This & That: September 30, 2016

Sep 30, 2016

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The Gastronomical Me by M.F.K. Fisher

While reading Dinner with Edward, I was introduced to M.F. K. Fisher’s memoir The Gastronomical Me, published in 1943, which chronicles the author’s venture in 1929 to Dijon, France, from her upbringing in the states. Sharing her experience with the new culture, most notably the food, she shares her experiences with the enticing cuisine and drink and attention paid to appreciating the senses. I most certainly have this book on my reading list, and I cannot wait to begin.

She Made Me Laugh: My Friend Nora Ephron by Richard Cohen

Written by one of Nora Ephron’s closest friends, Richard Cohen shares his personal memories of working and experiencing life with playwright, author, journalist and director of such well known films as When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail and observing her during her last public production, Lucky Guy starring Tom Hanks. From the excerpts I’ve read, Cohen reveals her drive, her frankness, as well as her passion. I must say, for anyone who is a Nora fan, this would be an intriguing book to read.


The Front Page

Based on the original play which was produced in 1928 and adapted for the silver screen with the most well-known version starring Jack Lemmon, Susan Sarandon and Walter Mathieu, the story now returns to the stage this fall. Currently in previews with the opening day set for October 20th, it is set in Chicago with the reporters waiting in the press room at the city courthouse as a hanging of a white man is about to take place. But when an unexpected event happens (the convicted man has escaped), all reporters are poised to secure the story, and the truth, for the front page. Starring Nathan Lane, John Slattery, John Goodman, Holland Taylor Sherie Rene Scott and Robert Morse, this play looks like a riotous good time.


Les Viennoiseries Art Print 

Last week I shared another art print from Lyra Press that captured my attention, and this week I wanted to share one more. Featuring les viennoiseries, a category of pastry that includes the brioche and the croissant, this 12 in x 16 in print is simple, beautiful and a fun gift for the Francophile or foodie in your life.


—Queen of Katwe

Starring Madina Nalwanga as 10-year old Phiona living in poverty stricken Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, the plot follows how her world changes when she crosses paths with missionary Robert Katende (David Oyelowo) who teaches her chess. Falling in love with the game, Phiona becomes a top player and offers multitudes of inspiration for viewers. Produced by Walt Disney Productions, the film’s cast also includes Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o who plays Phiona’s mother. See it in theaters today and have a look at the trailer below.


National Museum of African American History & Culture

Last weekend the newest addition to the Mall in Washington D.C. celebrated its opening with a dedication by the President, Barack Obama, and special guests George W. Bush who signed the bill to initiate the funding in 2003. Along with the most recent heads of state, were many other well-known guests. The museum is the only museum to be dedicated exclusively to the history and culture of African American life containing more than 34,000 artifacts and is the 19th and newest Smithsonian museum.

All of Washington D.C.’s Smithsonian museums are free to enter; however, the NWAAHC requires that you have a timed pass which are distributed each day at 9:15am. You will be able to purchase timed passes for advanced dates  (the months of January, February and March) on October 3rd. Learn more about visiting the museum here.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

After three years and $305 million dollars San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art reopened this past May. Now the largest museum of modern art in the country with seven floors, if you happen to be visiting the city, be sure to take some time to stop by.


Banana Republic Hedy slingback pump

With a low heel, a simple, classic slingback design, Banana Republic’s pump caught my attention. A transitional shoe that could take you from work to evening, the price makes this a shoe worth having. (Available in black as well.)



~recipe for Pear Almond Tart~

The last day of September and it is beginning to finally feel like fall. More pumpkins on porches and in markets abound, and the leaves are turning brilliant rust red and rich gold and orange. Last week I went paddle boarding, but it may have been the last time, as the water is a little chillier and the wind a bit brisker. Either way, there are “fall activities” to look forward. Simple, but seasonal as shared in this week’s episode of the podcast, and I cannot wait to enjoy these temporal rituals.

Cozying up with a good book sounds quite ideal this weekend, and simply relaxing and sipping something warm while still sitting outside as the last few chances to do so are coming sounds equally good as well. However you spend your weekend, I do hope you have a wonderful time. Below are a few articles you might enjoy, and until Monday, bonne journée.

~Man Repeller talks about Hillary’s red suit and the reason why it was a very good idea

~Discover the beauty, health and lifestyle secrets of Sonia Rykiel’s designer Julie de Lebran

~20 Tough Life Truths Nobody Wants to Admit . . . don’t worry, it’s actually refreshing to be reminded of these

~More reasons to learn another language

~Looking forward to reading her book, but in the meantime, this article in The New York Times will suffice

~Save this Francophiles! The 7 Best Open Air Markets in France

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5 thoughts on “This & That: September 30, 2016

  1. One of my favorite books is “Long Ago in France,” by M.F.K. Fisher.
    Re markets, the #1 mentioned, la Grande Braderie de Lille, was canceled this year because of terrorist threats. Sigh.
    I am eager to see “Queen of Katwe”–it looks great, and what a cast.

  2. I think I have read most all of MFK Fisher’s books. A lovely small one, but not about cuisine or France is “A Cordiall Water”. I read “Dinner with Edward” on your recommendation and loved it – thanks!

  3. I read “Dinner with Edward” on your recommendation and really enjoyed it. I think I’ve read all of M.F.K. Fisher’s books (or close to it). Love her writing.

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