one of the best parts about living in southern california is the copious amounts of farmers markets. i often go every weekend. my favorite is the hollywood one, it’s definitely a must visit if you’re ever in the city. strawberries are one of my favorite things to pick up while i’m there. try out this cute shortcakes recipe…
• 6 cups strawberries
• 1 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
• 3 cups all-purpose flour
• 4 teaspoons baking powder
• 3/4 teaspoon salt
• 12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
• 2 cups heavy cream
• 2 large eggs
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
• preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly butter a baking sheet. Rinse, hull and quarter 6 cups strawberries; toss strawberries with 3/4 cups sugar and let sit to bring out their juices. In a food processor, pulse flour, baking powder, 1/2 cup sugar, and the salt until combined. Add butter, and pulse (about 10 to 12 times) until mixture resembles coarse meal but with some pea-size bits of butter remaining. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup cream and 2 eggs; pour over flour mixture and pulse again until some large clumps begin to form.
• To form the biscuits use a 1/2 measuring cup, gently pack dough into the cup, invert and then tap out onto the baking sheet. Repeat to form 8 biscuits. Bake until lightly golden, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool, about 15 minutes.
• Beat remaining 1 1/2 cups cream and 2 tablespoons sugar with the vanilla until soft peaks form. For faster results with the whip cream, stick your bowl and beaters in the freezer for 10 minutes before mixing. Slice biscuits in half (for a clean cut, wait until biscuits are cooled and use a serrated knife) Layer the bottom half of biscuits with whipped cream then strawberries.
photos and styling by: Ivan Solis
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hi friends. i have always LOVED reading through your travel recs. they seriously help me so much while i’m planning. the trip is still coming to life, but here is what i am loosely thinking below. i would really appreciate your comments. thanks so much! -bri
first stop in early april is paris. this place will always have my heart. i remember the first time i walked out of the cab onto the street and it felt like music was playing. i will be headed there for work with a friend and i am hoping to see some new sights and restaurants. i’ve always had a different experience each time i’ve gone, which proves that the people you travel with have such a big impact on how the trip is going to be! (see old posts here and here)
i have a few days open in between paris and tuscany so i think i am going to take a train to geneva to stay with a family friend for a few days. i believe he lives somewhere between lausanne and geneva. i’m looking forward to eating fondue, relaxing…i have only been to switzerland over a christmas holiday with my family about 8 years ago and it felt like everything was closed down and freezing. but i remember it being very beautiful, so i am anxious to explore it again.
then, i will be going to tuscany for a few days for a blogger trip and staying in this villa. apparently there will be cooking and floral classes happening! i don’t think i will have a ton of time to get out and see the sights, but if there is ONE thing i can’t miss what would you say it is?
i think i am most excited to see amsterdam. it’s been on my bucket list for a while and i’ll be there in may! i can’t wait to rent an apartment (hopefully one with a bike!) and wander around those little streets. any recommendations on neighborhoods or things i must do would be amazing! would you say jordaan? rent a houseboat?
and the last stop will be berlin. i went about 4 years ago and remember feeling like i could live there one day. it’s sort of hard to explain what i loved about it so much. i could just feel a design energy there that i really liked. the all white interiors, the nicely designed cafes, the impeccable fashion sense. last time i stayed in mitte, and i would love to explore a new neighborhood. where would you suggest? kreuzberg? also i am thinking about teaching a social media workshop when i am there, would you be interested??
AAAAAND! i will be renting out my 2 bedroom silver lake apartment on airbnb while i’m gone if you are interested in coming to LA for the spring. ideally, i would love a tenant looking for a longer stay. check out the listing here.
(photos, paris 1, geneva 1, tuscany 1, amsterdam 1 2, berlin 1, my house 1)
i’ve always been a fan of a good statement couch. a bold color, a funky texture or shape. i recovered my mid-century brown tweed couch with a bright teal fabric a few years ago. eventually, my cat turned the bottom of it into her personal scratch post and it’s looking pretty sad these days. aaaand it’s generally just not very comfortable for movie watching. it’s good looking, but i think i’m ready to invest in something a little more lounge-worthy. i’ve been searching around for inspiration…
my current couch above (in not that great of shape)
i want the kind of couch you want to fall into after work with blankets and not get up for hours.
i would be open to leather, linen, velvet. i can’t decide! if you know any great couch leads, let me know please.
(photos, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
hey there. this morning i woke up and had the urge to write a post about what’s been going on lately. if for nothing else, i can look back and have it written down…