Holy! How is February over?! It feels like it just started.
February was a month full of brainstorming, idea building and seeking inspiration from all sorts of places. Maybe in the future I’ll post about inspo and where I get it (we all draw from different places, don’t we?!).
These are the current things I’m loving, buying, wanting and watching.
1. I saw Cutie And The Boxer. Have you seen it? (It’s available on Netflix.) LOVED IT!! I love honest portrayals of married life.
Happy Monday, friends! How was your weekend? I spent Saturday in Laguna and yesterday I was testing some recipes while House of Cards played in the background and OMGooodness. That season premiere was INSANE!
In other news, today we have a La Creuset Giveaway. Do you have a French Oven? It’s one of my most-used kitchen items. I literally use it at least a few times a week. I use this for everything from making soups to braising meats to making bolognese–it’s so versatile!!
When things are going well, in the direction you want them to, do you ever worry that something bad must be on the horizon? 2013 was the year when I was constantly expecting something bad was on its way, because for the first time, pieces of my life were falling into place.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m totally down with Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday. I need it, man. And Brene Brown (I love this woman) spoke about this very same issue I’ve been dealing with. So this year, 2014, isn’t necessarily about these tangible goals that I can put on a to-do list and dutifully check off, but rather a year that’s all about leaning into joy. Being comfortable when things are going well and dealing with the hardship as it comes, rather than preparing for it.
I’m thinking it might be cool to share some of my favorite stuff once a month. It’ll be a round-up of all of the things I’m watching, listening to, reading, buying (or in this month’s case, wanting to buy).
1. Like the rest of the world, I’m reading The Goldfinch. Have you read it?
2. I think we all feel like maybe we’re not where we want to be in our lives. I’ve always been a late bloomer. Here’s James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem talking about just that: failure coming early, success coming later and making tons of mistakes along the way.
4. Have you seen Spike Jonze’s Her? Oh man…he explores the world of loneliness so very well. This documentary-short done by his longtime collaborator (and really legit director in his own right), Lance Bangs, asks various artists what “Modern Love” means to them.
5. If you have room for one more Lance Bangs documentary, I absolutely love this piece he did on Maurice Sendak, Tell Them Anything You Want. My favorite part is at the end (34:19).
Out of all the social media platforms we currently have – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc., I’ll be honest and say keeping up with the majority of them kinda stresses me out, but not Instagram. IG has always been my favorite; I find myself so inspired by what I find in the people I follow and of course, I love to sharing my own work and tidbits of life beyond the kitchen. Some would say I’m addicted, and they’d be 100% correct.
When I decided to do this post, I figured it’d be only fair to go under what I actually like the most. This is a collection of some accounts I love to follow because of pretty images and others that I think are funny, informative and interesting. My love on IG goes well beyond just food.
Kristin is a hair stylist and co-founder of one of my favorite blogs, The Beauty Department. (Seriously this post about fixing your broken blush/compact was a lifesaver during one frantic moment when I broke my brand new Nars blush.) Her Instagram is full of everything I love: beautiful shots of hair, flowers, her two doggies and cakes. Those are all the important things to me.
A children’s book author and artist. I’ve actually known his work for quite some time and am such a fan of his books and work. I love seeing his IG full of inspiring (and not cheesy! not an easy fete, my friends) sayings and stories. And this is coming from a person who HATES inspirational quotes, but his are just so much more. They’re more like tiny poems.
Bloom and Plume
I follow a good amount of floral designers on Instagram because I’m flower-obsessed and in another life was a botanist. I love Maurice’s arrangements, but more than anything I love the captions. He gives his flowers life, compares them to Beyonce songs, names them Precious…you get the idea. Pretty flowers with backstory (even if it’s made up and slightly ridiculous). I’m into it.
This might be my favorite follow of all. It’s weird, guys. It’s super weird. I’m warning you. It’s like collage art meets real life. It’s strange, but funny and a bit thought provoking, actually. It’s absurd. And I’m completely addicted.
You may know her work with Michael Graydon – if you don’t, then don’t worry because you’ve definitely seen it on the covers of Bon Appetit and everywhere else. Her Instagram is beautiful. And I love that she’s in Los Angeles right now, which weirdly makes me feel creepy that I know that.
Jessica Comingore Jessica lives in Los Angeles and is a graphic designer and photographer. I was lucky enough to meet her at a conference where we were both speakers. Her Instagram is full of beautiful slivers of light, warm interior shots of homes on the Eastside of Los Angeles, and well, everything is just so pretty.
Dash and Bella
Many people ask me about my favorite food blogs and I feel like that’ll have to be its own separate post because there are just too many to name right now, but at the top of that list is Dash and Bella. Her Instagram is also one of my favorites because the way she parents, lives, cooks, cleans, drinks…is so relatable. It’s often times completely imperfect, funny, always beautiful and done so wholeheartedly.
Craftsman and Wolves
Remember when I visited San Francisco and ate everywhere? Craftsman and Wolves was one of my favorites during that trip, so it’s no surprise that I love following them on Instagram. They make such beautiful desserts and it’s so fun to see what new things they’re baking up, even if I’m too far away to try them.
I realized I’m too involved in Instagram when I saw a photo Rene Redzepi posted in Mexico and thought to myself, I’m glad he’s taking a vacation; he works a lot. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME? I’m so emotionally involved. I have never met him. He lives in Copehnhagen and I’m sitting here worried about his workload? Anyway, I think all of us would agree that having the chance to eat at Noma would be a dream. I hope I get to experience it in this lifetime, until then I’m just going to follow him on Instagram and hope he’s not working too hard.
I’ve recently taken up pottery as a hobby and it’s not easy, my friends. But I do love it. I love that there’s no pressure, no real end-goal; it’s strictly for fun. In turn, I look to some of my favorite ceramicists for inspiration in the measly, crooked bowls I make. Helen Levi is at the top of that list. I love her mugs, plates and splattering situations she does with the glazes. And the rest of her pictures are dreamy too.
There is no one more passionate about corgis than Lily Stockman. Her mother (she told me this) used to have a corgi named Amelia, too! How crazy is that?!?! Lily makes beautiful textiles and scarves with her sister, Hopie, and together they own Block Shop. Her pictures run the gamut of beautiful landscape shots of the dessert to trips to India where her and her sister source dyes and fabrics. I could look at her photos all day long.
I love Insta so very much. I love being able to see people’s world while laying in bed under the covers. It’s my absolute favorite. Tell me, what are your favorites? Who should I follow next?
That whole saying about “needing a vacation from your vacation” couldn’t be more true. My body is still in shock from having to do normal life again. My normal life involves eating leftovers while standing in my kitchen, drinking healthy juice (sometimes) and waking up early. Not to fool you, I don’t wake up early everyday because I’m a super productive person. I wake up early because I have a terror of an animal that thinks sleeping in is lame.
Usually when I’m in New York it has something to do with work, so I’m generally running from meeting to meeting, getting lost, being rained on and being stressed. But last week it was completely different. There was so much leisurely walking, so much casualness, lots of wine with my lunches. Sometimes two lunches. Sometimes a late-afternoon cocktail. Whatevs! I was on vacation, man. And it was dreamy.
I went to a lot of places. A LOT. Mainly because I date a maniac who loves food more than me. Seriously, I don’t understand how his body can eat as much as he does. And he’s super annoying because he eats everything and gains nothing. I went to so many places that I wanted to create a bit of a guide, documenting the places I went. I’m only sharing the stuff I loved.
I was first attracted to this restaurant by its name, specifically the “snack” part. The child in me has always been obsessed with snacks. Superba does have a selection of snacks on the menu, but this restaurant does so many things well, specifically pasta.
Italian classics are given new, adventurous twists. The smoked bucatini carbonara is mind blowing. Honestly, when I had smoked pasta for the first time my mind was a bit blown. Superba’s cold smoked carbonara might be my favorite preparation of the dish to date. And their friend chicken is hand down my number one fried chicken in all of Los Angeles. If you’re familiar with Korean fried chicken (my fav out of all the fried chicken genres), then you’ll love this. It’s crispy, sweet and a little spicy. I could write an entire dissertation on my love of Korean fried chicken, which I won’t because were here to talk about chocolate pasta, which is equally as exciting.
Last year I went to Superba with a group of friends and the dish that caught my dessert-loving eye was the chocolate pasta. I suggested it and everyone had a bit of a brattitude about it. The pasta sounded “too weird,” “too strange,” but when it arrived at the table, it became the instant favorite.
While chocolate pasta might sound a bit brand new, perhaps even a bit weird, Chef Nerroni explained that it’s actually very traditional. Chocolate pasta first originated in Sicily after the Moors occupied the island. They had in their arsenal culinary gold: chocolate.
August marks my sixth year anniversary as a Los Angeles resident. I have a lot of mixed emotions about my Los Angeles-nniversary. When I landed here, I was a bright-eyed film school grad. Not that it’s a bad thing, but some things don’t turn out the way you expect them to. Things change. You change. Paths change.
Since I’ve been in Los Angeles, I’ve lived in four apartments, went through one terrible breakup, was totally depressed and lonely for a solid year, had two shitty couches, bought my first “adult couch,” have been totally broke and poor on more than one occasion, felt financially stable, quit my “safe” job, became a freelancer, started this blog (!), wrote one cookbook (!!), met Josh (!!!!), fell in love, and fulfilled a lifelong dream by becoming the mama to a (ferocious and mischievous) corgi named Amelia.
To all of you who were super nice and concerned about my car key, I’d like to inform you that it’s long-gone and I ordered a new one, which is currently in my possession. Drama over. Phew! Thanks for being good internet friends. That whole debacle is going down as one of the most annoying $200 I’ve ever spent.
Now, let’s talk about my month of July and how much I loved it. The other day as I was walking through Walgreens I noticed the back-to-school supplies stocked and it irked me. It’s always too early! Can we just let the children liiiive?! (Even though I am a total fiend for back-to-school supplies, have I told you this?! New pencils make me giddy.) Anyway, July was cool. I’d like to show you some pictures. Hopefully you won’t be bored to death and if you are, well, I’m sorry.