la dolce vita, at home.

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if you asked me where else in the world i might like to live, the answer hands-down would be italy. i love everything about the italian culture — the friendly people, the slow life, eating amazing fresh food al fresco, drinking wine on warm nights outdoors in charming cafes. those gardens created in window boxes but that spill lushly over tiny balconies — sigh.... 
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around l.a. / grand central market DTLA.

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Located in the heart of downtown, The Grand Central Market has sought to celebrate the cuisine and cultures of Los Angeles since it opened it’s doors in 1917. It really is a sampling of the city’s best food (with a side of excellent people watching). Grab a lunch and then stock up on a fresh cut of meat some fresh fish or a wide variety of vegetables for supper!... 
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unexpected guests: amanda frederickson.

unexpected guests: amanda frederickson / sfgirlbybay

today’s unexpected guest is a wonderful friend and foodie to follow, amanda frederickson. i had the pleasure of meeting this lovely lady at many events here in the bay area and her instagram feed is one I frequent daily to see what she’s cooking up in the kitchen. she’s a chef, food stylist and photographer, cookbook author, a test kitchen cook in the williams-sonoma... 
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slow living at goddards.

retreat at goddards. / sfgirlbybay

Today I’m sharing photos from a recent trip to Goddards House in the idyllic town of Abinger Common in Surrey. Located 45 minutes south of London, this tranquil country estate was our home for a creative slow living retreat with food photographer and stylist Beth Kirby of Local Milk. Built between 1898-1900 and later expanded in 1910, the two-level house is comprised... 
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wear this there: little gem.

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We’re still freshly off the high of the new year, and clinging on to those life-benefiting resolutions that came with it. That’s why our most recent location-of-desire opened its doors in very appropriate timing — a healthy, yet awe-worthy menu that feeds your soul. Little Gem, cuddled into San Francisco’s Hayes Valley micro-hood is where we came to find... 
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