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Leslie's List: Frosé, Rock 'n' Roll, and Unicorn Lattes

The best things to eat, do, and read this week.
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This to-do list is culled directly from my own calendar and interests. Most everything on the list can be done no matter where you live, but because I live in L.A., my "Do" each week will spotlight a unique L.A.-based event or activity. If you're inspired by any of these tips or have some of your own to add, I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!

Do small

Today, the Washington, D.C. chain, Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken is opening in Downtown, Los Angeles. They're known for their crème brûlée doughnut and if you show them you follow them on Instagram, they'll give you one for free! (That's reason enough for me.) Speaking of D.C., have you heard the women only club in New York, The Wing, is expanding there this winter? You can apply online now.

Just a reminder that the Rose Bowl Flea Market is this Sunday and that tickets go on sale tomorrow for the San Francisco music festival, Outside Lands. If you aren't willing to make the trek to Northern California, consider buying passes to Arroyo Seco Weekend, a music festival in Pasadena featuring Mumford and Sons, Andrew Bird, The Shins, and others—listen to the lineup here

Eat small

The weather in L.A. has been warm enough recently that I've been able to start eating outside again (our dining table is outside, but we've been eating haphazardly at our coffee table since it's been too chilly). While I was all about comforting baked goods like chocolate chip cookies and brown butter brownies over the winter, I've fully transitioned into spring and summer desserts, most notably this limoncello mousse and rosé granita (which could not be easier to make but looks and tastes so impressive!). 

If you're in New York, the World's Best Restaurants List of 2017 came out this morning and Daniel Humm's 11 Madison Park is at the top. (Direct translation: Foodies 'round the world are making their months-ahead reservations as you read this!)

Read small 2

Have you noticed that some of the most popular restaurants lately are also the prettiest (read: the most Instagrammable)? I'm talking about Kismet, EP/LP, Gwen, Republique and the now bi-coastal vegan restaurant, By CHLOE. I recently read this article about Paper White Studio, the branding company behind By CHLOE and Jack's Wife's Freda (which New Yorkers likely recognize by their sugar packets alone), which really put into perspective just how calculated beautiful branding and design are. I'm the first to admit that I'm a total sucker for beautiful branding—I've paid $8 for a latte so I can drink it in a beautiful coffee shop more than once—so I found it fascinating to read just how much thought goes into it. 

watch

If you read Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso's memoir #Girlboss (my own copy made the rounds through my entire group of girlfriends), you may be as excited as I was to learn that Netflix is turning it into a series. Even though I know the ending—the company filed for bankruptcy last year and Amoruso has been facing some of her own very un-girlboss-like allegations—I'm excited to watch Britt Robertson's portrayal of the self-made entrepreneur. 

P.S., If you're into books by boss ladies, add these to your list: Earning It by Joann S. Lublin, In the Company of Women by Grace Boney, Nasty Galaxy by Sophia Amoruso

Listen

Chuck Berry didn't necessarily invent rock 'n' roll but he definitely contributed to it—I didn't quite know the extent though until I came across this New York Times article that draws attention to what music sounded like before and after several of Barry's biggest songs. The best part of reading the article though may have been listening to the playlist of all of the songs, understanding how they all contributed to each other. 

Make

Until recently, the closest I'd come to trying the so-called "Unicorn Lattes" that have been popping up on my Instagram is pointing to a blue latte at Moon Juice and asking, "What on Earth is that?" But curiosity finally got the best of me (I'm telling you, branding is everything) and led me to experiment with some recipes. My favorite so far (and yes, there are several) is from the Brooklyn-based café, The End. There isn't actually any espresso in it (or unicorn dust, for that matter) and I'm not sure I'm convinced about the healing properties of the blue element, blue spirulina extract, but it tastes delicious. I recently served it—with sprinkles, of course—to a friend who came over for brunch, and it was worth it just to see her face. Because who wouldn't be thrilled by something called a unicorn latte? Try it out yourself here.