Sunday, November 29, 2009

more Maira


i am absolutely stunned and saddened by this news. how can they?
and the petting zoo too? boo!
i did sign the petition. do you really think there is a chance of saving it?
i've had many a night of flashlight tag around that crazy dome
and i can't believe you had a family member fall through.

so after reading that fine piece of maira's here (thanks TL/AV for sharing)
i went and had a look at her website as i am mostly familiar
with her children's books that i used to read to the monk.
such an inspiring collection of work.
i immediately thought i should share this little video clip with you.
so very talented indeed.

speaking of great talent how was toque my dear?
i'm sure you probably sold out all of your goodies.
can't wait to hear.

i hear the weather is brutal up there with a continual downpour.
wish i could package up some sunshine for you and post it 1st class.
instead i send, via the airwaves, a great big hug.

happiest sunday to you.

o x
queen of your fan club

Thursday, November 26, 2009

farewell to the bloedel conservatory


have you heard?
the bloedel conservatory at queen elizabeth park is soon to be no more.

home to over five hundred tropical plant species, this futuristic architectural treasure has crowned little mountain for forty years.

i will add it is the only geodesic dome in the city (to my knowledge) that has cracked and broken under the weight of a foolish relative of mine. as a teen he decided unsuccessfully to climb the exterior, only to crash through the roof, releasing rare tropical birds and breaking a leg, his adventure culminating in countless hours of community service as penance.
there is no pride here, only a strange nostalgia.

find a petition to save the conservatory here.


han solo, p.i.


magnum has always held a special place in my heart:
those shorts! that 'stache!

but after seeing this, well, i'm confused.
who do i really love?
han solo?
or those canny editors that put it all together?


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

woven labels


did you see the beautiful labels posted by the sea of tea?

(i know after this belle heir post that you have an eye for them, as do i)

i confess the macintosh label is my own, from a mac that is getting its fair share of wear in the current monsoon hanging over the city. usually i'm quite happy in the rain, but what i wouldn't do for a week on a white sand beach right about now...

sending my love to brooklyn

sally ann



i wish i had a better picture of these bowls -
they were brought back from japan by my uncle, in the early 70s, and they will be perfect for our nabe.
i must start my search now for artisan tofu, sweet white turnips, and leathery kombu!

prepping for toque, and planning to do some christmas shopping at the same time...
more soon!


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Nabe notes

darling s,

i'm 35,000 feet up thinking of how crazy it is that i can be posting from way up here but figured you might be needing this repertoire in you kitchen by now.

the notes and recipes from the nabe workshop are here for you to try.

we made ours in Nabe pots ( japanese clay pots) with burners right on the table
but a good pot on the stove works just as well except you can't do it in batches as easy.
basically, everything you put in the pot should be served right away
then you can do another round as needed.

we started with just a taster of simple tofu warmed in dashi which was so simple
and delicious because the tofu was artisinal.
you take a small scoop of the tofu (no broth) and then top with a drizzle of soy sauce, grated ginger, daikon and bonito flakes.

the next photo is the ingredients for the mushroom Nabe
followed by various misos we tasted to note the variety available.

we filled up on all 3 Nabe's and then finished with the rice dish
all the while drinking sake.
pure heaven.

other random notes while making the nabe you must always remove the 'scum'
from the surface.
you should always have someone at the table dedicated to doing this task.
also constantly tasting the broth to make sure it's perfect even before you add your condiments.

getting hungry up here.
wouldn't mind some Nabe right now but very happy i packed a rice bowl
and am about to watch julie & julia.

o x
lady j

Friday, November 20, 2009

paperless post


i love that site and most definitely want the domino stamps and air mail envelopes...oh so many goodies to be had!

on a stationary note, i received this invite to a holiday cocktail party yesterday via email.
I thought 'how lovely' and much nicer than an evite.

darling, i know we would rather receive the real thing in the post
and would pride ourselves on a clever design for our holiday invites
but this is definitely a nice alternative.

i hope somewhere in your weekend, you are snuggled under a blanket watching a movie, eating homemade pizza as the rain falls on your roof.

i'm off to ny on sunday for turkey week and my favourite dim sum hit.

luv u.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

present and correct

darling darling

i was going to post another lovely house for you, but then i got sidetracked looking at stationary and other fine things at present and correct.
lots to see, including these domino stamps especially for you, to remind of those post dim sum afternoons, when before we drew, we dominoed.

i'm in the house, loving the change, hating the erratic internet service.
even as i am typing this it is coming and going...
maybe it's the wind storm?

happiness is the sound of rain on the roof.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

YTL residence


so i'm thinking after a few years and we've made our fortunes
we pack it up here and head to kuala lumpur as i've found our mother ship.
and hey, haven't you always wanted to live in kuala
or somewhere exotic?

this little gem was found while i was looking through this blog
(we'll have her over for tea)

and there's more information on our new home here.

so get busy at those holiday sales girlfriend
we have a lot to do before we leave.

o x

Monday, November 16, 2009


hello lovely,

how was your first weekend in the new house?
need to fill some walls?
maybe a poison label poster in the new kitchen to remind yourself
of all things that are bad for you.
maybe i need one too.
i do like the look of it
+ found it in the latest issue of papier mache magazine
love this magazine and was surprised to see BH included in the mix.
very happy.

still in a nabe heaven coma...
the workshop was amazing! everything was so delicious.
will share more later in the week
when i can think straight.

in the meantime, i'm off for a beach walk in my new jimmy choo's.

love you.
j bird

Thursday, November 12, 2009

toe jam


how fitting.
i was just debating whether you needed this book in your arsenal.
it's exactly what i feel like eating.

picking up small children and schlepping boxes is coming along slowly,
and i'm so anxious to get into the house.
and the old ticker, well, you know.

happy nabe.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009



the japanese have long believed that sharing a meal from a single pot forges
closer relationships.
* note for the future - make more Nabe.

i am taking this workshop on saturday
thinking this might help heal our bruised body parts and broken hearts
as i will share all with you.

caught an old 'cheers' episode on telly last night and smiled as the very wise and feisty bar waitress carla stated why she didn't want to get married -
"men are toe jam."

i clink to that.


p.s. speaking of food, thanks to T for sharing this.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

sally scott


can't sleep so i surf.
i'm revolting lead me to ii-ne-kore
and a posting on this designer sally scott.
reminds me a little of mina perhonen.

kitty snores besides me
and i wonder what tomorrow will bring.

thinking of you at 4 a.m.

o x
sleepless in venice

Thursday, November 5, 2009

road trip


thank you for the birthday wishes
and lovely photos.

seems i'm having a birthday week as NB flew down so we could do a little road
trip up to San Francisco and have dinner with friends tonight at A16.

how spoiled and lucky am i?

we are just leaving the post ranch inn where she treated us to a night in Big Sur.

spectacular to say the least.

sending sunshine + red woods your way,
will be thinking of you tonight.

o x
miss horseshoe

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

birthday wishes


happiest of happy birthdays to you.
hope today was a swell one (sounds like you had a perfect day!)

gilded acorns, deconstructionist tiaras, laughing lions, and peashoot dumplings for you.

love always,

(here are pics of lulu's cupcakes from her own recent first birthday, and our thanksgiving flowers, including berries from the sumac tree)

new shoes for a new year


so today is november 3 and who knew that i shared my birthday with
roseanne barr, dolph lundgren, walker evans and most importantly, lulu,
who sings one of my all time favourite songs.

am just heading out for a walk on the beach to be followed by some soup dumplings, a facial then will finish up the day with dinner at my favourite izakaya place.

am loving my new loafers.
wishing you were near.
o x
lady j

Monday, November 2, 2009



halloween has come and gone
and i once again, opted out.

did cy collect a pillow sack full of goodies
as lulu watched in awe?

how was moving? you must be exhausted.

thought this pumpkin pic might bring a smile to your face
as it did mine when a girlfriend shared it yesterday at lunch.

miss you
o x

p.s. can't believe it is already november.
where has this year gone?