Monthly Archives: May 2014

Giveaway: SIN-MIN

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We’re stoked to announce a SIN-MIN giveaway this week! SIN-MIN is a yummy horchata “lipspread” that is both buttery in texture and cinnamony in flavor. This lipspread is made form beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, vitamin E, secret horchata flavor extract, cinnamon, and honey..all the good stuff. AND its made right here in LA. The best part? Everything is organic! Awesome. All you have to do is leave a comment to enter, winners will be announced next week. Buena Suerte!

Find SIN-MIN @ Firefly on Abbot Kinney or The Golden State Store on Rose

***SIN-MIN cinnamon illustration, and pictures shown here by P. Witte

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LA Faves

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Alfred Coffee | Sin-Min Lip Spread | Moon Juice | Gracias Madre | Thyme Market and Cafe | Treats Yogurt & Ice Bar

We’ve been in LA for almost two months now and have definitely developed some favorites in our hood. It’s been so fun to explore around our new neighborhood and check out the hot spots. We’re walking distance to Rose and Abbot Kinney, so the shopping and dining possibilities are endless. I had been wandering around Rose one day and happened upon Golden State, the coolest little shop carrying only California made products, art, books (SIN-MIN, STANCE etc.). If you haven’t checked out this store, you must, and pick up some SIN-MIN Horchata Lipspread or find it on their website here. Its kind of amazing. There is a juicery around every corner in LA, but Moon Juice on Rose has become our favorite. Not only do they serve cold pressed juices here, but they have their own line of tonics, and carry local raw snacks, and chocolate. Oh and the baristas? Juicisistas? Are the nicest folks around! Two fave West Hollywood finds are Gracias Madre, 100% organic and vegan Mexican food, and Alfred Coffee. The outside ambience by the fountain at Gracias Madre is so relaxing you feel like you’re in Mexico. We had the Ensalada de Verduras, the “Bacon” Coconut Torta, and both the “Purista” and “Quinceanera” cocktails. I would highly recommend this spot to anyone…not just vegans. The price is right, and no snooty hostess here. Head down the road to Alfred Coffee to enjoy freshly brewed Stumptown Coffee and shop around Melrose. Santa Monica faves are Thyme Cafe and Market where I’ve been lunching with my friend Caitlin who works in the neighborhood. Last time we split the Kale and Fennel Salad with Pecorino, and the Bacon, Caramelized Onion, Apple, Gruyere Panini (w/ Sauv Blanc of course) which were both incredible. There is a multitude of freshly baked bread, pastries, and a huge deli carryout section filled with different sides and salads which are perfect for any night of the week. With the heat wave a couple of weeks ago, I sought out the best snow cone/ frozen yogurt I could find, and Treats Frozen Yogurt and Ice Bar seemed to be a popular choice. If you’re a shaved ice fanatic like I am, you have probably heard of “sour spray,” and let me tell you, Treats has it. Stay tuned for many more LA faves…

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Cara Cara & Rosemary Granita

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Cara Cara oranges are in season, and with the recent LA heatwave, we decided to make some granita with the fruit. Cara Cara’s are a bit less acidic, and evoke notes of rose, which hold up nicely to a stronger herb like rosemary. Granita’s are the perfect palette in which to create a cooling snack or dessert, with whichever flavors are in season.

Ingredients:

Cara Cara Oranges (6)
Rosemary (5 springs)
Pellegrino or Sparkling Water (2/3 cup)
Light Agave (1 tbsp)
Water (1 tbsp)

**9×9 in glass Pyrex

 

Directions: 

Squeeze oranges into glass pan. Finely chop 1 tsp of rosemary and add to pan. Create a simple syrup by heating agave, 1 tbsp water, and 3 sprigs rosemary. Stir for five minutes until fragrant. Strain rosemary and add syrup to pan. Add Pellegrino and stir to combine. Let set overnight adding last spring of rosemary as garnish. Using a large serving spoon, scrape granita out of pan and into stemless wine glasses, or serveware of your choosing.

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I flew to Colorado two weeks ago to surprise one of my best friends on the night of her engagement. What followed was a mountain weekend filled with champagne, dance parties, family dinners, and a gaggle of giddy girls waiting for their turn to try on the ring. Of course there is a soundtrack to our lives, and for a weekend like this, it’s a continual music share-a-thon. On the drive home it was my turn to plug in Spotify and update a couple of music hungry homies on my recent faves playlist. A few top artists on the current rotation include; DimSum, Blood Orange, and newest obsession, French Kiwi Juice. Yes, there is a trend here-bands with food related titles, Alex noted. If you are a foodie, or music lover alike, try a taste of FKJ. A dreaded (the hair kind) French DJ delivering deliciously juicy tracks.

Listen here

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Portland Wrap-Up

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PDX the “City of Roses”, and aptly named, with a climate deemed perfect for growing said flower. This place is crazy beautiful, with some seriously lush fairy-like neighborhoods. I think I described it as “Boulder, on plant steroids” it’s almost tropical, and the colors are so vibrant, everywhere you look is sprayed with greenery. Perfect streets lined with equally as colorful Victorian houses, each with their own personality. It’s like living in a painting. Around every corner it seemed, was a surprise; a wishing tree, where people tied on their most intimate and cherished dreams, a poetry stand with monthly changing poetry sheets to take (this month’s poem entitled “May Day”), and a book exchange cabinet outside someone’s purple and orange house. I don’t know what everyone is on in Portland, but people are HAPPY. Cab drivers, bartenders, sales associates (we love u, Paxton Gate), they all have beaming smiles that quickly become contagious. Besides the foliage, and  awesome peeps, Portland is home to some damn good food. We had Thai at internationally acclaimed Pok Pok (Best Chef Northwest 2011-Andy Ricker), Tacos at Por Que No? and Mexican/American fusion Luchador, Southern style brunch at Screen Door, happy hour brunch at Tasty and Sons. The food was incredible and never ending. List of bars we took over: Bar Bar, Devil’s Point, Dig a Pony, Sassy’s, and many more… Throw in some vintage shopping, a couple of tattoos, and stripper-karaoke (I think you can figure that one out) and it was one hell of a week. Happy Birthday Ash, that was one for the books.

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