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Thursday, May 31, 2012

DUO: Gumby and Pokey

The green clay humanoid and his sidekick pony.
A delight in stop-motion filming.  Bend me, shape me.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

MODE: Of Transportation

Summer is the time to get on your bike and ride.  Do it.
notice the skates ... skate-skeet-shootin'
Also, this show had the greatest animated bike-riding sequences ever.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


The new Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros album.
Good tunes all the way.  It's summer everybody.

Friday, May 25, 2012

WEAR: Breton Stripes

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Always a classic.  Saint James makes a mean one.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

LITERALLY: Hundreds of Thousands of Songs

Dolly's a national treasure ... don't let anyone tell you different.  The Library of Congress is even proving it by adding her song "Coat of Many Colors" to the National Recording Registry.

She's killing me softly with her song.

The registry also added

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


She kills on this cover of Willin'.


Great scene from The Abyss.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Even very slightly formal events can be a cause for cups and saucers to be used instead of mugs. A typical semi-formal British tea ritual might run as follows (the host performing all actions unless noted):
  1. The kettle, with fresh water, is brought to a rolling boil and water poured into a tea pot.
  2. Enough boiling water is swirled around the pot to warm it and then poured out.
  3. Add loose tea leaves, black tea usually, although tea bags are sometimes used, always added before the boiled water.
  4. Fresh boiling water is poured over the tea in the pot and allowed to brew for 2 to 5 minutes while a tea cosy is placed on the pot to keep the tea warm. If the tea is allowed to brew for too long, for example, more than 10 minutes, it will become "over-steeped", resulting in a very bitter, astringent taste.
  5. Milk may be added to the tea cup, the host asking the guest if milk is wanted, although milk may alternatively be added after the tea is poured.
  6. tea strainer is placed over the top of the cup and the tea poured in, unless tea bags are used. Tea bags may be removed, if desired, once desired strength is attained.
  7. Fresh milk and white sugar is added according to individual taste. Most people have milk with their tea and most people have also learnt to enjoy their tea without sugar in order to prevent weight gain.
  8. The pot will normally hold enough tea so as not to be empty after filling the cups of all the guests. If this is the case, the tea cosy is replaced after everyone has been served.

Monday, May 21, 2012

VEG: Pickle

4 Big Moments in Pickle History
  • Aristotle praised their healing effects in 350 B.C.
  • Julius Caesar fed them to his troops, believing they lent physical and spiritual strength.
  • Cleopatra insisted that eating them enhanced her beauty.
  • Christopher Columbus brought them to the New World in 1492.
Pickles. Always the perfect sidecar to any meal.  
I'll trade you a pickle for a nickel.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

HERITAGE: Cocktail Party

In May 1917, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that Mrs. Julius S. Walsh, Jr. hosted the world's first cocktail party at her home on a Sunday afternoon from noon until one o'clock.  
It was an instant hit and shortly after became a St. Louis (and American) institution.
Here's what Mrs. Walsh served:
Bronx cocktail
Clover Leaf
Gin Fizz
Mint Julep
 Mrs. Walsh, we at BnB raise our glass to you.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

BE: Preppy

Summertime is perfect for preppy style.  Take some tips from this classic flick, "Making the Grade"

Sunday, May 13, 2012


Saturday, May 12, 2012

SWEET: Chupa Chups

The name of the brand comes from the Spanish verb chupar,
meaning "to suck."  Love it!

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