cooking: le creuset

in my dream world/fantasy kitchen, all my cookwear is le creuset and in the caribbean blue colour and it’s fucking awesome.
in reality, my kitchen consists of mismatched cookwear that i’ve assembled over the years… some is high end, some is cheap just to “get me through” whatever i had to make…
the long term plan is to piece by piece upgrade my collection.
it’s a slow process.

i stumbled up on the le creuset outlet store yesterday and i was so excited i may have peed a little.  (no, i didn’t, don’t worry – but really, how did i *not* know this existed?!)
to make things even more enticing, there was a scratch & save promotion where you could get another 25-35% off… and i scratched the highest amount of 35% off.  so clearly, it was ON.

i could have spent hundreds here, but i used restraint and tried to only buy what i needed and what i use a lot of.
the number one choice was this pot.
i’ve coveted it for a while and it retails for $110 or more and i picked it up for $40.
and it was the very last one they had in my colour.  i bought it off the display.  (whew, what would have happened if i couldn’t get it in the right colour?)


this mixing bowl was a bit of a luxury item… i have one in melamine and it’s in perfectly good condition, but i use it a LOT.  so i figured it was a good choice for upgrading.


and the rest was casserole dishes.
i selected the smallest one for things like asparagus and small side dishes… and then the larger blue one for everyday use… and then the guy working there gave me a red one for free because i spent over $100.


all in all i spent $120 there and got over $250 in merchandise.
so i felt pretty freaking good about my life decisions.
and my coworkers laughed at me because i was so excited.

next up on my to-buy list is the following:

the kettle… my current kettle was $5 at a dollar store and desperately needs replacing… it’s a piece of junk.
and clearly, this one is superior in every way.

and the butter dish:

i do have a super awesome butter dish currently, but my husband dropped the lid last week and chipped it… so in the not so distant future, it will need replacing.

and then i pretty much just want everything else in the caribbean blue collection to make my kitchen complete.
that’s not too much to ask, is it?


food & travel: the crab pot, seattle

we ate some fine meals in the fair city of seattle over the weekend… but my favourite one was here:

it’s called The Crab Pot and it’s certainly not fancy, but it was delicious and fun as hell.

i had first seen this place on Man VS Food, so clearly i was already sold… but it was AWESOME.

basically, this is your plate…


and then you get a bib…


and then they dump a giant pile of seafood infront of you and you literally get cracking.

this, my friends, is fucking spectacular.

so basically if the clip from Man VS Food on the Crab Pot website doesn’t sell you… and these pictures don’t sell you… well, i just can’t help you.

i actually have nothing else to say about this.  i feel like i could eat every meal here for the rest of my life and be perfectly happy.