the road. Everyone who works in the bakery is French.

I bounded in the door and may has well have been teleported to France. I ordered croissants and some bread, all the while chatting in french to the native French speakers. It was strangely comforting - I was in Australia, speaking French and it couldn't have felt more "right".

Anyway, what have you lovelies been up to?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Michael Pollan's Food Rules

While wandering through a great little independent book store in San Francisco last month, P. and I spotted a great little health-food pamphlet by food writer/journalist Michael Pollan.

Pollan's book "Food Rules", features a myriad of tips about how to eat healthily. A lot of them I already knew/practised - but it was an interesting and affirming read.

Image of author Michael Pollan from New York Magazine.

Here's a list of my 5 favourite food rules:

#21 It's not food if it's called by the same name in every language. (Think Big Mac, Cheetos, or Pringles.)

#36 Don't eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk.

#39 Eat all the junk food you want, as long as you cook it yourself.

#51 Spend as much time enjoying the meal as it took to prepare it.

#57 Don't get your fuel from the same place your car does.

Read more here...

Do you have any food rules to share?

I have one; when you're going to eat something "naughty" cut it in half, put it on a plate and eat it with a cup of tea. Slow down and enjoy it. If you want the rest, that's fine but the main thing is to be conscious/enjoy when you're eating it.

P.S. Has anyone seen "Food Inc."? It is certainly an eye-opening documentary - worth the time.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Dimanche Dreams

Is it a waste of my Sunday (dimanche) to reminisce about my life in France?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

E-Type is My Type

I'm not a car gal, but I've now found two cars that make me weak at the knees. The first was the beautiful Citroen DS and now it's the Jaguar E-Type.

My three loves in two photos; P., Jaguar E-Type and Paris!

I first laid eyes on this beauty whilst wandering the streets close-by the Eiffel Tower in Paris with P.

He immediately knew what type it was and all the specs, I immediately knew I needed a new car!

When I head back to Paris (with more permanent living plans), this car will certainly be on my list of things to buy.

It's a strange love - not like any other materialistic one. Are you gaga for any type of automobile? Or perhaps a motorcycle?

She & Him Second that Emotion

Wonderful pop/folk/old-time-country/awesome-in-their-own-genre singing duo She & Him have released a second album, a Volume Two following on from 2008's Volume One... I'm absolutely overjoyed!

She and Him: Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward - Image frome here.

I must mention that the "She" part of the band is the awesomely quirky Zooey Deschanel. And the "He"? M. Ward; a talented singer/songwriter. The two make the perfect music pair. Deschanel's old-world voice matches Ward's original and whimsical tunes.

Instead of defining their genre more, I'll tell you want their music makes me want to do;
  • Swing dance.
  • Rock on a hammock amongst lush green countryside reading a book with P.
  • Bake a wholesome carrot cake and leave it to cool on the windowsill.
  • Play my life in slow motion.
  • Dress up in a 1950's bikini and go surfing with the Beach Boys.
  • Kiss.
Listen to their song "In the Sun", think of Summer and your life in slow motion. Are you a She & Him fan? Or just Zooey?

P.S. Did you know that Zooey is married to Deathcab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard? They are going to have some musically talented children!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Travel Tip # 5

Take lots and lots of photos.

A collage of the many-a-bizarre photo taken by us.

Take photos of your meals - it's a great way to remember them.

Take photos of small things; wildlife/strange billboards/interesting people/anything that's different - not just the national monuments are worth photographing.

If you photograph anything that grabs your attention, you'll have a bunch of free/individual/memorable souvenirs when you arrive home.

Make sure there's always a person in your photo - it's more interesting.

This travel tip goes out to my blogging friend Char - a fabulous photographer.

What do you love to take photos of whilst travelling?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

20 Years and a List of Lifes Lessons

So my 20th birthday is approaching (in March). It's a frightening time as I move from having the excuse of "being a teenager", to merging into adulthood.

My younger self and older self transforming into one. Image from chicks57.

Although I don't know everything there is to know in the world just yet, I thought I'd make an update of the list of 20 things I do know... at my ripe old age.
  1. Always brush your teeth before you go to bed - your breath will be extra smelly in the morning if you don't.
  2. When you get home in the wee hours of the morning after a big night on the town drink at least one litre of water, take an asprin and have something to eat - this will alleviate the worst pains of a morning hangover.
  3. It doesn't matter about the number of friends you have - it's best to have one fabulously loyal friend than 5 or 6 that will bitch about you behind your back.
  4. Never let peer pressure get the better of you; a girls confidence will jump leaps and bounds after high school if she stands strong and doesn't let anyone tell her how she should be acting.
  5. Wait for the right boy.
  6. The easiest way to maintain your figure without strenuous exercise? Eat three main meals a day - try not to snack.
  7. Dump Facebook and jump on Twitter - it's for the socially aware. Facebook's for stalkers.
  8. Never underestimate the power of a compliment; give them to everyone you love and be sincere.
  9. Bake cakes from scratch - they are miles better than bought ones or packet mixes, you'll feel very accomplished pulling it from the oven.
  10. Try to exercise in your everyday clothes. Park further away from the shopping centre entry. Walk to your closest shop for the milk. Walk, walk, walk.
  11. Every girl should own a vintage bicycle.
  12. Find your signature drink; Pinot Noir? Champagne? Vodka and Red Bull? Anything - but make it yours.
  13. Stand up for what's right. Don't let bullying happen. Don't let poverty happen. Don't let climate change happen. Don't let facist governments happen. Don't let the free press disappear.
  14. Don't be a snob but never be ashamed of your past.
  15. Laugh at yourself; seriousness has a place and a purpose but not in day-to-day living.
  16. Instead of saying rich, say wealthy. The words we choose have an affect on our attitude towards people/lifestyles/cultures etc.
  17. Spend time with the people you love; we all have embarrassing families and some of you may even have daggy friends, but if you love them like I do mine - you wouldn't want it any other way. Always tell them that you love them.
  18. Reward yourself in any way you enjoy; you're a pretty cool person for being here.
  19. Give your memory a break, leave a notepad and pen beside your bed at night it helps if you want to clear your mind of all things you must do the following day... I write a "To Do List" almost every day during the university semester.
  20. Travel. Live overseas or away from your hometown for some portion of your life. Nothing will give you as much perspective on life as seeing how other cultures live.
Add to the list; what are some key life lessons you've learned?

Travel Tip # 4


E.T. and Steven Spielberg, photo from Case X.

Okay this is more a tip for long holidays, but we realised how cheap postage was both in France and the U.S. and decided to send home gifts or bits and bobs we'd accumulated.

Yes it may've cost around $50 each time but if you realise how much you must pay for overweight baggage on international flights - this is small change (on Lufthansa each kilo over will cost you 40 euro - that's around $70!)

Sending things home also lessens the fear of losing things along the way, if you have lots of hotel stops.

Have you done this before? What's the cheapest country regarding postage?

Monday, February 08, 2010

Travel Tip # 3

Don't ask, don't get.

Vintage sheet music cover from autumnsensation.

This little piece of advice not only adheres to while you're up in the air, but when you arrive at your destination too... just ask. What's the use in wondering?

Anecdote # 1: P. and I were staying at a hotel in New York City where we found our room to be too street noisy and a little shabby. We asked reception the next morning if we could get a quieter room and they upgraded us to a much larger suite. Just like that.

Anecdote # 2: Also while on the flight from Honolulu to Auckland, I asked the airhostess whether they had any vegetarian meals, "No," she said with care, "there are none left in economy but when first class is finished I'll go and check up there."

Ask questions. Don't be afraid. The worst they can say is no.

.,.However I'm still waiting on that day when I ask to be upgraded to first class and it works! Has it ever worked for you?

Friday, February 05, 2010

Travel Tip # 2

Pack your own lunch.

Wonderful image of women workers having lunch in their rest room, C&NW Railroad, Clinton, Iowa, 1942 from bayswater97.

Generally nothing you eat on an economy class flight is going to blow your mind culinarily speaking, so pack some small nutritious snacks from home & eat your main meal in your stopover airport or at your final destination. You won't regret it.

As a sidenote to this tip; I found that by not eating the questionable plane dishes & saving my appetite for a main meal in my destination helped lessen jetlag. Mealtime is the best way to get your body into the new timezone.

In my lunchbox, small containers of;
  • almonds
  • dried apricots
  • dried pears
  • crystallised ginger
  • a banana
What's your take on plane food? More to the point, have you ever had a nice plane meal in economy?

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Travel Tip # 1

When getting on an aeroplane, always place your carry-on luggage in an overhead compartment closest to the entry/exit.

Travel as confidently as these ladies by following my Travel Tips. Fabulous image found here.

Because when there's a mad rush to get off the flight once it lands, you get to go forward in the jammed up queue of people not behind even further.

....time is of the essence after being cooped up for a few hours on an aeroplane.

Some Tips for Your Time

For being a slack blogger while travelling, I'm going to make up for it now... with my Top 5 Travel Tips.

Lost image source, found on Flickr. Let me know if it's yours.

I'll be posting over the next few days just a few things I refined after jumping onto plane after plane with P.

And please share with me any great travel tips you have. Anyone know the secret to getting upgraded on a flight? Let me know, I'd love to know that answer!

Monday, February 01, 2010

Reverse Culture Shock

So P. and I arrived home yesterday to the most wonderful reception. Our families were waiting for us as we walked into the airport, there were some tears and lots of laughs.

A beautiful image from Brown Button.

It's a strange feeling being back in my own bed, home and town. Using Australian money. Hearing Aussie accents...

I'm hesitant in driving my car - it's been 6 months since I've been behind the wheel, preferring cycling while I was living in France.

But anyway I'm back, so expect some travel tips and some great places to eat my food blog.

Friday, January 22, 2010

In a Nutshell: Healthcare

While P. and I were in D.C. we stayed at a wonderful inn, the owners were lovely and inspired great conversation. The hot topic? Politics and the recent loss of the long-time held Democratic seat in Massachusetts.

After a month of travelling the U.S. I am finally beginning to understand this health crisis.

Below left; Republican Scott Brown centrefold in a 1980's Cosmopolitan magazine. Not very conservative of him, was it?

To others out there who don't quite get "The Healthcare Drama", here it is, in a nut shell; the U.S. does provide all citizens access to public healthcare.

What this means is that almost everyone must buy private healthcare (and pay around $500 a month p.p to keep it!). If they do not have private healthcare they can recieve treatment from a hospital, but the sad eventuality is that they will be faced with an enormous medical bill (cancer treatments can easily hop into the millions).

Losing the Democrat seat in Mass. threatens Obama's plan to provide American citizens with public healthcare.

Now there is a major scramble,as the Democrats try to assemble some sort of healthcare reform before the voted in Republican, Scott Brown (the naked guy above), takes his seat.

What are your views? I hope all Americans gain access to healthcare - one of the largest countries in the world - it seems backward that their own citizens suffer.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The President and the Queen descend on D.C.

I interrupt this blogging drought to bring you an announcement - P. and I were just dining at the same restaurant as the Pres. B. Obama and his wife!

We're in D.C. now and by chance ended up at Nora's. Inside the restaurant were the famous couple celebrating Michelle Obama's 46th Birthday. For us, it was a delicious dinner - and DAMN exciting one too!

*Update*: Unfortunately the Secret Service men pushed us all so far away that we couldn't get any great snapshots ourselves, but here's one featured on the HuffPost.

After finishing our delicious meal, we waited outside for around 20 mins and saw the couple walk out, Pres. Obama even gave a good wave to the 40 deep crowd that had gathered there to watch him exit the restaurant.

The street block and, secret service feeling-every-patron-up as they entered the restaurant didn't do a great job at hiding the fact that the Pres. was inside - but there was a great buzz in the air.

An amazing start to our 4 day stay in D.C. - on another note, I also met Queen Latifah tonight (before BET awards) - this city is awesome.

The Queen and I.

Will keep you all in the loop, news and tips on where to go/eat on NYC coming up... what have you been up to?

Monday, January 04, 2010

A New Decade in New York

Happy New Decade! ... So Pete and I finally arrived here in Manhattan a week ago (only a day after the bombing scare into Detroit - so you can imagine the security).

Lost the source, so please let me know if it's your image.

However we have been jampacking our days full of fun things, delicious foods, new sights - and we've both decided that we definitely want to live here.

Although this is something I decided for myself when I visited for the first time in 2008 - it's really nice that we're both so excited about this city!

Anyway I'm currently blogging from a Starbucks - (my first time in one in years), hence my creativity feels a little buzzed.

So, although I won't be blogging much, stay tuned because the moment I get good wireless I'll be posting the heck out of you all!

I'm missing the blogging world and all of you, so let me know what you're up to? Did you ring in the new decade with zing!? Tell me...

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