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!!

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.

oysters with a view
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.

there’s nothing like a whisky and chocolate pairing
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!

cacio e pepe
my pretty date, Maddie
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!

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!

iScream for summer

SUMMER is HERE! And while that means copious amounts of chilled rose and vihno verde, it also means my other vice in life: ICE CREAM. When it’s hot, I crave it any way- cone, cup, soft serve, or straight outta the pint! It’s the perfect friend date, cheap date (gents take note) or solo date because yes, you do deserve it. I’ve curated a mostly LA list, so scroll to find your perfect match!


The Bigg Chill: this must be the place!!! perfect post (or pre) Apple Pan, if you want THE BEST tart soft serve-it’s my favorite in LA-they have vegan cookie dough and numerous other toppings and a rotating list of flavors. No shame that it’s bookmarked on my phone. CASH ONLY!IMG_1141

CVT: simple AF and only 3 choices: chocolate, vanilla or a twist. My preferred method is twist in a cone with rainbow sprinkles. They’re a food truck, so check for their location. Usually available on Sundays during the Melrose Trading Post Flea Market.IMG_0887

Pressed Juicery Freeze: soooo you want to be “healthy” and are into the whole non-dairy thing. no shame, I have those days. GO HERE, it’s *just* their frozen juice. No added sweeteners!

Malibu Farm: kind of a given if you go to Malibu Pier, you need a little tart yogurt in life, because it’s Malibu after all and everything’s a little more beach-y and natural *wink wink*.IMG_6999

Jon and Vinny’s: save room for dessert!!!! Or just swing in, and get their twist to-go. Served with little wooden spoons so it’s almost as good as MilkBar’s cereal milk soft-serve…almost.


Salt and Straw: they’re originally from Portland, so you know it’s good shit. I just checked their instagram and their July flavors were posted early. OMG. I need to get over there now. This shop always has about 15 flavors that never leave, and a monthly series (July’s is an ode to berries) Expect long lines, but the friendliest staff- and sample everything!

McConnell’s: this Santa Barbera based shop gets my “elevated basics” stamp. They take everyday flavors and make them siiing, like: Churros con Leche, Chocolate covered Strawberries, Salted Caramel Chip and Turkish Coffee. Go here if you’re in DTLA and need a fix! 1 of 2 LA locations is a Grand Central Market which makes for a great foodie date.

Sweet Rose: LA based and oh so yummy. A friend introduced me to their salted caramel (which they top with a sprinkles of salt!) and I was hooked. They use local ingredients and it’s part of the Rustic Canyon restaurant

Jeni’s: there’s something about Jeni’s that makes me want to spend all day in the store. Maybe it’s because they are always making waffle cones- hello scentgasm- but the interior is crisp and all the flavors  are written out in a font that I wish was my own handwriting.  They always have seasonal flavors, right now I want to try “Sweet Cream Biscuits and Peach Jam” as well as “Birch & Marshmallows”

Carmela: all organic and based in Pasadena, Carmela is home to my favorite “vanilla”, theirs being “brown sugar vanilla bean”. And for those of you who like lavender- they have a “lavender honey” that is so
summery and light.

Top Round: being from the midwest and more specifically having family in Wisconsin, means frozen custard was a daily treat. If you happen to be in Door County, Not Licked Yet, was our favorite spot. But seeing as that is miles away, if you need your frozen custard fix, head to Top Round for the good stuff. It’ll be pretty hard to resist the rest of their menu, so go with an empty stomach.


Sprinkles Ice Cream: Sprinkle’s cupcakes were the ones to start the cupcake trend so at their ice cream shop, you can order a sundae smashed between a cupcake. You read that right. Ice cream plus cupcake. Even better, they do a version with their mini cupcakes so it feels less guilty.

ICDC: you can get an affogato sundae with a house-made DONUT. what?! sugar/caffeine buzz for sure. Also their colorful shop makes for a good ‘gram.IMG_9300

Little Dom’s: nutella. hot. fudge. need I say more?


Churro Burrough: Who doesn’t love churros?! I’m a cinnomon lover, so when I heard there was a place that sandwiched ice cream between two churro patties I was SOLD.IMG_0926

Milk: Oh Milk, how I love thee! They are known fo
r their macaroon ice cream sandwiches and they are amazing. Personal favorite is the fruit loops flavor with cereal milk ice cream. Lines are long at the Beverly shop, so if you’re on the East Side, check out their Silver Lake location.IMG_6352

CoolHaus: Started by Natasha Case and Freya Estreller, these two badass ladies combined their love of food and architecture. They hit up Coachella in 2009 with their truck and the rest is history! Check out their twitter for truck locations or stop into one of their brick and mortar locations.


Frozen Bananas+PB+Cocoa Powder: this is my poor (wo)man’s go to when I’m having an ice cream craving, but I don’t want to get in my car and drive. Just combine 1-2 frozen bananas, a spoon of PB and a spoon of cocoa powder and blend. A splash of almond milk also helps if you don’t have a Vitamix.

Phew, I know that was a long one! Still on my radar to try are: After’s Ice Cream, Magpie’s Soft Serve, Cream and Cauldron.

What are your favorite ice cream shops?!

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.