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Tidbits from the lives of two Guy French trailblazers
11/25/2011 - Happy Thanksgiving!

Every family has Thanksgiving tradition.  For mine, it’s a carrot ring (served as a ‘vegetable’ when it should really be dessert) from a cook book my grandmother gave me: ‘Cook, My Darling Daughter’.  It was published in 1959 back when butter was considered to be healthy.  It is for that reason, this recipe makes the best ‘vegetable’ side I’ve yet to taste.

Carrot Ring Ingredients:

1/2 lb butter

1/2 cup brown suger

1 egg

1 tablespoon water

2 cups grated carrots

1.5 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

- cream the butter, sugar, egg, water and carrots

- add dry ingredients and mix quickly

- pour into a battered 1 quart mold and refrigerate overnight.  Remove from the fridge one hour before baking

- bake 1 hour at 350 degrees

10/11/2011 - Quote of the day

"Women dress alike all over the world: they dress to be annoying to other women."

Elsa Schiaparelli

10/28/2011 - Guy’s Frenchys

We got a kick out of this photo sent in by friends traveling through Novia Scotia. We have some Canadian competition, it seems!

10/28/2011 - Happy (almost) Halloween!

At pumpkin carving last night, we veered away from a snaggletooth, scary face. Instead, we opted for a semi constipated  worry wart.  After all, ‘what’s scarier than the economy?’.

- Louisa


10/27/2011 - Quote of the day

"The goal I seek is to have people refine their style through my clothing without having them becoming victims of fashion"

Giorgio Armani

10/24/2011 - Storm King

If you’re looking for an excuse to go on a ‘foliage’ trip before the season is over, this is the perfect time to visit Storm King, which closes November 13th.  It’s a sculpture park in upstate New York that spreads across 500 acres of landscaped fields.  It is absolutely beautiful and even the drive up is picture perfect.  

- Louisa

10/22/2011 - Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show

We highly recommend going to the Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show.  If you can’t make it this time around, mark your calendars for December 7 - 10.  They’re holding a holiday event at the Chelsea Market and the clothes are incredible!

10/20/2011 - De Kooning Retrospective at the MoMA

Last night, we had the pleasure of visiting the de Kooning retrospective at the MoMA.  We especially liked some of his earlier, arguably less familiar work, which is reminiscent of Picasso’s Blue Period. Be sure to check it out!

De Kooning, Pink Angels

10/18/2011 - Visual Associations

Left: 1897 American dress on display at the MET.  Right: 1914 American dress on display at the MET

Valentino Spring 2012

Left: Man Ray, Juliet.  Right: building in Manchester, England.

McQueen Spring 2012

Left: Karl Lagerfeld’s portrait of Carin Roitfeld. Centre: Lee Miller.  Right: Man Ray, Nusch Eluard

10/18/2011 - Vera Wang Spring 2012 Bridal Collection


- Louisa

10/18/2011 - Quote of the day

"Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes"

Ralph Waldo Emerson

10/17/2011 - Big Bad Burger

Now that we’ve revealed our favorite chocolate chip cookies, it’s time we share deets on the second-to-most-important food staple: hamburgers. From the quality of the bread down the delectability of the spread, there’s some pretty stiff competition.  These contestants pair the perfect ratios of the five “key” ingredients: schmear, onions, lettuce, patty and bun.  Please find our recommendations below, in no particular order:

J.G. Melon - An Upper East Side staple.  We also highly recommend pairing your burger with a Bloody Bull to drink and the apple pie for dessert.

Apple Pan - The Hickory burger never fails! Nevermind that you have to travel to L.A. to enjoy it.

Shake Shack - If you can brave the lines, it’s worth it.  I appreciate the simplicity of the old school bun. The (malted) shakes aren’t bad, either.

The Spotted Pig - The shoestring fries are perfect and the Roquefort cheese adds a nice tangy quality.

In-N-Out - This is the only chain on the list, but it’s not your typical fast food joint. It’s family owned and they only serve fresh, local beef that doesn’t even make it to the freezer.  Those ‘in the know’ will order their burgers ‘animal style’. 

*The ladies of Guy French gobbling up an In-N-Out Burger Animal Style

Whitman’s - the ‘Kinder Surprise’ of burgers.  Their Juicy Lucy burger has pimento cheese inside of the patty!

* Beauty shot of a Whitman’s burger

Minetta Tavern - at $26, their Black Label Burger is the priciest and best saved for special occasions.

Prune - We love the English Muffin. Best ordered with any of the many Bloody Mary varieties on the menu.

10/17/2011 - Shopping Vintage in LA

If you’re a lover of vintage clothing like I am, and you find yourself in LA, it’s worth making a pit stop at Hidden Treasure in Topanga Canyon.  The drive up is beautiful, albeit slightly nerve wracking for the weak stomached — the roads wrap around some steep cliffs.

An added bonus is the neighboring restaurant, Inn at the Seventh Ray.  It’s a quirky California staple that’s a new age “Enya music playing” kinda place.  A beautiful setting for some vegetarian eats.

xx Louisa

10/16/2011 - Schenectady, NY

Just got back from a lovely trip upstate.

Some beautiful fall foliage:

Unfortunately, my camera died before I was able to capture the farmer’s market in town, where we ate delicious Moroccan food and listened to live jazz music.

- Christina

10/13/2011 - Change of Seasons

What Kind of Fall Am I?