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$1,000 Pizza? I can do better!

March 14, 2007 at 10:36 pm by Designer Ella

1000 USD PizzaA gourmet restaurant in NYC is introducing a decadent pie with the pricetag of $1,000. Yes, that’s right.

Forget traditional cheese and pizza sauce, the record-priced pie will be topped with creme fraiche, chives, eight ounces of four different kinds of Petrossian caviar, four ounces of thinly sliced Maine lobster tail, salmon roe, and a little bit of spice with wasabi.

And unlike your typical pizza, this one won’t be cooked, after all, that would spoil the fish. The 12-inch pie is sliced into four pieces, which comes to $250 per slice.

Bah. I can make you a great pizza. I’ll charge, ooh a base price of $45 on up, depending on ingredients. (Or a mere $10, for a simpler, average-joe pie.)

My pizza will use Boboli pizza crust, no not something I make myself, because that crust is the best. Mmm.

Then, I will crush tomatoes finely - or leave light chunks if you prefer, for the sauce. If you don’t want tomato sauce, how about taco or barbecue sauce? Those will make for fun & tasty pizzas, with the right ingredients.

Cheese - a mixture of brie, mozzarella and cheddar!

For toppings, oh I have choices:

  • Chopped prime rib
  • Freshly cut pineapple
  • Real bacon pieces with only red meat, no white fat at all. Picked apart with care.
  • Extra large deli pepperoni
  • Sliced chicken breast covered in honey barbecue sauce
  • Sliced chicken breast covered in honey mustard sauce
  • Sliced salmon covered in honey mustard sauce
  • Mix of fruits: cantaloupe, pitted cherry, pear, peach and pineapple (suggested on a white pizza)
  • Pineapple and orange
  • Lobster pieces, sure, I’ll throw that in, but unlike Nino’s Bellisima, I think the lobster needs to be the only topping.
  • Vegetables - oh sure, like what? All fresh

There now don’t you want to order from me? If you’re ever in the Boston/South Shore area, send me an e-mail!

But caviar, lobster, chives, salmon - all on an uncooked pie - would their pizza even taste good??? Please. It’s not even extra large - ugh!!

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C’mon Lottery, I deserve you

March 11, 2007 at 6:05 am by Designer Ella

A very helpful and kind commenter wrote in to my last post;

michelle Says:

wow- you need help-

Mega MillionsAnd she is so right! I need to win the lottery, preferably more than the current $19 Mil jackpot, but we’re (my family) playing anyway. (How nice of us to the government.)

We played faithfully, and I worked on my karma, figured out what good I would do with the money, etc. But we still lost! There were two winners, one being a truck driver from Georgia. Grr.

But come on lottery! I know you’ll get me. I’ll accept any amount of several millions, really, don’t think I’m selfish.

Not at all, here’s what I would do with my own $390 million (reduced after taxes and split three ways with my parents et moi):

  1. Put most in my savings account STAT to start earning interest before I decide what to invest in. My “spending money” will sit there, too, until I transfer it to checking to spend it baby!
  2. Give three whole million to my best friend! He’d be set! (Although he tells me to tell the gods I’d give him nothing, since he’s bad luck. I just can’t lie though! I’m too giving.)
  3. Pay off all my debts. (I can’t believe I racked it all up this year!) Oh, lord, do I need you lottery!
  4. Buy a condo in Florida, a house in the suburbs of Boston, and a place on Cape Cod. And that’s it! Until I eventually get a place in/near NYC.
  5. Start an abused animal rehabilitation/foster/adoption organization. I even picked out its name and .org domain. (No, I didn’t buy the domain, heh, but I hope no one takes it.) I wouldn’t really be able to physically volunteer much, but I would constantly donate “designer” dog toys and organic healthy food. And dog water. They make special bottled water for dogs that’s much healthier, and I think that’s good.
  6. Buy every single handbag on my wish list, plus two Hermès Birkins.
  7. Actually start buying designer clothing, but you know what—I’ll still get bargains at Forever 21 and H&M! How ’bout that?! I won’t be too spoiled.
  8. Donate gads of money into the network and hope to see a return.
  9. Put family, friends, and talented bloggers, etc., to work and pay an overly fair salary.

Not to mention my mums - who is disabled from an accident and really struggling - would no longer need to worry about money.

You see, I would be the best candidate to win the lottery, because I will save animals, give broke people full time jobs (or pay them like it), move the economy, be a great bill-receiver (is that a thing?), and have the money to be near different friends and family at different times more often. It will all go back in some way or another.

Chloe BagAnd I can have handbags, muah ha ha. I’ll never need a ban. Although - YES! - I will restrict myself. It’s true. Not too many exotics and only expensive bags that are dreams! Oh and no waste-of-money cheap bags. Bah.

So - what would you do with Mega Millions $$$? But don’t make it sound to good, because I need to deserve it the most!

Recently carried bag: Chloé Betty “Sugar Plum”

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What - No Glitter, No Gold?

February 27, 2007 at 6:42 pm by Designer Ella

When I signed up for my very own Neiman Marcus credit card, my friends and I joked that what I’d be receiving in the mail would be gold metal encrusted with diamonds.

But it wasn’t even gold tone. And even my debit card has glitter - what gives?

Neiman Marcus card

Chloe PaddingtonAlso sad is my apparent credit limit. I can’t even find the figure in my account, but it’s really low. Seems this baby’s only good for one on sale re-sell bag at a time. I need to work on my credit!

Recent bag: Chloé Zippy Paddington - "Cobbler"

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An Anti-Fur, Pro-Cute-Lambs Gal Bought Shearling: Am I Guilty?

November 29, 2006 at 6:40 pm by Designer Ella

Since the cold of last winter in my cute beret hat, I’ve wanted earmuffs, but good earmuffs are hard to find. Burberry had ones to match my cashmere candy check scarf, but they were expensive … and had shearling lining.

Shearling is like fur from lambs - cute lambs. They’re farm-raised, but babies, and they’re not necessarily from free range farms (the only meat I’ll buy from the market, although I’m not too wealthy, is free-range all natural). Still, shearling is not the same brutal thing as fur. I can be anti-fur and okay with shearling, maybe, right? …

J. Crew Shearling Tweed EarmuffsA trip into J. Crew browsing scarves led to me amazing earmuffs, grey to match my coat, or a tan plaid to “go” with Burberry, sophisticated … shearling lined.

I touched them. Nice. I put them on my head … and felt murder. Or really what I felt was the guilt of loving them sooo much. So soft! I put them down to ponder them for one day.

I ended up thinking about them nonstop for two weeks. Until I couldn’t wait to get them, no matter my morals. Until they nearly sold out and I snatched the last grey pair. Merchandise credit + $9 and they were mine. I wore them out of the mall (tags and all).

And my guy best friend approved okay but teased me, “go on, say f*** you to the sheep.”

But I love them, I can’t get enough of them, they’re the warmest earmuffs could possibly be - which practically is reason enough, right? And I rationalize that sheep are farm-raised, it’s not at all the same as fur. It’s just … lambs are so cute! I couldn’t eat something like that (or I hope I couldn’t), what am I doing?

My BFF also called me an eco-poser. I have been slowly declining in my environmentalism for years. I hated wood until I wanted to get a guitar (okay, I was a nutty little 12 year old), then leather until quality shoes and luxury bags (ooooooooh, leather so soft!). I’m a hypocrite when something I stood against suddenly and selfishly works for me.

Here I am again, unraveling in my identity over fashion.

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