Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A love story.

 There is something very fulfilling about adding a new stamp to your passport.

Monsieur Berry and I just got back from an amazing weekend in Montreal.  We sampled a variety of beer at Dieu De Ciel, walked up and down Saint Catherine Street, familiarized ourselves with the city's subway system, picked up late night burgers at Buns to inhale in front of the TV just hours after eating dinner at the brewpub.  For four days, we lived like locals.  Our French was a little rusty (guttural emphasis on the 'r') but locals, nevertheless.

The highlight of the trip was the day spent in Old Montreal.

I've never been to Paris.  But Old Montreal looks exactly as I would imagine Paris to look like.

There's a huge grassy field on the edge of Vieux Port where people hang out, bring their kids, walk their dogs.  Mike and I had been footing it around the city all morning and decided, right then and there, that we should take a break.  No, no...we deserved a break.  So that's what we did.

We took a nap.  

A NAP.  On the grass.  At two in the afternoon.  That sort of thing only happens when you're on vacation in a beautiful city with someone you dig.  It was the best part of the trip, hands down.

Unfortunately, while I was snoozing it up with dude in Old Montreal, my blog was idling in cyberspace.  I had jetted off to Canada with nary a peep.  No note, no voicemail, no Sugared Cinema post for two consecutive weeks.  I could blame the fact that I adhere to a strict "No Internetting" rule while I'm on vacation but to miss two in a row?  Not cool.  Not cool at all.

You deserve better than that.

To make it up to you, I'm sharing some love.

One part recipe book, one part papered eye-candy, Chocolate: A Love Story has become a permanent addition to my coffee table (when its not being used in the kitchen.)

Created by the masterminds at Max Brenner, this book contains 65 of their most coveted and creatively constructed recipes (including these Lipstick Bonbons.)  The artwork in this book is worthy of a space on your wall.


I wish I could be that sassy.

Pretty neat stuff, huh?

To win, answer the following:

What is your favorite love story?  

It can be a book, a movie, a rotoscoped 80's music video of a certain one hit wonder, etc.

Leave your answer in the Comments section.  The contest ends on Thursday, 4/29 at 9pm EST is now over.  Pass your Scantrons to the front.  One winner will be selected at random and announced in Friday's post.

Good luck, friends!

And on that note, I'm off to take a 6 1/2 hour nap.


  1. My favorite Love story... That's a good question. The one that sticks in my head is Titanic. Cheesy yes, but even to this day I cry when I watch that part of the movie when Jack and Rose are clinging for their lives in the water and where Rose falls asleep (somehow!!) and then wakes up seeing that Jack is no longer there. Her love has slipped away from her fingers (literally) to never be seen again... Okay ...I'm gonna go cry now!!

  2. I'm sleepy now.

    My favorite love story may be my own. My BNC (ball-n-chain) and I met in 6th grade in band class. We were 12 years old at the time. Middle school came and went, high school came and went yet our friendship endured. It was until we were both 20 that things changed. We were married when we were 28 and are some months from 6 years of marriage. No one makes me laugh louder than this fool and I look forward to going home, making dinner just to hear his stories each and every day.

    I know it was meant to be. I'm exactly 1 week older than him and he grew up 8 blocks from my house. Universe, I got it. Thank you.

  3. Awesome pics. I bet it was a fabulous little getaway.

    This is a difficult question. I'm sure my answer hinges on my mood. Of course my own story is also my favorite but I'm still writing that one, so I'll pick something else.

    So perhaps I'm being swayed by the blue sky and warmth of spring but I'm gonna go with a classic - Shakespeare's "As You Like It." I have always loved the idea of all the craziness that goes on in the forest of Arden - Orlando with his Rosalind but not knowing and all the while pining, with Rosalind posing as Ganymede and knowing but all the while being tortured by the knowledge. It's always been one of my favorites.

  4. That book is great!

    Best love story: Anakin and Padme. They went against their roles in society to be together. And when Anakin went all crazy, Padme confronted him on a volcano because she loved him so much. Then he killed her. But he still loved her when he became darth vader. And she loved him as she popped out his kids and died on the table. That's commitment.

  5. Wow, that book looks amazing! I'm with the others, my favorite love story is my own, but for the sake of fun, I would have to say my favorite love story is:

    Lyra and Will from the "His Dark Materials" Series by Phillip Pullman. The reason I love their story is because they completely balance each other out. Lyra is wild and daring, and Will is intellegent and stable. I also like how they sort of grow up together, and help form how the other turns out. Not to mention those books are just absolutely fantastic in every way.

  6. My favorite love story = The Notebook. And it's not even necessarily the beginning 'falling in love' part. It's at the end, where they're old, and they're still in love (when she recalls him). And the ultimate true-love moment is that they're together in death. I want this strong of a love for my own. I cry like a baby every time I see it.

  7. The Odd Couple.Tony Randall.....Felix Unger
    Jack Klugman.....Oscar Madison

  8. The photos look lovely!

    My favorite love story is the love the little prince has for his rose in the book The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery.

    ..."an ordinary passerby would think that my rose looked just like you--the rose that belongs to me. But in herself alone she is more important than all the hundreds of you other roses: because it is she that I have watered; because it is she that I have put under the glass globe; because it is she that I have sheltered behind the screen; because it is for her that I have killed the caterpillars (except the two or three that we saved to become butterflies); because it is she that I have listened to, when she grumbled, or boasted, or even sometimes when she said nothing. Because she is my rose."

  9. I am super jealous of that nap in the park! I bet that was relaxing!

    My favorite love story....
    Hmmm. I guess since I listen to the soundtrack daily with Kylar, I am going to say Beauty and the Beast! lol. I think it is a great message that a lot of movies/love stories do not portray. It is not all about the way a person looks on the outside. That people can be beautiful on the inside even though the outside is not appealing.
    Yeah, I am a dork :)

  10. My favorite love story is "The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain"

    It's difficult for me to describe why I love the story so much, but if you've seen the movie I'm sure you will understand. Two neurotic and playful introverts find love with each other through a series of games.

  11. Its not really a love story - but more of a "crush" story. The Wonder Years, Fred Savage and Winnie Cooper. I totally felt him on that one. Did you know shes not asian? That really messed with my head.

    While we are on that 80s tip - I am going to go ahead and say (in my best power-ballad voice): Skid Row's "I Remember You"


    OH hey. I love Jaimie.

  12. Mark Renton and heroin - ala Trainspotting.

    What a gut wrenching love story. Mark hates and loves heroin. Heroin loves Mark. Mark tries to get away from heroin. Heroin pulls Mark in every time with her delicious ways. Mark has one last bout with heroin, screws over his mates, and then decides to choose life.


  13. I have so many favorites. "The Way We Were" (1973, directed by Sydney Pollack), with Robert Redford (yummy back then!) and Barbra Streisand (People, people who need people...loved that song). The movie is about commitment and compromise but when all is said and done, what's left is just a memory of the way they were.

    Religion and politics don't blend well with marriage. So when I got married, I switched religions and my man abandoned politics. We've been married 40 years. *Sigh*

  14. Can my parents story be my favorite love story? Because it really is. <3.