8.23.2014

CHIC BEATS | don't cry in the dark just open the door


#13 | don’t cry in the dark just open the door




Twin Shadow (A.K.A. George Lewis Jr.) reconfirmed his status as one of my favorite live acts with his show at the Village Underground on Wednesday. From the solo acoustic rendition of "The One" to start the show, through the many new songs he played off his forthcoming third CD (including new single "To The Top," above), to the most incredible (and loud) version of "Golden Light," the show may be the reason my ears are still ringing, but it was definitely worth it.

Preceded by an excellent Sodo sourdough pizza topped with Cobble Lane Cured meats (and a less successful dish of baked white beans) at the George & Vulture, and the dangerously delicious Tokyo Collins at underground cocktail bar Happiness Forgets, the gig was a perfect end to a night that sums up why London is such an incredible place for food, drink, and live music, even on a random Wednesday night.

Address Book:
Sodo @ The George & Vulture | 63 Pitfield Street, London N1 6BU
Happiness Forgets | 8-9 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NU
Village Underground | 54 Holywell Lane, London EC2A 3PQ

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8.14.2014

CHIC BEATS | go with the flow

For the second year in a row I timed my annual visit to see my family in Helsinki around Flow Festival, Finland's answer to summer music festivals. With headliners like Kraftwerk (2013), The National and Outkast (this year), I will happily make this an annual pilgrimage. Much more relaxed than Coachella and Glastonbury due to fewer acts to run between and the much smaller crowd (plus no camping required), Flow is a perfect introductory festival for someone who does not want to deal with something as full-on as Glastonbury. Though I skipped the food at the festival (since I filled up on dinner at Kuurna on Saturday and the bottomless brunch at Sandro on Sunday before attending), the trucks seemed to represent the best of Helsinki street food and casual eateries. If only they offered better beer than that dreaded festival mainstay, Heineken.

The playlist below highlights my favorite acts from the two days I went. I was especially pleased to see Outkast again after their rusty performance at Coachella, which I also only saw via big screens from about 20,000 people back. This time arriving just 30 minutes before their set started guaranteed a spot with full visibility of André 3000's amazing jumpsuit and a smiling Janelle Monaé backstage. Outfits inspired by André's get up and a few other sartorial highlights are below.



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#11 | everything is real

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#12 | spirits blow around like a hurricane whip

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#10 | narcissistic americans

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Manic Street Preachers on the main stage. /// The National's new songs were amazing live (performed between Matt guzzling from a bottle of wine on stage). /// Signs of the festival's location at a defunct Suvilahti power plant. /// Marimekko prints in case you forgot you were in Finland. /// Jungle maintained their mystique in a fog-shrouded performance. /// A laser show at Robyn & Röyksopp (unfortunately they performed separate sets before playing together in the end, after I had already left to get a good spot at Outkast). /// André 3000 was in a great mood, chatting with the audience after acknowledging that everyone could probably understand his English since Americans are the only people that do not learn other languages (not wrong). /// Jaakko Eino Kalevi's mesmerizing performance to end the festival on his 30th birthday (a surprise cake was sliced up onstage and generously passed out to the audience).

6.10.2014

KITCHEN PLAYLIST | coachella highlights

I am certainly the last blogger writing about Coachella, but since summer festival season is heating up and I recently bought my tickets to Coachella 2015 (insane, I know), it is still topical, right?

For all of the negative press Coachella gets about the adding more mainstream acts and attracting VIPs who are there to be seen and not for the music, they still have some incredible performances. My highlights this year were Arcade Fire, Future Islands, Beck, Queens of the Stone Age, Washed Out, Woodkid, Jagwar Ma, Austra, Darkside, and of course, Outkast. As long as Coachella continues to book these kinds of bands, I couldn't care less if they put Calvin Harris on a different stage to sell tickets.

This year Coachella finally upped their food game for the non-VIPs, with offerings from Kogi, Crossroads, Night + Market, and more. To drink, there was Clover Juice (try the watermelon, lime & mint with a shot of vodka...), Stumptown Coffee, and a craft beer garden that saved me from the previously ubiquitous Heineken. Fanstastic music, great food and drink, and an incomparable setting... yeah, Coachella's still got it.



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6.09.2014

KITCHEN PLAYLIST | june 2014

Bands I just bought tickets to see/saw/want to see.

4.06.2014

WEEKEND CHIC | to the market

The Village Green Market @ Hackney Downs Studios
[Sweater - Equipment / Jeans - Genetic Denim / Boots - Acne Studios "Pistols" / Watch - Michael Kors / Coffee - Terrone Coffee Co.]
Just about one month after committing to the idea of launching eat chic chocolates, today I signed a contract to sell at the new Village Green Market at Hackney Downs Studios. Little sister to Netil Market, this market offers passersby a rotating selection of artisan food, coffee, jewelry, vintage clothing, art and more. Unfortunately today's grey skies and ever present threat of rain resulted in minimal foot traffic, but it will be exciting to see the market develop. Today I only had a chance to sample an excellent cappuccino from the Terrone Coffee Co. cart (decked out with a La Marzocco espresso machine), but look forward to trying the food from other vendors in the future. An especially intriguing stand selling homemade kimchi nearly tempted me into a purchase despite the fact that I am not allowing any such perishable food acquisitions until I return from my trip to California. Next time.

The Village Green Market @ Hackney Downs Studios
London friends, I begin selling at the market on Sunday, May 4th.

4.03.2014

RECIPE | Penne with Tuna, Lemon & Greens

Pasta with Tuna, Lemon & Greens

Exactly one month after my last post, I finally have another recipe for you. Not because I haven't been cooking, but in between work, going to gigs, and going out with friends, I have been working on a time-consuming side project that is quickly coming to fruition. More details to come soon on the blog, Instagram, and Twitter.

In the meantime, here is my default recipe when I have no time to stop at the grocery store, chop vegetables, or dirty multiple dishes. I am slightly embarrassed about sharing such a non-recipe, but this is a great dish to have in your back pocket instead of resorting to takeout pizza or curry on those busy and/or lazy evenings. I always have lemons, pasta, canned tuna, and some sort of leafy green on hand so that I can be comforted by the fact that even at the most stressful times, I will be able to enjoy this for dinner at the very least. Because it is such a simple recipe, it is imperative to use good ingredients, particularly the tuna. If you think canned tuna tastes like cat food, I implore you to buy a good quality canned tuna in olive oil, such as the exceptional canned tuna by Ortiz, and give it another chance.

3.03.2014

KITCHEN PLAYLIST | randoms

There is no theme to this blog hiatus-ending kitchen playlist. Just be proud that it does not exclusively contain new St. Vincent because that is all I have been listening to for the past week.

2.23.2014

WEEKEND CHIC | shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather

#009 | shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather
Mango white turtleneck / Proenza Schouler skirt / TIBI Piper boots / 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Purse / CA LOU black ring / Myia Bonner stud earrings

Shoutout to the guy last Saturday night who sang Velvet Underground's "Venus in Furs" to me after spotting my patent leather Jil Sander boots.

After seeing several people in thin white turtlenecks over the past week (including on Blood Orange's Dev Hynes and The Preatures' Izzi Manfredi), I unearthed my old Zara version from my closet. If only I had the Proenza skirt to wear with it.

2.22.2014

RECIPE | an alternate use for overripe bananas

Homemade Banana Nut Granola
My default breakfast is whole wheat toast with nut butter, honey, sliced banana, and cinnamon (and coffee, obviously); whenever I eat cereal or granola, I end up ravenous two hours later. I also tend to avoid store bought granola since oil and sweeteners are usually found near the top of the ingredient list. However, after seeking a non-banana bread recipe to use the overripe bananas stinking up my kitchen, I discovered a recipe for banana granola on Green Kitchen Stories that was sufficiently different to any banana recipe I have made before.

After playing around with the ingredient list and proportions, and reducing the oven temperature, I have found my new go-to granola recipe (which just happens to be vegan and gluten-free). Including protein-rich quinoa flakes in the mix results in a filling granola that keeps you satisfied until your lunch break. This recipe is very forgiving, so do not fret if you do not have all of the listed ingredients. Applesauce or pumpkin purée could potentially take the place of the banana purée, and various nuts, seeds, and spices can be swapped in and out. Judging by how quickly this granola has disappeared in my household however, you will not want to make a half batch. Trust me on that.

Homemade Banana Nut Granola