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Leslie's List: Pom Pom Pillows, My Absolute Darling, and Room 104

The best things to eat, do, and read this week.
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This month has been a whirlwind of travel—so I'm taking this weekend off! After a week packed with plans with friends (including breakfast before work and a bonfire on the beach tonight!), I'm making plans to not make plans. If you need me, I'll be taking time to read a book, catching up on GOT, and cooking all of the summer produce I can get my hands on. Here's what I'm up to this week:

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This Labor Day weekend, The Los Angeles Times is hosting what they're calling "the Labor Day Weekend party L.A. deserves," or three straight days of food events. Events at The Taste are pricey—they hover around $100 to $150—but feature all you can eat food and drinks for purchase from L.A.'s top chefs. More information available here.

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This Saturday morning, I'm planning on heading to the Santa Monica farmers' market and buying all of the summer produce. I haven't cooked nearly enough this summer and I have my eye on heirloom tomatoes to start—which are best eaten with salt (this recipe always makes me laugh!)—a simple summer pasta, followed by this strawberry-balsamic pie, and some Lambrusco to go with it!

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I've been waiting for My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent to come out for months—ever since reading the Stephen King blurb which called it a "masterpiece." Yesterday, the story about a "clever, resourceful, and lonely 14-year-old girl named Turtle Alveston" was finally released, to critical acclaim. The jacket has me thinking it will be somewhere between Captain Fantastic (one of my all-time favorite movies), California, and The Road. I guess I'll find out this weekend—I'm carving out an entire afternoon for it. 


By now you've probably already watched the Game of Thrones finale and Taylor Swift's new music video, and are looking for something new to dive into. If you're having commitment issues before watching another epic series, Room 104 is a great place to start. Similar to other hits like Black Mirror, each episode lives on its own and is a brilliant imagination of the phrase, "If these walls could talk," transcending time periods to tell the story of one hotel room. If you can only watch one, I recommend the most recent episode, "The Internet."

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I've loved Julien Baker since I saw her in concert last December, and I can't get enough of her latest single, 'Appointments.' Like many of her songs, it's confessional, beautiful, totally depressing (“Maybe it’s all gonna turn out all right/And I know that it’s not/But I have to believe that it is.”), but, did I mention, beautiful?

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My list of "things I post here and intend to make, but haven't yet made" is steadily growing—and here's another one! Pom pom pillows! Someday I'll become more crafty when it comes to home goods, and when I do, I'm starting with these guys. You could even make the pom poms ombre, or a neon contrast against an otherwise neutral couch. So cute!

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