Friday, June 20, 2014

Derek Wilson Ceramics

These lovely Derek Wilson Ceramics are so crisp and simple, such elegant everyday pieces. I have all kinds of ideas for those matte leaning bowls, so inspiring! I wish I could check them out in person, but alas, there are no US retailers. For now I will just dream little dreams of DWC.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

New Work

Every time Alice Gao and I get together to make pretty pictures I always leave feeling satisfied and inspired. She recently collaborated with Cartier on some posts for her blog and I helped out with the still life portion. The results are so stunning, check it out here and here. I love the mood in these; part tender, part eclectic, part somber, part intergalactic. Mixed in with her other images the idea of mystic and mysterious dream land comes together.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Asparagus, Green Garlic, Lemon, Ricotta, Pasta. All Together Now.

Another something I've been cooking! I love Spring best out of all food seasons. Summer and fall are great, but spring is so fresh and green (weather and foods) and such a relief after winter. Once the growing season starts again I find it a bit like a competitive sport- Eat as much fresh delicious whatever is in season before it has run out and you have to wait another whole year.

Among other spring treats I've been eating asparagus and green garlic like crazy. I've also been making homemade ricotta (surprisingly easy) and homemade chili oil (super extra easy). They've made their way into dishes like ricotta scrambled eggs or paprika soft fried eggs on toast with sauteed asparagus and green garlic or ramps. Ricotta, asparagus, and green garlic homemade pizza, doused in chili oil. There was a ricotta, spinach, and green garlic quiche, it was super delicious. And this recipe too turned out so well the first time that I keep remaking it, trying out variations. Sauteed asparagus and green garlic tossed with ricotta and pasta and then topped with chives and chili oil.

Recipes after the jump!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Wanderlust in Galicia, Part II: Water & Stone

Besides wander around gardens and hillsides we roamed ancient city streets. I can't get over European architecture, it's so lovely in all of its different styles, and most of all so old. Therein lies much of the romance of Europe for me, it is a place where the longevity of time becomes undeniably evident to me. It's fascinating. Their towns have lived longer histories, and pieces of that history still surrounding them integrated into their everyday lives. We, the United States, are a young country.

The town where we stayed in Galicia is a small fishing town on the Atlantic called A Pobra do CaramiƱal. We quickly formed morning and evening routines. Grilled fresh bread and cafe con leche for breakfast, plenty of beers and octopus, or other simple and perfectly prepared seafood, for a relaxed dinner. From there we would set out on day trips to explore the region. We saw the roman walls still standing around Lugo. Had a fantastic visit and wine tasting at the Martin Codax winery. A romantic, fancy Friday night dinner by the water in Sanxenxo (practically the Montauk of Spain). We circled the towering cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and explored every nook of the Mercado de Abastos. Most of the souvenirs I brought home for myself and friends were food items and from this market. At one point I asked a woman how much for a branch of her locally grown bay, probably clipped from a tree in her yard, and when she replied "20." my face fell in disbelief. She quickly added "Cents!" and we laughed. (20 euros for a branch of bay seemed pretty steep!) There were some rainy days, there were some sunny days, a little taste of everything. We got to have so many experiences, but still let time slow down for a bit. We succeeded. Great vacation.

1/ A pier in A Pobra at blue hour.
2/ I have the inverse picture of Scott taking this picture of me. Ha!
3/ These stone walls, that moss.
4/ Typical residential street in Santiago de Compostela.
5/ Sights inside the Mercado de Abastos.
6/ Small city alleyway.
7/ Pretty moments.
8/ More Mercado de Abastos and my prized bay.
9/ So much water, so many boats, everywhere. A beautiful building in Lugo.
10/ Homes on a hill by a beach.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Le Wish List

Summer edition and a little Spain inspired, a little beach inspired. I still have another round of images, more of Galicia, coming Thursday. But to break it up, some other things that have been on my mind.

1/ Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer with SPF. Double duty, good for running around the city or laying in the sun.
2/ Washed Out: Paracosm. Ultimate summer chill-out tunes.
3/ Proenza Schouler pouch. The perfect solution for carrying passports and travel documents.
4/ Texaco Abarcas Menorquinas. I bought two pairs of menorquinas in Spain and I love them so much that I may need to add this emerald-teal suede version to the collection.
5/ RVCA bikini. Here's hoping for lots of beach days this summer.