Back in L.A. for two quick days before our next adventure! After a weekend visiting family in San Diego (comprised mostly of seven-hour brunches with family), Jonah and I are headed to Portland, Oregon for the long holiday weekend. Our good friends just had a baby who we can't wait to meet (and help out with cooking, cleaning, and babysitting so they can sneak out for a date night!). It's also one of my favorite cities, so I'm looking forward to long runs in Forest Park, dinner at Pok Pok, checking out Tusk, and getting lost in Powell's Bookstore. Anything else I can't miss when I'm there?
Although the founder of the Underground Museum, Noah Davis, died years ago, his legacy lives on there, with his latest curated exhibit, Water & Power. The exhibit, at a museum with a fantastic mission (to bring primarily African American art to an area that like a 'food desert' is an 'art desert,' for free entrance), features work by Olafur Eliasson, Hans Haacke, and James Turrell. I've only had a chance to stop by, but I'm hoping to attend one of their events soon (they host free yoga in the space every Thursday!).
If you're looking for something to do on the Fourth, Angel City Brewery downtown is hosting their annual 'Merica Fest, with live music and beer all day on the Fourth.
As someone who has coastal Maine lobster rolls down to a science and often dreams of the buttery rolls from Red's Eats, I've considered lobster rolls a sacrifice of moving to the west coast—it isn't necessarily difficult to find a good one out here, but it's hard to justify the cost of a $20 sandwich when it isn't off of U.S. Route 1. Last night, Jonah and I compromised and made the next best thing: Salmon Rolls. Paired with an Allagash White, it almost felt like Maine, but definitely felt like summer.
You may have already seen on our @ShopCupcakesandCashmere Instagram, that our team launched an office book club and we'd love for you to take part in! We're starting with The Ensemble by Aja Gabel—mostly because we keep seeing it on every list of summer recommended books (here, here, here, and here), I'm a sucker for novels told from different perspectives, and the first chapter sucked us all in. See details in highlights here, and be sure to follow for updates. We'll be posting our thoughts on Part 1 tomorrow, to give you a chance to catch up tonight! P.S., We learned after posting that the author Aja is a longtime Cupcakes and Cashmere reader! How amazing is that? Even more reason to read.
In the winter, you'll find me hunkered down in the evenings with Westworld, Game of Thrones, or some other shockingly violent and complicated but completely binge-worthy show. In the summer, I don't want anything I can't put down (or talk over), in favor of evening bike rides and hikes. While I used to be fully invested in The Bachelor and all of its summer spin-offs , I haven't watched it since Arie's premiere (somebody, please explain the Arie decision to me) and have been on the search for a light summer comedy. Since I made it through The Good Place in about a week, I recently searched for summer comedies and came across this rave review for Jane the Virgin (just beware of plot spoilers if you haven't watched it yet) which immediately convinced me to give it a try. I'll just leave this here:
Westworld may be playing chess, but Jane the Virgin is playing chess and Jenga, and doing it in four dimensions, multiple languages, and several cultural contexts, all while wearing heels and dancing a salsa backwards.
Have you watched it? I just watched the pilot and loved it—curious to see where it goes!
The Milk Carton Kids' new album, All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn’t Do, came out this week and it's pretty much the only thing we've been playing in our house lately. I love the Spanish guitar in Younger Years, the acoustic vocals and harmonies in Just Look at Us Now, the epic story in the ten-minute song One More for the Road, and the overall vibe of the album. No sooner did I finish the album the first time around, did I purchase tickets to see them in November at the Ace Hotel! Listen to the entire album here.