Synergy

Synergy /sinn∂rji/

the creation of a whole that is greater than the sum of its individual parts

originates from the Greek sunergos, meaning ‘working together’

Promenade

It’s prom season, you can tell. Everyone is all in a tizzy about dresses, buzzing about limos, and getting distracted from school. I hear it’s worse in the states, but people here are pretty excited. Well, most anyways. A surprisingly large number this year are reflecting my sentiments on the issue: not such a big deal. Maybe it has something to do with the recession, but there seems to be a definite shift in priorities in my grade. We originally were going to rent a floor of a hotel for all the graduates, but that fell through. People have much less of an excited attitude about the night (more pessimistic, some might say)..And I, among a couple others (the minority) bought dresses for quite cheap. I think mine takes the cake, however, for price.

It’s from Charlotte Russe, some american store (most of the things are quite cheap & cheaply made), however for a prom dress I will wear only once, it’s perfect. It is so cute, and now I can get some fierce shoes, since it was only…30$! No kidding. Take a peek. 

Prom Dress - Charlotte RusseAin’t it purdy? I know. I love it. It looks quite nice with black shoes, so I’ll have to be on the lookout for some hot ones. 

Also when I was in the States, I picked up a BEAUTIFUL purse, which will suit me very well in the summer months. It is canvas and faux leather and beautiful because it looks a) summery and b) very similar to the beautiful equestrian Tory Burch boots I have been lusting after for a while and will never get. Both below, lust with me!

My BagTory Burch Equestrian BootsSo close enough I guess! As close as I’m going to get to those gorgeous boots anyways, since they’re 500$. Ha. Yeah right.

Anyways, I picked up a couple more beauties, but the bag is the best. I used it today and am already in love!

 

s.

Retail Therapy

If you have time to kill this weekend, as I do not, here are my recommendations for you. I love giving advice, as preachy as possible (!) but it is only because what I love, I love a LOT and feel the need to seriously share it with others. So listen, because all of these things will rock your socks off.

The Recipe: Bonnie Stern’s Recipe for Caramelized Onion And Gorgonzola Pizza which is probably the most seriously comforting comfort food in existance. The first time that I ate it, a cold rainy Friday night (which is the best time for comfort food anyways so maybe the context made it taste so miraculous) I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Not joking. It’s simple and relatively quick, however seeing as how it’s shaping up to be a pretty warm evening, you might want to save it for a rainy day. Either way, it’s definitely worth a try. Here’s the recipe:

Caramelized Onion and Gorgonzola Pizza
(Makes 6 to 8 servings)
2 Tbsp. olive oil
3 onions, chopped
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
8 oz. frozen puffed pastry
4 oz. Brie, rind removed, diced*
4 oz. milk Gorgonzola or Cambozola, rind removed, diced*
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh tarragon, or 1/4 tsp. dried

1. Heat oil in a large deep skillet on medium high heat. Add onions and cook for about 10 minutes or until wilted and starting to brown. Add sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper.
2. Reduce heat and cook gently, uncovered, for 15 to 25 minutes, or until richly caramelized. Cool. You should have about 3/4 cup.
3. Roll pastry into a 10-in. square. Place pastry on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Prick with a fork in about 12 places.
4. Spread onions over pastry. Dot with cheese. Sprinkle with tarragon. Refrigerate if not baking immediately.
5. Bake in preheated oven 18 to 20 minutes or until cheese has melted and pastry is crisp. Cool for 5 minutes. Cut into wedges or squares.
6. Serve pizza in wedges with a salad for a first course or cut into small squares for an appetizer.

*You can use those cheeses, but from personal experience, all soft cheeses work nicely. We typically use Boursin, which is basically garlic cream cheese, and also some goat cheese. Either way, delicious. 

The Music: 

For People Feeling Romantic: ‘Come On Get Higher’ – Matt Nathanson (cliché, but catchy)

For People Who Want To Feel Loved: ‘So Far Around the Bend’ – The National

For People Feeling Sad Over Love: ‘Train Song’ – Feist and Benjamin Gibbard

For People Who Want To Party: ‘Boom Boom Pow’ – The Black Eyed Peas

The Book:

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith was my most recent read, and my verdict: HILARIOUS. At first, I thought it was sort of a joke, but as I read on I realized it isn’t scary, it isn’t overly funny, it isn’t overly anything. It really is just the original story, original writing, original lines and genius, teamed up with a theme that somehow just works in the time period, works well with the characters and even in some instances (sorry Jane!) makes the plot better. It begins to make more sense of some of the already present themes and just does an amazing job of working the zombies right into the story. I’d never been able to get into the original classic (despite having seen the movie 50+ times) yet I read this like it was candy. Definitely check it out. Also worth a read:

‘Direct Red’ – Gabriel Weston

‘The Tipping Point’ – Malcolm Gladwell

The Activity:

Get outside for Pete’s sake! I’m not even going to recommend a movie, since you should be outside sitting in the sun, listening to guitar or walking your dog or having a barbeque and ESPECIALLY not sitting here reading this or missing the weather. Get out!

Love, 

s.

Joyeux Anniversaire

It’s my sister’s birthday today: she is 13. I know, it’s nuts. Just thought I’d share our family traditions, since I think that birthday traditions are fun and adorable. 

So first, we always have cake for breakfast. Always, and I don’t think it’s ever been vanilla cake, always chocolate. I personally am not a cake fan, so my mom always makes me brownie cake instead. Mmmm. 

Also, my mom goes insane on decorations. She actually loves it. She will go out, and get the most ridiculous (read: tacky) decorations imaginable. Last year, it was a life size plastic Mariachi band and a seriously fierce salsaing 2D plastic couple. This year, think Grease-style: cutouts of those old cars, a diner, etc. For B’s  this year it’s Hawaiian theme to the max: picture a hula dancer. But they are male. And wearing a mask. Which is tribal. And terrifying. 

Presents in the morning, is pretty common. 

And out for dinner at night. Lovely. I enjoy birthdays greatly at my house. 

Noticed: Tons of people born in April. Early April especially, like the first week. I think that puts conception at about..July? In the mood for loving in July? I guess so..Maybe it’s just a geographic/demographic type of thing. Maybe I’ll look into this a little more, but I know at least ten (?) people who are  born the same week as me. And that’s quite a few!

Anyways, today we ate at a really nice (and really tiny) Italian restaurant called La Forchetta in Little Italy, downtown Toronto. It’s really small! But apparently has won multiple awards. The food was amazing, to be sure, and the service was excellent. I guess that’s what you get for not having too many customers to serve, you can make it fantastic. Then again, it was also a rainy Monday night (ABSOLUTELY MISERABLE, IN FACT) so not so busy. But the food was delicious. I had a pasta with roasted chicken, roasted garlic, chickpeas, caramelized onions, artichoke hearts. It sounds not so nice, but tasted delicious. Plus a organic greens salad with blueberry vinaigrette & goat cheese, and capuccino tartufo. Delicious. Really. 

I will post more about it later, but the Hills are on and I feel like watching something trashy. Be back soon!

 

s.