take olive oil to another level…

9 07 2008

…by infusing it with basil. I had never heard of this before and I know that some of you cooking purists will think that this is blasphemous, but it tastes amazing (I love basil by the way, so you may not be as enthralled as I am).  Infusing sounds like it is hard to do, but this is actually quite simple to make. First take 4 cups of fresh packed basil leaves and toss them into your blender. Then add 2 cups of your favorite virgin olive oil and puree the two until you have a nice smooth consistency. Next simmer the oil in a saucepan for roughly 45 seconds. Now strain your hot concoction (be sure to use a fine metal mesh strainer) into a bowl and let it chill out for a couple of hours. Once it has thoroughly cooled off, you can pour your oil into an airtight bottle or jar, but be sure to not pour in the basil bits that have collected on the bottom of the bowl. Now you have a delicious basil infused olive oil for cooking, marinating, and dipping.





learn to speak “chester french”

9 07 2008

During their freshman year at Harvard, D.A. Wallach of Milwaukee met Mexwell Drummey of Boston in a dinning hall and after discovering each others musical talents and desire to form a band…Chester French was born. The two began playing shows around campus and the Boston area and by the end of their senior year had recorded a studio album which they began to shop to anyone and everyone in the music label industry. Although they got no love from the traditional rock and pop record labels, three hip hop producers – Pharrell, Kanye West and Jermaine Dupree- offered them recording deals. In the end Pharell succeeded in signing the duo to his label Star Trak, with the promise that they alone would have control in producing their unique sound. Click here to listen to their first release titled “She love Everybody”.





the best travel guide book

9 07 2008

Most Travel books spout out pretty much the same information. They send you to all the same places, with all the other people who purchased the same travel books. There is not doubt that everywhere you go, you are bound to see some amazing things, but you will also a million other tourists with their screaming babies, long lines, and over priced tourist trap gifts. If you want to know the best places to visit accodring to the locals, you need to get a Luxe Guide. Luxe City Guides are available for 28 major cities worldwide such as Paris, Rome, Hong Kong, Madrid and Bangkok, and give you the insider’s view on what hidden local treasures you need to check out. Each pocket sized guide is updated yearly, and online updates are released throughout the year as well on their site.





going green…toilet style.

9 07 2008

I recently flew through Portland International Airport in Oregon, and I had to…um…use the restroom. Little did I know that I would see something totally cool attached to the toilet in the stalls. As of July of last year the airport had installed a new flushing system that uses the appropriate amount of water for the “waste” that it needs to flush. The airport has a total of 330 toilets which account for about 33,000 flushes a day and previously used 3 gallons a flush. The new green handles on these bad boys (the green coating prevents bacteria from forming on them) allows you to lift it up to flush “liquid waste” and use less water, or push it down to flush “non-liquid waste”, using more water (but still less than 3 gallons) saving the airport millions of gallons of water a year. It it one of those things that once you see it, you ask yourself “Why didn’t we think of this earlier?” Keep an eye out for these eco-friendly toilets in your area.

up for #1 and down for #2...got it?

up for #1 and down for #2...got it?





theleilatexts.blogspot.com

8 07 2008

This blog is awesome! It is basically a dialog between Leila Sales and random text messengers, who somehow send texts to her that were meant for other “Leilas”, due to a glitch in Verizon’s text network. Some great examples include:

My son checked at woodys for apt upstairs he said it unliveable and used for storage it smells like fish sorry dont giveup we will find something”

and

“Hey dont ferget da goodz yo knohumsayin go lakerz yo bring it bring it”

hmmm…I wonder what the goods are. Check it out when you have a few hours to kill.

Hey, if the spatula calls, tell it I went out for a bullfrog?

Hey, if the spatula calls, tell it I went out for a bullfrog?





Waterfalls…in New York City???

8 07 2008

Who doesn’t like waterfalls? Every year tens of thousands of people come to the State of New York to see Niagra Falls. This summer however people can get there waterfall fix in the city that never sleeps. Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson (known for his 2003 exhibit at the Tate Modern in London where he replicated the sun has built four enormous waterfalls in the waterways around New York City. This multi-million dollar work of art runs from June 26 through October 13 of this year. For more information about the project and additional photos, check out this site.





Breast Cancer Research Foundation…get involved.

8 07 2008

Coming from a family of three breast cancer survivors (Grandma, Mom, and Cousin) I am a huge advocate for breast cancer research. My mother had breast cancer twice and survived (something that many can’t say) mainly because they were able to detect the cancer at its earliest stage. Without foundations, such as the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, many women would not be alive today. This foundation in particular is rated at the top of its class. Approximately 85 cents to each dollar goes to research and awareness and they received Charity Navigators highest rating. More on that here. Whether you donate money, walk in the Avon 3-Day walk, or just take the time to learn more about early detection…please do something. Every little bit helps.





not your father’s cufflinks

8 07 2008

A good friend of mine is always wearing shirts with a french cuff that require cufflinks. The occasion almost always doesn’t call for such an accessory, but somehow the bastard always seems to be able to pull it off. I am not sure that I have the mojo to rock the cufflinks all the time, however if I were to break them out for a night out on the town, these would be the bad boys chillin on my wrists. You can see what they look like on the cuff here.

bulldog cufflinks





Apparently, it pays off to wear the Yankee Pinstripes…

8 07 2008

Other than Roger Clemens, there are not too many New York Yankees that we would not want to be. Even if you are a die hard BoSox fan, you have to admit that their resume with the ladies is quite impressive historically. This video, along with the song titled It’s Good to be a Yankee pretty much explains it all. Either way, you either love them or hate them. And after seeing this video, well, you may just hate them even more.

Not too shabby Derek...not too shabby at all...

Not too shabby Derek...not too shabby at all...





Building the “House of Waris”

7 07 2008

“House of Waris” is a line of Men’s and Women’s Jewelry designed by this guy named (appropriately) Waris. This guy got his start by simply designing jewelry for his own personal use. It caught the eye of a buyer at Maxfield’s in LA…and (Cha Ching!!!) he hit the cash cow. For more info check out his site.

One of Waris\' designs.

One of Waris' designs.