i really love living in los angeles, i can’t really picture myself moving anytime soon (or maybe ever!). it’s so fun to travel to different cities but coming home is always great because this city is so familiar and comforting to me (i’ve lived here 9 years now.) i love having visitors in town and showing them all of the hidden gems. there are certain local places that just get skipped when you visit a new city, unless you have the inside scoop. that’s why i love what jessica and krissy are doing with their youtube show tastebuds travel. they’re traveling to eight cities across america and giving everyone the inside scoop on the local faves.
i took part in the LA episode and we went to one of my favorite little shops, Mrytle. the owner, whitney, has great taste and stocks both vintage and new. it’s not far from where i live. i love wondering in on a saturday and checking out her finds.
you can watch the whole episode below. which also features some other fun LA spots (one that i didn’t even know about!). check it out!
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i am so excited when a new restaurant opens in my neighborhood. i’m often very lazy when it comes to venturing out of my hood (traffic avoidance and i’m a convenience addict) so i usually end up eating at the same 5 or 6 restaurants on a regular basis. lately i’ve been pretty tired of the same old same old, so when ostrich farm opened down the street from me in echo park it was a happy day.
so first of all, the decor is STUNNING. every little detail was thought out. it’s such a romantic little spot. 4 of my girlfriends and i went there the other night for dinner and we couldn’t get over how great everything was!
the crab citrus and avocado salad is seriously amazing. the pork ossobuco with roasted fennel and polenta was next level good. i loved the roasted chicken over mashed potatoes, the brussels sprouts with pancetta and egg, and the flatbread appetizers…there wasn’t anything that was just ok on the menu.
delicious and beautifully plated!
i love the brass lights, white brick, and woven elements. and how about those gorgeous bar stools?!
i went in with jesse to shoot these photos for the blog and chatted with brooke, the owner, for a while. she told me they are opening late hours (1am) on thursday-sundays. very excited about some wine nights there. and brunch! they are opening on march 21st for brunch on the weekends, and i’ll be first in line for that.
if you want to follow some of my other favorite food spots you can check my instagram hashtag #dlffavefoodspot. and definitely stop by ostrich farm if you haven’t already.
hi there! we are expanding over here at designlovefest and looking to hire a new member to our team right away. some of the main job responsibilities will be managing the giveaway and dress your tech columns on the blog (so good taste is necessary) and looking through submissions for new content. this means the new person will need to have an aesthetic that aligns with the current brand, and also have great communication skills. we are still a small company, so there are a lot of opportunities to be a part of various sides of the brand. (helping with workshops, photo shoots etc.) we are looking for someone to jump right in and be a part of the DLF family! our studio is located in downtown LA and i’d love the new member of the team to be in the studio with us 2-3 days a week. is this job for you? i’d love to hear from you! and please spread the word if you can…
company:designlovefest | Los Angeles, CA
job title: managing editor
tasks include: we are looking for someone who has experience in both the administrative and creative side of a business. knowledge in photoshop and wordpress is a big plus.
more details: we are seeking a new addition to the DLF team. someone who is eager to learn and contribute to the studio and brand. this person needs to be a fast learner, have excellent taste, articulate communicator, highly organized, detail oriented, forward thinker, and able to easily prioritize tasks. this is a part time paid position (with opportunity to be full-time in the future). must be available 2-3 days a week and have a car.
contact: please send portfolio with social media links and a little bit about yourself to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
this summer has been a hot one which generally means not much cooking and lots of eating out because it’s just too hot to even think about turning on the oven. now that the temperatures are dropping, it’s time to add a few more fruits and veggies to the table and embrace all that fall produce has to offer.
there’s a small company in LA called summerland that will deliver in-season organic produce to your home. they dropped some off last week for us to enjoy in the studio. included was their brunch box which supplied us with all of the ingredients we needed to assemble the perfect brunch. it was amazing. it’d be the perfect thing to send to a new mom or as a housewarming gift to someone whose refrigerator is most definitely empty after a big move. and, if you don’t live in LA and want to make your own brunch box – here’s what they included and it pretty much covered all of the bases:
• one bottle of cold brew coffee
• 2 avocados
• 1 loaf bread
• 1 dozen eggs
• cherry tomatos
• oranges to make fresh OJ
• scallions and herbs
we used our ingredients to make a soft veggie egg scramble. my aunt taught me how to make scrambled eggs when i was 10 and her tip has stuck with me forever. she told me to cook the scrambled eggs on the very lowest heat possible and to continually scrape the bottom of the pan to keep the eggs from over cooking. it actually works really well but is definitely a saturday morning only routine for when time allows.
we also made a simple roast veggie recipe which was delicious, especially served with arugula that we drizzled with olive oil and lemon. here’s how to make it at home.
ingredients / rosemary vegetables
• half of a butternut squash
• 4 Japanese sweet potatoes
• 4 sprigs of rosemary
• 1 onion
• one head of cauliflower
• 1 bunch of asparagus
how to make it:
• preheat your oven to 425 degrees
• roughly chop the vegetables
• toss all of the vegetables together on a baking sheet and generously drizzle with olive oil ands sea salt. mix by hand until all of the veggies are evenly coated.
• roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the veggies are tender. i like to slightly overcook them so that they have a charred outer layer.
when we heard that LA was (finally!) getting the portland based raved about ice cream shop, salt and straw, i knew i wanted to send the girls over there to check it out! i heard they seriously lived up to their reputation… (sad i didn’t get to join them!)
“we sampled so many of their delicious flavors, some of our favorites were stumptown coffee, cinnamon apple donuts and surprisingly tomato water and olive oil, which sounds kind of crazy but it was mild and refreshing.”
“they make all of their ice cream in 5 gallon batches and source local ingredients for all of their seasonal flavors. and the flavors actually taste like the description. they don’t add a ton of extra sugar so you can experience the ingredients which was pretty cool.”
“and they are insanely hospitable, we spent quite a bit of time in there and watched them dish out no pressure samples with a smile to lots of hungry onlookers.”
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