Ooh, my favorite!

Scenic Drive
September 19, 2012, 8:04 am
Filed under: Art and Design, San Francisco


Heading back to Seattle after eating, shopping, and napping on my holiday in The Bay. I’d forgotten how much I miss these 49-Mile Scenic Drive road signs, so when I saw them in these artistic variations at Zinc Details on Fillmore it made me smile. I love them as an entire installation.

“49 Reasons Why I Love You” By Annie Galvin

Abbaye de Belloc
September 18, 2012, 9:46 am
Filed under: Food, San Francisco

It’s been great to be back in San Francisco. Some strange feelings of nostalgia and déjà vu here and there, but still I am having a lovely time. And eating so well too!

Yesterday I had the most incredible cheese and I had to jott down the name and share it with you before I forgot it forever. This is Abbaye de Belloc, an unpasteurized sheep milk cheese made for centuries by Benedictine Monks using milk from local farms. The cheese guy that helped us yesterday said it is the world’s longest continually made cheese.

It’s a semi-firm cheese with a creamy texture that tastes of rich grass and burnt caramel. At first it tastes quite mild, but as the cheese warms on the tongue, and as it bites between your teeth it becomes increasingly flavorful and fatty. I should probably mention the 60% milk fat content. It is gorgeous!

I’ll have to see who has it when I get back from SF, but if you’re in this area check out Gourmet and More in Hayes Valley. It’s a gourmet’s food mecca, and the sweetest little store, but all I really need to say is: cheese walk-in.

You’ll find the cheese guru inside bundled up in a parka and ready to dish out lots of samples. Then you make your choices and he sends you on your way with a tiny basket.



Or you could buy it online here, $15 for 1/2 pound.

Hot house
September 17, 2012, 11:13 am
Filed under: Compassion, Green, Videos

NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies has released this video showing Earth’s temperature change from 1880 to present. Regardless of what politicians or news networks say or believe, the world around us is changing. This is a reminder for us to be mindful, everyday, to lessen our impact on our home.

And did you know Americans throw away nearly half of their food every year? Shameful and sad. We could all do so much better.

These are a few…
September 14, 2012, 11:00 am
Filed under: My favorite things

It’s not officially here, but the air is crisp and the days are so much shorter. It’s almost as if the earth tilted just thatmuch and suddenly it’s no longer the summer that we’d grown so accustomed to. And yet, it’s not quite autumn. I’d always thought this was an Indian Summer, but I think it’s still too early. Regardless of what this is I am going to live up these last few weeks of summer-ish weather and continue trying to resist the twinges of hibernation-mode that are creeping up. Do you get those too?

I am off to San Francisco tomorrow for a little getaway. It will be my first trip back since I was there to finish up my move so I’m a little anxious to see how things feel. So much of me loves that city, but there are also pieces that seemed so unforgiving. At least we have a packed itinerary of killer food and shopping. Yeah, it’ll be fiiiiine.

Hoping you’ve got a lovely weekend ahead. Here are my faves from the week. Kiss!

Transition camouflage. I’ve had this Equipment blouse for a few years now, and I’ve gotten so much use out of it. I don’t see the point in investing in the trendy camo skinny jeans (I just don’t see the longevity, and it’s almost too trendy if you know what I mean) so I’ll just stick to this guy which is quite versatile.

Courgettes and crabcakes.  After yesterday’s post I realized how truly fortunate I am to be able to eat in that same way. My post-farmer’s market lunches with Andrew (my guy!) are some of my very favorite moments. A few simple ingredients with perfect seasonal and local vegetables.

(Gifted crab cakes from Dan at Hama Hama Co. also don’t hurt!)

Playtime inside. One of the fun parts of the cold Seattle nights has been working to get the house in order, and by that I mean slowly taking over moving to Andrew’s house! While we have completely different tastes we’ve also found that we share a love of many things, including our new antique french cabinet from the 1900’s. This is the first nook we’re taking on. We just need a frame for the vintage persimmon print, a small lamp, and some girlier pieces to top it off.

The Cook’s Atelier
September 13, 2012, 10:08 am
Filed under: Clean, Food, Organic

Precisely how every meal should be made.

The Cook’s Atelier is a mother-daughter cooking school tucked away in Burgundy, France. The vegetables are from Madame Loichet’s farm. Check out their blog to see all of the beautiful (and simple) food and recipes they share. Notice the small the list of ingredients, and the importance of seasonal eating.

A History of Fashion
September 12, 2012, 11:14 am
Filed under: Art and Design, Fashion

These are great, aren’t they? I’ve always been partial to the glamourous fashions of the 30’s (and 40’s too) so I think that would be my favorite here. I am wondering why the 50’s didn’t get their own print though; I don’t think the fashions of that decade were similar to the 40’s at all. Hmm….

Check out the full size images here.

September 11, 2012, 9:48 am
Filed under: Art and Design


Some extra love is probably in order for today.

So here’s a heart.

As a bowl.

And a spoon.

Very sweet.


Scandinavian heart bowl and wooden spoon: $55 CAD

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