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            • April 19, 2019 Heaven or High Water
              Heaven or High Water

              As the effects of climate change becomes more prevalent, it’s very interesting and disturbing to see that there’s still a veneer of fantasy about it being a real thing. When we say fantasy, we mean a make believe world where people think everything will be fine due to someone or something making it okay with a magic wand. We were fascinated by this spectacularly written article from Popula that delves into the delusions of realtors in Miami Beach about the rising waters. 

               

            • April 17, 2019 Spotlight | Miracle Plum
              Spotlight | Miracle Plum

              Miracle Plum is the dream job and full time hangout of Santa Rosa natives Sallie Miller and Gwen Gunheim. They offer delicious pantry items, responsibly grown staples from local farms, beautiful kitchen wares, cookbooks, food centric magazines (hi Cherry Bombe), grab-and-go lunches, natural wines and craft beer.

              The space is so dreamy, like a retrofitted barn, with white washed walls and all the sundries you could ever want, creatively strewn about in a cozy way that feels akin to home. Basically I want to move in...

              Sallie and Gwen started hosting a book club/potluck a bit ago and when I heard the next book was Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat, I RSVP’d immediately. I decided on her Orecchiette Pasta with Broccoli and took it to the umami heavens with a few anchovies. While I was preparing it, I realized that this was first time I was following a recipe to the letter in four years; it was comforting to just be led along, knowing I would achieve amazing results. There were a lot of instructions in what on the face of it is a pretty basic recipe. Each and every one was completely worth it. And I love the way that Samin has a poetic way of writing recipes, like when boiling the pasta water, “salt until it tastes like the summer sea.” These simple instructions encourage you to be intimately involved in the process thus bringing your senses to life.

              I was excited to experience the bounteous spread that awaited us, but was also looking forward to seeing Megan, a new friend I’d made while volunteering with La Cocina. I’d roped her into attending since she is a huge Samin fan and an accomplished cooking instructor; we had a grand time gabbing over the buffet of our dreams.

              It was such an enchanting evening and inevitably, my eyes were so much bigger than my stomach! Faves included focaccia, chicken pot pie, fennel and radish salad, and almond cardamom oil cake...I can’t deny I also really enjoyed my Orecchiette Pasta with Broccoli. The crowd was friendly and convivial and Sallie and Gwen were consummate hosts; all in all it was it was a lovely night...strangers sharing their handiwork and bonding over thoughtfully made food gave way to a warm and wonderful time.

              MP’s next book club/potluck is on June 23rd for Yasmin Khan's latest release Zaitoun, email hi@miracleplum.com to sign up for it! Or if you're in Sonoma county, pop by the store and enjoy...
            • April 12, 2019 Discoveries
              Discoveries

              A very fun aspect of Instagram is stumbling across interesting artists. We’re digging Constanza Goeppinger, a freelance illustrator and graphic designer based in Australia. If you’re not on social media (more power to you!), you can visit her website and admire her art that way.

            • April 10, 2019 Titanic Rising
              Titanic Rising

              I’ve been brainstorming and developing some new pieces over the last four weeks...When it’s time to get creative I find music helps quiet some doubtful voices in my head and allows for a flow of productivity.

              Right now, I have Weyes Blood’s impeccable Titanic Rising album on repeat because it’s so complex, dystopian and hopeful. It feels parallel to my life and I feel supported by the themes and grandiosity of Natalie Mering's current work.

              Sometimes when I’m designing a new collection, I feel confused, I question my intuition and know-how, but simultaneously feel optimistic that what I create will speak to people. Also, I’ve been missing my brother a whole damn lot as of late...more than normal. He’s been gone almost six years and there are periods of time that this just weighs on me. Besides being my best pal, he was really integral to Loyale’s success early on, loaning me funding and taking photos...to work on new aspects of the company without being able to speak to him continues to feel unsettling.

              So because I’m a little sad, well-executed melancholy music feels right and Titanic Rising has been a great companion to my activities and mood...My favorite lyric from the album?

              “No one’s ever gonna give you a trophy / For all the pain and things you’ve been through / No one knows but you.”

              Sing it sister…

              If for some reason, you and I are cosmically on the same emotion level today, sending you light and hugs.