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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.
thanks for the treats, summerland!
(photos by sheila gim for designlovefest)
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.”
if you’re in LA check ‘em out! their new shop is on larchmont.
(want more food posts? go here!)
i took victoria and my DLF team to the recently opened commissary restaurant at the line hotel and it was such a treat: hanging plants, beautiful glassware, and delicious food made for the perfect place to spend the afternoon.
they really nailed the whole relaxing garden vibes, you almost forget that you’re in busy los angeles. and, you feel like you’re having lunch outside with out having to bare the heat…
their menu is all in pictures which makes ordering interesting but everything we ate was really good and fresh. i highly recommend the shrimp cocktail and deviled eggs…
so much pretty light, we couldn’t stop snapping photos.
i haven’t personally stayed at the hotel but i hear the rooms are great and we saw the pool area which looked pretty inviting. have you stayed or eaten there? what did you think?
(photos by sheila gim for designlovefest– want more food posts? go here!)
there is so much to see and do in los angeles. i’ve lived here for 8 years and i still have places on my list that i need to visit. i took my team to the piñata district last friday. it’s pretty much as crazy as it sounds. rows of shops filled with piñatas hanging from the ceiling, aisles filled with colorful candy and loud party music.
there are a lot of not so great options, but you can definitely pick through the selection to find the gems. we got two fruits for $10 and $13.
i hear they also do custom piñatas as well!
i also really loved the colorful sticks that they had to break open the piñatas with. we left with the watermelon and pineapple, but there are TONS of options for a kid’s birthday party…and a few alcohol themed pinatas for adults too…
los angeles, you are wild and i love you! go to the piñata district here!
(photos by sheila gim for designlovefest)
it had been forever since i updated my business cards. i stopped handing them out because the only correct information on them was the website, everything else had changed. so when cara of underwood letterpress moved into our office building downstairs, i knew we had to make this happen! i designed the cards for my two employees and myself and a few weeks later they were dropped on our desks…
i always liked how simple my cards were before. i don’t think cards need to be outrageous (although i have seen some pretty awesome outrageous ones!) i prefer just some nice details. thick paper, letterpress, colorful edges…
cara created our cards using black and hot pink ink and gold foil on two-ply cotton paper. we added gold foil edging on two and pink edging on one to make them extra special. they look especially great all stacked together.
see a little of her process below…
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