Happy Sunday, everyone! Seems like the past couple of weeks have been a non-stop buzz of activity, thanks to a couple of big projects at work and the usual pre-holiday insanity.
The good news is that it looks like things might quiet down for a few days so I can catch my breath. The bad news is that I’ve barely put a dent in my holiday shopping list, which means I might have to spend some of that precious downtime shopping. Ugh.
In the meantime, though, there’s two weeks’ worth of Sunday Sevens to cram into one post. I’m still only sharing seven things, but you get double the awesomeness. Or something. I think.
1. Someone at the Chatelaine Test Kitchen must be peeking at my list of Food Network idols I’d love to meet before I die. First it was Nigella, then Jamie Oliver, and this past Friday, it was Emeril “Kick It Up a Notch” Lagasse who swung by for a visit.
Emeril answered a few questions, chatted about his new line of T-Fal kitchen electrics (including a pressure cooker that I’ve got my eye on), did a quick demo of his new electric grill for The Shopping Channel, and was all things affable and charming.
Chatelaine, if you’re listening, the only one left on my list is Alton Brown. Fingers crossed! :)
2. If you’re in Toronto’s west end, you really ought to check out The Guild.
They invited me to sample some of their new fall/winter dishes at a recent media preview night, and there was much deliciousness to be had – especially the melt-in-your mouth seared pork belly with tequila peach compote and kimchi, and the curvy rigatoni served with tomato sauce and house-smoked chicken.
The space is filled gorgeous upcycled touches, from the lacquered tables made from salvaged barn board to the coffee-bag upholstered chairs, and even the cute Mason jar terrariums that top off each table.
(And, as a bonus, the bathrooms are papered with pages from a vintage copy of the Larousse Gastronomique. It’s a hoot!)
3. Speaking of TV food chefs I’d like to meet, I’m loving this skit with the Swedish Chef and Gordon Ramsay duking it out, food truck styles.
(The chef I want to meet is the Swedish Chef, BTW. Boork boork boork!)
4. If anyone wants to buy me something for Christmas, here’s a pretty hilarious list of fun (yet useless) gifts for the foodie in your life.
Unicorn sprinkle shaker, you will be mine. Oh yes, you will be mine.
5. How gorgeous is this White Chocolate Cranberry Cake by Pineapple and Coconut? I’d give my right arm to be able to do flawless frosting like that… my layer cakes usually look a whole lot more… ummm… rustic.
6. As a curly-haired girl, it’s my duty to share this list things curly-haired people are tired of hearing. Because it’s so, so, so true. (Especially the part about leaving a trail of long curly hairs behind me wherever I go.)
7. If you’re a crafty type, check out these beautiful DIY waterless holiday snowglobes made with Mason jars. So cute, and so easy.