Gift Guide 2016: For the Chef


I don't know about you, but I have a lot of chefs on my Christmas list (my husband included, and honestly most of his family), not to mention that I have become more and more of a home chef over the years. So this list is for the wannabe chefs and foodies on your list. Bon appétit. 

And in case you missed it, here are the other gift guides so far:
For the Home
For Your BFF
For Your Husband (or Brother)
Stocking Stuffers

Top Row: 1. A chef can never have too many wooden utensils. I love the colored handles of this Now Designs Bamboo Utensils Set. // 2. What chef wouldn't love a Homemade Ravioli Kit? Uncommon Goods also sells a DIY Tamale Kit and Sushi Kit.
Second Row: 3. I'm hoping my husband is reading because this is on my list: Cuisinart Tazzaccino Milk Frother. It would make homemade lattes that much fancier. // 4. A pretty salt and pepper grinder is a necessity for any home chef. Willow & Everett Salt and Pepper Grinder Set. // 5. I'm of the opinion you can never really have too many serving items, especially for cheese. I love this one: Gold Merry Marble & Wood Board and Spreader Set. // 6. I can't even with this BIA Cordon Bleu Milk Container. // 7. Out with the old brown paper bag and in with a sleek white bento box: Takenaka Lunch Bento Box.
Third Row: 8. An electric kettle that looks old school, and I love the color. KitchenAid Electric Kettle in Pistachio. // 9. You can't go wrong with a beautiful copper bowl like this one: Mauviel M Passion Copper Egg Beating Bowl is so beautiful. // 10. So most of the items on this list are approachable and for the everyday chef, but the Joule Sous Vide takes it up a few notches. Apparently it helps you cook everything, from steak to crème brûlée perfectly no matter what. 
Bottom Row: 11. Phaidon Where to Eat Pizza. Who wouldn't want this book? // 12. I adore Jenny Rosenstrach's blog, and her book How to Celebrate Everything: Recipes and Rituals for Birthdays, Holidays, Family Dinners, and Every Day In Between is on my own wish list (but would make a great gift as well). // 13. Another book that doesn't warrant a lengthy description but would be a good addition to any chef's cookbook collection: Egg. // 14. Created in collaboration with Italian food emporium Eataly, this cookbook features 300 of the best contemporary Italian home-style recipes. Eataly: Contemporary Italian Cooking.

Winter Recipes


I don't know about you, but one way I really get into the new season, whatever season it is, is by cooking things that feel really of the season. We were recently gifted a copy of Julia Turshen's Small Victories and have been working our way through it, starting with the apricot brisket (we made it Sunday night and it was delicious - but you'll have to buy the book because I can't find the recipe online). Here are a few other winter recipes that I have bookmarked for the coming months. 

I've never attempted donuts, so this is going to be the year, starting with Ina Garten's cinnamon donut recipe.

This Burmese spot near us has the best lamb curry, but I want to attempt it myself using this recipe.

Dinner: A Love Story is one of my favorite food blogs and I want to make this recipe for shepherd's pie this winter.

We make pizza at home every few weeks. It's so easy and feels healthier than ordering takeout. I can't wait to make this apple and goat cheese flatbread this winter.

I had girlfriends over last week and made Ina Garten's easy parmesan risotto. You. Guys. It's so comforting and easy (you pop it into the oven and don't have to stir for 30 minutes straight) and you can substitute peas for butternut squash or really any vegetable you like.

We eat meatless on Mondays (and typically more than that). I want to make this recipe for jacket potatoes one cold Monday night with a big green salad.

Gift Guide 2016: For Your Coworker


Since it's back to work for most of us after a long Thanksgiving weekend (wah wah) I thought I'd share a gift guide for your coworkers. My team does a Secret Santa so there are items on here that would make a good gift for a group exchange, but I also have gifts for your work wife (or husband). 

Because it's Cyber Monday, I also rounded up some sales:
J. Crew: 40% off with code HOLIDAY 
Madewell: 25% off with code THAT SALE
Shopbop: Up to 25% off with code GOBIG16
Glossier: 20% off everything (+ free shipping)     
Outdoor Voices: 20% off with code Hey-Hi-Hello

And in case you missed it, here are the gift guides so far:
For the Home
For Your BFF
For Your Husband (or Brother)
Stocking Stuffers

Top row: 1. I've had the pleasure of meeting Grace Bonney for a workshop she did here in San Francisco, and cannot wait to pick up her book, In the Company of Women. Sure to inspire your cubicle mate, the book profiles and celebrates 100+ influential and creative women spanning a variety of ages, races, backgrounds and industries. // 2. Make her meetings more chic with the Tom Dixon Ink Color-Block Hardback Notebook. // 3. I love gifting coworkers something they can keep in their work bag or by their desk to brighten their day. Beautycounter Rose Water Uplifting Spray is one of those things. // 4. For a fashion-obsessed coworker, you can't go wrong with this Bill Cunninham Tote Bag
Middle Row: 5. This mug from Lulu & Georgia works as a gift for your actual boss or a coworker who is a boss lady (or man) at heart. Hot Stuff Ceramic Mug, The Boss // 6. Cheer up her desk with this sweet potted succulent from Etsy shop BerriesforBella. Black and White Succulent Planter // 7. If you're picking up gifts for a group of coworkers I love these Leather Hand-Painted Key Chains. // 8. Calm Prompt Cards for when work gets stressful. (These may or may not already be in my shopping card as a gift for myself.)
Bottom Rows: 9. If your workplace is into funny or quirky gifts, I love the idea of gifting This One Time I … The Game of Ludicrous Life Choices. Just beware of playing this with all coworkers as it is hilarious but often explicit! // 10. For someone you don't know that well (or someone you really know well, and know they need this) I like the idea of gifting a sleek water bottle like this KOR Delta BPA Free Water Bottle. Bonus: it comes in a bunch of colors and is easy to clean. // 11. I have been seeing these earrings everywhere: Three Tier Pom Bon Earrings. // 12. If you want to go the office supply route, you can't do better than this Marble Macbook Air Hard Case. // 13. Aesop is one of my favorite brands because it's the perfect intersection of beautiful branding and quality product. A coworker has the Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Balm and I love the scent. 

Small Business Saturday: Rare Device


It's Small Business Saturday! I wanted to take the chance to share my favorite San Francisco small business: Rare Device. We live a few blocks from their Divisadero location (they also have a store in Noe Valley) and it's become my go-to place to pick up cards, unique gifts, or just a pick-me-up for myself. The store acts as a gallery for local artists and has the most unique finds and special cards. 

This is one of my go-to gifts from Rare Device, and this would also make a good gift. I love this swan mug and would gift this wooden eye ornament. This 2017 calendar might have to end up on my desk and they always have a good kids selection. You can gift a gift certificate here.

And read about their latest exhibit here.

Images via @raredevice 

Gift Guide 2016: Stocking Stuffers


I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving! We're spending the weekend in Boonville but I'm sharing the fourth gift guide of the year (and maybe my favorite): stocking stuffers. 

And in case you missed it, here are the gift guides so far:
For the Home
For Your BFF
For Your Husband (or Brother)

Top Row: 1. I love gifting fancy hand lotion because it's the kind of thing you typically don't splurge on for yourself. Swedish Dream Sea Salt Hand Cream is perfect for anyone on your list. // 2. These J. Crew Dog PrintBoxers would be good for any guy (or dog lover). // 3. The perfect gift for a traveler: Carry On Cocktail Kit - The Moscow Mule. // 4. How cute is this Chambray Shut-Eye Sleep Mask? I may have to pick this one up for myself... 
Second Row: 5. For someone with a sweet tooth: Mast Brooklyn BlendChocolate. I love the pretty packaging. // 6. I've heard great things about this tinted lip/cheek balm. It's supposedly flattering on all skin tones, smells citrusy, and is super moisturizing. Olio E Osso Balm // 7. How cheeky is this Kate Spade New York Winking Beanie?
Third Row: 8. Everyone always needs another scarf. I love this BP Heritage Plaid Infinity Scarf. // 9. I keep seeing French Girl Organics products and want tot try the line for myself. In the meantime, gifting the French Girl Organics Nail + Cuticle Oil to someone will have to do. // 10. Fancy sea salt to enhance the flavor of everything from salad to chocolate: Amangansett Sea Salt. // 11. I'm a huge fan of Le Labo, and would love to gift someone the The Laundress + La Labo Santal 33 Signature Detergent. // 12. Hair ties are one of my go-to little gifts for girlfriends. The Kitsch Bonbon Hair Ties set would make such a great stocking stuffer.
Bottom Row: 13. These Madewell x Food 52 Four-Piece Shibori Cocktail Napkins are so pretty. // 14. Moon Juice Dream Dust is soothing edible nightcap alchemized to lull you into deep, restorative nocturnal tranquility. Need I say more? // 15. The prettiest toothpaste trio I ever did see: Marvis Tooothpaste Trio (Cinnamon Mint, Jasmin Mint, Ginger Mint).