Monday, April 30, 2012

more than brunch ... Kinfolk San Francisco

I am still feeling giddy after the SF Kinfolk dinner. Actually, it was a brunch that was beautiful in every single way. Goods from local San Francisco vendors were set up so each guest could take something home. Fresh flowers were wrapped so each person could take home a bouquet and the Heirloom Cafe was transformed into a small farmers' market. The people I had the chance to talk to, eat brunch with, and toast with completely inspired me. Heirloom Cafe was bustling with creative energy and positivity. I am honored that I was apart of such an intimate and heartfelt event. All week I worked on jam for the event and I was so touched that Nathan and Julie asked me to bring some of my preserves for everyone. I wrapped each of my jams in a burlap like fabric that I found at my favorite fabric store and tied each one with twine. Underneath the fabric, I created a label with one of my favorite John Muir quotes ... that hopefully inspired each person in some way.

It is quite rare that I get the chance to sit down at a table with people I know little about ... and enjoy a meal together ... a meal that encourages conversation and laughter. But, by the end, I grew attached to my table as everyone was truly unique, friendly, and I cherished each and every conversation. Emma shared stories about her trip to France, Bubba made us all laugh with his story about his first set of glasses, Annie was the sweetest and had such a sincere personality, Rose made me laugh, laugh, and laugh. Rose and her brother even gave me one of their vintage stouts that had been aged in bourbon barrels to take home ... a gift that I can't wait to crack open. Then there was Maggie and Hannah who I know I will meet again as they asked me to teach them all about jamming .. I am holding them to it. I am amazed that after several hours the people at my table  were no longer strangers but people who touched me with their stories and enthusiasm for life. Thank you to everyone who made the Kinfolk SF brunch so special ... it was a day I will try to emulate for future gatherings and meals.

Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly.
-M. F. K. Fisher

Monday, April 23, 2012

a slow Sunday

Yesterday was just what I needed ... slow, easy going, and mellow. We've been go, go, go, lately (from (Carmel, Big Sur, Santa Cruz, to Davis) which is nice but sometimes, you just need one of those days that slows you down ... I love Sundays for that reason.  On Sunday we got up early, found the jam jars that I had been searching high and low for, visited with my favorite strawberry farmer who gave me an amazing discount ... she saved me forty dollars on three flats of strawberries, and then went to one of our favorite coffee shops where I got to use my sweet Portland cozy. I was even dressed to drink coffee yesterday ... and sported my morning buzz shirt from Dressing On The Side.  So, from a farmers' market jaunt that had me appreciating Earth Day and local farmers, to a coffee shop visit where my cozy came in handy ... yesterday reaffirmed why I love Sundays.

For the next week, The Cozy Project is offering 15% off to Coeur de La readers ... coupon code: coeurdela.


Friday, April 20, 2012

Happy Friday and some good stuff

Have you been to Blue Bottle's Oakland location? If you have yet to go ... go. Lately, I've been in the area and have found any excuse to go. I love the location, the outdoor seating, and the baristas are incredibly friendly but not in that ... in your face kind of way. They are nice, genuine and helpful. Recently, I made a little foodie jaunt up to Oakland and of course stopped at Blue Bottle. I picked up some beans, my friend treated us to gibraltars, and we sat outside and mostly talked about life, coffee, and food ... my favorite conversations.

I have some pretty exciting stuff to share with all of you today ... perfect for a Friday. The Sugar Cube's cookbook just came out (I pre ordered mine and it came yesterday) and I highly recommend you purchase it. The photos are great, Kir is amazing, and all of the desserts are incredible. So, if you love sweet stuff then the cookbook was made just for you.

Camping. One of my favorite activities. I love packing up my things, escaping the stresses of the week, and sleeping in the great outdoors. I am pretty much the happiest when I am camping thus, I am so excited to share with you, Shelter Co. Kelsey and her husband are two avid campers and creators that just launched Shelter Co. I've known Kelsey for quite some time growing up in the same town and she has always inspired me by her creativity. So, Coeur de La readers show Shelter Co some love!! Congrats Kelsey!!

As for the winner of The Cozy Project Giveaway ... Lena from A Crimson Kiss you've won!!! Thanks to everyone who entered but you won't leave emptied handed per say. For the next week, The Cozy Project is offering 15% off to Coeur de La readers!!! I am pretty excited as I already know which one I will be getting ... the coupon code is: coeurdela.

Wishing everyone a weekend filled with simple sweet things. We are headed to Carmel to do some hiking along the coast and I could not be more excited.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

500th post and garden juice

There are certain things that are simply good for you and your body knows it. I first started juicing about a year ago when I came back from a trip to Maui. I was inspired by my friend's husband who had been juicing beets from their garden. Before my trip it had not occurred to me that a beet would taste divine juiced. Nor had I given juicing basil, mint, kale, or bell peppers much thought. However, something happened in Maui as I was absolutely inspired, nourished, and amazed. I loved the way beet juice made me feel ... simply alive. So, for my 500th post (exciting stuff) I thought I would share with you a simple juice recipe that keeps me feeling fresh, happy, and alive. Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend filled with laughter, simple things, and those honest to goodness little things that keep you feeling alive. 

the everything in your garden juice  
2 pink lady apples
2 oranges or blood oranges 
5 basil leaves
1/2 (raw)purple beet
4 strawberries
2 carrots

In a standard juicer combine all your fruits. I like to juice the softer fruits first and then save the beets and carrots till the end. Place your favorite juice glass (an old jam jar for me) into the freezer before making your juice. Give your juice a stir, pour into your favorite chilled glass, drink slowly, and enjoy each and every sip.