Monthly Archives: July 2011

a juicy resolution

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It seems like everyone I know is doing a juice cleanse of some sort lately, one they heard about from Oprah or Gwyneth or whoever. I wasn’t really considering following suit – I’ve been making green smoothies in my blender for a few years now, but I haven’t felt a particular need to juice – until I recently watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. It’s fascinating. Stream it on Netflix, if you can.

My lazy synopsis: an overweight Australian guy ingests nothing but freshly made juice for 60 days, loses 100 pounds and regains his health. It sounds crazy, at the same time it makes total sense to me. As a 3-month old born-again vegetarian, I still have some doubts that I’m eating a balanced diet, especially in the protein department. And I still (surprisingly) encounter people who are closed-minded to the idea of a meat-free lifestyle. But I’m feeling validated after watching this film and, while I’m not about to subsist solely on juice for any amount of time, I’m excited to pack more nutrition into my daily routine by drinking more vegetables. Without getting preachy here about vegetarianism — I know it’s not for everyone, and also did I mention I fully intend to sample real French boeuf bourguignon when I visit Paris next month? Let’s not judge each other — the biggest takeaway from the film is that the formula for better health is pretty simple: we need to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s certainly not new information to anyone, but with the uptick in eating local, organic and seasonal produce in recent years, it’s a timely reminder of our relationship to food and its effect on our wellbeing.

And now, I’ll get off my little soapbox here and change the subject. I added a few more things to the shop, including some fancy pantsy cookware pieces that are pretty spanking. There are some other pieces I need to add which will likely make it on the site next week. In the meantime, happy Friday and have a great weekend!

p.s. – The FARMcurious Pop-Up Shop is still up until August 7, so come by for cheesemaking kits and vinegar mothers and other DIY urban homesteady goodness!


“I don’t think about the past successes or the future failures. You have to talk yourself up and ignore the sneaking suspicion you’re meant to be doing something else and go for it…And now I guess what I’m about to say is going to make me sound sad but here’s the thing about creating anything: no one will ever care about it as much as you do. Ever. Not your boyfriend or your mother or your best friend or your agent. Those people may come close and they should, they should get as close as possible for you just like you should for them. People ask but sometimes I feel like me being a writer is no different than if I had broken my leg. You run into someone you know on the street and they ask you about it. It’s not that they’re uninterested, it’s just that it’s what they know about you at that moment. If you do something that has a creative output to it, your entire person becomes a fun fact for most other people. Like for you [Erin McKenna], people want to know how the shop is doing, how it’s expanding, what you’re into and what you’re up to next but only a handful of people will want to hear all about it and only a pinky-full of those will want to be in your brain. It’s not cruel or rude, it’s just natural. But that means you are ultimately responsible for what you’re creating and you just can’t have it both ways. You can’t think of the good consequences but not the bad, of what all those people will think…. You have to shut out everything when you create something…And think hard about all the permutations and scenarios later.”  – Sloane Crosley, in conversation with Erin McKenna (bold emphasis mine)

My imaginary BFFs, Sloane and Erin. I know, I need to just turn this into an Erin McKenna fan blog already.

farm + pantry

The launch party for Nicole’s FARMcurious pop-up shop was so much fun! We had a great turnout despite the tons of other events going on in the city that day — sincere thanks to everyone who came!

And now, this is where I stop writing things and let the photos do the talking.

Nicole (far left) as she shows the crowd how to make goat cheese

Love all the smiles!

Table of FARMcurious products

Todd of Dandelion Chocolate

Sandwiches from The Grilled Cheese Guy waiting to be toasted

Kate with Sweet Constructions

Sean of Punk Domestics instructing the crowd on cocktail infusions

Love this pic

Ain’t no party like a FARMcurious Pop-Up Shop Launch Party, cuz a FARMcurious Pop-Up Shop Launch Party don’t stop

Me and Nicole, aka Farm + Pantry

There are a lot more photos on the Pot + Pantry Facebook page. And if you missed the party, fear not! FARMcurious’s pop-up will be up until Sunday, August 7. Come by and pick up a cheesemaking kit, vinegar mother, canning supplies and more!

four days

Four days until the FARMcurious pop-up launch party! I bet you are so excited. I am, too. And we should be! We’ve got a pretty impressive line-up to look forward to. Here’s the haps going down this Sunday, July 24th:

11-11:30amFARMcurious Cheesemaking Demo & Tasting

11:45am-12:15pmDandelion Chocolate Presentation & Tasting

12:30-1pm – Sean Timberlake of Punk Domestics – Making Cocktail Infusions

1:30-2pm – Book Signing by Karen Solomon, author of Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It

11am-3pm – Grilled Cheese by the Grilled Cheese Guy

11am-3pm – Tasty morsels by Good Foods Catering

11am-3pm – Sweet treats from Sweet Constructions

Stop by, get some samples, eat some food, learn a thing or two, and maybe even win some free things!

a little friday inspiration

Since becoming a small business owner, I spend most of my time working, and by that I mean working alone. It’s mostly fine – I have a proclivity for introversion and anal retention – so it’s not out of my comfort zone to do everything myself. But when people ask if there’s anything I miss about my previous “real” jobs, it’s that I don’t have any coworkers with whom to exchange ideas, give/get pep talks to/from, and just shoot the poo in general.

This is all to explain that since I don’t have the company of coworkers to stimulate me, I tend to spend a lot of my time reading self-help type articles and interviews about best practices and successful people – usually relevant to retail, but also often about entrepreneurs in food, design and fashion. I also like to read about the struggles they had to endure to get where they are, and I’ll admit this is just because it makes me feel better. That might be schadenfreude-ian of me, but it’s the truth and I cannot tell a lie.

With that, I share with you this interview of Wendy Mullin of Built by Wendy by Erin McKenna of BabyCakes, probably two of my favorite brands. Needless to say, I’m a fangirl of the two ladies wo-manning the helms (sorry, I had to) of their respective companies, so it was delightfully inspiring for me to read the silly and serious things they had to say. I can’t say that Hello Giggles is my usual go-to site for, uh, business inspiration, but I can get behind the whole girl-poweriness of it all.

In other news, I’ve been stealthily adding new things to the online shop this week too, although some of them have sold already. But some exciting new products will be coming in over the next few weeks so stay tuned. And don’t forget about the FARMcurious pop-up launch party on the 24th!

sour grapes

I managed to buy the world’s most disgusting green grapes from the sexy new Whole Foods on Haight last week. I usually like to pack upwards of 10 grapes in my mouth and bite into them all at once (I usually do this in private, yes), but the odd texture and utter lack of flavor of these sucky grapes made that impossible. So, as the saying goes, “when Life gives you nasty green grapes, make green grape pie.”  Behold my masterpiece, in all its sallow glory:

Mind you, I forgot to add any butter and I used store-bought crust (don’t judge!), but it still came out tasting pretty good. And, although I more or less used the recipe from Mac and Cheese, there’s a slightly more inspired version up at The Kitchn that uses elderberry flower syrup. It’s not the prettiest pie, but sometimes ugly food tastes good, too.


I managed to hit up the Renegade Craft Fair yesterday just before it closed and was in and out of there in 45 minutes. I’m amazing! Glad I didn’t lollygag any more than that, since I basically had my purse open the whole time. One of the things I bought, from Small Adventure:

So sweet.