This is Oakland

For the past 10 months, I have been working on a book in my free time with a friend- the fabulous Kristen Loken- about this awesome (and often misunderstood) city that I live and work in- Oakland, CA. It’s called This is Oakland: A Guide to the City’s Most Interesting Places and it’s a stylish, visually-driven, guide/travel book about the city…but it’s more than that really.  We are profiling the most innovative, interesting businesses around the city, as well as the people that make this city so vibrant.  Oakland has been called “The New Brooklyn” time and time again, and there’s a reason behind it.  I feel like the country is looking our way to see what’s happening and I hope this book will offer readers an insider’s view of the city.

We are still working on the book, which we are self-publishing, and just launched the Kickstarter campaign! Won’t you please come check it out- and spread the word to your friends?  With Kickstarter, it’s all or nothing and we have less than a month to reach our goals.  Thanks so much!  xx

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The Southerner’s Handbook

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!

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Cozy nights

Sure, it gets dark outside around 5 PM, but I think these shorter days aren’t all bad!  After all, they mean more time for yummy cocktails, a roaring fireplace, baking, and holiday festivities.  I am dying to make this gingersnap cocktail from PopSugar, read the new Mast Brothers cookbook and start decorating for Christmas!!

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Clementine Daily

Big congrats to Erin, Anne, Elizabeth, Joanna, Hilary,  Julia and Amanda on the launch of Clementine Daily! The site is beautiful and we can’t wait to see what you talented ladies have in store!!


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Sammy & Hayden’s Playdate

We recently had a super fun playdate with Jeanne of Shop Sweet Things {adore her!} and her scrumptious daughter Hayden {who’s almost exactly Sammy’s age!}.  They totally hit it off, of course, and had a blast at one of our favorite family spots, The Oakland Museum of CA.  {We’re members and go once or twice a month!}  Check out the toddler fun here!


Cookbook Club

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!)

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Store Front

Photographers James and Karla Murray created a book that makes me wax nostalgic for New York City… Store Front is a photographic account of the classic, retro store signage fading from the NY street scape.  The owners of these mom-and-pop businesses invited James and Karla into the shops, and often into their homes, telling them the stories behind the facades- many of which are included in the book. It’s broken up by neighborhoods and my old ‘hood {the East Village} is chock full of gems- some of which are sadly now gone {CBGB’s and Mars Bar} and many of which still exist today {Gem Spa, McSorley’s Ale House, and 2nd Ave Deli}.  NY-ophiles, this one‘s for you!

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{All images, of course, from the book}



Feast’s Spring/Summer issue takes us along the Southern Coast of Ireland, from Heir Island to Firehouse Bakery for rosemary and olive sourdough, Castlecomer to Rosemarie Durr Pottery for handmade soup pots and bowls, and Castlelyons to the Ballyvolane House for salmon fresh from the river. I love hearing about the people behind each step of the way and Feast captures the journey from farm to table so beautifully! Feast, when can I come to dinner??

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