Category Archives: design

mornings at republique

My roommate and I enjoy coming to Republique (in Hancock Park/LA) for Saturday breakfast pastries. It’s airy, has unique interiors, freshly baked pastries, and their drinks have me coming back for more. I haven’t been for lunch or dinner (made LATimes’ restaurant critic Jonathan Gold’s top eateries 101 in LA), as it’s on the pricey end ($$$) but breakfast is an affordable luxury. My roommate tried a hazelnut croissant and highly recommends it.

One of my favorite bloggers, Joy Cho features Republique in a recent post w/more pastry case pics! Check it out here. She recommends their Hong Kong milk tea latte.





almond and carrot cake next to a strawberry-filled cream puff


market fruit crostata (flaky sweet crust)


eat drink americano in the arts district

I hesitate to write about this place because I want to keep it ALL to myself (my true, possessive self shines through). This place feels intimate and the food is locally sourced, globally inspired. Gastropub w/a sophisticated, creative twist which I love. This is a great place to bring your sweetie or catch up w/a few friends. My friend and I were there on a Thursday night and it had a good number of people but not crowded. Btw, they have a special Vday menu if you’re still looking for a place. Reservations accepted on their website.



Please excuse this beam (beam, take a hike! you’re ruining my shot)


I came during happy hour before my friend got off work to take advantage of the soft lighting on an overcast day. I tried the Pilgrim (appetizer), which is slow cooked turkey atop stuffing with corn foam and dots of cranberry sauce ($5) and a golden ale ($5). The corn form was something between a foam and puree. Whatever it was, it was light w/a touch of natural sweetness.


My friend and I shared the oxtail sliders w/red cabbage slaw ($15) and popeye and olive oil flatbread ($9). The flatbread had a flavorful onion and spinach pesto that really popped on a chewy crust. The oxtail sliders look deceivingly small and cute but they’re packed w/meaty goodness. Mmm… getting hungry just thinking about it.



you’ve got mail: a giveaway

As much as I appreciate the convenience of the digital age (and wouldn’t want to go back to a time w/o smart phones), I love receiving handwritten cards/notes and invitations. I just think there’s something personal and thoughtful about it. One of my goals this year is to write more cards/notes to loved ones. Who doesn’t love receiving a birthday card in the mail? There’s something thoughtful and special about it.

Minted offers beautifully designed stationary including baby announcements, personalized stationary, save-the-date cards, art prints, and so much more. I love how their designs are crowd-sourced from independent designers offering one-of-a-kind, hand-lettered look.

baby announce

save the date wedart print quote

biz card

I’ve partnered with Minted to offer one lucky reader a $50 credit to use for any order from their site. To enter, visit Minted and leave a comment telling me on this blog post which item you love best (for your next event, announcement, or just because). Comments must be posted by Saturday, January 24, 2014, 11:59pm PST.

‘Like’ them on facebook for inspiration and hear about upcoming promotions.

*Sorry, this giveaway is limited to readers in the U.S.. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close. Good luck!  


UPDATE: Sharon K. was the winner chosen randomly by the number generator. Thanks for entering and check out their website for inspiration!