Monday, October 27, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
...so I read today that the daughter of Rock God, and 'Nirvana' front man, Kurt Cobain- Francis Bean Cobain recently had a suicide themed 16th birthday.
Many of you may remember that Kurt was married to Courtney Love shortly before he committed suicide in 1994...well--who wouldn't, right?!
The party took place at 'The House of Blues', and cost $323,000, which her mom(Courtney) put up. She and her friends played games that included a "who can look most dead" contest.Francis herself wore a dress that her father wore to a performance at Reading Festival.
In her invitations, Francis wrote, "Your bags will be searched when you come in, not my rules, but the House of Blues, so don't be stupid and try to bring s*** in, do it before you come."
A macaron is a traditional French pastry from Nancy, a commune of the Meurthe et Moselle département, in northeastern France. Dating back to the 18th century, the macaron is made of egg whites, almond powder, icing sugar and sugar. This sweet pastry came out of the French courts' baker's oven as round meringue-like domes with a flat base.
Macarons are not to be confused with macaroons. Macarons are sandwich-like pastries made with two thin cookies and a cream or ganache between the cookies. Macaroons are dense cookies made with coconut.
In the early 1930 the tearoom and pastry-shop Ladurée in Paris started selling the new creation of Pierre Desfontaines, grandson of Louis Ernest Ladurée: two traditional dome halves sandwiched with a sweet filling between: the ganache. This resulted in giving the new macaron  a larger size, the possibility of flavored garnishes, and a newfound moistness that came from the garnish. Whereas the traditional macaron was sweet and dry and crunchy, the new macaron had the added attraction of being delicately crunchy on the outside, while moist, chewy, and flavourful on the inside.Macarons from the Parisian mecca- Laduree!
A Macaron Tree!!! They put them in all the windows of Paris bakeries.
A beautiful display in a Paris bakery.
I took this photo of the Macarons at 'Sucre', New Orleans. They were amazing! We need more down South!
I LOVE "Empire Records". It's one of Renee Zellweger's first movies, and who wouldn't want to hang out with friends all day in an ultra laid back record store?! Me, Please!!
ALSO- It asks an eternal question: "What's with today, today?!"
The secret life of an incredible large bumble bee
Rookie of the year - She really seemed to like this outfit
When my baby WAS a baby. In this pic, she was about 3 weeks old
St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter. We went to mass there and sat on the steps outside listening to an amazing street musician. I regret not getting a CD now.
A statue of Jesus behind the cathedral. During Hurricane Katrina, he only lost one finger.
We walked down Royal Street early in the mornings to get to Cafe Du Monde from our Hotel. Day break is a magical time.
French Macaroons, White Hot Chocolate(with lavender), and a raspberry jam filled cupcake at 'Sucre' Bakery on Magazine Street.