There are a lot of things I can think of this year under the letter B that I’m thankful for.
1. Borbay. One of my favorite painters based in NYC created Mads as Hannibal for me as part of his Antihero series. Mads is done. He’s an expensive Christmas present to myself, so I’m making sure Borbay holds onto it for me so that my new cat (Matthew Lucifer) doesn’t get into the presents and decide to rip it apart before it is hung up on the wall. I’m really thankful that Borbay suggested doing this painting for me back a few months ago. It now allows me to own one of his works after admiring his artwork for so many years.
2. Books. I love to read. I love to write, too. Books have been able to help me understand life as a whole, allowed me to escape into an adventurous story, feel an angel’s kiss on the lips, and dive into the stories of an entire village. From Cassandra Clare’s books to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s stories to The Count of Monte Cristo to One Hundred Years of Solitude, I’ve grown as a human being because of books. As the hockey season came underway, I usually never read hockey books, but this season, a bunch of hockey books came out that demanded my attention. They even allowed me to meet the writers, and even uncover the story of one player’s childhood that had me gasping in disbelief…”If this is what it took for him to make it into the NHL, I feel so sorry for him and heartbroken.” Those are the stories I read. One thing I’ve learned by reading and meeting these authors…it makes writing my own book as real as ever as I listen to their pointers and learn what is so great about the stories they’re telling beyond it just being a good book.
3. Bauble Bar. Bauble Bar is my favorite jeweler. The majority of my jewelry collection is from this young company. They’ve grown dramatically since I first discovered them a few years ago. The famous peacock cuff I purchased from them for the NHL Awards just a few weeks after they launched their site was the cuff that skyrocketed them to stardom. If you don’t believe me, just ask their staff and owners about that hockey writer and the peacock cuff. It was that cuff I wore to the NHL Awards that gained them a huge and very loyal following. This month, American Horror Story: Freak Show’s Emma Roberts is their guest bartender. I think it’s awesome that they’ve now gone Hollywood. I highly recommend them if you’re trying to build your jewelry wardrobe. Their prices are reasonable. They have sales. But most of all, their jewelry is qualitative and beautiful. Check them out. After all, Christmas is next month. You’ll not only find fabulous gifts, but you may even find a few things you’ll want for yourself.
This weekend I’ll be cooking up some Thanksgiving meals to share here. Thanksgiving can be one of the most difficult days of the year to put together a meal. I’m starting the tradition a little earlier to give you a chance to pick up some ideas on what to make on the big Turkey Day.
One of the key things about making TDay successful is to also have a good enough meal that will allow you to reinvent amazing dishes with the leftovers. I have one special turkey recipe that without fail turns each dish I create afterward into something any foodie will sing over. It’s all in the details of how the turkey comes out.
So if you’re a foodie that’s thankful for amazing food…stay tuned. Details to follow next week!