We hung some new artwork around the apartment the other day. This piece by Caroline Wright is on the wall above our couch now, and I couldn’t love it more. (These photos hardly do it justice.)
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A few finds from the Alameda Antiques Fair last weekend: an industrial stool that is just perfect for my new elephant foot palm plant; two cameras: an Ansco Readyflash (and a bonus surprise– an exposed roll of film in it!) and a Brownie Twin 20; and some old photos to add to my collection.
Does anyone have any experience getting obsolete film developed? The roll I found in the Ansco Readyflash is Kodacolor-X and processed with C-22 which our local shop doesn’t do anymore, so I’ve been looking for somewhere to send it off. The most promising I’ve found so far is Film Rescue International, but the turnaround is going to be at least 6 weeks… Any ideas/recommendations/suggestions would be very much appreciated!
Nolan and I met some friends at Mission Cheese yesterday afternoon. We told cheesemonger Steve a few of our likes and dislikes and he put together a spectacular cheese plate for us. That guy knows his cheese! Crowd favorites were the Barinaga Ranch Baserri and the Rogue River Blue– and half of us claimed to not even like blue cheese. The decor is a great mix of rustic and industrial and the vibe is definitely laid back cool. Plus they serve their tap beers in mason jars. (Love!) Not a bad way to spend a few hours on a drizzly afternoon.
It’s been almost a month since Nolan and I got back from New York City, and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to upload pictures from our trip. It was a bit of a whirlwind but we did almost everything on our to do/see/eat list! Thank you for your recommendations, they were so helpful! We did a fair amount of touristy things– visiting Grand Central Station, MoMA and The Met, walking through Central Park, along the Highline and across the Brooklyn Bridge – but we also got to act like locals too (many thanks to Emily and Kara for helping us fit right in) – we went to the Brooklyn Flea, bar hopped in the East Village, got the hang of the subway system, gallery hopped in Chelsea. We visited with old friends and new friends and even snuck in a stop at Etsy Headquarters. (What a cool place to work.) I really can’t imagine having a better trip. We’re already planning our next one… :)
We’re back from New York! It was an amazing trip, packed to the brim with exploring the city and visiting friends. I’m still catching up on work and emails from last week and haven’t had a chance to upload photos from my camera yet, so here’s a little tease with some iPhone pics.
skyscrapers and reflections | MoMA | drawing class at The Met | Subway | Cocktails | fabric at Mood | Grand Central Station | Blue Bottle Coffee on the Highline
I have been getting pretty lazy about taking photos lately, but that should change next week– I’m headed to New York City! It will be my first trip there and I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am. I’ve been browsing the Manhattan and Brooklyn guides on Design*Sponge and the guide to NYC Joanna (A Cup of Jo) shared last week, but if you have any recommendations for things we must see or eat or do while we’re there I’d love to hear them!
Anywho, back to this weekend. Saturday was a crazy day of errands (shopping, hair cut, cake deliveries) before running home to make a dish for a dinner party we were invited to. Some friends who are really into food and wine started a dinner club of sorts; every two months the group gets together at someone’s house to put on a six-course wine pairing dinner. The host provides the wine and every person/couple is in charge of a course that pairs with the provided wine (we were given tasting notes ahead of time). This weekend my friend Lauren was hosting and one of the couples was unable to attend, so Nolan and I were invited to round out the group. We were in charge of the pasta course, and the theme being ‘fall harvest’ we made a butternut squash ravioli with brown butter sage sauce. Everyone brought their A game and it was seriously one of the better meals I’ve had! We had poached pear salad, ravioli, roasted duck with a coconut cherry compote, braised lamb with pomegranate reduction, a cheese course, and pumpkin pie, each paired with wonderful wines (I couldn’t even begin to remember what we had). Needless to say, we were in a bit of a food and wine induced coma on Sunday and spent the day recovering, watching Sports Night (so! good!) and snuggling with the kitties. I caught them taking a nap on the same side of the couch, cuties.
I’ve been battling a cold since staying out late for the Bon Iver concert Thursday night (totally worth it, the show was amazing) so it was a fairy uneventful weekend here. Gabby had her baby last week so I helped deliver a couple of wedding cakes this weekend; the picture above is of Talya putting the finishing touches on a cake we delivered to City Hall. I was getting a bit stir crazy by Sunday afternoon so I took advantage of neighborhood free days and explored the California Academy of Sciences for a few hours. My favorite part was walking through the aquarium; I sat and watched the jellyfish for a while, and was tickled to spot a clownfish and a dory fish swimming together as I had just watched the end of Finding Nemo on TV the other night. Back home to veg for the rest of the evening and play with the kitties, who are getting along pretty well these days. What a difference a week makes.