Monday, December 5, 2011

Barney's 40% Off Sale.

My very first thought is, "How many more people are going to touch Barney's door during their sale season?" followed by "How many more people are going to touch Barney's door during their sale season?" Then there is the trying-on-the-clothes-part. Have you ever noticed how disrespectful people can be to a $5,000 plus evening dress when sales madness takes over?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Bare hands okay if ...

I watched The Cheeseman for three hours and he did not once touch anything he wasn't supposed to. Like his eyes, ears, nose or nether region. Those are places others unfortunately do venture -- even with food prep gloves on. Kudos to The Cheeseman and his co-workers at Buca. If I witness an infraction at a restaurant I ask for the food to be remade. Obviously this only works with an open concept design.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Hygiene at the Halekulani.

To a vegetarian this is a well-handled crime scene. To a hygiene hunter this is a well-handled piece of prime rib and a thoughtfully fondled bun.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Why Hygiene Hunt?

This is one question I am often asked. Followed up, at times, with, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." I prefer to be proactive with my health. This includes a good diet, exercise, proper handwashing and not walking into traps set by others who are less hygiene focused. Think booger on doorknobs, feces on mobile phones and God-knows-what on gas pump handles. As soon as people hear of studies they freak out. Why not be constantly vigilant instead? And no, not in a freakish way. You can leave that to me. Boards of Health exist for a reason. According the Canadian Patient Safety Institute proper handwashing is key to infection control and avoidable deaths. Peace out. Just please don't try to shake my hand.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Pizza Scissors.

Not to be confused with nose hair scissors.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

How I fight the flu.

Instead of opting for a flu shot, I increase my Kale Shake intake by one, continue to avoid unprotected interaction with doorknobs and hold my breath for two months.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

What a relief!

My freeze-dried raven IS allowed to dine with me.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Antipasti at Buca.

As long as it doesn't touch my glass, I can most certainly appreciate the view.

Monday, October 3, 2011


"I wouldn't walk on this floor barefooted either," said one airport security guard to another after I was granted permission to walk through the metal detector with slippers on.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Better than a hypoallergenic pillow.

Kiki is so loveable she would likely let you rest your head on her.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Green equals clean.

The greener your surroundings, the cleaner the air you breath. If you live on Salt Spring Island you have it made. AND, as if that was not blessing enough, you have this delightful bakery to encourage carb consumption.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

How I like my vegetables.

Oddly enough I still bought my market vegetables from this vendor. Hey, as long as THAT does not come in contact with any of the produce, it is all cool.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Monster hand soap.

With the number of times I wash my hands this is the size of soap I need. Remember, soap and water -- when properly executed -- is better than hand sanitizer for eliminating germs.

Monday, September 26, 2011

A better trick than sit.

Friday, September 16, 2011

What they said.

Thankfully, Photoshop does not cause mild itching, stinging, redness or dryness in the area of application.

Thursday, September 15, 2011


Tomorrow we go in for a much closer look at this annotated shop hoarding in SoHo.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Mercer Hotel takes no chances.

A vigilant Mercer employee ensures there are no leftover fashionistas from Vogue Fashion's Night Out. They also prove gloves are always in style.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fashion's Night After.

Vogue Fashion's Night Out brings the concept of High/Low to the streets of New York. Courtesy of litterbugs.

Monday, August 29, 2011


I wonder if it includes a list of germiest germs.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Not to be outdone by the gym.

The armrest is one of the filthiest places on an airplane. This is why I use hand sani to wipe down my area. Despite crazed or confused looks from fellow passengers.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Thoughtful and planet friendly.

This takeaway concept is smart. No, not for your leftover meal, but rather your dog's.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

What not to wash with.

As they say, the fewer ingredients the better.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

What to wash with.

It's great to support a product that has been on the market since 1963. With this track record, you can be confident they are not just weasling in on the Organic Movement.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Friday, August 12, 2011

If only this worked on humans.

Particularly those who don't wash their hands properly after going potty. This zapper keeps the Salt Spring Island Cheese Company fly-free.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Communal blankets.

If I lived in a commune, these blankies would be just fine with me. Since I don't, I'll pass. Pretty patterns though.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


I found one of these in my fridge yesterday. Much smaller though. That's what you get for purchasing organic produce. I sauteed it. Tasted just like tofu.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Nicely done.

Upside. If you pass out on the grass due to heatstroke, you won't wake up with a third eye.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Not just one glove.

Two for YOUR added protection at the Salt Spring Island Cheese Company. AND ... elbow length. In a pinch can carry you into evening wear:)

Friday, July 29, 2011

NYC according to the doors I never touched 10.

Open doors are a great way for shops to get noticed in SoHo. And earn No Touchy points from the Hygiene Hunter. Space NK carries an interesting range of skincare products including Tata Harper -- an organic line made in Vermont.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

NYC according to the doors I never touched 9.

If you inadvertently touch the doors to Radiance, the restrooms are to your left. Follow with a cup of Matcha to detox your system.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

NYC according to the doors I never touched 8.

The stunningly gorgeous Alexander McQueen exhibit Savage Beauty is such a draw The Met has extended the dates. Last day August 7. That means no shortage of people to do your dirty work. Or mine.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

NYC according to the doors I never touched 7.

In the city that never sleeps; the restaurant that never sleeps. At most you'll have a one second wait for someone to go in or out of the door of the enduringly popular Balthazar. Year! It's like having your own doorperson! If you haven't made reservations a year in advance you will have to wait much longer for a table.

Monday, July 25, 2011

NYC according to the doors I never touched 6.

I trained my new dog to open this one at DoggyStyle. Affenpinschers are clever and have paws that comply.

Friday, July 22, 2011

NYC according to the doors I never touched 5.

This door handle is a nice nod to the Wolford brand. I wonder which part of the leg is touched the most? I opted to push my way in.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

NYC according to the doors I never touched 4.

I would bust through the Crosby Street Hotel doors for their Brussel Sprouts. Luckily, they have a doorman.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

NYC according to the doors I never touched 3.

I respect The Cowboy for two very good reasons. One. He is truly a craftsman and perfectionist when it comes to shoe repair. Two. On the way into his shop you are greeted by a push rather than pull door. On the way out? Use a shoe horn.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

NYC according to the doors I never touched 2.

Kiki de Montparnasse enticed me with their open door policy. And, complimentary Champagne. They are, after all, in the business of seduction.

Monday, July 18, 2011

NYC according to the doors I never touched 1.

First up. The Mercer Hotel. Another reason I love this hotel is because I never have to touch the front door. The Boys are always on it and I love them for it. (Remember, don't touch your face before cleaning your hands.) They also know who is a guest and who isn't. Germ warfare and security detail.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Spooning at the Mercer.

Hahaha. I love the fact this fork is not touching the table courtesy of the spoon and that I was eating cake not soup. No, my mind never rests.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Gemma's sneeze guard.

Points for protecting the lemon and lime wedges from the sneezies. AND points for Alejandro the Bartender for being Alejandro the Bartender.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Street cleaning in NYC.

Even people with umbrellas stood still as Mother Nature worked around us.

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Mercer Hotel.

99.9% lint free. I'm not sure who spends more time cleaning? Moi or them?

Friday, July 8, 2011

Bad people?

Bad-people-trying-to-be-good-people-on-Broadway? Tip. If the trash bin is full, carry it to the next one.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

When to drop your fork on the floor.

No napkin? No fresh table cloth? No immune system? Conveniently drop your fork on the floor and, "Waiter, I dropped my fork on the floor. Could you please bring me a new one?" Merci.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Hygiene Hunter is perplexed.

Seriously. I have no idea JUST WHAT The Plaza staff were sprinkling on their steps after the witching hour. It looked like sawdust to me. Not that I am not well acquainted with sawdust. Hmmmmm ... Organic confetti? Rat poison? Lounge lizard repellent?

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Happy July 4th on July 5th

This is why you should never leave home without toilet paper. As opposed to a credit card -- much colder to the touch. Although, you could buy toilet paper with a credit card. BUT, not in the moment:)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Never thought of this.

Thank you nice-lady-walking-your-dog-in-SoHo for a really, really super idea. Train your dog to poop on newspaper wherever he/she goes! Then of course pick it up. Totally, totally civilized. I feel blessed to have witness this -- in a hygienic way, not catholic.