bites of life: september

And just like that, we’re more than a week into October. Before it’s too far gone, here were some of my September highlights:

sweet: cake at proof bakery

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This cake, known as “Gateau de Savoie” or commonly “the sponge cake with the whipped cream and blackberries” is heaven sent. Yes-yes, I do have a big sweet tooth so I do deem a lot of sweets amazing, BUT this takes the cake. Literally. It’s so damn light I felt like I was floating after I finished. Ok, maybe that was the combined caffeine and sugar buzz-but, if a slice is available snatch it immediately. Thank me later. @ProofBakeryLA

savory: Sen Chan Pen Pu, aka #18 at sapp coffee shop

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Upon recommendation from my noodle-expert friend, Emily (@FoodLoversDiary) I made my way to Sapp Coffee Shop to try their famous noodles. She suggested the “Sen Chan Pen Pu” stir-fried noodles and I went to TOWN. The dish is so simple but flavorful AF: rice noodles, garlic, chili, egg and crab meat. Squeeze a little lime, request extra cilantro and all of your needs can go “bye-bye”.

drink: topo chico

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Behold the next big thing in sparkling water, Topo Chico. And by next big thing I mean, this stuff is gaining popularity nearly as fast as LaCroix. AND it’s been around longer, since 1895 #hechoenmexico. I had my first while working a restaurant pop-up. The chef “popped” one of these open for me and I was hooked. Feeding my sparkling water addiction one bottle at a time!

restaurant:sapp coffee shop

HOLY $h*T, need to go back stat. As I mentioned above, their #18 was my favorite savory bite this month, but their #23 Drunken Noodles (flat noodles with ground beef, chili and garlic) came in close second. Yes, I ordered two noodle dishes all to myself. Sue me. The leftovers were- dare I say it- even better. Next up I’ll go for the Jade and Boat noodles, which are famed and Anthony Bourdain approved.

entertainment: the infinity mirrored room at the Broad, lA

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This wasn’t my first time in the Infinity Mirrored Room, but it was my first solo trip. Last time I was in artist Yayoi Kusama’s piece was here. And I have to say, second time around was just as infatuating and breath-taking. My tip: get to The Broad at a decently early hour to enter your name in the queue, see the upstairs exhibit and at the end of your trip, ask kindly to enter the line early. No winking necessary 😉

Hope your October is already off to a great start…please send fall weather to LA!


bites of life: august

August was nothing short of incredible, between being in Scotland for nearly two weeks and coming back to gigs in LA, it was the best mix of “work hard//play hard”. And while I’m already wanting to head back to Scotland, I’ve just hit the 3 year mark with LA- safe to say I love it here too! Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend all!!

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fresh vanilla and nutella gelato

SWEET: janetta’s gelateria, st. andrews

If you are ever in St. Andrews, do yourself a favor- even if it’s cold and the line is long- and get yourself a double scoop of Janetta’s gelato. Normally I’m not a vanilla person, but it had been made 30 minutes earlier, so I couldn’t resist the combination with nutella and a flake bar. Napkins necessary.

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oysters with a view
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the full menu

savory: the oyster shed, isle of skye

Tucked away above the Talisker Distillery (prime real-estate, am I right?) lives the holy grail of oysters. Only open from 12-5 Monday through Friday, we were able to stop in to the “shed” for a couple of oysters. They were some of the freshest and clean babies I’d ever tasted. Better yet, Paul, the oyster farmer, shucks them fresh.

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there’s nothing like a whisky and chocolate pairing
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a cheeky half pint

drink: *TIE* Dalwhinnie whisky tasting and the jigger inn ale

Driving from St. Andrews to the Inverness area, we stopped at the Dalwhinnie Distillery, where they are known for their whisky and chocolate tastings. My favorite was the 25 year, and snagged a bottle to bring back stateside. Also, The Jigger Inn Ale (the pub located across from the famed St. Andrews golf course) was a necessary order. Definitely try it if you find yourself there- it has a lot of flavor despite being a lighter beer!

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cacio e pepe
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my pretty date, Maddie
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one gin, one tequila cocktail

Restaurant: kettle black, silver lake

Before heading off to Scotland, I stopped by the newly opened Silver Lake spot. It was popping! And pretty-“hello interior goals”. Pizza was on point, same with the pasta and cocktails. Happy hour (5-7) is daily too …always a huge plus!

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our majestic ride

how charming is our guide?!
how charming is our guide?! and how about that smoking gun??
hit the first two rounds!
hit the first two rounds!

entertainment: clay pigeon shooting, loch lomond

Move over Annie Oakley, you’ve got yourself a new sharp shooter in town! I loved riflery at camp, so when clay pigeon shooting was on the docket I was thrilled. It was a rainy day, hence the yellow jackets, and it was all too fitting with the woodsy range. *No actual birds were harmed* just little hard clay disks. Looking for a similar range in the LA area…if anyone knows of one, let me know in the comments!

bites of life: may edition

Some of my favorite blog series are always “Buys of the Month” or “Monthly Favorites”, so I figured I’d do my twist on the series. Each month I’ll do a recap of my favorite “Bites of Life” for a peek at what made my month especially delicious.IMG_6710

sweet: Milk Bar Store’s “Cereal Milk Soft Serve”. I don’t think a more perfect thing has ever been created. Christina Tosi (owner and founder) you are a goddess and can do no wrong. If this were available in LA, I’d be on a first name basis with the staff. It’s that damn good. PS: ask for crunch topping, but only on the outside, that way you get more CMSS in the cup.

savory: Jon and Vinny’s “Bucatini Cacio e Pepe” + “Burrata and Peaches Salad” a tie I know, but both were so damn tasty I couldn’t choose. One, if you haven’t tried bucatini noodles, cancel your plans tonight and order some…you can thank me later. Cacio e Pepe is a simple prep (literally just cracked pepper, lots of cheese, a touch of pasta water, love) and theirs won my heart. Their burrata and peach salad also haunted my dreams-in the best way. Peaches are just coming in season (f yeah) and J+V paired theirs with burrata, arugula for some peppery-ness and market tomatoes; simple goodness.

wine: 2012 Matteo Correggia Roero Nebbiolo“. I love Nebbiolos, always a good call. This one, from Piedmont, IT, I shared with friends at La Perla in NYC. We loved the earthy overtones, hints of red fruit and light tannic structure. Best described as Pinot Noir’s sexier older sister; more experienced and worldly.  We finished the bottle and could have polished off a second.

IMG_7383coffee: Flowerboy Project’s “Lavender Boy Latte”. A store after my own heart: part flower shop, part coffee shop, part curated boutique. And everything is yummy. Nicest staff too. Worth a visit when you’re on the west side!!

 

 

culture: Create + Cultivate: DTLA“. I could write an entire post about this day. I made an annoying long Snapchat story (follw me: @nat_pelletier) and met some #bossladies and badass bitches. Their next conference is October 15th in ATL-100% go if you’re thinking about it. I owe my blog in part to the conference! It got my ass in gear to get it launched, imperfections and all. Special thanks to Grasie Mercedes of ‘Style Me Grasie’.

quote:do the things and make the stuff that make you say ‘fuck yeah’” life motto right now

What were some of your May highlights?! Curious minds want to know! Comment below.