This & That: September 8, 2017

Sep 08, 2017

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The Art of Eating by M.F.K. Fisher

The 50th anniversary edition came out in 2004 and the stellar reviews remind us why M.F.K. Fisher’s book The Art of Eating is worth reading. With praises from Julia Child, Alice Waters and Ruth Reichl, Fisher’s collection of essays on dining, savoring and preparing food will allow you to escape into a food haven.

Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook by Alice Waters

Speaking of Alice Waters, this past week she released a new memoir. In 1971, Waters opened what is continually given credit for starting a cultural revolution in food with her restaurant Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California. At the young age of 27, her little French restaurant began and is still operating today.  With her much anticipated memoir, readers how have the opportunity to get to know the woman who used her food to awaken our tastebuds and awaken the political and social environment as well. I must say, I am quite curious to learn more about the woman who continually is referenced and revered by chefs and cooks I admire, namely Julia Child.



Earlier this past summer, Hampstead, starring Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson premiered, and while Rotten Tomatoes isn’t too excited about it, I will definitely be taking a look at it when it comes to either theaters or Netflix. Keaton plays an American widow living in London and Gleeson, a man who lives on the land they both love. When property developers have new ideas for the gifts of mother nature they so enjoy, the two form an unlikely duo. Have a look at the trailer below and perhaps you too will be putting it on your watch list.

Home Again

I have been anticipating Hallie Meyers-Shyer’s directoral debut since I saw her first pics on Instagram taken behind the scenes of Home Again. Starring Reece Witherspoon, her mother I have a feeling you already know and love: Nancy Meyers. The woman behind It’s Complicated, Something’s Got to Give, Baby Boom and so many more (Intern, The Holiday, etc.), lent her producing talents to her daughter and critics are quite hip on what they came up with.

Hitting theaters today, I do believe my weekend plans will include a viewing. Have a look at the trailer below and listen to Hallie and Nancy chat about making the film when they sat down for an interview on NPR with Scott Simon.

Francophile Finds

Eating Eternity: Food, Art and Literature in France by John Baxter

Released just this past August and primarily focused on the food and drink in Paris, discover why the French revere their food in John Baxter’s culinary tour of food and how it has continued to influence artists and writers.


Haerfest Eva Tote 

A soft blue leather tote to add to your essential handbags. A unique neutral, pair with grey, black, brown, taupe and thoughtful prints and rest assured it will be with you for years to come. (other colors are available)

Tibi Garcon Striped Shirt with Wide Cuff

A modern twist on a classic style: the striped button up. With wide cuffs, Tibi’s cotton shirt makes a clear, yet subtle statement.

Theory Yulia Silk-Blend Sweater

Now this sweater immediately caught my eye. Made of a silk-blend, this fine ivory sweater can be dressed up or down, but either way, it will look effortlessly chic (and it’s on discount).

~recipe for the Pear, Vanilla and Praline Tart~

This afternoon the rain finally poured down. A sweet sight to the fire exhausted state of Oregon. Immediately opening the windows and not caring about splashes on my heels, I basked in the scent. A long-awaited shift from the high temperatures of summer and hopefully a much needed relief for the fire fighters and those worried about the paths of so many fires (26 at last count in Oregon alone).

Such simple gifts, the falling of rain, the quenching freshness of water from the sky are reminders that life’s sweetest moments are often unplanned and usually seemingly simply but oh so powerfully wonderful. This weekend I hope you have moments such as this to stop, savor and appreciate. Thank you for stopping by TSLL and be sure to take a look at the handful of articles below. Until Monday, bonne journée.

~How do you feel about the coming of fall? Feelings of Fall: Love It or Leaf It?

~Curious about Portland, Oregon? Coveteur spotlighted a local boutique owner to learn of her favorite destinations which include a French bakery, where to sip whisky and more

~Visiting France this fall? Check out these places to visit.

~Watching your diet? Cutting back on carbs? Here is why it is so hard.

~7 Habits of Successful Marriages and for that matter romantic partnerships.

~Sounds counterintuitive, but perhaps this is something to consider: Maybe We Need a Little Less Balance

~French women and fall fashion ideas. See what they will be seeking out this coming season according to WWD.




6 thoughts on “This & That: September 8, 2017

  1. Re French women wearing trousers instead of jeans: I already see it on young women around town. They might still wear Stan Smiths with their primly creased dress pants.
    On places to visit in France, it’s a great list. Toulouse is a beautiful city, and the surrounding countryside is as pretty (and very similar to) Provence. A bit to the east are lots of Cathar castles and fortified towns, including Carcassonne–like something out of a fairy tale.

  2. Glad to know that the rains have come to you and your state. Hurricane Harvey, and now Irma and perhaps Jose, have taken so much of the media’s oxygen that many of us have heard little of the grief our West Coast neighbors have endured with the wild fires. Happy to know you are safe.

  3. Mind sending some of that rain to the valley? We could use it :/ The wind is going to shift heading west again in a couple of days, not looking forward to that. It’s been a rough few weeks here in America.

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