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This weekend my wife & I took a drive to Tanger Outlets in Riverhead, NY. This outlet center does not have the choices that say Woodbury Commons (Central Valley, NY) has, but for us it’s a fairly easy drive, and they have a huge Williams Sonoma outlet that we both like.
For those of us who consider ourselves to be sophisticated and educated shoppers, outlet shopping can be very hit or miss. My wife is quick to point out items that are 3-4 seasons old. And stores like J.Crew and Banana Republic have design teams who create merchandise specifically for the outlet stores making the stores less of an outlet, and more a cheaper knock-off of the real thing. (Note: for certain items there is nothing wrong with buying original outlet designs. I personally just purchased a spring jacket from the J.Crew Factory Store.)
This weekend, pickings were slim, but the deals on what we did find were fantastic. Read the rest of this entry »
This past summer I was given the opportunity to do a lot more cooking – one of the few benefits of my newly acquired unemployment status. However, a chef I am not. Using cookbooks and websites for recipes, various ingredients, and pots & pans I have since cooked semi-gourmet meals almost nightly for me and my wife. Sometimes I will post my triumphs on Facebook or Twitter, and many have asked me to share these recipes. Rather than upload each one to Facebook, or start another blog dedicated to just that (which I almost did yesterday) I decided to create The Crabby Gourmet category right here on Crabapple.
Anyway, last night I made a recipe from our Williams-Sonoma Essentials of Slow Cooking book, Spanish Chicken with Olives & Tomatoes. I really like the cook books from Williams-Sonoma. We’ve made quite a few of the recipes, and most (almost all) are quite good. I especially like the slow cooking book because the prep for each recipe is usually fairly fast and simple, and once you’re done you can forget about it for 3-4 hours, or more. This will come in especially handy when I finally return to working…fingers crossed. Read the rest of this entry »