I spent a few months in Argentina when I was 23. I spent a good amount of time on that trip drinking wine and eating steak. Steak with chimichurri. A sexy mix of garlic, good olive oil, lemon, and any herbs you can find. I make a giant batch (this will stank up your kitchen) and then use it on everything from chicken and steak to eggs and potatoes.
Tiff: Steak Tartare
I like my meat raw. I’m serious here. Good quality, nicely marbled, and raw. Except for poultry. I know they do that that in Osaka and that’s probably the only place I would have it. But anyways, the dish at hand here is a melt in your mouth, chopped to the appropriate size, perfectly seasoned steak tartare (see that here). This would be my deserted island food. And we are so lucky that Cochise has brought a stellar tartare to Phnom Penh at his Bistrot Bassac. Count on it that Cait and I are here at least twice a week.
This one has been in heavy rotation all year, so its a good thing I have it in two colors. It’s crazy comfortable, it falls well and I love that the company is so transparent abut exactly how and wear their clothing is made. Win win win.
Tiff: Steven Alan Winona Dress
I like me some uniforms. The shirtdress has always been a key part of my professional capsule wardrobe, but I needed a cool new one to spruce up my post-office life. Then I watched the pilot episode of Marry Me and I was instantly hooked on this number that we first meet Casey Wilson in. With the stellar seamstresses of Phnom Penh, I’ve now got two in my collection and there will definitely be more in the future.
Yes, the most cliche of all places to put on a list. I care not. When I was traveling back and forth from Africa, Paris used to be my favorite place to layover and relax for a few days before returning to real life. It’s also a fantastic place to eat your feelings and mend a broken heart. Or at least stick it back together with cheese. I am planning a trip to Paris with my mom right now, and its going to be the best. I can’t wait to play and eat and shop and eat and drink and eat and play.
There are always back up travel plans. And if Uganda doesn’t happen in April, I already have my eye on Plan B: Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Also known affectionately as Jogja, and only a hop away from big brother Bali, it is home to the Borobudur temples and a hip scene of artisans and other makers. This means a ton of gorgeous batik, delicious local cuisine and a great mix of culture and nature.
I love early 90’s hip hop and R&B. Most of my music preferences often lean toward this era, or earlier, which is why Tiff is in charge of proving you with cool new music. But I will not apologize for still loving Arrested Development. I remember listening to Tenessee, Everyday People and Mr Wendal as an awkward tween with no idea what the words meant. It didn’t matter, and now that I do understand what they are talking about, the lyrics hold up.
Tiff: Big Data – Clean (Featuring Jamie Lidell)
Can’t say no to crooner Jamie Lidell and a cool little logo for Big Data. This new project comes from producer Alan Wilkis, who is remixing everyone up the wazoo these days, and I can’t stop playing it. So is it making me happy? Hell yeah.
Cait: Celebrity Bitch Slap
This is a game that was introduced to me last night at dinner. Basically, you pick a celebrity that you would like to slap in the face. It’s really fun. So we are clear, the Kate McKinnon as Justin Bieber photo above is an homage to her, and yes he is my choice to receive a smack or two.
I don’t talk about this often on the blog, but I’m keen on shifting my horizons to creating a web-mag that completely rides on the coattails of these wicked indie mags that have been exploding since bespoke bicycles became a thing. These highly curated, pretty much tailored, and definitely produced with a slow lifestyle in mind, serve as the inspo for not only how content appears on this blog, but also tell Cait and I where we sit in the whole hip-o-sphere and the gap we are intending to fill. Endless ideas that we are playing with every day, basically.