My daughter is an Olympic gold medalist shopper. She comes by it naturally. Both her maternal grandmother and her father could quite easily compete with her for the title. I remember shopping with my mom with as a

Julie and Johnnie Friedman in the shopping days

child. It was a favorite mother-daughter activity. We would dress up, visit my father in his office (he was president of a chain of department stores called Younker Brothers), then shop, have lunch in the Tea Room

Tatjana in shoppers training with grandma

along with the fashion shows I adored, then shop some more until my little legs wouldn’t hold me up any longer. Fond memories but, the shopping gene skipped a generation, and now it’s Tatjana that makes

And the winner of the gold medal in the 500 meter shopping sprint is...

And the winner of the gold medal in the 500 meter shopping sprint is...

me shop until I drop. We had a blast cleaning out stores in both Des Moines and Los Angeles this past trip! Sadly, the Tea Room is long gone, but we did manage to find a restaurant in Des Moines that still serves

Next generation and shopping days - Tatjana and Julie Anne Rhodes

Next generation and shopping days - Tatjana and Julie Anne Rhodes

rarebit burgers that taste just like the ones I used to crave as a child, and Tatjana happily got her first sample. I meant to make them for you, but my week got away from me, so I promise you rarebit burgers in a future post.

Duran Duran live

Now Tatjana has flown back to London in time to see the other shopping gold medalist (her father) and Duran Duran play in the BT concert in Hyde Park tonight to celebrate the opening of the 2012 Summer Olympics along with Snow Patrol, Stereophonics and Paolo Nutini, and I am left eyeing up our loot. Who’s the gold medal shopper in your household?

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