31.3.09

The Butter Flying

Mobile - Spring Rainy Clouds

I thought these cute and quirky mobiles from The Butter Flying would be a perfect spring time post. Montreal based designer, le ptit papillon's mobiles and garlands are available in her Etsy shop. You can also check out her blog here.

Mobile - Spring Rainy Clouds

Mobile - Return of Fishing

Jewel Garland

Jewel Garland

Mobile - Jellyfish Flowers

30.3.09

Mr. and Mrs. Guerilla Gourmand

This weekend we were treated to some lovely Indian food and Japanese treats from our friends, the Gourmand's. Here are a few pix I snapped of our yummy meal.

Fritters

The main entree

It was Mr. Gourmand's birthday,

but we're the ones that got the cool presents! Here's a pic of my very own see through Japanese dollar store umbrella.

Some "Fine beer jelly in chocolate" for Big Chuck.

They even look like little beer mugs.

An authentic Japanese girl lunchbox - complete with chopsticks!

This was part of the dessert, I really like the snowflake design.

Hope you had a good weekend too!

27.3.09

New in the shop

Hi guys, I just wanted to let you know that I've added some new 123 Printables to my Etsy shop.

Ex Libris
Congrats!
Congrats!
Happy Birthday!
Happy Birthday!

Happy Friday :)

26.3.09

Open That Bottle Night

Photo via Flickr

Every last Saturday in February since 2000 is Open That Bottle Night. The inventors of this brilliant celebration are Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher, who write a weekly wine column in the Wall Street Journal called “Tastings”. The purpose is to get people to take that special bottle of wine and open it for enjoyment.

For the last year's celebration, they wrote an article that painstakingly described how to treat an old bottle of wine.

At the household of the Guerilla Gourmand, we may possibly be more (frequently) inventive than Dorothy and John. We try to find fun and legitimate excuses to try all our wines at any whim-of-an-excuse. We believe that the “Special Time” for that “Special Wine” is now.

Our motto is: Wine should be enjoyed. Personally, I would never consciously store wine to the point where dust would accumulate on it. But if you must be sentimental, go ahead and store it, preferably in a temperature-controlled environment. However, I ask that you make plans to consume it within the year, or at maximum, two years. That way, you get to look forward to it for when your milestone is met and thus mark something special with, well, something special!. And, the wine will actually still taste good, too!

- The Guerilla Gourmand

25.3.09

A robot a day... well, you know the rest.

Silver Robot Pouch

A robot a day is the adorable art project of Anatomy of a Skirt designer, Erin Wilk.

These handy little robot pouches are great for storing "change, hair clips, Ipods, money, secrets, little things, maps to hidden treasure, a beer can, juice boxes, fruit snacks, square cookies, bits and bobs, ribbon, bits of string, a spare pair of socks, batteries, nuts, bolts, jewellery, hundred dollar bills, nickels, pennies, a very small diary, important things, origami paper, seeds, a pair of glasses, love notes, something you want hidden, something you want to remember, thread, scissors, make-up, tape."

Erin makes a robot everyday, Monday to Friday, in an effort to create her very own robot army, as well as make use of vinyl scraps from her purses, diverting them from the landfills. It was hard to choose which robots to feature here, so be sure to check out the oodles of robots on her website, robotaday.com.


Jaunty Sailor Bot
Oktoberfest Robot Pouch
Mummy Robot Pouch
Mermaid Robot Pouch

Beaver Robot Pouch

23.3.09

Il Sestante

On Saturday evening we went out for dinner to celebrate Big Chuck's scholarly achievements. We've been looking for a good Italian restaurant that wasn't too pricey and had a fun vibe and, of course, delicious pizza and pasta. I read about Il Sestante online, and from the heaps of positive comments, decided we should give it a try.

The pizza was really good. We each ordered one; artichoke with mozzarella, spinach with garlic, and capers and olives with anchovies. yummmm...

It's not a celebration without something sweet. The tris dolce was a selection of, tiramisu, profiteroles and panna cotta. Also, yummmmm...

Across the street from the restaurant is the Piaristenkirche, or Piarist chruch, where in the summer Il Sestante has its outdoor patio. I can't wait to go back on a warm summer evening.

20.3.09

Fun Friday


Keeping it simple today, a few pics from the Porsche museum in Stuttgart. Reminds me of my racing days on the electric slot-car track in our basement.
We have been relatively free of cars for our adult life so far, and it would be nice to keep it that way, but I certainly wouldn't mind having a Sunday driver some day.








Porsche

Have a great weekend,

BC

19.3.09

She's baaaaack!

The Guerilla Gourmand is back with a basic red and white tutorial this week. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for posts on beer, tea and of course, more wine :) Enjoy...

57 Mondays

Your Basic Red and White Wines Varietals

A couple months ago, I saw a pair of articles written by Karen McNeil for Cooking Light magazine entitled “Red Wine 101” and “White Wine 101”. In them, she listed the following wines as must-know for the budding wine enthusiast:

Red Wines: Pinot Noir (think “Sideways”), Syrah/Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel (not the same as White Zinfandel)

White Wine: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, and Gew├╝rztraminer

I couldn’t agree with her list more. If you have tried each of these, or even better, found your favorite wine maker for each of these, then you are well on your way to becoming a wine connoisseur. If you’re not quite there yet, however, not to worry! The fun part is yet to come!

I would suggest that you learn these varietals first in your quest to quench your thirst (of knowledge, that is!). Learn in which regions they are typically made, how they are normally described and priced, and then go window-shopping at your local wine store. If something catches your eye but you’ve never heard of it, write it down and go home to do a little bit of investigation on the reputation of the winery and/or vintage (i.e. the year in which the grapes were grown). Then buy it and try it!

Another, slightly cheaper way to get to know your wines: Cozy up to the people who work at wine shops, since they may give you a heads-up to when the store might be doing a (usually free) tasting. During those tastings, chat it up with the wine distributors, who will know a lot about what they are serving. Bring a notebook and pen, and jot down names and flavors that jump out at you. Don’t feel pressured to buy, but a good rule of thumb is buy your favorite from the tasting so you don’t go home empty handed.

Oftentimes, at wine shops there is a little tag next to the price tag that gives a mini-review and the rating by Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast or Robert Parker. A shortcut rule of thumb for me: if it is $20 or less and rates a Wine Spectator 90 points or more, then it is a good buy and you should just go home with it. I definitely trust their recommendations, though personally I do not find the same for Wine Enthusiast or Robert Parker. But that is probably more a matter of taste than of quality.

You know what they say about how you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice! Similarly, there is no substitute to tasting, tasting, tasting. The lists above represent your Wine Fundamentals. So give your taste buds practice by trying those wines! You’ll be glad you did!

- The Guerilla Gourmand

18.3.09

One of a kind

april scott - little flowers

Today I'd like to share with you a couple of Etsy shops I found that make great use of vintage fabrics. April Scott designs adorable toddler dresses from recycled and vintage fabrics and loves to mix and match prints and use bold colours. I love how bright and fun her designs are and that they are often one of a kind. To see more of April's work, check out her Etsy shop here.

april scott - rainbow windowpanes

april scott - upsy daisy

april scott - apples and pears

april scott - an apple a day

Alice Apple is another Etsy designers who puts old fabrics to good use. Her cute dog designs are available in her Etsy shop. Check them out!

alice apple - swedish linen

alice apple - vintage 1960's heart fabric

alice apple - retro numbers fabric

17.3.09

Misketch

Misketch

For my birthday I got a very special treat. Illustrator and owner of Misketch, Linda Bruno, sent over my very own personalized illustration complete with cute doggie accessory! This is so me (or should I say, so us).

Misketch
is a Toronto based company that Linda started after many requests for personalized illustrations from friends and co-workers. Linda does a great job capturing her subjects' unique attributes, favourite accessories and personal style.

Below are Misketches that Linda has done for my Mom and sister as well. Check out her portfolio for more illustrations.



Misketch

Misketch

To get your very own illustration, or order one for a friend, visit the Misketch website here.

Thanks Linda!