We set out early Friday morning to make sure we arrived in time for our 6pm show in Pittsburgh. After securing a parking spot in front of Assemble that was four car lengths long, we started the first ever set up on the Mobile Library!
Curious eyes peered in at us as we opened for the first time. After a fun, yet extremely cold night in Pittsburgh, we ended up checking out 358 books! Everything went off perfectly.
The next morning we headed northwest to Ann Arbor. After a 5 hour drive we managed to arrive at RoosRoast with 45 mins to spare. We got the library open and we were ready to roll at 4pm.
We happened to be in Ann Arbor on a warm day. It was a beautiful 54 degrees while the sun was up. Once it set, it got pretty nippy. We had a fire going inside and coffee in hand, though. It was an amazing night. Chris from Colossal also stopped by. We met his wife and his kid. Good times were had by all.
On Sunday morning, we left at 7am so we could make it to Cleveland for the 12pm show. We were stationed right in the park in front of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Many people thought we were a food truck, until closer exploration.
It was a beautiful sunny afternoon. People were sitting out in the grass and the benches reading through sketchbooks. It got us excited about the summer to come with the Mobile Library. We can’t wait!
Nothing makes me happier than spending time with friends and family around a table filled with good food, good wine and a beautiful setting. I recently got together with my friends over at Duo Catering and winemaker Ernst Storm of Storm Wines to put together a fall wine dinner for a small intimate group. From choosing fresh fall produce to correctly sipping and swirling your wine glass, here are some tips to throwing your own wine dinner.
What To Wear:
Since my dinner table was set up in the middle of a rustic field, I opted for flat boots and pants. And while I love to be stylish, comfort is something I always go for when hosting and consuming lot’s of good food and wine.
Below: J.Crew hat, IRO top, Citizens of Humanity pants,
I’m a fan of neutral linens accented with simple bold flowers. For this dinner I used antique china with a gold rim to incorporate a metallic shade.
One tip I learned from Brian and Ashley at Duo is to always pick up fresh, good produce. Find a local organic farm in your area or stop by the closest farmer’s market. Let the food you pair progress with the wines you choose. Start with a lighter white wine and end with a more extracted red wine. See the full menu from our dinner below.
Tasting Wine, Tips from Ernst Storm:
Swirling introduces oxygen which softens particularly red wines. When swirling the glass hold the stem not to warm the wine with your finger tips.
Even though its the end of October we’re just now starting to dress for fall here in California. The Indian Summers are a definite perk to living on the west coast, however I’m always more than ready for the cooler weather to set in. Lately I’ve been slowly incorporating more layers, favorite knits, boots and more while dealing with random 80 degree days. Here are three looks captured by the amazing Arna Bee.