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2.27.2010

easy potatoes.

when i used to think of potatoes i always thought, big, loaded, icky skin, and takes so long cooking. then, i stumbled upon fingerling potatoes. they are small, and much more delicious than regular potatoes. with their size you can pop them in the oven and have them ready in a half hour. they are a excellent addition to any entree' and their size makes them easy to moderate and not go overboard.

image from fine cooking.

heat your oven to 400 degrees.

mix together (to taste)
olive oil
cilantro
dill
garlic powder
sea salt
pepper

dip in part of the potatoes one by one, rubbing the mixture completely over them with your hand; on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil, place them about a inch and a half to two apart. cook them for thirty minutes. wait about three - five minutes for them to cool a bit, then enjoy!

2.24.2010

running around school -

in cheap frocks. personally, i like to look decent at school, but not wear anything fancy-shmancy. and lately i've been embracing black too much (more than usual, which, is excessive). my mother invited me for a target run today, so i picked up a sweater and dress/top that's not expensive enough to stress if i get pencil/paint/mustard what-not on it.

 
quick sketch up, pen / photoshop; by Q.

  
merona cardigan, at target. $19.00

vintage gold chain, can find similar on etsy.



xhileration dress, at target. $19.00

  
 
  fairytale skimmer from urban outfitters.


2.19.2010

the exploding girl.

this movie looks like it will be something subtle and beautiful.

don't forget your veggies.

so i have a knack for wanting to mix things together to see if they turn out ok or not... and last weekend i went to costco and bought a brand new, very shiny, pretty, and efficient juicer. i finally got around to testing it out yesterday and i've been enjoying my delicious concoction. i am not one for patience sometimes, so i needed something speedy... i finally found one that i did not find esthetically displeasing, and it is also very efficient (takes whole apples, and can juice many carrots as once), as well as fast. i love vegetables, but sometimes i find it very hard to get all of my servings in one day - without getting a veggie overdose. making juice is a great way to get your servings, quickly, and even on the go. so, here is a my made up recipe; try it out!

DON'T FORGET YOUR VEGGIES JUICE


Servings: 5 - 6

Ingredients:
3 apples (whole with skin, or cut in four to fit juicer)
2 cucumbers (whole with skin)
5 carrots
6 oranges (peeled)*
1 head of broccoli (not too small! eat your broccoli...)

JUICE TOGETHER

then add to taste:
1 whole lime, hand squeezed
* if for some reason you want your juice to be a little sweeter, go ahead and add one more orange. remember not to overdo it with the oranges though, they are great for vitamin C, but they also contain the most sugar.

2.09.2010

kensington.

hello my quant little hidden artist haven, our french barrettes off to kensington, located in san diego, california. kensington is home of one of the oldest running movie theaters in san diego, wonderful little hole in the wall restaurants, and charming craftsman houses. many of the area's residents love to ride their vintage bicycles to the nearest coffee shop.

KEN CINEMA
built 1947


voted the best place to watch obscure movies, foreign and independent films, this theatre has been charming audiences for decades. there is no way to miss this historic landmark, located right next to the kensington sign this cinema gem is worth a visit. any film snob will tell you, if you want to really expand your horizons, take a seat. for features and show-times click here. (for my 23rd birthday we rented out the theater and played divorce italian style, it was pretty epic.)


KENSINGTON VIDEO
photo by steven e. jones photography

so, film snobs, still aching for more? i assume you always will be. welcome to kensington video, your go to for any film. no joke. really. right next to the ken theatre, this video/dvd rental location has been serving the neighborhood for years, with over 20,000 films in stock you are most likely to find exactly what you're looking for. best of all, if you can't find it in the store, they will hunt it down for you!

BURGER LOUNGE
i'm assuming you will eventually be a little hungry, what better place to go than the organic arch rival (well, maybe not quite) of in 'n out? the burger lounge has a wonderful selection of organic hamburgers, salads, and tasty malts. their menu is a bit limited, but the taste definitely is not.




sit back and enjoy the modern/mid-century decor and excellent service. here, they learn your name and aim to please. the staff is friendly, and the atmosphere is casual yet classy. all their burgers come with a thousand island sauce, so be prepared to satisfy your palate.

BLUE BOHEME
looking for something a bit more upscale? something romantic and aimed for those with extremely impeccable taste? blue boheme is the definition of french gourmet cuisine. thrilling both to the sight and taste, this hip new location offers an authentic parisian atmosphere, mixing inventive interior design with a modern take on a wine cellar. their main chef, philippe beltran once again enchants us with his perfect blend of french cooking and cosmopolitan flair.




2.08.2010

addictive dark chocolate cookies.

addictive why? because of the hint of coffee. this recipe is a hybrid i've tweaked from the martha stewart cookie book; i used her recipe "dark chocolate cookies with sour cherries" as a basis - took out the cherries entirely, and changed some of the ingredients to be a bit healthier (less fat and sugar by using splenda and "i can't believe it's not butter"). i recently had an aunt over who lives off of dark chocolate, so i thought it would be a nice gift for her to give her a warm batch of these cookies.

ADDICTIVE DARK CHOCOLATE COOKIE RECIPE

image courtesy of martha stewart.

1 3/4  cup all-purpose flour
1 1/4  cups unsweetened dutch-process cocoa powder
3       teaspoons hot chocolate mix (i used godiva dark chocolate)
2       teaspoons baking soda
1/4     teaspoon salt
2 1/2  sticks of "i used i can't believe it's not butter: for baking" room temperature.
1 1/4  cup of white splenda
3/4    cup of brown sugar splenda for baking
2       large brown eggs
1/4    teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4    teaspoon coffee extract
12     ounces of bittersweet chocolate chips (whole or chopped)

preheat oven to 350℉. line two baking sheets with parchment paper (or silicone baking sheet, preferred). in a bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars until fluffy. add eggs and vanilla; beat until well combined. add flour mixture, and beat on low speed until just combined. do not over-beat. you can also wrap well in plastic and freeze for up to one month, thaw before baking. form balls of dough, about 1/4 cup (or use the cookie scoop below); place balls on prepared baking sheets about 2-3 inches apart, bake until puffed or cracked, 12 minutes. rotate the sheets half through at 6 minutes, so that they are evenly baked. transfer to wire rack and let cool.
makes about 3 dozen
can be stored in an air tight container for three days


since two years ago i've been using the following items every-time i bake cookies:
a hand dandy cookie scoop, and -




these tools are not necessary, but they sure do make a difference! the scoop speeds up your production, as well as makes all of your cookies perfectly round - the sheet prevents them from burning, and helps them bake to perfection. if you like photographing your cookies, or just having them be "pretty" - use the two items above.

sometimes...

you just have to get a little silly with your homework:

work in progress, by Q.

locavore.

mock logo by Q, not actual farmers market logo.

locavoresomeone who eats food grown or produced locally or within a certain radius such as 50, 100, or 150 miles (240 km)

i'm somewhat on the bandwagon for eating organic, or locally grown food. i get my eggs from my mothers chickens, and sometimes fruits and veggies from her garden. for the most part, i enjoy attending the multitude of farmers markets san diego has to offer. in our small yet flourishing city we pretty much have a farmers market going on everyday of the week (one even has llama rides!). my favorite part about attending is when i get to go to the "north park farmers market" - it's walking distance from my house, every thursday, and in my opinion it has the most decent prices than all the other farmers markets. it is pricey to embrace being a "locavore", but shopping around always helps. it's fun to see the different flowers as the seasons progress, or the latest catch the fishermen are selling; seth and i are addicted to the humus/pita stand - and i love buying a batch of passion fruit to make passion fruit juice. that's my local market, but each one is known for specific things, the "little italy farmers market" has amazing bakery and pastry stands, they also get a handful of cheese artisans. what i love about attending this market is watching people walk their dogs, there are so many, all over the place! another fun fact about eating locally - if you consume honey produced from local bees, it helps with your allergies - hence the little bee in my illustration above. it really is wonderful the difference eating locally makes.

if you're interested in more - watch food inc.
it's a great film, and very informative. as consumers we have the power to say what is at our local super markets, and in our food. watch the trailer below:

2.07.2010

berkley illustration.

i've been following berkley illustration for a while now on etsy, and was very excited to meet them at the renegade craft fair in LA last year. these past couple of months they have had their art sold at urban outfitters, and i'm just so excited to see their quirky work getting so much attention. hooray!







*to purchase print visit berkley illustrations etsy shop.

fifty-followers giveaway!

i've noticed that i have a few followers and readers here and there and i'd like to thank you for your interest in this blog! we are having our first giveaway once we reach 50 members (we need 41 more so far). i'll be giving away two of this adorable owl/bow brooch once we reach our goal - the first two people to comment on the "win this brooch!" post after reaching 50 members will get this jewelry item sent to them! 


so, if you haven't yet - post this banner linked to postcards+love on your blog too! the sooner we reach fifty members the sooner you have the chance to win!




boutique design.

i decided to mock up a cash register half a year ago, incase i ever open my own boutique, it's so funny to me seeing my own creative process, from chicken scratch, to idea, to the finished product...






metropolis.

poster design by Q, class assignment.

i am entirely beyond excited at the news that the lost footage of metropolis has been found! i found this information out in october, and have been mentioning it nearly to everyone i come across in person, so i figured it was about time i blogged about it. the footage had been lost for eighty years, and all released since 1929 had been incomplete, the longest most complete version was still missing crucial footage that will now add more meaning to the film. many of my friends do not have the patience for silence movies, but i implore everyone to watch this film. many modern day movies directly copied this film, as well as video games (starwars, bioshock). to read more visit CBS.







*click images to view larger version.

2.06.2010

no.1 ingredient -

i must have this apron. a good apron is always a crucial ingredient in all cooking that goes down in the kitchen. i keep eyeing this one at anthropologie:

2.04.2010

the crafty fox.

i have just released my new blog, the crafty fox!
this blog will be dedicated to all things handmade, crafts, illustration, packaging, all sorts of inspiration and links to tutorials will be featured. so, get your craft on.

guilt free chocolate chip cookies.

so, one very typical trait i carry is that of a chocolate chip cookie lover. i bake them, and nibble on one, or two... but usually that comes hand in hand with guilt. i decided to cut out the gluten, fat, and sugar. you must think i created "air" cookies. but, to my surprise, they taste just as good, if not better. i used a blend of semi-sweet and dark chocolate chips; the following recipe is a hybrid i created by mixing three different cookie recipes. i also calculated the calories, and each cookie ranges between 85-100 calories. these satisfy your craving, and fool any sugar fiend (like my boyfriend) into thinking its the real deal.

image from savory sweet life.

preparation time: 30 min
baking time: 12 min
yield: around 3 dozen cookies
calories: 85-100 per cookie

2 1/4 cups gluten-free flour blend (available at organic/health food stores)
1 teaspoon gluten free baking powder (available at organic/health food stores)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon xanthum gum (available at organic/health food stores)
3/4 cup "i can't believe it's not butter: for baking" softened
3/4 cup firmly packed splenda"brown sugar"
1/2 cup white granulated splenda
2 large brown eggs 
2 teaspoons gluten-free vanilla (available at organic/health food stores)
2 cups gluten-free chocolate chips (available at organic/health food stores)

heat oven to 375 degrees. combine flour blend, baking powder, baking soda, salt and xanthum gum in medium bowl. set aside. combine butter, brown splenda and white splenda in a large bowl. beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. add eggs and vanilla. continue beating, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. reduce speed to low. beat, gradually adding flour mixture, until well mixed. stir in chocolate chips. drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets. bake 6 minutes, then flip the pan to brown the cookies evenly, bake another 6 minutes; total baking time: 12 minutes. (DO NOT OVERBAKE.) let stand 1 to 2 minutes. remove from cookie sheets. enjoy!

finds.

now you can go green and look very chic doing so. introducing, baggu. moderately priced, convenient, and best of all it comes in an array of colors. if you're interested in helping the environment, and having extra space for your accessories, pick one (or two, three...) up.


so, there are these beverages, that come, in seriously, the most wonderful bottles ever. y water has created these little molecule/atomic looking bottles that are supposed to be for children. well, move over kiddies. fun in size, and great to look at, these beverages are packed with vitamins anyone can surely appreciate.
                                 

2.03.2010

featured at ruche boutique!

i am very excited, i was browsing Ruche Boutique's website, and stumbled upon their new spring 2010 look-book... and guess who was featured? my jewelry designs! i had the privilege of doing business with them back in december, and it's lovely to see the final product. their model and set design is stunning, i feel wonderful about being able to contribute. here are the photos from the shoot:








green.

today i felt like dressing up; i felt the urge to wear my usual black with something loud, so i opted for an outfit along the following lines:

images via polyvore.