How was everyone’s Thanksgiving(s)? Mine was wonderful as I got to be with all of my cousins again! I don’t know when the next Thanksgiving will be when we’ll all be together so it was nice to have that memory and all the yummy food! Although, I have now officially gained back all of my pre-France weight and then some. I’ve gotta find more time to workout these next three weeks before I have to wear a bikini in Vietnam!
Now, on to a little hosuekeeping … I will be using tumblr for some time more. I am not currently working in order to focus on finishing my degree so I don’t have any money to keep the old site running. Sad day; I know. And I was a preoccupied idiot and didn’t transfer my old posts onto my tumblr in time. I’ve already slapped my forehead enough in disbelief of my stupidity. If anyone out there wants to donate to Everyday Fete, it would be a God send or what ever deity you believe in. Also, I’m playing around with themes at the moment so I’m sorry if you get confused! If you have any them suggestions, pop a message in my box!
Now, on to fun stuff! So while most of you were shopping on Black Friday, I was feverishly trying to finish some of my essays. However, I did get to Bellevue Square for a bit on Saturday. Aritizia, my absolutely favorite store, was having a 5-day Black Friday sale, and they only go on sale twice a year! Screw the essays! I had to go! But the real event of the day was the Black Saturday fashion show.
The show was at the New Frontier Lounge which from the outside looks like a run of the mill American bar. Walk on the side of the building, go through a side door, and up some old wood stairs, you’d find yourself at the covert location of the show. The floor and ceiling were cracking, the wood was worn to a dusty glow, and I loved it. Showcasing some of Tacoma’s finest apparel companies, I was most looking forward to Feather and Oar.
Feather and Oar is a Tacoma menswear boutique that opened while I was away in London, but in just one year has gained a cult following that is definitely growing. It’s business like this that give me hope that Tacoma will one day be as culturally thriving and nicely dressed as Seattle. Maybe even better. Check out their beautiful website and read their ‘About’ page. Their mission is on point, and the immaculate style of their website is a direct reflection of their clothes.
I’ll admit, I’m not the best instavideographer but managed to get a couple of videos up, and if you search #blacksaturdaytacoma, you’ll get to see more of the looks from that night. They even had local talent modeling like B-Boy crew Dance Broomz, rapper Fice, and Seattle Sounders players Lamar Neagle and DeAndre Yedlin! If you guys like what you can see, you can shop the looks this Friday only from 11am - 7pm at Feather and Oar in Tacoma. All pieces are made to order! If you can’t make it, head down to Pacific Ave for the Pacific Pop-Up with Urban Xchange and Feather and Oar on Saturday and Sunday. Location is 1936 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma.
After the show, my brother, C., and I had a little night photoshoot despite the rain. Further north on Pacific Ave, we found a little nook behind the water drop mosaic/sculpture and took some artsy shots.
Once we were done with that (and getting rained on!) we made our way to a parking garage. Shelter is nice.
Someone was nice enough to leave us this message. #xLURCHX Can we get this trending you guys?
So this is my little brother. He’s pretty cool. We both unintentionally matched with our sweater and button-up combos. He took the previous shots, and all editing is done my me!
C., thanks for playing photographer so A. and I could get some pictures together! Also, I’m sorry for the atrocious state of my hair. It finally died after a long arduous battle with the freezing rain and wind.
That’s love right there.
I’m wearing a new sweater that I bought from Aritizia earlier that day. I’m absolutely in love with it and am fighting the urge not to wear it everyday! Underneath, I’m wearing a Banana Republic blouse with a festive gold and silver sparkle collar. My brother’s also wearing a new sweater from J. Crew. I’ve taught him well.
I hope you guys aren’t regretting any of your Black Friday (or weekend) bargains, and if you still need to find a gift for someone, head down to Feather and Oar this Friday or to the Pop Up this weekend! You’ll surely find something there, if not for a loved one, a truly unique gift for yourself this holiday season.
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Each day back has been an undeniable struggle. I was prepared to miss the life I had in London and my time in France, but I could never have expected THIS. Being practically chained to the PLU campus isn’t helping either. As you can imagine, it was a HUGE relief to escape to Seattle for the night, even if it was just for a few hours.
I got B. and S. to come along with me to see Kylian + Pite at Pacific Northwest Ballet. What caught my attention was that they were performing Petite Mort and Emergence, two pieces I’ve been dying to see! Also, it was a great excuse to get dressed up and look pretty with the girls on a Thursday night!
Don’t I have beautiful friends?
Since we’re poor college students, we took advantage of PNB’s 25 and Under deal: $15 for any Thursday or Friday performance or 2 for $25. Yeah, we were up in the second tier, but I still got to see everything! I missed seeing the sweat fling off the dancers’ bodies and their facial expressions, but I could see the entire stage which I think made the dances, especially Emergence more powerful.
Kylian + Pite is comprised of 4 different dances:
Petite Mort and Sech Tanze choreographed by Jiri Kylian absolutely blew all of my expectations and reminded me of the power in live performance. I really can’t explain how powerful and poignant Emergence is. I don’t know which piece was my favorite, but I enjoyed the show so much, I want to see it again! This weekend’s the last chance to see Kylian + Pite before it closes!
I finally got to wear my color block MANGO blazer that I got in Barcelona. It still had the tag on! I wore it over my silk blouse from Ann Taylor and black jeggings from J. Crew.
After the show, we were all pretty hungry. When it’s a late night in Seattle and you legally can’t hit the bars, Dick’s is the place to go!
Our little trip to Seattle wasn’t a classy cocktail night at the top of the Heron Tower or a film screening at the Hackney Picturehouse, but it reminded me that there are still great things to do around here. It may take more effort than in London, but I can still find fun things to do in the Tacoma/Seattle area, and being with friends makes it all the better!
If you guys are trying to access my old site everydayfete.com, you’ll have found that it doesn’t work! Unfortunately, I don’t have the funds at the moment to retain that domain name so for now it is down. I hope to have more full posts up on this site soon and to eventually get all the content from my old blog on here as well!
Yesterday, I started my first day of classes back at PLU. Bleh. I am really tired, and I have a ton of stuff to do and on my mind. Plus, everyone gets really excited when they see me since it’s been over a year since I last was on campus. I kind of have to actually be sociable…If you want to see my OOTD, make sure to follow me on Instagram!
More exciting news on the way, I went to a night food market this weekend! If you guys remember from back in May, I went to London’s summer night food market called Street Feast for my birthday. Once I heard that Seattle was having a similar night, I just had to go!
The set-up was a bit different as there were a lot more food trucks/vendors, and thus, the fight to get your food was much more intense! Forget about orderly queues, and English manners, this is America we’re talking about. On the same night as a Sounders game. Indeed, craziness.
Apparently, Seattle just had their first food truck festival this past August. I’m assuming it was such a hit that they had another one this month, in celebration for the Chinese Moon Festival. It was held in the International District and had a distinctly east asian feel with traditional Chinese dancing, JPOP and KPOP (Japanese and Korean pop music), and each truck had their own asian-inspired $5 night special. If you want to stay in the loop about future festivals, check out the Seattle Street Food Festival website!
In preparation for Saturday night (When there’s 50 vendors, no novice will just simply go to a food festival. A game plan is essential.), I looked at the long list of vendors. What immediately struck me was one call “Nosh.” Nosh is a British word for food, and when I saw the photo of their fish and chips with mushy peas, I knew I had to try this American interpretation of British cuisine. EDIT: I just got a tweet from their twitter, and apparently one of their owners is actually British!
However, once I got to see the menu, after waiting in by far the longest line at the entire festival, what caught my eye was their fried rabbit leg. Um, yes? I didn’t need to think twice! There was also their night special of pork belly and chili marinated radish so I went ahead and got that as well. Also I was tempted to try their foie gras milkshake for $10, but I decided not to go completely hog wild.
Fresh cut fries, heavenly fried rabbit with fresh salt and pepper, and a little pickled red cabbage. Simple and perfect.
I was sooooo happy once I got my order. Can you tell?
I’ll admit it, this was a posed picture. If you actually saw me eating this you would have seen my face scrunched in concentration, biting through the most divinely fried batter while trying to get a good chunk of meat AND holding my paper plate to catch any loose crumbs! It was literally better than any fried chicken I’ve EVER had. The meat is more delicate and extreeeemely tender. I woke up the next day still thinking about that rabbit! I’m still thinking about it!
The chips….err fries?…err…well they were also perfectly cooked and seasoned, and the crust on the fried rabbit was THE BEST. Not greasy. Pure crunch. I’m going to just stop myself now…
Next up, a vegan Hawaiian BBQ burger with marinated seitan from Plum. This all vegan food truck was serving up the most beautiful burgers and since I had already eaten meat, I figured some seitan would be a good alternative.
Unfortunately, everything was just a bit too over seasoned or over sauced. The fries were a salt-fest. Bleh. But the burger was alright. The brioche bun wasn’t try and helped keep in all the sauces. There were just too many. The pineapple was marinate, the seitan was drenched in BBQ sauce, and there was a healthy serving of a wasabi sauce. The wasabi actually went really well with the sweetness of the BBQ sauce and tang of the pineapple. It was just one of those meals that needed a large glass of lemonade on the side as well.
Here’s my brother actually eating a vegan burger. He’s like any other typical teenage boy who wishes he was a carnivore and laughs at vegans. However, this vegan burger even satisfied him!
If you want to try Plum out for yourself, they’ve got quite a few locations in Seattle, and if you’re in Tacoma, you may know them as Quickie Too. Here’s their twitter if you want to stay in the know about their food truck!
After that burger, we were in desperate need of some refreshments so we got a lemon and lavender soda from Soda Jerk. For the record, I don’t like soda. This was a choice from my mother. But of course, I tried it, and guess what? I absolutely loved it! I wouldn’t describe it as a typical soda, which makes me think of a carbonation that hurts my stomach and a disgusting sweetness that leaves a bad taste in my mouth all day. ‘This was actually refreshing and enjoyable to drink! I also love that they sell their soda in adorable glass jugs. They’re also on wheels so follow them on twitter!
We ended the night with dessert from Pink’s Ice Cream. I’d never heard about this place before, but the line was long enough to tell me that they were good. Their ice cream flavors are all asian themed, and I was torn between the Thai Tea and Black Sesame. My mom really wanted the black sesame so it was decided! I’m not a huge ice cream person. It’s usually too fluffy and sweet with not enough actual flavor. This was not true for Pink’s. It was thick (almost like gelato but not as creamy) and the ice cream was all about the black sesame. The texture was actually gritty from all the fresh ground black sesame! It was perfectly balanced with some sweetness, but not too much and black sesame is naturally a little sweet. I’m not following them on twitter and can’t wait to try the Thai Tea!
All in all, it was a great food experience, although I wish the set up was different as to reduce congestion. I hope you guys are all following these great vendors on twitter, and I’m really looking forward to more of Seattle’s growing food market festivals!
The rest of my European travels were absolutely amazing, and I was having way too much fun to blog! Barcelona was the absolute BEST fun I’ve ever had on holiday, and then coming back to America was a whirlwind of emotions, adjusting, and catching up with tons of people. Seriously, I should’ve hired a personal assistant for my first couple of weeks back to do all my scheduling for me. Then, my social life completely shut down for my short film, so blogging has been really difficult!
The short film is nearly completely edited. I just sent R. my final edits so it should be ready very soon to send to C. for the music! Hopefully, it will be completely finished by the end of this month and before school starts!
Which leads me into…
Big changes have happened and new plans made for the future! I am going to graduate this December with a BA in English Lit, dropping my French major…I know…I’m so sad…BUT this is all so I can get my Masters in Film Studies (or Film Aesthetics if you’re Oxford). Possibly. I’ve only found two programs I like: Oxford and University of Kent. If you guys know of any good masters in film studies programs in England, let me know! I am also going to be studying Korean in Seoul from January-June, hopefully getting a summer internship in New York, and then going to England to study for my masters in September. That’s if everything goes to plan, and I get in all of my papers, essays, etc. on time…wish me luck!
I’m still trying to adjust being back home, and I don’t honestly think I’ll get used to it. Only 4 more months! I can do this! So yeah, needless to say, I’ve got lots of writing to do before the summer ends and before school even starts, but I wanted to put up a little post to let you guys know that I’m still alive! I hope you’re all enjoying your summers and make sure to follow me on Instagram if you want to stay in the loop about what I’m up to!
Sorry I can’t be as chronological as I’d like to be. I’m already in Barcelona, and I haven’t even posted about Albi so my last two days in Toulouse will just be put in one post.
I think that’s a lovely place to take a date, no?
You can see why I fell in love with Toulouse. It’s got the lovely upside of a developed city (metro, bus, bikes), but it’s incredibly calm off the main roads. The people are also incredibly friendly! Any American tourist who complains about French snobbery, I suggest you visit Toulouse and tell me otherwise! (Just don’t be an ignorant, annoying tourist. That won’t get you anywhere in any country!)
Lunch that day was…interesting. I can’t remember the name, but it was some fusion “artisan” new-age kind of thing. Normally I steer clear of these places, but we were really hungry and somehow this place was decided. On the side was a basil sorbet. Not quite sure the purpose of it or when I was supposed to eat it. After I had gotten about a 1/3 of the way through my food and saw that it was quickly melting from the heat, I ate it in one quick bite. It didn’t taste of any basil; it was just sweet and icy. Bleh.
Of course the sun was shining, and my natural instinct was to cover up as much as possible!
It’s really summer here in the southwest of France, and this grassy section was a popular spot for sunbathing.
These birds know where it’s at.
Just behind me was the spot of the Argentine Tango Festival. I love Argentine Tango music, and after some time in the sun we went to the upper street level to watch random couples take over the dance floor. Someone please teach me the Argentine Tango!
The perfect remedy to summer heat. Shade and ice cream! After lounging around and people watching, L. and I made our way to the second night of Faites de l’Image. It was a lot more packed that night, but I didn’t run into the guys from the other night. Shame! However, we didn’t stay too long though as we were absolutely exhausted from the other night! So after a picnic in the grass, a dark chocolate with sea salt crêpe, and a bit more of Faites de l’Image, we headed back to the hotel early.
Our final day in Toulouse started off right with a noisette. This was by far the best espresso I’ve ever day in France. The café reminded me more of places you’d find back in Seattle with people with backpacks and laptop cases ordering at the counter for take-away. I especially loved that the milk was on the side, and boy was it deliciously and wonderfully foamy…
Found this fountain on the way to the vintage market.
Toulouse’s version of the Arc de Triomphe, also serving as the location for that month’s vintage market.
This market went alllll the way down, and there was another side as well that was just as long!
You can see why L. and I spent hours at the market…
Unfortunately, this wouldn’t fit into my suitcase. Why can’t we have stuff like this back at home?!
Cheeky little find at a random book stand ;)
I ended up finding the rest of the gifts I needed at the market before saying goodbye to L. and hopping onto my train to Albi. Hopefully, you can understand why I’ve been a little behind with blogging. A tout à l’heure!
I left the vineyard and Puy l’Évêque on the 5th to begin my summer holiday and the first stop on the list: Toulouse!
Luckily, B. was heading up that way around the same time so he, L. (the new volunteer from Denmark), and I filled up his camping car and headed south!
I really missed the Fourth of July celebrations after having my facebook feed bombarded with photos and status updates. Feeling patriotic, I decided to dress with some American pride (photos below). However, on the way to Toulouse, it seemed like America was coming to me!
In English that means Avenue of the United States.
And then this quickly followed a little further down the road.
I really wanted some BBQ at that moment…
But no BBQ because I’m in France, and we finally go to Toulouse!
Like all the cities I’ve visited in the south of France, the architecture is amazing, and this HUGE wooden door down a tiny alley was no exception.
Right in front of the entrance to Faites de l’Image was a restaurant called Mon Canard. Since Toulouse is known for their foie gras and duck products, it seemed like the perfect place for dinner on our first night.
First course: Demi-camembert with figs
Second course: duck breast with foie gras sauce
L. and I originally ordered the duck burger but were unfortunately told that they didn’t have the bread for it at the moment :( Maybe the next time I come to Toulouse I’ll get to try it! However, this duck was fantastic! Not heavy, fatty, or greasy like the stuff back in the States! *The server was also amazing and gave us a free order of fries!
No dessert for me that night, but I of course had some coffee! My favorite drink, une noisette. The service was incredible and extremely attentive (but that’s how all service is in France) and the ambiance perfect. Toulouse is wonderfully tranquil for a city, and eating outside with the beautiful architecture was a perfect accompaniment to dinner!
After eating, we crossed the street and headed down to Faites de l’Image, the main reason I decided to go to Toulouse. It was unlike anything I’ve been to. Random visual and audio instillations down old streets, live music performances, films, food, and a bar!
There was also furniture made out of packing materials. Not the most comfortable, but convenient for lounging with friends and a drink.
Things really started to pick up once the sun went down.
We followed the music to the end of a tiny street where two DJs were performing (?) to a video playing.
I don’t know who they were, but they were AMAZING. People were dancing and the guy on the left got really into it!
Yup, those are a bunch of bras.
Afterwards, one of the main screens was showing old Russian cartoons along with a live jazz band. They played along to what was happening on the screen, adding sound effects, and enhancing the mood. It was all done verrrry well, and I want to see more performances like it!
I was starting to fall asleep so I decided to stand to watch the rest of the performance. As I was drinking my wine, I began chatting with the guy next to me. Eventually I met his whole group of friends, and learned that two were in aeronautics, one was a pilot, and another made airplanes! What a bunch! They were all really nice, and I spoke in French the whole time! My French is now getting really good so I don’t want to leave! Finally, around 2am (we stayed until the very end!), we said good-bye to my new friends of the night, and headed back to the hotel.
On our way out, we found this cool projection of swimming goldfish on the ground, and the ground was also covered in sand!
That was just a brief summary of my first day in Toulouse. I’m sorry I’m so behind, but continuously travelling and trying to blog when you have to find free wifi is very difficult!
Happy 4th of July my fellow Americans! Even if you’re not American, you still deserve to have a great Thursday! With everything going on and the way the days sometimes fly by here, I completely forgot until I saw someone’s Facebook status! I hope you are all enjoying a lovely summer day with the people you love, eating lots (hopefully all organic and local food and drinks, but let’s be real here. It’s a day of celebration for America independence so most likely not, unfortunately), and watching fireworks.
Anyways, I’m leaving the vineyard/farm tomorrow! I can’t believe 6 weeks have gone by already! I really feel like the Bessieres, with all their quirks and fighting, are my second family, and I don’t want to leave! But at the same time, I know I need a vacation, and I’m glad I’m leaving before the 90F temps hit! As this amazing adventure and learning experience comes to an end, I have made a little list of the things I’m going to miss the most about Domaine de l’Antenet.
1. organic garden
What? Your salad doesn’t normally start off with fresh organic lettuce with the roots still attached?
2. No processed food temptations
3. Marie Line’s eggs
4. Delicious cherries whenever I want them!
5. The local bread from the boulangerie 1km away.
6. Animals (especially Kira)
7.All the wine (DUH)! But more than that, having it with every lunch and dinner for the pure enjoyment of it. Also, aperitifs. Allll the aperitifs!
8. Oh and all the organic cheeses we get from the Farmer’s Market.
9. the sky and stars
I wish I could show you guys the stars here on a clear night. I always thought Space Mountain was a little tacky with how excessive they are with the stars. I mean, where does the night sky actually look like that? I’ll tell you where: Puy l’Évêque. A couple days ago, there was a TV special on the Lot Department of France, and there was a section about star/planet gazing because the sky is honestly SO CLEAR here. I’ve never been able to see so many constellations and the Milky Way before! I’m just going to stop now. But seriously. Les étoilesssss.
10. Not needing to wash my hair as often / having amazing hair everyday without any products or a curling iron. I’m not joking about this. I give complete credit to the drastic change in diet.
11. Being fit and healthy without having to schedule in a run/gym time + shower. We’re constantly moving and doing something at Courbenac that I’ve just lost fat and gained muscle naturally. I’m not constantly scheduling my day and trying to figure out when I can fit in 2 hours of fitness + a shower!
This cake was a result of the arrival of a basket of apricots (non-organic unfortunately), leftover chocolate ganache, and not having any butter in the house. I decided to make another gâteau with apricots and the chocolate ganache I never used from my crêpe cake. The ganache had turned into a custard overnight, but it worked perfectly in this cake and the flavor of the dark chocolate balanced the fruit and cake wonderfully. If you don’t want to make the custard/ganache thing (which takes a full 24 hours) you could fill the center of each apricot with a square of chocolate or Nutella as well.
For the apricots:
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tbls sugar
For the cake:
1 1/2 cup flour
1 1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup sugar
4 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 tablespoon salt
I only used one of Marie Line’s super magic eggs, but unless you have farm fresh organic eggs, I think you’ll need two.
1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Cut the apricots in half and mix with the olive oil and sugar. Let rest for 15 minutes.
3. While the apricots sit, mix the dry ingredients together.
4. Mix together the olive oil with the eggs.
5. Add the olive and egg mixture to the dry ingredients and combine. Add in the milk to form a smoother consistency.
6. Fold in the apricots and its juices with the cake batter.
7. Pour into a 9x13 cake pan or the pan of your choice.
8. Flip the apricots so that the hole is facing up. Fill each apricot with the chocolate (*directions follow*).
9. Bake for 30 minutes.
For the ganache/custard:
8 oz. dark chocolate
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
1. Break up the chocolate in a boil that is safe to use as a double boiler later on.
2. Heat the milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat before it boils and add the instant coffe.
3. Add to the dark chocolate, and let it sit for 5 minutes. After, mix well until all the chocolate is melted.
4. Place the bowl over a pot of boiling water to make a double boiler.
5. Break an egg in a small boil and mix.
6. Stirring the chocolate milk mixture, slowly pour in the egg. Cook over the double boiler for 10 minutes, continuously stirring.
7. Let the mixture cool and let rest overnight in the fridge.
You may know them as swap meets in the US, but the French have something a bit more classy. Their version is more like a village-wide fête complete with a section for food and drinks, a seating area, and even a vendor selling churros! Summer is really here now, and I’m sure there will be lots more of these in the weeks to come!
Sorry, but I can’t be bothered to edit any of my photos right now.
We literally drove into the town, saw the cars parked on the side of the road, and did the same. Within a few meters, we had found it. Down little side streets, in courtyards and nooks, and along the street, there were a lot more tables set-up than I expected!
I wanted pretty much everything on this table! Except for those wooden hands. I can live without a carving of wooden hands.
If I lived here, I would have definitely bought the Gordon Gin and the Martini mirrors. However, I surprised even myself by not buying anything that day!
And then a donkey appeared!
Alright, not really. We were walking back to the car and saw someone’s donkey roaming in its patch of grass. It was very friendly and even let B. pet him (or her). We arrived back at Puy l’Évêque soon after, and I spent the most relaxing Sunday since I’ve been here.