Posts Tagged ‘Deck Towels’

The Weekend Dish: Holiday Gifts


Happy Weekend Friends! I’m starting to get into the holiday spirit and have started some of my Christmas shopping! To help you choose unique and thoughtful gifts for your loved ones this year we’ve complied a list of A & O approved holiday gifts and gift guides.

Born and Bread Women's Gift collage

Born & Bread Women's 2010 Gift Guide

Sarah and I are so excited to introduce you to the greatest new fashion and lifestyle blog around curated by Sarah’s sister Julie and her best friend Lauren. Check in for daily insights into outfits, accessories, skin care and more from these darling New York fashion girls.  I personally was very inspired by their post on Ali MacGraw and the holiday gift guides they put together for men and women are sensational.


Morgan Parish Moores Pouch. Recommend by the GQ Women’s Gift Guide 2010 and by LEH personally (as I happen to own one)! This stunning little clutch adds a pop of sophistication to any outfit this winter. The deep emeraldy green color is perfectly on trend with this seasons military coats, furs and swing coats.

Jessie's Girl Earrings

Jessie’s Girl handmade jewelry. Stylish and sweet jewelry from our friend Jessie. Win these stunning earrings just by commenting on our post here by midnight tonight! Shop her etsy store or visit her Holiday Sale this weekend in LA.

Mayu Infinity Scarf

Mayu Infinity Scarf. Fair Trade products, hand-knit with Alpaca by women artisans in Peru. So pretty and so cozy warm. Mayu was started by Sarah’s friend Kate and we will be featuring more of her next week when she shares her Day in the Food Life with our readers!

Martijn Deck Towel

Deck Towel. My brother Buck started selling these linen towels he made in his tiny NY apartment bedroom while getting ready to graduate from college this May. Now they are featured in GQ magazine’s Best Stuff of the Year (Decemebr 2010). Prefect for the beach, picnics, soccor games, sofa throw blanket, bed spread, table cloth or plane blanket. Truly a super functional and chic gift for the people you know who have everything.

Happy Gifting!



Grilled Pizza and Glamping


Angus and I snuck away to go glamour camping, a.k.a glamping at el Capitan Canyon in the Santa Barbara foothills.   Glamping means enjoying the wonders of nature from your own private creekside glen without having to pitch your tent, scavenge for wood or wonder what was THAT? every time you hear a noise.

Aren’t the cabins beautiful? We had a king-sized bed,  fireplace, soaking tub, kitchenette, and a wide porch perfect for reading.

Glamping, my friends, is utter relaxation.

Here’s what I packed for food prep (from L-R)

My moka for grill-top espresso (you can just see the tip of the spout in the upper left-hand corner)

1 bag ground intelligentsia black cat decaf espresso

1 bag Maldon sea salt (the best!)

2 deck towels for triple duty–as tablecloths, porch blankets and beach towels

A moleskin journal and my Penguin Classics clothbound copy of The Odyssey

Hershey bars, graham crackers and marshmallows for lots of you-know-what!

1 bottle of olive oil and my dependable Mario Batali pepper mill.  Mine is the design prototype from my days with the man himself and has served me well for 8 years now.  I highly recommend them.

1 chef’s knife, 1 pair tongs, 1 fish spatula, 1 regular spatula and two tenugui cloths for napkins.

My carryall is a Reisenthal collapsible market tote which Lydia and I use every single day for carting groceries to our clients’ homes.  They’re also amazing for road trips and days at the beach.

Next time I’ll bring a cutting board as well.

Here’s our cook-top.

The first night we had delicious charred corn with grilled salmon and asparagus.  Simply drizzle the corn with olive oil, add salt and pepper and place directly on the grill until the kernels blacken, turning occasionally for even cooking, about 3-5  minutes depending on the heat of your fire.

Our second night was really special.  We grilled store-bought pizza dough and and topped it with a smear of goat cheese, grilled eggplant slices and heirloom tomatoes.

To grill the eggplant, we followed the same steps for the corn but left it on the grill for about 8 minutes per side until it was charred and soft and smoky.

We didn’t have a rolling pin and my olive oil bottle is square (a round one works in a pinch) so we simply ripped hunks of dough from the ball and stretched it by hand into mini rounds.  We daubed the dough with olive oil, sprinkled it with sea salt and laid it flat on the hot grill.  Grill until the first side is marked, about 1 minute, then flip and place your toppings on the cooked side.  Continue grilling until the second side is marked and your cheese melts, about 1 minute more.

We tore fresh mint leaves to cut through the smoky richness of the eggplant and goat cheese and ate standing up, anxious to get our next mini going as quickly as possible.

Doesn’t a burning fire make everything taste better?

Note: grilled pizza is best when followed by lots of s’mores.

Read more about glamping at The Red, White, and Green


The Weekend Dish


By Sarah Lagrotteria

berries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries

Friends, what are you up to this weekend?

Lydia is heading to Napa so her hometown friends and family can shower our bride-to-be with love, attention and good wine.

The literary ladies are coming to my place Sunday morning to discuss Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast.  We’ll drink sweet mint tea and iced coffee and snack on summer berries and whole-grain zucchini bread with mint and basil from Kim Boyce‘s Good to the Grain.

I hope to take my new deck towel to the beach. The man behind these eco-chic throwbacks to a happier, more effortlessly elegant time is none other than Lydia’s baby brother Buck!  Talent runs deep in the Ellison clan.

Here are a few more great posts-new and old-for your reading pleasure.

Here’s where I want to linger over breakfast.

Molly’s Chinese noodles make for happy slurping on a hot day.

Will we ever tire of these latté bowls? Not likely.

Anjali’s back!

My summer napkins of choice.

For laughs-The Unbearable Sadness of Vegetables.

Enjoy the beautiful weather!