Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Mistress of Spices

Everyone has a spice




A fun fiction using spices as the woof and warp, weaving the mythologies of changing cultures while bringing along your traditions.

 It smells so beautiful here.

The 2005 film stars Aishwarya Rai, who I suspect is the Angelina Jolie of India, and Dylan McDermott; based on Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's novel.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Autumnal Concoction in a Cup

On Canadian Ice Wine Tea

Andy Tauer:   I loved, loved, loved the Canadian Ice Wine tea. This is delicious and very much like a walk in autumn, next to a pipe smoker (elegant smoke, expensive!) in a wine yard, in very late autumn. Simply delicious. 

Michael Reid Hunter: nectar of the gods, like drinking an autumn orchard at 4 pm with flowers, bees, golden sunlight and scattered fruit

Lura: I grew up with wild concord grapes nearby, not many, but enough in the autumn to just stop you in your tracks, yes! The golden sunlight of autumn, bees on their last huzzah before dying off, leaves not quite crackling, that's where this tea takes me. A flock of pelicans formed low over my head and I hear a whisper of wind faintly through quiet feathers gliding. Definitely drink in golden autumn golden sun with this one.

Hollywood Breakfast with Andy Tauer & Lura Astor April 2010

Americana Breakfast Hollywood, California 18 April 2001

Lura Astor and Andy Tauer talk perfume, the world, blogs and packaging, and how California's much-needed rains this year will give him blooms for his desert visit.

The day after his Scent Bar launch here

More about Tauer's Autumn 2010 launch here

Tom Waits Eggs & Sausage 1976 as a rap

And with music in later years

and because I like it, Suzanne Vega's Tom's Diner Club
with the Edward Hopper painting Nighthawks