Spring Summer

 

British photographer and director John Lindquist’s narrative short beautifully shot in the village of Positano on Italy’s Almalfi coast.

“For a while you’re carefree and going with the flow but then you have to make a choice about the direction you want to take,” he explains. “And that was the starting point for the story: a small moment of realization.”

Have a lovely weekend.

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Favorite Breakfast Dishes + Recipes

dcsdreamy cream scones – I used this scone recipe from America’s Test Kitchen Cookbook for my first time baking scones from scratch, and I can honestly say that I never need another scone recipe again. I couldn’t believe I pulled these out of my oven. I may not have baked many scones before, but I’ve definitely eaten many*, and I tell you, this is the scone of your dreams.  It’s at the tippy-top of scone perfection.  It’s moist, but sturdy, but still so soft and light and buttery and wonderful. The perfect scone.

*scone cred? – some of my favorites include Tartine’s buttermilk currant scone, Arizmendi’s blueberry scone/corn cherry scone, Square One’s raspberry scone.

DSC_0173baked oatmeal – I made this not too long ago, and I’ve had it every morning for the past couple months. Yes, every single day. Sometimes I use apples rather than blueberries. The amount of cinnamon in the recipe goes well with the apples, naturally, and I like to use a mix of Fiji and Granny Smith apples. Pears would be a nice alternative. Are you still perplexed by the fact that I eat the same breakfast every day? I find an incredible amount of comfort in breakfast routines, leave me alone.

giltslowly scrambled eggs – 30 minutes for scrambled eggs? Yes. Ruth Reichl says, “…scrambled eggs, cooked with great patience, have a texture like velvet and a taste that reminds you why you want to be alive.” This recipe will require your time and patience, but it’ll give back the most luxurious dish of eggs. The slow process of constant stirring not only creates a luscious texture, but the flavor of egg is phenomenally reduced and concentrated in every bite.

croicroissant + preserves + coffee

My favorite bakeries in LA for a croissant – unless you plan to make them at home – are Proof, Maison Giraud, and Europane.

avoavocado toast – No recipe needed here – simply mash half an avocado onto a well-toasted slice of a nutty, whole-grain bread, sprinkle with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Healthy, hearty, easy, quick, delicious.

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When the yogurt is especially good and fresh, I like to keep the toppings to a minimum. This is one of my favorite combinations.

aprilApril Bloomfield’s English Porridge – You’ve probably heard it before – it’s been praised by The Wednesday Chef, The Amateur Gourmet, Food52, among many others. This oatmeal doesn’t need me to say it, but I’ll say it. It’s special.

eggsdippy eggs and soldiers – Buttered strips of toast dipped in rich egg yolk. My favorite meal for those slow, glorious mornings of breakfast in bed, a good book, and the morning sun.

berrybreakfastcobbler3piedessert for breakfast – Be it leftover pie, cobbler, or crumble, I believe that if you put a dollop of Greek yogurt on top, it’s breakfast and it’s wholesome.

cerealcold cereal – Cold cereal never, ever gets old. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or late night snack, it’ll do. Kashi in the morning, Frosted Flakes and Lucky Charms at night.

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Lately

whaleThese Whale Bookends made me smile.

lunchMost of have seen the iconic “Lunch atop a Skyscraper” photo taken in 1932, but here’s a photo of some of the men napping after lunch-

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sleepSpeaking of sleep, have you seen photos of Ted Spagna’s sleep portraiture work? : “Taken at fixed intervals throughout the night from a bird’s-eye view, and displayed in chronological order, the series of images reads like a silent film.”

nyny2Really excited for Brandon and his upcoming book, based on his beautiful project, Humans of New York. It’ll be out in mid-October, but you can pre-order the book here.

Good read: Gardens, not buildings. 

ice ice2 ice3Iceland.

Six micro-movies on the physics of love: What Love Looks Like.

Words

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Toska (Russian): A state of mind with many different shades. Russian novelist, Vladmir Nabokov describes it this way, “At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning. In particular cases it may be the desire for somebody of something specific, nostalgia, love-sickness. At the lowest level it grades into ennui, boredom.”

Mamihlapinatapei (Yagan, indegineous language of Tierra del Fuego): The look shared between two people, who both desire to initiate something but are reluctant to start. For example, let’s imagine there are two strangers sitting on a park bench and both wish to start a conversation with the other, but neither is courageous enough to do so. The shared look between the two strangers is called mamihlapinatapei.

Koi No Yokan (Japanese): The sense upon first meeting a person that the two of you are going to fall in love.

L’esprit de l’escalier (French): Literally translated, l’esprit de l’escalier means “the spirit of the stairs.” It refers to that moment when you finally think of a comeback or finally think of the perfect thing you could have said in a certain situation but it is already too late.

Wabi-sabi (Japanese): The Japanese word for “a flawed part of an elegant whole.” It refers to the idea of finding perfection or beauty within life’s imperfections and recognizing that they are a part of something larger.

Ya’aburnee (Arabic): This word literally translates to mean “you bury me.” It is the declaration of one’s wishes that they will die before another person because it would be impossible to live without them.

Saudade (Portuguese): An intense, constant longing for something that does not and probably cannot exist. A vague and constant desire for a lost love, or for an imaginary, impossible, never-to-be-experienced love.

Shemomedjamo (Georgian): You’re really full, but your meal is just so good that you can’t stop eating. A word that translates to mean “I accidentally ate the whole thing.”

Hygge (Danish): The pleasant, genial, and intimate feeling associated with sitting around a fire in the winter with close friends.

Backpfeifengesicht (German): A face badly in need of a fist.

Pomegranate

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Have you looked inside a pomegranate? Squeeze one softly and listen- you may be able to hear the jewels inside glittering in the dark. When you open one up, you’ll discover a cave, encrusted with a million rubies! They’ll sparkle as light cuts through the clear kernels of red glass for the very first time.

These are pretty rubies you can eat! Pluck one off, and in your mouth it will pop with sweet and tart juices for only a moment- then disappear. 

Juice No. 1 – Tango Pink

When I used to work in Venice, on Abbott Kinney, there was a popular deli/juice bar called Local 1205 a few doors down. I would glance at the menu in passing, but didn’t think twice about paying $9.00 for a jar of apple juice.

But then one day, a dear friend stopped by to visit, with a glass jar of that cold-pressed apple juice in hand for me. The juice was cloudy, a dark amber color. The first sip was surprising. It tasted like an entire crate of sweet, crisp apples were juiced, concentrated, reduced, and squeezed into that 16oz mason jar. It was just apple apple apple. Apple to the hundredth power. It was good.

Local 1205 has a concoction called Floral Spike. It’s made of green apple, lemon, ginger, and cayenne pepper. This is my rendition of it, incorporating sweet, summer watermelon. According to the Plochere Color SystemI’d call this Tango Pink. If ever I open up my own juice bar, I think I’d create a menu by color, and offer a spectrum, from White to Black.

Black – Apples, blueberries, lime, and squid ink?

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Tango Pink

1 small apple

handful of cubes of watermelon

1/2 lemon

1 inch of ginger

dash of cayenne

Summer Style

july asthetiques.tumblrWe’re into the second half of the year and it’s been really hot. Hot hot hot. I can’t begin this entry without talking about this heat, and likewise, any conversation between friends or strangers usually begins with a comment on the weather. food52

This sudden transition into high temperatures always throws me off in a lot of ways. Any recipes I’ve bookmarked- like this, this, or this– remains ignored, because I don’t even want to think about turning on a stove. The only kitchen appliances I’m willing to deal with are the refrigerator and blender. I end up eating tomato sandwiches and blueberry smoothies everyday. I’m not complaining.

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I also suddenly forget how to dress myself in this warm weather. Dressing myself during the autumn and winter months comes easy. I love the balance of a warm coat/jacket/sweater/blazer + slim pants + heels/boots. It’s my winter formula.

maeveeeee.tumblrbarsjakeveci.tumblr ss2 yscegr.tumblrBut come summertime, I just get confused. I don’t know what to wear, and I know my affinity for the color black offends sweaty people. So I start pulling off some funky things- playing with neon, wearing not enough clothing- things that may work fine for others, but just isn’t me. It leaves me colorful and uncomfortable.
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And then I get a grip, and I remember. The shapes and lines I like, the colors I love. My own style, and the aesthetics that draw me. I let the warm weather and the change of seasons inspire and add to them, and from there, I just play. ss3 theepitomeofquiet.tumblr
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So basically, I wear the same things, minus a coat.

One more style note-

French designer Isabel Marant is going to be the next collaborator in the 10th year of H&M’s guest designer program. Pretty sure this is going to be the biggest hit yet.

“I aim at creating something real, that women want to wear in their everyday lives, with a certain carelessness, which I think is very Parisian,” Marant said. “You dress up, but do not pay too much attention and still look sexy. The collection is infused with this kind of easiness and attitude.”

The collection is going to be available from November 14th. Excited!

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Happy 4th! with A Recipe Roundup

femme-belle.tumblrHappy 4th! Hope your day is filled with love, sunshine, and lots and lots of watermelon!

Here’s a recipe roundup if you’re in the need of some last minute menu inspiration-

A Summer Cheese Plate

A Summer Cheese Plate

Farro Salad with Tomatoes, Basil, and Feta

Farro Salad with Tomatoes, Basil, and Feta

Garlic-Mustard Glazed Skewers

Garlic-Mustard Glazed Skewers

Crispy, Juicy Rotisserie Chicken on the Grill

Crispy, Juicy Rotisserie Chicken on the Grill

Salmon Skewers with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

Salmon Skewers with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

Charred Pepper Steak Sauce

Charred Pepper Steak Sauce

Grilled Strawberries with Pimm's and Vanilla Ice Cream

Grilled Strawberries with Pimm’s and Vanilla Ice Cream

The Moon Safari  (pineapple + tequila + lime + tarragon)

The Moon Safari (pineapple – tequila – lime – tarragon)

 

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