Tuesday, January 19, 2010


This past Sunday marked the the tenth birthday I've spent with my husband (his 35th).  We went to a great restaurant which is located on a working farm and almost all the ingredients are fresh from that farm.  There's actually no set menu, instead there is a list of ingredients listed on the menu which the chefs can choose from to create a meal (or 8 courses!) of their choice.  They ask you if you have any food allergies (me-shellfish *sigh*) and then they ask you if there are any ingredients you would rather not have.  Being the culinary adventurous couple we are, we opted for an anything goes approach.  The most "exotic" course were the sweetbreads, but every course was a delight to the senses.  Great presentation, lovely smells, and amazing flavors.  I tried taking some photos with the hubby's I-Phone, but it was way too dark, so this was the best I could do.

What has been your favorite meal or restaurant, and what made it so special?

Friday, January 8, 2010

Twenty Ten or Two Thousand Ten?

Which one is it?  And do you just call it "ten" for short?
My new year began with a 24 hour marathon of Pushing Daisies on DVD.

 Did anyone get to watch that show?  I was obsessed.  Between the knitting obsessed private detective and the awesome pies and cute bakery shop-how could you not love it?!

Then 5 minutes prior to midnight we switched over to the live telecast of Times Square on NY1 and watched 2009 be put to rest. DON'T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU IN THE WAY OUT '09!   My lovely husband got some champagne and cheese and that's what we had after midnight.

My adorable little dog, Lulu, found herself snuggling with her new toy at midnight.

I also present to you my first FO for the new year!

Yes, I made the ubiquitous Clapotis which has been all the rage on Ravelry for years.  It was made with gorgeous Sundara ASM in Toasted Orange Over Pistachio.  I love the yarn I was a little disappointed with how small the clap was.  I followed the pattern to the letter, but maybe I didn't block it enough.  Who knows?  Regardless, it was a project that I was scared of tackling in April of '09, so it's nice to have gotten over my fear of knitting anything other than a scarf.  If I ever make another I will make modifications to the pattern to make it longer.

I've also cast on for  two other projects.  The Irish hiking scarf using Madelinetosh Worsted in Moorland, and Snapdragon tam in Madelinetosh Merino in Tart.  Can I just say, I am obsessed with the Tart colorway.  It reminds me of the color red velvet cupcakes...yumm....

I've also been scanning the usual knitblogs and came across Funky Carolina's post about what inspires her.  She posted an amazing youtube video featuring Ray LaMontage and Damien Rice (swoon!).  I just saw Ray LaMontagne at the Beacon Theatre this past November, and he was even more amazing live.  For those who have not yet heard of Ray, I recommend you check him out. Ray & Damien