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It Was A Rainy Night

We stayed in and watched Married to the Mob.  You should really watch the trailer here: Married to the Mob trailer.

marriedHave you EVER seen shoulder pads that big?  Honestly!

Michelle Pfeifer’s outfits are so insanely out of control and I love it.  But the reviewer on IMDB is right–as adorable as Michelle Pfeiffer is, the paranoid Connie Russo as played by Mercedes Ruehl steals the show.  Amazing.

The gloomy weather made me too lazy to cook.  I ate mac and cheese from Trader Joes and sprinkled some 5% truffle salt on top.  Sinful!

PS: I discovered some pretty intense Michelle Pfeiffer fansites while looking for images from the movie.  Does everyone call her “The Face?”  Am I just behind the times? She’s pretty amazing looking, but still…

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Recipe Review: Perfect Roast Potatoes

I had been very excited to try Nigella Lawson’s Perfect Roast Potatoes but in the end they didn’t wow me.  Admittedly I didn’t procure goose fat, I used bacon fat.  I like the semolina coating and the crisp exterior-to-soft-interior factor was good, but they didn’t send me.  Here’s a pic of my creation:

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I ended up sprinkling my serving with some 5% black truffle salt I picked up at Pasta Shop, which had a lovely affect.

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Last Minute Christmas Shopping Part II

I had some good luck.  Santa was on my side.  Now allow me to make some recommendations.  Most gifts are in the $20 range.

For the lazy gourmand:  Truffle salt, in 5 and 10% truffle content.  $20-$30 at Pasta Shop.  Amazing on pasta, french fries, or any vegetable.  Who needs to cook?

For anyone who loves Paris, tea, or both: Pasta Shop has an excellent selection of Mariages Freres tea.  I picked up the Provence Green ($22.50) for my sister in law who lived in Kyoto and speaks French.  Porquoi pas?!

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For book lovers: Diesel does soothe, but Pendragon is the place to go if you’re looking to save some dollars to keep food on the table in the new year.  They have some AMAZING deals right now.  Tons of new Taschen coffee table books (Atget, Doisneau, etc.) on sale for less than $10 (!!!).  I got my aunt- and uncle-in-law Art of the 20th Century, also published by Taschen.  So beautiful.  I found it in the used section a month ago and have been lusting over it.  It’s almost impossible to even tell that it is “used,” and priced at $50.  

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For a good laugh: I’ve never had success at Rockridge Home, but I have to give it to them.  That place is banging for the holidays.  The price is right and options abound, so much so they get their own section.

The “NPR Map of the United States” is amazing for the liberal Rockridge/Berkeley business traveler in your life.  Maps local AM/FM NPR channels across the US.  

For the Catholic grandfather who has done it all I suggest the How to be Pope book.  

For the miscellaneous and omnipresent oppressed woman in a committed relationship with a messy man: I suggest Porn For Women now available in the XXX version.   

I picked up the necktie napkins for my adorable MBA holding brother-in-law who can’t get through a meal, much less a business meeting, without spilling on himself.

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For the girls who work too hard and just want to have fun:  I picked up $20 gift certificates at Pretty Penny and Crush on College.  Pretty Penny has an AMAZING selection of vintage shoes, denim, and (just for the season) gold lame and sparkly dresses.  It’s a brilliantly styled place AND the accessories are phenomenal.  Prices are gentle too.  Crush on College was the perfect place for my high school-age cousin-in-law who digs fresh styles at low prices and hasn’t gotten into the vintage thing.  

prettyThe Pretty Penny window

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