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Current Obsessions

Lovely Things:

  • Naked 2 Palate.  I’ve had this since November, it was a birthday present from my awesome sister, and I haven’t strayed from it. It’s perfect. Unlike those other palates that have three great colors, two OK colors and about 5 what the heck where they thinking? colors, these are all winners (seriously, I’ve used everyone). It’s pricey but worth it.

naked 2 eyeshadows

  • Iwatani Kitchen Torch. This thing will take your eyebrows off. It’s insanely powerful for something so small. I use to have this one, which cost more and had half the power. It also broke after just a year (there is a chance I’m really clumsy and that may have been that cause of said breakage). Unlike the other one, the Iwantani feels and acts like a pro tool, it means business. You do have to buy their propane canisters but those are fairly cheap. You also just attach the torch to the canister, which I massively prefer, rather than struggle to fill the torch with propane.

Iwatani Kitchen Torch

  • Quick Defense. This stuff works. I’m like a canary in a coal mine, I’m always the first to drop. If something is going around, I always get it. For the past two winters, I’ve taken this stuff if I even hear of anyone (anywhere) getting a cold, and I’ve been sickness free for two years! I now buy this in bulk. (p.s. I totally should have told you about this before flu season, don’t hate me)


  • This crazy indestructible GIR spatula. I got an email from the GIR PR representative asking if I wanted one. I almost always say no to these emails, but I was intrigued. I’ve had this thing for 4 months and I’ve made caramel, marinara, homemade ketchup and nothing has stained or stuck to my light blue version of this spatula. I’ve also accidently left it on a live burner, and it didn’t melt or even discolor (as mentioned before, I’m clumsy. I’m also really hard on all of my belongings, I break everything, I’m like a toddler). It still looks factory new. If they made wine glasses, I’d buy a case. Speaking of which, I broke another one last night (I suck).

GIR Ultimate Spatula

  • Picture Porefect. More pores are huge. You could hide Ann Frank in my pores (gross). I’ve tried so many products to reduce the hideousness of my manholes (I mean pores) and nothing has made one bit of difference. I even bought this stuff in a small .3 ounce trial size because I was so skeptical about it’s magical powers (also, the name is ridiculous), but I am now fully convinced and have upgraded to the full sized version. After three weeks my pores look noticeably smaller, like actually normal people sized pores.


  • Shishito Peppers! My favorite right now. If you can find these at at farmers market or a japanese market, grab them. Just toss them in a hot skillet with a few tbs sesame oil until they blister, put them on a plate and sprinkle them with some flakey sea salt. SO great. Perfect appetizer or afternoon snack. Even better than potato chips, and so much healthier.


11 Responses to Current Obsessions

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks March 9, 2013 at 4:35 am #

    I have a couple of those GIRs and also ran a giveaway for them. THEY ROCK. Best spatulas EVER! And the more I use them, the more I love them. I have put mine to the TEST. And they are is prime form still. Molten sugar, caramel making, canning, pasta sauce stirring (no staining!) – you name it. Love.

    • Jackie March 9, 2013 at 8:46 am #

      Aren’t they awesome? I was skeptical from the press release, but it’s so true. They are indestructible.

  2. Gerry @ foodness gracious March 9, 2013 at 6:47 am #

    Reading this on my phone so until I scrolled down I thought naked palate was some new restaurant for nudists 🙂 I had an ahi salad recently with shishito’s….loved it!

    • Jackie March 9, 2013 at 8:47 am #

      Ha! Naked Palate would be the weirdest restaurant, but I’m sure people would go.

  3. claire @ the realistic nutritionist March 9, 2013 at 7:05 am #

    Oh that palette is gorgeous!!!

  4. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious March 9, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

    Dude, the GIR spatulas are awesome. I need to get more! Oh and you found the shishito peppers!

    • Jackie March 10, 2013 at 8:42 am #

      It took me about two weeks to find those peppers! I can find them easier in summer, but they are so good. I could eat a giant plate of them.

  5. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. March 9, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

    I want those spatulas and in every color!

  6. Laura March 11, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    You’re the 4th person I’ve had rave about that new palette. Breaking down and ordering it this week!

  7. Anna Mans March 15, 2013 at 12:25 am #

    I bought that kitchen torch after reading this and I love it!!! It’s is so much more powerful than my last one. Now i feel like my old one was just spitting at my creme brulee, and this new one is really a torch! Thank you for the recommendations!

  8. Gloria March 18, 2013 at 1:56 am #

    I just bought that eye shadow! I love it, thanks for the recommendation

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