a perfect game of social media telephone happened to me last week: i followed elderhallpdx on instagram because i fell in love with their feed and their concept. since then, they've led me to nedluddpdx and also to the book japanese farm food by nancy hachisu.
there might be some qualms about social media - but i really feel thankful that i can access beautiful products and creations from all around the world.. it's been such a catalyst for my own personal inspiration and adventure - and i learn so much! really!
[ elder hall is located in portland, oregon just behind ned ludd - a craft kitchen serving farm fresh to table vittles and ridiculously good looking cocktails, owned by chef jason french. jason and his ned ludd team created elder hall as a communal space for small suppers, workshops, community collaboration, portrait space, and public + private events (sounds like heaven, right?). it's so wonderful and i think very possible that i just fell in love with a place from 3000 miles away? calgon take me away! ]
if this wasn't enough to make me fall right out of my chair, nancy hachisu's cookbook japanese farm food showed up on elder hall's instagram feed the other day and it was as if two of my most favorite things in the world coalesced - and that's because they totally did. nancy lives on an organic farm in rural japan and her cookbook is essentially a memoir on life, with details of food grown and made with love within her family's 85-year-old japanese farmhouse. when i saw her personal writings and photographs - i knew i needed her book right away! to purchase, first try indiebound - (swoooon!) an online searchable site for books sold at independent bookstores in your area. indiebound brought me to cornell's bookstore right down the road! i'll be putting on my winter botas and trekking right on over there tomorrow - snow to my eyeballs, i don't care. it's going to be so good! no luck at indie? you can also find it on amazon-- just click the book below.
now, apotheker's kitchen - because you guys, i can't even. a husband + wife team, russ and shari apotheker of boston, ma. creating handcrafted, small-batch treats made of all natural ingredients. bee-cause did you know that st. valentine's day is around the corner? there is no better excuse for buying your loved ones and yourself -- some artisan chocolate, right? right!
gasp! and... their recipe section: dark_chocolate_maple_bourbon_bacon_popcorn. @_@
switching gears a bit - head gear. i be wearing more of it now that the sun is due to be here again at some point. i know it doesn't feel that way in upstate, ny - but spring is around the corner. i love fairends hats because they supply kind for cold and hot - plus, they're really cute! they've got some other great products in their shop as well - check 'em out!
last but absolutely not least is gloria ho from canada! i am in love with her watercolour illustrations -- you can purchase prints or commission a custom order. check out her website for her full line of work - but follow her on instagram as well, i love seeing her art pop up in my feed! <3
i hope that all of you had a restful and fun-filled weekend. i wish it was a bit longer - but it's been said that the sweet isn't as sweet without the sour-- yes, the sourpatch kid of monday morning... hopefully this week is a good one for you and yours! until next time!
*photograph top left sourced from elderhallpdx, photograph top right sourced from apothekerskitchen, photograph bottom left taken by @rudyjude sourced from fairends, photograph bottom right sourced from gloriaho.ca