Sunday, March 16, 2014

Tell the Museum what you want to see


The above message is on my new green T-shirt that Paige Snyder asked me to wear around town. I don’t mind being a walking billboard for Business Development Week, which Southeast Texas Economic Development Foundation will host April 8-10 at Holiday Inn Beaumont Plaza. Seminars and lunch is $35 a day and the speakers are experienced and informative. I can say this, because I volunteered this past year. Lunch only is $25 a day. Snyder, of course, is with the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce, a regional partner of this event.
Freebie: Mac Fuller, author of Amazing Face Reading and will read faces at a free-to-the-public session from 5:30 to8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8 at the hotel. Register at or by calling (409) 838-6585.

Off Ramp challenge
“Gone With the Wind” costumes at Museum of the Gulf Coast? Why or why not? Discuss. Pick up the latest Off Ramp Magazine from Southeast Texas Arts Council, featuring an interview with Sarah Bellian, new curator there. She shares her thoughts on what the Museum has to consider in bringing an exhibit, and invites people in the area to contact the Museum staff with ideas about what they’d like to see. Call her at (409)984-6446. Go ahead. I’ve met her and she’s very nice.

Shot glasses made of salt
I’ve  always been a sucker for men in white lab coats. What are they coming up with? I imagine the people at The Spice Lab must be a fascinating when they break for lunch and talk about what they’re “cooking” up.
Around Lent I look to pottery, wood and earthen ware bowls and cups for a back-to-nature effect. I’d have never thought of Himalayan Salt Tequila Shot Glasses. They’re beautiful veined, tall glasses that look like rose quarts but are carved from food grade 200 million-year-old Himalayan Pink Salt. Yes, you shot gets salty, so you have to drink up and not let it sit around. They’re a stunning conversation piece.
Now for you OCD folks. You are wondering how to care for your new shot glasses. Quickly rinse them under cold water and pat dry with a paper towel. Don’t put them in the dishwasher. You wouldn’t have, right?
The Spice Lab has a slab of salt you can serve and cook on, so play around. Folks won’t forget your party with these trends.
Look to The Sugar Lab label for makings of crystallized rainbows in a jar. Bright yellow Island Pineapple and a rather lavender Juice Blueberry were a hit with testers who brightened up yogurt and dreamed of rimming beverage glasses with the eye-catching stuff. We’re thinking ahead to purple, gold and green (Key West Lime) to rim a glass of the king cake-flavored vodka we’ve been hearing about. Others in the line include Luscious Pomegranate which should perk up weekday iced tea on the patio and Heavenly Chocolate. Guys, we’re talking about chocolate flavored sugar here. Makers suggest it for cookies or even mole.

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