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Friday, March 10, 2023

The Friday Files

I hope that you had a wonderful week.  Last night I was a guest of my friend, Cindy, at a fabulous event hosted by the Dallas chapter of Les Dames D'Escoffier honoring International Womens Day.  It is an organization of women leaders who create a supportive culture in our communities to achieve excellence in the food, fine beverage, and hospitality field.

Cindy is an active group member, comprised of local chefs, dietitian nutritionists, business owners, and other women connected with the food industry.

Do you want to know the coolest part? If you are a member of this prestigious organization, you are considered a Dame.

Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Judi Dench!

As I have mentioned in past posts, my friend Cindy is a well-respected dietitian nutritionist, and an author. She picked me up with her friend Dame Margie, and we made our way to Eataly through heavy traffic and rain storms.

By the way, Dame Cindy can also put great driver on her resume.

Does this lady look familiar? 
It is none other than the incomparable Lidia Bastianich.

The food not only looked delicious but also put my sense of smell in overdrive.

This darling lady is Paula Lambert, who founded the Mozzarella Company in 1982.

Say cheeeeeeese!

It was so much fun watching Paula in action.

These were just a few of the highlights.  There were so many stations of delicious food.  My two Dames, Cindy and Margie, introduced me to their fellow darling Dames, who were warm and hospitable.  

I highly recommend buying a ticket if the Dames host the event next year.  I have only one recommendation;  starve yourself for 24 hours so you won't miss one bite. 

See more of this gorgeous Dallas home here.

More photos of this lovely Nashville home can be found here.

This home was owned by W. Clement Stone in Winnetka, Illinois.  You can read about the history right here.
A video of the home and property is here.

Good news for Ted Lasso fans.

Here's a sweet story about one of my favorite actors.

Do you suffer from back pain?

Join the club.

Here are 13 stretches for lower back pain.

Have you ever wondered how many calories walking burns?
My answer: never enough. 
Their answer:  here.

My favorite carnivore and fast food fan sent me this.
What is your favorite fast-food hamburger?
See its ranking here.

Speaking of meat, here are over 50 recipes for Fish Fridays during Lent. 

In my last post, I raved about the carrot hummus served at a local restaurant.  I found a recipe that looks very close to the one we devoured.

By the way, the hummus was served with homemade sweet potato chips.

Have you ever had a cookie-stuffed brownie?
I have not, but I would be willing to try one for the sake of research.

Are you headed to Lake Como this Summer?
Here are the best surrounding towns and villages to visit.
Hope you don't run into my ex and his sadsack of a wife! 

Do you wake up in the middle of the night and then have trouble falling back to sleep?

You can do one of two things.
You can read one of my blog posts.
Or you can take some tips from the experts.

Why is this man living underwater for 100 days? 

He's got a good reason.

If you are a fan of Nora Ephron, you will enjoy this story.

We watched this delightful flick last week.

We just put these on our must-watch list.

I watched this heartwarming story last week and am sharing the love with you.

the "boyfriend" shirt
I'm going to buy this, so everyone thinks I have a boyfriend.

The stores are showing a lot of these full-cut dresses.
They are perfect for all-you-can-eat buffets.

I love a longer tunic!
It makes me look at least 5' tall.

Tummy control!

FYI:  you don't have to play tennis to wear cute skorts.

I picked up this little number.

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  1. Lidia has a restaurant in Kansas City. Come visit! And that Air Jordan movie looks great.

  2. Those trailers all look wonderful! I'm off to watch The Chaperone now. :)


  3. Ohhhhh I love Ray Romano so thank you for the heads up on his new movie and only 5 more days till Ted Lasso but who's counting... Be still my heart for Blossom and Frankie's love story 🥰. Last but not least ~ au contraire Dame Katie ~ I might as well drink a pot of coffee if I read your blog when unable to fall back asleep! Your posts take me to so many places at one time, places to go, things to do and read and watch and shop for, so it's best I stick to my sheep! Happy Friday KTG

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  5. You might be a Dame, but you are a wicked woman!! Posting about diets and dietitians and then posting those food pictures!! Oh my gosh!! The homes are beyond amazing. Have a good weekend, Katie! xo

  6. Katie, I’m not receiving your blogs anymore and I don’t know why. How can I get back on your list? I miss the humor and suggestions.
    Thanks. Dinny1977@comcast.net

  7. I do read your blog when I get up in the middle of the night and sometimes I re-read about the destination wedding posts. I really enjoyed those !!! I’m so glad you blog. And no plans to go to Lake Cumo. I’m quite happy over here in HI. - m in hi.

  8. Your posts are such a delight Katie, I love each and every one. Thanks for the back stretches, I have pinned the article. Now I guess I have to actually do them!

  9. Still working my way through all these good things ... had to take a break to book my stay at the Ted Lasso pub. Oh, and I just happen to be going to Como this summer ... so thanks. Love the Dames, that's my kinda of event ... maybe it should hit the road and come to San Francisco?! xo


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