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…how much I absolutely adore the blog Cucina Nicolina?

I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned this blog before. I’m such a loyal follower, sometimes I open my Cucina Nicolina RSS feed and just stare at it, hoping a new post will come up.

Reasons why it is awesome:

1. Amazing photographs of delicious food and fresh ingredients make you just want to marry this girl. And none of them look staged, but in fact, often with an abandoned fork, looking as if they were sitting in front of you on a table. Virtual desktop dining, if you will. It’s genius.

Photo courtesy cucina nicolina.

Photo courtesy cucina nicolina.

2. She lives in San Fran, one of my favorite cities in the world. I live vicariously through her, having always wanted to have a sunlit kitchen in an apartment there myself. Subsequently, if I were into girls and I did get the chance to ask for her hand, I wouldn’t be able to in that state (shame on you, Cali). Any tidbits she drops about her apartment, her neighborhood, and life in the Bay Area in general, are delectable morsels.

Marin County, photo courtesy cucina nicolina.

Marin County, photo courtesy cucina nicolina.

3.  Her beautiful writing. She is gifted like Hemingway, with apt descriptions of salty bites and cold Gin & Tonics and sunny afternoons and Sonoma landscape.

Last summer I ate a lot of chard for various reasons — mostly because it’s so damned good you’d be crazy not to but also because it helped smooth out my finicky stomach during a rough patch (break-ups, even if necessary, are usually never easy) when I didn’t feel like eating much of anything at all. These days I still eat a lot of my favorite leafy green but I’m happy to say it’s a more cheerful consumption-of; chard and I, well, I think we’re set for life for better or worse, through thick and thin, until death (or the end of the growing season) do us part and etc.

Read a few posts and I promise you, you’ll feel the same.

[All photos courtesy http://www.cucinanicolina.com.]

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I take mine with a lot of half-and-half, 2 Splendas, and a visit to ELLE‘s “Street Chic” blog.

This is such a great site, and it’s total instant gratification. Every day a picture of a well-dressed lady from London, Los Angeles, NYC, or Paris is featured. These range from no-name teenagers in well-thought-out Commes des Garçons ensembles to Parisian models in plaid shirts fresh off the runway. I probably right-click-and-save 3 out of 4 for inspiration. It shows real women making real decisions, but it’s edited with a strict eye for individuality. And I love that every single shot is on a sidewalk— it’s a blank canvas and it makes the person’s vibe really pop.

a Brooklyn babe catching some live music this summer.

Whoever she is, she made it on my blog: a Brooklyn babe catching some live music this summer.

If Perez and his innane take on politics is wearing thin, click through Street Chic with your right hand and sip your coffee with your left. Or vice versa if you’re Amanda Murphy; I don’t discriminate.

Great stuff.

-Carey

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