Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Dreamy Camera Cafe

A cafe in the shape of a vintage camera? Is this part of a dream in a Wes Anderson film? 

No, it's the Dreamy Camera Cafe, in South Korea. Love. This. So. Much.

(Images via Brit + Co)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Cappellacci (Sweet Potato Ravioli)

I'm (slowly) working my way through Marcella Hazan's Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking, which I got for Christmas, and this recipe needed to be made mostly because cookies are in the sweet potato filling. I repeat: cookies are in the sweet potato filling! I understand that might turn some people off, but it was irresistible to me. 

It might sound a little indulgent, but what else would you expect from the genius of a woman who popularized putting five tablespoons of butter into tomato sauce? The cookies add a little crunch to the filling that is just perfect.


For the sweet potato filling
2 medium-size sweet potatoes
2 Italian amaretti cookies
1 egg yolk
4 tablespoons prosciutto, chopped
1 1/2 cups grated parmigiano-reggiano
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley (or substitute with fresh)
Pinch of whole nutmeg

For the pasta*
1 2/3 cups unbleached flour
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon water

For the butter and parmesan cream sauce
1 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano
2 1/2 tablespoons butter

*I made this ravioli two nights in a row, one night with pasta from scratch and the other with wonton wrappers instead (which I had seen in other recipes). It works infinitely better with the homemade pasta, but if you are crunched for time, the wonton-wrapper way is not that bad.

-Microwave sweet potatoes for 7 minutes on each side until tender. Split them in half and scoop out potato pulp into a medium bowl.
-Mash up those amaretti cookies with a mortar and pestle in a small bowl.
-Add cookies, egg yolk, prosciutto, parmigiano-reggiano, parsley, a pinch of nutmeg, and salt to potatoes. Mix until combined. Set aside.
-Combine flour, eggs, and water to make pasta dough, kneading by hand for at least 8 minutes. Roll out to desired thinness. (If you are using a pasta-making machine like I did, thin out to a 5.) Cut dough into either 3-inch or 4-inch squares (depending on how big you want your ravioli to be).
-Place about 1 tablespoon of ravioli mixture in the center of each square. Layer another square on top. Pinch closed.
-Cook ravioli in boiling, salted water for 4 minutes.
-Drain, then toss with parmigiano-reggiano and butter, until butter is melted all over.

(Recipe adapted from Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan)

Friday, March 28, 2014

This and That

These beautiful flower prints.

Just tried this broccoli, cheddar, and wild rice casserole from Smitten Kitchen.

First kiss.

Twenty-eight sleep remedies, including Calm.

How to open a banana.

Idina Menzel, Jimmy Fallon, and The Roots sing together.

Amazing emoji video.

An epic spelling bee.

Cool curtains.

(Image via Pinterest)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday Love: Wes Anderson

Have you seen the new Wes Anderson? I'm a longtime Anderson fan (I used to be obsessed with Bottle Rocket, and Chris and I even dressed up as Sam and Suzy from Moonrise Kingdom one year) so I might be biased, but I thought that it was a lovely Russian-nesting-doll of a film.

Here are some Friday links in honor of The Grand Budapest Hotel and all the things we love about Wes Anderson (and his fans).

Wes Anderson, centered.

Moonrise Kingdom watercolor.

148 Wes Anderson GIFs.

How to make Mendl's courtesan au chocolate.

Steve Zissou baby costume. (!!)

Anderson's short film for Prada.

The amazing backstories on ten props from The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Three Plays by Margot Tenenbaum.

(Watercolor image via Etsy)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

SXSW: Days 4 and 5

Thirty bands in four days. Good-bye, SXSW. Until you run us ragged again next year.

Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguwar/Dead Oceans Showcase at Red Eyed Fly
Tomas Barford
Small Black
Mark McGuire
Woman's Hour

Brooklyn Vegan Day Party at Red 7
Ex Hex
Connan Mockasin
Hundred Waters
Bob Nanna
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Neon Gold Records Showcase at Empire Garage
Great Good Fine OK
Tove Lo
Magic Man

Friday, March 14, 2014

SXSW: Days 2 and 3

(If you want to make a donation to those affected by the Red River crash, more info can be found at SXSW Cares. My heart goes out to everyone affected.)

Here's what we've been up to.

House of Vans at Mohawk
Dum Dum Girls
Angel Olsen
Deap Vally
Pusha T

NPR Opening Night Showcase at Stubb's
Perfect Pussy
St. Vincent

Red Ryder Showcase at Central Presbyterian Church
Haley Bonar

Merge Records Showcase at the Parish
Ex Hex

Ground Control Recording Showcase at Red 7
Steve Gunn
Kurt Vile

Pi in the sky
Milagres at Central Presbyterian Church
Pusha T at Mohawk
 Waiting for St. Vincent

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

SXSW Day 1: Wristbands and Game of Thrones

The last time I bought a SXSW music wristband was in 2004, when I was a first-year grad student at NYU and home for spring break. Ten years ago! Although the festival and all the surrounding hoopla has changed a lot in the intervening decade (more corporate everything, more free events that attract a boozy crowd), I still love it and the energy it brings to Austin.

Yesterday, Chris and I were able to pick up our music wristbands in about two seconds (just like I did ten years ago!) at the Austin Convention Center, and then we headed over to the Game of Thrones exhibition since it was the last day. (Most of the music events don't start until today.) Below, some shots of our adventures.

 Game of Thrones exhibition line at Austin Music Hall.
 Waiting in the sun.
In charge.
Chris in the virtual-reality immersive experience of ascending the wall. More info on that here.
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