Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Polyamorous Thrifter and Epicure

After my heartbreaking realization last summer that Disgraceland (Chicago) had closed its doors, I am thrilled to have found a new love in resale: Second Time Around. I stumbled upon this store in downtown Philly earlier this week, and treated myself to a heap of "new" clothes for decent prices. My purchases included a gorgeous red winter coat, two sassy dresses, and cute tops that fit great in the chest and shoulders. I left Philly a very happy lady.

The salespeople at Second Time Around were friendly and they sent me off with a punch card that can be used at all of their locations (there's one in Chicago too!). The person who rang up my purchases had terrific hair.

I loved Philly, and walking around in the city reminded me of how well I am fed--literally and metaphorically--by urban, cosmopolitan epicenters. I need to move! The Reading Terminal Market across from the Marriott Downtown was exquisite. I ate there three times and had a dolma platter (pretty good), dal, rice and samosas from Nanee's Kitchen (AMAZING), and a vegetarian hoagie with sides of "tuna" and "chicken" salad from the vegetarian deli stand (DIVINE). Some fast city fortune led us to a restaurant on 13th called Zavino where they were hosting a friends and family night and invited us to dine. I cannot believe the complementary feast we had including two varieties of beets and (get ready for this!) a ricotta-kale ravioli. I wrote in my comment card that as a kale prostitute, I loved that the ricotta did not overpower or compromise the subtleties kale offers in the way of flavor. I meant it too. The cab and pinot were like a key party in my mouth.

The last thing I want to say is this: Black Truffle Guacamole. Had it at El Vez restaurant.
The combination was so fucking amazing it knocked me up, changed me forever, brought tears to my eyes. Some people call it the city of brotherly love but to steal Kate's words, I'll call it the city of sisterly orgasm.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Femme Clothing Swap '09

It was a success. There was a vast range of sizes. Piles of clothes, shoes, and accessories made the rounds, and all the remaining items will be taken to a donation center. Mimosas were served, and we opened our rooms for people to try things on as they "shopped." I think making this a twice-a-year event would be terrific.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Multiple Modes of Entry

Lady A. and I just saw this sign posted on the window of a TJ Max:

I said: Don't mind if I do! MT thinks we should put a sticker over fashionista that reads "FATshionista." A fabulous idea.

And while I'm on the subject of stickers, Lady A. and I have made it our "mission" this holiday season to drop our homemade stickers that read: "This is Homophobic" in the Salvation Army collection jars hijacking the entrances of local businesses. Gotta keep doing our queer part, I guess.