Despite living (very happily!) in the Bay Area, we all love Charleston-based magazine Garden and Gun. The magazine chronicles the interesting people, places, and (most importantly) eats of the greater South, and accomplishes its task well. A few weeks ago, they published The Southerner’s Handbook: A Guide to Living the Good Life, with tips on achieving perfect buttermilk biscuits, alligator-wrestling, an essay on “silver with a proper shine,” and other essential points of Southern living. As a born-and-bred Californian, I may never be able to discern the differences between each Southern dialect (page 254) but at least I can learn how to make great grits!
Because it’s a day centered around food, family, and happiness (and the beginning of a tasty season), Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. While part of me loves the familiarity and tradition that comes with having well-loved favorites every year, I want to introduce some new things into the mix this time. I can’t wait to make Samin Nosrat’s fried sage salsa and sausage and prune stuffing, and I found lots of great ideas from this PopSugar Home post. (Those rosemary pecans!!) These mashed potatoes with goat cheese and caramelized onions sound so good that I want to make an extra batch to make sure I’ll have enough leftovers, and I’m bringing back this lemon-thyme-gin sparkler from last year. Are you trying anything new this year that you’re excited about?
(image by Elizabeth Messina)
I can’t help but love Wes Anderson’s movies (this scene makes me laugh every time) and I am very excited for his next film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, to release next year. I only wish it was coming out for Christmas – seeing this in the theaters and having a peppermint ice cream sundae after sounds like the perfect December evening!
As someone who likes to eat, I’m always excited to read about restaurant openings across the country, but especially in my hometown of San Francisco. Tomorrow marks the re-opening of North Beach’s historic Tosca Cafe. New York restauranteur Ken Friedman and chef April Bloomfield saved the SF landmark from rising rent, and are keeping many of its elements (like the House Cappuccino – their signature hot chocolate and brandy drink) intact, while adding an Italian menu to the mix. I’m so happy to see this piece of San Francisco history preserved, and can’t wait to re-experience it!
(image from April Bloomfield’s Instagram)
Ever since our friend Miranda Jones told us about her cookbook club, everyone in the office has wanted to start one! Just like a book club (but more delicious), we’ll select a book to cook out of for a few months, and then meet for a feast of our favorites to compare notes. My cookbook collection is on its way to outgrowing my regular book collection (a sad sign for my brain but a good sign for my stomach) but this sounds like a fun way to try cuisines and techniques I may not normally be drawn to.
What are your favorite cookbooks right now? I am still working my way through Canal House Cooks Every Day, but can’t wait to check out Pok Pok (Thai food!), Franny’s (simple Italian from the restaurant in Brooklyn), and Brooklyn pizzeria Roberta’s upcoming cookbook. Happy cooking! (And eating!)
Have you seen Spotted SF? It has quickly become my favorite local site for learning about cool new places. Leslie Santarina (in addition to being a warm and lovely person!) takes beautiful photographs of local spots around the Bay Area and wherever her travels take her, and I have discovered quite a few gems from her…including this taco shop in Montauk!
While checking out Remodelista, I found my ultimate dream kitchen. I need to move to Portland and into this house immediately. I love everything about it – from the bright white subway tile to the dark wooden beams to the patterned tile of the floor. I can see myself having some toast and coffee at that island now!
This flower-adorned dessert from Green Kitchen Stories (which I discovered through The Chalkboard!) is almost too pretty to eat, isn’t it? While I can appreciate its healthful beauty, its cashew and agave filling might be a bit too nutritious for my tastes. But I might just have to make a more decadent version this summer – maybe with this frozen key lime filling and this Prosecco-strawberry slush?
Have you seen Brooklyn florist Amy Merrick’s work? I love scrolling through her gallery of gorgeous, natural flower arrangements and fantasizing about becoming a florist. I could never create anything nearly as beautiful as what she does, but spending all day in the studio below sounds pretty awesome.