Welcome to Nashville! First up, we have Percy Priest Lake. Less than 20 minutes from downtown, it’s the perfect destination for a last minute day on the water. Rent a pontoon from Elm Hill Marina, pack the cooler with icy beverages and killer snacks and call up your pals. Another water destination is up next!
Next up, Cummins Falls! Located in Cookeville and less than an hour and a half from Nashville, this swimming hole is well worth the day trip! Can you tell it has been a hot summer? I’m dreaming of cooling off at every turn.
My favorite dinner spot in #Nashville is @rolfanddaughters, hands down. I’ve never had a meal here that didn’t blow me away. Located in the Germantown neighborhood of Nashville, their “modern peasant” menu rotates seasonally and draws influence from Northern Italy and the Mediterranean.
Here’s another #Nashville beauty. Radnor Lake sits within a 904-acre state park, just 15-minutes from downtown. Though the water is for looking only, the park has miles of hiking trails and enough flora and fauna to keep you there all day. Just imagine the colors of Fall here!
This is the obligatory #Nashville photo, but it’s a great introduction to one of my favorite neighborhoods in Nashville. 12 South has beautiful and eclectic homes, plenty of great restaurants, shopping and even a park! Here’s my perfect weekend day guide for 12 South: Have brunch at @josephineon12th, take a walk around the neighborhood and dream of living in one of the bungalows, buy the best pair of jeans you’ll ever own at @imogenewillie, have lunch at Taqueria del Sol, grab a popsicle from @LasPaletasNashville, take a nap at Sevier Park, shop around at @WhitesMercantile and @hero12south, have dinner and drinks at @BurgerUp and make sure you save room for ice cream from @JenisIceCreams!
If this Georgia Peach can’t be in Georgia to get some roadside-stand peaches, at least I’m in the best of hands with @thepeachtruck! These guys are such hard workers and make sure us #Nashville folk are able to get our hands on quality peaches any day of the week this time of year! Check out the link in their profile for where they sell around town.
Here's a little #EastNashville shoutout for one of my last posts! @baristaparlor isn't only beautiful, but its coffee and teas are perfectly curated for those of you with a palette for such things. Plus, c'mon. How pretty is this vignette? Photo by @tecpetaja
Hello & welcome to Brooklyn! One of my favorite neighborhood brunch spots is @selamatpagibk in Greenpoint. Their Balinese inspired menu is always on point. This morning I had the toasted coconut & banana pancakes. They also serve ice cream from their sister business @vanleeuwenicecream & you can get a pint flash-frozen to go.
After breakfast head to @thebklynkitchen for locally made snacks, fresh produce & yummy cheese! Stock up for a picnic or BBQ! They also offer cooking classes, baking & home brewing supplies & an epic collection of cookware
Hello all, welcome to Springfield, MO. Let’s get this week started with a little pick me up. @thecoffeeethic is a long time favorite of mine for amazing coffee as well as a hub for creative folks from all over the city. Thanks for following along this week - I’m bringing you some Midwest flavor so stay tuned. - @christiangideon
My secret vice for breakfast is @legacybagelry - I have the hot egg and cheese and an @oddly pour over coffee most mornings. I first met owners Bethany and Kyle at our local farmer’s market a few years ago and couldn’t be happier to see their dream take off. If you’re in Springfield this is a must stop for non-GMO, wild and real organic ingredients, and amazing baked goods.
One thing I love about Springfield is that it’s within an hour’s drive of so many unique places in the Ozarks. This shot was taken by my son @masengideon last night at the McClurg Jam - a bluegrass/folk jam session deep in the Ozark hills. It takes place in an old general store on Monday nights. Locals bring home cooked food and socialize while talented musicians play everything from Johnny Cash to gospel hymns. For some footage from last night you can see a clip on my account
Every time I leave @hudsonhawk417 I feel like a real man. This barbershop has killer design and the most talented, friendly barbers I’ve ever encountered. They also carry an awesome selection of American made goods and clothing - it’s definitely a one stop shop if you’re trying to step up your style game.
I’ve got a two for one with today’s post. Some of the staff from award winning @417mag came by @mamajeans_market to grab some of Corey’s grilled Kobe burgers. 417 Magazine is an amazing showcase of all things local and I can’t say enough about how awesome these people are when it comes to promoting Springfield. Mama Jeans is my favorite health food store in the area and Corey cooks these life changing burgers on Wednesdays for lunch - so get over there 😊
Another thing I love about Springfield is it’s a gateway for several awesome day trips. This is a view of the Buffalo River Valley south of Harrison, Arkansas. There’s tons of beautiful hiking trails and wide open spaces here.
The Los Angeles Christina Winkelmann @christinawinkelmann lives in is one for the books, likely, coloring books. Her always bright light and colorful photos are constant proof that she takes ‘fun’ very seriously.
if you know anyone from LA, chances are they’ve taken a selfie in front of the #paulsmith wall! it’s a giant wall on the side of the building and it’s the perfect shade of pink! a little tip, go before they open to avoid cars in the parking lot! oh yeah, and bring a couple smoke bombs!
tiki ti is one of the oldest (and coolest) tiki bars in la. it’s authentic and family run. these drinks are fruity and pack a strong punch so watch out. oh, and order a ray’s mistake! hands down this might be my favorite bar in #losangeles. 🍹🌴
sorry for the insta blitz guys. there’s just so many good spots in #losangeles! @poketo is a fun place to pick up great gifts! oh, and while you’re there, hit up @thepieholela for pie, and @wurstkuche for 💣hot dogs!
The Village Bakery and Cafe @thevillagebakeryandcafe
hey all! this will be my last post. sad. but…i am leaving you with this awesome donut rec. this little pinky is from @thevillagebakeryandcafe! it’s a fun little cafe that has the best hangover food. if you have any questions about #losangeles, just shoot me a direct message! thanks for having me!
I think most people would agree that one of the best aspects of Instagram is discovering amazingly creative strangers. And then lucky us, we get to follow along, watching their work grow day to day #atlanta photographer + artist Jason Travis @jtrav is one of those accounts I stumbled upon and have enjoyed ever since. Aside from his photos being awesomely skilled, they’re straightforward, colorful, usually a bit funny, and always beautifully human. Thanks for following along, hope you have fun in Atlanta!
On Sundays, stop by the Grant Park Farmers Market. You'll be surrounded by tons of local vendors and the freshest goods possible. While there I saw these two little dudes running through the rain huddled under a peach box and its probably one of the most #atlanta things I've ever seen.
Enjoy a beer with a friend @theporterbeerbar in Little 5 Points. A buddy of mine from high school recently opened @orpheusbrewing overlooking Piedmont Park and the Beltline. The Porter has “Atalanta”, a refreshing tart plum saison, on tap.
@centennial_park is a touristy area which has pretty fantastic sights and sounds. There’s a new civil & human rights museum, a giant ferris wheel, and my all time favorite tourist trap - The World of Coca Cola. Centennial Park was a huge attraction during the ‘96 Olympics and its always fun to see kids running through the fountains without a care in the world.
Southern Comfort is a honky-tonk trucker bar slightly off the beaten path. They have cheap beer, dancing, karaoke, and every now and then a huge ridiculous blowout show. Cole from Atlanta’s own Black Lips seen here.
A visit to Atlanta isn’t complete without trying the best popsicles in town - @kingofpops Steven & Nick have created quite a success story and are two of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. They’ve created hundreds of flavors and in the winter they also run a Christmas tree business called Tree Elves.
@octanecoffee is my pick for the best coffeeshop in town. I personally love the cheddar waffles with sorghum syrup and I eat them practically every weekend, provided by Little Tart Bakeshop. Wash it down with a caramelatto.
Ever since I first walked into @willysmexicana almost 10 years ago I was hooked. By far my favorite burritos around. They now have over 20 locations all over the Atlanta area so Willy’s is never that far away. When they cater events or business luncheons everyone knows its special day. You must try the queso dip!
@livingwallsatl is an annual conference on street art and urbanism that began here in Atlanta in 2010. Living Walls has built a platform for much-needed dialogue in the city. Here’s local artist @trekmatthews painting spiritual & geometric deities in Summer Hill.
Always reach for the sky! Arabia Mountain is composed of granite. Its kinda like Stone Mountain’s kid sister. There’s lots of rare plants to discover, a 12 mile bike trail, and amazing sunsets you’ll want to gram every time.
Love is Love Farms at Gaia Gardens @loveislovefarm
Meet Joe of @loveislovefarm He’s an organic farmer that grows vegetables on a two acre plot of land here in Atlanta, GA. He grows 100 different varieties within 40 crops. He markets his food through a CSA, as well as selling at the East Atlanta farmers market, and also to local restaurants. Love is Love Farms at Gaia Gardens is a great place to attend workshops or enjoy a field day out in the fresh air.
The Rufus Rose House was built in 1901. Its one of four Victorian mansions left on Peachtree Street. This is one of Atlanta’s most endangered historic places. It was home to a museum for more than 50 years but has now been empty since 2001, after it served briefly as headquarters for the Atlanta Preservation Center.
Thanks for taking a journey through Atlanta with me! Its been fun! Don’t forget to take a jaunt to the Jackson Street Bridge and catch a near-perfect glimpse of our Atlanta skyline. On any given day you’ll run into your neighbor, your boss, your dentist, and about 25 other people.
Some photographers make it look too damn easy. It’s not too complicated or over styled, always gorgeous. You can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know you like what you see. Dallas Texas based photographer Heather Hawkin @heatherhawkins does just that. he captures moments just how we hope to remember them, probably even a bit better. This week Heather will take With the Locals around Dallas to all her favorite local spots- and I’m sure it’s going beyond charming.
Welcome to Dallas! I’m Heather and I’m so excited to show you around this city; we will begin our tour in the neighborhood of Oak Cliff at the famous Sour Grapes mural on the side of the Belmont Hotel. This is the best place to stay when you visit, near the Bishop Arts District where I will take you tomorrow. For now, it’s sunny with a high of 100°F and we take the afternoon off to lay by the Belmont pool. xo @heatherhawkins
Continuing on our Bishop Arts food tour, is everyone’s favorite dessert, pie. @emporiumpies is the place and cute girls in aprons are who you will find inside serving up whatever magic is on their ever-changing seasonal menu. Just go. xo @heatherhawkins
Possibly the best bookstore in all of Tejas, @thewilddetectives is an independent book shop in an old red house that also serves good coffee, beer, and lots of Bolaño. I can’t really sufficiently describe it in an Instagram caption, so make sure you visit while you’re in Oak Cliff. xo, @heatherhawkins
Moving through downtown Dallas, this Tony Tasset sculpture on Main Street is an enlarged replication of the artist’s own eyeball right across from @thejouledallas, as seen from the inside of one of their rooms. Oh, art. xo @heatherhawkins
Moving uptown to the Knox/Henderson neighborhood, @gemmarestaurant is one of my favorite new places that happens to feel like Napa in Dallas. The service is 👌 but expect a long wait…don’t worry there are plenty of bars within walking distance (Strangeways is a favorite) xo @heatherhawkins
Around the corner is Tom the Spiceman Spicer and his 11,000 sqft organic garden. Come here for all your mushrooms, herbs, and seasonal veggies and then walk over to Jimmy’s Food Store, (the only authentic Italian market and deli around) for the rest of your picnic ingredients. Or, if you want to fine out, This little block also has my personal favorite restaurant Urbano Cafe, which is BYOB. You’re going to be well fed on this trip, sorry. xo @heatherhawkins
Stop by @weare1976, the cutest art gallery and design shop for any gifts you need to take home with you! They are opening a @houndstoothcoffee next door in a few weeks too, so just another reason to love Henderson Ave. xo @heatherhawkins
To sum up @brentknepper he's immensely enthusiastic and inspiring, with two very obvious loves - photography and travel. Best of all his work and spirit makes you want to go live life. And I have to admit, his very awesome Rail Pass project was definitely an inspiration when it came to starting With the Locals. Trust me when I say it’s going to be a good week in Chicago with this travel expert. #outwithlocals#localxChicago
Oh hey guys. I’m @brentknepper and I want to welcome you to my Chicago. I’ve come to find that this city is actually a million different things depending on who you ask. Hidden in this uniform flatness are many unique neighborhoods, and I can’t wait to show y’all around!
Downtown Chicago was taken over by @lollapalooza this weekend. I, @brentknepper, ain’t the type for big, sweaty music festivals, but I can get down on a lolla after show with @officialdeltron performing in block37 with @obeygiant art on display.
Tons of Chicagoans commute via the El (elevated train) every morning into downtown. Since I don’t have a real job, I took it there to take someone’s portrait. But where better to start this city’s tour than the loop? (Bonus points if you can identify the iconic building in the background) @brentknepper
Each side of the Harold Washington Library exterior reflects a different generation of Chicago architecture. This library is HUGE, with an amazing glass ceiling on the 9th floor where you can sit and read all day. During college, I would frequently come up here to study in total tranquility. For reference, Harold Washington was mayor when Ferris Bueller came out in theaters. We haven’t had a mayor since who put on as many parades throughout the year as Harold. Granted, the ones today also don’t get taken over by a charming high school kids skipping class. @brentknepper
Of course, if you’re downtown in Chicago you need to take advantage of the amazing shafts of light and take photos! @antiheroine and I bounced around Dearborn St, which doesn’t have any shopping and few restaurants, so you can actually find open spaces without any folks getting in the shot even in the middle of the day! @brentknepper
Ugh, what a dreary day. Uncharted Books is a great spot in the northwest neighborhood Logan Square to spend an afternoon searching through used books and publications from local writers AND get maximum dog snuggles from Ramona, the owner Tanner’s dog. The store’s open late, and in the evenings hosts readings, stand up, and a game night. Also I can’t stress enough that a big, fluffy puppy is there all the time. @brentknepper
The weather cleared up, so it’s time for some evening adventuring! First, a pint at The Maproom in Bucktown. This place is real quiet (my preference) until 8pm, but it’s a great spot to plan future travels if for no other reason than the copious amounts of actual maps everywhere! @brentknepper
Please please please if you come to Chicago do yourself a favor and catch some beach vibes. While most of the northside beaches are crowded and developed, a huge prairie restoration movement is happening along the southside beaches. Here at 31st street beach families mingle on the sand, barbeque next to butterfly gardens, and run trough protected bird habitats. @brentknepper
My favorite spot in the city is just south of downtown. It’s 62 acres of undeveloped land, completely fenced off, that I absolutely love sneaking into. My friends @janakinsman, @lizrugg, and our Warm Showers bike-touring guest @jurolmos came here to have a picnic as the sun set. This parcel of land doesn’t have a name, but check the address if you’re feeling adventurous and want a truly unique view of Chicago. @brentknepper
This morning I want to take y’all out of the city for a minute. Chicago’s the Midwest hub for train travel, and if you want a real escape from the city life our regional trains are a cheap way of getting out into nature preserves in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana. @brentknepper
Five dollars and a thirty minute train ride gives you an opportunity to slow down, breath in, and feel tiny. I’ve been going to these woods for years now and I’m happy one of my travel bros, @ba_ahdae, could join me. @brentknepper
After all that crazy trail running in the woods, an easy bike ride in my neighborhood sounds ideal. I met up with @Elbarton312 and we rode along the 16th street murals in the southwest neighborhood Pilsen. This strip features arguably some the best street art in the city, and gives you just a taste of how colorful every wall and building in this part if town is. @brentknepper
Today I’ll take y’all up the northside of Chicago, I think. First, a stop at my favorite northside coffee shop @heritagebicycle. In addition to the caffeine and pastries, this place is full of rad bikes and has a full bike shop in the back. @brentknepper
The Music Box is just this amazing classic movie theatre that plays only indie and foreign movies both new and old. With velvet-lined seats, it’s also probably the best place to sit in Southport. @brentknepper
Do yourself a favor and stay east of Wrigleyville going north unless you like drunk sports fans and bro-vomit. Boystown, by contrast, is full of interesting shops, restaurants, and bars. This weekend is Market Days, the neighborhood’s second-largest street fest; the largest street fest being the Gay Pride Parade, naturally.
Personal note: If I’m ever feeling down, one stroll through here and I’ll have gotten enough compliments to keep me stoked the rest of the year. 😉 @brentknepper
The Argyle stop on the el’s red line puts you into New Chinatown in the Uptown neighborhood. Don’t be confused with the south side’s Chinatown, this one is way up north! It’s a different spin on things, but there’s still plenty to see and shabu shabu to eat. @brentknepper
Hartigan Beach in Rogers Park is maybe the last beach on the northside that you won’t find swarms of people on. Separated by two piers on the northern end and big rocks to the south, this beach is a locals-only spot that even has tree-cover separating it for the roads. A small side street is it’s only entrance, so pay attention when trying to get to it unless you like scaling big ol’ rocks. @brentknepper
Hope y’all enjoyed the official @brentknepper tour of the northside, but let’s go south this evening alright? Starting with what like all of my friends say is the best restaurant in Chinatown (on the west end of Chinatown Square), Lao Sze Chuan. The two-level square itself is incredibly fun to walk but this is the spot to eat.
Head straight west to Bridgeport and you’ll find one of the weirdest parks in the city. Locals call it Mount Bridgeport, since it’s the only place with hills north of 95th street. You would never see it from the street, but hidden behind those hills is an old, old quarry with a sketchy hiking trail going around it. I can’t stress this enough- don’t swim here. Instead, take pictures of the crazy cliffs you can crawl across. @brentknepper
I’ve been doing all this touring for this week on my bicycle, so being able to cool off is really important. Just south of Brownsville and Fuller park this complete oasis of a public pool exist. Whereas every other public pool I’ve experienced in Chicago will be chock-full of people on any summer day, this one more often than not is empty! Nothing like having your own private pool in the middle of August. @brentknepper
As a vegan who grew up in the south, Soul Veg is like the most important restaurant in the city to me. We’re talking legit bbq, without any piggies involved. Their yellow cake with chocolate icing makes me feel like I’m five and in the country again. @brentknepper
With a little bit of chocolate still on my face, I headed back up to Promontory Point, a beautiful chunk of land shooting out of the lakeshore with great views of downtown and the insane waves right now. I love taking risks, but even I wouldn’t swim in water that choppy so props to that lone dude out there. @brentknepper
I checked out Hyde Park’s new bar/restaurant/music venue @promontorychicago for the first time tonight and holy crap is it awesome. The drinks are… impressive, and looking at all the jazz names and southside-based Chicago bands slated to perform here makes me very hopeful that this spot will be an a great part of the neighborhood/community. @brentknepper
I thought maybe I’d show y’all some more quirky public art stuff happening in Chicago right now. New York street artist #hanksy came through and this is now my most favorite pun ever. (Spotted in Logan Square outside Gaslight Coffee) @brentknepper
Uh, yeah. A local sculptor in West Town was so tired of no one cleaning up their dog turds in front of his house that he commemorated the phenomena (which still happens, probably in spite of the statue) in this functioning fountain. @brentknepper
Down in the Kinzie Industrial Corridor, this 24ft wide installation of old velvet paintings from thrift stores makes absolutely no sense. I don’t really know who the artist is, but I love the idea of installing large art where no one will see it. @brentknepper
Lastly, the friggin’ DELOREAN inside Wormhole. I’ve been going here for tea and vegan doughnuts since they opened in June of 2010, and they’re the last spot I can tolerate in Wicker Park that hasn’t been taken over by chains, baby strollers, and Northface. (Ugh, that @brentknepper and his undeniable hipster cred) The whole shop is quirky, but on any given day I’m sure to bump into other freelancers working or bike messenger friends enjoying coffee in between runs. It’s not really a gimmick when the food and drinks (and reviews and publicity wow) are as good as they are.
A week is hardly enough time to get to know Chicago. Seven years into living in this city and I’m still finding new things to love about here. I thought I’d leave you with a shot of downtown from a popular skyscraper that another local once showed me the unlocked back stairwell entrance of. If you’re up for walking up to the 20th floor, the view’s worth it. Thanks for following me around all week! I would hug all of you if that was a thing you can do on the Internet. ✌️ @brentknepper
I grew up not too far from the Canadian border - a Great Lake between us and on a good clear day it seemed even swimmable. But I’m excited to get a much better view, With the Locals will be spending the week in Edmonton Canada with creative local @carmynjoy “There’s something about living in an isolated place with a harsh climate that brings people together to create and share and make their own fun. I’ve felt greatly supported whenever I’ve tried something new…” And I hope Carmyn doesn’t mind me saying but the stereotype seems to be all true with this one - she’s a total sweetheart.
Hello, friends! I’m @carmynjoy, a resident of Edmonton, Alberta, and I’m excited to show you around town this week. I won’t lie - Edmonton isn’t the world’s most glamorous place. We’re a young, northern oil city that’s still coming into its own. But, we’ve got some incredibly unique things to offer, and I’m happy to call this quirky place my home. For starters, we have North America’s largest urban parkland, and I don’t think I’d ever get tired of looking at a view like this one. I took this from one of our many bridges just last night, in fact… Despite the stereotypes, Edmonton is so much more than simply big trucks and the infamous West Edmonton Mall, and I am honoured to be able to share some highlights of this beautiful place with you.
Here’s my inaugural recommendation! If you’re looking for the most delicious and authentic pho in town, locals will tell you to search no further than @kingnoodlehouse. Located in Edmonton’s Chinatown, this family run business certainly knows how to make one delicious bowl. @carmynjoy
Good morning, friends! Given that I was up late last night at Arcade Fire’s incredible Reflektor tour, I’ve got coffee on my mind. :) What’s quickly become one of my favourite spots for just such a beverage is @iconocoffee. This new cafe has such a great feel to it. Their giant garage doors open all the way up to welcome light and summer air inside, and the baristas will challenge you to a game of ping pong or darts, if you’re up for it! The service, coffee, and atmosphere is truly excellent and well worth a visit. xo @carmynjoy
Happy Tuesday, everyone! I’m going to kick off today by posting about a couple of Edmonton’s art galleries - the first being the Art Gallery of Alberta @youraga, pictured here. Some amazing exhibits come through this beautifully designed building, and I’ve always found myself inspired during my visits. xo @carmynjoy
If you’ve got a sweet tooth - or a savoury one, for that matter - head over to @duchessbakeshop for some of the most decadent treats available in Canada. This renowned bakery has a mouthwatering selection, and an attached store allows visitors to purchase ingredients to make their own creations. xo @carmynjoy
Good morning, everyone! I’m looking forward to continuing to share these favourite spots. I’ve got a lot of good things up my sleeve, yet! :) I mentioned the Art Gallery of Alberta yesterday, so I think it’s only fair to mention this smaller gallery: #latitude53. If you’re interested in contemporary art from the Edmonton region, this place is outstanding. xo @carmynjoy
In my very first post about Edmonton, I immediately started bragging about our river valley. And I really can’t state enough just how integral this is to our city. Edmonton, Alberta and the surrounding communities enjoy the privilege of sharing one of the longest urban stretches of River Valley Parkland in an urban area in North America at 7,400 hectares, located along the North Saskatchewan River. There are 22 major parks and over 150 kilometres of trails on which you can enjoy walks, bike rides, picnics, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and more. It’s really remarkable to have a location, such as the one pictured here, right in the middle of the city. It’s probably the most amazing attribute of this place. xo @carmynjoy
I thought I’d share a couple of my favourite spots to shop today. This is Oak + Fort @oakandfort, my favourite clothing store in the city. Their IG feed is lovely, so make sure to take a look! Although limited, they do also have a selection of men’s wear. xo @carmynjoy
My favourite clothing store in Edmonton, Oak + Fort @oakandfort, is located on 82 ave, a.k.a. Whyte Avenue: a scenic street lined with shops and bars. Visit the Remedy Cafe for a chai latte, and then head west to come across @oakandfort, @gravitypope_shop, and Blackbyrd, a great record shop! xo @carmynjoy
I hope everyone had a great Saturday! I’m currently exploring the beautiful area of Banff, Alberta with friends. But, if I was in Edmonton, I would’ve certainly visited one of our many farmer’s markets today. They’re exceptional markets located on 104st, 109st, and one just off Whyte Avenue on Saturdays. They’re all different and all delightful. xo @carmynjoy
One of my favourite things to pick up at the 104st farmer’s market on Saturdays in Edmonton is a box of @moonshinedoughnuts. They have some amazing allergy friendly options, too, which makes this gluten free gal happy, indeed. They’re a delicious local product. xo @carmynjoy
And now we head a bit south, this week we're in Canberra Australia with @danmakepicture I've greatly admired Dan's documentary style photography for some time now, thanks to @instagram Be sure to check out his feed, it's really a great view of his constant travels and work. Thanks for following along-
Hi there friends! @danmakepicture here. Stoked to be sharing some images from my hometown Canberra, Australia this week. For those of you that are unaware, Canberra is the capital city of Australia (not Sydney). My first post is an image I took at the National Arboretum. The Arboretum is in it's early stages of development and will reach its full potential in about 50 years. It is a collection of living trees (in our case trees donated from countries all over the world). If you are up for a beautiful wander on foot while taking in a pretty sweet view, The National Arboretum is a worth while visit. Love Dan. @NatArboretum@Visitcanberra
Hey all @danmakepicture here. Next up on my ‘to visit in Canberra’ list is Black Mountain Tower. If you are a cyclist this is a pretty intense ride up and an amazingly intense ride down. At the top is the tower (obviously). Used for the same purpose as many city towers around the world, you can head up inside and be gifted to a pretty awesome 360 degree view of Canberra and it’s surrounding landscapes. Get up there as close to sunset as possible @danmakepicture
Located in Braddon is an awesome recycled building that holds some of Canberra best hidden gems. Lonsdale Street Traders is a one stop shop for fashion, flowers, haircuts, and gluten free cupcakes. I mean really, who could ask for anything more? (PS. It’s usually packed in here, but I broke in to get this shot. That’s how dedicated I am.) — @danmakepicture
Hey guys. @danmakepicture here again with today’s Canberra recommend loco. If you walk through the entrance to the NewActon Nishi building you will be greeted by this incredible staircase. If you walk up the staircase you will arrive at the incredible kitchen & bar Monster just so happens This staircase and bar are located at the bottom of the incredible Hotel Hotel (hotel) - if you visit Canberra you need to make the time to walk up this staircase and enjoy what awaits you at the top. That’s my Canberra tip for the day, love Dan. @danmakepicture
Lonsdale Street Roasters 23 @lonsdalestreetroasters
Ok team - @danmakepicture here again. Time for the big announcement of where to get (arguably) the best coffee in Canberra. Answer Lonsdale St Roasters. Located at 7 AND 23 Lonsdale St, Braddon you cannot come to Canberra and not try their coffee. I’m there every day. Seriously (my studio is next door;) also, if you enjoy eating (particularly hamburgers) try the Royal With Cheese. Totally worth an early death. For more piccy’s check out - @lonsdalestreetroasters . Enjoy! - @danmakepicture
Hey guys! @danmakepicture here again. I think today or tomorrow might be my last day featuring my home town Canberra so I’ll throw a few at you in a short window. For this moment, If you visit, make sure you take some time to visit the National Portrait Gallery - in addition to the rotating permanent collection of some of the best portraits (painting and photography) in the country, the touring features shows are always at an inspiring standard. Also, the gift shop rocks :)
One if my favorite things to do on a Sunday morning in Canberra is head down to the Old Bus Depot Markets. Top level is full of local artists and craft persons and bottoms level is full of fresh produce, plants/flowers, food (plenty of free samples by the way) and there is Jo’s Juice. Killer freshly squeezed orange juice, or some hot mulled wine to accompany breakfast ;) *Only open on Sunday’s between 10 and 4. - love @danmakepicture
Canberra Contemporary Art Space Manuka @CCAS_Canberra
Second last post from me! @danmakepicture here. I’ve shared one of our national gallery’s now is like to share a gallery that supports emerging artists of all shapes and forms Canberra Contemporary Art Space (CCAS) Maunuka. This space is often the first gallery to give recently graduated ANU Art Students a chance at a group or solo show. The artists work we are looking at here is Sacha Pola - www.sachapola.com . This is a great space to acquire some original art by local artists before they get famous and really expensive ;) #outwithlocals#localxcanberra
Ok guys, this is @danmakepicture signing out. I just wanted to say a huge thank you to @withthelocals for asking me to share my little part of the world (Canberra, Australia) with the awesome folk who follow this feed. I have enjoyed this experience and I look forward to following the future locals as they trot around their home towns. I’m going to leave you at the location where I started with my first post (the Arboretum). But under a very different weather situation :) Canberra gets a lot of fog during winter.. So here is a picture of @vagabondrose and one of my favorite trees showcasing a foggy morning up high in Canberra. Hope to see some of you here some day, Love Dan. @danmakepicture
This week, jewelry designer, blogger, foodie, self proclaimed professional nap taker @melanielaurene is giving us a tour around her hometown of Calgary Canada. Although, from her IG feed, it looks anything but sleepy. When Melanie told me the best part of Calgary is that the “arts and culture scene is built off of the power of community” I knew she was a great fit for the project. And while With the Locals fuels my personal never-ending hunt for the best donut in every city, we’re also striving to build something much bigger. And in return make the world a bit more open and friendlier.
hi friends! @melanielaurene here. first off, i am honoured + excited to be a part of this wonderful project! a little back story… i was born and raised here in Calgary, Alberta. after high school, i was eager to get out of Calgary so i moved across the country to Nova Scotia. upon visiting home, i fell in love with this beautiful city all over again, and decided to move back home. Calgary has come a long way in the past 5 years or so. it has an arts + culture scene that is really flourishing, and tons of tasty hot spot restaurants that make my foodie heart swoon. i hope you enjoy getting to my know my yyc! pictured here is an iced chai + gluten free brownie from @philandseb (they have several locations here in yyc but you’ll find me and my “pop up office” at the marda loop location)
hands down, you can find the best tacos + margaritas in the city at @anejoyyc | my favourite marg flavours are guava, passion fruit and strawberry rhubarb | also, don’t miss out on their guacamole that is prepared fresh at your table | mmmmm #tacos (where is the taco emoji?! 🙈) @melanielaurene
as i mentioned earlier, the arts + culture scene in #yyc is blossoming | this mural is done by the oh-so talented duo @_katiegreen_ and @danielkirk and can be found in kensington | hope you all had a wonderful long weekend! yours, @melanielaurene x
good morning! @melanielaurene here. i hope everyone enjoyed + survived their long weekend | one of my favourite ways to get back into the swing of things at the beginning of a work week, is stock up on GREEN JUICE from @crujuice | try their green juice & 50 shades of green ✌️
okay so if green juice just isn’t going to cut it, Vendome in kensington serves up some seriously delicious brunch | a parisian inspired cafe, find some of yyc’s best eggs benedict and/or a delicious croque monsieur (both pictured) 🍳 @melanielaurene
As a self-proclaimed foodie, naturally, I am a huge fan of food trucks. My favourite in #yyc is @taikotaco. I recommend the pork belly tacos + the Korean fries 😍 if you live in calgary, @yycfoodtrucks will be set up in the East Village all weekend! Nom nom nom. @melanielaurene
Kristin Farr, a woman of many killer talents- artist, journalist, media producer, a true triple threat. @kristinfarr being a contributing editor for Juxtapoz Magazine @juxtapozmag, I first noticed her name in print when she conducted a brilliantly funny interview with artist David Shrigley (go check it out!). I googled to find her email- to tell her how much I loved her interviews, and found that she is also a powerhouse of an artist. From paintings, interviews, pants, to even chairs - her work, whatever the medium, is always colorful and one of a kind. Be sure to check out her feed, your inner child will thank you. Until next week, @campwilson
hi! i’m @kristinfarr and i’ll be showing you around the San Francisco bay area this week! in typical SF style, we had a big earthquake last night. here are some ponies on the beach to calm the nerves. Point Reyes National Seashore is a short drive from the city. ☀️🐎
when in San Francisco, visit @heathceramics shop and tile factory. their artful design objects are made “to resist trends, be loved, and last a lifetime.” even if you’re not in the market for new dishes, it’s worth a visit, and you can enjoy an SF staple, @bluebottle coffee, at the cafe inside.
you can see many murals around San Francisco. Balmy and Clarion alleys in the Mission district have tons. this is a detail of a building covered in art by @sirronnorris. he has murals all over the city and he drew the backgrounds for the Fox cartoon show, Bob’s Burgers. all the buildings and neighborhoods on that show are inspired by SF!
@marlabakery has two locations in San Francisco including this teeny tiny sidewalk cafe with delicious sweets, vegan and otherwise. stop by and say hi to @thatsouthernbell, who roasts a mean coffee bean.
@alitedesigns has the coolest camping gear, featuring backpacks, chairs, tents and more artful objects that always look fresh, whether you’re camping or just carrying your stuff around town. the best artists and designers in the west work with Alite, including my pal @trumplip.
i just got this beautiful book from @lastgasp, a comix and art book publisher that has a long history in San Francisco. they make gorgeous books like this one all the time. they also have new books out by @theartofskinner and @jayhowell.
baseballs! ⚾️ i’m not very sportsy but my work took us to a San Francisco giants game today for some “team building.” our ballpark is old school, made with bricks, and the big home runs splash into the bay. i’m going to get a crab sandwich now, that’s the main reason i’m here.
if you’re not from San Francisco you might not know that our less famous bridge, the bay bridge, isn’t just lit up, it’s covered in the largest ever LED light sculpture, #thebaylights by leo villareal. the lights dazzle and flicker and move around. it’s fancy.
@ybca has a big space with tons of art and performance going on all the time. currently (until october) you can see their triennial exhibit of bay area artists #ban7 where i’m showing some work with pals from another great SF spot @adobebookshop @lorigordon@doubleabray @erikotto
if you’re thrifty, @thrifttown is a huge thrift shop the size of a department store. there are 14 stores and the one in the mission district in San Francisco is like their flagship store. they have everything.
To try to sum up Portland is, well, pointless. Mainly because you’ve heard it all before- so I’m not going to bother. But I will say, if you have a chance to go, you totally should. It’s one of the easiest places to fall in love with. This week’s Local - student, artist, musician - Ayaka Terakawa says “there’s a lot more to it than voodoo doughnuts and hipster baristas.” Which is pretty clear from her beautiful photos @ayakateal - in Portland, there is a little something different (and weird) for every type of personality. Cheers! - @campwilson
Good vibes, choose your own music, watch a movie, eat some cajun tots, you name it! Enjoying the night at McMenamins Kennedy School @mcmenamins, one of Portland most unique hotel/historic elementary school.
This is one of my all time favorite places to go to when I need some time alone to think or do work. It’s a cute little Japanese cafe. If you’re a fan of matcha, I definitely recommend their matcha latte, either iced or hot, and their matcha brownie.
The farmer’s market is every Saturday at the Portland State park blocks! It goes on through March-December from 8:30am-2:00pm. I usually buy my fresh veggies and organic products here for a great price, and sample all the good food they have :)
So this week we’re turning With the Locals into the hunt for the nicest and most enthusiastic man in Nebraska. Spoiler - it’s Nick Goodwin @buenavictoria Let’s make one thing clear, the man has a lot of love for his home state. Like, more than a lot, he has a Nebraska tattoo. Nick only had the most positive things to say about Lincoln, especially about the people “The amount of sheer talent and creativity never ceases to amaze me. And it all comes back to the people.” And really that’s truly what makes a place so wonderful. Until next week! - @campwilson
For those of you who slept through 5th grade geography, Lincoln is the capital city. In my opinion, there is no aesthetically cooler place to start my tour than the capitol building itself. And, yes, I googled capital versus capitol.
If you haven’t seen the outside of the building, I highly suggest a quick google’ing. As impressive as the 400 foot tall exterior is, the interior might be even more awesome. Mosaic designer, Hildreth Meière is responsible for the design, ornately decorating to look sort of like a cross between an early plains landscape and an Egyptian mummy tomb. Running nearly $10 million over ten years, the capitol was completed in 1932 and now stands as the third tallest building in the state. And 15 floors of midwestern glory.
Most importantly, this is Jeff. Like many Lincolnites, family roots Jeff to the city. His wife is a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. From our quick convo, I gathered that Jeff is probably a transplant - but he picked up pretty quickly on “Nebraska nice.”
Recently listed as one of the Best 300 Gardens in the US and Canada, the Sunken Gardens are without a doubt a must see for newcomers. Frankly, the beauty here is something that really never gets old to a local either.
This 1.5 acre lot was developed in 1930 as part of an effort to employ laborers, then renovated in 2004. It now plays host to over 30,000 individual plants.
Today, I met Kathryn. Originally from Moscow, she came to study at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, fell in love with the city and hasn’t left yet. This is Kathryn’s adorable daughter who was more than willing to strike a pose for a portrait.
One could easily argue that with the emergence of The Bay and @skateforchange, the skateboarding world has collectively shifted towards a more humanitarian perspective.
Besides hosting one of the best indoor skate parks in the midwest, The Bay is primarily a non-profit targeted at reaching out to the youth of Lincoln — specifically at-risk kids. Art gallery, concert venue, coffee shop, mentoring programs and a street outreach program, in their own words, “The Bay is here to help kids reach their goals, aspirations and dreams in a safe and healthy environment.”
With 26 chapters in 11 states, Skate for Change is non-profit skateboarding-infused organization aimed at alleviating the pain of homelessness. In the words of founder, Mike Smith, “It’s simple. All it takes is an extra pair of socks, your skateboard and some compassion to completely change someone’s day. Anyone can do this.”
Speaking of Mike Smith, that’s him. In less than five years, Mike has launched both of those organizations, and that’s not even his day job. @mikesmithlive is a nationally-recognized motivational speaker. Partnering up with Red Bull, State Farm, Ryan Sheckler and about a million more amazing brands and individuals has helped Mike spread his message and love for people from coast to coast.
But why Lincoln?
Mike’s humble roots in the small agriculture community of Imperial, Nebraska clearly haven’t left him. And that same blue collar attitude is exactly what’s made Mike so successful. “Lincoln keeps me who I am. When I’m in California or Colorado or wherever speaking and meeting people, I know where I’m from and where I’m going back to.” (at The BAY)
Archrival is a high-octane youth marketing specialist anchored in Lincoln’s Haymarket District. If you aren’t an advertising dork, you probably haven’t heard of Archrival. But if you’re familiar with @pabstblueribbon,@nbctv, @adidas or @redbull, you’ve heard of a few of their clients. They specialize in smart strategy and impactful creative designed to connect brands to the ever-coveted youth culture. And they’re very good at what they do.
This man is the quirky brains behind the operation. Co-founder, Managing Creative Director and Lincolnite, Clint! Runge. (Yes, the exclamation is intentional.)
Clint! believes Lincoln has a surprise factor that people don’t see coming. He’s seen client after client come to town with preconceived and often negative notions. “After they have a killer time, it’s like they got a bonus.”
As a fellow photographer, I absolutely hate Wyn @hashtagwynning. I hate him because he’s so good.
If you asked a stranger on the street to name a Lincoln photographer, I’d be willing to bet at least half of them would say “Wyn Wiley.” His explosive growth from a college photographer to a nationally-recognized phenom in a few short years is nothing short of astounding. And his art speaks for itself as a testament to his success. His creative approach is fresh every single project. You’d be hard pressed to find a harder working photographer. And at just 22 years old, Wyn is probably just getting warmed up.
"I love Lincoln because it’s where I was born and raised. There’s nothing that can take the place of human connections and knowing people in the community so well. To me, Lincoln is also forgiving. It lets you try things, fail, get back up and try again."
For the record, I don’t actually hate Wyn. He’s a pretty amazing friend as well.
You may not know it, but Lincoln is transforming into a bit of a hub for sports technology brands. One of those such brands is @getlockr.
With a goal of revolutionizing the coaching experience, Lockr is aimed squarely at the hearts of sporting progressives. And with major investment backing and ties to the National Football League, Lockr might not be one of Lincoln’s best kept secrets for much longer.
Raymonn Adams is a native of Texarkana. The game of football brought Adams to the Midwest, and his love for the game and passion for design and interactive work helped him create this innovative platform. And kept him around Lincoln. “We say it all the time, but it really is the people. Everyone is willing to lend a hand. Everyone wants to see you succeed when you take a chance.” @buenavictoria
Bread and Cup prides itself on “Simple Food.” I would argue that while things the philosophy on ingredient sourcing and plating techniques would agree with them, the intense flavors that occur when a bite of, say, the Pork Sandwich with Egg hits your palate is anything but simple.
Chef Kevin Shinn is the Owner and Executive Chef at @breadandcup. Kevin used my inquiry of “Why Lincoln” as a topic for his daily writing exercise. I could not attempt to sum up what he so eloquently penned.
In his own words:
We came here 24 years ago because of an invitation. We stayed because we settled.
That sentence may sound less than inspiring, but like much of the appeal of the Midwest, its meaning is deep and its significance beyond first glance.
The word settle might connote giving up or giving in. It may bring to mind an idea of resigning and accepting second best. Why settle in Lincoln when there are more exciting places to be?
It all comes down to perspective.
If I had used the word pioneer to describe our decision to stay here, would that have sounded different?
Our state was settled by the pioneers many years ago. They set out to find new opportunities. They were looking for a place to establish a better future for their families and generations to follow. But they eventually had to come to a point of decision if they were going to make their mark and see this dream come true.
So the pioneers became settlers. They settled the land by planting seeds and trees that the following generations would enjoy in greater degree. Those trees sent down roots, standing as a metaphor for their efforts. Settled land is solid land. Settled decisions are solid decisions. A settled mind is a made up mind, and from there, it goes to work, laying foundations and building upon them, establishing the means for others to benefit and prosper… @buenavictoria
9 South Chargrill is, in my opinion, the king of the dive restaurants. And, let me just say, you have not truly lived until you’ve tasted their BBQ Waffle Nachos. Trust me on that.
Morgan summed up Lincoln’s fascination with dining perfectly. “We are successful because these people love mom and pop places. If you’re a local place that makes consistently great food, you will succeed in Lincoln." @buenavictoria
In my humble opinion, no Lincoln list is complete without The Mill. As a freelancer, this coffee shop functions as office and meeting room for me roughly 75% of my working life. I’m pretty basic when it comes to my caffeine choices - coffee, black - but The Mill is highly regarded for their impressive wall of tea options.
Chelsea and Abby are two of the smiley faces that make delicious drinks at both The Mill locations. I asked Chelsea what makes Lincoln so great.
“My mother and I came here after Katrina. Lincoln is just so easy to live in. The people are pretty special.” @buenavictoria
Walking into Cultiva is sort of like diving back into history. Not necessarily a specific moment or even a specific year, but it doesn’t feel “current” in any way. And that’s part of what makes it so cool. That and the dirty chai.
I met Ron tonight. I was looking for a nice shot with the sunlight quickly fading, aiming at the beautiful logo mural, when Ron unabashedly piped out, ”I painted that f***er.” Ron is a character. An individual. He is who he is and he is not going to apologize for it. Ron is Cultiva. And in a lot of ways, Ron is Lincoln.
“It’s the punk rock coffee shop, man.” You’re the man, Ron. @buenavictoria
Well, today, a pretty amazing couple got married. I was lucky enough to photograph it. And this ridiculously gorgeous prairie landscape can be found just outside my city. Coming back at you tomorrow with more #lnk features. @buenavictoria
Fall in Lincoln means one undeniable thing: football. Love it or hate it, the Nebraska Cornhuskers represent a major cornerstone for the economy and the culture of this city.
Tonight, Lincoln has all eyes on a wild one at Memorial Stadium against Miami. The two teams have squared off ten times, four times meeting in the national championship. Currently, they are split at five wins a piece. I needn’t say more. It’s a big one.
I’m going to sit back and enjoy this ballgame.
It’s been an absolute pleasure to show you my city. I hope I’ve done my part in opening your eyes to a small piece of the amazing culture that makes this beautiful city so great. If you’re ever in town, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I promise, we’ll make sure you have a good time.
Let’s break some etiquette rules for a minute- for the sake of practicality, of course. Don’t tell Emily Post. When I asked 51% LA - 49% Wisconsin local Caroline Lee @teamwoodnote what the best thing about Milwaukee was… “It is a hidden gem of the US! Truly amazing food, great beer, beautiful homes + sites + art, we get all the great bands playing shows for, like, $15, the people are down to earth but they know how to have a good time…and the best part? This place is SO CHEAP! Rent + doing life in general is half the price of Chicago or LA, and yet, you truly have just as many outlets + opportunities.”
Hi, Guys! I’m so pumped to share my favorite Milwaukee gems with you this week… First up, @ColectivoCoffee: roasted right here in MKE, these local cafés have delicious drinks, tasty food AND the most colorful cups [every size has a different design]! If you need your caffeine fix, this is the place to go. Have you been to Milwaukee? What was your favorite place to go? Happy Sunday!
anyone who knows me will not be surprised to hear that my second Milwaukee rec is @BluesEgg! only open til 2pm, these guys are the kings of the breakfast/brunch scene. bottomless coffee, chorizo omelettes, goat cheese hash browns + peanut butter ganache cookies hold the keys to my heart!
ready for some Milwaukee outdoor goodness? @SchlitzAudubon is a nature center on the shore of Lake Michigan. With miles of trails + a waterfront teepee for all of your Wes Anderson-loving ways, this is a haven of relaxation + peace amidst the craziness of city life. Check it out!
iPhone food-photography in sexy Euro-style low lighting may not look the best, but you just HAD to see those delicious salt bits on the salted tarts at Crazy Water in Milwaukee. if you’re looking for some fancy fusion [did someone say chorizo-stuffed dates wrapped in bacon?!] + a place for a romantic, non-stuffy dinner, THIS is your spot!
if you’re from Milwaukee, this rec might seem obvious.. but plenty of people don’t know that the @MilwaukeeArt Museum is a total gem of the Midwest. The collection inside is remarkable, not to mention the architecture—designed by Calatrava—which offers light + lines that’ll get an Instagrammer’s creative juices flowing. This is a MKE MUST!
Who doesn’t love an incredible Mexican meal, especially when the ingredients come from a local farm, and the decor looks a bit like this?! Seriously, guys, Cafe Corazon in the Riverwest neighborhood of Milwaukee is literally what I dream of at night! Their sangria, their tacos, even their breakfast burritos! C’mon!!
It’s my very last day to guest post on Milwaukee, and I still have so many gems to share! First up: the Landmark Oriental Theater! For film folks who love aesthetics just as much as they love a flawless indie flick, this is your new home. PRO TIP: the MKE Film Festival is going on RIGHT NOW + it is AWESOME. [Thanks to @mkefilm for this!] More soon! Happy Weekending!
Second Milwaukee rec of the day! The Iron Horse Hotel is one of my favorite MKE spots. Comfy beds, gorgeous decor, and delicious drinks if you happen to be looking for a great place to nab cocktails. PRO TIP: a stunning place for ‘getting ready photos’ if you’re gettin’ #marriedinmke. ;)
speaking of Milwaukee weddings, or events of any kind, the Pritzlaff building is definitely a favorite! an old hardware store warehouse-turned-event space, this Third Ward building has all kinds of textures and histories to explore!
"Unfancy was born in March 2014, out of a desire to simplify my life. It’s a mashup of two of my favorite things: a personal style + minimalism." We can all relate, right? Right! I stumbled upon style blogger + photographer + business coach Caroline Joy Rector’s blog in an Internet haze and never looked back. Un-fancy.com focuses around how @caroline_joy maintains a 37-piece wardrobe - obviously, she has style and taste. So you can trust that we’ll be in good hands this week in Austin, Texas.
"we decided ‘Life’s too short - we want to live somewhere we love.’ And just like that, we picked up and moved our lives to our favorite city, Austin." Cheers! - @campwilson
Welcome to Austin! @caroline_joy here — SO HAPPY I get to show you around my fav city. First things first on a Monday morning: breakfast and coffee at Elizabeth Street Cafe — a French Vietnamese cafe open breakfast-dinner. I’m having Vietnamese coffee + the fried egg and crispy pork belly with avocado and mint.
Hi friends! @caroline_joy here again, sharing all my fav spots in Austin. Today: a morning hike at Chapel Dulcinea. This secluded spot in the hill country is so peaceful + really fun to explore. It’s free, just make sure you sign in at the office. It’s also a free wedding chapel so every now and then you’ll stumble upon a tiny ceremony happening in the open air chapel. (Annnnd there are a bunch of wineries to explore nearby too!) @caroline_joy
Clarksville is one neighborhood in Austin that you just can’t afford miss. Within a few blocks there’s a handful of quaint + modern restaurants, a small time grocery, the best little plant nursery, and great coffee. Let’s focus in on my favorite spot: Josephine House. Light and airy atmosphere + a pastry counter? YES PLEASE. Their brunch is my fav — just make sure to make a reservation because they fill up quickly. @caroline_joy
The Violet Crown theater in downtown Austin is my favorite moviegoing experience. They serve artisan food + craft cocktails in the theater. Plus they have a great lounge/bar. If you need a break from #acl it’s the perfect escape.
@caroline_joy here again! I’ve loved showing you around my home sweet Austin this week. If you’re ever in town, Lambert’s BBQ downtown is a must. Their Sunday brunch (and patio) is hands down my favorite in Austin.
@caroline_joy signing off! I can’t help but end this tour of Austin with a shout out to Torchy’s “damn good” Tacos @torchystacos. They’ve expanded into other Texas cities now, but they originated in Austin — and they’re legendary. Their chips + queso is da best — about to go stuff my face with some now.
MICHELLE ALEXIS NEWMAN @michellealexis + KIRA HESSER @flamelikeme
We’re gonna shake things up a bit in the name of deep fried dough, and sure even Taylor Swift. We’re back in LA for the week, with not one but two awesome Locals - photographer Michelle Alexis Newman @michellealexis AND writer/actress Kira Hesser @flamelikeme Along with all the usual With the Locals fun, the girls are throwing in a twist, and probably a cruller. This week’s theme: Donuts. You know I’m excited. And I know you’re excited because donut posts always are off the charts in the double-taps. Which only makes me fall in love with you more.
Enjoy the sugar overload! Don’t mind me, I’ll just be in New York, drooling all over my phone. - @campwilson
MICHELLE ALEXIS NEWMAN @michellealexis + KIRA HESSER @flamelikeme
Hi! We’re Michelle (@michellealexis) & Kira (@flamelikeme) and we love donuts. We love that Los Angeles is chockablock with donut shops, as far as the sunglass’d eye can see. There are donut holes LITERALLY FLOATING in the ocean out here. Or maybe those are fish, who knows? Too cold in there to find out. We donned this donut costume to acquire our favorite Little Tokyo treat, the JAPANESE DONUT, if you will: MOCHI
Mochi is a sticky rice cake pounded & molded into tiny, delicious rainbow-colored blobs, which can then be filled with red or white bean paste (manju). Fugetsu-do is a family-owned and operated mochi shop since 1903. After Pearl Harbor, Fugetsu-Do’s founding family was sent to an internment camp and when word spread that Roy Kito was a pastry chef, the other prisoners gave him their sugar rations so he could make mochi and manju for them! Immediately upon release, Roy returned to Little Tokyo to rebuild Fugetsu-do, which is one of the only places in Little Tokyo that hasn’t changed over the years. @michellealexis + @flamelikeme
The woman who currently runs Fugetsu-Do indulges us as we practice our three phrases of Japanese. She covers her mouth while she laughs because we are so, so very funny. Her other arm is weighted down with all the mochi we ordered. @michellealexis + @flamelikeme
Our pal Brittany took us to her favorite spot IRV’S BURGERS for lunch today, where the populace is rewarded with owner Sonia cheekily drawing your likeness on your plate. Get the double burger and then make your friend get the pastrami and share because that’s what “only friend left” friends do. Irv’s was born in 1940. @michellealexis + @flamelikeme
As donut connoisseurs (Michelle & I have been on the Donut Beat for @ordinarygirlLA for about a year now), we’ve sussed out the best apple fritters within Los Angeles city limits so that you don’t have to waste time on sub-par dough. I know, I know. Philanthropists usually aren’t this pretty. I know. Bob’s Donuts at the farmers market at The Grove is one of the most touristy spots but also has bar none the best, crispiest, appliest, carameliest fritters in town. They are baked often and when caught just out of the oven, chubby cherubs appear out of nowhere to hold you close. It’s a magic fritter, people. So magic that once, we forgot to bring cash and the woman behind us in line paid for our fritter BECAUSE SHE GETS IT*. *MAGIC @michellealexis + @flamelikeme
How To Tell If a Donut Destination is Worth Your Dime: the median age of its patrons is above 65. Founded in 1937, Bob’s has a cult following of people who also happen to have been born that year. FOLLOW SUIT! @michellealexis + @flamelikeme
See? Pure, puerile, purikura portraiture magic, which we emblazoned with oddly stiff ESL phrases such as ‘PURE LADY’ and images of bunny ears and joyful poop. Kawaii, ne? (Cute, isn’t it?) @michellealexis + @flamelikeme
Having lived abroad, attended many raves, and having watched Lost in Translation approximately 1200 times is not enough preparation for this photo booth at Anime Jungle in Little Tokyo. This is the inside of the booth part of a purikura (Japanese for “brightly-lit sensory attack”) — JK it’s a type of Japanese photo booth where you take digital photos, then add decoration using a stylus and touch screen. If the guy who worked there had not been so helpful we would have quickly wasted the $10 fee, but instead, it made magic. @michellealexis + @flamelikeme
Los Angeles is the stuff Makeout Point movie dreams are made of. There are approximately seven thousand beautiful high-altitude spots to bring a scintillating conversation partner in your vintage Chevy (or whatever) and talk Schopenhauer while remaining fully clothed and staring directly ahead. Or, to pretend that you’re the cool 16-year old you never were but this time you have a 21+ driver’s license and an intimate, carnal knowledge of the best local taco spots in order to create the sexual aerial picnic of Lynchian dreams. Vroooom. (Elevated spot pictured: Griffith Park Observatory.) @michellealexis + @flamelikeme
Los Angeles is a city of secrets. It requires a tour guide, a dogged sense of adventure, and above all, a willingness to try the 99-Cent Store produce at least once. Speaking of which, nestled in betwixt a 99-Cent Store and a parking lot is a vine-covered, totally missable entrance of Cliff’s Edge @cliffsedgela. Inside is a gorgeous wood-outfitted bar that projects black & white old-tymey movies. Walk through the bar (stop at the epic pink-toile covered bathrooms on the way) out to the patio, an intimate garden sprawled over a couple levels and surrounding an enormous old oak (?) tree. I don’t have enough space with which to wax poetic on the grilled squid and watermelon & feta salad, so just: Go to, go to. @michellealexis + @flamelikeme
Nickel Diner has the absolute best Strawberry Crumb Donut and we’d like you to just IMAGINE how many donuts we’ve eaten in LA in order to make that kind of wild assertion (you don’t own a Donut Costume if you’re not a seasoned Donut Dancer, if ya catch our drift). We’re actually waiting for you in this very photo. It’s cool if you’re late but like, text and let us know how long you’ll be, because the maple bacon donut is ALSO calling our name, as is the custard cream-filled Irish Car Bomb Donut… *drools onto otherwise pristine Donut Costume as a plate of donuts gets placed on the table next to us* @michellealexis + @flamelikeme
You’d scoff if we told you Nickel Diner opened in 2008, but the thing is, we’d never lie to you. We’re here to be your best friend, the person you call when you’re feeling lonely, and more than anything, the person you want to eat donuts with to forget a bad day. Actually, we’re like 99% here for the latter. The beauty of Nickel Diner is it boasts an enormous menu of throwback items with a delightfully hip modern twist. Despite being in the midst of Skid Row, happy-go-lucky 1940s paraphernalia line the walls and they offer only 5 kinds of (perfect) donuts. More on that below (duh). @michellealexis + @flamelikeme
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County @nhmla
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles@nhmla has the kind of incredible programming that allowed us to see Isabella Rossellini perform her one-woman show GREEN PORNO, where the endlessly charismatic Italian woman dressed up as hamster-snail-squid and taught us about the fascinating oddities of the sex life of animals. Did YOU know that male ducks have 8-inch corkscrew penises and female ducks have both real and dead-end vaginas to fake out the ducks they don’t wish to procreate with???? Neither did we, until Isabella and NHM came together in this darkened hall of beautifully taxidermied wildlife. @michellealexis + @flamelikeme
*Drum Roll* after exhaustive, metabolically expensive research, we have found @FONUTS to be the most delicious donut in all of Los Angeles. Baked or steamed instead of fried, Fonuts donuts are basically delicious vegetables. All Hail the Queen!!!! @michellealexis + @flamelikeme
Tough to choose a favorite donut child. Clockwise: salted caramel, blueberry earl grey, maple latté, Hawaiian coconut cream, cheddar bacon. A real Doughphie’s Choice, if you will. Photo by @michellealexis words/questionable pun by @flamelikeme
It’s been a pleasure to show you ‘round some of our favorite spots in Los Angeles, a magical, odd, sprawling desert delight of a city within a city within 7 other cities. Photos have been by @michellealexis and words by @flamelikeme -you can find both of our continued explorations of LA on those feeds. We leave you now with the empress of perfectly macabre despair, Joan Didion on the essence of living in Los Angeles: “Maria could smell marijuana, but it was not mentioned on the terrace. The cinematographer and the two Lesbians discussed the dehumanizing aspect of American technology, in French.” -Play It As It Lays
This week’s Local, Product Designer & Maker Melanie Abrante, is hard working, creative, and sure to be an excellent tour guide. “I heard #Oakland is one the of the largest creative communities in the US and I wanted to see for myself!” @melanieabrantesdesigns believes so much in the bay-area that she uses locally sourced materials for her handcrafted heirloom objects, that are both functional and beautiful.
As Melanie puts it, in order to create something, wonderful & worth lasting - you have to get your hands dirty. We’re with you, sister.
Fresh flowers and coffee at @grandfareoakland! I love being able to get my favorite lavender latte and a gorgeous bouquet in one stop. I can’t wait until they are finished expanding as well. A little market near Lake Merritt sounds awesome! @melanieabrantesdesigns
The bird reserve at Lake Merritt is the perfect place to go to when you need a little break from the city and want to be immersed in nature. Take a closer peak of the birds with the binoculars they have too! @melanieabrantesdesigns
Visited the beautiful @umamimart in old downtown Oakland today! They have a wonderful selection of Japanese goods for home and bar. A bunch of cute shops around the area as well @melanieabrantesdesigns
Traveling up to Berkley today!! Still in the east bay, it’s a short drive from oakland. This amazing coffee shop #bartavelle is a local favorite! Also, right next door is #acmebread! An amazing bakery that sells fresh bread and pastries everyday! Try it when you’re in town next! - @melanieabrantesdesigns
In temescal alley tonight to take you guys to a couple of favorite spots! First up is #juhubeachclub an amazing Indian Street food joint that has delish spicy bites! Plus it’s super cute!! 💕 @melanieabrantesdesigns
One of my favorite stores in the Piedmont neighborhood is @iloveneighbor. They carry local designers from Oakland! It’s on a great street with a bunch of wonderful restaurants and shops. @melanieabrantesdesigns
This is it! My last post and by far my favorite place in Oakland. It is the Chapel of the Chimes, designed by the famous Julia Morgan. (The first woman architect in CA!) It is room by room full of gorgeous architecture, peaceful fountains and plants. - Thanks for following along! @melanieabrantesdesigns
We’re all about honesty around here, so I’m just going to say it… New York can be a real pain in the ass. Buzzfeed was kind enough to compile about a dozen lists on why. But I bet you that for every single negative - awful - are you freakin’ kidding me moments New York pulls - Molly Hartman could give two reasons why this place is amazing.
Event and Interior Designer @rye_workshop explains it, “the noise can be deafening and the crowds exhausting but it’s all balanced with moments of sheer awe. There’s something really calming in knowing you’re but a tiny tiny speck working within some much larger version of the world. New York never let’s you forget that and I find that very soothing.” Move the F over Carrie Bradshaw, NYC has a new lover.
You guys! I’m so excited to give you a tour of my favorite places and spaces around The City That Never Sleeps. On such a pretty Sunday, I had to take a detour down in my new hood Bay Ridge to the Veterans Pier on Bay Ridge Ave. Great views of the city from afar. Also, its a haven for rogue fisherman. Not that I’d trust the guy in chef pants casting his line, but certainly makes for a unique crowd. @rye_workshop
Holy baked good, Batman! When I lived across the street, I swear I ate here 5 mornings a week. And then often for lunch. And then maybe a mid afternoon dessert if I was having a rough day. This Park Slope spot specializes in Belgium and French pastries and the vibe is really laid back and authentic. Honestly, I could live on their waffles. And did, for about 3 years. @rye_workshop
Before grabbing drinks with friends in the gorgeous Brooklyn Heights neighborhood and after checking out the sunset on the water from the Brooklyn Promenade, I’m getting some retail therapy at Hatchet Outdoor Supply Co. @hatchetsupply, home of the best-looking man-gear on the planet. And the dudes running the place are on-brand as hell. Why yes, that IS a hatchet in that nice young man’s hand. @rye_workshop
I spend most of my leisure time in Brooklyn, but errand-running adventures often happen on the other side of the bridges in Manhattan. Today’s first stop: PS Fabrics on Broadway for velvet to recover a new chair. Be sure to pop downstairs for their HUGE selection of upholstery fabrics. So many, in fact, that you’ll either feel a giant sense of wonder or a crippling case of claustrophobia - @rye_workshop
Next up: Chinatown, which just might be my absolute favorite neighborhood. We’ll call this place, creatively named ‘Fried Dumpling’, “unassuming.” In reality, the place is downright ugly with no decor but glaring flourescent lights and a Choking Hazard safety poster. BUT, YOU GUYS, THE DUMPLINGS! Five steaming hot masses of authentic doughy deliciousness will set you back a whole dollar. Yup, 100 pennies and you have the best late lunch a (tiny bit of) money can buy. Also, the side eye from the non-English speaking owner is free of charge. -@rye_workshop
Keep heading north on Mott Street and the neighborhood quickly changes to cool (fancy) clothing stores and chic (dark) wine bars. Epitomizing the artistic streak and history of the area, artists Richard Guaty and James Goldcrown run The Shed Project here and it’s definitely worth a stop. Their all white, rustic space is where they both MAKE and SHOWCASE beautiful, affordable artwork - which is undeniably the best souvenir you could take home from a trip to NYC. It’s one of the few remaining ‘old school’ style galleries that has the laid back creation vibe of this artists’ neighborhood from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. - @rye_workshop
Continuing our Chinatown adventure, pop over to Mott Street and head north. Frogger your way across Canal Street and you’ll stumble upon this gem of a Chinese grocery store on the right. I can’t for the life of me find the name of it - which makes it cooler, maybe? Inside is a makeout session of all your senses - smell, sight, sound. It’s CRAZY and awesome and I have no idea what anything is or how to cook it or why it’s still squirming. But I’m always buying some weird treat (okay, usually mochi) and giggling nervously in their extensive seafood department. -@rye_workshop
Finish up the day (as I did) with a beer or coffee at @littlefoxcafe, on Kenmare Street. Great crowd, good vibes, even better vegan cookies. It’s right in the hub of Little Italy and Nolita, so it’s a perfect pitstop between window shopping and gallery hunting. And by ‘gallery hunting’, I obviously mean ‘shamelessly eavesdropping on a couple’s killer public breakdown.’ #ohnewyork - @rye_workshop
Morning! Molly from @rye_workshop here again. Today we’re going to hit up some of my favorite retail spots in NYC. Starting in the Flatiron district in Manhattan, I’m fueling up at @havenskitchen on 17th Street. As a designer, I’m 100% guilty of judging an eating establishment by its cover- luckily the food here is just as yummy as its super sexy decor. Bonus: sign up for a cooking class upstairs during your trip - they are amaaazzzing and will make even a burn-your-toast-daily gal like me feel like a culinary god.
Practically next door is CANVAS @canvashomestore, a ridiculously good-looking shop with a focus on beautiful ceramics and glassware. My colorful cabinet insides are largely due to their pretty displays - I have a very hard time leaving empty handed. Same can be true of me and most cookie shops. @rye_workshop
BAM! Giant cookie. Because, dammit, I’m worth it. In the heart of soho, all who fight their way through the shopping crowds to seek the quieter retail side streets deserve a cookie the size of their face. This particular baked good masterpiece, from my favorite Vesuvio Bakery, tastes a bit like Happiness and Sunshine and God and Butter. Ignore all else that might tempt you at their counter, a classic chocolate chip cookie should be all you seek. -@rye_workshop
@rye_workshop here, back at it! This is our last day touring Manhattan before heading to my Brooklyn stomping grounds for the weekend - so let’s get at it! The New Museum @newmuseum is striking both inside and outside (yes, that’s a boat up there.) Inside, there’s seven floors of modern art to keep you busy for a rainy day (or week.) Current exhibits run the gamut but my favorite for inspiration is actually not an exhibit at all, but The Sky Room. Located on the top floor with limited hours, the views of Lower Manhattan just cannot be beat. Definitely worth the price of admission. @rye_workshop
On nearby Prince Street, there are plenty of places to window-shop. But when you’re ready to get your hands dirty in some serious, hands-on browsing, pop into McNally Jackson bookshop to get your fix for magazines, novels, art books and a good dose of charm. There are plenty of recommendations on display at McJ that you can trust and they carry a lot of publications from smaller houses (with really pretty covers.) Their in-house coffee shop has this rad installation to ogle as well. - @rye_workshop
Hi again! Today we’re in Brooklyn, ‘land of cheese plates and dollar oysters.’ OK, so maybe that’s not our official tagline, but I’m gonna take us through some of my favorite happy hours to celebrate Friday. First stop on our tour-du-cheap-wine: 606 R&D @606RD. Happy hour menus include dollar oysters, $4 tap wine and a discounted ‘classic cocktail’ (for when you’re feeling extra fancy.) Sit at the bar, if you can - the bartenders are super knowledgable - and generous. Last time I was here, I tasted-tested ALL of their house-flavored liquors.. and left a little loopy. @rye_workshop
The Blind Barber @blindbarber has all the things I like in a Happy Hour: bartenders with man-ponytails, cheap draft beer, and donuts. This is also why I now refer to this new Williamsburg outpost as ‘Heaven.’ Also, they have some of the best barbers in the county working out back (or so I hear.) Have a beer, get a fade, hang with locals. Not a bad To Do List. - @rye_workshop
Hi, my name is @rye_workshop and I have a spicy tequila problem. OK, not really (OK, yes really) but whether you’re a tequila fan or not, I DON’T GIVE A DAMN, you must must must must go to Wolf & Deer in Park Slope and order the Barnyard Dance. Sometimes it’s so spicy, it actually takes me more than four minutes to drink, which feels like a total accomplishment. Go me!
This Sunday morning is spent like most - recovering and trying to remember last night. I’m an early bird, but when I need to get my dance on, I head to the dance party The Rub @ItsTheRub at The Bell House in Gowanus. The Rub happens once every couple of weeks and features some killer DJs. Crowd is generally cool, wearing converses and not heels, and the drinks are shockingly strong. Strong enough to make my moves look really, REALLY good. They are, in fact, not. - @rye_workshop
Headed into Lower East Side for the Homemade Biscuits and Gravy at Schillers Liquor Bar @schillersliquorbar. The chef is the same as at trendy Balthazar, but without all the annoying people. Great area to poke around for an afternoon, as well. If poking around is your thing. - @rye_workshop
Oh, New York. You are hard and strange and rough, sometimes. But you’re also beautiful and funny and powerful and, more than anything, alive with sights and sounds and colorful people. Before leaving this big old town, make sure you catch the views from Brooklyn Bridge Park. It may not be a hidden gem, but it’s a gem nonetheless and deserves to be on any must-see travel list. This week has been such a blast, guys. Thank you for following along! This is @rye_workshop, signing off.
Coming down from an epic wedding weekend, please forgive me, this is going to be a bit of a ramble. What can I say, I’m just not the type of girl to turn down a good dance floor…. or an open bar. Or an afterparty. However, I am riding the love high strong and steady. Love is just the best you guys!
And who better to make us fall in love with Denver than husband and wife photography team Kathryn + Perry Bacalis of Our Love Is Loud @ourloveisloud Not a job to be taken lightly, this amazing power couple are pros at creating beautiful tangible memories of love and happiness and moments that you want to remember forever. And guessing, some solid make out sessions too.
A city where the “the small business community is tight” and “there is always something new happening”, so I think they’re going to have lots of awesome places for us.
Hi guys! Kathryn and Perry here of @ourloveisloud. Man, we’re so excited to show you around our little city this week! One thing we love most about Denver is the strength and support that can be found in the small business community here right now. As small business owners ourselves, we can attest to this first hand. This really is a city where dreams can become a reality. We’ve seen it happen. So we wanted to kickstart this new chapter on @withthelocals by showcasing one local small business we love! Sub Rosa Mercantile @subrosadnvr is located in the trendy Sunnyside neighborhood of Denver. Featuring goods from craftsmen and makers around the US, Sub Rosa is that perfect one stop gift shop kind of place for guys and gals alike. I mean they have beard oil, campfire candles, and witty cards by @mountainvsplains. What more could you ask for! To make things even better this is one hip shop that won’t leave you with that pretentious hipster aftertaste in your mouth. Instead owner Madeleine will make you feel right at home. She’ll probably even ask you your name and make you want to stay and hang out all day.
Kathryn with @ourloveisloud here again! Today I want to introduce you to one of our new favorite spots in Denver called The Souce! @thesourcedenver is Denver's first artisanal food market housed in a landmark building from the 1800s and featuring 13 incredible vendors and one hot bar in the center! It's that perfect spot to wine and dine your out of town guests or to grab a bottle of wine and lowers for a girls night. Promise to share more photos inside!
Hello again! Kathryn of @ourloveisloud here. Head into @thesourcedenver and you will find THE BEST buttery, flaky croissants in all of Denver (I’m talking the been to Paris once and now all other pastries just don’t cut it kind of good!) at Babette’s. Then head over to the Boxcar Coffee cart to be wowed with some beautiful latte art by Connor! @boxcarcoffeeroasters
Hey all! Kathryn & Perry of @ourloveisloud again - taking you downtown today to catch a look at a classic Denver landmark that's recently been given new life @denverunionstation! Inside you'll find a large cocktail/ dining lounge, a hotel, bookstore, mercantile, some awesome restaurants, and much more. If your feeling spontaneous, you can even jump on the Zephyr train which runs from Chicago to the Bay Area!
Perry here today (for the other half of @ourloveisloud) bringing you one of my top spots in Denver, my barbershop! :) @theusualbabershop is the best spot in town for a proper traditional cut and shave. Stop in when you're in town. You won't regret it!
Hi friends! Anyone else need an afternoon pick me up!? Kathryn of @ourloveisloud here again - been staring at Mr. iMac for about 5 hours straight banging out some editing before hitting another wedding this weekend. All I can think about right now are Renee's Nutmeg Old Fashioned doughnuts!! Like I literally can't get them off my mind! Renee is the owner and founder of my favorite food truck in Denver called Bakin' Bakery! She recently launched her business through Kickstarter and has quite the loyal bacon loving following already! If you ask her what @bakin_bakery is all about, she will floor you with her answer. You will soon realize that her business is her heart and soul. Her calling! She's a true inspiration and her unique creations never disappoint! Find her on Instagram and Facebook to see where she's parked next!!
Kathryn of @ourloveisloud here. Sitting in the airport this morning about to head out to shoot a wedding weekend in Kentucky and the place I feel I have to share with you all today is a place that is very special to Perry and I. It's not in Denver, but sitting just 45 mins outside the city, it's a MUST SEE for any Denver visitor. Nestled in the historic ghost town of Silverplume is a magical place called, The Bread Bar. This is one place I promise to share more than one photo of! Trust me you will want it! The Bread Bar is the production factory and tasting room for Dram Apothecary. "The building was once home to a mining supply shop and then a bakery for nearly 40 years, hence the large BREAD sign which we didn't have the heart to take down (the letters were hand cut!)." says owner Shae Whitney. Give @dramapothecary a follow to keep up with events and seasonal open hours
One flight down! One more to go. During this little layover, I think I'll post another pic of The Bread Bar, cause I know you want to see more! ;) Here's a look at the actual bar where Shae of @dramapothecary slings her famous cocktails and hot toddies.
Perry here again with @ourloveisloud. Wanted to send out another recommendation today for the men. Best place to find great attire (awesome jeans!) here in Denver is Steadbrook. Additionally, it's the perfect spot to meet some rad people and sip on a legit cappuccino. If you're in the area, this is a must visit! Follow them at @steadbrook.
Right when I was on the search for an amazing Seattle local and just the best person to get us back into the groove, Jenny Jimenez aka JennyJ aka @photojennyj contacted me. She has good energy, a solid sense of humor, amazing photos, a strong love for Seattle, and swears in the first sentence of her bio. Obviously, she was the right fit for the job. Plus she's been in a band. We cannot have a #Seattle Local who hasn't been in a band. The ghost of Kurt Cobain wouldn't allow it. Back to your regularly scheduled programming! @campwilson
Hello locals lovers! @photojennyj here, ushering you into Seattle with a strong cup of coffee from Porchlight Coffee & Records, a coffee shop, art gallery, vinyl record store AND record label, because that's just how we do around here. Owned & operated by designer/illustrator/animal lover/renaissance man Zack Bolotin ( aka @zackporchlight), in a city of a million cafés, this one stands out. Displaced during a remodel for the past year, they're now back at their old location 1515 14th ave.
Home to some of the best live shows in Seattle, this 93 year old movie theatre was converted into a music venue by non-profit arts org @stgpresents & designated as a city landmark. The popcorn machine remains. - @photojennyj
One of the only distilleries in the country to also serve as a full bar & restaurant, @sunliquor does it all with impeccable style & flavor. The back room is home to two Scottish copper pot stills that you can see through glass windows behind the bar or up close in person if you swing by for a tour & tasting weekend mornings. Seasoned bartenders (shoutout to @tedmo!) can be trusted to craft a new cocktail on the spot that wows your whistle. Their rum, gin & award winning vodka are no joke. Oh and don't forget to eat! The Sun Cheese Burger, a grass fed, hormone/antibiotic free patty with Tillamook cheddar, bacon, avocado and the best gluten-free bun I've found in Seattle is a staple comfort food item.
I've been buying my glasses from the same store since I moved to Seattle in 1999, and not a day goes by that I don't receive multiple compliments on my chosen frames. @eyesonfremont features small independent designers from around the world and was recently named 2014's Best Optical Retailer in the USA by Invision Magazine. Their staff have become so good at finding the right shape & color for your face & style that they now design their own eyewear line, the EOF Collection, with each frame named after a Seattle landmark. If you stop by be sure to say hi to Mother Hen @maynamour. Not only did she inspire my current frame selection, she's also my neighbor. - @photojennyj
For $100/hr you can rent a Duffy Boat from Seattle's Electric Boat Company, fill it with food, booze and your 10 favorite people and have a party on Lake Union. I prefer to book during sunset and head west down the Fremont Cut, under the Ballard Bridge and over to Salmon Bay. Bonus points if any of the boats from Deadliest Catch are docked. The boats have a stereo with aux input so you can crank LCD Soundsystem while dragging the tips of your fingers through the water waiting for the lyrics of All My Friends to kick in. Bonus points if it's the John Cale version. Set alarm for an hour before boat return so your DD has a chance to sober up & get you back in one piece. Hope no one sees you pee off the side. - @photojennyj
If you're looking to pick up used gear, tune-up a bass or buy parts to do it yourself, High Voltage Music on Capitol Hill is good to have on your radar. Super down to earth staff make everyone feel welcome and most of the clientele check their egos at the door. Even shop kitty Ohm eventually comes out to welcome my boy Luka. -@photojennyj
I've been coming to VAIN since the early days when they were just a three chair salon. I was drawn by their DIY punk feminist aesthetic and passionate commitment to the arts. This is where I popped my hair cherry and dyed my hair hot pink over a decade ago. It's no surprise that by 2001 they were large enough to fill a 10 chair space, moving into old goth club the Vogue, where Nirvana held their first major club show. @vainbeautyworld has since expanded to include artist spaces above the salon and two additional locations in Ballard & West Seattle, but I've stuck with downtown since that's where you'll find one of my besties and all around badass @Carlycutsmyhair. She took me blonde for the first time then asked me to play bass in her band, the Catch. #classylikethat. Because VAIN continues to champion an alternative view of society's beauty standards, you'll find most of Seattle's art & music community among its clientele. Stop by for a bang trim and pick up stylist Roxie's latest creation ShamPHree, a no poo hair cleansing line. Pictured here is stylist Dylan, who specializes in blended long layers and textures. - @photojennyj
Last month when my intestines needed an overhaul Kari Brunson, co-founder of @juiceboxseattle, hooked me up with their 3 day cleanse. I drank 5 different delicious juice combos a day and despite the desire to chew on something, I never felt hungry throughout. My morning go-to is the daily scramble and a turmeric green juice (or just a straight shot of turmeric root when I really need to calm the system). For lunch I opt for the crunch salad and now that they're open for dinner I'll have to update my list with a new nighttime favorite. Almost as colorful as the organic produce they dish are their tables. Using reclaimed Douglas Fir from Shorecrest High School, they sanded and routed the wood adding various geodes, agate and seashells to create a tabletop design so psychedelic you'd think you were hallucinating from your detox. - @photojennyj
One of the best meetup spots in Seattle is restaurateur and Queen of Capitol Hill Linda Derschang's@oddfellowscafe (I could do a post on each one of her businesses). Located in the over 100 year old Oddfellows Building, it's surrounded by rock club @neumos_, @mollymoonicecream, Elliott Bay Books, Everyday Music, Century Ballroom, and my favorite post-dinner/dessert/show/dancing/record & book shopping activity, @rockboxseattle (more on that later). Oddfellows has a distinct old time Americana feel with high ceilings, vintage photographs and beautiful wood tables and benches ranging in size and configuration with some big enough to hold a family of photographers like the one pictured here. The gluten free biscuit w/jam is my jam. - @photojennyj
Those of you that have asked where I find my crazy jazz leotards and showgirl tap ensembles, @prettyparlors is your place. A collector of vintage, vintage reproduction and local designers, Anna "Banana" Lange has created a magical parlor where some of my favorite memories of the past two decades have taken place. (Swinging from a chandelier in my underwear? Check.) In addition to being the go-to outfitter for Seattle's burlesque performers, it's a one stop shop for those seeking special occasion, bridal, lingerie and menswear. Be sure to say hi to shop cat Vincent, who has been recovering from multiple operations following a vicious dog attack. If you have a soft spot for awesome cats and want to help contribute, Anna has a Go Fund Me set up to help with the rest of the medical bills http://www.gofundme.com/dn2pf4 - @photojennyj
For over 30 years this aviation themed 24 hour diner has kept the lights on and the grill going for you just 15 minutes south of the city. The pink/orange color scheme & wood paneling hasn't changed since it was a Denny's in the 70's and many of the staff have been there just as long. This area towards the back is often occupied by some of their most loyal customers, local cops. If Twin Peaks was based the the 70's, this is where you'd find Agent Cooper with a tuna fish sandwich on whole wheat, slice of cherry pie and a cup of joe. -@photojennyj
It's probably totally obvious but we have a formula we like to follow. Very Wise, Super Talented and Charming Local + Lots of Love for Hometown + something new for the mix. The Local: lovely Wedding Photographer, Blogger, & Watercolor Artist Jenna Kutcher @jennakutcher Location: Johnson Creek, Wisconsin. The part where we keep you on your toes: technically it's a village, just 3,000 people and by far the smallest place we've visited so far. "The best part of Johnson Creek is the slower life. From the fields to the epic sunsets to the constant outbreak of block parties and cook outs, everything here screams small town and I absolutely love it." Before the craziness of the holidays kick in, it's a perfect time to slow things down a bit. @campwilson #outwithlocals#localxjohnsoncreek
JENNA KUTCHER @jennakutcher
Johnson Creek, Wisconsin
Hey world! It's me, @jennakutcher coming at you from the hopping metropolis of Johnson Creek, Wisconsin! What's that? You've never heard of Johnson Creek? Well, I hadn't either, until we moved here a few years ago. I am a wedding photographer, blogger, and watercolor artist nestled in our cozy ranch home in our sweet little development in Wisconsin. It's actually not a city, or even a town, the booming population of 2,851 people makes it a village! It's a farm town nestled between Madison and Milwaukee and home of a wonderful premium outlet mall. I can't wait to share more over this week, lose your expectation of perfect lattes (we don't have a coffee shop) or gourmet eats (we don't have a ton of food options, either) and open your mind to new scenery that inspires me, reminds me to slow down, and proves that country living is more than just alright. (Ps. I drive by these cows every morning on my way to the gym. Sometimes I slow down and say hello, they always stare back!)
Happy Monday, everyone! @jennakutcher coming at you from the couch! Welcome to my favorite coffee shop with the comfiest seating... ahem, welcome to my home. Living in a tiny town without a coffee shop can be challenging for a caffeine lover like myself but let me tell you, I make a mean cup of java. I used to spend so much money at Starbucks but since relocating here, good lattes are a treat and something that I truly look forward to (and even drive a good ten minutes to get one if I'm really in the mood!) We bought our home a year and a half ago and have truly loved making it ours! I'll be sharing more about our little community soon but just wanted to start the morning off with a little dose of small town reality and share the space where I sleep, eat, and work most of the time!
What does small town Wisconsin mean to me? It means tiny newspapers with only town news in it, waving to everyone you pass when you drive by, hand delivered cookies, Packer parties on Sunday's and girls nights spent in pajamas sipping wine. Sure, we don't have hip night clubs but we have real and true friends who would rather have you show up in slippers than stilettos and who would rather stay in on the couch than go out. There's something about small towns that offer a sense of true community that can be challenging to find in city life! Today I am spending a few minutes paging through The Jay, our village newspaper and am reading updates on our new school! Want to see more of my country living life? Hop over and follow: @jennakutcher!
I work from home. Those are four words I never dreamed would come out of my mouth. I used to work in corporate America and finally took the leap of faith into full time wedding photography a year after I began dreaming about it. Working from home is filled with freedom but with that comes isolation and sometimes loneliness. Living in a town where there isn't a great creative culture isn't always easy! The transition from my office job to full time entrepreneur was anything but pretty and my bold move to stare potential failure in the face fueled my decision to chase my dreams than continue a ladder claim that frankly, I hated. Three years later, I still work from home (most of the time from my bed or the couch) and I wouldn't trade it for the world. Johnson Creek has some awesome old abandoned buildings and empty brown stones sitting vacant and sometimes I find myself dreaming about buying a space and making it a @jennakutcher studio to work out of. This old peach building is my favorite, partially because it doesn't fit in (like me) along the old stone offices and partially because it reminds me of my messy journey that led me to live a life fully alive. Every space has potential, every dream is valid, when you actually dive in and start to believe that you can is the moment the miracle happens. Maybe someday I'll snatch up an office space in this quaint little village but until then, I'll just dream.
This last weekend held the first real snowfall for us. The first snow that actually stays on the ground is always beautiful and we sit in awe that this place where we live holds four beautiful seasons, each that try to show off to the other. Let's be honest, at the beginning of winter we are always convincing ourselves that we will survive and all will be beautiful and not all that cold but the temp is already in the single digits and the snow is making the roads slippery! Regardless of the downfalls, Wisconsin winters are a bit milder than the ones I experienced growing up in Duluth, Minnesota and the snow usually signifies the beginning of my @jennakutcher wedding photography off season! Aren't these snow covered trees absolutely perfect, though?
Grain and flour mills are a huge part of our little farm community! Large grain mills are every few miles and I am always fascinated with them! Our town often smells like popcorn because of the process the grain goes through! It was so frigid out today that the steam coming from the mills was surreal!
Instagram is such a powerful connector! Today I finally met one of my insta friends in real life. I grabbed a long brunch (eggs benedict, yum) with my friend @karlareed at a tiny diner in Janesville, Wisconsin! We had planned to do a mini photo session but the Midwest weather made it impossible to shoot outside without freezing so we swung into an empty laundromat and made pretty portraits. Sometimes you are forced to think outside of the box as a creative and sometimes doing so produces the coolest photos! So thankful for the people this platform have connected me with and thankful to live in a place with empty laundromats when winter is unbearable! Follow me at: @jennakutcher to see more of my Wisconsin photography!
Bloody Mary's are a @jennakutcher fave! I once started a Bloody Mary blog and was convinced that I would try one from every bar in Wisconsin and tell the world how they ranked... I got about three posts in before I gave up and just decided to drink them, no questions asked! Brunch spots are limited to a sweet truck stop in our town, The Pinecone (where they have cinnamon rolls the size of your head and amazing Eggs Benedict) so if I want to get really fancy for the perfect brunch and Bloody Mary combo, we head to the city! Sardine in Madison is always a winner, I'm drooling just thinking about it!
Every year we do anniversary photos. I didn't want our story to stop when we got married and I wanted to document each year, even if it was mundane or seemed ordinary! We have photos from our old condo, the year we adopted our pup, our empty first home, and our space that we made our own! Each year holds something different and something I cherish, even if I hadn't thought it was important at the time! Here is one shot of the field in our backyard from our fave @chloeannheckman and I am so glad we captured this because weeks later, this field was bulldozed to start building our new school! The referendum finally passed in our town and everyone is so excited to build a new space for kids to learn in! We will look back on these images and remember our favorite sunsets in the empty field out back before it is filled up with school kids and new buildings! If you want to see more of Drew and I, head to my page at @jennakutcher!
Drew and I are wicked obsessed with sushi and were super bummed to move to a small town without a sushi restaurant. We always said Johnson Creek would be the perfect place if they added some sushi! Well, two years late the Sake House opened ten miles down the road in Watertown and we get take out once a week! The perfect night is take out on the couch with a glass of wine! If you want to see more sushi photos, follow me: (I'm obsessed) @jennakutcher
Wisconsin is home to thousands of lakes! Right up our road is a beautiful beach and a place called the Hering's Sand Bar and Grill that we love to hang out at with friends! Margaritas, apps, and the beautiful lake views. Wisconsin summers are to die for and they are far too fleeting, this scene makes me yearn for some summertime sunshine!
One of my best friends owns a hair salon and it has the cutest little boutique in it! Crimson Salon and Spa is my go to for hair, makeup, massage, and facials and they also are one of my favorite places to browse one of a kind goodies! My watercolors are even sold in here, how crazy is that?! I love this little necklace display, I'll take one of each! Follow @jennakutcher for more adventures and musings!
The snow is here and it's here to stay! I shot this last weekend out the bar window on our way home from a weekend up north with our college roomies! It was right after the first snowfall and it was so stunning outside! It's so easy to tire of the cold and the snow but images like this remind me how seriously beautiful Wisconsin can be! Follow my snowy adventures over at: @jennakutcher if you want more!
Staring contest, ready? GO! These sweet cattle gathered around at a recent engagement session and wanted in on the shoot! We were shooting on the grooms family farm and these cows were excited for their modeling debut! Most of my photography sessions take place in the country so fields, farms, and rustic settings are the perfect place! Let's be honest, the Midwest can be pretty beautiful and the farm land is everywhere so it works quite well! To see more of my photography, hop to @jennakutcher!
This time of year should be spent with family, friends, and food comas. So it only really made sense that we travel back to someone's hometown for the week. Yep, we're breaking our own rules - just call us your Crazy Aunt that wears too much lipstick & perfume, and won't stop asking about your new boy/girlfriend. See, it's starting to feel more the holidays already. Tahiti Huetter currently lives in New York City working as a Production Coordinator for Photo, Film & Media, and like most New Yorkers is a transplant. She was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. As you can assume and be envious of, "it’s magical. Hawaii is all about the outdoors and the magic of nature... a strong source of good energy and healing power." See for yourself that her home-state has had a beautiful impact on her work and taste - clean, peaceful, natural, an emphasis on color. Well, Tahiti is home for a visit and kind enough to share all of her favorite spots that hopefully don't make her too homesick. @tahitihuetter: "I have been home for less than 24 hours and have already traded my mostly-black attire for sundresses & swimsuits, my morning bagel for a green juice and my metro card for an electric vehicle. #antinewyork" For the week, we're with you on that.
Alohaaaaa! I’m so excited to be hosting this week I feel like I got handed the short end of the stick because Hawaii (especially Oahu) has so many amazing things to try Alohaaaaa! I'm so excited to be hosting this week I feel like I got handed the long end of the stick because Hawaii (especially Oahu) has so many amazing things to try wether you live here or are visiting. Even within the last 5 years, it's transformed into a bit of a food, drink and shopping mecca -- okay don't roll your eyes at me! I live in NYC so it's alright for me to say that! It doesn't compare to any major city, but we do have some amazing little places to eat and fun shops to explore. Especially in Chinatown -- this place seamlessly transforms day to night and is everything plus some that you would expect from your typical "Chinatown," for example you can go for dim sum and then stay for cocktails at any one of Honolulu's most popular bars. I love to take half a day to wander up and down each street to get the full taste of all that Chinatown has to offer. Throwing a curve ball with this first post aren't I? But you would be surprised to know that Asian cultures are heavily weaved into the island of Oahu, so if you were expecting my first post to be about something beachside, I'm sorry... That is coming later tho! @tahitihuetter
Eat here. People call me entitled, bossy, demanding. I say nay! If anything I'm opinionated about good food. Is that a crime? So be it. If amazing ramen, hand made gyoza, and delicious original cocktails aren't your thing, then I suggest you keep scrolling. Otherwise @luckybellyhnl is one of my favorite spots in Chinatown -- and it will quickly become yours as well. It's all in the name.
When you've finished stuffing your face (no judgement) with thebestramenever (see last post) you're going to want to satisfy your shopping needs. In which case I will suggest my favorite little shop in C-Town called @owensandco! Packed with the perfect gift for that special someone... and if you are that special someone (treat yo self!), that is totally acceptable. Incase you were wondering, I'm eyeing that tropical gangster @samudra11 tote. *cough cough Santa, cough cough, mom.
Sooooo this post is a bit biased but it would feel so wrong not to include Buzz's in the mix of my favorite places. Full disclosure: my family owns this restaurant, but I will let you and our customers (for over 50 years) be the ones to back me up when I say, that this is one of the best places to come on the island. It's just a tradition. My favorite thing is to sit outside on the deck, sip one of our cocktails (well this didn't happen until recent years when I became of age) and share appetizers with friends and family. I'm not sure if I'm going to get in trouble for this post but its worth it, as this place will forever remain one of my favorites and a must try suggestion for any visitor.
I just got word that it's snowing in New York City, and I refuse to post anything sunny and beachy because that would be just cruel. I figured it would be best to talk holidays, and when I think of the holidays I think about shopping. And family, and like time of reflection, good cheer, and things like that... But mostly shopping. One of my favorite places to shop for gifts in Kailua is @olive_boutique -- they always have the most darling displays and even more delicious merchandise. This store makes me want to do bad things to my wallet. Bad, bad things.
Dude where's my shop? Kinda what men of Kailua were asking for a while before @oliverhawaii came along. This is the husband shop of @olive_boutique. It's located two doors down and is packed with goodies for that special man in your life. Hey, that special man can be your brother, dad, uncle, dog, that dude who you've been seeing on and off again for 8 months and refuses to commit. You know, whomever. I don't judge. It's a must stop-shop for any (cool) man wandering through Kailua.
Took a break yesterday to get through (enjoy) Thanksgiving. But now it's back to the goods!
Hana Hou Vintage just opened and the minute I stepped in, it quickly became one of my favorites. It's packed full of beautiful vintage finds from the creator of @muumuuheaven. Pop in if you're in kailua and looking to play dress up.
Things I love about Hawaii: the sunset. Obviously. If you're against the sunset, something is wrong with you. One of the most overrated but best places to watch it is Waikiki beach. I know I know. As a local girl I'm going to get major flack for this, but it really is an unreal view.
Good morning locals! I want to close by saying, I wish I had had more time during this visit to share even more great spots with you, there are many. But if you do live here or visit you will learn that the moments, the nature, the sunsets, sunrises -- those are the true amazing parts of hawaii and what makes it truly unique.
As a wise woman once said, "I’m out that H-tow. coming, coming down. I’m coming down dripping candy on the ground. H, H-town, town, I’m coming down. Coming down, dripping candy on the ground." Yep, that's right, we're in #Houston this week with DIY wise woman Ashley Rose. You'll know her best from her crafty and colorful blog Sugar & Clot, where you'll find at least 10 things to add to your To-Do list. @sugarandcloth has grown to love Houston as much as Beyonce, which is, like, a lot. "Houston definitely has some hidden gems that are putting it on the map for creatives and foodies alike, and these are some of my favorite places for both, with everything from museums, shopping, coffee and drinks, to dinner and dessert."
First up Common Bond Cafe & Bakery: Prepare yourself for pastry heaven @wearecommonbond, and you're eyes won't hate it either. If you're the type of person take food photos before allowing anyone to sit down at the table, this is your place!
You may never taste a flavor explosion quite like @pondicheri. We always look for a good excuse to go here for a clever take on Indian cuisine, and they just opened a bake lab upstairs that will blow your mind!
If you're looking for a good all American lunch without shame and topped with cheese, @berniesburgerbus is a one-of-a-kind Houston visit. You can catch their food truck bus or the brick and mortar in Bellaire
This is a shop, @shopsaintcloud, that I always recommend to people visiting for some of the most curated home decor and accessories in Houston, I always love everything they have! For similar style in fashion and unique items you should also check out @mythandsymbol, @biscuithome@settlementgoods!
If you consider yourself a macaron connoisseur then you'll be instant best friends with the folks at @bitemacarons, a cute little patisserie with every flavor and color you can imagine. They definitely won't disappoint!
One of the must hit spots in #EaDo, @toutsuitehtx, will not disappoint whether you're just in the mood for coffee, breakfast, lunch, brunch, or dinner. It's also one of the best spots for an office away from the office to work on a rainy afternoon, and our studio is just upstairs so we frequent it a lot!
A great place for a nice, out of the box dinner that won't break the bank, @lkoysterette is definitely one of my favorite choices locally. Nevermind the fact that I want my whole house to look just like it.
@bl4smith is one of our absolute favorite coffee spots. You can't make a visit without ordering their scratch made biscuits with marmalade and creme fraiche, it's impossible to have a bad morning with those around!
The @camhouston is a really great place to check out if you're looking for all things modern art, plus it's always free admission and is right smack in the middle of the museum district so you can easily hop over to @MFAHouston, @Menilcollection, and lots of others. Stick around for lunch time and you're likely to catch an awesome food truck or two. - @sugarandcloth
The name pretty much sums it all up, but @sweethouston was my first love here. This tiny little bakery has one purpose, and that's to make you fall in love with cake… or something like that! Plus the cake display wall will keep your Instagram feed going strong!
@thehoneymoonhtx opens early and stays open late with everything from coffee to cocktails and the cutest French inspired decor in town. It's a great place for lunch or a simple date night before headed out onto Main Street for some of the best local cocktail stops like The Pastry War, Captain Foxheart's Bad News Bar, and Okra.
The guys over at @manreadymerc are genuinely one of a kind, and so is everything they meticulously curate for their all American, handmade premium goods shop. It's also right in the middle of 19th Street which is part of the Historic Heights part of Houston that's definitely worth exploring.
who: Brittany Hildebrandt @bkhphoto hat: eh? where: Toronto, Canada when: This week why: What's the opposite of homesick? You know. That feeling that you just want to go and do and see and eat and explore and move your feet. Travel sick? That sounds terrible, let's put a pin in this for now. Whatever that feeling is, Brittany's photos will make you feel it- she simply has a beautiful and adventurous outlook on life. Plus she's amazing at documenting it. Her instagram is nonstop with awesome and interesting places already, so we're pretty excited to have her this week.
Hello, all! It's me, @bkhphoto, all the way from Toronto! So excited to be showing you around my city this week and I thought I'd get it started with letting you know that if you're ever here during the festive season, you gotta check out the Christmas Market. Held in the historic Distillery District, it's pretty magical. Spent the afternoon walking around the stalls full of holiday goodies, hand in hand with my man... 🎄 (Our other hands were full of mulled wine... Mmm.)
Looking for a unique gift for all those awesome people on your list? One of my favourite haunts of the neighbourhood - @easytigergoods - has you covered! Fine threads, pretty jewels, great homewares, fun stationary and even a cup of coffee to warm those paws. 🐯☕️ - @bkhphoto
This morning called for a little tea time at another Parkdale gem, @kittenandthebear. With a cozy space, scones and house-made jams, this is the perfect place to spend some solo-time with a good book or catch up with a friend. ☺️ - @bkhphoto
As with most Canadians, we Torontonians are no strangers to Winter (some even live for this season...?! ⛄️) and it came to visit today. Here's a shot from one of my favourite places to play - Trinity Bellwoods Park, a spot for all seasons. Rolling hills, lots of green space and even a huge dog park for cute-puppy-hangs. I love this place anytime, but if I were completely honest, it's best enjoyed in the sunshine, with the green grass of Summer, a blanket, a bottle of wine and all your best pals. For now though... 😌❄️ - @bkhphoto
Also stopped in at @crownflora today to check out the seasonal goodness they've got. A must-go place for any Toronto plant-loving soul! 🎄🎅 I need me one of the Dino succulents they've got in stock... - @bkhphoto
Another one of my favourite places to visit in the city? Toronto Island. Just a short ferry ride away lies a world all on it's own. Tiny cottages, three beaches and tons of natural goodness waiting to be explored, even in the winter! Definitely take the trip if you need to get away from the city... But not too far. 😉 - @bkhphoto
Saturday brunch at Saving Grace - a definite must! An ever-changing menu board (I don't think I've ever had the same thing twice...?) and this magical concoction called the Espressado make this place one of my favourites in the city. - @bkhphoto
And after brunch, it's time for dessert! (Of course!) For me (being celiac) it's really hard to find tasty baked treats in the city... Enter Bunner's Bake Shop! Both gluten-free AND vegan, there's something for everyone. 😋🎂 And if you hurry today, there still might be some *free* cake because they've turned four! Happy Birthday @bunner, I love you guys! - @bkhphoto
Whimsical dresses, the most adorable sweaters, swimsuits, lingerie, jewelry and everything else in between, Bicyclette Boutique has it. It's a romantic-fairy-mermaid-girly-girl's paradise and it's a place that I've loved since I moved to this city, a place I'm going to miss come the new year when they close their doors. But there's still time! Shop for that perfect party dress or cute holiday ensemble - you deserve it. ☺️ And with that, I'm off! It's been a fun week showing you a little bit of what I love about Toronto. If you're ever visiting, let me know! xox, @bkhphoto
Unfortunately, although something we're trying to change with this project, many cities in close proximity to much larger places, can get drowned out by the noise. So a city only a couple hours from NYC, like Hartford CT, doesn't get the attention it should. "Hartford is really up and coming... The art scene is thriving, it is full of amazingly talented creatives, and it's not too shabby in the dining department either. The people around here are really trying to build a greater sense of community, and I'm happy that I can be around to experience that." When I asked this week's Local @anaiseprince what's the most Hartford thing about her... "Concerts at the Meadows and the Webster Theater, and attending both U of H and UCONN...I'm as Hartford as it gets. Not really though, but close"
Hello world! @anaiseprince here, reporting from Hartford, Connecticut, conveniently nestled in-between Boston and New York City. I can't wait to take you around Connecticut's capital city, and share my favorite places with you. I thought I'd start off by representing CT in the cutest way possible. These adorable Connecticut shaped necklaces were on display at @blazeandbloom, an amazing local vintage boutique. If you're in the area, it's an absolute must-go place for your holiday shopping. It's like an Anthropologie for the financially savvy.
#caseofthemondays // I'm going to stray off course momentarily while I get my life together and come back to reality. Weekends are great, Mondays are rough, and I wish I was still home in bed. //One of my all time favorite places in Hartford is my apartment. We moved to the city in April and I am absolutely smitten. It's a loft style apartment with high ceilings, big windows and gorgeous natural light. It's seriously a creative's dream. It was the first and only apartment we looked at, and as soon as we walked in it was a done deal. I highly recommend everyone come be neighbors with us (they're even dog friendly!) Hop on over to @anaiseprince to take a peek at our cozy space.
So, I mentioned in my last post that I loved my apartment, but it's not for the reasons you think. Sure the high ceilings, big windows and dreamy light give it brownie points but the real cherry on top is this gem of a restaurant, right outside our door. Yes, you read that right...and I meant it. An amazing little restaurant sits in the parking lot of our apartment buidling, ready for me to eat tacos as frequently as I please (which may or may not be a good thing). La Casita Del Sabor translates to the Little House of Flavor, and they definitely deserve that title. YUM. Head over to @anaiseprince to see what else we've got cookin' in our neighborhood.
I mean, we may as well keep the #allcarbdiet going all day, right? These adorable and delectable treats are from Tastease, another hidden gem right around the corner from my apartment. It's a small mom and pop restaurant that also serves breakfast and lunch, but let's be honest...who wants a real meal when you can get an assortment of mini donuts like this. -- They don't have a website, and you have to call ahead in December for your donut orders, but I promise, you won't be disappointed. -- @anaiseprince
Stationary, gifts, and clothing, oh my! If you're looking to represent Hartford in the cutest and most fashionable of ways, @hartfordprints has you covered. Their website describes them as "a letterpress studio and stationary store that is all about family. We are three sisters and a press making pretty paper in our home city of Hartford, Connecticut."
We are one week away from Christmas, and two weeks away from NYE, which means it's time to get your sparkle on! I am a big fan of all things vintage, so it wasn't hard for me to fall in loooove with Laree aka @itsvintagechic from Vintage Chic by Design. Her eye for style is on point, and we have collaborated on multiple photo shoots together using her amazing vintage finds. If you love vintage clothing and sparkles as much as I do, you must check out her boutique, and get this...she shares a location with @hartfordprints, talk about a one stop shop! Don't let anyone dull your sparkle this holiday season. Head on over to @anaiseprince, and head to anaiseprince.com to check out some of our collaborations, we even did a NYE inspired shoot last year! //
Happy Friday locals! The next stop on our tour dè Hartford is @thedirtsalon. As I mentioned in my bio, the art scene is thriving in this area, especially in my neighborhood. The Dirt Salon is only a hop, skip and jump from my apartment, and the home of my boyfriend's woodworking shop. It's a collaborative studio and event space filled with creative minds. They even have parties from time to time. I took this shot last month at their Dia De Los Muertos party 💀. Check me out over at @anaiseprince to see what other hip events have gone down at the salon.
You guys, I can't stop thinking about the Royal Thai Wings from Trumbull Kitchen last night. They were mouth watering, fall off the bone delicious. And the calamari! I can't even. This snazzy restaurant is located in downtown Hartford on Trumbull Street, and was my pick for date night yesterday. I'm on my way to shoot a wedding with chicken wings my mind. It's going the be a long day. Follow along at @anaiseprince to see where today's winter wedding takes me!
Sushi anyone? 🍣 Umi Sushi & Tapas aka @umisnt is the coolest sushi spot you've never been to...and why is that you ask? Because these cute little color coordinated plates go round and round on a conveyor belt as you sit at your table. You can order off of their full menu, create your own sushi roll, or enjoy the conveyor belt at your leisure while you down a scorpion bowl, or two. -- @anaiseprince
As you've seen over this last week, Hartford is full of sweet spots with fun things to do, see & eat. Today I'm adding a little bit of history to that list with The Wadsworth Atheneum (@thewadsworth). It is the first public art museum in the United States, and the first museum in America to begin collecting contemporary American art. Hartford is très cool.
I have had the absolute best time sharing bits and pieces of Hartford with you. I bid you adieu with Bushnell Park, where I spend my summers laid out with my favorite people for jazz in the park, a firm handshake, and the Capitol building. It's been a great week locals! Come hang out with me over at @anaiseprince to see more of my adventures through Hartford.
TESSA + JOE FRENCH @thetessafrench + @thejoefrench
After a solid week of rest & about 2 dozen christmas cookies, we are back and ready for the last and first Locals of the years. I can say first hand that @Instagram has a wonderfully crazy ability of bringing people together. Building communities, friendships, collaborations, and for some lucky ones, something a bit more. This weeks locals Tessa @thetessafrench + Joe French @thejoefrench of Little Rock, Arkansas are those lucky ones. "We aren’t sure exactly how we met but we think it was through a Star Wars hashtag. Tess somehow found me on Instagram and we started following each other. We commented back and forth for months before we ever started talking outside of Instagram.
We started talking on Twitter and immediately hit it off. We texted, talked, Skyped for four months before we finally met in person! We dated long distance for over a year - Tess was in Jacksonville, FL and I was here, in Little Rock. And then she moved here. I asked her to marry me a little over a month after she moved here and we were married four months later. We’ve been married for over a year now!" See you in 2015 for a lot more locations, locals and building, @campwilson
TESSA + JOE FRENCH @thetessafrench + @thejoefrench
Domestic Domestic @domesticdomestic
Hey guys! The Frenches (@thetessafrench & @thejoefrench) here with our very first Little Rock spot that you HAVE to know about! @domesticdomestic is a shop located on Kavanaugh, equipped with all of the essentials. From Red Wings and men's grooming essentials, to wiffle balls and other merchandise from small local businesses.. they're guaranteed to leave you happy. Great management and great atmosphere.
Good morning! @thetessafrench here.. If you're looking for a great brunch (& lunch) place in Little Rock then be sure to check out The Root Cafe. Vintage patterned tables, mismatch cloth napkins and the quirkiest charm you'll ever see. The atmosphere and the food don't disappoint! You can't go wrong with any of the food options there, but I personally love the Shitake Benny.. Poached eggs with hollandaise sauce, mushrooms, spinach and a crostini. Oh and be sure to get a sparkling lavender lemonade while you're there! @therootcafe
Hey guys, @thejoefrench here! Little Rock has its fair share of renovated establishments, but none more exciting than our awesome taco stop,The Fold (@littlerocktaco). The Fold made a huge splash in the community early on by forming inside an old gas station. Stop here for some delicious food and some Mexican beer. They have the best fish tacos on this side of the Arkansas River!
Opened less than a year ago, Moxy Modern Mercantile (@moxymodernmercantile) has quickly become one of our favorite shops. Not only is it located across the street from @therootcafe.. but I'm pretty sure every time we're in there, we want to buy the entire store. It's a small shop filled with home decor/furniture, incredible records and a ton of knickknacks you just have to have! The owner is incredibly nice and if you're looking for something specific that they don't have.. They try to find it for you! Pretty incredible, right? We LOVE this place! @thetessafrench@thejoefrench
Just one year more, and this building will have celebrated 100 years in Little Rock; Taborian Hall...better known as the Dreamland Ballroom. Built in 1916, this ballroom is placed on the National register of historic places.The Dreamland Ballroom has hosted legendary performers: Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Etta James and B.B. King. Truly a wonder and magnificent place to feel culture! It has been renovated in the 90s and is still currently undergoing renovation. It is truly a marvel to see! @thejoefrench@thetessafrench
Our go to coffee shop is Mugs (@mugscafeargenta). Mugs has an incredibly welcoming atmosphere that we love.. We just feel at home the minute we walk in. There are always smiling faces coming from our favorite baristas! And there is no sweeter sound than your name being called indicating that your food/drink is ready. Not only does this place have amazing coffee & espresso drinks, but they also have the yummiest food! They serve breakfast and lunch and if you happen to go there on a day that they're serving their mushroom brie soup... you MUST get it! And if you go there on Saturday morning, they serve $5 all you can eat pancakes. Need we say more? @thejoefrench@thetessafrench
Welcome to our favorite burger place, Big Orange (@bigo_midtown)! They serve the BEST gourmet burgers in Little Rock (at least that's what we think). Burgers ranging from classic to white truffle & pecorino, and options to have beef, turkey or veggie.. The possibilities are endless even for vegetarians! And we all know no burger is complete without fries, right? Well their fries are just as good as their burgers! They do serve house fries but you REALLY want to try either the sweet potato fries with mango-curry ketchup or the truffle fries served with aioli. Mmm! Order one of their delicious milkshakes or hand crafted cocktails and you are set for a delicious meal! @thejoefrench@thetessafrench
Japanese is one of our favorite foods to eat from the delicious fried rice to a plate full of sushi.. We love it all! A few months ago we decided to try a new Japanese restaurant, Sky (@iluvskyjapanese) and we're so glad we did because now it is our go to Japanese place! Sky isn't your typical Japanese restaurant from their modern interior to them playing music you'll currently hear on the radio. They have a huge sushi menu and some of the freshest sushi we've ever tasted. And a very delicious hibachi menu. Not to mention they have some of the best customer service we've ever experienced. This place has yet to disappoint! @thejoefrench@thetessafrench
The Good Earth Garden Center @thegoodearthgardencenter
Welcome to our favorite garden center & nursery, The Good Earth (@thegoodearthgardencenter). Not only is this place filled with the most beautiful plants and flowers but they also have a ton of cute pots and a store filled with the cutest home goods and more! We absolutely love this place. It's our go to when we're trying to find a new plant or cute pots for our current ones. Not to mention we absolutely love taking pics at this place. It's dreamy. You could probably walk around this place for hours because they have such a large variety of things but we always head straight for the hothouse which houses all of our favorite plants! @thejoefrench@thetessafrench
I know we're in the middle of winter.. but that won't stop us from telling you about our favorite popsicle shop Le Pops (@lepopsgourmetlollies). They recently moved locations from downtown to the cutest area of Little Rock (Heights/Hillcrest). Located only a few shops down from @domesticdomestic these pops are the best in town! With a menu full of flavors and options to dip them in chocolate and/or add extra goodies to them.. The possibilities are endless with these pops. Fresh, local and natural ingredients are in each of these; so you won't be feeling guilty after eating one.. or three. Be sure to stop by here any time you're in Little Rock for some of the yummiest, freshest pops you'll ever taste! @thejoefrench@thetessafrench
One place that we could literally spend hours in is Galaxy (@galaxyfurniture). The quirkiest, cutest all things retro furniture store & more. From office sets to dining sets, home decor to knickknacks.. This is the place that will fill every vintage loving heart! It is always a joy walking into this store because you're greeted the moment you walk in! The staff is incredible and quick to help if you're looking for something specific. And if you're just looking around, hoping to find something that catches your eye.. Take your time because there is A LOT to see! This store is filled with so many goodies from so many different decades. You could just walk around imagining yourself living in each of the decades. This place is a dreamland and a favorite of ours! @thejoefrench@thetessafrench
So we've actually only been to Good Food (@goodfoodbyferneau) once but man oh man.. It has got to be one of the best restaurants in town! They just recently opened but they really know how to name a place because they serve some GOOD FOOD. We ordered a surf & turf dish which included the juiciest yummiest ribeye and garlic shrimp with the creamiest mashed potatoes and veggies. It was devoured within minutes and we were talking about how good it was days later.. IT WAS THAT GOOD. And not only do they have some of the most delicious food we've ever tasted but they have some pretty great cocktails to go along with it! We will definitely be back here! @thejoefrench@thetessafrench
The Green Corner Store & Soda Fountain @greencornerstore
Today is our last day to show you around some of our favorite places in LR! We're gonna squeeze in a few more places while we can! Welcome to one of the cutest places in Little Rock, The Green Corner Store (@greencornerstore). The front of the store is all about the soda fountain which might be the cutest area of the entire store with it's bar & mint green stools. At the soda fountain you can get Loblolly (@loblollycreamery) ice cream, sodas, sundaes, milkshakes and more! With fresh ice cream made daily it is sure to wow your tastebuds!! And the back of the store is the retail part.. Where they sell environmentally friendly goods for you, your kiddos and your pets! Everything from clothing to home goods, pet toys to pet treats, skin care to essential oils.. You can find so many good things in here! The Green Corner Store has a charm about it that is just so special. We love it! @thejoefrench@thetessafrench
Thank you guys for following along while we showed you some of our favorite Little Rock spots. This is our last place and it's one that everyone in Little Rock knows about... Pinnacle Mountain! This isn't the easiest hike up a mountain, but there is an easy side and a harder side (if you're wanting something a little more challenging) but there is nothing like the view once you get to the top. With the freshest air and the feeling of victory as you look out over all the greenery there's a sense of peace that comes over you. Arkansas is called the Natural State.. And you can see why! There's a beauty about this state that is undeniable.. from the mountains and the trees to the sunsets over the river. The scenery here is beautiful and the people here are beautiful! So if you ever have the chance.. Come visit us, at least once! You won't be disappointed. Thank you for letting us share little pieces of our hearts with you all, it has been a pleasure! @thejoefrench@thetessafrench
Welcome to 2015! We survived the holiday craze, the high intake of themed cookies, and perhaps a hangover- which we expertly convinced everyone was a 24-hour flu. e did it! Kicking off the new year, Arnette the Round the World Girl ka @rtwgirl_. Here is the deal, Arnette splits her time between Vancouver, LA & just about everywhere else. A few years ago he took 19 month trip, hitting up 9 countries- and as you can guess, she became hooked on anything but sitting still for too long. s far as Vancouver is concerned, the term "Local Expert" has been tossed around by some legit sources, so trust that you're in good hands this week. Happy 2015! - @campwilson
Hey everyone...@RTWgirl_ here. I'm stoked to be taking over the helm this week to share with you my very favorite spots in Vancouver. And while I am constantly on the road as a travel writer, my heart is always in my hometown. Food and coffee is my jam so my first share is @lemarchestgeorge. It's a cafe and market, hidden away on a side street off of Main Street and 28th in East Vancouver. They make delectable treats and sell really great locally sourced product. This is a true neighbourhood gem and a favorite when I'm in and around that area.
Happy Monday all! I'm going to share another favorite in the Riley Park area with you. I'm a huge huge nerd and love notebooks, pens, and school/office supplies in general. Actually I have a serious problem and cannot walk out of a stationary store without buying something. So when I'm in Vancouver and in and around Main Street I pop into the @assemblyoftext (Regional Assembly of Text). It's a perfect place to nerd out on paperie or pick out a gift. If you're in Victoria BC they have a mini shop on Johnson Street too
Is it beer o'clock yet? Vancouver just like other cities in the Pacific Northwest loves its craft beer. And while it's still a small scene, it's definitely got some amazing local breweries. Keeping it on the Main Street corridor but moving south to MountPleasant is @brassneckbrew. For an added bonus there's always a food truck parked outside and you can bring in your chow to eat with your beer! ||
Good morning! I'm going to move right along Main Street to Chinatown. There's a lot of great things happening in this neighborhood. I love it and have been coming down here since I was a toddler with my Mum via bus. We used to come and get Asian groceries when supermarkets didn't stock basics like they did now. Now I come here to pick up great coffee, shop at indie retailers, check out art, and of course eat. There's a lot I have to share here so bear with me while I delve into 'hood! This is the Millenium Gate on Pender Street ||
Alrighty let's cruise on over to Quebec Street where there's a little shop and cafe called @PazzoChow. A lovely gal named Maya opened this shop last year. They sell a lot of great gourmet food product like her own #sugosauce but they also make killer cafe items like salads, soups and this unreal combo of daily fresh made focaccia topped with Nutella. What!!!? I had no idea this was a tasty combo....but now I'm addicted.
Do you like sneakers? If you do like me, you've got to visit @LivestockCanada. They moved from Abbott Street in Gastown to a new space on Pender on Chinatown under @FortuneSound and it's is dope. They carry the best selection of sneakers in Vancouver as well as #streetwear brands like #Huf + #TheHundreds ||
Love coffee? I can't live without it these days so the first thing I do when I travel is seek out the best local roaster or coffee shop. I'm pretty happy @MatchstickYVR opened up another Vancouver location on Georgia Street in Chinatown. If you're traveling and need a coffice to do some work, their space is perfect. There's long tables to set up with your laptop or seating areas just to sip ||
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden @vancouverchinesegarden
In the midst of #Vancouver's Chinatown hidden behind condo towers and businesses is the @vancouverchinesegarden. While it's a tourist attraction, I still love popping into here for a quiet zen moment when I'm walking through this area. When I dropped in a week ago with my friend it was just us two for a while. There is a free park and then the garden area which charges admission and offers tours ||
Everything is going to be alright...Do you like visiting galleries and museums? While you're in Vancouver visit the #RennieCollection. All art shown in this gallery is owned by local real estate mogul Bob Rennie and the building, the Wing Sang is the oldest in Chinatown. Visits to this gallery are a guided tour by appointment only. Admission is free. I love the rooftop here!! ||
I have to leave with you with another spot in #Vancouver's #Chinatown that I love. It's called @bestiewurst and it's the best at the wurst! It's a sausage and beer parlour on Pender Street. The food is tasty and the vibe is awesome. I ordered this pretzel board the last time I was there. Hello tasty! ||
Happy Friday folks! I'm moving over to a new 'hood today. #Gastown is #Vancouver's oldest neighborhood and also a national historic site of Canada. Yes it's a tourist zone but it's also populated with fantastic shopping, coffee shops, and eateries. You should definitely spend time here! I shot this long exposure pic on West Cordova while taking a @VancouverPhotoWalks workshop ||
Good morning explorers! @RTWgirl_ here and still sharing my Vancouver faves. I'm a big drinker of juice and love street food and food trucks. The LA in me comes out with my love for the @juicetruck. They serve juices, smoothies, healthy snacks and salads from another truck I love, @culvercitysalads. You can find them parked at Water and Abbott in #Gastown. They also opened up a cafe on West 5th and they serve breakfast bowls and salads if you're in that zone. And since it's the New Year, if you want to cleanse they do those too!
It's obvious but I have to include #StanleyPark. It's #Vancouver's first, largest, and most loved park. During busy months certain parts of the park get flowing with visitors but it's 1001 acres so there's tons of places where it's less busy. There's a seawall where you can bike, walk or run, @vanaqua, different landmarks, beaches, a garden, First Nations art, restaurants like the @the_teahouse, cafes and food carts. You can get here easily by car, public transit or walking. I come every visit and walk or bike the seawall from Coal Harbour to English Bay. It's my must do recommendation in the city. This was shot at Lost Lagoon near the entrance on Georgia Street ||
If you love Japanese food like me, #Vancouver is your heaven. It helps that the city is located right on the water which means the freshest fish possible! There is an abundance of really great sushi restaurants, ramen spots, and izakayas (tapas). @Kingyo_izakaya on Denman is my favorite these days. They have awesome lunch specials which is pictured here. They have a sister restaurant called Suika in Kitsilano that's super fun. Order the box sushi there!
For more straight up sushi my go to place is called Ajisai. It's in an area called Kerrisdale which is a bit out of the way but the quality is top notch. Order off the specials sheet if you go!! For a budget friendly spot in the West End, try @sushimartrobson. I like them because they are part of the sustainable seafood program called Oceanwise ||
Hi friends! This is my final day taking you though #Vancouver, so let's pop into @GreenhornCafe for some #coffee and food. It is hidden in away in the West End and is a total neighborhood gem. When I'm on Denman or Robson Street I come here for my caffeine fix. I love that they serve cortados, play vinyl, and have some space to work upstairs. Oh and they serve Spanish tortilla for breakfast! ||
Alrighty! Let’s head over to the North Shore of #Vancouver and go to#DeepCove. I don’t always get to come here but when I do I get stoked out on the fact that I did. I hike and head up to Quarry Rock to see this view and sit and absorb the beauty of British Columbia. (Photo from summer) I also love the shops in the neighborhood like @room6deepcove and I always get#HoneyDoughnuts!!! ||
The initial idea for With the Locals was inspired by Instagrammers like Karen Lao @karen.lao, interesting creatives with warm personalities. Who also maybe describe themselves as "a coffee addict with a love for food, travel, and aesthetics." Her own feed is filled with many many many wonderful coffee shops, buildings, brunches, sweets, and views- all beautifully captured. And as one of many many many who admire her work, I think we're very lucky to have Karen show us around her hometown of #Dallas Texas this week.
Hi, everyone! This is @karen.lao, and I'm so excited to be showing you guys around Dallas, TX! But first, coffee. I just love these cups at @houndstoothcoffee. I really respect this coffee shop because they put a lot of thought into their products and customers. From the flow of the staff line to the layout of their shop, they constantly encourage employee and customer engagement. Go, community!
If you're looking for some northern Chinese street food, go to Monkey King Noodle Co. in Deep Ellum. Their noodles really hit the spot! You can even watch someone hand pull the noodles through their front window. The spicy beef noodle soup (top right) and soup dumplings (bottom) are pretty popular, but my favorite is the dandan noodles (top left). It's a small shop with sidewalk seating, so eating here is a fun experience! PS - the Monkey King is one of my favorite characters in Chinese literature.
It's TRIVIA NIGHT! Question: Who was the first president to smile with teeth for his official presidential portrait? Trivia has been a Monday night tradition at Alamo @Drafthouse for my friends and me for the past few months. Great drinks, food, and fun. Sometimes we place in the top 2, sometimes we place second to last... hey, as long as we're not last, right? :P
Good morning! These are delicious specialty donuts from @jaramsdonuts up in north Dallas. I love the maple glazed bacon one the best! I first found them on July 4th of last year when they were selling Independence Day themed donuts. They're so talented! - @karen.lao
If you're ever in Dallas, you've got to check out the Perot Museum. Besides having a really cool exterior, there's so much to do and see inside. My favorite interactive activities are racing a Tyrannosaurus rex/cheetah/athlete, musical stairs, playing with robots, and a moving wall of wooden blocks that mirrors your movements in pixels. There's so much more... you could spend hours on their 5 floors. It's super kid friendly, but I feel like the kid when I'm here! - @karen.lao
Fried chicken & waffles for breakfast, anyone? Jonathon's Oak Cliff has the best chicken & waffles I've tried in Texas. Their savory peppered gravy really gives it that extra oomph that I've found lacking at other chicken & waffle joints. And their chicken is fried to perfection. Get here early because the restaurant is small, and the line can wrap around the building! You can see my boyfriend's defeated hand as I said, "Wait, let me take a picture." Story of our lives.
I think @thewilddetectives was actually posted in round 1 of With the Locals: Dallas, but I wanted to add my thoughts on it since it's one of my favorite places to work or read a book. They're a bookstore, coffee shop, and bar, with a small selection of vinyl records as well. They also have a nice patio for warmer days/evenings, and they host events such as book readings & signings, live music, and wine & cheese tasting. I love this cozy place! - @karen.lao
If you visit Texas, you've gotta have BBQ, right? Slow Bone is only open 4 hours a day, but they're a great spot for lunch. I know Texans can get pretty opinionated about their BBQ, so I'm not saying this is the best place in the world, but it's one of my favorites! Brisket & ribs are 👌👌👌And their Brussels sprouts & cauliflower gratin is a great side.
This seemingly strange structure in the middle of nowhere is the Trinity River Audubon Center. It's a nature center with 5 miles of trails through the Great Trinity Forest: the largest urban hardwood forest in the U.S. There's also an indoor exhibit hall with native animal displays. Plus, the architecture of the building itself is reason enough to visit... it's a great venue for weddings and other events.
If you're looking for some authentic sushi, head to Sushi Sake. This place is actually a bit north of Dallas, but it's well worth a visit. Their seafood is super fresh! If you're ever wanting to try raw fish for the first time... this is the place to do it! If not, then try the grilled yellowtail collar and grilled salmon -- some of my favorite dishes.
Yesterday, Rodeo Goat @rodeogoatdallas opened up in the Dallas Design District. I'm so glad it did because I was always too lazy to venture to the Ft. Worth location. Their burgers are fantastic! There are 23 craft beers on tap and a patio with an outdoor fireplace. This is a photo of their Steaming Pile: jalapeño-cheddar tater tots with goat cheese, bacon, and a fried egg all drizzled in truffle oil. Yes, I shamelessly Snapchatted breaking the yolk open.
I wouldn't normally post about a store at the mall, but Pirch @thepirch at Northpark is so wonderful. It's a sleek showroom for high-end appliances, but the best part is the complimentary espresso drinks! I always stop by here for a cappuccino while shopping.
This will be my last photo for Dallas. I took this photo on a dinner + private plane ride at Delta Charlie's Bar & Grill (get the Groupon!). Going right before sunset or at night is amazing, and it's a really interesting/romantic way to see Dallas :) I hope you guys enjoyed my photos! Thanks so much for the opportunity! Follow me at @karen.lao for more Dallas/travel/food photos -- I'm always exploring, and I love sharing my finds with everyone!
Let's get something out of the way. Yes, it's true. Winters in Minneapolis are very cold and very long and only for the very brave. Personally, I think crazy climates tend to make for interesting locals. With a windchill below zero, you've got to do something to keep yourself busy.
Local Breanna Rose @imbreannarose, #Minneapolis based graphic designer, is just that. Extremely friendly, stylish, creative, and therefore busy. She launched her own studio, Rowan Made @rowanmade in 2014 and co-founded Be Free, Lance @befree_lance an online workshop for creatives who are looking to boost their freelancing game. On her feed, you'll see that Bre has lots has personality and good taste. Plus she loves brunch, pizza, homemade ice cream, and the occasional day-drink. Sooo... we already love her. Keep warm, stay creative
Hey guys! My name is Bre (@imbreannarose) and I'm SO excited to show you around my home town, Minneapolis. I have a lot of love for this city (and it's people) and can't wait to share some of my favorite spots with you all!
This photo was taken from the highway, on my way into the city. No matter how many times I drive this route, the view is still my favorite. :)
Today is actually my birthday, so I'm eating at some of my favorite places! First up, The Buttered Tin. It's hands down my go to for a good brunch. PLUS, they have a case of baked goods that are to die for. I can never say no. ;)
It's true ... Our winters can be (very) cold & long, but they can also be absolutely beautiful. It was above freezing today, so my husband and I visited Minnehaha Falls, a frozen favorite. We hiked down some icy steps and watched fellow locals crazily hike up behind the falls and slide all the way back down. A must visit if you dress warmly. ;)
Just had an amazing birthday dinner at Bar La Grassa, which is hands down one of my favorite places to get Italian food in the city. If you go, make sure to try the gnocchi with cauliflower orange cream sauce!👌
Another fun store to pop into is @shopmille! They have a little bit of everything in a smaller space, so you can take your time browsing instead of feeling overwhelmed! Side note : I wish I could pull off hats. I can't.
Our favorite ice cream joint in the cities is DEFINITELY Izzy's! You get a cone or dish, like normal, and then can select another flavor for a tiny "izzy" scoop on top. It's the best way to try out new flavors! This time I got a full on ice cream cookie sandwich, though, cause why not??
I hope you all don't mind all of these food recs, cause I have a few more to share. ;) This is from @bogartsdoughnuts... another must visit in Minneapolis! The designer in me loves their branding and gets giddy at the minimal space with pops of bright red. Plus, donuts. 🍩
To be completely honest, sometimes Minnesota looks a lot like this (photo taken a month or so ago, today is actual clear and sunny!). But really, I wouldn't have it any other way. We get to experience all seasons and live in a surreal snow globe every once in awhile. It's a beautiful place, truly.
Another great brunch spot in Minneapolis: @wiseacreeatery ... They also have a full on living wall inside that is the star of many instagram shots. But I chose to focus on the food because it's pretty awesome, too. ;)
Looks like my time sharing the ins and outs of #minneapolis over this past week is coming to a close. SO! To finish up, I'm posting this photo from Interstate State Park, a beautiful little area just 45 minutes northeast of the Twin Cities, perfect for a day trip of hiking + climbing on rocks along the Mississippi River. And that's one of the things that I love about living here ... adventure is never that far away. ;) For more Minneapolis adventures, feel free to follow my personal account @imbreannarose ... it's been fun!
his week is for all you east coasters trying to avoid the snow and all the west coasters that are lucky enough not to have to travel too far for a killer vacation spot. Caroline Sleeper @csleeper grew up in the dreamy magical jealous-worthy city of Palm Springs, CA. After a small stint away, Caroline returned to paradise where she runs her own design, styling + photography studio @cscreativestudio. As well as Cofounding the Common Table Co, "a lifestyle & resource brand dedicated to bringing us back to a culture of eating together by documenting and curating the shared meal." @commontableco#mycommontable
Let's do the polite thing and add another project to her Instagram plate. "If you live in Palm Springs or know someone who has, 9 times out of 10 they will refer to this area as the Desert. Like, 'how long will you be in the Desert for...?' 'Come visit the Desert.' Etc, so first step to hanging with the locals is to think of this sunny palm tree inhabited land as the Desert."
Good morning! @csleeper here, I'm excited to show yall my favorite places in #palmsprings this week! Let me know if you have any questions 😜😁🌴☀️
Here's a photo of the deliciousness that is brunch at Jake's. Jake's is just a few doors down the street from Cheeky's (another brunch place I'll be sharing with yall later this week) Cheekys can have a line an hour long, especially on the weekend, so I like to walk on down to Jake's and get my breakfast on. Highly recommended: Eggs Benedict or turkey BLT, a seat on the patio, and a horseradish vodka Bloody Mary or a BLT Mary if you are into bacon infused vodka (cause let's be real you probably are).👌👌👌
👋: @csleeper#palmsprings#outwithlocals The infamous (or at least soon to be after this post right?) pink door of #thatpinkdoor. For some reason people act like its location is a secret, I'm gunna go ahead and just throw the address up in geotag above the photo. The 1960's home was refurbished by interior designer #MoisesEsquenazi 10 years ago or so and I hear the interior is also equally gorgeous. I believe it is also available to rent as a vacation home so go ahead and get chya Google on & book it!
Koffi or Coffee with a K as I like to call it is pretty delish. The most visited location is located next to The Ace Hotel. I don't care how warm or cold it is outside you MUST order the malted mocha freeze. You can thank me later.
@ErnestCoffee is my jam. I love this place. Come hang out here & grab a coffee, or a dirty chai, or an alcoholic beverage of your choice. They also have an amazing assortment of bakery goods. Located in Palm Springs Uptown Design District, this is my favorite PS place to come get work done. ☕️🍷🍸🍹🍻 // also shout out to my friends @shmandieee & @aaabbbsssss for posing in this photo 👌
Finally made it out to Moorten's today, this place is a magical cactus wonderland and I wish it was my backyard. 🌵🌵🌵 I got to chat with Clark, the owner. He and his wife have been in the desert for over 50 years and they built #MoortenBotanicalGarden from the ground up. If you stop by here (and you should) definitely take some time to chat with Clark about old Palm Springs, he's the sweetest. (Note: entry is $4 bucks so bring that with us it's worth it)
If you are all about your #dailycortado then you can get your fix at @EspressoCielo. Super delicious, great indoor and outdoor space, located in the middle of Downtown Palm Springs. I'm posting about it so obvi I highly recommend 👌
#KingsHighway at @acehotel is adjacent to the ace hotel and it's super yummy. I've never ordered something I didn't like here. Also fun fact, King's Highway used to be a Dennys before the ace got a hold of it.
One of the things that makes Palm Springs so unique is the distinct architectural and interior design style. The Parker Palm Springs @parkerpalmsprings is one of the most well designed and beautiful places I've ever been. Staying at this hotel is pricey (but worth it) so I recommend at the very least grabbing lunch on the cafe patio and walking around the garden. // also shout out to my friend @jen_trahan for posing in this photo for me 💁✨
You have to go to Cheekys @cheekysps. The wait is usually long but you need to go, if not for any other reason then the fact that they have a flight of bacon for $5 on their menu. The jalapeño one is amazing. Like, I just didn't know bacon could be this good.
Alright, this is a place you can't skip. #workshopkitchenbar has hands down the best cocktails in Palm Springs (in my not so humble opinion) and the food isn't bad either (better then not bad, it's perfection). The interior is just beautiful. I believe it used to the old city court house or something like that, has a very church steeple meets concrete, modern, minimalist architecture feel. Like I said, no skipping this one. #cheers
Here's a classic shot taken outside the @parkerpalmsprings entrance to kick off the day, if not for any other reason then to reiterate that you gotta stop by this place! ✨🌴☀️ (shout out to @_dorothyhuynh for posing in this photo 👌)
Another stunner of a hotel is @korakia. This Moroccan inspired boutique hotel is just gorgeous. They folks who work there are so so nice. If you like the idea of peace and quiet and beautiful everything then you should probably just go book a room now.
What's a trip to Palm Springs without heading up to @joshuatreenps?! It's a pretty quick drive and totally worth it. You can also stop by Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace. @pappyandharriets is a honky-tonk, barbecue restaurant and music venue near J Tree. In 1946, a group of filmmakers built Pioneer Town as a Western-style movie set about 25 miles north of Palm Springs in the high desert. Lots of artists have played their since like Vampire Weekend, Grizzly Bear, Arctic Monkeys, Feist, and Matt Costa just to name a few.
Another fun place to swing by just outside of Palm Springs is the Cabazon Dinosaurs. Just off of the I-10 these fellas tower over a random parking lot creating a pretty unique photo op. 👌📷 #cabazondinosaurs
This week's local, Karen Sofie Egebo, has lived in 26 different places- she's a professional nomad. And as a very fitting occupation, @kseberlin is also a journalist. At the moment she lives, explores, and documents the beautiful Copenhagen, which "will alway be closest thing to home." Although, after spending some time in Germany Karen told me she "would like to inject some of Berlin’s raw madness into glossy, neat Copenhagen." I think we can all get on board with that. Be sure to check out her feed and blog for more suggestions and cities kseberlin.blogspot.com Cheers! @campwilson
Good morning! @kseberlin here, I'm ready to take you on a week's tour of Copenhagen. First stop is the lakes; they cut inner city from the areas of Østerbro, Nørrebro and Frederiksberg like the end of a palm, and they are well worth a stroll. The buildings around are beautiful, and you are likely to do a bit of people-sightseeing too. For this is also a sort of mini-catwalk... Welcome to Copenhagen!
At Dyrehaven (check geotag for exact location), they serve up traditional Danish food in hipster disguise; try the chicken salad on a fat slice of rye, the potato open faced sandwich or the eggs Benedict (yes, not Danish)...
Good morning! @kseberlin here 👋 This morning, I had my pre-work-caffeine infusion from this #Copenhagen favourite. They really know what they're doing in here, and they are always up for a chat. Plus, the café is just a few steps from Copenhagen's famous Round Tower...@democraticcoffeebar