l'auberge chez francios07/28/14

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L’Auberge Chez Francois is an enchanting French restaurant tucked away on a winding road in Northern Virginia. Chef Jacques Haeringer (whose family has owned L’Auberge since the 1950s) and his lady Carol are dear friends of my family, and the restaurant has always been very special to us (I have fond memories of a New Years Eve celebration in 2005, watching the adults get rowdy and wishing I could participate in the wine-drinking). We ended up in town on Bastille Day early this month and attended Jacques’ garden-to-table celebration. It was such a fun night filled with food and wine into the wee hours, paired with amazing lady-chatter and stories from my mom’s childhood friends (who my sister and I have consequently known our whole lives and adore). I loved experiencing a place I’ve frequented my entire life with a new behind-the-lens perspective and I can’t wait to get back up there when the weather’s nicer for some french onion soup on the patio.

chez nous04/23/14

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It’s safe to say that Blake and I are obsessed with new Charleston restaurant, Chez Nous. Located in a tiny house in an alley, their small daily menu (two appetizers, two entrees, two desserts) never fails to amaze. Exquisite food, intimate setting, wonderful people, French — I’m sold.

Chez Nous
6 Payne Court
Lunch 11:30-3
Dinner 5:30-10:30

la to portland in coffee03/17/14

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Los Angeles, CA — Heath’s house in Hancock Park

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Joshua Tree, CA — Ryan Campground

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Palm Springs, CA — Korakia Pensione

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Ojai, CA — Ojai Rancho Inn

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Ben Lomond, CA — Stephen’s cabin on the San Lorenzo River

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Big Sur, CA — Camping among eucalyptus

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Big Sur, CA — Big Sur Bakery

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San Fransisco, CA — Ferry Building Farmer’s Market

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San Fransisco, CA — Irish coffee with Theresa

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Napa Valley, CA — Bouchon coffee to-go

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Sonoma, CA — Flying Goat in Healdsburg

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Crescent City, CA — Hiouchi Diner or “Best Breakfast in the County”

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Lincoln City, OR — By the ocean

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Vancouver, WA — Nate and Katie’s house

the farmbar01/27/14

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So The Farmbar is officially a reality — Tara and Leighton’s dream has manifested in an airstream in a field on upper Meeting Street. The above photos are from various pop-ups over the last few months plus the official opening last Friday. We spent breakfast, lunch, and dinner there, plus hours post-dinner gathered around the fire with rosé (true to form). I see so many more of these nights in the future.

The beauty of the Spartanette and shipping container they gutted, the flavors in every single bite of every dish Tara has ever made (looking at you, pork-ricotta burger) — it’s all a testament to the hard work, effortless style and impeccable taste that is embodied in anything these two do together. From here on out, The Farmbar will be open Tuesdays and Fridays breakfast through dinner, in the field next to 1600 Meeting. More info on their site.

xbb09/03/13

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XBB was recently named one of America’s 50 best new restaurants by Bon Appetit. I’m so glad that Josh, Dulaan, and Joey are getting the recognition they deserve because oh my god, this food is the best.

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