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l.a. bans the bag sale! exclusively @supermarket!

check out our sale! just in time for the holidays!

* while quantities last…sale ends 01.01.11, so hurry!

** and no, we couldn’t figure out how to lower the prices on the website…any smart programmers out there who can help me?

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a $17,000 blast chiller, a $4.99 app or a $1.99 spider skimmer? holiday gifts for your favorite foodie…


image from l.a. times

thursday’s food section in the l.a. times had some terrific holiday ideas for the home chef on your list. sous-vide machines, hand-held smokers and induction burners – cooking at home now has 5 star aspirations…i mean, how did i live so long without wanting (or knowing i wanted) a $600 vitamix pro 500 series blender?

much closer to reality is russ parson’s article about the cooking essentials that will be the go-to tools for any cook on your list. whether you buy them individually as stocking stuffers or do the whole kit and kaboodle in a gift basket (may i suggest a modernest bag?), these items will not gather dust on the counter and all are well below $10 each. personally, i would love a microplane grater (hint, hint irishman!)…

and finally, a list of apps that range from free to $4.99 (for mark bittman’s “how to cook everything” app…hint, hint, hint!…). for now, i’m going to install EPI, a free app from epicurious that puts 25,000 recipes from the archives of bon appétit and gourmet at my fingertips…how handy!

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hello spring! time to change the clocks and time for cherry blossoms…

after an especially harsh winter (even in l.a.!), i am so excited to see the first cherry blossoms coming into bloom. growing up, the first days of spring were always happy times at our house. most years, my mother would prepare a lovely picnic for us to take to the park or go for a hike up in the mountains and we would just sit and appreciate nature’s renewal and rebirth.

image from modernest.com (of course!)

so, it is only fitting that modernest’s debut collection would include a cherry blossom bag (featuring a lovely illustration by my über talented boyfriend).

how i wish we had the time and money to travel d.c. or san francisco where we have friends to stay with and see the cherry blossom festivals in full swing…maybe next year. but for now, i will be happy to tote around a bit of that springtime spirit and with it, appreciation for my mom instilling in us an optimism that life, like nature, is always changing…

…and speaking of changing, don’t forget to change your clocks this weekend!

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fair trade gift giving…

WFTO Fair Trade Organization Mark
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we, like most, are on a budget this year. so, we really want to make conscious decisions in our gift giving.

look at this lovely olive bowl – it’s on sale for $3.29 AND it’s fair trade. this site also has some fabulous jewelry (like the stuff i see at anthropologie) and cozy scarves and more…it’s definitely worth a visit! www.originalgood.com

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