If a visit to the beautiful northwest is on your list consider going in September during Feast Portland, an annual event celebrating all things food, wine and beer. The fun starts on September17th and proceeds go to End Oregon Hunger.
Dining Experience Excellence
Here is a link to this year's James Beard award winners. If you enjoy discovering new talent you will love perusing the list of 2015 winners. There are the great Chefs and Mixologists but also interesting food writers, podcasts, televisions shows and more to discover, along with perennial classics like Del Posto in New York of course.
Epicurious has a great YouTube channel that includes “how to” videos from experts in both restaurants and culinary schools. This link is for a video from Cowgirl Creamery on making the best-grilled cheese sandwich.
Who Doesn’t Like Avocados?
The answer is baby Autumn. Check out this cute video of her first taste of an avocado.
Travel Wish List
Travel and Leisure has compiled a list of the best places to travel in 2015. The list includes; beaches, snow filled destinations and everything in between. We agree with most of the destinations on the list but there are a few we find questionable.
It’s Grad Gift Time
Brit & Co has curated a unique list of gifts for the Graduate in your life. Most graduates prefer cash, but the price point on many of these gifts make it possible to give a unique gift and cash.
We thought this was a simple list to help get good nights sleep. 10 Things To Do Before You Go To Bed posted by Pick The Brain website.
Social Media For Grown Ups
The Wall Street Journal had a well-written article that broke down some social media programs in simple terms. After reading you have a better understanding of the value (and non-value) of using some of these apps.
CM In Print
This month’s DTLA Life online magazine features our article on outdoor décor. The magazine has lots of great content you might enjoy. Click to page 24 to read our article.
If you are in need of a cute kitty video fix this one might be perfect. One little kitten tries every trick in the book to wake up another kitten.
Cathi recently discovered the joys of using a Lewis canvas bag to make the perfect crushed ice. Here is video explaining why a Lewis bag is superior to all other methods..
Skillet Brownies Yum
One of Rachel Ray’s food creators, Grant shared 3 cast iron skillet desserts. All looked great. The chocolate chip cookie is made completely in the skillet. Talk about a one-pot wonder. The one we cannot wait to try was the chocolate peanut butter brownie. It looks like a perfect salty sweet dessert.
Ina’s On Tour
A wonderful last minute Mother’s Day gift idea….. Take Mom to meet The Barefoot Contessa in person. Here are her just announced tour dates. Tour dates ~ sounds so rock star!
What I’ve Learned
Oh No I Forgot The Card!
You got Mom the perfect gift. Everything is organized for a lovely brunch, but you just realized you forgot the card. Fear not… Brit & Co. shared several card templates
you can easily print on your home printer, including funny takes on the Yo Mama jokes.
Artisan Gifts For Mom
If you are still searching for the perfect gift don’t just run to the store and pick anything. Check out these last minute gifts ideas from talented ETSY artists. Once you choose the perfect gift and buy it simply put a screen shot in the card and tell Mom it will arrive soon.
A Tribute Blog For Mom
Mr. Marriott of the Marriott hotel brand wrote a lovely blog about his Mother this week. You can hear the deep admiration and love in his words.
The Roaming Kitchen
If you are a fan of good food bloggers you might want to check out this profile on The Roaming Kitchen by Bloglovin’.com.
Never To Old Wow
Five "not young" guys tried out for Britain’s Got Talent. It seemed everyone began to prejudge the act, but quickly the dance crew demonstrated we should never judge a book by its cover.
Southern Mint Julep
Southern Living shared their recipe for a classic Mint Julep. Their recommendation for preparing the ice is to put it in a towel and beat it with a hammer. A note for us: If we have helped you redesign your kitchen we suggest doing this outside instead of on your beautiful kitchen counter or island.
Are you having a party for tonight’s big fight? Check out Bon Appétit’s Pacquio ~ Mayweather fight night menu.
A Home For All
Elvis Summers, a resident of Los Angeles always felt a bit sad when he saw the same homeless woman sleeping outside by his home. So he decided to do something. He built her a house. Mr. Summer’s has also set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds and volunteers to build more tiny homes.
Horses & Hats
There is still time to check out the field of horses set to run in today’s run for the roses. Here’s a link to the link to the official Kentucky Derby website.
If you are having a hard time picking a winning horse for the race. You might find some help in Jimmy Fallon's puppy predictor. In all seriousness the puppy predictor did correctly predict that the horse Stanford would be scratched. Just saying…..
Do you find yourself occasionally having zero time to watch the news or read a newspaper? If you answered yes, a daily email from The Skimm might be very useful. The Skimm is a daily digest of important events and major news stories.
Design By Details
Details magazine put together this slideshow of design trends for 2015. We agree with many of the trends they highlighted such as Big Comfy Sectionals, Mixing Vintage and Contemporary Furnishings, and more.
Camel On The Loose
Don’t you just hate it when your camel runs away? Funny (not to the camel owner) video of a man chasing his camel down a major highway.
Puppy Video Love
Puppy videos are always cute, but when a puppy is scared of his own hiccups it is as funny as it is cute.
Bon Appétit’s test kitchen took a few classic cocktail recipes and “tropical-ed” them up. They look interesting, but the sidecar is first on our list to try. It looks very refreshing.
Tea Time In LA
Another great heat map from Eater LA, this map is on wonderful places for High Tea in Los Angeles. We love that they covered the high-end classics, but also added few new and less traditional places. Cheers!!
So maybe going to Coachella is not top on your list, but the music from Coachella is. We might have found the perfect site for you to discover new music and enjoy new music compilations. Noon Pacific has some very cool “mixed tapes” and each Monday at right at Noon Pacific Time they issue out a new mixed tape.
All Things Mac
We have shared John Carroll’s No Problem Mac blog before on our site, but his recent post on the benefits of Apple TV was so spot on we wanted to share it. If like us, you love the new Netflix and Amazon way of binging TV this Apple product might be the new got to have it tech item.
Classic Cool Cars
Does your Saturday have you by the Beach today, Seal Beach specifically you might want to check out the very cool Seal Beach Classic Car Show on Main Street.
Estate Sale = Spring Cleaning
Chairish.com’s sale this weekend is highlighting a top Los Angeles estate sale firm, which features celebrity items and very popular mid-century modern items. Looking at a few of these items got us thinking. Do we have the same items lying around are house. By the prices these items command now a days it might be the perfect time to part with them. Check out the price on the rusted chair!!
Hollywood Glamour in London
102 Going On 25
One of the sweetest videos we have seen in a while, Alice Barker was a chorus line dancer in the 1930’s to the 1940’s. Check out her 102-year-old-self watching her 20 year old + self dance back in the day.
Some Animal Video Love
We have all seen how kids confiscating their parents cell phones and tablets, but apparently now we have to watch out for our pets taking them over.
If only we could all sleep with such abandon!!!
Eater LA put together a list of what they call LA’s Most Iconic Burgers. We have sampled many of them. Some are our favorites for the environment as much as the burger like Pie n’ Burger and Apple Pan. Of course no Southern California burger list is complete with In and Out Burger. Check out the Eater LA burger heat map.
And The Winner Is…
The American Institute of Architecture announced their 2015 housing award winners. The post shares the winners as well as a bit about why they were chosen. Be sure to check out the photos of the Old Briar and Marlboro Music Cottages projects.
Spring Clean Up
What personality type are you? A creative, a sentimentalist, maybe a procrastinator, or………. Whichever your type, Domain.com shared some tips for organization based on your personality type. Just in time for Spring Cleaning!
South Park, No Not That One
Urbanize.LA posted an article on the on again off again South Park Tower development. Discussions abound on changes to the design, especially the Time Square type billboards. FYI - South Park is the part of downtown Los Angeles where LA Live is located.
If your travel plans include a plane trip you might want to check out this special section on British Airways website on health and wellbeing. Those a bit fearful of flying might be interested in the 3 mediations for nervous flyers by the Mindful Institute.
CM In Print
Check out our latest article on "What to do with a bare wall?" in the April issue of DTLA Life Magazine. Our article begins on page 32.
We Cried, We Laughed, It Was Better Than Cats!
Bringing Light is a YouTube channel put together by a family to document their journey with their young son Wil born with Down Syndrome. Wil’s dad also has a project shooting amazing photos of Wil flying around various places.
A Cup Of Jo shared a brilliant way to help stop your child from interrupting. We thought it was worth a share.
Master The Cocktail
With the Masters golf tournament wrapping up today here are some inspired golf cocktails including the non-alcoholic Arnold Palmer.
Everything’s Coming Up Roses
Cooking with Manuela is a blog with easy, healthy and beautiful recipes. Her apple roses have us smitten and we can’t wait to try them.
The New York Times has a great feature called Cooking Techniques. It is filled with videos and simplified instructions on easy and complex cooking techniques. Cooking Techniques is a great site to bookmark for those times in the future when you cannot remember how to shuck an oyster or make a stock.
Speaking Of Techniques
Ina Garten shared her easy recipe for Parmesan Risotto. It is one of our favorites and almost foolproof.
The comedy group Above Average put together this hilarious video of what loud upstairs neighbors are really doing. For anyone that has ever had to live below a loud neighbor this will either make you laugh out loud or bring back some bad memories.
Summer is fast approaching which means it is that time of year to start thinking about refreshing our outdoor spaces. If you are looking for a bit of inspiration, check out this short video from Coastal Living.
Wedding Do’s and Don’ts
Wedding season is kicking into high gear and even Bon Appétit is getting into the act with their new very opinionated Guide to Weddings. Throughout the guide they share interesting advice and tidbits. A lot you already know but some we thought were worth the reminder. Such as the casual appetizer ideas and thoughts on photography.
Travel and Leisure magazine shared a slideshow of actual vacation rentals that would make any fan of architecture and design happy.
It’s Bloody Perfect
Looking for that perfect Bloody Mary recipe for your holiday brunch. We recommend Ina Garten's Bloody Mary mix. Another fun tip to to have a few extra add in set up, like fresh horseradish, Tabasco, etc.. This allows your guests to customize their drink.
Bon Appétit put together some yummy ideas for what to do with that left over matzo. From savory to sweet they have covered a lot of great options.
And The Trophy Goes To….
Passover and Easter mean lots of entertaining. Domino.com put together some cute last minute entertaining ideas. We loved the large ice cubes with flowers. You can find these ice cube trays at Bed Bath & Beyond.
We thought this was such a smart invention. A slim designed carry all for the airplane and beyond. Do you find yourself searching for items you need in flight or do you leave items behind? Airpocket might be the perfect solution.
Architectural Digest assembled a slideshow of rustic/country kitchens. We love the brick barrel ceiling in one and the long window in another and….. ok we loved them all.
Flea Market Fun
For our east coast followers this is opening weekend for the Brooklyn Flea. Also the fantastic Williamsburg Smogasborg also opens this weekend. Check out some of the yummy vendors they have lined up for opening weekend.
More To Baseball Than Nachos
Puppies are cute enough but add a monkey petting them and the cute factor rises.
Your drink that is…. Food and Wine put together a list of twelve great non-alcoholic cocktail recipes. The Tuscan Fresco looks great for a lazy Sunday morning.
Epicurious.com put together a list of 16 breakfast recipes that are sure to inspire plans for a lovely Sunday brunch meal today.
It’s that time of year again for the annual Dwell Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center. While we love everything about the Dwell show, the tours the Dwell team put together are a favorite of ours. Tickets are limited so get yours early.
Valspar paint developed a mini film about colorblind people seeing colors for the first time. This short video does such a great job showing what it like to be colorblind. Color is such a big part of what we do everyday. We especially loved it when the father saw his child’s artwork.
If you have been wondering if you have some levels of colorblindness there is a simple test. It is a simple slideshow named for the doctor who developed it Dr. Ishihara.
Austin City Unlimited
We had a great time on a recent visit to Austin, Texas; so when we found this travel guide by Anthony Bourdain we had to share. It includes some of our favorites and some new ones we can’t wait to try when we Your return like the El Taco Rico truck and Tamale house.
Model Products For Your Remodel
If you are getting ready to begin a remodel you might want to check out Architectural Digest's list the best new innovated products.
Pretty Woman ~ 25 Years Later
If you’re a fan of this romantic comedy from the 80’s you’re going to enjoy this guide put together by the Los Angeles edition of Curbed. Every major film location has been mapped on the guide including the party at Edwards house.
Throw Back Humor
While in Austin for South by South West, Jimmy Kimmel and Matthew McConaughey made a few commercials for a local video rental company (remember VHS tapes). The results were very funny.
Town and Country magazine gathered together spring cocktail recipes from some spring cocktail recipes from some of the great bars around the USA. Who knew there was a bar called the “Hello Betty Fish House” in Oceanside?
Picnic In Paris
Heading to Europe this summer? Ina Garten shared her perfect picnic tips for Paris (or actually any European city). It starts with a quick trip to the local market. We would most likely add a little wine to menu. If shopping for your own picnic is not your style check out Paris Picnic for a custom picnic delivered right to you in the park.
A Tisket A Tasket
We found the perfect bicycle basket. If you love to ride your bicycle to the local farmers market this basket might be the perfect addition to your bike. Dry Goods NYC sells it on line.
Shop Like A Local
Travel and Leisure has started to put together guides to help you shop like a local when you travel. Here is a link to the New York guide.
Waves Of Ice
Nantucket surf and lifestyle photographer Jonathan Nimerfroh captured some spectacular photographs of the surf during this years record setting winter storms in New England.
Cooking Up Some Inspiration
Architectural Digest has put together a diverse slideshow of kitchen remodels. There are some city chic designs and some country classics. There is even a modern mountain retreat. Great kitchen design inspiration!
Art On Line
Cathi discovered this creative community filled with diverse artists. Red Bubble is a fun place to shop for unique art, pops of colors, etc.
Small But Mighty
We loved this small (320 square foot) bungalow in Venice Beach featured on domino.com this week. The design incorporates great space saving ideas and charming elements. One of our favorites is the patio.
How fun to see that Tommy Lasorda is still going strong. Check out t the video he posted this week.
Beyond Green Beer
The New York Observer curated a list of classy cocktails for St. Patrick’s Day. The Leprechaun Crush sounds yummy.
Easy & Delicious
Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food shared a super easy Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe. With this year’s holiday being on a workday you might want to try the Slow Cooker Recipe.
Just Like In Ireland
There is nothing like a fresh loaf of Irish Soda bread with that wonderful Irish butter. If Saint Patrick’s day has you longing for a great Irish Soda Bread a great place to pick up a loaf is The Wilde Thistle in Los Angeles.
Since 1939 Tom Bergins has been sharing Irish hospitality to Los Angelinos’. We won’t say how long ago the Slattery Shamrock was added to the ceiling but if you visit Tom Bergin’s on Fairfax see if you can find it. Here is a bit more on the on the history of Tom Bergins.
Green Design (color that is)
Green is one of the best colors for bedrooms, because it has elements of both warm and cool. For St. Pat’s we thought we would share a guest room featured in Coastal Living this week.
For The Love Of Design
We love smart and clever design and think we found a cool one. Check out this Kickstarter for a new kind of post-it notes. As designers that constantly have to leave specific notes for contractors, etc. this product could be perfect.
We loved this heartwarming video of Robert Downey Jr. surprising a child with his own Iron Man prosthetic for his arm.
Even if you are not a tennis fan we think this video will make you laugh. Check out this kid that got a point off Federer.
Sisters, Sisters, There Were Never…..
How cute are these Sheepdog Sisters? They clearly seem to love posing together and for that matter just being together.
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