Thursday, March 26, 2015

Kuaytiaw Naam (Thai Chicken Noodle Soup)

This is the soup that has gotten me through this winter. Like ramen last year, I had this soup out and became obsessed with recreating it's warming, comforting goodness at home. Thank you, Sen Yai, (Pok Pok's noodle shop sister restaurant in Portland) for introducing me to such a simple, clear tasting soup. It's really just a chicken noodle soup, simplicity done to perfection, with a nice Thai twist. If you're in Portland I recommend stopping into Sen Yai. If you're at home, make this. It's really easy. I promise.

Photography by Scott Rounds 

Recipe after the jump!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Some Favorites In San Francisco

In the same vein as my LA list here are some favorite spots I visited in SF.

Kind of a higher end, hand made urban outfitters vibe, in a good way. Very fun and arty. They stock all kinds of things: clothing, jewelry, home stuff, art, etc.
855 Valencia Street.
San Francisco, CA

Very cute store with great variety in product. Small and curated, they carry jewelry, stationary, ceramics, etc. The most appealing thing about this spot to me was that it felt very fresh and had a very different selection from other stores in the city.
600 Divisadero Street
San Fracisco, CA 94117

Beautiful home goods, mostly kitchenware. Mature and elegant feeling, all neutrals with tons of attention to texture and detail. I bought my first Perrochon here. (Insert toothy grinning emoji here.)
3075 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

A long time dream come true to visit the Heath Ceramics factory store! They did indeed, as rumor has it, have a great selection of well priced seconds.
400 Gate 5 Road
Sausalito, CA 94965

Unfortunately I did not make it to the bakery, but man was Bar Tartine absolutely delicious. I went with 3 other people so we ordered almost everything on the menu. Besides one dish which seemed like a fluke, everything was fantastic. I loved the layering of flavors, everything was so considered and had multiple ingredients and textures. My kind of cooking.
561 Valencia St
San FranciscoCA 94110

Another dream come true. I bopped over to Berkeley mid prep day on Friday to enjoy a solo 3 course lunch at the upstairs Chez Panisse Cafe. I love Alice Waters' cookbooks and her philosophy regarding food and I have been looking forward to eating at her restaurant for years, so this was a special meal for me. It did not disappoint. Baked goat cheeses with lettuces, bread and butter, crispy polenta with poached eggs, pork ragu, and a cardoon salsa verde, a glass of zinfandel, a decaf espresso, and a meyer lemon panna cotta with blood oranges and tea soaked prunes.
1517 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 9479
Loved how this coffee shop was decorated. And they serve Stumptown, organic dairy, and a very nice (and large) morning granola/yogurt/berries bowl.
2123 Fillmore St
San FranciscoCA 94115

This grocery coop is so cool and has a huge selection of everything. Lots of cheeses, lots of olive oils, expansive bulk section, etc. If I lived in SF, this place would be part of my regular routine.
1745 Folsom St
San FranciscoCA 94103

Friday, March 20, 2015

Humble Ceramics

I don't know how Humble Ceramics got on my radar originally, but they're hard to find and I hadn't seen any pieces in person until one day I came across some at The Primary Essentials. That was a happy moment. If you head to the Humble website you'll see that they are overloaded with work for the next year or two, they don't sell online and no personal orders. They do accept studio visits though and when I knew I would be heading out west for a couple weeks it was one of the first things I put on my to do list.

Delphine, the brains and hands behind Humble, was a total sweetie and I loved checking out her studio space. It was a lot larger than I expected- comparing to the normal tiny NYC artist studio- and they have quite the production going. These are just a few (kinda bad) iPhone shots but I really wanted to share a little behind the scenes sneak peek of her operation. I felt so lucky to go visit, it energized the rest of my day. So inspiring. To top it all off, I got to purchase a few seconds, or as she calls them 'wabi sabi' pieces. And of course, it was a gorgeous, sunny typical LA day in February. Doesn't get better than that.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Toast Catalogue

So proud to share this beautiful new work that Alice Gao and I created for the Toast Spring lookbook! I was so excited after our shoot, it was killing me to have to wait until the lookbook came out to share these images. I've been a long time fan of Toast, they place a lot of importance on the quality of their photography and have a great tabletop selection, so getting the chance to work with them made me a very happy girl. It was such a fun and inspiring project, we had a great day. Check out the whole lookbook and the rest of the images we shot here, our section is the still life driven black/white/grey story.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Some Favorites In Los Angeles

I have a couple more straggler posts about California coming in the next week or two, including a mini tour of Humble Ceramics. For now I really wanted to share a little list of some of the spots I most enjoyed while in LA. My trip was more about work than play this time around, so this is not at all an exhaustive guide. But I still got to do some fun and inspiring stuff and these are just the highlights from this visit. Also there's this image from a visit to Griffith Park at Sunset. Classic LA thing to do.

Casual chic bed linen heaven. Beautiful space to match their beautiful, made in LA, product.
912 East Third Street.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Excellent curation of home product, they make a point to carry items not found in other nearby stores. Linens, ceramics, decor, all in a neutral color palette. Totally up my propping alley.
7418 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Good coffee served in really pretty heavy handmade ceramics. Very bright and lovely interior.
4334 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90029

Really freaking delicious ramen. Worth waiting. For sure.
2927 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Super tasty Thai food that is not just spicy, but Thai spicy. I got to a point where I had to stop eating because my tongue was going to fall off. So good. But so painful... Next time mild.
3322 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026

This place is so cute! More than just a coffee shop, Gjusta is like a mini deli with loads of prepared foods and baked goods all made in house. The selection, and space, was so much bigger than the little coffee/sandwich shop vibe I had expected. If I lived in Venice this would be my go-to place for those "need-to-pick-up-something-for-dinner-cause-I-had-a-long-day-and-don't-feel-like-cooking' nights.
320 Sunset Ave
Venice, CA 90291

Monday, March 9, 2015

The Pink Pigeon Cocktail

I'm back from California! I have to say I didn't want to come back. It's been a rough winter and it was soo nice out there. But it's always nice to be home and sleep in your own bed and all that. Right? Sure.

I brought back a lot of stuff with me too. Mostly ceramics, because you know, hi, prop stylist, but I always bring back food souvenirs too. On the one hand because I love food, and on the other because living in cramped NY spaces has taught me that there is no better gift given or received in this city than one that doesn't require a permanent space allotment. Friends, spoiler alert, you are getting food presents. Me? I brought myself back some farmers market citrus and granola and popping corn.

Some of that citrus is destined for inclusion in these delicious winter cocktails Scott made up. Sort of a riff on a Paloma I've been calling our drink the Pink Pigeon. It's easy, it's fresh, it's delicious, it's really hitting the spot for me lately. In a shaker over ice pour 4 oz Tequila, 4 oz Fresh Squeezed Red Grapefruit Juice, 2 oz Simple Syrup or Agave Syrup, 1 oz Campari, and 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice. Stir together until chilled, but don't shake. Strain into 2 glasses, over fresh ice. Makes 2 drinks.

Photography by Scott Rounds 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Le Marche St.George Online Shop

Janaki Larsen is a Canadian potter who makes some of the most gorgeous hand crafted ceramics that I have ever seen. So raw and organic, yet so delicate and elevated. The texture in her clay and glazes pretty much always leaves me in awe. When she announced a few months ago that she would open an online store I started checking her site almost weekly. Here it is! It finally launched a couple weeks ago. She has such a great eye and developed style which carries through into all of the other items stocked. But to my disappointment, of course, all the plates and bowls are already sold out! Back to checking in every week.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A Sunday In LA

Last week I had a super lovely Sunday. I was only in LA for 6 days total and most of them were spent running around town having meetings. Sunday was my one day off to do exactly what I wanted.

I find the Hollywood Farmers Market so inspirational because of how different it is from our market in NY. We hardly grow artichokes out in the northeast and definitely don't have citrus, avocados, or olives... and definitely not in the middle of winter. Strawberries were coming into season! It was a whole new, not frozen, very exciting spring time world in LA. In agricultural terms. So, because of all this excitement, and because I have a hard time containing myself at farmers markets, I couldn't help but walk away with a huge bag of mixed citrus. Which I have been slowly enjoying ever since. I think I'm just now down to my last Cara Cara. The Farmers Market was centering and resetting, I'm so used to that in my weekly routine. Afterward I checked out the Santa Monica Antique Flea Market. Didn't think it was that great overall but I did buy a bunch of pyramid crystals for pretty cheap. That part was great.

The real highlight of the day was visiting Matteo in downtown LA. I have wanted to visit their showroom for so long and it didn't disappoint. Gorgeous space, huge and wide open, neat shelves and beautiful linens. And. They let me down into the sale basement. That made my day! The only bummer was that they had just had their yearly sample sale where they clear out their inventory to make room for upcoming new stuff, and they were seriously cleared out. It was hard to find anything other than a king pillow case. In fact, I only ended up buying pillow cases. But I feel pretty good about my loot, so no complaints. Guess I just have to go visit another time before, or maybe even during, the yearly sample sale. Heh. After that I hit a few more downtown LA spots and then met up with a friend for an early, but long, dinner at Animal. We ate ridiculous amounts of food. A delicious end to a fun day.

1/2 It was a cloudy day, but there was sunshine everywhere at the Hollywood Farmers Market.
3/4 The giganto cactus. / Avocado toast at Blacktop Coffee. Very good.
5/6 Matteo dreaminess.