L.A. Burdick Chocolate

November 2, 2009

burdicks

box o choc

One of my favorite chocolate shops is located in Cambridge, MA. It is the kind of place that on a chilly winter day, the smell of hot chocolate wafts out the front door and through the foggy windows you can see people packed in around small european tables eating pastries and sipping tea.

All L.A. Burdick chocolate is homemade in the swiss tradition which basically means they are tiny bonbons of melt in your mouth perfection. So imagine my delight when I heard that this fine establishment opened up on 20th street, a hop, skip and a jump from me! I just had to go and treat myself to a box of chocolates to welcome them to the neighborhood. Im slightly ashamed to admit it didn’t even last 24 hours in my possession. I always save the adorable little mouse for last!


last mouse

Update: I just saw they have turkeys available for thanksgiving! Adorable.

you turkey

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Tonight’s dinner

October 18, 2009

Pomegranate glazed pork with roasted beets, butternut squash, celeriac and spinach salad. It hit the spot for this chilly night. But what was really great was the colors the roasted veggies painted the parchment paper. Ah, my beloved beets I love the way they bleed magenta against everything in their path. And then I made brownies with white chocolate hearts in them. Sadly, the hearts dissolved into little beige blobs once they were baked, but they still tasted delicious.

beet that

dinner

love brownies

Mast Brothers

March 12, 2009

Mast Brother's Chocolate

What’s this? A chocolate factory in Williamsburg made by bearded gents and wrapped with pretty paper?! Thanks Lovely Package for the heads up. Oh Lordy, its been twelve solid excruciating days without my beloved treat. I think I might have to make a pilgrimage to Mast Brothers soon. Now where do I get my golden ticket?

mast bros

I never understood why people dread Valentine’s day, its all about togetherness, appreciation of the one you love, chocolate, card-making, sipping wine…what’s bad about that? Um, did I mention chocolate? A lot of guys get their feathers all ruffled around this time of year, wondering what to do and buy and curse the heavens along with their shallow pockets. But fret not, my lovlies, because if you have been lucky enough to be caught by cupid’s arrow, you dont need to be a moneybags to show her how much you care. All you need to do is: #1 not forget (which, if you are reading this, you have that taken care of. psst.. its next Saturday) and #2 scrape together around 30 bucks for this “Flirty Under $30 Gift Guide.” As for me? Im easy. All I really want is a guy to tell me I’m pretty and walk the dogs once and a while. Well, a little bubbly never killed anyone.

Another word of advice: never underestimate the power of a mix CD. It says all that you can’t in romantic music form, and becomes a sweet little relationship time capsule in the future. Click here for some of my favorites. You can even steal mine and pass it off as your own. Or, everything below is unique, reasonably priced and you can buy with a click of a button. Is that easy enough for you?

Burgundy Box

1. Chocolates. Don’t mess with a classic. I particularly like the ones in pretty boxes.

2. I guess its creepy to some but I love realistic pictures of hearts. This card is letterpress from Etsy, who says it has to be a Hallmark holiday? Support small artisans!

Sigrid Olsen bowl

3. Speaking of artisans, how does a one of a kind, handpainted bowl from Sigrid Olsen grab ya? Well, it doesn’t grab ya: its a bowl. (Sorry. Grandpa joke tangent.) I love to have something pretty to drop my earrings into when I’m off to bed. No two of these bowls are alike, and I bet if you ask really nicely she’ll even do a custom job. Yes- $30!

Vintage blue and white embroidered linen hand towel HERS

4. Some quirky vintage thing shows that you are thinking outside of the box. To me, old linens conjure up a bygone era where men tipped their caps and apologized to a lady after swearing. These days I’d settle for not being shoved and stepped on while riding the subway.

carpenter, love, lady of necklace

5. This is from a friend’s Etsy shop and I love her unique combo of charms. Its always nice to get simple necklaces like this because they go with everything aren’t something you would normally buy for yourself. Unless you are a shopping addict such as myself. I apologize if I beat you to it and this is no longer available in her shop. Now that I think of it I kinda regret sharing this…

Simple Hoops

6. What girl doesn’t need a good pair of hoop earrings? I put this one on here because its really foolproof and its from another great small artisan.

8x8 original fine art photograph on archival paper with a matte finish

7. You don’t always have to give candy and cards. A beautiful photo can be so romantic. Extra points if you take it yourself and have it framed.

Striped Bass with Saffron Vegetables and Spiced Broccoli Rabe

 8. Cook something delicious. Here’s a great recipe for striped bass with saffron vegetables. I happen to love saffron and I just learned that it has aphrodisiac properties and is used for rituals of beauty and love. Ooh lala!


9. Ok, don’t call me Mommie Dearest or anything, but I love to sleep with an eye mask. I really think you get a deeper sleep that way. This one has all the look of lingerie with none of the sizing conundrums. 

10. Thought I should include a little freebie here. And by that I mean: free. If all else fails and you really can’t spare a dime, or don’t want to deal with shipping, print out a picture of a heart in nature, write something nice on the back, and, voila! You are Prince (or Princess) Charming. (Yes, you could just email it at the very least.)

Stay tuned for the male guide. Because guys need love (read: chocolate) too…

Chocolates

January 18, 2009

Poco Dolce chocolatesOk, so I get that its a little sad to sit at home and look at pictures of chocolate on the internet while I wipe drool off my keyboard, but hey, its Sunday and I’ve got nothing better to do. Plus this post is sort of topical with Valentines day around the corner, might be a good gift for that special someone in your life? Plus the photography on this site  is really simple and beautiful to look at. You don’t even need to- Ah, who am I kidding? Im probably going to order these for myself and devour the whole box before the tape is off. Especially those little toffee bastards.