Friday, April 19, 2019

Blog All About It: Sweet


Sweets themed art work by Yukari Sakura who is part of Creativity Explored. See more of her works (here).


I tried ube (purple yam) with condensed milk drizzle on toast at Rise & Grind Coffee and Tea shop.


by Helen Oyeyemi
-Literary, Magical Realism | Goodreads

Influenced by the mysterious place gingerbread holds in classic children's stories--equal parts wholesome and uncanny, from the tantalizing witch's house in "Hansel and Gretel" to the man-shaped confection who one day decides to run as fast as he can--beloved novelist Helen Oyeyemi invites readers into a delightful tale of a surprising family legacy, in which the inheritance is a recipe.

Perdita Lee may appear to be your average British schoolgirl; Harriet Lee may seem just a working mother trying to penetrate the school social hierarchy; but there are signs that they might not be as normal as they think they are. For one thing, they share a gold-painted, seventh-floor walk-up apartment with some surprisingly verbal vegetation. And then there's the gingerbread they make. Londoners may find themselves able to take or leave it, but it's very popular in Druhástrana, the far-away (and, according to Wikipedia, non-existent) land of Harriet Lee's early youth. In fact, the world's truest lover of the Lee family gingerbread is Harriet's charismatic childhood friend, Gretel Kercheval--a figure who seems to have had a hand in everything (good or bad) that has happened to Harriet since they met.

Decades later, when teenaged Perdita sets out to find her mother's long-lost friend, it prompts a new telling of Harriet's story. As the book follows the Lees through encounters with jealousy, ambition, family grudges, work, wealth, and real estate, gingerbread seems to be the one thing that reliably holds a constant value. Endlessly surprising and satisfying, written with Helen Oyeyemi's inimitable style and imagination, it is a true feast for the reader.


Super cute Dolce Gabbana ice cream dress to dream about.


Sweet Home Sweet Honey (2015-16)
Woorijib Ggooldanji (original title)
tv series
-Drama, South Korean | imdb

Found this sweet Korean drama available at the local library.


Monthly chocolate happy hour at Fog City News! (here)

April picks:
magazine - Little White Lies, cover story on film High Life directed by Claire Denis
chocolate - Castronovo Chocolate (here)
White Chocolate infused with Lemon Oil & Lemon Salt
Signature Collection - Patanemo, Venezuela 70%

FYI: Based in Florida, Castronovo is headed by one of the few female chocolatiers in the U.S.

She is in fact the only U.S. female chocolate maker to have ever been honored at the International Chocolate Awards, taking home awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016. -You May Be Surprised That Florida Makes Some of the World's Best Chocolate
May, 2017, Huffington Post (full article)


* part of the Blog All About It Challenge (here)
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