Hinoki & The Bird

Out & About // Hinoki & the Bird

Happy President’s Day! Since today’s a big beautiful vacation day for most of you, I thought I’d just share a bit about what Mr. Lovely and I did on Valentine’s…

Hinoki & The Bird

Hinoki & The Bird

Happy President’s Day! Since today’s a big beautiful vacation day for most of you, I thought I’d just share a bit about what Mr. Lovely and I did on Valentine’s Day. We wanted to do something a tiny bit special but still pretty chill, so we headed to a V-Day lunch at a spot we’ve been wanting to try, Hinoki & the Bird.

Let me just start off by saying that during the business lunch hours on a weekday, the two of us stuck out like sore thumbs. We were surrounded by dudes in suits, who were saying things like “merger” and “investments.” And while we had these silly grins pasted on our faces because the place was so beautiful and the food was so good, everyone else kind of seemed cranky to be in a business meeting on Valentine’s Day. All of that is to say that this is definitely not the kind of place that we frequent. We’re more a taco stand type of couple. But stepping it up every once in a while is super fun.

Hinoki & The Bird

Hinoki & The Bird

Anyway! If you go, definitely try to sit outside — the patio is beautiful and I couldn’t stop staring overhead at the hanging air plants. You definitely feel like you’re transported to a different place, with all of the sleek wood paneling and simple, natural elements. I was totally taken by their pretty mismatched flatware. And the food… well, the food is ridiculous.

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We ordered a smorgasbord of little things to share. My absolute faves were the pumpkin toast with miso jam and goat cheese, and the persimmon and burrata salad. (You could probably put burrata on an old shoe and I would still love it.) Mr. Lovely couldn’t get enough of the fried chicken sandwich. And if you want to finish with a little something sweet, try the miso mochi with butterscotch. It’s just a few tiny bites but packed with more flavor than you can probably handle.

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After we left we decided to hit up the Journey of a Dress exhibit — bonus! Mr. Lovely didn’t even mind too much because of the crazy awesome patterned walls. The Diane von Furstenberg dresses were awesome and all, but those walls were all I was focused on. So obviously we had to have a full-out photo shoot.

Journey of a Dress

Journey of a Dress

Journey of a Dress

Journey of a Dress

And that’s a wrap! Mr. Lovely ended the day by sending me a hilarious Red Stamp invitation to our couch for a House of Cards marathon. Probably the best Valentine ever. Have a great week! xoxo

Out & About // Dell’Osso Pumpkin Farm

A trip to the Dell’Osso Pumpkin Farm has become a tradition with my sister’s family, and this year we took our tiny new nephew, too! If you’re in the California…

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A trip to the Dell’Osso Pumpkin Farm has become a tradition with my sister’s family, and this year we took our tiny new nephew, too! If you’re in the California Central Valley (or even the Bay Area), this place is worth a drive to spend a day running around. There’s so much to do, and somehow it’s fun if you’re a kid and also fun if you’re a grown-up. There’s a corn maze, a pumpkin patch, playgrounds and petting zoos, trains, a gold-mining station, and there’s even bonkers stuff like a ropes course and a zipline. The boys’ favorite is always the pumpkin launchers. I mean, shooting tiny pumpkins out of cannons and trying to hit a target to win a prize? Come on. That’s the best.

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There’s also a country store with homemade everything and it’s all delicious. We demolished a piece of pumpkin pie (the best I’ve had), a brownie, and some fudge. I’m pretty sure my niece will be awake for two weeks straight from all the sugar. If you’re in the Central Valley, have you ever been? Or is there a similar pumpkin farm where you are? Where do you go to celebrate pumpkin season?

Out & About // Lemonade

I love sharing food. If you ask me, it’s the best way to eat out, because if you share you get to taste more things! Everybody orders their fave, and…

Eat Out // Lemonade

Eat Out // Lemonade

I love sharing food. If you ask me, it’s the best way to eat out, because if you share you get to taste more things! Everybody orders their fave, and everybody gets to sample it all. My new favorite place for sharing food is Lemonade. It’s a bright and cheery cafeteria-style spot, perfect for a quick bite or for sitting and relaxing with pals for a while.

Eat Out // Lemonade

Eat Out // Lemonade

Mr. Lovely and I recently stopped in and shared a plateful of their maketplace sides – gorgeous salads full of fresh ingredients. They call it “California comfort food,” and that’s about as perfect a description as I can think of. Definitely try our fave – avocado, cherry tomato, pine nuts, and lime. Excuse me? It was like grown-up guacamole and I never wanted it to stop. We also fought over who got the last bite of the chili roasted butternut squash. And a super cool thing is that at the counter while you’re ordering, they’ll let you do a little taste test if you can’t decide. (They also have a full menu of salads, soups, and hot dishes.)

Eat Out // Lemonade

Eat Out // Lemonade

The joint is called Lemonade, so clearly you have to try the beverage of choice. My dude got the Old Fashioned (classic, sweet, and tart), and I got Watermelon Rosemary. And I hereby proclaim that henceforth if my lemonade doesn’t have watermelon or rosemary in it, heads will roll.

Eat Out // Lemonade

And like any good eatery, there’s a glorious little case full of adorable looking sweets. Mr. Lovely opted for a Pink Lemonade cupcake (they’re only a buck!). I was trying to abstain, but I will say that I stole some frosting when he wasn’t looking and it was perfection.

If you’re in LA, you gotta try it! xoxo

Eat Out // Lemonade

Eat Out // Lemonade

Eat Out // Lemonade

Out & About // Urbanic Paper Boutique

Urbanic Paper Boutique is one of those shops that seems like it was made out of my dreams. I swear, walking into that place is like walking into one of…

Out & About // Urbanic Paper Boutique

Urbanic Paper Boutique is one of those shops that seems like it was made out of my dreams. I swear, walking into that place is like walking into one of my Pinterest boards that came to life. It’s packed full of all of my favorite good stuff, from paper to pencils to candles. Mr. Lovely and I headed in recently and shopped around a bit, and the lovely Audrey (owner and creative director) let us snap some photos.

Out & About // Urbanic Paper Boutique

Out & About // Urbanic Paper Boutique
Out & About // Urbanic Paper Boutique

Out & About // Urbanic Paper Boutique

I can’t get enough of those Illume candles! My favorite scent is the pineapple cilantro — amazing.

Out & About // Urbanic Paper Boutique

Out & About // Urbanic Paper Boutique

Out & About // Urbanic Paper Boutique

So many fun little treasures are tucked everywhere! When we left I felt like I still hadn’t seen it all because there’s so much good stuff. I did, however, manage to find a couple of things to take home. I’m a Maptote fan, so we brought home a little LA map for visitors who we have coming to stay, and a zipper pouch for myself. Duh.

And FYI, they’ve got a new online shop coming soon, but in the meantime you can check out their pop-up shop for any goodies that you might need. Thanks, Urbanic! xoxo

Out & About // Urbanic Paper Boutique

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out & about // pumpkin patch

If you’re in the Toluca Lake area, you should stop by the Pumpkin Patch! We took a quick trip there for Mr. Lovely’s recent birthday, and had a pretty great…

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If you’re in the Toluca Lake area, you should stop by the Pumpkin Patch! We took a quick trip there for Mr. Lovely’s recent birthday, and had a pretty great time.

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The patch obviously has a ton of pumpkins (in all shapes, sizes, and colors), but it also has a haunted maze and a petting zoo if you’re bringing little ones. And the friendly guys who were helping us pick out pumpkins were super-helpful, too — they literally shined the ones that we picked out to take home. At the end, they hauled everything to our car for us and sent us on our merry way!

And speaking of merry, they have a Christmas tree lot in the same location during the holidays. Anyone ever been? If their trees are anything like their pumpkins, they’re going to be awesome. xoxo

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Out & About // lynn’s paradise cafe

Over the weekend in Louisville, we grabbed a bite to eat at possibly the craziest hole-in-the-wall diner I’ve ever had the pleasure of finding.  Although, now that I think about…

Over the weekend in Louisville, we grabbed a bite to eat at possibly the craziest hole-in-the-wall diner I’ve ever had the pleasure of finding.  Although, now that I think about it, it’s not so much a hole-in-the-wall as a giant, crazy, rainbow-colored museum of oddities and amazing food.  There’s something to stare at anywhere you turn (plaster hippos, legs sprouting out of the wall, an extensive collection of hideous lamps, and dinosaurs hiding in the jars of crayons, just to name a few).

If you happen to find yourself in Louisville and pop into Lynn’s, I recommend the Fried Green Tomato BLT.  With sweet potato fries.  Enough said.  xoxo

Out & About // pittsburgh popcorn

Today we say goodbye to Pittsburgh and move to the next city on our tour schedule.  I have to say, I’m not terribly upset by that, except for the fact…

Today we say goodbye to Pittsburgh and move to the next city on our tour schedule.  I have to say, I’m not terribly upset by that, except for the fact that I’ll be leaving behind my new favorite thing:  Pittsburgh Popcorn.

I spotted the cute little shop walking to work on our first show day, and stopped in.  This place is a popcorn-lover’s dream — freshly popped, gourmet, delicious popcorn, in about a zillion amazing flavors.

Pittsburgh Popcorn has a standard menu of flavors (among the usuals:  Theatre-Style Butter, Caramel, Wisconsin Cheddar, Reese’s, and a few others), and rotates specialty flavors weekly in addition.  My two faves on their weekly specials?  Ginger Snap and Vanilla Buttercream.  I swear, the latter literally tastes like salty cupcake frosting.  It.  Was.  Perfection.

If you want to see more (or order some online!) visit their website here.  In the meantime, check out the photos below to see some of their other crazy flavors — I can’t believe I missed Dill Pickle.  xoxo

Out & About // abc kitchen

One of the things on my 30 by 30 list was to eat at ABC Kitchen.  ABC Carpet and Home is one of my favorite stores in the city for…

One of the things on my 30 by 30 list was to eat at ABC Kitchen ABC Carpet and Home is one of my favorite stores in the city for window shopping, and when they got together with Jean-Georges to create a restaurant that features local and organic ingredients, I knew I had to try it out!

Mr. Lovely and I stopped by for an early Sunday dinner, and we were able to slip in without a reservation.  We were seated at a table for two, and started taking it all in.  The tablescapes were pretty adorable — mismatched china for bread plates, tea towels for napkins, and handmade porcelain dinnerware by a local artist.

The space is just gorgeous, and features mainly recycled, reclaimed, and found materials.  The food is locally sourced when possible, and the philosophy of the restaurant honors fair trade and sustainability.  All of this is to say that not only is it a super-cool eating experience, but a responsible one as well.

We decided to split a few appetizers, and ordered the crispy squash with grated goat cheese, the pretzel-dusted calamari, roast carrot and avocado salad, and the tomato basil pizza.  Oh.  My.  Gosh.  Thank goodness for the 30 by 30, because this was one of my favorite meals ever in NYC.  Every ingredient was clearly so fresh and handled with great care — we had a hard time picking favorites.  If I had to choose, I’d put the salad at the top of my list, and the pizza at the bottom.  But we’re splitting hairs here, people.  🙂

The food was awesome, the atmosphere was beautiful and chill, and the serving staff wears plaid shirts with jeans.  I mean, could it get much better?  xoxo

{All images via ABC Kitchen.}