Kale is the “IT” food of the moment, which I am so happy about, because more and more folks are giving it a try. Better yet, it is so, so good for you. Tasty and uber healthy, yum. So I was ever delighted when a new book, Fifty Shades of Kale, showed up awhile back as a new title for the new year in our offerings at Watson Kennedy. We can’t seem to keep this book in stock, it has been so popular. Over 50 recipes with kale taking center stage. While the title might be a wink and a nod to another popular book, the recipes are quite well-thought out, beautifully photographed and all really quite doable. Recipes with tons of ingredients always make me a bit nervous and I usually pass. These are quite approachable, using kale in all of its glory.
This is a test. I have wanted to include a Flipagram video into a daily blog post, and today is the day to give it a go.
Let me know what you think. I had hoped it would be the cover image that you could just click on, but I was not figuring that out. I have really been having fun playing with this app and wanted to share some of them with you. Look for more on upcoming posts. Happy Tuesday!
I spent part of the day on Saturday at the Market shop organizing & straightening things. This basket of rubber stamp font sets looking all refreshed and orderly after a little re-do. These mini sets are so handy to have on hand. Great for labeling a host of things, and really nifty for craft projects. The large variety of fonts making them versatile for whatever your taste in fonts might be.
This ends up being well-travelled tea. We import Mariage Freres directly from the company in Paris. It is so interesting because I get alerts along the way after I place my order–when it has been packed, what flight the boxes are on, when the flight has landed, when it clears customs, when it will be delivered to the shop.
The minute the huge boxes are brought into the shop you start smelling how good it all is. Then we start opening up the big boxes, and there is just a symphony of scents wafting through the air. I love tea arrival day. The shelves once again fully-stocked with fresh tea.
I was honored and thrilled when asked by the folks at Town & Country what some of ‘My Favorite Things’ from the shops were at the moment. It is always so tough to chose just a few, but I clicked away a bunch of things that told a bit of a visual story and looked interesting together. Being a T&C fan since I was a kid, I joke that I read it in the crib, I was just elated to be asked. Here is the link.
I was incredibly excited when this shipment arrived. I have loved these cookies since I was a little kid. Plus I was always so enamored with the cool paper they were wrapped in and even more taken with the red metal tin that housed them all. I have searched high and low for a distributor of them from Italy so we could have them at Watson Kennedy. Well I am happy to report, my SF buying trip helped that all come together. A big shipment arrived the other day, and our Italy section is bulging with red tins and boxes of these lovelies. The crisp, airy cookies with the big chunks of sugar strewn about are just the simplest, easiest, most perfect dessert in a pinch. Put said wrapped cookies in a nice bowl or scatter on a beautiful plate alongside clementines and dessert is served. They pair swimmingly with coffee, wine or liqueurs. I also like to crumble them up and put on top of ice cream or sorbet. The signature red tin becomes such a great keepsake after all is said and done. We have a collection at WestWard that houses a host of kitchen things. These make great gift options for a host/hostess gift in place of a bottle of wine.
Actually, make that new fresh stacks at both shops have been replenished. The initial delivery came while we were away, and we sold out of them almost immediately. This issue is that good. No.14 must be a lucky number, as the magazine seems to be really hitting its stride. Welcome Changes, a look at transformation big and small, is the theme of this issue. A nod to the new year, starting with a fresh slate or canvas or home, as is the case here.
From all of us at Watson Kennedy, a very lovely Valentine’s Day to you all. If you are in the area and are in need of any last minute gifts for a special someone we are here to help. Chocolates, candles, jewelry–we have you covered. And of course, all wrapped up by us for you and ready to give!
We rearranged our Sid Dickens wall at the Home shop with all of his stylish letter tiles. Fun to see so many massed together. Sid is an artist from Vancouver, B.C. whose work we have shown at both shops since they opened. Twice a year he adds new designs, so they are fresh and timeless all at the same time. The letter blocks have always spoken to me for their crisp, simple graphic quality. Spell out a house name, a special word, or do your initials–the possibilities are endless when it comes to these. They can be hung up on a wall or propped up in a bookcase. The tiles also make great personalized gifts.
The first day back from a trip, the first thing I do when I walk in the door is start looking around for all the new stuff that came in while we were away. Part Easter egg hunt, part Christmas. Always so enjoyable to see the new things set amongst our current offerings. Here is what caught my eye.
Happy Wednesday all, in your part of the world. Hope you are getting a little Olympics watching in. So good!