Louie Loves: Chairish

Do you like shopping? Furniture? Vintage things? Jewelry? Stuff of any kind? Then Charish is for you! We’re sort of obsessed. The site is a curated vintage marketplace. It’s updated constantly and searchable by city and category so you can see what’s new in your city or browse for a specific item. You can also just check out what’s new or shop in themed boutiques. It’s basically like having 100 of new amazing vintage stores open in your city all at once. Or maybe just like you suddenly have time to visit all the ones currently in your city. There is a ton of stuff, but the navigation makes it easy to narrow it down. When you find something you like – which will probably happening with in 10 seconds of scrolling – you can pay the asking price on the spot or make the seller an offer at a lower price. Most sellers set a reserve price a bit lower than the asking which they are willing to sell for. If your offer is above the reserve it will be automatically accepted and you have a new treasure coming your way. If you’ve bid lower than the reserve, the seller can decide whether or not they want to sell. We find this set up particularly appealing. We don’t feel like we’re over paying but there’s no awkward face to face haggling or bidding wars that require constant attention. You can save favorite items so it is easy to get back to that special something you cant stop thinking about. They have lots of great guest editors too, highlighting their favorite items. All very user friendly and fun. Our favorite buys? An amazing pink rotary phone and a bronze paperweight that say ‘Top Banana.’

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Ahhhh, this look is so good.  We’re seriously into orange in general these days as it seems just right for spring – bright and fresh but not like you busted out your brightest pink shirt on the first warm day.  And this pairing couldn’t be better.  Orange with worn in denim is magic.  We’ll be following this lead and pairing our Louie with our favorite ripped jeans, a navy sweater and nude sandals.

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Louie Loves LA: Petit Trois

Petit Trois is pretty much what we would design if we could dream up our perfect neighborhood restaurant. And guess what? It is our neighborhood restaurant! The menu is small but made up of all the best French classics. French Onion Soup, an absolutely perfect omelet, steak frites – seriously this place is what Sunday night dreams are made of. It’s glorious. It’s tiny and they don’t take reservations, which makes it even better. There’s no what time can they take us deliberating. Just show up. It’s only bar seating so it’s best for a cozy, intimate group of three or less. It’s also an ideal place for a solo meal. If you’re on the kitchen side you are just inches away from all the stovetop and prep action so your meal basically comes with a free cooking lesson. To start we like the endive salad which comes in the form of an almost white little mound with all the extras hidden underneath. The carrot salad is also tops and the escargots will fulfill all your Parisian (or Pretty Woman) fantasies. It’s pretty much impossible to go wrong with your main course. It really hard for us not to order the chicken every single time. It’s crispy and rich and accompanied by a crisp refreshing salad. The Steak Frites is as classic as can be and the Croque Madame is picture perfect every time. Traditional desserts like Floating Island and Napoleon don’t disappoint either. Wait, did we mention the drinks? So many pretty cocktails here. Current fave is the Fluer de Mal – rose petal infused vodka with grapefruit and lemon. Yes! We also love the Panache as a midday treat (they’re open for lunch too kids) – a just right mix of Kronenburg and sparkling lemonade. Oh so refreshing. It’s all styled so well too – marble bar, checkered floor, bistro plates…

Petit Trios
718 N. Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Louie Loves: Bloodline

 

We could probably explain our obsession with this show by saying that we had seen two episodes of the new season of House of Cards, watched the first Bloodline and then immediately watched all the rest before going back to House of Cards. To start – it is set in the Florida Keys. If you have been to the Keys, we’re 99% sure you’ll agree with our sentiment that everything there, no matter how charming, also seems just a tiny bit sketchy. Perfect for a show that is full of SECRETS. Bloodline centers on the Rayburn family, one of the Keys finest families. In fact, the patriarch (played by Sam Shepard – YES) is about to have a dock named after him when the one wayward brother returns to town and messes up pretty much everything. This is trying for all the other Rayburns, particularly Coach Taylor (aka Kyle Chandler) who plays the town sheriff and sports basically his exact wardrobe from Friday Night Lights – pleated khakis and wrap around sunglasses all day. But no one is exempt from the fallout and they all really just want big bro to leave. But can they make him go? DRAMA. And nothing makes drama seem more intense than humid weather. PS – we’re also convinced that the other brother who runs the local marina is the actual person who took us out snorkeling on our trip. For real. There’s already a season two in the works. Thank god.

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Mixed prints, a classic white tee, and a pencil skirt in one look?  Clearly we’re all about this.  It’s also very spring appropriate.  We’ll keep the matching Louie looking equally sping-y by pairing it with lots of chambray.  Maybe will some flares for an all denim look, maybe with some ripped white skinnies, or maybe with a print pencil skirt…

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Louie Loves LA: Naturewell

Or really Naturewell 2 because we’re closer to that one, but you know equal love for both if we’re not talking proximity. We first became addicted to the place because of the acai bowls, which we would eat every single day if we could. A perfect post pilates breakfast or afternoon snack, Naturewell’s are topped strawberries, banana, blueberries, coconut and honey – arranged in a neat pattern which we love for no reason – for the perfect amount of sweetness. You can also choose from any of their granolas for your base, which is good because, you know, OPTIONS. But of course it is not just the bowls. The smoothies are all filled with good for you things while still actually tasting good. Woohoo. We love the Coconut Kale – the hint of cinnamon is the key. On the juice side we like the Sweet & Spicy Flush, Life Line, and Healthy Heart. And then there’s the Face Melter shot. Unclear what exactly this is supposed to do for you but we feel the need to get one every once in awhile just because. They have one of those buy 10 get one free punches cards which all other places stopped some time in the late 90s for no reason so we appreciate that. We also always see cops here, which cracks us up because of course LA cops drink kale smoothies.

Naturewell 2
7261 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Naturewell
3824 W. Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

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Louie Loves: Bouchon’s Vinaigrette

So you know we love Bouchon.  And our favorite thing there is the Salad Laitue –  Bibb Lettuce tossed with the world’s best vinaigrette and artfully stacked up for a presentation that’s almost to pretty to destroy.  Almost.  We always make our own salad dressings but this usually means we just drizzle olive oil and vinegar straight on to the salad and give it a quick toss.  Luckily, this recipe doesn’t involve all that much more.  In just a few minutes you can recreate this Thomas Keller dream in your own home.  The best part is that the recipe makes a rather large amount, and keeps perfectly in your fridge for a few days so you can make this once and enjoy delicious salads all week long.  Of course, it’s delicious on any salad, not just the traditional butter lettuce.  Its equally tasty on a mix of fresh spring vegetables, drizzled over white beans, or as a finishing touch to grilled things in the summer.  Note it is made with Canola oil.  Trust Thomas on this one and don’t sub olive oil, the flavor is a bit too strong.  If we’re serving this casually we tear up the leaves a bit so people can easily help themselves and there is no knife required.  For the full Bouchon fanciness, keep the leaves whole, toss gently and then use your hands to create your pretty little stacks.  It does look pretty impressive, making this an excellent dinner party first course.

We found the recipe on Epicurious.  You make a basic vinaigrette first then add shallots and herbs for the Salad Laitue.  The salad recipe only calls for ½ cup of the basic vinaigrette and suggests portion out the herbs for each individual salad.  We toss all of the herbs in with the whole recipe of basic vinaigrette and have found that works out perfectly.  We also chop all the herbs.  If you can’t find fresh chervil you and skip it or add extra tarragon.  Feel free to adjust the herb proportions to your own liking.

Basic Vinaigrette
¼ cup Dijon mustard
½ red wine vinegar
1½ cups canola oil

Blend the mustard and vinegar for a few seconds in a blender.  Slowly add in ½ cup of the oil with the blender on low.  Transfer to a bowl and slowly add the rest of the oil while whisking constantly.  (You can really do this all with a whisk and skip the blender if you want.)

For the Salad Laitue
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons minced shallots
2 tablespoons minced chives
¼ cup Italian parsley leaves
¼ tarragon leaves
¼ chervil leaves
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Chop the shallots and herbs and whisk into the vinaigrette along with the lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Louie Loves LA: Verve Coffee

Such a welcome addition to downtown, we’ve become sort of obsessed with Verve.  While there’s lots of fancy coffee happening downtown, it’s mostly in the Arts District so we were thrilled to see Verve open up on Spring (though we hear they have an Arts District location in the works too…).  The space is amazing.  It was designed but Studio Mai, whose office is actually right behind Verve.  They designed pretty much every restaurant space in LA we’re in love with so it’s no surprise that we want to move in here.  From the patterned floor to the plant covered walls on the patio, it is perfectly soothing and relaxing here.  Good for both in person catch-ups and meetings or quick solo email sessions.  We want all the furniture too.   But on to the coffee, Verve does all their own roasting in Santa Cruz and they are very serious about coffee, but also very friendly and chatty and happy to explain and make recommendations.  Quite nice.  We usually don’t get to fancy both the lattes and cold brew are perfect.  There’s also Juice Served Here happening so you can fuel up in a variety of ways in this one convenient and as discussed very aesthetically pleasing stop.  Win!  The juice flight is very popular, but we like the shakes so an on the go snack.  There are some little sandwiches and treats too.  And the BEST (only?) good vegan + gluten free muffin we’ve ever had – The apple cinnamon.  Get it.

Verve Coffee
833 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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Louie Loves: Mother In Law’s Kimchi

Kimchi is everywhere these days. Being lovers of both spicy and pickled things, we’ve been long time fans. Sadly though our kimchi intake was usually limited to restaurant settings as we were definitely not yet ready to make it ourselves and we found the store bought jarred options a little overwhelming. Then we tried Mother In Law’s kimchi. We were first drawn to the clean, crisp packaging because well duh, we love a pretty presentation. We liked the story too – a daughter packaging up the long used recipe form her family’s restaurant – a somewhat local restaurant too. So of course we were thrilled to discover it’s wonderfully delicious. Plus, it is all natural with no preservatives – woohoo.   Our favorite is the Napa Cabbage – a very classic version with just the right amount of heat. The Daikon version is great too of course, if you like a little more crunch. Both are perfectly bright and fresh. We put this on pretty much everything. We like the hint of spice it adds to salads and sandwiches. It turns a regular grilled cheese until the best thing ever and makes regular friend rice ten times better. We’ve also blended some up with Greek yogurt for a seriously delicious (and healthy) dip for veggies. We’re a bit addicted. You should be too. They have a cookbook we’ve been eyeing and we can’t wait to try their Gochujang pastes. So many good things.

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Louie Loves LA: Dinette

Dinette is really more of a takeout window than a restaurant. – a very charming take out window to be sure.  So you eat on the sidewalk of Sunset in Echo Park which is not bad at all on a nice sunny day and really pretty lovely once you get your food.  Start with the waffle.  The waffle – do it!  Our preferred form is topped with one perfectly crisp piece of bacon and a perfectly soft poached egg.  This is the best waffle we have ever had.  It’s buttery, with crispy edges and a soft fluffy middle.  You can also get it topped with fruit and whipped cream or if you’re feeling a little less indulgent – go with the omega version which is vegan and gluten free.  The breakfast pizza is also pretty perfect.  There are some yummy toasts as well – avocado of course, and one topped with fluffy scrambled eggs, ham and cheese.  Little tarts too, quiches, sandwiches and a few hearty items like spaghetti and meatballs.  Lots of pastry and dessert items plus homemade sodas in flavors like strawberry basil.  A lot going on behind the cute little window and we will definitely be returning regularly until we have tried everything on the menu.

Dinette
1606 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

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Louie Loves: Bouchon Bistro

Ohhhh Bouchon.  So French.  So luxurious.  Even though we have a Bouchon in LA now, the Yountville original will always be our favorite.  We’ll be making our annual trip to wine country this weekend for the Napa Valley Marathon and we always kick off the weekend with a Saturday lunch at Bouchon.  Because the only thing better than a long, leisurely lunch is one at which it is necessary for you to eat as many carbs as possible.  At Bouchon, this starts with the warm loaves of bread that appear on your table immediately after you sit down.  Perfect.  Everything here is really a perfectly executed version of a French classic so it is hard to go wrong.  We always start with the Salad Laitue – a little stack of bibb lettuce scattered with herbs and tossed with the best vinaigrette.  There are usually some oysters for the table.  Maybe some deviled eggs or chicken liver mouse, at least one order of fries.  For the main event we rotate through the roast chicken, the Boudin Blanc, the salmon and the Croque Madamme.  All so so good, but if you have never had Boudin Blanc which is a magical white sausage that they make themselves, we’d strongly urge you in that direction.  The mussels are wonderful too.  And sometimes they have chicken and waffles.  Again, impossible to go wrong.  Save room for one of their pristine desserts, or wander over to the bakery for a giant oatmeal cookie.

Bouchon
6534 Washington St
Yountville, CA 94599

Also in Beverly Hills and Las Vegas.

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We love some bold print mixing and so naturally we want to be this girl.  We also love the combo of this wintery coat over a summery dress.  So many good things happening. Translated into Louie form, why not continue in this vein and pair it with your favorite printed dress?  So easy.

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Louie Loves LA:  Milk Jar Cookies

 

We’re spoken of our love for chocolate chip cookies many times now so it should be no surprise that we’re devoting a Louie Loves LA to Milk Jar.  This little shop makes perfect cookies, and not just the classic chocolate chip.  All of their cookie varieties are killer.  We are particularly fond of the Mint Chocolate.  The Oatmeal Raisin is also wonderful – plus you can also get Oatmeal Chocolate Chip – love having both options.  There are some less traditional flavors too – Rocky Road, Banana Split.  We’re pretty pleased with ALL of them.  They all have the same pillowy, moist texture.  These are not thin and crispy cookies.  They are neat little mounds, probably at least an inch high.  They break in half easily.  The edges are firm but overall they are soft, fluffy, and rich.  Even their gluten free versions maintain this perfect texture – quite a feat.  The little shop on Wilshire is super charming – all reclaimed wood, pastel cake stands and mismatched vintage china.  You can order up milk (duh) or coffee to wash down your cookies OR make and ice cream sandwich.  Bonus – you can call or order online ahead of time if you are picking up so your cookies will be ready to go.  They also deliver locally and ship so feel free to send some our way anytime.

Milk Jar Cookies
5466 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Louie Loves: Lucas’ Papaw

 

A friend recently moved to Australia and on their first visit back to the US, they arrived in Los Angeles bearing all kinds of fabulous Aussie treats – Tim Tams included of course. We were most excited about the little red tube of Lucas’s Papaw. We’d heard of this supposedly magic salve but we’d never tried. We busted it out at the first opportunity and we were instantly impressed. It does in fact seem to cure all pesky skin ailments – rashes, burns, scrapes, bites. You can also use it as a lip balm. It even seems to help blisters and ingrown hairs. So pretty much all things gross that you want to get rid of immediately. All-purpose, it is kinda like a natural Neosporin. It keeps things moisturized while also keeping your skin clean and protected. It is made with some sort of fermented papaya extract, which apparently has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. We love the old school bright red packaging, much chicer than your average drugstore products, and it comes in convenient tubs for home use and tubes for travel/to keep in your Louie at all times.

Obviously you can get it on Amazon if you do not have any Australian friends.