Do we have a good working coffee shop freelancer culture in London that I've never noticed? As I'm staying within walking distance of Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice Beach, I've been clocking at least two hours every day typing away at my favourite projects with a cold pressed juice in TOMS Roasting Co. or in Intelligentsia with a delicious Taiwanese iced tea. As well as being super productive, I've got to know a little about the people in there working with me; what projects they're tapping away at, where they are from, and we've come to say hello to each other when we arrive each day to set up shop. This element of my working life here in Los Angeles has come as a pleasant surprise, and is not something that I expected at all.
1. Taking in the sunset at Venice Skate Park. | 2. A simply epic bowl of Buenos Dias Chilaquiles (and some French toast and pancakes in all American portion sizes) for breakfast at SALT in Marina Del Rey. | 3. Tucking into the SoCal essential In-N-Out burger in my old stomping ground of Westwood Village. | 4. One of my favourite for dinner, creamy California avocados, sunny side up eggs cooked in coconut oil and cherry tomatoes on a toasted bagel, all from Venice Beach Farmers Market. | 5. Afternoon happy hour glasses of Sauvignon Blanc with a good book at Zinque in Venice. | 6. Heading to Sprinkles Ice Cream in Beverly Hills for my favourite scoop in one of their signature red velvet waffle cones.
- Along with some other people involved with the market, I've shared my favourite things about getting to work with the great produce at Borough Market on their blog.
- Carrie's photos from Shibuya & Akihabara in Tokyo are wonderful. Also, she's put together a great round up of her whole trip in the form of a Tokyo guide.
- More of Carrie's travels, now she's in Marseille. Jealous, much? Oh, and Provence.
- Speaking of dreamy travel photos, Lucy is in Otranto, Southern Italy.
- Having taken a class in Dutch art where I learnt a lot about Delft when I was at UCLA, I'm also super jealous of Rose's stunning photos of the famous Dutch town.
- London? This colourful pop up is where you need to drink your gin until July 14th.
- Washington D.C? Zahav looks like the Middle Eastern joint you need to be hitting up.
- Sarah's (American) Mothers Day Brunch menu looks absolutely mouthwatering.
- Lucy basically has the perfect London summer picnic all sewn up.
- How to spend 48 hours in Paris (If you've never been)!
- Amy has put together a round up of the best pub gardens in Leeds.
- 10 Food Writers & Chefs Share Their Secrets for Making the Best Scrambled Eggs.
- Tess has put together a handy guide on where to scrimp and where to splurge buying organic. Also, she's written a great post schooling us on the different types of 'good' and 'bad' fats.
- Laura takes us on a foodie tour of Chicago.
- Emiko Davies schools us on what exactly lardo really is.
- A Couple Cooks go to Flagstaff in Arizona, and it is breathtaking.
- Emma has put together a great guide to New Orleans.
- The Kitchn teaches when we should and when we shouldn't rinse pasta. Also, they've invented the Avodilla, and I now really want to eat one as a work time snack.
7. Mouthwatering pastries, cocktails and house made sodas at my all time favourite brunch spot on a Sunday morning, The Tasting Kitchen in Venice. | 8. Shooting a little Pinterest campaign for Daniel Wellington watches at the world famous Venice Canals. If you enter the promo code RACHELPHIPPS at the checkout on the Daniel Wellington website, you'll receive 15% off of your total order from now through until June 15th. | 9. Editing photos with a side of cold pressed green juice in Intelligentsia on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. | 10. Watching sea lions frolic in the ocean at the end of Santa Monica Pier. Also, they've been planing around on the beach down by Venice boardwalk. | 11. An epic feast by way of a Cajun crawfish, corn and snow crab boil with Shock Top beers at The Boiling Crab in Westwood Village. | 12. Moon Juice on Rose Avenue in Venice has become my new favourite L.A. cold pressed juice spot.
- I feel we all need to be eating clams before dinner.
- The Wall Street Journal has published a really interesting piece on how small independent food and drink producers have to alter their business and product to sell in Whole Foods.
- I drink V8 juice with breakfast each morning. Did you know you can make your own?
- The Yellow House has posted some great notes on growing greens at home & a recipe.
- An old one, but my friend Nicole is interviewed about her amazing nomadic lifestyle.
- Deb has recreated the classic Shake Shack burger at home, and posted the recipe!
- In view of California's drought, this is how anyone, anywhere can reduce water consumption.
- Australian journalist Robyn Lea writes about the artist Jackson Pollock's relationship with food and cooking, and shares his famous spaghetti sauce recipe.
- Leeds? You can pick your own herbs at this communal herb garden. (via Amy)
- I really love Bri's idea for homemade road trip snack packs. Also, if you're traveling to Berlin anytime soon, she booked the most incredible apartment on Airbnb.
- I am a food blog went to New York and ate so many delicious looking treats. Here is a guide!
- Food 52 has put together a roundup of 16 international breakfast recipes, and I now want ceviche for breakfast every single morning.
- Into The Gloss gives us the SoCal surfer girl lowdown on beach makeup and beauty.
- Molly has written some great cake decorating tips for Food & Wine.
- Elsie has some great tips of what to keep on hand in the house so you can entertain last minute guests or even throw an impromptu party with ease.
- Kiel James Patrick teamed up with Pottery Barn to create the ultimate Summer beach bash.
What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? I have not made any solid plans as of yet, but I can guarantee that my weekend will be full of Los Angeles sunshine, palm trees and fantastic food making the most of my last week and a half in one of my favourite cities, because lets be honest, it will probably be at least another two years before I see her again!