Monday, August 31, 2009

canal house cooking

hello hello

sorry i've been awol.

been caught up with visitors and a family wedding (read: eating prime rib doused in horseradish at a golf and country club).

but what i want to eat comes from this book i found through the gourmet cookbook club.
canal house cooking is independently published by two former food stylists/writers, and looks pretty delicious. order it here.


ps i also want to eat blackberry galette, but that's another story....


have been reading an interview with Gay Talese in the Paris Review and aside from his fab name and being known as a dapper dresser, i have never read any of his works.
thinking i might have to go to the library and get a copy of 'thy neighbour's wife' if only to see what came out of all the research he did for this book...nudist colonies, massage parlours....
i like these notes he does on shirt boards as he researches a particular subject.

some of that interview here if you find a peaceful moment to have a read.

hope you had a nice weekend with sunshine and berries in there somewhere.

o x
- j -

Friday, August 28, 2009

mieke willems




received the kiosk newsletter in my inbox this morning with their latest finds brought back from provence. i then went to the blog to read more about their travels and discovered mieke willems blog there. it chronicles the experience of two good friends who have opened a store together in Antwerp.
i particularly like the 'things we both have' postings.
makes me think of us.

now if only we had a store.

have a lovely weekend
o x

Thursday, August 27, 2009



have been meaning to show you this little number i bought at the SM flea market
a while ago.
this purchase was inspired by that fabulous one shoulder piece
you wore to AV's 40th and of course is just in time for the recent revival of the Dynasty gals back in fashion.

why be a bitch when you can dress like one?

o x

p.s. that salad looks delicious and it's nice to hear brother T is back for a visit.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


we are right with you on the tzatziki front
except ours from saturday had the cucumber on the side,
as j brought cukes from his allotment all the way from toronto:
yes, my brilliant, handsome, talented brother is here for a week

we shared a farmer's market salad -
lettuce, french breakfast radishes, a torontonion cucumber, corn, pemberton potatoes,
herbs, and tomatoes and filet beans from my favourite,
the tomato man.


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

charm bracelet tape

your es-ness,
because i know how we like our tape.
this charming stuff found here via small magazine.

and speaking of small magazine. i've noticed they have a fondness for
canadian illustrators as both the small draw and small illustrator
in this latest issue are canadian gals.
they really need to see your beautiful illustrations my dear.

check out cartonlandia project by ana seranno while you are there.

o x
tziki head

Monday, August 24, 2009

the weekend

everything i am eating these days includes a good dollop of tzatziki on the side

am loving the cover of this latest cabinet magazine. makes me want to paint with food coloring.

just saw this book on canadian artists and am embarrassed i have never heard of most of them

mouse sleeps as i read the ny times on sunday

hello darling,

a few bits of my weekend i thought i would share.

am in love with that letter project and all the beautiful versions they
created for everyone. really lovely.

the book on canadian artists was at a friend's house and i only made it halfway through to the mid career section and graham gilmore but really recognized so few names especially in the emerging section.
(made me feel so un-canadian and out of the art loop)

but i will say there is plenty of talent up there in your fine world.

it's monday morning and i am slow out of the gate.
really want to hide under the covers with a good book today
but too much to get done.

i hope your monday includes some tzatziki somewhere.

o x

Saturday, August 22, 2009

mysterious letters

dear dirty martini

hope you are feeling better -
and proceeding cautiously in animal dentistry.
thought your coconut water suggestion had its own merits...

saw this lovely project and immediately thought of you. artists lenka clayton & michael crowe sent handwritten letters to all 467 households in the small irish village of cushendall, in an effort to "prompt neighbourly discussion ... (and promote) community curiosity."

discovered via design sponge.

(and i forgot to mention to you how much i loved the paper jewelry a few posts back!!)

hope there are some dumplings in your day
or a few discount cheeseburgers.

signing off
homogenized milk

the road to recovery


am struggling with a bit of a sake headache this morning as i lie
here reading the new yorker and funny enough came across this cure.

sending a dirty martini your way +
wishing you a happy weekend.

o x

Friday, August 21, 2009

little people


while i've never been a fan of watermelon in it's whole form, i do like the flavour
of it very much and just might have to give these bars a whirl.
although i may just have to add a little tequila to mine as i have been inspired
to add booze to everything by that great juicer article.

and if i eat enough of these watermelon tequila concoctions,
i may start seeing little people myself.

in the meantime,
i am loving this project by slinkachu
via it's nice that
also this lino guy who will even carve your idea for you.
check out his 'where in the world city maps'.
i am truly amazed by people's craftmanship and patience.

those pne rides are making me a little queasy so i'll take
a bag of tom thumb donuts and sign off.

o x
friday's farm gal

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

summer lovin'


we do eat well
and such fine company!

what about these frozen watermelon bars?
they are south east asia (or maybe mexico...?) meets the pne
(breakdance! corkscrew! crazy beach party!)
you may not be a believer yet, but i swear, totally delicious.

love to you and yours
la bomba

PS what to do with your juicer here.

gambier dreaming


seems like it was a million years ago already.
wish it was only a short boat ride away and i would be back there
and enjoying a gourmet getaway to gambier once more.

instead i will hit the organic farmer's market in santa monica today
to get some tomatoes and try to make one of paul's most perfect pastas.

will send more soon
o x j

the salt encrusted salmon we enjoyed together
thanks d!

the perfect pannacotta for aynsley's birthday

just one of the many amazing bowls of paul's pasta
and he did an eggplant parmigiana that was melt in your mouth delicious

flowers from your garden with a fresh tomato + mozarella salad in behind

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

faux real


before i went running out the door to sunday's workshop,
i noticed these gems in the ny times style magazine
and immediately thought of you.
from the jeweller tom binns and apparently sold at colette,
these jewels are not what they seem as they are made out of paper
(and are a little more colorful than the japanese paper diamonds i sent you).

thinking you might want to create your own, i found this diy tom binns
posting here so get out your scissors girlfriend!

craving soup dumplings and your fine company today.
(for a change ;)

o x
your diamond in the rough

Sunday, August 16, 2009

sunday without you

the handwritten illustrated instructions he did for today's workshop

mitsuru and his lovely wife (and translator)

my finished envelopes

our workshop group finishing up

the only thing better would of been you taking this workshop today with me

will send you an envelope via the post very soon with a treat inside.
keep up the great VV shopping adventures in the meantime.

o x

p.s that giger museum is KRAZY!!! Em's you have to go and report back.

more mitsuru

sally ann,

these are images from the artist mitsuru koga's exhibition at tortoise gallery
here in venice.
they are chestnut leaves that he collects from the beach near his home outside of tokyo.
he then transforms them with an exacto knife and a needle into these tiny masterpieces.
the workshop i attended today was lovely if just for his laugh.
we didn't do any paper cutting but rather prints using leaves onto homemade envelopes.

going to roll a cigar then post the workshop photos.

ms kraft paper

p.s. click on photos to enlarge for detail
p.s.s i think you should open an etsy shop for all your fabulous VV finds.

thinking of you

hello sunshine

yesterday i bought moose antlers,
70s bally of switzerland boots at least a size too small,
and plastic queen anne style chairs sized for barbie.

oh what a newly discovered vv does for rational spending.

anyone out there a size 37???

much love on a sunday


image: Ilokano woman smoking hand-rolled tobacco. The older generation is known for smoking their cigars with the lit part inside the mouth. Denniston, Inc.

Friday, August 14, 2009

hr giger bar museum


i stumbled upon the vena cava blog the other day, which led me to among other wonderful things, the hr giger bar museum in switzerland.
i think it is one of those places that needs to be seen in person to be believed -
shall we go...?
the interior of the otherworldly environment that is the hr giger museum bar is a cavernous, skeletal structure covered by double arches of vertebrae that crisscross the vaulted ceiling of an ancient castle. the sensation of being in this extraordinary setting recalls the tale of jonah and the whale, lending the feel of being literally in the belly of a fossilized, prehistoric beast, or that
you have been transported into the remains of a mutated future civilization.
text excerpt from secret magazine no. 23, by javier de pison


Wednesday, August 12, 2009


hey lady jay

nothing like spending an august afternoon de-linting in the back of a motor home.
i repeatedly picked sharp rocks out of lulu's mouth, then spent the rest of the day trying to get cy to stop pointing his tin ray gun at small animals.
but in between there were real handmade doughnuts from nickels bakery on lonsdale.
my kingdom for a glazed.

i don't have any doughnut pics, but i do quite love these shopping totes from korea's millimeter milligram.

here's to the bougainvillea...

sally ann

p.s. made pork chile verde the other night, with all the trimmings. heavenly.


your es-ness,

this is my view in the back of the motorhome surrounded by a kabillion bags
and wishing i was sitting on a patio surrounded by bougainvillea and drinking
one of these with you.

ahh what we do to keep ourselves in $hoe$...

sending you some toughskin(s) from sears and hoping you
are on the move with sunglasses on.
the future is indeed bright.

o x
ms. mo HO

Monday, August 10, 2009


while i am in the land of 'no bloody fun' i thought that maybe some shoe hits
might lift our spirits.....this one compliments of the monkey

i really miss you terribly
why can't we live in the same city?

loving you from afar,
jay bird

Sunday, August 9, 2009

me n' u


i'm buried in a shoot all this week but will be thinking of me n' u
all week and the lovely meals we enjoyed together in vancouver.
i love the cigarette collection but will abstain from all things bad for me
as i hope you do too.

sending much love your way always,
miss sears n' roebuckle

p.s it is only recently that i noticed menu spelled me n' u which should
be the name of our little restaurant when we open one.

p.s.s the bbq pork , rice and garlic pea shoot leftovers on the plane ride home
was delicious!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

on the wagon

hello ms california

can't believe how quickly the last few crazy weeks raced by

here's a reminder of our pact
to be good girls and abstain from what ails us

aren't they beautiful?
antique cigarettes, just one of the lovely collections at amassblog.

miss you already

xo canada, eh.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

mitsuru koga

darling sahara,

my days are drawing to a close here in vancouver and the one highlight about heading back to california is participating in this paper cutting workshop with mitsuru koga.
check out his site to see more lovely paper works and the tiny vases he carves out of sea stones.
so intricate and beautiful!
( and you know my fondness for anything done on vintage letter head)

will be posting more gambier photos soon including the lovely salt encrusted salmon lunch we enjoyed together.

see you tonight
v jay

p.s am completely in love with that calender...shame it can be purchased.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

counting the days


what a beautiful view!
super-natural, true...

am working it out to be there tomorrow
for sunday lunch

but in the meantime
we can count the days until our next visit
with this time release ink calendar -
the ink is absorbed slowly
and the numbers printed daily

who also posted these completely brilliant
latin and japanese wooden blocks.

hope your green pig was delish...