Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Biscuit Shout Out

As most of you know, I like my carbs, mostly in the form of bread. Of course I love my Brussels sprouts , brown rice and things of that healthful nature, but that's a different sort of affection...

Probably one of my most favorite bread items is a buttermilk biscuit. Done right. Which is hard to find in LA. I feel like I've blogged about this before.

There's just something so solid, so comforting about a piping hot flaky disc which conceals a tender and buttery crumb. A meal in itself with some butter and marmalade, or a very simple sandwich with thin slices of Virginia ham (miss my dad's version).



Photo above + technique from Gilt Taste


Photo above and more helpful tips from NY Times


Most times I think its overindulgent to fill perfection for a breakfast sandwich, but this one looks delicious!



Photo and recipe from Seven Spoons


Monday, January 30, 2012

Still Life


I wish we were still in Paris on a day like today. One of our favorite stops was to La Maison Deyrolle (46 rue du Bac, Paris, 7th arr).

You don't need to be a fan of taxidermy to appreciate the artistry that goes into their work.


Every piece looks as if it's about to complete a motion that will never be.


How often can you stand inches away from ferocious animals without fearing for your life?


The quietest hen I've ever met.


The little ones make me sort of sad.


Mr. W and I would have loved to take a custom butterfly collection home with us. I really wanted to take home a rooster with fantastical plumage, but decided we don't really have a place for it. Perhaps on our next trip.



Photos from Deyrolle

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Have you noticed?

Everyone's all abuzz about New Orleans.





I don't blame them. I love that town. Especially because it holds a special place in the history of Mr. W and me. Besides that, it's just a genuine, colorful, delicious and overall awesome place. It's a city that wears its heart on its sleeve. It's real.

Here are more reasons to go:
  • This year's festival. The line up is INCREDIBLE!
  • Food is ALWAYS a good reason to visit. I especially loved this recent post from The Meaning of Pie.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Last night a salve saved my life.

It's that time of year. Everyone around seems to be sniffling, coughing, fading away with their make up less faces with that sickly pallor. Okay, maybe not that last part.

I've been eating my Satsuma Mandarins and taking my vitamins like no one's beeswax, but it's only a matter of time until I succumb. I actually am starting to get a little sniffly.

Enter my new favorite pick me up - I swear I think it'll save my life!


Did you even know that Smith's of Rosebud Salve fame even made a Menthol and Eucalyptus salve? Genuis!

This next shot is totally gratuitous, but I thought I might magically capture aromatic waves emanating from the tin.



Nope! But trust me it's totally intoxicating, if you're into that sort of thing. XO


Get it NOW!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Bringing The House Down

There have been many a night that I put the whole house to sleep with my piano musings. Which is a pretty big change since I never used to play in front of anyone. Something happens when people are around - I forget how to play songs, the keys are foreign to me. You could say I have a slight case of stage fright.

Well, I better get over that ASAP because Mr. W and I are in a band. With another married couple.

Seriously.

I actually don't know how it all came together, but we rehearsed on Saturday night and we all came out of it pleasantly surprised. Here are some shots from rehearsal - in Mr. W's man cave.

Here's where I play.
(Next time I should at least get a finger in the shot, in action!)


Mr. W smiling - like really, truly smiling. I love that.
And I love that polar bear calendar behind him.


Rachel slappin' the bass.
Plus she had on the coolest jacket that night.


Todd.
Hmm, what's there to say except he's kinda amazingly talented.


More to come. Oh, and here's to living life outside the comfort zone! XO

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Positively

Usually when my alarm goes off I let out a big sign and fumble for the snooze button.

This morning when the moment hit, I did that a few times (not gonna lie!) and then when I actually decided to get up - instead of letting out a sigh, I said: "YAY!"

Not sure if it worked yet, but it's probably a better way to start the day?

XO


Poster from Typeposters

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tall, Dark & Handsome

I've read great things about Handsome Coffee Roasters. My coffee connoisseur pal Troy says they're really good too.

I can't always make the trek downtown (even though it's not far at all) but I was happy to find them at Cognoscenti Coffee (at Proof).


Even more impressed with the packaging.




Even though it's so 2009, the ironic mustache on the bag is a fun touch. XO

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Bridal Shower Loveliness

This past weekend I was lucky enough to co-host my dear friend Stephanie's bridal shower at our house. Erin of OBEY Clothing and Sonja of PCP were my co-hostesses with the mostest(-ess).

The theme was an afternoon Italian feast (Steph is 1/2 Italian). I didn't plant the cypress trees you see in the distance, but they fit right in!


Large tables for that family feel.


Fresh flowers, satsuma mandarins piled high, cannolis (and cream puffs) from Eagle Rock Italian Bakery, Pellegrino...


More fresh flowers, assorted Italian meats and cheeses, roasted red peppers, olives, bread and a delicious arugula salad (oh and a caprese salad with burrata cheese not pictured).


Erin wrote dish names on the butcher paper for that authentic touch.


Lovely handmade notebooks were parting gifts from the bride to be.


Close up of a plate, because you have to have one.


Birds-eye view.


Games. So much fun!


Lots of wine, Prosecco and artisanal sodas rounded us out.

Thankful for the fair weather, but it did get a little chilly toward the end of the party. We brought out blankets to keep us warm while we swooned and hollered (by candle and string lights) during the gift opening phase. Ladies can get rowdy!

Such a beautiful party for a beautiful friend. Can't wait for the big day Steph! Love you.


PS. I did buy the Lemon Meringue cake from Proof - layers of chiffon cake, lemon curd, with toasted meringue frosting and sprinkles of pomegranate - a nice and light cake for an occasion like this.



All photos by Sonja Teri (except for the birds-eye shot taken by me)

Monday, January 16, 2012

Simple Pleasures

The other day a few friends and I hosted a bridal shower at our house. We had some left over grissini (pencil thin italian breadsticks) - these had a little sprinkle of sea salt on them. I wasn't really sure what I would do with them - I'm not really a cracker/breadstick person.

But then they sort of reminded me of...

Remember Pocky? When I was a kid, it was one of my favorite things. Biscuit sticks that you could dip in a chocolate or strawberry frosting? I liked where this was going.

A jar of Nutella + some sea salt grissini.

(Don't pay attention to those the visible scrape marks in the jar. I really don't know how that happened so fast, I mean after that one and only taste test.)

And voila! A grown up version of a childhood treat.



Sunday, January 1, 2012

Bonne Annee 2012!



To start this year, I have less resolutions than in years past and less about esoteric improvements but more life quality resolutions. 2011 was the year of work. That's okay, but life should be more.

More pauses, more vibrancy and more inspiration are definitely on the list!

It's been almost half a year since I posted but you can find my speed posts on Instagram and Pinterest: jdweatherby on both.

Right now, Mr.W are in Paris and then off to London tomorrow before we head home to Los Angeles.

There will be a lot of things I miss about Paris that we don't have back home: walking everywhere, centers of culture, old architecture, and creperies on every corner, planning days around food, vin chaud (though I'll try to replicate at home - slice the oranges they say here) and the fashion watching. Oh and a reasons to eat frites at every meal. Ha! Not everything is meant to be.

But I can't wait to see everyone back home! XO

PS- did I mention that this year will be the year of the Dragon? Only means great things since I was born in the year of the Fire Dragon!