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Travel Guide | Best NC Beach Towns

Travel Guide | Best NC Beach Towns

California dreamin'? We know the hype is there, but the North Carolina coast is one of the best in the US...not everyone knows about the long-as-can-be beaches with soft white sand, body surfing worthy waves and fantastic culinary stops. Plus the region boasts a retro vibe many other seaside towns have scrubbed away to the detriment of people who crave that yesteryear boardwalk flair. While the Outer Banks towns are more famous, our favorite area is near Wilmington; the best part is, if you stay in one of these hamlets, you can get to the rest very easily! Here’s the breakdown of our musts and if you're looking for the perfect bathing suit coverup, check out our made in NC tunics here...

Stay
VRBO.com for weekly rentals
Blockade Runner
Hampton Inn and Suites Oceanfront Carolina Beach Hotel

Carolina Beach
Britt's Donuts
Flaming Amy's
Cape Fear Boil Company
Ida Thai Cuisine
Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar
Shuckin' Shack
Blackburn Brothers Seafood Market

Wrightsville Beach
Tower 7
SUNday's Cafe
South End Surf Shop
Masonboro Island Day Trip with Captain Joe 
Airlie Gardens 

Kure Beach
Freddies Restaurant
Fort Fisher Aquarium
Kure Beach Pier
Hi-Tech Arcade

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Recipe | Moon Mist Ice Cream

Recipe | Moon Mist Ice Cream

Happy first day of summer! Moon Mist is an eye-catching, mouthwatering blend of three distinct flavors of ice cream: grape, banana, and bubblegum. 

It’s an unusual combo, to say the least. One theory says that a flavor company shopped it around in the early 1980s, as Nova Scotian dairies started churning out the tricolored variety at roughly the same time. The result was a hit in Canada’s Atlantic provinces, where it’s the most popular flavor of ice cream. 

Since making it to Nova Scotia this summer is a long shot, we're sharing Jeet Kitchen's recipe here:

Ingredients 
2 cups + 2 tbsp milk
4 tsp. cornstarch
1 1⁄4 cups heavy cream
2⁄3 cup sugar
2 tbsp. light corn syrup
1⁄4 tsp. kosher salt
3 tbsp. cream cheese, softened
Food coloring: purple, yellow, sky blue
Flavor oils: grape, banana cream + bubble gum (available at Amazon)
Loaf pan + parchment paper for lining

instructions
1. With a fork, whisk together 2 tbsp milk with the 4 tsp of cornstarch.
2. In a big saucepan, whisk together the rest of the milk, the cream, sugar, syrup, + salt. bring to a boil over medium-high heat. boil for 4 minutes.
3. Turn heat off + whisk in the cornstarch mixture. return to a boil, stirring non-stop until thickened, 2-3 minutes.
4. Remove from heat. whisk in the cream cheese + salt.
5. Pour mixture into 3 separate bowls in approximately equal measure, so you can mix in color + flavor.
6. Add a few drops of food coloring to each bowl until you have nice blue, yellow, + purple mixtures. then, add 1/4tsp of each flavor oil to their corresponding color (i can’t believe i’m typing this out, but idk, maybe moon mist is not entirely intuitive: purple / grape, yellow / banana, blue / bubble gum).
7. Cover with plastic + leave to refrigerate at least 3 hours, ideally overnight.
8. Mix each flavor separately, as per your ice cream maker’s instructions. after each churn, return the frozen ice cream to the bowl + put in the freezer. repeat for all 3 flavors. this process was kind of a pain, because of cleaning the frozen ice cream bowl + re-freezing it for 30ish mins each time, but it’s so worth it.
9. line a small loaf pan with parchment paper.
10. working quickly, drop scoops of each ice cream color into the loaf pan randomly, trying to ensure an even distribution of flavors + colors. then, cover with another piece of parchment, pressing the ice cream down into the pan to ensure there are no gaps.

Photo credit: Jeet Kitchen

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Must See | Thomas Jackson

Must See | Thomas Jackson

We're pleased to share that Heron Arts has a new installation featuring "Tree no. 1," by Thomas Jackson. There will be an open to the public soiree Friday, June 22nd from 7 to 10pm that we'll be attending. RSVP here...

Expanding on ideas he has explored in his "Emergent Behavior" photographic series, Jackson's piece will juxtapose organic and manufactured materials to promote fresh perspectives on the complex balance between natural and manmade systems. The piece will feature a 15-foot "Sango-Kaku” (Coral Bark Japanese Maple) surrounded by floating LED grow lights and plastic take out containers. While Jackson frequently works with organic materials in outdoor settings, this will be the first time he has incorporated living flora into an indoor sculpture. The work presses the viewer not only to contemplate our dysfunctional relationship with the natural landscape, but also to envision a sustainable future in which natural and man-made systems are integrated and intertwined, and more resilient as a result. The exhibition will also feature a number of prints from the “Emergent Behavior” series.

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Field Trip | Creative Mornings

Field Trip | Creative Mornings

The inspiring Jen Hewett will be the guest speaker at Creative Mornings SF on June 29th! Who wants to go?!

Mark your calendar to register on 6/25 at 11am

A lifelong Californian, Jen combines her love of loud prints and saturated colors with the textures and light of the California landscapes to create highly-tactile, visually-layered, printed textiles.

We can't wait to hear her thoughts on the theme of Craft!

Photo courtesy of Jen Hewett

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Tony Felt Like Everyone’s Friend

Tony Felt Like Everyone’s Friend

The world is a better place because Anthony Bourdain was here. He taught so many of us what it means to be open-minded, how to be curious. I'm heartbroken...in the brief time I spent working on a short film with Anthony, his larger than life presence made an indelible impression on me. The world makes less sense with his departure. It'll take a long time to get over the shock of this turn of events...xo

 

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Remembering Kate…

Remembering Kate…

This probably just looks like a picture of any other store, a place of business to buy fancy things, you may or may not need. In actuality, it was an institution where I learned that the tiniest of details make all the difference, the true alchemy of bold color stories working together, and how one woman’s vision can create an atmosphere of magic.

I spent every weekend in the summer of 1998 at this Kate Spade flagship shop and during the week, I interned at their corporate headquarters in the Flatiron District. There was always a palpable energy in the air, the brand was taking off and I could actually feel the excitement of someone’s dream, an idea once just a business plan, coming to fruition. It’s rare to be in such an electric environment, however this being my first official fashion internship, didn’t fully grasp how out of the ordinary it all was. Every task I was given was infused with purpose and more importantly, had to be executed with exacting precision and discernment…it wasn’t oppressive, it was just very clear that there was a right way to accomplish things, and that was with elegance, whit and charm. 

The shop was a like a living, breathing entity – refined yet approachable, boisterous yet composed…among the bags were beautiful vintage books, retro glass cabinets filled with convivial canvas coin purses, cheerful wax-cotton Mackintosh raincoats hanging on walls, and always a welcoming vase of peonies. Customers entered the store with elation as a youngster would going through the turnstile at Disneyland for the first time.

As the weeks went by and these experiences accumulated, a deep knowing developed…I remember telling myself, “Ahhhh, this is how you build a brand.” It’s not just a flimsy, drone-like mission statement; it is a firm, unwavering demeanor and an ironclad commitment to consistency. I would see Kate with Henry, her lovely Maltese, and know this persuasion came from the top down. It’s easy to think that she developed the right product at the right time, but the truth is Kate was a visionary that created a world where propriety and fun could live as one; she shepherded a fresh dialogue about what it meant to be a woman and how fashion can foster self-expression. 

I’m honored and grateful to have participated in Kate’s burgeoning success and am holding her family and loved ones in my heart.

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2018 Bucket List Reflections

2018 Bucket List Reflections

With the year half gone, and at an extremely alarming rate, I’m doing a touch base with my bucket list and life. I see June as a bridge - I’m suspended between two time periods - a place when anything seemed possible in January to now facing the reality of how quick it’s all gone and if it’s possible to fit my wish list in by the end of December. It’s so wild how quick it all goes by and how important determination is to reach destinations.

I’ve also seen great beauty and magic in the spontaneous, as some of my favorite events of the year thus far weren’t even on the list…
 - Reuniting with Andrea, my Canadian bestie in NYC; we schemed about Party et Cie and ate everything in sight
 - The Museum of Ice Cream with the kids
 - Candice Young coming to visit SF, eating ginormous noodle bowls and stumbling upon inside jokes that will make me laugh for a long time to come
 - Experiencing Camp Fireball at the New Parkway Theater in Oakland
 - Adopting a nectarine tree on the Masumoto Family Farm in partnership with Real Food, Real Stories
 - The Loyale meetup at Yellow Dog Bread Co. in Raleigh
It’s all fluid, I suppose - the planned and the unexpected blend together to create a unique and fulfilling tapestry.

All in all I’m happy with my BL progress, but also shocked at how much is not yet accomplished; I’m not sure if I can fit in the below list into the remaining 182 days of 2018 considering both time and money. But being a glass half full person, I’ll take pride in what I have managed to check off and the activities that are still a work in progress. I hope you’ll note of what’s cropped up haphazardly, take stock of your lists, and see how things are going...it’s pretty cathartic!

Ride in a hot air balloon
   > KP and I loved our Napa Valley Aloft experience

Get back into ceramics - try a wheel-throwing workshop
   > Hanging with Mel Rice of Studio Ceramica and Nino, the rescue cat, for 6 weeks was a blast

Stay in the nicest hotel in a 50 mile radius and enjoy a staycation
   > I surprised my hubs with a stay at the epic Poetry Inn in Napa to celebrate his 6 month work anniversary

Take Mya and Liam to Hawaii
   > Happening July 4th week, stayed tuned!

Go to Form Festival
   > Didn’t work out for this year, but we do have our Outside Lands 3 day passes secured (yay, Portugal. The Man, Jaime xx and Carlie Rae Jepson live!)

Cultivate a thriving veggie and herb garden
   > Slugs ate my first attempts, but our lime tree looks nice and after Hawaii, I’ll try again

Visit at least 10 of SF’s privately-owned public open spaces
   > Halfway there!

In the works / hope I can fit it in:
- Take a calligraphy class
- Zipline somewhere with an amazing view
- Paddle board in So Cal
- Visit the Farallon Islands

Moving to 2019:
Hike to Half Dome and climb the chain ladder to the summit
    > Even though I put it in my calendar as a reminder, I missed the lottery window for 2018 :(

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Throwback | First Loyale Meetup

Throwback | First Loyale Meetup

Throwback Thursday to our festive inaugural meetup at Yellow Dog Bread Co. last week in Raleigh! It was wonderful to have LA Teamers, staff, interns and our best clients sip rose and munch on YD's always pleasing baked goods...when we reflect back on where we were a year ago, this was truly a special occasion that solidified how extremely blessed we are.

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Recipe | Eggs Benedict Salad

Recipe | Eggs Benedict Salad

We adore Molly Yeh for so many reasons - her joyful smile, love of chickens, charming writing style, lovely photography, the fact that she calls her husband, eggboy, and wonderful signature recipes. As National Egg Month comes to a close, we wanted to feature one of her dishes that features eggs, so we picked the Eggs Benedict Salad. If you don’t know of her, follow her now and tune into her Food Network show Girl Meets Farm premiering on June 24th! Finally, be sure to prepare Molly's delicious dish for brunch or dinner this weekend!

Eggs Benedict Salad with Dill Hollandaise Dressing
Makes 4 servings

2 thick english muffins, chopped into cubes
6 slices canadian bacon
4 large eggs
8 oz mixed greens
1/4 purple onion, thinly sliced
kosher salt and black pepper
hollandaise dressing:
1 large egg yolk
1/4 c unsalted butter, melted
2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 c olive oil
1 sprig fresh dill, chopped
kosher salt and black pepper

Make the croutons: spread the english muffin cubes out on a baking sheet and bake them at 400 for about 15 minutes or so, until they reach your desired crispiness. I like em still a little soft.

Cook the bacon: brown it on both sides over medium high heat, and then chop it into 1/2-inch pieces.

Boil the eggs: bring a large pot of water to a boil, carefully add the eggs, and cook for 7 minutes. Transfer them to an ice bath, peal them, and then slice them in half.

Place the greens, onions, croutons, bacon, and eggs on a serving platter. Sprinkle everything with salt and fresh pepper.

To make the dressing, add the egg yolk to a food processor or blender. Blend the yolk, and then gradually drizzle in the butter, lemon juice, and olive oil, and then add the dill. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Dress the salad to your liking and enjoy!

Recipe and photo credit: Molly Yeh

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