Friday, April 24, 2009

VGH Spring Craft Market

Hey Vancouver! If you're looking for some unique gifts for Mother's Day (May 10th), stop by the VGH Spring Craft Market for some inspiration. You know we'll be there!

13th Annual VGH Spring Craft Market
Jim Pattison Pavilion, 1st Floor Corridor
899 W. 12th Avenue
Vancouver, BC

Thursday, May 7th from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm

Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Fix

One thing led to another and now we're hooked. About six weeks ago I purchased a bar of Lindt Fleur de Sel chocolate from a promotional display. The first hit resulted in pure pleasure; unexpected crunches of delicate Fleur de Sel crystals enveloped in 47% dark chocolate excellence caused a frenzy in our mouths. It went so well with our bottle of Merlot and disappeared before one could say, "It's even better than sex!".

Not as readily available as some of the other varieties, it made for several weeks of some serious withdrawal symptoms. Desperate and determined, I was elated when I finally found a supply at the Lindt Boutique at Sears on Robson Street. Now the challenge remains on how to ration these fine pieces of chocolate goodness.

Recently, Jesee and I were both invited to be guest judges for a Mediterranean "throw-down" that included some tasty dishes of Chicken Marsala, Lamb Tagine and Greek Chicken Estofado to name a few. Since we were with a group of fellow foodies, we knew they would be worthy of one of our precious bars of chocolate. As expected - another addict, maybe even two were created.

As a young child, Jesee was taught to collect his own sea salt by filling a cotton handkerchief that was placed into the concave surface of a large rock with sea water. Choosing a rock with maximum sun exposure will speed up the evaporation process, leaving one with a glistening salty treasure upon their return at the end of the day.

Needless to say, Fleur de Sel is a staple in our kitchen, but we also stock Murray River and Maldon sea salts, as each has it's own place in Jesee's ever growing repertoire.

While surfing around for recipes that marry the flavours of sea salt and chocolate, I came across celebrity chef, Rob Feenie's recipe for Chocolate Fleur de Sel Meringues. This definitely tops the list for quick and easy desserts, but for something that requires a little more skill, you may want to try Thomas Haas' Chocolate Caramel with Fleur De Sel. Both are sure to feed the need for the next fix.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Give Me a Ring

The trend of the week at Izzy and Buds appear to be our Swarovski crystal bling rings.

It all started at the Wired Woman Fashion Show last week, which was tons of fun meeting all these wonderful, intelligent women in the IT and new media industry. There's something so civilized about enjoying a glass of wine and groovin' to the tunes of DJ Leanne while shopping for shiny baubles. Several lucky ladies left with rings adorning their fingers that night and to our pleasant surprise...a couple more throughout the weekend.

It was also on that night, we sold our 3D chandeliers to a very special customer. Anita thought she recognized our jewelry from a show in West Vancouver a couple of years ago. She had purchased a pair of our brilliant Swarovski hoops for herself despite the fact she didn't have pierced ears. She admitted that she soon after went and had her ears pierced, just so that she could wear our earrings. *blush*

Unfortunately, Anita has since lost those earrings, so we were destined to meet again. When I held up these dangling pieces of architecture next to her face - I knew she would do them justice.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

This still makes me crazy...

The first time I saw this ad, I didn't know what it was for, as I couldn't see past the pah-ella debacle...enough said.