Tuesday, January 22, 2008

spt


so, what's in a name...

first, a definition

amuse-bouche (uh-MYUZ-boosh)n: any small bite of food or appetizer-sized portion, often served before a meal
etymology: 1968; French 'that which amuses the mouth'

an amuse-bouche, is a tiny bite-sized morsel served before the hors d'Ĺ“uvre or first course of a meal. they are served as an excitement of taste buds to both prepare the guest for the meal and to offer a glimpse into the chef's approach to cooking. the course often becomes a showcase for the artistry and showmanship of the chef.

as explained in this New York Times article

That beautiful predinner bite or sip is a delightful surprise as your guests finish their cocktails — a little gift, if you will, from the chef — just before you summon them to the table or just as they arrive. As it often is in restaurants, the amuse-bouche can be one of the most memorable moments of the meal.

The fact is that as long as it’s small, tasty and pleasing to the eye, almost anything can make an amuse-bouche.


i chose amuse-bouche as the name of my blog for several reasons:

1)i am a foodie, and love the juxtaposition of this culinary term with the other creative elements in my life;




2) i love the intricacies of language, and couldn't resist the opportunity to *borrow* this word - i don't have a food blog (obviously.) what i have is a blog that showcases the most memorable moments of my life;



3) i am always drawn to the close up, the cropped shot, the photos of stolen moments, the details. i see my life this way - glimpses, heartbeats, smudges, smiles;



4) and, perhaps most importantly, i am too intimidated by my own perfection to write long and detailed blog posts - if i were to dwell on each subject, i would have a draft folder larger than my hard drive will allow! when i decided to start blogging, i made a deal with myself that i would keep it simple, a showcase of small, creative moments, wrapped up in bite-size packages...




49 comments:

Laurie said...

I'm impressed with the thought and meaning behind your blog name Lelly. Even though I don't have that kind of thought or meaning, I'm going to go write an SPT post anyway!

Emmanuelle said...

I am also impressed by all the meaning of the name of your blog and I didn't know that amuse-bouche was also a english word. The firt time I came on your blog was because I was curious to see why you were using a french name for your blog ;-)

carlo said...

oh i love this spt and i love your creative genius. amuse-bouche represents you well!

and that little locket/box? too cute.

dang, i just realized it is tuesday. monday holidays always throw me...

pjmesser said...

I didn't know that's what amuse-bouche meant. I love it!
I feel the same way like I need to capture the moments not huge sections of my life on my blog.
I love your blog Lelly!!

Holly said...

I love the way you planned your blog, made a deal with yourself to keep it simple and focus on the most memorable moments. Smart, smart.

You explained your title perfectly! I too, love the close-up images, they really draw you in and capture the moment so well.

Beautiful pictures and beautiful Lelly! :)

Amanda said...

this is great! I knew what an amuse-bouche was because I love the show Top Chef. Anyway, this is great because sometimes it can be overwhelming to blog about everything and you've given yourself some great boundaries to just blog the best glimpses in your life! Great!

Marie said...

I love your thought process. A perfect name for your blog, indeed.

This was such an interesting assignment! I can't wait to read everyone's stories.

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

I'm so glad you showcased blog names Lelly, because I've ALWAYS wanted to know what yours means. You're a creative genius.

donna said...

Wow i am also impressed with how you came up with your blog name!

So cool! This is such a fun SPT :)!!!!!!

crystal said...

Lelly, I absolutely LOVE your writing today.

"i see my life this way - glimpses, heartbeats, smudges, smiles;"

I love that! I've recently been thinking the same thing--that life is an accumulation of small memories--so that's why I chose "MOMENTS" as my word this year.

Because of those parallels of thought, I really connected with your SPT today. Thanks for the uplift.

(i love how you said "smudges"--like a blurry memory...beautiful!)

sarah said...

Well, I am a lurker, but I finally decided to come out of hiding. My very first SPT post. I must say, I love to read your blog.

Amy said...

I have to say, Lelly, that it was your title that first lured me in to your blog long ago. Amuse bouche is so entirely clever...and a perfect metaphor for what good blogging is. Loved your thoughts on this!

Kim Sue said...

Loved your post and I can't wait for the time to go and read everyone elses. I always love to learn a little more about fellow bloggers.

Denitra's Den said...

I love the creativity of your name and I learned something new reading your post!

carlo said...

ok, finally posted. now that i know it is tuesday and not monday.

:)

Jenny said...

I think that is a great title. And I will now not leave wondering what it means each time I read the title of your blog. Hmmm I will have to write mine tomorrow. I fear that three posts in one day may send me over!

Lisa said...

I've been wondering what your blog title meant! Thanks for the insight :)

michelle said...

Wow! You do impress me. There is so much meaning to your blog name. I think it is wonderful how much thought, and feelings you put into it. :)

Amanda :-) said...

I didn't know what the phrase meant, but I'm determined to get it into conversation now! Haha!

Why does that tomato picture always please me so much?? And I don't even like tomatoes...

Rachel said...

Thank you for an easy one!!! I needed it (lazy me)!

Rachel said...

Oh and it was way fun learning what the heck Amuse-Bouche meant.

Lacie said...

I love the way some minds think...
I am so impressed by your thought process. I'm huge on capturing the little things too- However you do it such a fun way!

I gave this SPT a try!

Crazymamaof6 said...

my first time. hope i did this right. i always thought i want' cool enough to participate. but i couldn't resist! thanks.

Jill said...

This is such an interesting challenge, I'm so glad to know this about your blog title and why.

Lucy said...

Awesome! I love all your reasons and it makes me love your blog that much more!

Midge said...

I first heard about Amuse Bouch on top chef. It's just one of those words that is fun to say. I'm sure it's fun to eat as well. As you've proved you are very creative in naming your blog and everything else.

Natasha said...

I LOVE, LOVE your blog name, Lelly! I took the challenge and typed/pecked with my left hand!

Poulsen Family said...

What a perfect title! Love it, and imagine, I took three years of French and never knew what it meant, I only guess..I was a little close, but I love the way you summed it up, just like a amuse-bouche.

Becky Porter said...

So, Lelly--I chuckled as I read through all of the comments...I guess it is a great thing that I finally got up the courage to ask you what amuse-bouche meant 'cause everyone else wanted to know too! :) Loved your post--like Crystal I enjoyed the beautiful words and, like Amanda, I love the tomato picture even though I don't like tomatoes!

Susan said...

I love this SPT, because it is one of the things that I've always wondered! I love how you got your name, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!

Cristin said...

i loved this spt and reading about how you came up with amuse-bouche

I've wondered before how -- this or that -- blog title came to be...

Once again...Delightful!

Katie A. said...

Thank you for that explanation! I thought that was how to pronounce the name, but had no clue what it would mean. I love how you can apply the actual definition to other aspects of life.

Denise said...

I have always loved the name of your blog. Several months ago I ate at a restaurant where I was offered an amuse-bouche, and I immediately thought of you. But you're better than the restaurant, because you're not pretentious! =)

Elizabeth said...

I have always like your name. And I was delighted when Lorelai said it in a show I just watched. Gilmore Girls is an all time favorite.

Lindsay said...

I love the meaning behind your blog name. I also loved the simplicity of this SPT for me. So simple I actually did it.

Barb said...

I have always loved your blog name, because blogs really do just give us a glimpse of the blogger. Your explanation was so thoughtful, and gave me much more insight.
I adore your pendant.

pjmesser said...

Lelly~ what an amazing response! Congrats :)

Laurie said...

I LOVE that description of amuse bouche and your blog! I've always liked that term. Now if only I could come up with something that clever.

Michelle A. said...

I'm loving that so many people are doing SPT again. I have always loved the sound of your blog, what great and creative choice!

Crazymamaof6 said...

so fun to find out what your blog name meant! i mean you are virtually famous among a ton of bloggers i know! and then to come on a day you explain the whole meaning of your blog. so exciting and great. love the glimpses, and small bites of your life. seriously before i came i thought your blog name was SPT . since I'd never been here before. a perfect day for me to start reading.

Courtney said...

WOW - so impressed with the thought and meaning behind the name of your blog! I love it! Though not near as thoughtful or creative - I posted my spt on my blog's name!

Amber Grannis said...

I'm so glad you included a pronunciation de-coder for amuse-bouche. I positively slaughter anything other than the english language. I applaud your creative wit! The name to my blog is not nearly so mysterious.

michelle said...

Wow, what a huge list this week!

I just wanted to say that I have always LOVED the name of your blog. So perfect.

Hannah said...

Your name has so much thought and meaning- I love it and have always wondered how it came about for you.

This SP was fun!

katherine lance & grace said...

this will be a very fun adventure in helping me get to know myself a bit better. thanks for the inspiration. ps, i found you through my sister Amanda L. ps, i love the blog name, simply perfect in every way.

Wende said...

ok, i'm a little late getting going on the spt this week - the t can stand for thursday right? anyway, i just wanted you to know how much i enjoyed this post about how you chose your name - i've always wondered about it! you did a great job and i enjoy your blog so much. thanks for the spt challenges every week, i have loved them all so far. keep up the good work!

pjmesser said...

51!! AMAZING

Rebekah said...

I love it. I've never heard the term before. I love how you've interpreted it for your blog, especially the idea of offering 'glimpses' into your life.

sportzmom said...

Love the idea of SPT!