love.life.eat. of the week

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Today I woke at dawn and thought, there’s so much magic in the world, I want to be present to see all of it. So I paced my apartment in the dark while my cat raced around my feet, and I pulled back the curtain in front of my deck to see all of my deck furniture huddled together with my rug covering the lot. Normally, this would enrage me because come morning I have to venture out into the cold and re-arrange all the furniture. But at that moment I thought of a woman protecting her young. That image lulled me back to slumber.

There’s so much to love this week, where do I start?

love.: After immersing myself in the latest issue of Kinfolk, where people like me who love food tell stories, I stumbled onto Gather, a biannual publication, a food-lover’s journal with staying power. Filled with recipes, lush photography and rich, soulful words, you will want to stock this book on your shelf. I’m running out to procure my copy today. Speaking of dreamy, you might have noticed that I’ve traded my handbag obsession for a linen and bowl one. Randomly, I discovered Dreamy Whites, a shop, blog, and life beautifully lived. You’ll fawn over the vintage linens and delicious bowls, and this au lait bowl* made me weep. And if we’re talking about lush, can we just prattle on about Brooklyn-based Apotheke? Homemade soy candles, soaps, body oils, scrubs and moisturizers, if you’re not won over by the heady scents and serene packaging (and the fact that it’s a locally-run business), you’ll appreciate the fact that I’ve met the proprietors on three separate occasions at Brooklyn Fair, and they are quite possibly the nicest people EVER.

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life.: Reading Kinfolk’s profile on Buvette owner, Jody Williams, is the most impassioned piece of writing I’ve read in a long time. Her food odyssey takes her all over the globe, and although she’s not classically trained, she sought to create a space that would force people to gather.

eat.: Let’s start off with the unexpected. I’ve passed The Elbow Room many times since it’s been opened and never once thought about stepping in. Maybe it’s my fear of stadium-base eating (the eatery is located at the new Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn), but I’m glad I finally ventured in because the macaroni and cheese is remarkable. From traditional cheddar mac with a crumble topping to the cheeseburger mac with tangy dill pickles to the margherita mac, you’ll find wholesome, fresh ingredients, a melange of flavor and a tasty takeaway treat. Clearly I have to barricade myself in my home in fear that I might just crave Elbow every.single.day. It’s not every day that someone blowtorches your treat. Such is the scenario when you visit the very talented and passionate folks who run S’More Bakery, an online shop that sells the finest handcrafted s’mores this side of the east coast. The crunch of the graham cracker (the nutmeg, cinnamon and hint of vanilla is REAL, people. REAL) juxtaposed with the sweet caramel and tender marshmallow, had me howling in a corner of Brooklyn Fair. You will want to order scores of these treats, I promise you.

And when I’m not craving comforting mac and cheese or s’mores over a cackling fire, I’m thinking about this Inside Out S’Mores cake, this outrageous Cranberry + Pecan Agave Galette (out of control!), this Fettuccine with Sage and Asiago Pesto, and this Chopped Salad with Quinoa, Sweet Potatoes and Apples.

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*Image credit above: Dreamy Whites.

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