The Chic List: HGTV’s Home Town, D.C. Hot Spots, How to Be a Better Cook

The Chic ListThe best things to do, eat, read, watch and listen to this week.

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MUSEUM OF THE BIBLE: The Museum of the Bible recently opened in Washington, DC. It was named one of the top 10 attractions in the U.S. for 2017. I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s incredible. Tickets are free and can be reserved online. The museum also features a restaurant called Manna and a coffee shop named Milk & Honey.

The museum is close to the National Mall and within walking distance to the Smithsonian museums and the U.S. Capitol.

DOWNTON ABBEY: THE EXHIBITION: If you are a fan of the hit television show Downton Abbey, you may want to plan a trip to NYC soon.  Some of the most memorable moments from the show’s six-season run are on display. Visit the exhibit in New York City now through April 2, 2018.

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BETH BIUNDO SWEETS: I could not recommend a good bakery in New Orleans until now. Beth sells a variety of sweets and baked goods, including cakes, cupcakes, cookies, tarts, and ice cream at her beautifully designed store. The shop is located on Baronne St. and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

LITTLE PEARL DC: The cute café is a coffee shop during the day and a wine bar at night. My favorite drink is the coconut nutmeg latte. The menu also includes breakfast pastries, salads, and a Japanese chicken sandwich. The evening menu includes an organic orange wine from Italy. There’s even a gluten-free menu. The new hot spot is the latest opening for James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Aaron Silverman. Aaron’s other restaurants are Rose’s Luxury and Pineapple and Pearls.

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SALT, FAT, ACID, HEAT: MASTERING THE ELEMENTS OF GOOD COOKING: Chef, teacher, and author Samin Nosrat believes anyone can cook great food as long as they have an understanding of salt, fat, acid, and heat.

Check out Samin’s interview on the Bon Appetite Podcast Episode 124.

TREATING PEOPLE WELL: THE EXTRAORDINARY POWER OF CIVILITY AT WORK AND IN LIFE: A guide to personal and professional empowerment through civility and social skills, written by former White House social secretaries Lea Berman, who worked for George and Laura Bush, and Jeremy Bernard, who worked for Michelle and Barack Obama.

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HOME TOWN HGTV: I am so excited about the premier of season 2 of Home Town on Monday, January 8 at 9 p.m.|8c. This is my favorite show on HGTV. The show focuses on Ben and Erin Napier, a woodworker and artist living in Laurel, Mississippi, who are passionate about restoring local homes and restoring their charming small town back to its heyday. During each episode, Ben and Erin help newcomers to town find and renovate their historic turn-of-the-century dream home.

I recently visited Laurel with my mom. We stopped at The Laurel Mercantile co-owned by Erin and Ben. Everything sold in the shop is made in America. If you live in the South, I recommend a road trip to Laurel.

I also fell in love with Erin’s blog, where she documents the good things that happen every single day of her life.

 

I, TONYA: Based on the unbelievable but true events, I, TONYA is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan.

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THE GREATEST SHOWMAN SOUNDTRACK: The soundtrack from the original motion picture movie is a celebration of imagination. “This Is Me” is one of my favorite songs on the album. The soundtrack is currently no. 1 on the billboard charts.

SARAH R. BAGLEY PODCAST EP. 232 REBEKAH GREGORY ON TAKING HER LIFE BACK AFTER THE BOSTON BOMBING:  On April 15, 2013, Rebekah Gregory and her 5-year-old son waited at the finish line of the Boston Marathon to support a friend who was running. When the blasts of the bombs went off just three feet away from her, Gregory’s legs took the brunt of the blast, protecting her son from certain death. 18 surgeries and 65 procedures later, Rebekah’s left leg was amputated.

In her book, Taking My Life Back, Rebekah vividly recounts her horrifying experience on the day of the bombing, her desperate desire to locate her son, and her extensive injuries, recovery and eventual amputation.

In this podcast episode, Rebekah talks about her faith and how it has sustained her through various challenges in her life, her experience during the bombing and the details of her injuries and recovery, surviving the aftermath and her eventual marriage to her college sweetheart and miracle baby, and what it’s like to live with a prosthetic leg.

If you have some recommendations, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

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Fall To-Do List

Fall To-Do LIst

I put together a fall to-do list with some ideas for the upcoming season. I’m also sharing some of the fun things I’d love to do this fall. I hope it inspires you to put together a list of your own to celebrate this time of year.

If you are a list maker like me, try the 52 Lists Project Journal. It’s divided into seasons and then weeks. Each week you are asked to list something. At the bottom of the page, there is a “take action” suggestion. There’s also space to make your own lists. You can print out a sample collection of the lists here to help you get started.

I also love using a Bullet Journal. The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all the above. Here’s how to get started using a Bullet Journal. Watch this great video for more details too. Find out why it’s such a great journal here.
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Summer Reading List

summer reading list

It’s time for summer vacations and beach days which means more time to read. Here are a few suggestions that I’m sure you’ll want to add to your summer reading list.

1.     The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid | In this epic novel full of old Hollywood glamour, a legendary film actress reflects on her relentless rise to the top and the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love.

2.    Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan | From the bestselling author of “Crazy Rich Asians” and “China Rich Girlfriend” comes this fun, frothy take on the lives of the Singapore super-elites. The stakes are high, as the entire Shang-Young clan rushes to the deathbed of their matriarch, Su Yi. A battle ensues over the family fortune and who stands to inherit it all.

3.    My Glory Was I Had So Friends by Amy Silverstein | If you want inspiration, this is a book that won’t fail you. This memoir is about what friendship and living life as a transplant recipient meant to one woman. Amy Silverstein lived with a donor’s heart for 26 years that she was told would last only ten. When her heart started to fail, her only chance for survival including uprooting her life in New York and moving to California to await a transplant. Nine of her friends help her by flying to California and helping take care of Amy while she awaits news on a transplant and a new heart.

4.    Fly Me by Daniel Riley | It’s 1972, and Suzy Whitman has no use for her degree from Vassar. Instead, she’s joined the hedonism of the Los Angeles beach scene and become a stewardess for Grand Pacific Airlines. Amid all the debauchery and fun, though, Suzy becomes involved in a drug-trafficking scheme.

5.    Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman | Eleanor Elephant is about the importance of friendship and human connection. Eleanor is an eccentric and regimented loner whose life beautifully unfolds after a chance encounter with a stranger.

6.     Map of the Heart by Susan Wiggs | An accomplished photographer, widow, and mother, Camille Palmer is content with the blessings she’s enjoyed. When her ageing father asks her to go with him to his native France, she has no idea that she’s embarking on an adventure that will utterly transform her. Returning to the place of his youth sparks unexpected memories that will lead Camilla’s family back to the dark, terrifying days of the Second World War, where they uncover their family’s surprising history. While Provence answers questions about her family’s past, Camille meets a handsome American historian who stirs a passion with her, and who may hold the key to her future. Sometimes the best journey of your life is the one that takes you home.

7.    Out of Line: A Life of Playing With Fire by  Barbara Lynch | In this funny, fierce, and poignant memoir, world-renowned chef and restaurateur Barbara Lynch recounts her rise from a hard-knocks South Boston childhood to culinary stardom. Barbara appeared as a guest judge on season 12 of Top Chef, which took place in Boston in 2014. She oversees seven critically acclaimed restaurants in Boston including No. 9 ParkMenton, and B&G Oysters.

8.     The Alice Network by Kate Quinn | An exciting faced paced novel about a pregnant American socialite who teams up with a female ex-spy and a hot-tempered young soldier in the aftermath of World War II. A story of courage and redemption.

9.     Sugar by Kimberly Stuart | Sugar is a contemporary romance, set in the high-pressure commercial kitchens of New York and Seattle. A funny and clever story of how a female chef learns to thrive in the ruthless world of premier restaurants.

10.   One Summer Day in Rome by Mark Lamprey | One Summer Day in Rome is an enchanting novel about three couples drawn irresistibly to Rome, narrated by the city itself.

What are you excited to read this summer?

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The Chic List: Pizza, Alzheimer’s Women’s Movement and Succeeding With People

The best things to do, eat, read, watch and listen to this week.

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Salt & Wind Baja Trips

Join a small group on a 4-day trip to northern Baja California. Baja California from Tijuana to the Valle de Guadalupe wine region is having a major moment. The New York Times recently featured an article about this up-and-coming wine region. The itinerary includes expert-led tours, art gallery visits, pop-up parties, seaside meals, a hands-on cooking class with Aida Mollenkamp, market visits, wine tastings, boutique accommodations, a concierge, a group photographer, morning yoga, and delicious food. Several dates are available in 2017.

Move For Minds: The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement

Move For Minds is an event that will be held in eight cities on June 4, 2017. The event focuses on engaging you in the areas proven to help keep your mind working at its best: exercise, nutrition, stress-reduction, social activity and more. All of the money raised goes directly to women-based Alzheimer’s research.

Food Bowl Los Angeles

The first annual Los Angeles Times Night Market May 10-14 is a bustling outdoor street-food market in Downtown L.A. Featuring over 50 of L.A.’s favorite restaurants and food trucks, plus DJs, themed bars and experiences. Admission is free.

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Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal

Learn the secret to transforming everyday ingredients into foods and remedies that heal. In addition to offering dozens of inspiring recipes, Rosalee de la Forêt examines the history and modern-day use of 29 popular herbs, supporting their healing properties with both scientific studies and in-depth research into herbal energetics. Continue reading “The Chic List: Pizza, Alzheimer’s Women’s Movement and Succeeding With People”