Dinner with Dylan + Jeni

Thursday, October 2, 2014 0 No tags 0

scout_regalia_picnic_table Here in LA, it seems summer just won’t quit. I’m pretty peeved because I don’t get to bust out my fall wardrobe yet and, you know, global warming. BUT at least I still get to have BBQ dinners al fresco with friends! Here’s to positivity. And everyone giving up their automobiles and living off the land. Wine_pairing_grilled_chicken My talented buddies Dylan + Jeni invited me and my other amazingly talented friend Adrianna over for dinner. They were grilling, Adrianna made an apple pie, and I was in charge of the wine. All was right in the world. Dylan emailed me a teaser of the menu beforehand so I could organize my wine thoughts. In his words, they tend towards a “Cali/Middle Eastern/Japanese” direction and the food would be fresh, grilled, lightly seasoned, with some smoky flavors and little spice.  Dinner_with_dylan_and_jeni Chicken_on_the_grill The food was perfect for the type of wine I was in the mood to drink- that of the cold, pink and fizzy variety. I chose two pink pet nats, one bone dry and one with a hint of residual sugar. I also threw in a skin contact Trousseu Gris from Sonoma for another texture/color/flavor experiment. It was a perfect late summer night, with many an Old Fashioned after the sun went down to cap it all off.

Hm, maybe this whole summer hanging on thing isn’t so bad after all. La_grange_tiphaine_Rosa_Rose_Rosam Wines: 2013 La Grange Tiphaine ‘Rosa Rose Rosam’ (pictured above) |  Pascal Potaire Les Capriades ‘Piege a Filles’ | 2013 Jolie-Laide Troussau Gris

Easy Eats: Almond Butter Spoon

Sunday, September 28, 2014 2 No tags 0

Lawd knows I like good food. I worked in restaurants for years, get to eat at amazing places, have best friends that are chefs and cookbook writers…but I’m not much of a cook. I mean I can definitely throw down when need be, but I just don’t really LIKE cooking. I’m lazy as hell. If I do cook, I want it to be easy and fast. Or I just snack a lot. Therefore, today, I introduce my kind of food blog post- Easy Eats. First up is my main go-to: a spoon and a jar of almond butter. This ain’t called Easy Eats for nothin’ people!

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I always add some sort of topping to my AB spoon and it’s usually Compartes dark chocolate. I also love a little banana, SQIRL jam, coconut flakes, honey or chia seeds. But, let’s discuss the almond butter for a second, shall we? Solstice Canyon hit the scene in LA recently (officially debuts October) and I’m in lurve. Beyond the pretty packaging, the butters are raw, organic and unpasteurized. And delicious!

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So, already these aren’t your average almond butters. But then they add pink Himalayan sea salt, coconut nectar for sweetening and coconut oil. If you aren’t into coconut, you won’t like these. I happen to be obsessed with coconut, so I’m pretty stoked on the coconut-y vibes.  They are launching with two flavors: original and cardamom & clove (the latter tastes like almond butter and pumpkin pie had a love child). Get into it! Happy snacking.

The Whitney A. YouTube Channel!

Monday, September 22, 2014 0 No tags 0

Well, I done did it. I started a YouTube channel. It was only a matter of time,  considering my big mouth and propensity to ham it up.

 

 

I’ll be posting a new vid every week, so subscribe and follow along with the madness! OK- there’s not a ton of madness, but there’s wine talk (duh), food talk, beauty talk, fashion, dating, LIFE. I’m covering lots of bases, and doing it with a bold lip. Speaking of lips! My first video is all about lipstick and wine glasses and how those two things are normally not friends, but we really need them to be so we can actually wear lip color and drink wine simultaneously. I’ve found the perfect lipstick that won’t leave a trail behind on your wine glass. You’re welcome!

The Best Gift Boxes Ever

Thursday, September 18, 2014 0 No tags 0

There are two women in Los Angeles that are helping people win at life and look like the most amazing gift givers ever. Those women are Barrett Prendergrast and Simone LeBlanc.

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They are dominating the gift box game, sourcing the finest small production/artisanal goodies, arranging lovely florals and presenting them all in beautiful wood boxes. They each offer a slightly different aesthetic and approach, but both will save you in a last minute, “oh shit, I have no idea what to get so and so for their so and so.” Beyond being amazing options for a host/ess gift, they are also perfectly suited (and customized) for honestly any occasion- weddings, new parents, Valentine’s Day, clients, etc., etc. the list goes on.

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More than receiving a great gift like this, it sure feels even better to give it.

Photos by @simoneleblanc + @valleybrinkroad