Welcome back Dear Readers.
Nice to be with you again.
Today is Black Friday
and in honor of this,
I thought I'd begin my
2009 Holiday Gift Edition.
Goodies here for that special someone.
To start things off, a couple of suggestions for that dreamer in your life:
1. Federico Fellini - The Book of Dreams
From The New Yorker
"In the early nineteen-sixties, under the influence of a Jungian analyst, Fellini started keeping a dream diary. His films, always fantastical, soon took a distinctly oneiric turn, and he eventually filled some five hundred sheets with drawings and descriptions of his dreams, here reproduced in facsimile with English translations. Fellini archetypes (chiefly, gargantuan women in various states of undress and arousal), characters, and collaborators abound. The actor and playwright Eduardo di Filippo performs his own death onstage to rapturous, if insincere, acclaim; Pope Paul VI, who, as a cardinal, had condemned La Dolce Vita, ascends with Fellini in a balloon basket and points excitedly to a blimp-sized beauty in a bathing costume whose exhalations, he explains, create the clouds in the sky. As a child, Fellini named the four corners of his bed after movie theatres: The show started as soon as I shut my eyes."
Fellini fans will not want to miss the upcoming film
Check it out.
It looks spectacular!
And continuing with dreams...
how about a little recently released treasure from:
2. Carl Gustav Jung - The Red Book
Wikipedia has this to say about that -
"The Red Book, also known as Liber Novus (The New Book), is a 205-page manuscript written and illustrated by Swiss psychologist Carl Gustav Jung between approximately 1914 and 1930, which was not published or shown to the public until 2009. Until 2001, his heirs denied scholars access to the book, which he began after a falling-out with Sigmund Freud in 1913. The book is written in calligraphic text and contains many illuminations."
To soothe you or your loved one while reading these fascinating works,
how about a stunning cup of
3. First Flush Darjeeling from the Puttabong Estate.
Order from Peet's where this is described as having -
I've ordered from KOA on numerous occasions.
The people there are wonderful.
The product sensational.
Another way to add color to your palette...
experience a rediscovered spice.
Many chefs and food personalities
have been using and enjoying -
5. Grains of Paradise.
It is not a pepper BUT it is peppery.
It has a warmth to it that reminds me of cardamom.
The bitterness reminds me of lime.
Great with peppers crusted on a steak!
A nice gift for the foodie in your life.
Another possibility for that foodie...
6. A Buffalo & Elk Combination Pack
from Jackson Hole Buffalo Meat Co.
I've been grilling up Buffalo recently and have been loving it.
It is very tender and flavorful.
A New York that I grilled rare had the texture of a filet
or sashimi for that matter.
This gorgeous offering from Cowgirl Creamery is a seasonal one,
so you'll want to grab their
7. Pierce PT as soon as it becomes available.
"Made from organic whole milk from the Straus Family dairy, PIERCE PT is washed in a muscato wine and rolled in dried herbs from the Tomales Bay coastal region. The result is a delicious cheese - semi-firm yet creamy, complex yet never overpowering - that you'll recall longingly when it's out-of-season."
All of their cheeses are spectacular and a wonderful way to end a meal.
And if you're like me,
you may want to wash that down with one of -
8. Navarro's delicious Gewurztraminer or Pinot Noir juices.
These juices have all the magnificent complexities you'd expect
from an award winning wine
"The Gewürztraminer juice is floral and golden and will make you think you have a honeysuckle blossom in the glass. The Pinot Noir juice is a striking garnet color and reminds us of rhubarb-strawberry pie."
and none of the alcohol.
Great for those lucky kiddies
as well as for those who simply don't want a buzz.
back to fantasy here.
For that artsy friend or family member
how about this vision of perfection.
9. The Fantasy Collection
for Lladro -
I don't know about you,
but this sure looks like my family.
You can find these amazing porcelain pieces
at Unica Home.
one of my greatest pleasures this past year or so,
has been exploring the world of incense.
There are so many great fragrances,
it has been a real
nose opening experience.
Shoyeido is one of the premier producers of very high quality incense.
Everything they make is fantastic.
My favorite though,
and a timely one for the Holidays,
is their wonderful
or Southern Mountain.
This frankincense is a warm
and luxurious scent that will not break the bank.
I burn it all the time.
I'm burning it now in fact.
It will give a lovely glow to your home,
to your holiday,
to your friends
You can find it at
where Jay and his colleagues could not be nicer.
Happy Gift Giving To All!