Jul 14 2014

Piccolo in Minneapolis

Bay scallop crudo with coconut, golden raisins, hot pepper and citron vinegar

Thanks so much for the Minneapolis tips, everyone! I’m exploring like crazy and the food and cocktails here are so good. I made a reservation at Piccolo to celebrate our first night in town, and it was a huge treat.

Rabbit liver tart with caramelized onions, compressed strawberries, olive oil and sorrel

I bit into this before I thought to take a photo, but that snowy dust is olive oil, which they powdered presumably using magics.

Monterey Bay squid with fresh dragon beans, manila clams, smoked pork shank and fresh okra

They have a 5-course tasting menu for only $55, and our waiter Xan made great suggestions for wine to pair with the courses.

Hanger steak with butter poached radishes, tomato and Calabrian pepper jam, white anchovies and horseradish

The room was so sunny and happy. One of the nicest meals I’ve had.

Rabbit loin with summer truffles, artichokes, tortellini, turnips and parmigiano-reggiano

Also, and maybe this sounds odd, but the bathroom was charming. Navy blue walls with a gold peacock feather wallpaper on one wall and lots of attention to detail. I liked it so much that I asked the waiter who designed it, and apparently it was the proprietor of a local boutique called Honeyshine. So if you go, make sure to stop into the loo.

Sweet corn panna cotta and bourbon corn cake with blackberries and caramel

4300 Bryant Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN

Sun-Mon 5:30-9pm
Weds-Thurs 5:30-9pm
Fri-Sat 5:30-10pm
Closed Tuesday

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Jul 10 2014

I’m in Minneapolis!

I’ve never been to Minnesota before, but I’m in Minneapolis for a few days, so I’d love some tips. I’m particularly looking for delicious items of food to put in my mouth — like the best doughnut, or best bloody mary, that kind of thing. Also, I’m curious about fun places to shop, especially vintage and second hand.

Last night our waiter at the Mexican food restaurant said, “The green salsa is gonna be our Salsa Verde.” Also, there were key terms on the back of the menu explaining the types of peppers and what “queso” was and such. For me, it was exotic, like the menu at Denny’s needing a glossary. The food, in case you’re wondering, was delicious.

So far, Midwesterners are living up to their reputation of being crazy nice, and the streets downtown are clean enough that I’d feel comfortable picnicking on the sidewalk.

Hat in the air,

(Update: I wanted to edit the menu paragraph after a couple of people pointed out that my comments came across as rude, but decided to apologize and explain my intent in comments instead. Search for *** to find my notes.)

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Feb 3 2014

Make Travel Size Toiletries with a Heat Sealer

Last week, I showed you what I keep in my purse kit, and a bunch of you asked me about how I managed to seal SPF and makeup inside straws for tiny transport.

Most of the secret lies in owning a heat sealer. I own one by accident for a project I did a couple years ago, but the sucker is so damn handy that I do encourage you to get one. (Here’s a mini heat sealer for $25 on Amazon, or you can get a more versatile one for $10 more.) That’s said, if you don’t feel like buying one, you can apparently do the same thing with a lighter. I would obviously burn myself, so I’ll leave that to the pros.

Here’s how I make my own travel-sized toiletries.


- a few plastic straws
- a heat sealer
- Q-Tips
- scissors
- bottles of whatever you’d like to repackage (works much better if the bottle has a small hole and is squeezable)
- a small plastic bag or extra straws

I use the plastic bag or extra straws to “clean” the sealer if product leaks onto it. I just clamp down on the plastic and most of the sunscreen or whatever lifts off with it.

OK, let’s do this! Turn your heat sealer on, then squeeze the desired amount of product into the end of the straw.

Use a Q-Tip to push the product into the straw a bit. If the head of your swab isn’t big enough, you can puff the cotton up until it is.

Place the open end of the straw in the heat sealer and press down lightly until you hear it click. Voila, sealed. Then repeat on the other side of your product, remove from sealer, and use your scissors to clip your newly sealed packet off of the straw.

I like to label mine with tape because I find that Sharpie rubs off if I try to label the actual straw. To use the packets, you just pinch one of the ends to open, like a honey stick or plastic Pixy Stick, or if it’s stubborn you can stab it with a safety pin. I keep them in a dark place, because sunlight can get through the straw and damage things like sunscreen and makeup.

It’s so easy to do, and so useful. Also, I use my heat sealer for lots of other things, mostly repackaging food into smaller portions for Hank’s lunches on the cheap. Cool, right? Low fives.

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Jan 30 2014

My Bag Kit, Everyday Essentials

This is my purse kit, and I use it several times a day, especially when I’m traveling. Everything pictured fits in that tiny pencil case on the left, and I move it from bag to bag so I always have a little packet of musts. Here’s what’s in it:

• Tampon, whether I need it or not, because I’m a sister.
• Fugly earphones that have a microphone for calls in the car or Spotify while I’m on a walk.
• Bobby pin
• Safety pin
• Single-serve eye drops, did you even know these existed? Best.
Tide to Go pen, which is some sort of stain-removing witchcraft, highly recommend.
• Eye liner
• Dental floss, both the circular white container and the wand.
Pilot G-TEC-C4 pen, which is smaller and has a much finer pen than my beloved Pilot Precise
• Perfume
• Burt’s Bees Lip Balm, so pepperminty and tingly.
• My two favorite shades of Maybelline Super Stay (Keep Up the Flame and Spice), which never ever comes off in a way that will startle you.
• Homemade teeny packets of SPF and concealer, which I have heat sealed in a straw because I am MacGyver. These make me crazy happy.
• Two bandaids and some fashion tape, which I use for fixing blown hems or holes in clothing, secured with a binder clip.
• Hair band
• Packet of asprin
• Tube of Weleda Skin Food, which I’m always pushing on people because it smells so good and makes your hands velvety.
• The pencil case is by Danica Studio.

All of the things, at your fingertips my friend. So good. Am I the only one who does this?

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Dec 17 2013

Life List: Helicopter Over Twelve Apostles? Check.

Wherein I refrain from vomiting into my handbag. Because I am a pro.

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Dec 16 2013

Life List: Try a Snow Egg at Quay? Check.

Lunch with a view of the Sydney Opera House is some James Bond shit, you guys.

Our Lunch at Quay on Go Mighty


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Dec 12 2013

20 Unique Hats from Australia’s Melbourne Cup

Attend Australia’s Melbourne Cup horse race in a hat by an Aussie designer? Check.

Tourism Australia asked me to choose six Life List goals to accomplish while we were there for Go Mighty’s Go Australia trips, and they suggested I attend the Melbourne Cup. I was told it was like the Kentucky Derby writ large.

That was an understatement. Imagine the Super Bowl falling on the Fourth of July, but everyone is dressed for church on Easter Sunday, and drinking like it’s St. Patrick’s Day. In other words, it’s a hell of a time.

The city shuts down, except for the pubs, which are open to televise the races. Everyone in Melbourne has the day off work, and all the ladies wear charming hats.

Some of the gentlemen too.

I came home with so many photos of hats — this isn’t the half of it. It seemed criminal not to record them all for posterity. I’d love to go back and set up a hat portrait booth there some day.

I called up to this lady to get a photo. Her hat is made of porcupine quills. Amazing, right?

I favor the hats that look like advanced DIY, because I love the idea of someone being up late the night before with a glue gun and a dream. This hat is made of little plastic geometric blocks.

This lady is a milliner.

Her hat looked like a different sculpture from every direction.

The tourism board had a table in the Rose Room, which was like the Alice in Wonderland version of box seats. There were so many exceptional hats in there, but this lady was one of my favorites.

I’m perpetually anguished that Americans don’t wear more hats. Not even to weddings? Has it come to this?

A lot of the younger girls were wearing these floral crowns, which are very Frida Kahlo-cum-Tavi Gevinson/Lana Del Ray. I wish I’d seen someone do it with live flowers.

I find these super modern nature inspired pieces so appealing. The twig one seemed like it was floating.

I know we’re all a bit Gatsbied out, but come on. This is the quintessential flapper headpiece.

Look at that droopy side bow! You could do such a great boho take on this by ditching the rhinestones wrapping a bunch of wide, matte satin ribbon around your forehead.

This, surprisingly, is not Kate Middleton. Doppelgänger, eh? This woman was staying at my hotel, and I shared an elevator with her early that morning. Her outfit was tidy, structural perfection. I was awash in admiration, and so glad when I saw her again in the sea of humanity at the races. Click!

This girl’s bone structure works so well with her hat, don’t you think? Daring colors too. What a beauty.

I liked this woman because she looked so happy. Maybe it’s the red lipstick. Or the happiness.

This lady too. Fairy princess hat, hooray!

This was the only woman I came across wearing this style. The masculine lines in a sea of swoops were arresting. Top-hat update touché.

This guy. I have a talent for spotting the person in the room most likely to know about the best after parties, but he was hard to miss.

If you’d like to see a few of the more outrageous hats, and see what I picked for myself, head over to my Go Mighty story.

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