Archive for February, 2014

FF: The Light Bulb Candle from Piq

FF1I have been meaning to post about the Light Bulb Candle for a long time now. Seriously, is there anything more cool or ironic than a candle shaped like a light bulb? Now that Mr. Edison’s classic incandescent bulb is being phased out (an amazing run by the way), a candle in its iconic shape may be just the way to go.

About the Light Bulb Candle (available from Piq Products): “Got an idea? Light this up. This light bulb-shaped candle might drip more wax than inspiration.”

See all the cool finds from Piq Products here.

FF: The Bandit Kitty Glasses from Spitfire Girl

FF3I really like the Bandit Kitty graphic our friends over at Spitfire Girl have designed.

The Bandit Kitty shows up on all sorts of things…

…like this cool set of Bandit Kitty Glasses

… which can be paired with the Bandit Kitty Pillow.

Check out all the coolness of Spitfire Girl here.

FF: Sinatra Select from Jack Daniel’s

FF7aI never thought I would be posting about Jack Daniel’s again so soon, but I just had to mention their specially crafted Sinatra Select, named after Old Blue Eyes himself.

About Sinatra Select from Jack Daniel’s: “Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select is bottled at 90 proof and gains its rich character from specially crafted “Sinatra Barrels” mingled with our classic Tennessee Whiskey. The Sinatra Barrels are handcrafted with the addition of deep grooves on the inside of the barrel staves. This exposes the whiskey to extra layers of oak which imparts a rich amber color, bold character and a pleasant smokiness, followed by an incredibly smooth vanilla finish. The smooth, bold character of the whiskey embodies the smooth, bold character of the man himself, Frank Sinatra.”

Check out Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select here.

FF: The Cat Teepees from Cat Tipis

FF4Yep, just what your cat needs but you didn’t know existed… Cat Tipis!

About Cat Tipis: “Cool in the summer and warm in the winter, tipis make the perfect all-season cat home. They have a secure and cozy fit while still offering enough space to comfortably host visitors whenever they come meowing. Most importantly, tipis have a perfect door to watch the horizon for the approach of friends and unsuspecting prey. Cat Tipis were made to match the personalities of cats – and they do.”

See all the Cat Tipis here.

BYCI came across this recipe for Tomato Soup with Basil Yogurt Cream on the website of The Splendid Table

The Splendid Table is the wonderful weekly radio program from National Public Media hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper.  Each week Ms. Rossetto Kasper brings us an eclectic mix of stories and recipes all about the love of food.

In Lynne Rossetto Kasper’s own words about her recipe for Tomato Soup with Basil Yogurt Cream: “I figure anything that makes people happy and gives me more leeway for cooking at my own pace is a good idea. For instance, handing friends mugs of hot soup as they come in the door is a great welcome, and it will tide them over if the rest of the food needs to take its time. Besides, what’s not to love about a tomato soup spiked with orange zest, spices, sweet onions, and garlic? Simmer it with vegetable broth instead of chicken and everyone, no matter what their eating proclivities, will enjoy it.”

There is nothing like a good tomato soup to provide comfort from a cold winter like the one we’ve been having. And this recipe is just great. However, if you are short on time or weary about cooking the soup from scratch, make your favorite prepared tomato soup and just prepare the Basil Yogurt Cream to add to it – it will take even the most bland tomato soup and raise it to a new level.

Find the recipe for Tomato Soup with Basil Yogurt Cream from The Splendid Table here.

See all the great resource of The Splendid Table here.

htbI usually steer clear of cookbooks, mostly as there are so many and they all start looking the same to me after a while. However, I recently came across How to Boil an Egg by Rose Carrarini and was totally charmed by the book, its recipes and excellent illustrations. And yes, I liked the cheeky title too.

About How to Boil an Egg by Rose Carrarini: How to Boil an Egg is the new collection of recipes from the trend-setting Rose Bakery in Paris. Following Rose Carrarini’s critically acclaimed Breakfast, Lunch, Tea (Phaidon Press, 2006), this new cookbook features over 80 original recipes where the egg is the star — from simple omelets to savory treats, pastries, desserts and more. How to Boil an Egg features nearly 40 specially-commissioned, full-page, original hand-drawn paintings of the finished dishes by award-winning botanical artist Fiona Strickland. The unique style and attention to detail that Rose Bakery prides itself on is captured in Strickland’s illustrations — which can take days to complete — making the book as much a treat for the eye as for the taste buds.”

Like most good books, cookbooks and otherwise, I learn something in How to Boil an Egg: it turns out you can do more with an egg than boiling or scrambling.

How to Boil an Egg by Rose Carrarini is available from Amazon and other fine book retailers.

HFC1There is plenty of goat cheese to go around these days from farms nearby and farms clear across the country. But thanks to overnight shipping, we can all enjoy the great selection of goat cheeses (and related products) from California’s Harley Farms.

About Harley Farms: “Harley Farms is a restored 1910 dairy farm, with 200 alpine goats on nine acres of pasture in Pescadero, California. The farm grew from six pet goats to today’s herd, with their delicious, critically-acclaimed cheese. In 2011 we bought neighboring fields and a historic barn, now our mercantile shop of goat milk bath and beauty lotions and our farm milk paint. The Harley Farms chevre, fromage blanc, ricotta and feta cheeses are consistent winners at the American Cheese Society awards, and hold two international World Cheese Show medals.”

HFCA great way to sample what Harley Farms has to offer is with their collection of Chevre Logs: “Four 4oz chevre logs, one plain and one each of fresh chives, crushed pepper, and dill. The white and green of chevre with chives is so pretty it’s always one of the first samples to be finished in our farm shop. Crushed pepper gives chevre a sophisticated zing, perfect for cocktail time. Chevre with dill is a classic rustic combination, and the plain chevre is perfect with anything else on your plate.”

See all the fine cheese of Harley Farms here.

Learn more about Harley Farms and all they offer here.

PRESDAY.14

BAA.mWell, it seems like my trip to Buenos Aires was forever ago, but it has been only a few weeks since I returned from the “Paris of South America” to the mountains of New England.

As I reflect on this most recent stay in Buenos Aires, my third visit to the city in the past five years, I can say that the place still holds a spell over me. It is hard to put my finger on just exactly why. I have been quoted as saying that the city is filthy, decaying, crowded, smelly, and full of dog poop, yet I love every inch of it.

Sure there are grand boulevards, towering monuments and a certain old world meets new world charm. However, the city is devoid of true architectural gems, truly great museums and cultural attractions, and yet the collective quilt of the sprawling metropolis was as compelling and exciting to me as it was on my first visit in 2009.

Even though the Argentine economy has had its ups and down over the past decade (more downs than ups) and there is a sort of decaying façade to the entire city of Buenos Aires, there still lives an optimism in its people and a spirit that anything is possible – and it is infectious.

Among the city’s charms is a sort of nostalgic cast hovering over the city. It is a city where there are café’s on every corner where the locals still spend hours over meals sitting, talking and enjoying a drink. On Buenos Aires’ bustling streets you can still see busy newsstands, flower sheds and shoeshine boys and people living out their daily lives in a truly authentic way.

I found that being in Argentina on this past trip felt like I was very far away from home. Far away from the cold winter. Far away from all the stress and business of my daily life. Part of this, of course, is that Buenos Aires IS very far away from my home – something like 6000 miles. But it is more than that. It took only a few hours in the city before I was moving to its unique pace and rhythms and I felt right at home.

When I returned home to my tiny New Hampshire hamlet, I was struck by just how far away I was. For starters, it was summer in Argentina, and very much winter in New Hampshire. My last day in Buenos Aires had a high temperature of 98 Fahrenheit (37 Celsius) and I returned to a low temperature on my first night back in South Tamworth of -19 Celsius (-2 Fahrenheit).

Meanwhile, Buenos Aires proper has a population of 3,050,728 souls with a metro area of over 15 million. My village of South Tamworth has just 178 people with the town of Tamworth hosting a population of about 2,300. City mouse, country mouse.

Now a month on from my trip I have an itch to return to Argentina already. Some of that of course is just the idea that vacation is always better than real life and summer is sweeter than winter. But it is more than that…

…Buenos Aires is in my blood.

MOUS2I came across Mustache: Goods & Wears, a small chain of two retail stores in Arkansas (Northwest Arkansas to be exact as indicated in their cool logo, right), while doing my usual search for fun things to feature on Lost Cowboy.

From my research, I can tell that Mustache: Goods & Wears’ stores are really cool, and I can’t wait to get myself out to visit them. It seems I will be spending a lot of time out in Kansas City in the coming months, and Northwest Arkansas is a reasonably weekend trip.

However, until then I can be satisfied by Mustache: Goods & Wears’ online shop, which offers only a tiny bit of the coolness they have on hand in their shops.

About Mustache: Goods & Wears: “We are a fun little shop in Northwest Arkansas that has a little something for everyone! We have two brick and mortar shops – one on the Downtown Fayetteville, AR square and one off the Downtown Bentonville, AR square. We’d love for you to shop by and visit our shops, but if you can’t we’ve got a great selection of mustache goods for you here!”

MOUS1Mustache: Goods & Wears’ online store offers a few signature items like these Arkansas License Plate Coozies (right):

Reduce. Reuse. Reclaim. Reinvent. These recycled license plate coozies are handmade in Florida by 3 Sisters Design Co. Made in two sizes – bottle and can – these handcrafted coozies make the perfect gift!”

…and a great line of mustache-themed t-shirts like this really cool Aztec Mustache Print shirt (below).

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Visit Mustache: Goods & Wears online here.

LGSLast year while visiting the National Gallery in London, I purchase this gel skin for my iPhone. I love the image – a vintage painting of the Gallery across Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column, my most favourite spot in the old city.

About the London iPhone Skin from the National Gallery: “Customise and protect your iPhone 4 with this iPhone skin of a vintage London scene. Created exclusively for the National Gallery, this iPhone skin is a removable cover for protecting and customising your iPhone, and covers the front and back of the iPhone. The advanced 3M adhesive contains patented micro-channels that prevent air bubbles from forming and allow for easy application and clean removal after years of use. The adhesive allows you to reposition the cover so you can easily get a perfect fit.”

This is a literal “find” as I just came across the gel skin in its original packing that I set aside months ago. I was thrilled to find it again and I put it right on my phone and it looks great.

Visit the online shop of the National Gallery here.

FF: The mini vintage French Matchboxes from Pylones

FF1I love the mini matchboxes from Pylones featuring vintage French images.

Described as “tiny matchboxes with a touch of vintage – makes for great gifts” by Pylones, these little beauties are only $1.50 each.

Find the French Matchboxes from Pylones here.

See all the fun product available from Pylones here.

FF: The Olive Leaf and Coriander moist wipes from Motif

ff2I always carry around packs of moist wipes. In fact, in just about every pocket of every jacket I have there is a pack of wipes. However, up until now, none of my wipes were as pretty or smelled as nice as the Olive Leaf and Coriander moist wipes I found from Motif.

About Motif’s Olive Leaf and Coriander moist wipes: “The next time you need a wipe in a pinch, grab one that’s acutally pretty and smells great too. Made with Aloe and Vitamin E, our Olive Leaf and Coriander moist wipes are a beautiful and better smelling alternative to those other wipes. Fragrance profile: olive leaf and coriander notes mingle with mandarin and lemongrass.”

Find the Olive Leaf and Coriander moist wipes from Motif here.

FF: The Lion Face Twill Cushion Cover from H&M

FF3You may know Swedish retailer H&M as the clothing equivalent of their fellow countrymen IKEA, but they are branching into home goods themselves these days and offer a wide range of products for just about every room in the house. This Twill Cushion cover with a great picture of a handsome lion on it caught my eye.

About the Twill Cushion covers from H&M: “Cushion cover in cotton twill with printed photographic design at front and contrasting back section. Concealed zip at lower edge. Size 16 x 16 in.”

See H&M’s entire collection for the home here.

FF: The Chill Baby Mustache Pacifier

FF4A few weeks ago I featured a ball for dogs that had moustache attached, which I thought was pretty cool. But now I have found the Chill Baby Mustache Pacifier which will have your baby giving your pooch a run for its money in the adorable department.

About the Chill Baby Mustache Pacifier:

“Chill Baby Mustache Pacifier – the cutest little accessory for any kiddo!”

The Chill Baby Mustache Pacifier is available from the awesome Mustache: Goods & Wears.

See all the cool products of Mustache: Goods & Wears here.

From a street mosaic spotted last month on my trip to Buenos Aires:

Love.BA.2014