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I found this product in the back of Bon Appetit magazine. It’s called the Butter Bell. It’s a modern version of an authentic French beurrier. It keeps room temperature butter sealed and fresh, without spoilage, refrigeration or odors. I can’t stand trying to spread hard, cold butter onto something soft.

First, you set out one stick of butter to soften. Yes, all of it is going to fit in there.

Smooch it in with a knife. See? It all fits.

Then you just place the bell, upside down, into the outer crock, which has been filled with about half a cup of cold water. Click here to see how it works.

Keep in a cool dark place, like the pantry.

Lebanese Olive Oil Soap

At the produce market (North Park Produce) I go to, I’ve discovered this lovely, rustic olive oil soap from Lebanon.

I’ve gotten a bit sick and tired of store-bought soaps melting, cracking and generally not lasting very long. The block-y, square shape and the rough stamp imprint of these got my notice. Reminds me of expensive French soaps. Each is easily large enough to slice in two.

The brand is Al-Koura, from Amyoun Koura in Lebanon. Tel: (06) 950385

The lady at the check-out asked me if I liked it. Confessing I’d not tried it yet, I asked if she liked it. She told me her mother-in-law uses it for everything, including laundry. I guess she takes the bar out before the rinse cycle…

What really strikes me about the soap is that it really smells like soap. Pure, natural soap without any added flowery chemical scents. I love washing my hands just to smell it.

This Catalog Has The COOLEST Stuff!

Well, now that Vox is going away, I want to experiment with posting directly into WordPress instead of just importing everything from Vox. So here goes.

I got this catalog in the mail the other day. The Pyramid Collection. They have the coolest, funnest stuff, things I would never consider buying, but it’s fun to look through. Lots of costumes, f**k-me pumps, dresses, jewelry, goth and witchy stuff. Anyway, here’s what I want:

The Witchy Shoes — How wicked are these?

Next, this bitchin choker. I’m not even into the whole vampire thing this time around (been there, done that, back when Anne Rice was writing her Vampire Chronicles), but it’s just so neat:

No way I can spend money on silly stuff like this, but it’s fun to imagine!

Okay, a little weird getting photos where I want them, but there’s a nice “Preview” button…

Nefarious Shopping List

Yesterday, somewhere between Albertsons and North Park Produce, I lost my shopping list. Luckily I only needed a few things from NP Produce, and I think I remembered them all. I got a couple extra things just in case. Rich mentioned something like, "Someone's going to pick up your list and they'll know what we have in our house." Ooooooo… big whoop. But Rich & I like to spin scenarios for fun, like movie plots or novels or whatnot. So we tried to imagine a shopping list, that if found in a Wal-Mart parking lot, would prompt one to call the police. Here's what our dark, twisted minds came up with:

50' nylon rope
00 shot
50# bag lime
Plastic sheeting / Tarps
Tube socks
Duct tape
Curling iron
Extension cord
Garden shears
Ski mask

I know, we're sick. This is how we pass the time on an hour commute.
Can you all come up with any additions? Let's hear yours!

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