Monthly Archives: June 2013

Fritzi Dog, LA

Posted by The E on June 28, 2013

For casual summer eats, the classic hot dog makes a perfect snack. And for the perfect take on it, we agree with Fritzi Dogs that theirs are, “The best thing to happen to hot dogs since hot dogs happened to hot dogs.” Located at 6333 West 3rd Street (in the Farmer’s Market, Stall 742), the al fresco dining experience makes an ideal stop on any warm Los Angeles day or night.

Using vegetarian-fed and antiobiotic-free prime cuts, you can actually ask what goes into making these sausages. Humanely-raised, you can feel good about it too. For those who prefer to abstain, Fritzi offers vegetarian options (carrot dog, anyone?) and toppings galore.

Our personal favorite, the Garlic dog, features a pretzel bun with garlic aioli and crispy onions. Pair that with bacon cheese tots and a Margo’s Bark Root Beer for a meal that puts any ballpark dog—and dare we say NYC street meat?—to shame.

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Quote of the Day: The Pathless Sky

Posted by The E on June 26, 2013

The dawn sleeps behind the shadowy hills,
The stars hold their breath, counting the hours….
There is only your own pair of wings and the pathless sky,
Bird, oh my Bird, listen to me—do not close your wings.
-Rabindranath Tagore

via AlanaJonesMann (from her grandma’s diary!)

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Sel Rrose, Bowery, NYC

Posted by The E on June 24, 2013

Quality over quantity, craft and consistency—we hear these words often but they truly mean the world to Sel Rrose. A New York City cocktail bar, at 173 Bowery on the corner of Delancey, the new outpost specializes in oysters and expertly-mixed drinks.

The creative menu’s origins are from its namesake Rrose Sélavy, Marcel Duchamp’s feminine alter ego, with cocktails inspired by the artist’s 1921 readymade perfume, Belle Haleine (“Breath Water”). Signature cocktails inventively pair creative ingredients without straying unrecognizable from classics, such as the French 27 consisting of lime, mesquite honey, thyme-infused Rhum Agricole, and champagne.

While the recent soft opening served up just oysters, the forthcoming kitchen menu will also include a full raw bar and French-leaning seafood, as well as a late-night bar menu. All housed in a setting that puts a modern, Bowery-grit twist on Paris’ Maison de Verre will make downtown nights out a little more mysterious and sexy—a welcome revival of the area’s edge, suited to the times.

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Must Read: Michael Pollan's "Cooked"

Posted by The E on June 21, 2013

In “Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation,” Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Organized by sections that each delve into one of the four elements (earth, water, air, and fire), he uses their power to transform the stuff of nature into delicious eats and drinks. Pollan learns how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread, and ferment everything from cheese to beer.

The reader learns along Pollan’s journey, with lessons eventually moving beyond cooking and investigating how cooking involves us in webs of social and ecological relationships.

Ultimately the food expert makes the case that in addition to the undermined relationships and environmental impacts, relying on corporations to process our food means we consume large quantities of fat, sugar, and salt. “Cooked” argues that taking back control of cooking is nothing short of a personal and societal revolution.

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Made in the USA: Video Visit to Filson's New Factory

Posted by The E on June 20, 2013

Filson’s durable, made-in-the-USA bags and accessories have inspired legions of city-dwellers to incorporate totes and other carriers formerly reserved for outdoorsmen into their daily wardrobes—ourselves included. In this sneak peak film, Cool Hunting takes an inside look at their new factory and global headquarters in Seattle. From the Alaskan adventurers who started it all to the workers whose impressive attention to detail keeps the brand on top, the short celebrates true American style. Watch it here.

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Parachute Market, Los Angeles

Posted by The E on June 19, 2013

We already love the eclectic mix of antiques, decor and other ways to beautify your home found at downtown space Storefront, the brainchild of set designer Coryander Friend. So when we found out Friend will present the premier Parachute Market this Saturday, June 22nd (12-7pm) and Sunday, June 23rd (12-6pm), we knew we had a new winning activity to fill our weekend.

Much like how Storefront is a wellspring of priceless homey treasures—such as a Danish couch, a giant Best Western sign, and a “jet-powered surfboard—the quarterly design fair will offer furniture, objects, fine arts and sculpture, as well as new and vintage fashion. All brought to you by “it” artist types of Southern California, such as purveyor of vintage fashion Richard Wainwright.

This first installment’s theme, “Psychedelic Summer,” helps channel your inner (and outer!) hippy. A reference to postmodern design as well as releasing your trippy side, participating inaugural vendors include Light in the Attic records, vintage clothiers A Current Affair, AQQ Design, furniture designers Lawson-Fenning and Tanya Aguiñiga, and Jim Olarte. And that’s not even touching all the foo d-makers who will be serving up delicious snacks.

Limited-edition VIP tickets get you into a Parachute Market preview dinner fundraiser with Inner-City Arts on Friday, June 21st featuring dinner, as well as an open bar, plus gift. Pick up tickets for all days from Brown Paper.

So drink up, get groovy, and replace that Ikea furniture!

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Inspiration: Alber Elbaz

Posted by The E on June 18, 2013

Like other fans of all things glamorously fun, we’ve been awaiting Alber Elbaz’ collection for Lancome since hearing about the collaboration earlier this year. Now with its arrival this past weekend, welcome images of the chic packaging and the playful man himself have filled our browser.

Elbaz imagined a temporary collection that is pure fashion down to the thinnest detail. “The real theme running through the collection is eyes.” He explains, “and roundness forms… the bottles are so fabulously rounded that they were my inspiration. I wanted to create rounded shapes with a hint of humor.”

What better way to celebrate the fashion pairing than with an inspirational trip through the designs, patterns and references that make Lanvin and Elbaz tick? With the designer’s thinking on the limited-editions as a point of departure, we dove deep into his particular brand of style. From that unmistakable shade of pink to the flounces, flourishes and other fearless, poetic details that define a joyously unapologetic femininity, here’s a tribute to a true living legend.

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Made in the USA: Alite Bike to the Beach Bag

Posted by The E on June 14, 2013

For warm-weather outings, we love a cute, basic bag that’s functional too. Alite offers all that and more in their new canvas carry-all (made in San Francisco, CA) with leather straps that work as a backpack or a tote. Inner pockets include one specifically designed to hold a bike lock, which along with an exterior loop for a towel or blanket, makes for the perfect biking accessory.

via Cool Hunting

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Bands We Love: June Playlist

Posted by The E on June 13, 2013

These days we find ourselves listening to those freewheeling “perfect for a road trip” tunes, with more soulful songs making appearances as the day winds down. Here are some we have on repeat to energize mornings and afternoons, and bring even happier hours come evening.

Holden’s La saison des touristes from their 2002 album “Pedrolira” plays well with a first cup of tea, gently easing you into the rest of the day. We also like to think the title is a tongue-in-cheek way to welcome summer.

Surfer Blood‘s new release “Python” sees the band build on their 2010 debut “Astro Coast,” adding depth without losing a sound that makes for great steering-wheel drum sessions, like in the first single “Demon Dance.”

From her recently released album “Sing to the Moon,” Laura Mvula‘s Green Garden has a fresh feel as upbeat as her story—she overcame terrifying stage fright to share her talent with the world. We’re so glad she did. Catch her when she tours North America this September.

The UK’s Jacob Banks‘ new track Worthy is nothing short of amazing. Fresh off a tour with Alicia Keys, we bet we’ll be seeing more of his nouveau R&B.

Channeling equal parts Nina Simone and Joan Armatrading, Jim JamesState of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.) has a beautifully haunting sound that would be a good sunset viewing soundtrack, or work as a lullaby to remind you of a “life worth living,” as the lyrics suggest.

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Quote of the Day: Instinctive Authenticity

Posted by The E on June 11, 2013

“Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity.” – Coco Chanel

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