Saturday, July 2, 2011

A few more snaps from the balmy part of the country

Stalking Dexter's House

I couldn't help but stalk Dexter's apartment while visiting Miami. 
For those of you who may be tempted to do the's a trusty map!

Deco Miami

There's something magical about wandering Miami, trying to capture photos of as many of these beauties as you can. Each one unique in its own way. Some are lovely despite being in bad need of repair... some as pristine as I imagine them being 8 decades ago.

The hotels that weren't blocked by table after table of frat boys with fried food and margaritas (complete with two Coronoas inverted over the top) were especially lovely.

I'm curious about the annual Art Deco Weekend the preservation society puts on each January.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

New loot in the shop!

Get 'em while they're hot...

More summer dresses coming soon! 
Click on the photos to go to the shop!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Sneak Peek: New woodcut prints and technical drawings by James L. Tucker

woodcut, gauche, graphite and conté on japanese paper
"Diagram for Brothers"
graphite on paper
"Thunnus thynnus with Hudson Canyon"
woodcut and graphite on paper
woodcut and graphite on paper

Head over to James' website to see the rest of his latest work.
If you're in the Aspen, CO area, head over to the Village Culture Gallery for his solo show this weekend.
301 E. Hopkins Avenue
Aspen, CO 81611

My love is quite talented and I am very proud of him and his latest work!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Thank you, The Mangement

I have a thing for collecting sign misspellings. 
They make me smile.
I'm collecting them one by one, or in this case, two by two.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Vintage kitchen gadgets

An assortment of recently acquired vintage kitchen gadgets. 
Most people would never need all this stuff, we actually use it. 
Even the ravioli press. I love to make tarts in these little cast iron skillets.
These are from various places many for almost free: street sales, Oakland White Elephant sale and a couple from a lovely friends shop Pot + Pantry in the Mission.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sunday projects: popovers and cocktail onions

I can't help that on most weekend mornings I wake up wanting to create in the kitchen. I think I've become addicted to the simple pleasure of being able to go into the kitchen and create something with just what I have on hand. A lot of this has come about by making sure I always have staples on hand, something I've become quite good at the past year or so. 
I find it especially rewarding to be able to make my own breads without having to run to the store for a baguette. One of my favorites are popovers. They are super quick and easy. The key is room temperature ingredients and a preheated pan.
I lay out my eggs, milk and butter to come to room temperature, start the coffee and fetch the New York Times from the front steps. By the time I've had my coffee and gone through most of the paper, my ingredients are ready. 
I use Ina Garten's recipe, which can be found here or in her Parties book. I don't yet have a popover pan, so I use a muffin pan, they taste delicious but come out more muffin looking instead of the typical puffy drama they would in the proper pan. This morning I made them with the sole purpose of using the giant Nutella we found at Target yesterday and the cherry blackberry sage and clove preserves I found at Rainbow. The results were delicious warm and make a nice portable breakfast to take to work tomorrow.
 At this point, especially after making bacon and eggs too, I had already made a disaster of the clean kitchen, so why stop there? I picked up these pearl onions to make cocktails onions for Gibsons. I have always ordered Gibsons here and there but recently tried to order one at 15 Romolo but they had no onions on hand. Right then I knew what my next pickling project would be.
 I like to use a simple pickling liquid recipe such as Thomas Keller's and then add whatever I feel like to it. I basically just took his ratios of salt & sugar to liquid and made mine of 1/2C apple cider vinegar, 1/2C white vinegar and 1/2C water and added a 1/4C sugar and 1/4C salt then peppercorns, dried chiles, whole cloves, a couple fennel seeds and 1 garlic clove. I typically like to use more fresh herbs but didn't happen to have many on hand that seemed right so I improvised.
 After peeling the onions, I heated the pickling mixture to dissolve the salt and sugar, then added the onions to cook for 2 minutes. I then added some dry vermouth and placed it all in two jars.
 I'll know how my mixture came out around cocktail time this evening.
 A Gibson is basically a gin martini with onions instead of olives as garnish. I'll use 2 1/2 ounces of Hendricks gin to 1/2 ounce dry vermouth and a couple onions to each.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Darling Era in Lucky Magazine

 I ended up in this month's Lucky Magazine on page 130 about San Francisco street style featuring plaid. I'm wearing my favorite coat - my grandmothers Pendleton.
Photos by John Tran

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Afternoon project: Winter Spice Donuts filled w/ pastry creme

 This issue of Uppercase had an intriguing donut recipe. I'm always looking for new cooking projects and I haven't made donuts since 4H in elementary school.
 I readied myself with fresh squeezed blood orange juice and prosecco. It just so happens that I really enjoy an afternoon of baking (or frying in this case) and imbibing.
 I had to somehow distract myself from opening this Valentine's gift that was just sitting there, staring at me. It kind of reminds me of this story my grandmother told me about her and my grandfather where she would find her gifts and unwrap them, replace them with gifts of her choosing and then re-wrap them, much to the surprise of my grandfather once it was actually time to unwrap. haha I can't help but love that story, as much as I'm sure it must have aggravated my grandfather.
 Using real vanilla bean in the creme really makes a difference.
 Mixing up the dry ingredients
 Shaping the donuts (I'm not much of a perfectionist in this area).
 Fry 'em up
Dredge them in the spicy sugar mixture and
let them cool off
 Then they're ready for the pastry creme filling. I used this mechanical pastry bag but it wasn't as simple as I suspected so I rigged a regular pastry bag for the rest.
Here's the final product! They turned out tasty, especially with the fresh ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon I used in the sugar coating. I might leave out the creme filling next time, just for the sake of time.

Vintage Valentine

 Sometimes I forget how serious my vintage obsession is. Perhaps that has to do with things being stashed in different rooms and different closets so I can keep myself in denial. But, when I decided to choose an outfit for a Valentine's day party tonight and dinner and a show on Monday, I realized just how many options I had collected.
 Creams, peaches, fuchsias and reds....prints and solids...
 Maybe a sweet 50's print?

 A little fuchsia 60's mini.
 Kitschy and playful.
 My newest acquisition, this one truly has to be seen on in all its form fitting glamour
 and be topped off with fur of course...
 A pretty form-fitting neutral.
 My favorite thing is a low back.
 A daytime Valentine?

I'm leaning towards this one paired with my beloved (and oh so torn up) red cardigan. It just feels like me. Maybe I can get away with wearing boots with this one without looking too 90's grunge. I'll try it out. 
What are you wearing for Valentine's day? It's a fun excuse to get dolled up regardless of plans.
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