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From Portugal to Hawaii, their Malasadas are a MUST for your trip to Oahu.
I must admit, my first experience with Leonard’s Bakery was under the best possible circumstances. It was my first trip to Hawaii, and I was traveling with my husband, sister and three friends. As we were leaving Honolulu, my friend insisted we stop at Leonard’s for road trip sustenance. Never being one to turn down baked treats, of course I agreed. If you are wondering exactly what Malasadas are, their website has the best explanation.
“A malasada is a Portugese doughnut without a hole. We fry generously-sized balls of dough until it’s golden brown on the outside and light & fluffy on the inside.
We started making malasadas as part of the Portugese tradition for Shrove Tuesday back in 1953. Now, we make them continuously everyday. We are Hawaii’s original malasada™ bakery. “
There’s always a line out the door. That means you leave with a box of fresh and hot “donuts without a hole.” I’m no stranger to donuts. I have a substantial amount of comparisons in my culinary experiences. Without a doubt the pieces of sugar heaven that come from Leonard’s Bakery are at the top of my list. As far as road road trip snacks, they are the perfect accompaniment to the breathtaking drive up the coast of Oahu.
Once we arrived at our North Shore destination, our box was empty. Nevertheless, our stomachs and hearts were full and ready for the next adventure.
933 Kapahulu Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
Daily 5:30am to 7:00pm
New Graphics and Apparel from Artist Shepard Fairey
Renowned street artist and social activist Shepard Fairey creates so much more than cool T-shirts. Check out the Obey Clothing news for some inspiration and insight. Fairey discusses the meaning of his artwork, and how he translated the graphics onto apparel. https://obeyclothing.com/blogs/zine/shepard-fairey-collection-fall-21
Choosing what photos to sell
One of the challenges of deciding which images to sell online is leaving out images that are meaningful to me personally, but don’t resonate with other people. Every now and then the two come together, and my clients love an image just as much as I do. After a day of exploring Paris neighborhoods and art galleries with my dear friends @dagmara.mituniewicz and @susanna_vom_golab we took a much needed coffee break with French pastries, of course, on the steps above this city view. Simply sitting, watching people go by, with two people you love is what makes life beautiful. And what makes this one of my favorite photos.
The designer #KenzoTakada died today in Paris due to complications from Coronavirus. He was 81. After studying fashion in Tokyo, he traveled by boat to Paris, with stopovers in Hong Kong, Mumbai and Saigon, in 1964, and ended up living there for the rest of his life. It was this voyage, in part, that inspired the nomadic spirit at the heart of his eponymous ready-to-wear label, which he founded in 1970. Drawing from a mishmash of cultural influences, from Eastern European folk dresses to kimonos with graphic prints, Takada’s clothes, which he designed until retiring in 1999, were celebrated for their eclectic and uplifting aesthetic, alive with color and print, and for their voluminous silhouettes. As Oliveira Baptista, the brand’s creative director, told Alice Cavanagh earlier this year, “his designs were all about freedom of movement.” Click the link in our bio to read the official @nytimes obituary, written by Vanessa Friedman, as well as several T stories from over the years featuring the designer. Photo by Bea De Giacomo.
I’ve posted before that one of my favorite things about sharing my travel photography is also telling the story behind the final image. This photo is titled “Rasta prayer flags” Not only do they depict elements of the Ethiopian flag during the rule Haile Selassiei they were hanging in rastafari campground in Mal Pais Costa Rica. During my time there it was simply a small vegan restaurant and a group of truly kind people living in tents…steps away from some of the best waves a surfer could ask for. Needless to say my time at Roca Mar were some of my happiest. Somehow, I think it comes through the photograph ❤️???.
Issue 5 of the magazine is available in print and online. View the complete preview HERE
Visiting Paris is an opportunity that I hope everyone experiences at least once in a lifetime. Of the many must-see activities in the “City of Light,” the Les Puces de Saint-Ouen Market is on the top of my list. That being said, the neighborhood where the market is located is not what you would call charming or idyllic. It is a bit rough around the edges and can get quite crowded. As with most big city locations, it is good idea to keep you wallet in a safe place be aware of your surroundings.
Take Metro Line 4 to the end of the line at Clignancourt. Once you exit the station you will see a Mc Donalds across the street, and a sign for “Les Puces,” which means “The Fleas.” Stay on the same side of the street and take a right heading toward the large concrete overpass. The market is a good ten-minute walk from the metro station and you will pass through what I refer to as the “Groundhog Day” of retail. In other words, you will pass through numerous white tents selling the same knock-off products you can get at any swap meet in the states. You will also encounter a copious amount of track suit wearing vendors offering an astonishing array of fake designer bags and watches. Just keep walking until you see Rue des Rosiers.
Cross the street at enter at Marché Vernaison (pictured) at 99 rue des Rosiers. Vernaison is a wonderful, winding maze filled with antiques, furniture, paintings, jewelry, textiles, and much more. There is an incredible variety of treasures at this location, and I believe this market is your best bet to find affordable objects and souvenirs. Les Puces is made up of several individual markets that connect at various points. I love just taking a day to wander, but if are looking for something specific I suggest downloading Claudia Strasser’s i Phone app. Claudia is the author of The Paris Apartment, and if you are in the market to make a significant purchase, you can make an appointment with her to act as your translator and private guide. No matter the route you choose, the flea market is absolutely worth the journey. Have fun!
Les Puces de Saint-Ouen Hours:
Saturday from 9:00-6:00
Sunday from 10:00-6:00
Monday from 11:00 -5:00 (many of the stalls close at lunchtime)
Hart and the Hunter owners, Brian Dunsmoor and Kris Tominaga met working as chefs at Joe’s Restaurant on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Their shared love of Southern fare became the much-loved pop-up restaurant Wolf in Sheep’s clothing in Venice, CA. Today they have a permanent home in West Hollywood. Located inside of Palihotel, Hart and the Hunter’s light breakfast menu includes made-to-order biscuits and Handsome Roasters Coffee. I will be back for dinner!
The Hart and the Hunter is located in Palihotel, West Hollywood.
7950 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles CA 90046
323 424 3055