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Ode to Regis

25 Nov

When I was a young lass,
cute as can be,
I often was sick,
so I watched TV.

When I tuned into Channel Seven,
That’s ABC,
I got to see Regis,
and I was filled with glee.

He was like an uncle,
who was sour and grumpy,
especially when compared to his co-hosts
so lucky.

But when I would hear tales
of stars and food,
I never found him
even a little bit rude.

But now at 9 a.m.
when I put on the box,
no more Reeg’,
Just Kelly the fox.

And so on Friday,
November 18, 2011
Regis Philbin’s TV career
went to heaven.

But we can be glad
because even though it is his eve.
We never know what he has
up his sleeve.

Dina and Julia

13 Nov

When I was little and saw Julia Child on TV (and I was always watching TV), I thought she was weird and boring and always flipped past the channel quickly.

A few years later, while watching Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, I got reintroduced to Julia Child through her Belgian waffles and chocolate cake, which looked killer.

And then a few years ago, I saw Julie and Julia. Since then I have been a wee bit enamored with the legend. Meryl Streep was amazing and dead on, especially compared to the lackluster “Julie” portions of the film. Later on, at a book reading at my local Barnes and Noble (R.I.P), when I saw the real Julie Powell describing cheating on her husband and making cased sausages…the feeling was equally lackluster.

In the film, I love Julia’s passion for food, Paris and life. I was so inspired that I bought My Life in France, from which the film was partially adapted. In it I learned that Julia only found her passion for food when she was 36. Isn’t that amazing! It took Julia Child and her partner, Simone Beck, ten years to complete the manuscript and get Mastering the Art of French Cooking on book shelves 50 years ago. There was plenty of rejection, but Julia and Simone stuck to their guns with encouragement from another friend, Avis DeVoto.

I also learned that she spent a few years in Germany and Norway. Her husband’s career as a USIS (United States Information Service) officer forced them to move around the world based on his assignments, which is how she wound up in Paris in the first place.

When I was in Paris, I had the privilege of visiting Julia and Paul’s first apartment in Paris, 81 Roo de Loo (81 Rue de l’Universite) It was so cool to see the place where she first started cooking and slept as she fell in love with French cuisine. Walking around the quiet neighbor sandwiched between the Musee d’Orsay, Musee Rodin and Les Invalides, its no wonder she had such a wonderful time in the City of Lights.

Bon Appetit!

As Seen on TV: Swivel Store

22 Jul

A few weeks ago, unwilling to embrace the heat, I went into a TV watching marathon. Part of this marathon included commercials. Never really someone to buy some of these things that are seen on TV, I decided to give it a go, because it looked useful.

One of the items I purchased was the Swivel Store. As someone who lives in NYC, space is a rare commodity. While most suburban homes have some sort of pantry, I have a few shelves to store my food. I usually try to buy what I need, but alas I end up storing things so that I don’t have to always run out. And so I purchased a swiveling spice rack.

Before my pantry had little space to spare with things sometimes falling out the cabinet.

And here is the after…

I like it! It holds up to 20 spices. And I can use it for crafts! (That’s what the commercial says.) The only problem is that not all spices fit into the space. A lot of them did, but the ones that did not had to clumsily sit where they usually are.

The final review: Good! If space is limited this is a great buy for $19.99 (plus S+H). They are pretty sturdy and they hold my spices nicely. The swiveling is not too awkward. However, if you do decide to purchase it be aware to think about the size of your spices. After all size does matter!