Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sensory Discoveries For Fall- A Joint Blogging Project

Heard in our house this evening--
Me: Tonight's post is a joint blogging project about sensory discoveries for fall.
Husband: What fall? It's going to snow on Saturday.

Yes, so much for the romance of the season. Still, fall is usually quite glorious around this parts and there's always something new to taste, hear and sniff. Especially on a weekend of bad weather.

Joe Henry, Tomorrow is October

My recent chocolate discovery is Chip'n Dipped Dark Chocolate Pretzel Bar. It's a 63 percent dark chocolate bar with salted pretzel pieces; as good as it sounds. I suspect that this is a very American idea, akin to the Jimmy Fallon Ben & Jerry's ice cream in all its a vanilla with a salty caramel swirl and crunchy fudge-covered potato chip clusters glory.

Since even I can't live on chocolate alone, here's another little thing that's perfect for fall's soups. Melissa's Steamed Lentils are vacuum sealed and ready to use in any recipe. We're partial to a rice and lentil stew seasoned with cumin and Ras el Hanout spice blend. Available at Whole Foods.

Old Movies:
A blanket, a kitten (or two) and Cary Grant. Arsenic And Old Lace is a classic Halloween movie, but a Cary Grant marathon is even better. Bringing Up Baby (above) features Katharine Hepburn and a big cat.

Red coat, red lipstick, red accessories. The coat is DVF, the ring by Cecile & Jeanne, boots by Christian Louboutin and lipstick by Guerlain.

Reglisse Noire by 1000 Flowers. Black licorice, vanilla, cocoa and a lot more black licorice.
Serge Lutens De Profunis and Boxeuses.
Vintage Bandit.

Please visit the other participants in the project:
Katie Puckrik Smells
Perfume Shrine
Smelly Blog
Scent Hive

Artwork by George Barbier, 1914


  1. Boxeuses is also my favourite for fall wearing, last year I wore it a lot. Bottega Veneta is not unlike it, have you compared them?

    Hope you have a warmer outlook than anticipated!

  2. Thank you so much for the link to those lentils! What a genius idea. You should post your recipes....maybe an idea for the next Blonde-post?


  3. Very much enjoyed the guided tour through your fall obsessions. And now I'm doolally about that Cecile & Jeanne rose ring. What's it made out of?

  4. That big red rose ring is a stunner!

    This is definitely the season for lentils... Even made white navy beans in tomato sauce (rice on the side) for dinner tonight, which means summer is definitely over ;-)
    BTW - I found the best ever mujadara recipe in "The Arab Table" by May Bsisu. So delicious, healthy and easy to make!

    And last but not least - I was so happy to read you're enjoying Jessica Buchanan's Reglisse Noire :-) Perfect for Halloween, no doubt!

  5. Great list! And I loveloveLOVE Ras el Hanout (it really zings up chicken fried rice, imo). I get mine from The Spice Shop in Evanston.

    Chocolate? I KNOW! Finally cool enough to justify. Mallomars! Miette dark chocolate ganache cake!

    Are you guys done with the snow yet? That was just absurd! We're having an actual Autumn here in Central IL - quick startling. But it's getting cold, quick.

    Hot Chocolate! yum!



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