Seattle rescued me this October from a neverending, scorching hot summer in L.A. I got leaves! I got to wear sweaters and boots! The food is outstanding and charm oozes from every nook and cranny – from the boutiques to the bookstores to the bars. It is absolutely stunning in the fall and the perfect place to go for a weekend getaway. Here are a few of my favorite places…
Nestled in a small little village next to Silverlake lies one of my favorite French bistros called Canele. It has been one of our regular date night spots for years. It oozes romance and just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Basically like I’m living in a romantic comedy.
KIKORI WHISKEY LANDS IN LA
My friend Ann (and my first roommate in LA a loooong time ago) just launched her company Kikori, which is a Japanese Rice Whiskey. I’m no whiskey connoisseur, but I’m learning. And what I’ve learned so far is that Kikori is a really good whiskey to try if you are looking for a “starter” whiskey because it’s rather mild and won’t completely knock you out on your first try. It also makes some of the best cocktails I’ve ever tasted in my life. We recently celebrated its arrival in LA with an intimate dinner party at Ann’s and let me tell you…Ann knows how to throw a party. Bringing in the absolute best vendors this city has to offer, it was complete perfection in every way. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I wanted to share the photos along with her resources to serve as tablescape inspiration, but I also put together a ‘get the look’ since we can’t always hire the best of the best. And finally…one killer Kikori cocktail recipe that you should serve at your next dinner party.
Or, seriously just make one tonight and cheers to the almost weekend.
The Broad museum (pronounced brode) finally opened downtown and it’s single handedly taken over the social sphere. Since my invitation to the opening night gala was obviously lost in the mail, I quickly took to my phone over a month ago and reserved two tickets for the first weekend I could get. So, this past Sunday we grabbed our camera and couldn’t wait to capture it all.
But, then an interesting thing happened…
Last Friday marked our 11th anniversary, which seems absolutely crazy. Since we got married in October, we like to escape the L.A. heat and celebrate somewhere with seasons. This year, Seattle won the draw.
We each had our own reasons for wanting Seattle. My husband’s was business related. And mine was food (duh). First on the list was a restaurant called Manolin, recently named by Bon Appetit magazine as one of the ’10 Best New Restaurants in America.’ Sign. Me. Up. Though, I couldn’t sign up because they don’t take reservations like so many restaurants in Seattle (I’m still baffled), so we decided to wing our anniversary dinner and show up unannounced on a Friday evening. Terrifying.