La Gueuze, Confit de Canard

My dad always told me that I'd turn into a potato if I kept on scoffing them down like I did as a kid, but if that is the case I'm about to turn into a duck. Yep, you read correctly, a duck. Quack! I've found my favorite "restaurant" of all times, with the nicest staff ever, and I've fallen deeply in love with one of their dishes: preserved duck with sauteed potatoes. Oh Em Gee. La Gueuze is the name of the place, and if you're ever in Paris I recommend stopping by for a bit to eat, and maybe a beer - as they offer a nice selection.

Apart from dreaming about the 'Confit de Canard' of La Gueuze, I have to admit I've been shopping a little more. OK, maybe a lot. I decided to visit the local Sephora again, since I love Sephora, and naturally it got expensive. As usual. Well, at least I bought a new fragrance for my fiancé, which happened to be the most expensive item in my cart. In addition to my goodies, that is. The first three items on my list wasn't acquired during my Sephora Shopping Spree. Amira had bought a Chanel palette and a NARS Lip Lacquer for me before I traveled to Paris, but instead of sending it by mail she brought it to me when we first met - and I forgot to add it to the relevant post.

Let's see, what else? Oh! I wanted to look for a pair of jeans, as the ones I have are a bit tight around the waist, so I ventured into a clothing store close to the hotel. I started flipping through jeans, and I suddenly came across a pair of skinny ones with patches on the thighs. I instantly wanted it, I'm a sucker for special designs on jeans, and it felt really soft and nice. And I couldn't help but grin when I saw the price tag: €5. For a pair of jeans! And if that wasn't enough it was the last pair, and the size turned out to be a perfect fit. I also picked up a burgundy "varsity" jacket (with PU sleeves) and a black 'leather' skirt, which might just be too short for me - but it just looked amazingly cool. Did I mention how much I love the pair of jeans? I will definitely go back to see if I can find me another pair.

So today we were supposed to meet up with Amira again, but I couldn't seem to reach her. It was a bummer, so we went to back to Galeries Lafayette alone to kill some time. I also wanted to stop by Hard Rock Cafe to buy a t-shirt or.. four, two shot glasses and a keychain (a nice addition to my ever-growing collection). After buying my very first Dior Vernis nail polish I could not stop thinking about the limited edition "St. Tropez", which the sales woman was wearing when I was at Galeries Lafayette the first time. Yes, I noticed. I started looking for it online without any luck, found that it was sold out from the US Dior and so I wanted to go back to Galeries Lafayette to see if they might still have it - and they did! I was so happy when I found it that my heart actually started racing. A little pathetic, I know - but at least now it's mine.

I do realize that I write a lot about shopping, but none of us are overly interested in arts and culture, so our vacations consists of taking it easy, living life to the fullest, enjoying good food, and shopping. I've also had days where I've felt the need to stay close to the hotel, days where we haven't been doing much at all.


The Pork Rib of 2011

January 1st 2011. You're wondering why I've uploaded a picture of a pork rib? Well, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to cook an edible pork rib, that's true, but getting the pork rind perfect is very much a science indeed. My mom is probably gonna kill me for sharing this with the entire world, but I remember one of my last Christmases at home when mom and I was going to cook the annual pork rib. When it was almost done and the time had come to place it underneath the grill, she was unfortunate enough to slightly touch the element with the pork rind - and within seconds the whole rib had combusted in fancy purple-ish flames, leaving the entire rind charred. Sure, no harm was done to the actual rib, but the rind went straight in the garbage. What a disappointment!

Now Øyvind's dad makes a killer pork rib as already said, and he has carefully instructed us how to make our own. We had to make preparations for the Christmas dinner, but we've never cooked one fully on our own - until today. And my God, such perfection! Would you look at that pork rind? It resembled Bacon Crisp, and it tasted sooo good I can't start to explain how crisp and perfect it was. We had it with boiled potatoes, mushy peas, sauerkraut (not for me) and I was so full it actually hurt. Grin

Pork ribs of January 1st 2011

Photo © Øyvind H.


Popcorn Indiana®: Popcorn, Popcorn, Popcorn!

Popcorn Indiana®It happens very rarely, but once in a while I get a notice from Mr. Postman telling me that I've got a package waiting at the local post office, from a sender I don't recognize. And that is exactly what happened today. I found a notice about a package from "BK, US" in my mailbox, no more info, and I couldn't figure out what it could be. I'm usually in full control of what I'm expecting in the mail, but this one was a mystery to me. It had a tracking number, so I went online to see if it listed a sender, but all I could find was that it had been shipped on June 11th. My calendar didn't say anything about having ordered anything around that day, so I remained puzzled. Then I suddenly remembered.. my dad had told me that one of my American cousins, sweet Kate, had told my mom that she had shipped a package for me, and the initials suddenly made complete sense! So I sent Øyvind to pick it up, ripped it open, and found another six bags of Popcorn Indiana® in the flavours: Original Kettle Corn, Smoked Cheddar Cheese Kettle Corn and Aged White Cheddar Kettle Corn - all jumbo bags! That's another 1.7 kilos of the best popcorn there is, I think I died and went to popcorn heaven. I am truly forever grateful, and I hope this will last me a good while!

Popcorn Indiana®

Kate, you're the best, thank you a million times! Grin Heart

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Photos © Shamini Thevarajah '10


Trip to Åre

Ben & Jerry's Baked AlaskaWe've been talking about another trip to Sweden for some time now, and today we finally decided to go. The weather was nice for driving (overcast with some occasional rain), and even though the day started with enormous problems getting down the small flight of stairs with my electrical chair (KONE needs to fix our building's elevator pronto!), we had a great little road trip to Åre. I'm not going to list everything we bought in detail, but I'm quite happy with the catch. Soda (Coca Cola, Cherry Coke, Vanilla Coke and Mountain Dew) of course, "Lakritspuck" ice cream, two cans of Ben & Jerry's "Baked Alaska" (vanilla ice cream with marshmallow swirls and white chocolatey polar bears) and "Fairly Nuts" (caramel ice cream with praline almond clusters and caramel swirls), Lipton Tea in Strawberry and Vanilla - I must admit I prefer Twinings, but this strawberry tea is one I never grow tired of - and lots of grocery of all sorts.

I just love, love, love having a car I can drive straight in and out of, it just makes my life so much easier! Thank you D., you made it real.

Photo © Ben & Jerry's