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Month: September, 2008

Friends of mine: Miz Sarah

In every close knit group of friends, there has be at least one person who is a super-star host and cook, able to whip up a delicious meal on a whim, when friends drop by for a visit. She (and often he) will have something simmering on the stove, or baking in the oven, and in exchange for the tasty treats, the guests must regale the host with stories and pour a glass of wine.

My friend Sarah is exactly the person described above. Besides being loads of fun and a great friend, she’s also an amazing cook. There is never such a thing as “not enough food” at Sarah’s house, and I’ve never tasted a disaster.

Dinner at Miz Sarah's

The heart of her sunlit, open apartment in the Upper Haight is the large and bright kitchen. The living room is separated from the kitchen only by a low counter. While she sautes and simmers, it’s easy to keep Sarah company. Potted plants perched atop the refrigerator trail down towards the floor; windowsills are covered with jars and sauce bottles; and a large table sits alongside the kitchen wall for any prep work. Whoever designed the kitchen clearly had an enthusiastic cook in mind.


The rest of the place isn’t too shabby either. It’s not overly decorated, in some thematic catalog way. It’s a cozy, lived-in place peppered with Muppet toys (she’s a fan of Miss Piggy and Kermit), books, knickknacks, clever signs and vintage art prints, including a gorgeous Erte serigraph. The bathroom has a claw foot tub and there are stained glass windows scattered throughout the apartment. After the cut, look at more photos of the apartment & the delicious dinner Sarah cooked for a few of us recently:

Dinner at Miz Sarah's
Cooked cabbage
Cider brined pork loin with apple-cream sauce

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Autumn cannot come too soon

File this under: A girl can dream category.

These custom-tailored coats from Eloise Grey are simple, beautiful and far outside my price range (oh, roughly 1K for a coat). However, I cannot stop looking at them. The wool is organic and hand-dyed with woad, sheared from happy Highland sheep in Scotland, and woven by local artisans in very small batches. This Fall’s coat collection is inspired by mid-century authors, like Evelyn Waugh and Samuel Beckett. I’m absolutely in love with the Toklas (after Alice B., of course)

Via: Eloise Grey