I'm writing this from Copenhagen today, but these photos are from a dinner at Stedsans on the ØsterGro rooftop farm almost a year ago. When we were in town, Ariela did a stage for the evening and I got to tag along with other guests and press (I got to meet another photographer, Shinsaku Kato, whose work is so beautiful!).
I still think about this dinner even a year later-- that everything is so fresh and local and intentional. It was everything you'd dream about a long dinner in the summertime.
Biggest thanks to Mette and Flemming for having us!
In the heart of Old Town, right off Bread Street and nestled between a book store and a strip club, is Lovecrumbs. Before coming to Edinburgh, a friend recommended the bakery but I soon found that my Airbnb host was one of the owners and I got to take some photos for them! Talk about serendipity.
Lovecrumbs is a cake and coffee shop, and it's so cute I wanted to quit my American life and move to Edinburgh just to eat cake surrounded by the vintage charm every day. The cakes are beautiful and not overwhelmed with frosting and I didn't see a single cupcake-- my ideal coffee shop IMHO.
As much as I wanted to sit and read and enjoy the sunny window nook, I had a train to catch and accidentally spent all of my time gawking and taking photos instead of sitting and enjoying my tea like the demure lady I've become. No bother! I'll be back.
Thank you, Hollie! Can't wait for another visit.
155 West Port
Although I'm not a donut aficionado myself (I'm all about the pie), I recommend Blue Star to anyone and everyone coming to Portland looking for some fried dough. So I'm really excited to share a little story I wrote and shot for Condé Nast Traveler! Going behind the scenes and watching how the donuts are made was half of my favorite part, the other half was eating them fresh and still warm from the fryer.
Since moving to Portland, one of the questions I get the most is what to do/ where to eat. (Ok, let's be honest: I find out someone's coming and I bombard them with food things. So what?) The trickiest part about this question is that I could really go on forever but lucky for you, I have a condensed version of my favorites over at Hither and Thither.
That being said, I'd love to start sharing more of my favorite spots here and thought I'd start with Luce. Luce is an adorable Italian restaurant with simple, wonderful food. Everything on the menu is reminiscent of what I ate in Italy and often makes me homesick for Florence. It's understated and elegant but comfortable enough to come in jeans for a celebratory dinner or a treat-yo-self take out and Netflix night. Did I mention the black and white tile and abundance of natural light?
2140 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
Michelle and I were going to meet for tea and found ourselves at the kinda new, completely adorable Farina Bakery. We got there just as they were going to close and began talking with the owner, Laura, about the new biz and how cute everything was. Well, one thing led to another and before we knew it, we were having our own little impromptu photo shoot. Not only does Laura have great taste in vintageware, Michelle is an amazing stylist (but we already knew that) and everything just came together so beautifully.
I'm happy to have found my new favorite bakery in town and can't wait to be back!
Styling by Michelle Lopez.
Farina is at
1852 SE Hawthorne
(between 19th and 20th)
And don't even get me started on those macarons.