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Be mine, valentine

17 Feb

round vintage pyrex container with gold hearts

Nate sent me a link to this XKCD comic and it really sums up what Valentine’s Day is like at our house year after year.

Some years we flat out forget about Valentine’s day.  One year we tried to go out to dinner and stopped by three packed restaurants before remembering what day it was.  We usually forget about our anniversary too.

This year we did considerably more than normal.  Nate was had the day off on the 13th, so we decided to stop by some of my favorite thrift stores.  Waiting for us, was this:

Round vintage pyrex container with gold hearts

Vintage Pyrex? Check.

Hearts? Check.

Starbursts? Check.

Shiny gold? Check.

This baby is a dream come true!

It needed to be cleaned up but it came with the lid in tow and cost half as much as one that I had lusted after in the same store a few weeks before.  I’m secretly hoping that this is a start to an awesome vintage Pyrex collection. We’ll see!

That night, Nate made awesome carrot sandwiches, the recipe for which came from my most recent Food & Wine magazine.  It was easy but so good and I think we will be eating it again (and probably posting about it) soon.

For dinner the day of the Valentine, I made steak with a bleu cheese compound butter, roasted root veggies (Brussels sprouts, parsnips, carrots, baby purple potatoes), and some awesome red quinoa.  I used homemade chicken stock for the cooking liquid and it made quite a difference.  We washed everything down with some red wine.

Oh, and this:

Chocolate cherry coke float with two white and red striped paper straws

Oregon black cherry ice cream + dark chocolate syrup + Coca cola with real sugar.  Do yourself a favor and make one of these soon.

Diamond in the rough: 1950’s kitsch bar

15 Jan

I think I’m becoming a bit of a visual pack-rat (thanks a lot, Pinterest!).  Rather than fight it, I want to document of some of the amazing vintage gems available locally that I’m not able to adopt.

An illustration of a blue diamond caught in a pink and grey lasso. The text says "diamonds in the rough: craigslist round-up."

The special guest in this craigslist round-up is a 1950’s red and black lacquer bar and stools set.  Look at this beauty!

Midcentury red and black lacquer bar with two black stools with red upholstered seats.

The current owner says that it “kind of looks like ‘The Jetson’s’ meet Japan.”  To me, it looks like it could be a lost prop from Blade Runner, with the mid-century, “futuristic” shape of the bar and stools paired with the delicate Asian detailing.  Can’t you just imagine Harrison Ford circa 1982 stopping for a drink before he tracks replicants?  Only $1500 and this baby could be yours (Harrison Ford not included).