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Pasta with Spinach and Asiago Cheese

Happy Mothers Day to all the mothers out there in the world! Its become a tradition in my house to make homemade pizza for mothers day and fathers day so as you can tell I’m behind on these Food Geek posts! I made this pasta dish sometime ago, *cough* during my blog hiatus *cough* but this is definitely one that I’ll be going back too!

It all started off with a leftover wedge of Asiago, I didn’t know what to make or use it on and so it remained in my fridge. One day while google-ing recipes I came across this one by Giada De Laurentiis. Giada was probably one of the first chefs I came to admire, this was when I first started getting interested in cooking and started watching the Food Network. Although she quickly became my favourite Food Network personality, for some reason I don’t think I’ve made any of her dishes. Well theres a first for everything!

Let me just say if her other recipes are similar to this one I’ll definitely be looking up her recipe repertoire! The smell alone of the asiago, tomatoes and spinach heating over the stove top is amazing, an hour or so after I had finished my meal my housemate came over to ask what I had made; it smelled THAT good. This pasta dish is both light yet creamy and although minimal in number of ingredients the outcome is a complex flavour and aroma that leaves nothing to be desired. I pretty much made this recipe as is, however instead of the fusilli I used bow tie and I finished the dish with a squeeze of lemon juice. Trust me if you try out this recipe you will not be disappointed!

Scandal: Any Questions? (i.e. We have the mole!!)

To say yesturday’s episode of Scandal was smooth sailing would be an understatement. In the penultimate episode of season 2, the mole was finally revealed to be none other than Billy Chambers. Now if you read my previous post, where I gave my thoughts on potential mole candidates I had mentioned Billy would be on my list of suspects however there needed to many assumptions in order for this to be possible. Since Billy is in fact the mole we can deduce the following:

1. Charlie did not kill Billy Chambers that eventful episode at the end of season 1

2. Charlie has potentially been working for Billy in addition to Cyrus

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Season 2 episode 6 Spies Like Us — we see Charlie making a call mentioning that he is back in town Screen Shot 2013-05-10 at 2.10.10 PMand is thinking of staying a while. While the audience assumes he is talking to Cyrus we are now given the idea that he may have been calling Billy or the bench man instead

Season 1 episode 7 Grant: For the People — we see Charlie going into an elevator with Billy where it is presumed that he Screen Shot 2013-05-10 at 1.30.59 PMkills him, we then later see Charlie in Cyrus’s garden saying that he will be leaving town and to wire him the rest of the money. While it is assumed that Charlie was in the elevator to kill Billy, he may have been giving him the same ‘i’m leaving town’ spiel he gave Cyrus, given they are both his benefactors

It makes sense for Billy to want to destroy the Grant administration. He doesn’t feel like Fitz deserves to be president; the administration basically called him a lunatic and took away all his credibility (but apparently not all of his political power). While Billy argued every misdeed, every wrongdoing in the name of Sally Langston, once she virtually turned her back on him, he became out for blood. As I stated in my previous post, jealousy and revenge are both powerful emotions. As Sally Langston’s former Chief of Staff, Billy is well connected and likely has many friends within the building. While he may not publicly have power, he has friends in powerful places and likely has enough intel to pull in some heavy favours. Its still unclear how he managed to surpass Cyrus, VP Langston and the President to somehow pull rank, but unfortunately this is politics; where many a deal happen in a back alley way behind closed doors.

The Accomplice

As I mentioned in my previous post I knew the mole wasn’t working alone. Since we already knew that at the very least both Jake and the ‘man on the bench’ (for lack of a better description), it makes no sense why the mole would now act alone. David Rosen was a suspect on my list and while he does have motive, I had my reservations due to his lack of political power. In my previous post I had him pegged with James as his associate, due to their relations with Defiance, however Billy makes for an interesting turn of events.

Billy likely came into contact with David following his failed election rigging trial. Billy only had the affair as his intel on the President, and now without a girl, that was virtually useless. David basically brought Defiance into his lap and he jumped at the chance to bring down the administration that took it all away from him. David who has basically been stripped of his job, reputation and career has nothing left to lose. Somewhere deep inside he still carries that metaphorical white hat, and feels that the American people deserve to know about Defiance.

As I mentioned in my previous post, by working at Pope and Associates, David has been able to gather intel on Olivia, her clients and her staff. Notice how he repeatedly kept mentioning the girl, who the President was having an affair with. With the name of the girl, the affair and Defiance, the Grant administration would virtually be down in flames. David knew that Abby had stolen the memory card to the voting machine in Defiance, and was biding his time until he could find where it was held. When Olivia showed him the memory card, and with Charlie on his side, there was no stopping this story. Throughout the episode, David kept repeating ‘ I know which team I chose,’ almost foreshadowing his at least alleged betrayal.It was also rather suspicious that he stayed in the office to ‘watch the White House briefings’ while the rest of the associates were out to lunch.

However this is Scandal, just earlier this season we were painted this picture of Huck being the President’s killer which turned out to be false. Shonda loves a good fake out. While I do think that both Billy and David are involved, theres definitely more to the story. Everything Olivia does has a purpose. She opened the safe (without hiding the combination I might add) in plain sight and yet gave Harrison the 2 files in private. Something is telling me that the memory chip is either a decoy or is somewhat encrypted to track the mole. Olivia seemed more interested in the name of the mole than the whereabouts of the chip, and with Fitz deciding to run for re-election Defiance would ruin that chance.

While I do think that there is a third party involved we can cross some names off the list.

 

Sally Langston– Billy was likely using her computer for intel and information however for her to be involved of her own free will  would be too risky in case she was caught. As the team mentioned, if congress impeaches Grant she would be thrown out with the bath water. Grant completing his term, and maintaining his approval ratings, is in her best interest to garner his support for her presidential election.

Mellie Grant – While she may be at the top of many a suspect list I don’t see her being involved. She likely has her own proof of Defiance and I don’t see her working with Billy after he tried to ruin Fitz’s presidency with an affair during season 1. Similarly to Sally Langston, it is in her best interest for Fitz’s approval ratings to be high as he leaves office; to help build her own political career. While she did make the affair announcement, I don’t see her going so far as to wanting to impeach the president.

Cyrus Beene – As I mentioned in my previous post, it just seems too obvious to have him involved. Although he knows the mysterious bench man (after some thought I think his name might be Rowan?), both he and Mellie didn’t know who Jake was. Since he is so close to this investigation, that seems highly unlikely for a potential mole.

Screen Shot 2013-05-10 at 1.49.12 PMHowever I now have a new suspect. Rowan, the mysterious bench man. I know what you’re thinking but just hear me out! Rowan has clearly been keeping surveillance on Olivia as he mentioned when talking to Cyrus. He also asked for evidence of Jake’s affair with Olivia. We have yet to hear about Olivia’s past, about any of her (biological) family members. I believe that Rowan will end up being Olivia’s father, yes its a bit soap opera-y but it just seems to make sense. Rowan and Cyrus are friends, which would explain how Cyrus became Olivia’s mentor (he always called her his favourite non-student). Rowan wants whats best for the Republic, and Olivia Pope as a fixer (with her reputation in tact) is definitely what is best for the Republic. He seems to be cleaning up her mess, fixing her. Defiance, the tape with Jake Ballard, even slightly sabotaging the Grant administration (aka her relationship with Fitz) may all be for her. His daughter. To me this would also explain how Huck is able to live a relatively normal life at Pope and associates, as Charlie mentioned when the government wants you gone. You. are. gone. It would also explain the black envelope Olivia gave Harrison, her fathers information as a last resort.

Well this post turned out to be much longer than expected! We’ll see if any of this turns out to be true during the season 2 finale next thursday night on ABC. Here’s a promo clip to get you excited, but then again this is a Shonda show. And if theres anything Shonda Rhimes can do, its write a killer season finale.

Scandal Season 2: Who is the mole?

As we inch ever closer to the season 2 finale of ABC’s Scandal (airs May 16th 2013), the question on every fan’s mind is: Who is the white house mole!? With the second to last episode of the season airing in just under 5 hours, I thought I may as well put pen to paper  fingers to keyboard (?) and write out my possible subject combinations. With rumblings over the interweb (particularly over at tvline.com) that the identity of the mole is truly shocking, so much so that the actors themselves have said they were shocked during the table read. It only makes sense that the identity of the mole and their associate must be both someone who has a relatively active role on the show and has been portrayed as innocent. My head has been spinning over possible combinations, and my yearing for information hasn’t exactly been helped by the fact that I’ve just re-watched all of season 1. Side note I would have much rather had Olivia date Billy as opposed to the bore that is Senator Edison Davis…of course before he turned out to be the enemy. Billy’s dialogue has been full of one-liners that add some comedic flair to an otherwise heavily dramatic show. Anyways I digress….back to the potential mole candidates!

 Mellie and Hal: It would be incredibly shocking if the first lady turned out to be the mole. However Mellie has her own political aspirations and what better way to give them a kick start than to derail the Grant administration. I think it has become clear that Hal has, albeit secretly, shown his allegiance to the first lady rather than the president with subtle looks and gestures. As one of Fitz’s primary secret service officers he is exposed to many secrets within the administration and, along with the first lady, the two have a high degree of security clearance. We can’t forget that Mellie didn’t want Fitz to leave the limo the day of his shooting (was she having second thoughts?). Unless I’m mistaken we still don’t know who hired Becky as the shooter (…or robot-controlled shooter?)

Screen Shot 2013-05-09 at 5.56.23 PMSally Langston and Hollis Doyle: Though we haven’t seen VP Langston in a while, I don’t doubt that she is still plotting to become president. Again we haven’t seen Hollis Doyle stomping through the hallways of the White House in quite some time but sometimes an absence says enough. Since this is a Shonda Rhimes show, I can’t help but bring up Grey’s Anatomy‘s fifth season where George O’Malley (portrayed by T.R. Knight) was noticeably absent throughout the season so when it was revealed that he in fact was the John Doe they were operating on during the season finale, it came as a shock since viewers were accustomed to his lack of screen time. Although Sally has been the pinnacle of moral conduct, Hollis isn’t afraid to get down and dirty. Election rigging, the Cytron explosions, he has gone through a lot for the Grant administration and if he feels that he isn’t getting his end of the bargain, his record illustrates that he wouldn’t be opposed to implementing a change.  With Hollis’s resources (how many people really have the means to rig a national election) and Sally’s position, I can see how they would have access to such top secret information. If Billy Chambers was still alive I would definitely add him as a suspect but that requires many assumptions (assuming Charlie didn’t kill him for one) and many IF’s.

fitz jakeFitz and Jake: A truly shocking combination. However I could somehow see this duo come into fruition. Fitz wanting to prove to everyone involved in Defiance that he could overcome an adverse situation (on his own) and Jake of course has the the know-how to fill in the blanks. Yes orchestrating your own shooting, is a bit of a stretch but hey this is TV! Fitz came to Jake at a time when he didn’t trust anyone else, so it would only make sense for Jake to be his ally if he were to pull off this huge debacle! With Fitz coming out as the mole and Jake coming out as his accomplice (he did say he only took orders directly from Fitz), I have not doubt that Jake’s relationship with Olivia would in turn be revealed; causing another rift in the duo that is POPUS or Olitz whatever you want to call them.

David Rosen and James: The people you would least expect! The duo grew closer during the Defiance investigations and although James had the opportunity to condemn Cyrus, bringing down the administration may be closer to what he’s after? David who has been growing closer and closer to Olivia Pope and Associates has been in the office long enough to gather some dirty secrets of his own to use as blackmail. Losing his job, reputation and career are not feelings to be taken lightly. Although they both aren’t powerful enough to have the means or security clearance on their own, they are well connected to powerful people. Blackmail can be a powerful thing. I do think that its a bit convenient that James suddenly got his journalist job back in time to interview Mellie (could a James and Mellie duo be a possibility?) for arguably the biggest interview of the year. Although he has forgiven Cyrus, and it seems that David has forgiven Olivia, they are both men of integrity and may excuse their behaviour in the name of justice.

Other Possible Suspects

Cyrus Beene: Cyrus is a power hungry pitbull who would likely jump at the chance of having ultimate,unquestioned control of the White House. Although they basically told us last week that is wasn’t him, given that he now seems like the obvious choice. Again this is a Shonda Rhimes show and sometimes the obvious choice turns out to be the correct one (another Grey’s reference but Izzie having a brain tumour anyone? Shonda specifically said Izzie didn’t have cancer and yet look what was revealed). Cyrus was almost willing to kill his husband and who knows what he would have done to Olivia, this pitbull is close to jumping the fence.

Edison Davis: It seems that he has deduced Olivia’s relationship with the president and jealously can be a fickle friend. Although he certainly doesn’t have the security clearance  and  at the time Fitz’s shooting wouldn’t make much sense, never underestimate how far a jealous individual will go.

Dinner at the Works round 2!

As promised today’s post features another meal from The Works. Met up with a friend for dinner last night. We pretty much just had a friend day, we did some shopping, went to the mall then it was back to her place for a movie night. We bought chips and chocolate for our late night double feature; somehow we thought we’d either get hungry during the movie or have room for snacks…but nope that didn’t happen. I woke up this morning still full from last night. Literally.

We decided to get an appetizer last night (we both didn’t really eat lunch and were almost ravenous). Our starter of choice? The Tower O-RingsA stack of perfectly crispy onion rings piled high, with a side of chiptole mayo. These onion rings are delicious; theres no getting around it, they are greasy to the touch but they aren’t the slightest bit soggy. Perfectly crunchy and the creamy kick from the chiptole mayo was a really nice mix.

Next were our mains! Before we had even left for the day I knew what I would be ordering. If you read my last The Works post here, this is the burger I had originally intended to get during that trip. So it was no surprise that I settled on the Crappy Tire. This burger features a grilled pineapple ring, sweet and spicy sauce with a slice of brie cheese. I ordered mine on a gourmet veggie patty with a whole wheat bun. This was in the Gettin’ Saucy section of the menu and saucy it was! This burger, although quite tasty, had me wishing for a wet wipe! The sweet and spicy sauce just dripped down the burger; I can say that it does taste quite good on the spicy die cut chips though. I finished off my order with my go-to side of choice, the spicy die cut chips, this time with beechhouse sauce on the side.

In all honestly I took half of my burger and most of my side in a takeout container (wait until you see the rest of this post, we ordered a lot!) which I ate earlier today. Because of the pineapple this burger is quite sweet even with the sweet and spicy sauce (which is more of a tang than a spiciness). I added some sriracha on my burger and was it ever tasty! That added kick really brought out the flavours.

Now onto my friend JP’s meal! She ordered the B.A.B burger which features cheddar cheese, tomato, fresh red onion and a garlic sauce. She ordered hers on a chicken breast with a whole wheat bun finishing off her order with a side of spicy die cut chips.

As if our order wasn’t enough already we rounded out our meal with milkshakes! I mean how could we not! These were in the 8 oz. kids sizes of course. I ordered the 2001 Shake Odyssey (left), the same one i ordered on my last visit. JP ordered a Peanut Butter, Chocolate, Banana shake. Yup pretty sure I’m still recovering from my food baby.

Top Chef Season 10 finale

Caution SPOILERS up ahead!!

So last night marked the crowning of the 10th Top Chef. Although I would have been happy with any of the top 3 winning, this season has almost been overcast by all the controversy, bias and potential rigging. I’m a big fan of Top Chef, I’ve been watching the show since its first season in 2006 and have watched every season since; except for one (passed on season 3, I found season 2 to be a disappointment).

I do feel like this show goes in circles for me. I was about 14 years old when the first season of Top Chef aired, and I was hooked. In all honestly this is probably around the time when I first started becoming interested, and subsequently obsessed, with food.I found season 2 to be a let down, although a reality show there seemed to be a greater focus on drama as opposed to the food (don’t get me wrong season 1 had all kinds of drama). I mean do we all remember when Elia Aboumrad shaved her head pictured to to the left, or the distasteful moment where Cliff Crooks almost forcibly shaved fellow contestant Marcel Vigneron’s puffy locks as the rest of the cheftestants just watched?

loved each of these cheftestants from Top Chef: Las Vegas (ie season 6)

That season left such a bad taste in my mouth that I couldn’t bring myself to watch the 3rd. I watched the 4th and 5th season out of boredom, curiosity and habit. However all was redeemed with season 6, *sigh*, oh season 6. Undoubtably my favourite, where the focus really seemed to be on the food.  Unfortunately, in my eyes, the show seems to be on a downward again. Enough with my recap of seasons past, lets get to last nights finale!

I’ve had my suspicions of rigging throughout Season 10 of Top Chef. And I know what you’re probably thinking, this is a reality show…of course its rigged! Which may in fact be true however it seemed to be SO obvious this season that even a toddler could see it!

Now don’t get me wrong I am a big fan of Kristen Kish (Season 10 WINNER!) and was glad to see her win the big prize, however it all seemed a bit too planned. Kristen was clearly both a fan and a judge favourite throughout the show, however everybody loves an underdog story and I without a doubt feel that her elimination during Restaurant Wars (image below) was pre-planned for added drama.

Because there was such a strong backlash from the fanbase against both Padma and Tom, I don’t know if it was just the editing but Padma seemed to be gunning for Kristen to go home, it does slightly taint Kristen’s Last Chance Kitchen win. Particularly during her battle with Lizzie Binder. Tom was praising Lizzie’s dish up and down, going for a second and third bite and calling it a perfect dish. Kristen’s on the other hand was called chewy and too much of a mouth-full, yet somehow Kristen scored the win? Now I for one felt a bias from Tom as CJ Jacobsen kept winning challenge after challenge. And don’t even get me started on how poor Kuniko Yagi, didn’t get a fighting chance on either the show or on Last Chance Kitchen…she had to battle 2 chefs, how is that fair!?!?!

But back to the finale.

I HATED the format of the finale. It felt like an even cheesier version of Iron Chef but without the camera work or the play by play that make that show. If you’re going to blatantly copy another show’s format, you would think they would use the best aspects of the show. What I love about the finale of seasons past was the progression of the meal, giving chefs ample time just to cook great food for a reasonable number of guests without all the theatrics. Really, cooking for 300 people in 3 hours in a live stadium was someone’s idea of a good finale? I did like seeing all the past winners of Top Chef in the audience, however I would have much preferred a more intimate finale in a regular dining room setting with the 5 head judges, the 9 previous winners and (as is typical to Top Chef) the owner of the location/vineyard/restaurant. Leave the theatrics to Iron Chef or use them in a quickfire or an elimination challenge. Not the finale.

I love how I can recognize and name each of the past winners 🙂

I like watching the chefs get judged on their overall meal progression and how each dish goes along with the past course. It has a greater sentiment and as a viewer it truly feels like you’re witnessing a raw version of each chef on a plate. Somehow all of that was lost in this finale, which felt distant, cheesy and rushed. Why didn’t we get to see each chef during their menu planning? Why didn’t we get to see them purchase their ingredients, or like Iron Chef were they pre-provided? Why didn’t we get to see how the sous chefs were picked? I have a hard time believing Brooke would let Kristen have the last 3 eliminated contestants on her team in favour of chefs who were eliminated very early on.

I’ve read various comments on last nights finale, and many people seem to think that the actual judging of the finale was rigged. While it may have been, I didn’t find it to be that obtrusive. Brooke did serve burnt pig ears…and chicken wings. This is exactly what I was talking about with a lack of meal progression. Going from scallops to chicken wings to red snapper?? Not exactly a co-hesive menu. However by the end of round 3 it was clear that Kristen would be the winner, there just wasn’t enough time for a 5th round!  It took away any suspense from the already emotionless finale. I do think that Kristen is an incredibly talented chef and I have no doubts that she could have won on her own merit. However with all the producer and outside influence this season has definitely been tainted.

Snow Day round 2?

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So tonight is supposed to be the second big storm to hit the GTA…which has me hoping (but trying not the jinx it) for another Snow Day (we had our first one of school year earlier this semester)! We’re supposed to get 20cm tonight, I just got back from my hot date with the library sarcasm about an hour ago and theres already an inch on the ground. Who would have known that you could have Snow Days in university? Yet somehow I’ve already had 2 throughout my undergraduate degree. Here’s hoping for number 3?

Lunch at the Works!

Went to The Works again, click here to read about my first visit! This time I visited the Oakville location with my sister. It was her first time and I could just tell she loved it. Everything from the menu choices to the decor to the drinks served in measuring cups, she was mesmerized. I got another smoothie, this time it was the  2001 Shake Odyssey that my friend J ordered when I was last there. This milkshake consisted of caramel, peanut butter and oreo cookie crumbs, and it was incredible. I guzzled that baby down so quickly I was tempted to order another one! (this was the kids size which is 8oz)

For a burger I decided on the Crappy Tire, unfortunately the kitchen had just run out of grilled pineapple leaving me a bit frazzled as I contemplated on one of the many other options. In the end I ordered a Malibu Meltdown burger which consists of a crunchy onion ring, beechhouse sauce, havarti, gouda & brie cheese. Delicious! The combination of flavours meld together really well; you might be thinking wow thats a lot of cheese, in which case you would be correct – and was it ever saucy! This burger wasn’t difficult to eat but I would definitely recommend cutting it in half for better control (a tip which was recommended to me by our server! Side note, turns out this is her favourite burger on the menu!) I ordered my burger with a gourmet veggie patty on a whole wheat bun. And of course I had to go back to my original side of choice the spicy die cut chips! Unlike my first experience at The Works, since my burger wasn’t a spicy one, my mouth wasn’t on fire. The spicy-ness of the chips definitely complemented the sauciness of the burger.

My sister ultimately decided on the Three Ring Binder burger which consists of sautéed mushrooms, chipotle mayo, gouda cheese & 3 crunchy onion rings. Funnily enough I had originally almost ordered this burger before changing mine to the Crappy Tire (and than to the Malibu Meltdown) after discovering we were ordering the same thing, clearly we have similar tastes. Apparently we were twin-ing again as she ordered hers with gourmet veggie patty on a whole wheat bun as well.

We both decided to cut our burgers in half and split them so we could each try both burgers, personally I preferred the Malibu Meltdown to this one. The onion rings were delicious, piled high and extra crispy but I found the mushrooms to be a big overwhelming. It also felt like it was missing something, maybe something with some acid or sweetness would have made all the difference. I didn’t dislike this burger but I don’t think it would be one that I would re-order. My sister decided on the Bold Slaw as her choice of side. The menu warns that it contains jalepeno pepper juice and white pepper however if anything this has more of a sweet and sour flavour compared to a spicy one. Again not necessarily a side I would choose myself but hey its another item I can cross off my list 😉

I have plans to go to The Works again this weekend with a friend, so expect another The Works post on Sunday (clearly I’m obsessed!) this post was actually delayed for almost a week (we went last Tuesday) so hopefully that makes me seem less crazy! Since I couldn’t get it the last time I think I’ve already decided on the Crappy Tire burger, hopefully there isn’t  a shortage of grilled pineapple!

Taro Bubble Tea

Bubble Tea (or Boba) is one of my all time favourite treats, I’m actually surprised I’ve never featured it on this blog before! I’ve tried making bubble tea at home with the powders that you can buy from any asian grocery store but nothing compares to that perfect ‘fresh’ tasting bubble tea. Taro is one of my all time tride and true flavours. Whenever I try out a new bubble tea location, I’ll typically judge their quality of drink based on how they make their taro flavoured tea. I still don’t understand why the drink is so vividly purple when the root itself only has a slight tinge, but that simple slightly bean-y taste gets me every time. The one pictured was purchased from a random thai place I had never been to before, was it my favourite? No, but my favourite Bubble tea location in that particular area, much to my dismay,  isn’t open on Sundays; but when you get a hankering for some tapioca anything will do!

Poached Eggs

My very first time poaching eggs! I’ll admit they aren’t the prettiest but they didn’t completely fall apart in the water and somehow had a perfectly runny centre so I was happy! I used Martha Stewart’s  method for these, which doesn’t call for vinegar (something I’ve seen many other sites recommend) and pre-cracks the egg into a dish for easy transfer. I’d say the real key to poaching eggs based on my one time experience is having the correct temperature of water, Martha recommends having water that is just about to boil, and the swirling technique which is basically where you swirl the liquid before adding your egg. However the next time I decide to poach eggs, I think I’m going to skip the whole pre-cracking bit, maybe its just in my head but I feel like I ‘pour out’ my pre-cracked eggs too slowly!

Nail of the Day

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Nicole by OPI – Khloe had a little lam lam

on index and ring finger Deborah Lippmann – Boom Boom Pow

First off sorry for the lack of bottle shot in this picture! This picture was actually snapped mid morning while I was running errands, I thought the light really captured the polish so I quickly tried to take a picture. Another reason why this isn’t the clearest shot, it can look quite odd taking a picture of your nails in public! This has been one of my favourite winter manicures, during the holiday season I was really into adding some sort of glitter into my weekly polish. Khloe had a little lam lam has quickly become one of my staple fall/winter shades. The perfect darkened greenish blue shade, its one of those colours that just looks good with my skin tone. I’d say this leans darker and greener than OPI’s Ski Teal we Drop, I actually preferred this polish so much that I gave the OPI one away! Somehow I couldn’t justify having both since I always preferred this one.

Deborah Lippmann’s Boom Boom Pow is one of my favourite polishes. I wear gold much more than I wear silver and this polish, although pricey, has never been one that I regret. My only gripe is that the large hexagonal glitters don’t apply as well as I would have liked. This may be a polish where you have to ‘place’ the glitter flecks to get a more uniform look.