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A Boat, A Whale & A Walrus

20140927-054610.jpg It seems like new books are arriving almost daily at the shops. Cookbooks especially catch my eye at this time of year when chilly nights and candlelit tables become the norm. The much anticipated above book, as I shy away from just calling this a cookbook, made me do a little happy dance as Heather unpacked them yesterday. ‘A Boat, A Whale & A Walrus’ is written by local chef Renee Erickson, along with writer Jess Thomson. We have long been a fan of Renee, both her eateries and of her Boat Street Pickles which we sell at the Home store. She has been a Watson Kennedy customer over the years, as has Jim Henkens, who so beautifully shot the images for the book. I love when our creative customers hit a home run. And they did! This is of course first and foremost a cookbook, but it also filled with stories of what makes up the life of owning a restaurant–staff, vendors, menus, recipes. It feels quite personal. Like you are sitting down with Renee having a glass of rosé and chatting about her life. I love that about this book. An homage to her restaurants, it is jam packed with winning recipe after recipe. As well as full menus so you could plan a dinner party from start to finish within a chapter. A lovely gift, but also a keeper.

Happy Saturday all!
From my favorite chair. Just about to head out and hit a few tennis balls.



More of My Favorite Things Today

20130303-061934.jpg The walk around the shop continues with goods that caught my eye. These John Derian postcards have such a great weight to them, and John’s choice of images is always top notch.

20130303-062300.jpg You know we love our good olive oil at Watson Kennedy! McEvoy Ranch makes some of the very best.

20130303-062500.jpg A jar of this walnut sage pesto in the cupboard at the ready is always a good thing. Toss with pasta and you are set for dinner.

20130303-062703.jpg I love carrying Boat Street Pickles. Seattle chef Renee Erickson, who is up for a James Beard award (go Renee!) has been pickling things at her restaurants for ages. You can now take that goodness home with you. Any or all of these are stellar on a cheese platter or good enough right out of the jar.

20130303-063138.jpg A little Belgian milk chocolate is always a good thing.

20130303-063345.jpg My friends in New York at Dempsey & Carroll have created a really cool ‘basic’ line, selling their cards & envelopes separately, so you can mix and match for stylish letter writing goodness.

Now off to the airport! Lots of fun stuff awaits in LA…