The summer heat does not take away my oft-insatiable appetite, though it does make me loathe to turn on the oven or stove. More often than not, dinner time finds me sorting through a stack of take out menus, a habit unkind to both my wallet and my waistline. Even if I won’t be ordering them from the taqueria down the street, I would rather forfeit my summer than give up tacos. Unready to wave the white flag, I looked in my cabinets only to find the lowly but loved staple, the black bean.
When Sebastian was first courting me, it was a cross-country affair that could well have turned cold with the fall. But I knew this suitor meant business when he flew to St. Paul, Minnesota with a backpack and a bottle of champagne, eager to see the bucolic campus paths where I rode my bike, the sunny coffee shop I read in each afternoon, the restaurant where I served brik and met a mentor, and most importantly, the friends who were my daily bread and butter.
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Until three years ago, craft fairs came in your standard grandma, dried eucalptus, church lawn variety. Enter Chicagoan crafters and visionaries Sue Blatt and Kathleen Habbley. The two saw the craft movement gaining serious online momentum but realized there were no fairs to accomadate the new generation of crafters. And so in 2003, the Renegade Craft Fair was born in Chicago. Met with huge success, the duo brought the fair to Brooklyn’s McCarren Park last year, and their baby grew fast. This year there were nearly 200 vendors selling handmade goods: comic books, purses, cards and stationery, rock posters, puppets, t-shirts, jewelry, and pretty skirts.
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When Sebastian and I found ourselves traveling to Baltimore for our dear friends‘ wedding, we knew we had to bring POP viewers everywhere the inside scoop on Maryland crab cakes. And so I am delighted to present the first episode of Pink of Perfection On the Road!
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